AleSmith Double IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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 TBoneJones
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of general citrus/ apricot, sweet malts and has some dank in the nose.
Tastes like a well-balanced IPA with a perfectly-sweet malt backbone and orange flavor, with a tasty hop profile of that citrus fruit. I'm reminded of Orange Julius here with this one. Clean, flavorful.
Feels medium-full, and smooth, nicely carbonated. Peppery bite at the end, a slight bit dry, but nicely so to follow the semi-sweet hop profile.
This is the same as their Yule Smith? It appears so, only in the summer for some reason. Anyhow, the shelf was empty the first few times I spotted a shelf tag for this beer. I can see why it took a couple of store visits to snag. Good stuff. If I'm feeling IPA next week, I may seek another sixer for the Super Bowl.

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Photo of Tone
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, resin, piney hops, alcohol, earthy malt, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight bitterness. Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, resin, piney hops, alcohol, earthy malt, hint of pale malt, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, complex, and blend.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

-spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Hazy, dense tangerine color with a slight, frothy light beige capping of relative short duration. Slight sticky foam ring lace, a hard to distinguish carbonation factor is hidden within the dense oj like nature.

S: Sweet and spicy tangerines and citrus explode upon uncapping and the pour. Sugar coated grapefruit pulp, semi-dry lemon slices, with some fresh wet pine, all of good strength and lasting appeal. Hints of sour citrus comes at the very end.

T: The flavor had tons of grapefruit and tangerine hops which were spicy and dripping wet. Sharp citrus bite, with some alcohol and pine resins followed by some citrus peel.

M: Spritzy carbonation factor provides for a lively mouthful, with a thick and creamy body and feel. Really nice consistency on the tongue.

O: Outstanding flavor, sharp carbonation and drink-ability, a flavor that bursts with wet grapefruit citrus and pine that reminds me of the first time i had the stone original pale. Well balanced, great drink-ability, alcohol glow and respectable hops. outstanding overall, case worthy.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a slightly opaque gold, not cloudy though. Tremendous head, fades to medium lacing and surface-only layer.
Aroma is prominent alcohol as is the taste. The hops are there, but I fear my bottle is old, date is illegible, but its been in my fridge for about 3 weeks.
Not horrible, but don't know if I would buy it again, given other options.

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Photo of hman43
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours golden with a slightly off white head and plenty of lacing.

Smell: It has stone fruit aromas that feature peach and apricot.

Taste: There are apricot, peach, caramel, and floral flavors.

Feel: It has a moderate feel with high bitterness and alcohol warming

Overall, the flavors of peach and apricot start off sweet and turn to bitter and is long lasting through the finish.

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Photo of htown_engineer
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got this one as an extra in a trade, poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - kind of like a burnt orange color with a slight haze, with a slight head.

Smell - very floral, sweet smell, I got like a tropical fruit scent, but can't pinpoint exactly which fruit

Taste - for me the mouth didn't follow the nose. The beginning was piney with a hint of sweet citrus but then fell right into a bitter, biting end. It kind or reminded me of sucking on the rind of an orange or grapefruit. But that's pretty typical of these types of DIPA's, so it really wasn't that surprising.

Feel - surprisingly it went down smooth, with a light carbonation.

Overall - I like my DIPA's a little less bitter to this, I'm not a huge fan of dry hopped beers. I've heard a lot of people rave about this beer and I'm glad I got the opportunity to try this. I just don't know if I'd drink again, but well worth it as an extra in the trade.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle picked up at the brewery, with a bottled on date of 4.16.16

L - Yellow/copper, with some clarity, 2 fingers of head and HUGE lacing left on the top of the brew and all over the glass

S - Dry hopped, citrus, tangerine

T - Insanely hoppy and well balanced, between citrus and pine. So smooth, and hidden ABV.

F - Well carbonated, medium body. oily and smooth

O - An amazingly tasty, smooth, well balanced DIPA. Alesmith rocks it

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Photo of K-Dog
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really loved there regular ipa and this one dosent disappoint. Very nice darker appearance and a nice floral smell. This is how I like my ipas. Too many of the new ipas today are brewed with fruit juices and kind of turn me off. This is a perfect example of a tropical flavored ipa without the fruit juicyness. Very well done.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has an orange colored appearance, and a 3/4" off white head. The aroma drops tons of pine. An immense amount.

Taste is both citrus and pine, not excessively bitter. I don't like the bomber format, its expensive. No bottle dating. Some inconsistency between the minor malt variation from summer and winter. I dunno, its a good beer, but its not that usual dry west coast malt bill, this has crystal and its sticky. The hops are on point though. Lush.

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Photo of Mike_Peppar
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

Alesmith always has great 22 bottles, however, the 12oz bottles are not as great tasting than its bigger counterpart.

the saving grace in ale smith attempt to breach into 12 oz market it will be lead by it's their Double IPA.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a pale orange with a medium sized head. The aroma is dominated by citrus, mostly grapefruit with some tangerine. There is also a touch of pineapple and caramel. The flavor starts with very rich caramel, followed by citrus, orange, grapefruit, tangerine. There is some pine mid palate, but just a bunch more citrus on the swallow. The mouthfeel is very full and rich, with a huge, sudsy amount of carbonation. Overall while the hop profile is nice, the sweetness is a bit too much for me.

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Photo of puck1225
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Golden clear yellow, beige head and nice lacing. Very citrusy smell with some floral notes. Taste is strong citrus with grapefruit, orange, pine. A hint of bitterness. Very good!

