AleSmith Double IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,931
Reviews:
959
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.72%
 
 
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268
Gots:
153
For Trade:
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Photo of Orny18
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Treb0R
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding, especially when fresh. Aromas of citrus and pine. Flavors of grapefruit, lime, caramel, pineapple (older batch)... Newer batches are more citrusy.

I don't like the deep toastiness of one of the grains used in the grist here. Otherwise, it's mainly basic 2-row.

Super dry, translucent and high in carbonation. Two or three of these are nice and quenching, yet tasty on a hot Summer day. Buy even when not fresh, though $16.99 a sixer is a bit ridiculous.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mscott58
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gopens44
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dbl_delta
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a thin off-white head. Initial impression is citrus and malt, followed by resin and pine needles, finishing with a sharp bitterness over biscuit malt. Mouthfeel is medium and sticky; carbonation is medium as well. Alcohol is well hidden, although warming is evident throughout. Very flavorful and refreshing, although by no means a session beer. Another excellent offering from AleSmith!

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

Touch under two fingers of eggshell white foam, nice even surface with very good retention, sinewy spider web of lacing with moderate stickiness. Bronze to copper color, clear and bright, a few loose streams of lazy bubbles, attractive depth of hue. Heavy duty stickiness in the nose, pine, resin, wet pink and white grapefruit pith, leafy buds, peach, nectarine to papaya fruit scents with minimal dankness until the final dissolve, unabashedly displays power without ostentation. Full-bodied, sets its skeleton broadly so the flesh is not overly compact and there is a mild creaminess from the carbonation. Increases the level of fresh grassiness and pine to pepper, the bitterness is proportionate to the cocoa malts and smattering of honey. Tangerine to white grapefruit here, gives up sweetness before turning tart. Not a hop bomb by any stretch and given its aggressiveness finds a balance. Attractive fullness in the nectarine, pineapple, apricot to melon fruit flavors, sappy traction extends presence. Not the typical over the top style which may disappoint some. Plus drinkability if you have tolerance for dryness.

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

Photo of hypnotoad1
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of baklo
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of petewheeler
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Zythophile
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: purchased May 2017
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Look is a clear medium gold with lots of fine, white head.

Smell is slightly piney (needles and resin) and somewhat buttery. Not complex, but plenty pleasant.

This is like drinking a pine forest. Pine needles, resin, and wood chips. It has a little tea stems, too. Plus light tobacco. Pleasant malt sweetness, as well. Bitterness is definitely there, but not overpowering. I wish it was a little more complex.

Carbonation is very well integrated. Slight astringency.

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

I picked up a sixer of this DIPA from Total Wine on 06/09/2017. No bottled date. 8.5% ABV. Clean-looking label. AleSmith hails from San Diego, CA. This DIPA is also known as AleSmith's "Summer Yulesmith."

AleSmith DIPA pours a cloudy orange with moderate carbonation. 2 fingers of white foam. Good lacing. The smell is of citrus hops. The taste starts with orange, tangerine and grapefruit, followed immediately by pine hop bitterness with a hint of tropical fruits, all against a moderate malt backbone. The alcohol taste is there, although pretty well-hidden.

This is a surprisingly awesome DIPA -- complex, well-balanced, delicious and thirst-quenching. I'll definitely be adding this DIPA to my daily rotation of weekly DIPAs. It's a definite keeper!

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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber: Solid beer. Big rich balances. Maybe lacking lift. Serious malty note.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a orange (peach skin), color with a thin white foamy head atop of the beer. Thin delicate sticky lacing clings to the glass. The aroma starts off with sweet tangerines, grapefruits and peaches and slides over top of a nice caramel backbone. The flavor starts sticky with the blend of the hops to the malts, and adds a light bitter resin for balance. There’s a sly dry peachy to caramel aftertaste leading into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs light. Bitter resin shows some harshness but not too much. Overall, it’s a good West coast styled DIPA that I could have again.

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Photo of NWHopinator
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Snifter. No bottle or freshness date.

L: Clear copper, finger width white head has decent retention.

S: Grapefruit, tangerine, orange, pine. Nice aroma, clean and fresh.

T: Pine takes more of a role here, balanced well with citrus hop flavors, and even a herbal note.

F: Light-Medium body, good carbonation, hop residuals linger on the tongue.

O: A well rounded DIPA, really nothing wrong with this beer, just that nothing about it sticks out.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of h4ger
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kips
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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