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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
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1,936
Reviews:
961
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.72%
 
 
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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/4/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, floral, pine, grass, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, floral, grass, pine, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance behind the hops and zero cloying bitterness after the finish. Hop flavors are extremely smooth and non-astringent here. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible DIPA style! Big complexity of citrus hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; and extremely smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summer 2009

Poured into Surly Pint Glass

Pours 1 finger of beige head. Poured a little yeast into the bottle, oops. Color is a golden orange copper. Good retention and nice lace walls.

Aroma: Big fresh hop aroma. Floral and earthy smells. Big grapefruit citrus. Not to strong, but good.

Taste: Wow, this is pretty hoppy and very fresh. It is too hoppy. Very bready. This is like shoving a handful of flowers in your mouth. Has some grapefruit citrus. A little caramel. Some spices at the end.

Mouthfeel: Very, very bitter. A little boozy. Ends with a super dry, hoppy flavor. Medium bodied. Lower level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good west coast IPA, but nothing stellar. Just too many hops for me. Half a bomber was good enough.

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Photo of Boone757
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yulesmith 2002 ...tasted one year later. A hazy, deep amber-copper body reveals very fine bubbles rising slowly towards a huge, rocky head of ivory colored foam. The head retention is impressive, and it maintains an island of rocky foam throughout the pint. The lacing initially leaves wide, creamy rings and sheets of lace; but they eventually die down to lesser-but-still-thick rings of lace! It gives a very impressive appearance despite its cloudiness (which can be somewhat excused as it's bottle conditioned). The nose is bold and resinous with clear notes of sappy pine, grapefruit rind, flowers and grassy hops over a sweetish, bready, caramelish, and biscuity malt. It's creamy and smooth across the palate with just a mild tingle on the tongue at the outset due to its full body and exceptionally fine, moderate, and natural carbonation. The flavor, however is what's really important, and this brings the 3 already on-base home!!! Its rich, caramel-soaked malt offers enough doughy and bready sweetness to stand up to it's bold hop flavor (which reflects the aroma). It's exceptionally well-balanced, satisfying and efficient with a dry finish that leaves it surprisingly drinkable considering its bold character. Certainly worth trying!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer 2009 Version

Pours a golden color that is slightly hazy and has a good white head. The aroma consists of some floral hops that ride behind a bunch of fruity citrus hops. The taste is quite hoppy, but not nearly as much as I would have expected from the nose--everything is well integrated, it just needs to be taken up a notch or two. The body is medium with good carbonation. Good drinkability overall, but not quite as good as some of AleSmith's other offerings.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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 oberon
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have sampled this treasure a few times in the past and thanks to my new Buffalo BA buddy Orfeu I have a bomber to myself.Poured a deep hazed burnt orange/peach with a creamy 2 finger head that stays for the whole way down with a brillinat ring showing thru and globs of lace left as I drank more.Honestly what can be said about great it smells deep resiny piney hop with notes of apricot and lemon pith in my mind there is not a beer out there that has such a complex hop profile,a big sweet brown sugar elemant show thru as well.The malt must be really packed in this brew to keep at least close to balanced because there is just such massive amount of hop flavors,apricot shows thru with a touch of overipe pineapple and then the oily,resiny character come thru with a hefty sweet malt base showing thru making it almost sticky.Has a great creamy mouthfeel texture it just glides down in near perfection,this maybe the standard American DIPA with its huge hoppiness and big sweet malt backbone just unbeliavable.

This was the summer release not the more recent fall/winter release.

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

Summer 2006 release poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very rich with hops, caramelized malt & citrus.

T: The taste brings an initial burst of hops bitterness, then the balance of caramelized malt and citrus sweetness. The hops return in the finish and linger in a mildly bitter after-taste. This is one of those beers that achieves balance by having the different flavors battle each other for dominance rather than other beers that try to achieve balance through harmony among the different flavors. While harmony can be nice, the battle is a good thing in this case, as it causes each flavor to rotate in being prevalent in a given sip.

M: Very crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: The complexity of the taste makes this one very drinkable. It’s not very filling and has a good kick. This one is well-worth drinking for a long time. I could certainly go for another bomber after polishing off the one that I had.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising slowly form the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a large sized finger thick cap in the center of the glass with a very thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly heavier than moderate aromas citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit zest, and tropical/pineapple hops with a light amount of pine hops. Underneath that there is a light to moderate aroma of slightly sweet grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel and grainy malts which contribute a moderate amount of initial sweetness to the beer. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit and citrus/grapefruit zest hops with a light to moderate flavor of tropical/pineapple and pine hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness are present which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: A pretty hop aggressive DIPA and a fairly enjoyable one. Definitely a beer that takes a while to consume but paired very nicely with some homemade indian curry - really worked well with the sweetness of the beer and the spiciness of the food.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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

Summer 2008 Edition.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of poofy off-white head. A near ½ finger of solid creamy retention flairs up magnificently, leaving massive swathes of sticky hop lacing behind. The aroma is a straight up West Coast Hop Bomb with piney hops, fresh citrus, an underlying beefy smelling grainy sweetness, and a tingle of heat that runs throughout.