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Photo of LF_Evan
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy (practically opaque) pumpkin with fine and lasting lacing.
S: Earthy orange juice. Kind of musty.
T: Very bitter with deeply resinous pine and orange rind with a hint of nectar sweetness. No malt presence to speak of.
F: Super rich and creamy. This is like hop oil soup.
O: I was underwhelmed for the first several sips. It lets you know that it's an old school DIPA right up front. Reminds me a lot of the original Ruination or Nugget Nectar, but a lot more refined and "jammy," to borrow the wine term. Once my palate adjusted to the shock, I settled in and found a whole lot to like.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid the premium on this 5 bucks. Good looking presentation and slightly bitter hop smelling goodness. Taste is what I expected a touch malty but it still has a similar hop bite compared to the regular IPA. Smooth with no lingering alcohol esters so goodness!

Overall pretty stellar DIPA one I would love to try again.

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Photo of TequilaTom
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light golden yellow with a thin off white head. Minor lacing. Smells of bready malts and citrusy hops. Tastes is hop forward citrus/pine with light bready maltiness. Finishes bitter. A well done double worth trying.

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Photo of SSS
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has this one at the brewery itself, great full hop aroma dank and Citrus. Went down quite easily and wasn't overly bitter. Good balance between bitter and sweetness.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Amber colored with a good haze. Off white head retains very well. Chunky lacing.

S: Green, oily, cut grass, lemony. Prange and tangerine. Sturdy dough and caramel malt base.

T: Freshly cut grass. Oily and green. Earthy flavors of pine, bark, and resin. Lots of tangerine. Grapefruit too. Bitterness builds slowly and gradually, becoming firm and somewhat imposing on the back end. Hops go spicy toward the back too. Malt body is substantial, bringing a fat caramel and toast flavor that balances nicely while letting the hops do their thing. Bitter, oily, and spicy hop finish.

M: Medium-thick. Fat and round with a sense of malty weight that presses in gently. Brisk carbonation prickles at the tongue. Hop astringency grips at the teeth.

O: An old school American double IPA. Big, bold, and well balanced despite a hop-dominated punch. Pretty much the quintessential West Coast double IPA.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head that settles into a smaller creamy layer.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop driven aroma with a scent of citrus and pine. Upfront citrus hop scent of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, and lemon along with pineapple. Earthy hop hints of pine resin and grass. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker along with yeast. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Juicy citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon with some pineapple. Earthy hop notes of pine resin and grass. Background malt notes of caramel, grains, and cracker along with some yeast. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A very solid Double IPA. Good citrus and pine hop flavor.

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Photo of pat61
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours bright amber gold under a 1” yellow tinted cream colored moderately persistent foam cap – takes 4 minutes to reduce to a thick film. Leaves sheets of lace on the glass.

S: Bread crumb, tropical fruit and melon.

T: Big juicy, tropical fruit flavors, orange, grapefruit, with a citrus rind bitterness in the background. The malt and the hop bitterness and flavors are moderately high with the hop bitterness balancing a moderate malt sweetness while the malt sweetness accents the hop flavors.

F: Very creamy, medium body and carbonation.

O: A well made, easy to drink double IPA.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft in big pint glass. not best glass but it is 16 oz. golden amber color and great pine nose. very bitter but nicely balanced w malt. more pine than citrus hops which i like

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
3.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: murky bronze.

S: Malts. Some orange peel. Something approximating cinnamon. Did I mention malts? There's also an undercurrent of malts.

T: get some of that orange, but basically drinking honeyed malts here. Some hints of citrus, but muddied in sweetness.

F: trends towards syrupy. Slightly over carbonated.

O: overpriced, exhausting to drink, and one note. A for avoid.

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Photo of BB1313
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 4/28/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze; fluffy white head that sticks around leaving thick retention and very sticky lacing. Looks great. The aromas have a nice amount of citrus. Lots of orange. Slightly floral. Malts are definitely present. The flavors basically follow the nose. More orange, which seems to dominate. Lots of pine, especially in the finish. Some subtle spicy notes in the finish as well. Fresh grass is in the mix. More floral notes. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very creamy and fluffy. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid DIPA. It might've been better if we received it a bit fresher. Either way, it's not my new personal favorite AleSmith hoppy brew, and I love their hoppy stuff. It's not bad at all though. It's still nice and enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of teromous
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There is a bottled on date but it is rubbed off to the point where I can't read it.

Appearance: Slightly hazy burnished gold colored body. The head is a very large fluffy white cap that stands for a long time. Watch out for the carbonation on this one when you pour as the head develops quickly with a careful pour.

Aroma: It has a lovely sweet tangerine aroma. The aroma doesn't remind me of fresh hops or anything but the aroma is still very fresh smelling. Also it isn't loaded with diverse aroma but this one trick pony smells great. It smells so good it makes me want to smell it more.

Taste: That tangerine aroma doesn't really make it into the flavor of the beer. There is a bit of sweet malty flavor and a good deal of alcohol mixed in with that. The hop flavor is a bit grassy. Lots of bitter grapefruit rind without the grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer that is dominated by a strong back-bitterness. It has a pretty muddy finish.

Overall: The beer smelled fantastic; I don't know where they were going with the flavor though. If it tasted as good as it smelled...oh man. I guess where the beer lost me was in the grassy flavor mixed with the malt. It just didn't taste great. The mouthfeel wasn't all that great either. It just didn't finish well.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange body with one-finger head that left minor lace ring and patches down the glass. Has a sharp, citric aroma with notes of pine, earth, grapefruit and caramel malt. Balanced beer that has notes of citric, earth, pine, oil along with grapefruit and caramel malt sweetness. Eventually finishes crisp and easy and is a quite enjoyable DIPA.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale honey with an inch of dense foam

Grassy, piney, acidic citrus in the nose

Nice level of astringent bitterness...spice and citrus really shine, with the foresty finish

Light malt...not sweet, not boozy. Really hangs out on the tip of your tongue.

Excellent example of a traditional west coast DIPA.

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