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AleSmith Double IPAAleSmith Double IPA
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AleSmith Double IPAAleSmith Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

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 cvaypai
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to large snifter.

Appearance - Pours a very pale yellow orange, very transparent, but with lots of floaters, pourn with a 2 and a half finger white FROTHY head that leaves an amazing lacing.

Smell - Smells of grapefruit, other citrus, maybe a hint of orange. Very grassy with hints of pine, these are the secondary smells. On the end the sweet malts can be smelled.

Taste - Nice citrusy bitterness right up front, lots of grapefruit and pine in the taste. This is a very dry and bitter beer, I can only imagine what it was like last summer. Not extremely complex but just tastes great. Hints of the sweet malt sneaking up on the end, standard caramel, sweet malts.

Mouthfeel - Feels good for the style. Not too heavy and not too light. Has a nice smooth and dry finish despite all the bitter tongue biting. Nice carbonation all the way through.

Drinkability - One bomber will be plenty of me, this is a hell of a beer and one I could see buying every summer if I lived in their distro area. Nice for a summer day I am sure.

My first from alesmith.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is the Blue and Red, July 2006 release. Thanks to dogfooddog for the opportunity to try it.

Definitely among the most unique of DIPA's I've tried, but whether that is a good or bad thing, I haven't quite decided. Tastes like hop infused chocolate.

The beer pours to a slightly hazy, amber bronze color. Light carbonation, but with a nice rocky, retentive head.

The smell is where I first began to think, "IIPA? WTF?" It almost smells like chocolate, but it looks like an ordinary IIPA. Did they actually use chocolate malt in this, or infuse it with chocolate even? I would think that with the amount of chocolate I get out of this, it can't be coming from chocolate malt alone, especially considering how pale it appears. Aside from that, it smells like strong spicy and piney hops.

The taste is very milky, like rich chocolatey ovaltine. Sweet up front with a significant bitterness in the finish. Good hops flavor. Fades nicely from sweet malt to cloying bitterness. Very interesting, that's for sure.

The body is thick and milky. Very smooth. Just the right amount of carbonation. Lingering bitter, chocolate finish. Interesting. Not sure how much of it I could drink. Probably not as much as a more "regular" DIPA. I'm very interested in trying the X-Mas release now, that's for sure.

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Photo of Cascadia
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 2006 version from the Market of Choice in Eugene.

Nice clear ruby red/amber brown color. Good half inch head of creamy tan goodness sits nicely on tap. Smells big on hops with a little malt/carmel aroma at the end. Smell like its going to be a big one. Tastes of hops at first, followed by a bit of spice and ending with a nice malty carmel taste.

I was supprised at how complex this one is. Alesmith does good things. Yummy. Nice mouthfeel, creamy and smooth with just enough sweet notes to make it warming after the first few sips. This is a really good beer, anytime of year. Doesn't need to be cellared away, drink this one now.

Damn, Alesmith continues to create high-quality brews. Tip of the hat, boys.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a great trade from Imperialbeachbrw. Didn't realize it was the summer DIPA release otherwise I would have drank it right away. I thought it was the red ale, which I could age a little more. Oh well, time makes fools of us all. I'll assume the hops would be blasting me more had this been fresher.

A: A nice big thick 1.5 finger head rises up the glass leaving the big bubbles in the middle where the pour went through. and a thick fluffy head where it did not. A pale golden orange color dazzles me, being very light golden color at the bottom where it thins, and a nice amber orange color towards the top where it thickens (in the tulip glass that is). Lots of little bubbles rise up the top through the semi hazy but mostly clear liquid. The loads of particulate at the bottom of the glass make me wonder if that will add to it or it went too long before drinking. I stir it up in a tornado of fury and watch the haze it adds to the glass. Big chunks of yeast now dance around the glass but don't change the aromatic or taste qualities.

N: If this has lost any hop aroma, then Alesmith are crazy people (although they are). Huge heavy hop aromas smash my nose. Some nice piney, citrus, and floral juicy hops come right out first. It's followed closely with some sweet malts, but those are pretty light, mostly its the kind of sweet malts that come with heavy abv DIPAs, with hints of alcohol. Hints of grapefruit make their way out, but remain pretty light. I can see that the grapefruit and citrus was probably stronger in the aromas when it first came out, but it's still pretty damn good!

T: The hop taste hits even harder. It has a pretty strong wet hop taste with troves of pine, citrus, and even more juicy hops than that. A nice backbone of lightly sweet malts, crystal and the like, stand up. It adds a slight spicy hop taste. Waves of bitterness hit in a few rhythms. The malts are accompanied by hints of alcohol. The hops get semi thick and chewy mid palate.

M: Pretty thick, lots of carbonation (opposite of a Tomme'd bottle), and touches of alcohol warmth and tingly. It also has a slight oily feel, but very slight.

F: It finishes even more bitter than it started. The bitterness just weighs down the tongue, which is helped with the sweet malty backbone that seems to linger with it. It dries out a bit with help from the heavy spicy bitterness. A slight hop oil and sweet malt stick around for quite some time after the swallow. Due to the heavy malt sweetness and crazy bitterness, as well as higher abv, it is a definite sipper beer, and takes a little time to finish.

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Photo of waltonc
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer version.

Thanks to JoeySchlitz for dropping this off in Denver for me. IPAs don't get much closer to perfect than this. Pours an appealing golden body with poofy white head. Lots of bubbles rising up from the bottom of my glass. Smell is fresh pine and citrus hop notes balanced against some nice malt. Pine sol fresh flavor with slices of grape fruit mixed in. But unlike lesser IPAs, this is nicely balanced with an abundance of malt, making all the hops quite tolerable. Medium body with a lot of carbonation. The carbonation prevents this from being a syrupy hoppy mess. Overall, one of the better IPAs I've had.

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Photo of bosco7
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in bottle at Uber Tavern in Seattle. Winter 2006.

Amber in color with a luscious light brown/yellow head.

Smells of Christmasy spices (reminds me of eggnog) and biscuit malt.

Sweet. Lots of holiday spices upfront, followed by plenty of hops and a wallop of big caramel malt flavors.

This is full-bodied and probably should be shared amongst friends.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone brewery today.

The beer pours a copper brown color with good head retention and lacing. The beer smells pretty good, and I get some nice hoppy citrus, pine and sweet malt. There is some fruity aromas from the intermix of hops and malt. On the palate this beer is very complex, with some nice flavors of citrus, cherry and pine. Although there is a fair amount of sweet malt on the mid palate, the beer finishes with a considerably hoppy, drying bite. This beer really grew on me the more I drank of it, yet another impressive effort from AleSmith. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel and, for the most part, the abv. is pretty well disguised. You can tell the beer's abv. is fairly high, but it's not at all obtrusive or intrusive, and ultimatley I was pretty impressed by it. While I wasn't wowed by it, this is yet another excellent effort from Alesmith.

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Photo of Greggy
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer Vintage*

A- Pours a nice 2 finger head with nice lacing. Body is only a touch cloudy.

S- Nice pineapple, pine, caramel, slight raisin component. Very balanced.

T- Starts out rather dry. Notes of green apple skin, peach, pine and pineapple. Finishes quite dry.

M- Low carbonation is nice and I enjoyed the dryness.

D- Nice beer. I wouldn't dream of sessioning it, but would love to have it again.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 bitter...it 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 +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmalex
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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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AleSmith Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,953 ratings
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