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AleSmith Double IPAAleSmith Double IPA

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as YuleSmith (Summer)

Every year we anxiously await the warmer months to unleash this Double IPA, the summer edition of our former YuleSmith seasonals. The flavor imparts orange, grapefruit, and tangerine hop notes with earthy, spicy, and resinous pine undertones. A sturdy malt backbone balances out the profound hop bitterness to create a refreshingly assertive and vibrant beer that offers an unapologetically bold expression of fresh American hops.

YEAR ROUND: No – July / August

Added by xlperro on 11-24-2002

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber (2007 summer version) into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden color with a massive white foamy head. A careful pour still results in a huge head. Tons of thick lacing and a nice head remains throughout.

S: Lots of juicy fruit; orange and grapefruit. A bit of pine as well.

T: An absolutely delicious DIPA, one of the better ones I've ever had. A big wallop of juicy hops hits the palate. It is constantly balanced with a perfect sweet pale malt backbone. A pleasantly bitter hop aftertaste lingers on the tongue. An outstanding beer and a hop lovers dream.

M: Very nice mouthfeel, medium bodied, not at all syrupy and highly carbonated.

D: This could easily be my "go to" beer if only Alesmith delivered to NorCal. One of the finest DIPA's that I have had the pleasure of sampling.

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Photo of goschool
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is red with a large topographical tan head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. Massive hop aroma. The nose has tons of oily hops and citrusy hops along with caramel and biscuity malts. The taste is dominated by fresh hops; a malt backbone is present, but only to keep this beer from tipping over, figuratively speaking. I don't know what excessive hops have to do with Christmas, but there's never a bad time to make a big IPA.

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Photo of mcowgill
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very nice amberish/orange color with a beautiful creamy head that lasts throughout. A very hoppy citrousy smell is evident. The taste is amazing, easily one of the best DIPA's I've ever had. There is a very strong hop flavor with a nice malty balance. The drinkability is excellent. Goes down very smoothly (to me at least) for such a powerful, high alcohol beer. Damn, this is my last one. Must try to get more before it's gone this season.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green edition.

Pours an almost clear amber with a thick pillow of off-white head that laces all the way down the glass.
The smell is of caramel and toasted malt, with an intense amount of resiny American hops- well balanced in the nose with the hopping coming out extremely well. The hopping, even in the nose, doesn't seem too harsh, just seems strong and RIGHT.
The flavor could not be more perfect. Balance is perfect, the malt is sweet, caramelly and biscuity, while the hops are overwhelming in the middle and the finish has a slight lingering bitterness. The hops tend more toward resiny in flavor, but also have a bit of citrus character. The balance between hop flavor and hop bitterness is excellent, as this beer doesn't overwhelm with any one element, but leaves a deep satisfactory finish that is well-balanced but strong, assertive, and superb.
Mouthfeel is smooth and almost chewy, with a surprisingly full body atop medium carbonation. Finish is the lingering of the thick malt on the back of the tongue while astringency assaults the sides of the tongue with a bit of bitterness, and an ever-so-slight warming of alcohol.
This is one of the finest examples of this style that I have experienced. I highly recommend everyone to give it a try. delicious.

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Photo of alexgash
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dipping into my Hi-Times booty from my Thanksgiving California beer raid...

Very excited to try this holiday ale. Pours a very rich, mostly-clear amber with dark orange highlights and a creamy, whipped light tan head.

Very nice. Lacing is excellent too.
Smells mmm....brown sugar and gooey caramel malts drizzled over a freshly-cut spruce bough. Big, juicy, resiny, piney hop aroma. Yes indeed.