The taste is sticky resinous hop bitterness and juicy notes of grapefruit, orange, and mango that are well balanced out by a hefty backbone of grainy malts and caramel sweetness. Nice, long lasting hop bitterness that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium to full with a slick oily feel that intermingles in with a somewhat prickly carbonation. There is definitely some alcohol beef present but it's not noticeable enough to become distracting at all.

Alesmith doesn't disappoint at all with a summer version of their Yulesmith seasonal, an easy drinking and flavor packed version of a San Diego Pale Ale. This makes me want to go hang out at the beach.

Holiday 2007 22oz bottle into a Stone IPA flute. I had originally bought this back in December and for the life of me, I don't know why it's taken me this long to get to it. It seems I need to clean out the ole' beer fridge more often.

Pours a clear dark amber but "Uh oh Houston. We've got a carbonation problem!" I get about 2 oz of liquid into the glass and the rest is filled with foam. After awhile, I finally get enough in there for a proper review. To its credit, the frothy off-white head retains just beautifully, with creamy wisps around the edges and big dollop right in the middle that stays there. The lace is just massive with hop stickiness that literally just coats the sides of the glass. Carbonation problems aside, this is beer is just awesome to look at! The aroma is Ahhh, that familiar West Coast magic, right up my nose! Notes of pine and spruce needles right off the bat mixed with grapefruit character and just the wonderful scent of thick, sweet, bready malts in the background. I'm also picking up accents of spices, dark fruits, and even mint. Quite the festive aroma!

The taste is more of same. That resinous hop assertiveness pops right out and wraps itself around all the other flavors. Unfortunately it seems a little more subdued than the aroma and makes me think that I did indeed wait a little too long to enjoy this. This is all nicely supported by that big, thick, blanket of bready malt that perfectly balances it out. It almost feels like a Christmas cookie back there, as much like the aroma, I'm picking up notes of cherries, various holiday spices, and that minty taste again (although they could be from the hops as well). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a wonderful creamy ride that is thick with hop oils and a bready yeast feel. That nearly 9% ABV is present but I hardly notice it, as it just adds a bigger feel and sense of warmth to the surroundings that helps cap off this Wintertime trip.

Wow, even with a little hop fade, this beer is still absolutely awesome! It's just like the other fantastic West Coast DIPAs that we know and love but with a complete twist for the Christmas holidays. Even though it's big, drinkibility was never an issue. It went down fast and I enjoyed every minute of it. Next year, I'll definitely try to get this one as soon as it comes out. In the meantime, I'll have the Summertime edition to look forward to!

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Photo of mactrail
2.97/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A winey and bitter sort of DIPA. Nothing festive about it. Rather thin and extremely sharp. Malt seems to disappear into the hoppy tangle. Foam is quite decent. Aroma of pine and pollen is rather pleasant.

Hazy light amber, touch of orange. Quite a bit of sediment, I discover on pouring another glass. Some aromatics but mostly the grapefruit pith with a touch of resins. I say again, so sharp, and so light bodied. Bitter from start to finish.

From the 22 oz bottle. There must be a hundred better DIPAs, if that's what this is supposed to be.

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

Bomber - new batch.

A: Pours clear golden yellow with a one-inch white head which leaves rings and spots.

N: Grapefruit, orange, tangerine, some tropical fruits. Very floral with some dankness and faint sweet malts.

T: Citrus and pine with mild bready malts for a good balance.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sticky, dry, and bitter finish. Lingering pine resins.

O: Pretty classic and enjoyable. Best fresh.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Nice to see TJ's getting some AleSmith brews on tap lately. This one poured a crystal clear amber color with a small white head that left a bit of soapy lacing on the snifter it was served in. Nice clean aroma rich with citrus and piney hops. Taste was actually a bit subdued, surprisingly; not quite bland, but pretty lack-luster, compared to what I got in the nose. Caramel malts, crisp hops--citrus, pine, tropical fruit--nice and dry in the finish. All the typical qualities were there, but it just felt a little thinned down to me. Otherwise, body was light-medium, slightly sticky, and while it may have been a tad lacking in the flavor department, the tamer amount of palate-recking hop flavor/intensity made it that much more drinkable. So it pretty much balanced out, for a good quality beer in the end.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Russian River tulip. Poured a hazy light amber color with a very active head filling half of the glass at first. It had some nice head retention to it and left some very thick lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a very nice mix of pine, citrus and a tropical mango, pineapple like flavor to it. It's very hoppy and it has a very nice range of hop flavors to it. It also has a decent malt presence to it in the nose as well.

The taste ia not surprisingly hoppy. Like the nose it has a nice range of hop flavors to it though. Some bitter grapefruit, pine, and a bit of that tropicalness all come through. It finishes on the dryer side with a lasting bitterness. It also has a pretty big malt profile with some hints of caramel to it. Just a touch of alcohol in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is slightly above average. Drinkability is very good, it's a great beer. It was very hoppy but still seemed to have a wide range of flavors to it. One of the best DIPA's there is and I'm always happy everytime I get to try this one.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of smithj4
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

AleSmith Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 1,936 ratings.
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