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AleSmith Double IPAAleSmith Double IPA

Brewed by:
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 Imstillthegman
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Boolshot for this bomber of the winter release.

Pours a clear copper color with about 1/2 an inch of white head. The smell is balanced very nicely between the malts and hops. Sweet toffee with nice pine and floral scents coming on strong. The flavor stars with a hint of sweetness quickly overrun by bitter hops. Pine and citrus tastes are strongest. Very good...wish it was Christmas all year long. Slick on the tongue with a bitter finish and some notice of alcohol presence. I need to get some more of this one.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip pint; Summer 09 version

Pours a pretty deep red amber with a huge, fluffy ecru cap. Head sticks around forever and leaves loads of spider web lacing all over my glass. A large amount of yeast is suspended in my glass.

Huge aroma of resiny pine, grapefruit, and pineapples wallop the olfactory's off the bat. The malt bill is earthy and sweet; mainly sweet, sticky, caramel.

Gooey pine resin and hop oil coat the mouth right off the bat with a rush of earthy, slightly sweet caramel and biscuit malt that fills the void briefly before a bitter punch really assaults the palate. A larger bitterness would have been more welcome. Everything is in pretty good balance up to the bitterness, hence why I wanted a little more on the back end.

A very wet, resiny, and oily mouthfeel that finishes slightly bitter. There is a decent amount of heat that lingers amongst the bitterness.

Considering how well-balanced this is and a do-able 8.8% abv, I would have to rate this pretty high. However, I was not in love with how balanced this was.

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Photo of Eldalonde
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a lovely rich golden color with a full thick chunky white head. The aroma is rich with grapefruits and tangerines. An earthy pine is also very prevalent in the nose balanced with deep caramel malts. Soft sweet fruity flavors of tangerines and grapefruits wash over the palate. There seems to be a bit of passion fruit as well. The finish begins sweet and ends very bitter. The balance in this beer is marvelous. Overall, an absolutely outstanding beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gold body with light sediment. Stellar foamy white head with sheets of lace and great retention.

S - Nice soft hop-forward nose. Big floral notes, honey, bready malt, orange rind.

T - Bitter up front. Plant stems, marmalade, resiny bitters, flour, honey, and white bread. Lingering bitterness clings to your palate.

M - Full for the style. Ok carbonation.

O - Big alpha oil bitterness and relatively dry; an uncommon combination in a DIPA.

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Photo of shirfan
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last year's Green and Red bottle.

Copper/crimson and clear with a very sticky and retentive layer of foam.

Smells of pineapple, pine needles, some earthy, grassy dirt, tangerine.

Taste is up-front bitterness with some juicy tropical fruit flavors, tangerine, burnt sugar, and a hint of biscuity malt.

Bitterness just gets bigger, and along with a moderate alcohol burn, sticks around the inside of the mouth. Big, big hops. Peppery flavors kick around, residual malt sweetness lingers but still barely holds up the hops onslaught -- and this is nearly 10 months out.

Strikes me as something between a Double Celebration and Bigfoot, but with different hops. The summer version must be an absolute hops onslaught when fresh.

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Photo of Reed415
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber color with a full light tan head

S - Nose is full of hops, thick malt, and fruit

T - Thick caramel malt, tons of fruit, big hop flavor, not as big a I expected though

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation, not much alcohol warmth

D - Would be higher if the was a little more hop flavor. Great beer though.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - clesr golden color with a white head. The head thinned to a layer with some clumps that left some globs of lacing on the glass.

S - citrus hop aroma, orange rind, with some alcohol scent in the background.

T - very good flavor of citrus hops all the way through, with a solid malty background, alcohol taste is more apparent as it warms.

M - medium/full bodied, chewy, lightly carbonated.

D - somewhat heavy but a good, drinkable, Dub/Imp IPA for the summer season.

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Photo of RedChrome
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer version 2007.

A clear medium golden colored beer. Over two inch high pillow like white head. Tiny, slowly rising carbonation. Super thick lacing clumps all around the glass.

Strong aromas of freshly fallen pine needles. A slight alcohol presence was hidden behind a light fruity blend. Fruit had no clear scents, just a blend of light citric goodies.

A bitter pine taste slammed the taste buds hard. Faint awareness of an alcohol presence. Fruit is there, but doesn't hold up to the flavors of the beer.

Nice viscosity. Goes down smooth, without being watery. Carbonation is enough to shift flavors without being soda like.

Extremely nice beer. Perfect for pairing against a subtle cheddar. A must try for anyone who like hops. Go the extra mile to pick this up if you can.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark chestnut red, with a massive creamy yellowy white head that retains really well. Aromas of strong resinous pine, lemony citrus, slight kola nut, oranges, a bit peppery, Underlying sweet maltiness (caramel, bready). Strikingly hoppy taste from the start, blast of thick oily hops, piney, lemons, grapefruit, oranges? Followed closely by a sweet creamy caramel toffee flavour, sugars, sweet breads, and butterscotch. Finishes with a clinging hoppy bitterness and a slightly warming alcohol feel. Slick and oily in the palete, coating the mouth. Very light carbonation, and a full body. Cracking beer! Really smooth and enjoyable DIPA.