The hops hold off up front and let the big, caramel-maple syrupy malts take over. Sweet, but not too sweet. Ahh, the hops come in to balance mid-palalte anyways. Numbing, resiny bitterness starts small but builds in a hurry. Coniferous sap, herbal, spicy, and bitter all the way into the long, novocaine finish. Hints of sugary butterscotch malts linger and poke through as well. Big-bodied, and a big, mouth-coating feel. Creamy to just chewy enough. One of my favorite double IPAs. Wish I would have bought more than two bottles of this!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is there any finer thing than Christmas in August? I'm sure there isn't...
Peeled off the red foil wrapping, like a present on Christmas morning, and I'm ready to pop the cap...Appearance is murky, even violently carbonated at first, then settles to reveal a bright orange, topped with a thick, luscious layer of creamy, off-white froth. Looks very, very good!
Aroma: sweet and fruity, plenty of citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, apricot, lemon, orange, and more, a bit of pine, too...awfully nice.
Taste....mmmm, mmmm, mmmm! Full mouthfeel, tangible, firm presence on the palate from the first sip, graps the senses from the lips and the tongue and the throat, and coats all areas with this great, citric, juicy hop flavor, just slaps it up and down, until no section is left unfelt by this feeling. Lush, majestic dominion over the mouth, perfectly dominates, and there's no denying, and I have to admire it, in fact, I outright adore it!
Every sip thereafter sends another wave of this delicious vibrant hoptastic taste washing over the tongue and every other inch of the cavern called the mouth, tart, yet still very fruity, and a touch sweet, though never considerably.Malt is solid and sure, and where hops are felt in full on the palate, the backbone is still considrable and adds much to the pleasure of the brew and to it's ease of drinkability.
This truly ranks in a class of it's own.

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Photo of acoatley
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma: nice warm alcohol, heavy malty sweetness hists you in the nose first though, definatley American Hops (Crystal?) both citrius and floral

App: Rich amber translucent with golden edges

Taste: Nice hop flavour well balanced (possibley a little light for the style) , smoothe buttery malty sweet finish

Mouth: Rich feals like chocolate milk on the palate, pleasently frothw a bit when I coat the palate

Overall: Excelent well balanced maybe under hopped for the style but sooo good

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Photo of garymuchow
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Gueuzedude for this fine sample.

Starts with a really pleasing hop aroma (grass, citrus) with a nice fruity sweetness. Not so intense as others of style. I find this enjoyable. Wonderful blending. Malt increases in intensity and takes on more character in time.
Head is rather thin. Cramy color with tan, biege hues and becomes a solid ring. Some lacing. Great amber color with orange, reds and gold. Clear on first pour then cloudy towards the bottom.
Both malts and hops impress immediately. Again wonderful blending. Rich matled and hopped, yet somehow not overly intense or unsettling. Hops are grassy and citrus with a fairly high level of bitterness. Malt adds bulk and support. A nice little sweetness up front. Hints of chocolate from somewhere.
Amazingly rich, thick and creamy. Smooth like heavy cream and leaves a thick coating of goodness on the tongue (which helps with the enjoyable long yet mild finish). I'm impressed with its smoothness in spite of the intense hop load.
This is a substantial beer. Warm in stomach from alcohol and heaviness from a full grain bill. I think that other Am. lager style I'm drinking a truly unique American beer, i.e., it's based upon a little that precedes it. Considering it's heft it's probably best to heed the advice on the bottle of sharing it with a "friend" or "loved one." Smoother, softer and less intense of others in style. I prefer this one.
Yulesmith 2004, 500th batch marked on bottle.

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Photo of orfeu
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber hand delivered from Tucson, AZ, by my fine brother-in-law. Big ups!

Hazy, honeyed amber. Thick, rocky, ecru head -- craterey meringue with millions of microscopic bubbles, excellent lacing, rings all the way down the imperial pint glass. Smells of caramel corn with candied orange peels. Vanilla malt with slight whiffs of pine sap. This is the sweetest, maltiest DIPA (if style designation means anything) I've ever tasted. Hops are almost an afterthought. They're present, though: candied citrus rind and forest floor pine needles. Alcohol is totally and completely hidden by lip-smacking tastiness. 8.5 % ABV?!? No freekin' way. Hops are most noticeable in the deliciously bitter and dry finish. Medium body, juicy and satisfying mouthfeel. Since the alcohol is more or less MIA, this is insanely dangerously drinkable. I'd drink this all the time if I could get it out here in WNY. I'm so glad I have another bottle...Man, I've gotta ask my brother-in-law to score me some more for when I see him at xmas...

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Summer 2005 release, Sampled July 26th, 2005
This beer is brilliantly clear and pours a full reddish copper color and is topped by a frothy, light tan head. The aroma is full and hoppy with notes of fresh cut herbs, pine, grapefruit, and bergamot. The beer is sweet up front with a hint of cinnamon mixed in with the abundant hop notes. There is also a good maltiness to this beer, which really helps to hold the hops in check and provide some sort of balance. The hops are sharp and biting from finish to end. As the beer leaves my mouth a slow spicy sharp astringency begins to build for a good half minute span. This beer is still just damn good, so well balanced between the aggressive over the top hoppiness and a solid maltiness, which while definitely playing second fiddle, is still present enough to contribute and tame some of the hop notes.

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Photo of bridgetowhophead
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been dying to drink this beer and I finally snatched one up at the hollywood portland whole foods. score!

A: Pale yellowish orange. Visible bubbles, HUGE head. Cloudy due to the bottle conditioning. Beautiful!

S: Balance of strong citric/floral hops and strong malt, as expected in a IIPA. Surprisingly not as aromatic as their IPA, but got better as it warmed.

T: Good lord, this is a complex beer. Tons of citrus and floral hops mix with the caramel malts to create a perfectly balanced beer. There are tastes in here I've never found in an IPA, and I worship at the altar of hop bombs.

M: This beer dances in your mouth. No flaws at all in texture, body, etc.

D: This is an IIPA? So smooth and drinkable, the 8.8% ABV hardly registers. Wow. I need another.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I now have a new reason to like the month of July besided my birthday! Big thick head that retains for a long time with great lacing. The nose has huge floral lavender smell with fresh pine tree aroma. The taste hits you with a zing of citrus quickly into orange/mango fruits then the malty carmelized apple backbone balances this huge IPA. The final flavor starts to turn dry with a sting of white pepper and lemon zest. The alcohol level could be masked better if the malt content was just a little more. Very good a must try for all hop heads.

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Photo of Gusler
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

July 2004 Release
The beer after its evacuation from the 22-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a nebulous deep copper to almost brown color with the head stupendous in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a toothsome light tan, as it slowly erodes a thick and sticky blanket of lace conceals the glass. Nose is dominated by the aroma of hops and sweet malt, citrus crisp and clean, caramel, a hint of pine or is that just my imagination, start is rich in malt and somewhat sweet with the top moderate to full in its feel. Finish has a strong acidity, the hops potent in their spiciness, very dry and long lasting aftertaste, a great treat, “Christmas In July”!

Release 2003:
The color on the pour a beclouded burnished copper color with the head Bunyanesque in size, creamy in consistency and the color a toothsome light tan, as it ever so slowly decays the lace left behind forms a tight sheet to smother the glass. Hops citrus crisp dominate the nose, lying underneath is the sweetness from the malt, hints of caramel, pine, lime like crispness, fresh, a hodgepodge of aromas to entrance the senses. Start is sweet, full of malt, top is fair to middling in feel with the finish biting in its acidity, but the hops power their way thought to the taste buds, they spring to life with the biting spiciness, the bitterness is quite refreshing and the 8.5 percent ABV causes a nice warming sensation, as good as it is now, I always buy enough so I can sample for several years to come as with the 2002 release, reminds me I need to break one out and put it in the DBF for sampling soon.

Release 2002: - 4.60
it’s been close to two years since I had this beer, and I know that is way to long, finally the Alesmith brews are trickling over one style at a time, but at least their on the way.