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Photo of ZAP
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A highly anticipated forray into the world of Alesmith and my expectations are met..

Pours a burnt orange..big frothy white head...great fruity nose..big on the citrus fruits...grapefruits, oranges, pinneaples, but also a very strong "peach" aroma..smells sweet....body is creamy and smooth....medium to full..the 'peach" fruitiness is evident on the taste as is a much stronger bitterness than the nose foreshadowed..tobbacco, cannibus...and finishes with a raw rough piney bitterness....not to say this is overly almost feels as if there is candy sugar added..It is uniquely sweet (as in sweet fruits) at the start and then the hops jump up and smack you in the mouth nicely..

Lived up to my expectations...the bittrness really emerges as you sip on this and it warms...blows away Stone in the hop bite category but I enjoy the stone brews a tich more...

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Photo of chalsk
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from the AleSmith brewery. Pours a lighter amber orange color with a thick white foam head. Has an aroma of grapefruit and pine with a hint of spice. Starts sweet and foamy. Then the hop hit. Some spice and grapefruit taste through the finish. Nice carbonation level that kicks up the foaminess of the brew, making it texturally more similar to a belgian strong. More biting than creamy or resiny. Unique and tasty.

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Photo of mjl21
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling info is given but this is the recently released Summer 2009 version. Comes in at 8.5%.

A-Pours a semi-clear apricot color. Has a one finger off white head that deflates to a nice layer that sticks aroud. There is definite clumps of yeast sediment floating in the glass. It leaves lots of lace. The color is its only flaw; the head retention is great.

S-Tons of fresh hops. The malt stays in the back. I pick up on lots of tropical fruit along with pine. The booze is well hidden throughout. As it warms I pick up on some yeasty bread notes.

T-The bitterness from all of the hops is upfront. Lots of bitter grapefruit and pine hit fast. The grapefruit bitterness remains strong in the back of the mouth. I also get orange rind, mango, and some pineapple in most sips. In between sips there is a tad bit of malt sweetness that remains in the mouth. As it warms a tad bit of booze is apparent, but it is not a distraction.

M-Medium bodied and due to the great head retention it is very creamy and smooth. It has a nice crisp, dry finish. All of the hops leave a nice oily mouthfeel.

D-A very good DIPA, but the 8.5% will catch up with you. This is one that if you can get fresh you should definitely pick up.

Overall this is one of the best DIPAs out there. The $9.00 per bottle limits this a little as I can buy 2 Plinys for the same price. Definitely worth picking up one or two whenever it is released.

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Photo of drseamus
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #300 for me. I thought this was the winter edition but it was apparently the Summer 06.

A: Beautiful brilliant vermilion body with a bunch of visible carbonation. It is topped by a nice fluffy white head. The body has the slightest bit of cloudiness to it but is otherwise beautiful.

S: Like a pine forest jammed into the glass. The aroma is primarily pine but is backed by caramel and some heavy malt.

T: Just like the flavor, only more balanced. Pine is dominant but the malt backbone is strong enough to maintain a balanced beer. Some of the caramel is present and becomes more evident in the late aftertaste which leaves a nice caramel sweetness on the tongue. Bitterness is strong but not overwhelming.

M: Very nice body for a DIPA. It's on the heavy end without being too thick. I think that the piney hop aroma and bitterness make it seem a bit heavier than it really is.

D: I'm more partial to the citrusy hops than the piney version but this is pretty good. Alcohol is hidden well.

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Photo of uustal
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange with a slight white head. Nice grapefruit and orange aroma. Nice sweet grapefruit hops. A bit more citrus hops join the party, but the taste of sugared up grapefruit owns the hop profile. A pleasant bready malt and a rare tasty buttery malt profile balances this one nicely. Booze was present when fresh, but after sitting on another bottle for a few months, went away without disrupting the flavor profile.

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Photo of OHLRangers
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer version 22oz bomber into standard pint glass.

Very drinkable dIPA- not a big, huge malt profile as the hops come forward in both aroma (big Pacific Northwest citrus and pine in the nose) and taste (grapefruity aftertaste). A bit dry in the finish but all in all a solid beer from an outstanding brewery.

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Photo of rsquared59
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmalex
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To celebrate my 2 year BAnniversary and my 75th review, I'm drinking this today on a beautiful mid-summer's day.

Winter version - 2006 (I assume)

APPEARANCE: Pours a very clear dark amber that turns brilliant ruby red when held up to light. The head is a light beige, massive, and dense. It takes forever to drop. Even then, a hearty cap stays with it the entire way down the glass and even leaves a few scant patches of lacing.