The beer pours a murky amber color, tons of dross floating in suspension and resting on the bottom of the bottle, “Yummy”. The head is Herculean in size, the structure creamy, the color a beauteous light tan and as it evanesces, the lace forms a glutinous sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is dominated by the hop floral tones, sweet malt, fresh, crisp and clean, a real treat for the nose as well as the eyes. Start is ambrosial, loaded with malt, the top middling in its feel, finish is delicately acidic, and the hops slam your palate, like the “Cubs” pounding out the “Homers”, on their way to the “World Series”!

Quite dry and lingering aftertaste with a bit of belly warming to boot, oh how I love these big old bad boys, once of the beers not meant for the weak or infirm, as it will take the hide off an Armadillo!

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Photo of gameface23
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2008 bottle consumed on 12/24/08 (Old review finally added to BA)

A: Pours a caramel color with a lively head

S: This smelled amazing. A blast of apricot and citrus rounded with caramel

T: Very similar to the taste. Both malty and loaded with citrus/tropical fruit hops.

M: Medium bodied

D: This is a great beer.

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Photo of ASymon13
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the winter release.

It pours a cloudy dark amber, and despite a fairly easy pour, an excessively large head that recedes very slowly. The aroma is about as enticing as a beer gets. There is a wonderful balance between grapefruit, floral, and some citrus hops and the sweet malts. In fact, it's hard to tell where the hop aromas end and the malt begins. The head recedes slowly, and I've become very impatient for it to drop to a more drinkable level.

The taste is also extremely balanced. The hop flavors are up front, but not at all overpowering. At a colder temperature (~45F) there are a lot of citrus and grapefruit flavors to it, and the sweet malts once again, are difficult to distinguish from the hops, but it's so balanced that you know they are there. The finish is a bit boozy, but very dry. As it warms up the malt profile becomes slightly more distinguishable (at no cost to the great hop character!). Hints of Rye, light caramel, and some light spicing give it an excellent complexity. The body is medium and the carbonation is very pleasant. This is an excellent offering that left me wanting more.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

winter--bomber poured into tulip...thanks james for sending this one my way..

a-deep amber color...nice frothy three finger off white head...that lasted throughout this brew..lacing and great legs..bubbles were there as well

s-grapefruit..pine..grassy and resinous...malt seems subtle just enough to hold this together...i will say next to pliny this is probably the best smelling beer ive had the pleasure of trying..slight spice in the end..

t-grapefruit and citrus briefly start this one off then the pine and grass rush in the take over...malt like the nose is subtle but their to keep things in check...a slight spiciness to it as well...finishes biter and semi dry

m-resiny and sticky...clings to the mouth forever as well as the taste stick around also...carbonation is prickly making this one easy to sip on...perfect

d-off the charts..why do we not get this in NC...i digress..a true pleasure to sip on...i did not want this one to end...

overall a true surprise in the box i received...and a gem of a beer...if this were available in NC i would drink this as long as it was around...another sold brew from alesmith