SMELL: Massive piny hop aroma and almost sweeteningly so. Any malt background is difficult to detect, but it seems almost toasty.

TASTE: Whoo, boy!. This is much more balanced than the the smell. The malt sweetness actually hits you first and is caramelly and nutty. Piny and citrusy hops quickly overtake it and overwhelm for just a bit. The finish is remarkably clean and leaves you with a solid bitterness and some residual malt sweetness. Fantastic.

MOUTHFEEL: Just a bit syrupy, but otherwise nice. Carbonation is on the high end and appropriate.

DRINKABILITY: Look out! Its 8.5% ABV doesn't show itself at all. It goes down very smoothly - so much so that I'm afraid I need to slow myself down.

What a great way to celebrate. I'd love to have one of these again, but I'm a bit afraid that the huge price tag may not allow it. I'd at least like to compare this with the summer version sometime. AleSmith - you do not fail to impress.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Summer edition this time for me. I still think this should be a separate entry on BA, but whatever:

Appearance: Pours a beautiful blood-orange-amber-blood orange-peach-brown shade of effervescence. Head is about a half finger's worth of froth, root beer-like foam. Lacing is caligraphic. Awesome.

Smell: Yeasty must settles into a blast of grapefruit-pine, with some tangerine-yuzu backbone. Some cane sugar malt is also there. This is a bold, powerful DIPA that is asserting itself with a solid boot stamp. However, I think it still takes a bit of a traditionalist stance compared to something like Stone 10th, which I found more exciting.

Taste: Pine, lemon, grapefruit, solvent-like alcohol, and some of the best hop bitterness profiles I've ever come across - it hits all the right spots on the your tastebuds, but still allows the sweetness of the alpha oils to penetrate. That alone deserves a high rating.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, thick, syrup-like. Typical for its style.

Drinkability: Definitely a sipper, but not as bad as some DIPA's can get.

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Photo of mrob22278
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lpayette
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is for a winter release 2006 edition, provided by fellow BA dbalsock. 22 oz. bomber. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Pours with a huge head as a good celebratory beer should. Somewhat cloudy amber red. Tons and Tons of lacing. Very, very nice.

Smell- Very good floral hop aroma. Citrus, some grapefruit, but mostly floral. Underneath it all is a delicate layer of malt.

Taste- A good balance of sweet malt and bitterness. Somewhat similar to a DFH 90-minute IPA, but not so intense. The malt is almost honey-like, but not quite. Just a bit piney. Citrusy, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel- full and rich-bodied. Could it be fuller? perhaps, but it's at a good level right where it is. Somewhat dry in the finish.

Drinkability- Overall a very good beer. Perhaps the best balanced Imperial IPA that I've had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer Yule Smith poured into tall nonic pint glass at 50 degrees.

Pours with a booming white head of tiny bubbles, over a fairly clear, golden body with plenty of carbonation rising up.

Piney and citrusy aromas. All hops.

Smooth entry on the palate. Sharp, resinous pine bite, with a healthy dose of unripened pineapple, and some grapefruit bitterness. Good dose of tabacco-like smoky quality, too. The sweet malt tries hard to keep up with the hoppy bite, but comes in second. For all the bite in the flavor, it's actually quite smooth and oily in the mouthfeel.

This is a fantastic beer - full of flavor, and easy to drink for the ABV.

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm re-reviewing this after receiving a fresh bottle from Rand who was rather insistent that I had gotten two bad bottles of this. Thanks Rand!

Poured into tulip

Appearance-Pours an orange-ish yellow with a big, beautiful, thick and resplendent head; one of the nicest heads I've ever seen with awesome retention that leaves big chunks of lacing along the rim.

Aroma-The pungent smell of fruity hops followed by a kind of caramel-pine. There's a big candied pineapple and grapefruit character, maybe some citric zest as well, I also detect some pear. A nice little bouquet of hops here.

Taste-Dry upfront, honestly a little 'too' dry for my liking but still alright, followed by a bitter-sweet fruity bouquet reminiscent of the aroma laid upon a thin layer of crystal malts. Some alcohol warmth in the mid-palette. Finishes dry with a flecking of hops.

Mouthfeel-Oily and slightly sticky but a tad too thin for my liking; could use a bigger body.

Drinkability-It's complex, that's for sure, but still a tad too dry for me to sip compulsively, I'm enjoying taking small sips here and there and picking out the various flavors though.

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Photo of zotzot
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beermonster001
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mtstatebeer
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber. Pours an orange-amber with a nice frothy white, good lacing. Aroma is very nice, clean hops. I get flowers, grass, pine, and orange/grapefruit. Flavor is a touch of malty sweetness with loads of citrus, pine, and a nice bitter finish. Very clean, dry finish. Great DIPA.

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AleSmith Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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