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Photo of OStrungT
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours, from a summer 05 bottle, a golden brown color with a thin off white head. the head fades quick, leaving a small layer over the to of the beer. Heavy laces coat the sides of the glass. This beer has a piney hop aroma. It has a slight citrus aroma as well. I also detect a very subtle malty aroma. The alcohol content is present in the aroma also. This beer has a piney taste. Not overpowering though. The balance of flavors in this beer is incredible. I taste a slight citrus flavor as well. I can also taste a hint of caramel like malt flavor. That is unusual for hoppy beers. The alcohol content is slightly noticable in the flavor. this beer is strongly carbonated. It goes down smooth leaving a refreshing, piney aftertaste. I think this beer would make an excelent session beer. The alcohol is a little high, but even so, I can see myself drinking this beer all night.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours reddish brown with a one finger head. Aroma of pine, sweet malts, spices, and hops. Initial falvor of grapefruit, toffee, and pine. Well balanced. Delicious, warm finish with some bitterness. Big and very tasty beer. Gets better with each sip. Delicious. Bottle was blue and red. 8.5% ABV. Alesmith rocks!
P.S. Actually dreamt about the beer.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 release. Pours a bright copper orange color with big creamy off white head that left chunks of sticky lace.
Big smells of sweet malt, lots of caramel, fruit and spices. Nice fresh zingy/citrusy hop aroma and a whiff of alcohol.
Great melding of flavors. Huge bittersweet taste. Malt, caramel, toffee, red fruit and a bit of chocolate all balanced by a large citrusy/spicy resinous hop profile. Hints of nuts and alcohol in the finish. Excellent!
Full bodied with a rich full and creamy mouthfeel. It had a viscous oily feel that was lightened by the great carbonation.
This massive beer is scary drinkable due to the balance of flavors and the great job of hiding the alcohol.
Wow! What a beer. Wish I would have bought more than three.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Apparently this is the winter release, with the green and red printing. Marked as 8.5% abv.
Thanks to XLPerro for showing my girlfriend Kristi where the good beer spots are while she was in town, and thanks to her for lugging this back on the plane.
Glowing sunset orange, tending towards red, topped with a mountain of cream colored head. Great clarity. Excellent head retention, with thick, goppy lacing everywhere. It's seriously about a cm thick at the top of the glass. Tendrils of carbonation streamers moving slowly towards the top. This is what beer should look like. Big, powerful aroma. Blooming with pine sap hoppiness. Heaps of toasty, sweet maltiness, estery and floral. A little vanilla cake-frosting sweetness. Maybe a spot of some cinnamon, even. Monster hops in the flavor, coming through immediately. Maybe a little less depth than the aroma suggested, but still rich and very well textured. Big toasted maltiness, this brew is huge overall. The hops are just enormous feeling, inundating the palate with tarry pine bitterness. Caramel sweetness grows with warmth, with a little dash of cocoa to round out the malt spectrum. A little applesauce and green raisin in there, too. Citrusy, with a milder floral/metallic bite in the end. Just a hint of alcoholic heat in the back of the throat. Very beefy and big bodied, with very energetic carbonation. I prefer a mellower bubble level, but it's quite alright. One of the best beers I've had in a while. A trip to San Diego is required.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From reino in the LNBA BIF.

A - Nice pale golden brown color with a very thick off white foamy head. Slowly fades leaving sheets of lace. Beautiful looking DIPA.

S - Big, bad citrusy pucnh in the nose. Lots of grapefruit and a little lemon. Hints of pine linger as well. A hoppy wonderland in the nose.

T - A very light sweetness at first drink. Then a tiodal wave of hoppiness bowls over the taste buds. Lots of citrusy/tropical flavors including the aforementioned grapefruit and lemon and a little candied pineapple sneaks in as well. Finishes with an excellent puckering bitterness. The pale malts provide just enough balance to make this one phenomenal.

M/D - Medium bodied and very crisp. Verging on too much carbonation but still an incredible DIPA.

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Photo of wl0307
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A great gift by courtesy of BA Greg (Dukeofearl) when he and Alice visited London earlier this year. Thanks Greg! This is officially my first "bottled" DIPA, as I am lucky to have tasted DFH 90minute IPA on cask and something else I can't remember at the BSF bar, GBBF 05. Both were huge, complex and very different, further triggering my interest in seeing how these giant hoppy monsters could maintain their subtle distinctiveness... And having warmed myself up with several IPAs and heavy APAs recently, now I'm ready:

2005 edition, 8.5%abv. Served around 10-12˚C in a goblet.
A: pours a copperish hue with exceptionally dark orangey hint; thick, cappucino-like frothy and creamy head, only very slowly dissipating w/o showing much movement, leaving layers of fine lacing. Very gentle carbonation detected. Beautiful...
S: the texture of the smell is beyond my imagination--I could sense an invisible, air-tight cell occupying the space between the nectar and my nose, in which the fat fruity hoppy and richly malty elements are wrapped together, so intense and focused that it's unmovable and never dissipates... sweetened apricot and cherry, preserved orange, melted malt sugar, flowery honey, butterscotch, peach-flavoured milk(?!), rock-candy, endless fruit and flowery esters all over the place. The whole thing is thick, intense, complex but luckily not too aggressive~~ It's easily the most remarkable aroma of all those (only a few actually) American IPAs I've ever encountered, but it doesn't get 5 coz it proves a touch too sweet for me. (at the second pour and third the smell does soften remarkably and still bloody nice!)
T: the first sip is like a hop-shell exploding on the palate and taking me aback!!! releasing high voltage of hoppy waves rediating towards all corners in my mouth and really "stuns" my tongue; after I put myself/my senses together after the first hit, the second sip shows a fat and oily hop-ball rolling onto the palate, gradually the incredibly thick orange-dominated citrus fruitiness spreads from the centre, followed by oily hoppyness, liquour-preserved cherries, along with buttery and sweet-biscuity malts, while the magnifying bitterness gradually intensifies from underneath just as a flow of flaming alcoholic warmth sliding down the throat like malt liquour. Thick but round finish, underlined by incredibly deep and lingering, herbal and slightly citrus-tannic bittering flavour deep down the throat on top of the simmering flames~~
M: incredibly rich and round the mouthfeel is... with such a 110% body and 120% flavour, I'm pleasantly surprised to find that at the back of the palate the oily hops, thick malts and ever-lasting and ever-magnifying bitterness are all rolled into one, as if there is a centre of gravity to keep the harmonious balance...
D: I feel very priviledged to try such a nice brew as my first-ever bottled DIPA. Actually I'm converted right away! But it's not to say that I would stop my love for "attenuated" American IPA and indeed even "smaller" English IPA, and "mini-mum" ESB, so on and so forth... They, as different styles, each show distinct beauty and complement each other to make the (bitter) beer world fuller and never boring. Three cheers to Greg and YuleSmith!!!

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Photo of belhav0322
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Manage to obtain at a store in NY even though Alesmith is not distributed in this state. Good times.

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Almost orange like hue, with some cloudiness. Three finger head that lasted for a good 3 minutes. Nice, sticky lacing.

S- Grapefruit with honey. Just what I love in a good Imp. IPA. Some clove notes and what can best be described as green tea as well. Wonderfully fragrant.

T- Upfront and non-cloying citrus notes give way to great hop bitterness and golden raisins. Slight malt backbone and a hint of alcohol make this perfectly balanced. The bitterness of the hops balance out the sweet citrus notes to perfection.

M- Vibrant mouthfeel. Slightly chewy, yet smooth.

D- One of my new favorite. Was sad to see the bottle end. For a double IPA this is so smooth, and balanced. Yes, you know what style you are drinking, yet I cannot get past the balance. Even though it is one of my favorite styles, my , mouth often gets too dry with double IPA's. That did not happen here.

Simply put, I need more of this. NOW!

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Photo of atsprings
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Summer 2007 release. Pours a rather crisp pale amber with a decent head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves good lacing. The aroma is a wonderful balance of caramel malts and pine and citrus hops. The taste is an amazingly complex balance of pine hops and burnt caramel. This is a very heavy and sticky beer. This is one that takes a long time to drink. it gets slightly more tolerable as it warms, but not much. This is certainly enjoyable, but I think I'll limit myself to one per release. I do look forward to trying the X-mas release.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a brilliant medium red color with four huge fingers of foam. There is lots and lots of lacing. The nose really leaps out at you. Lots of piney hops up front, but you get some of that citrus in there as well. A little bit of sugary sweetness as well. The taste is spectacular. Candied fruit sweetness at first, showing those faint signs of maltiness. Watch out for the hops though, cause they aren't far behind. Lots of great hop flavor without being overly bitter. Sticky pine sap remains on the tongue. The mouthfeel is good, but could have been a touch thicker. The drinkability is deadly. A fantastic brew that really gives new meaning to hoppy holidays.

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AleSmith Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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