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
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1,930
Reviews:
959
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.72%
 
 
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Photo of chippo33
1.75/5  rDev -58.5%

Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass, we're pushing freshness here pretty hard but so it goes.

Quite a bit of hue to this beer, Deep orange and murky brown with some lemon yellow edges and quite opaque. Very thick three to four finger head and off white with lots of clumping lacing and creamed thickness.

Sweet nose, not so much hop forward as to probably be expected at this point, but some real nice tropical juice notes, and light toasty brown sugar. Some herbal green tea like action to match as well.

Juicy leafy tea body, with some light airy sugary brown malt action finish on the first sip. Slow aromatics of tea and mellow bitterness lingers on the aftertaste. Good balance between toasty sweetness and lingering bitter. A bit oily as well.

Even at it's non freshest this beer still delivers quite well.

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Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Billolick
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

we were happy to find this one on tap at Pizza Port in Carlsbad, Ca. Poured a nice radiant orangy almond amber. Head was white/eggshell and lasted forever. Very fine lacing. The nose had a hint of nutmeg and of course hops. Nice honey, malty, marmalade, rich and bold brew. Oily hops o'pleanty. Great depth of hoppy flavor that carries thru to the finish. World class creation from Alesmith. A treat on tap in its home state.

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

2007 Winter.

Pours a slightly fogged, ruby hued amber with a sizeable crème head. Lots of lace on the way down. Nose is very full hops. Flavor is very hoppy. Almost seems more like an hopheads IPA with a very minor amber ale edge to it. Mellows out over time and grows into a more sweet edged concoction. Feel is nice on the liquid and the carbonation is good too. This was nice, but it seems a bit too bright. I have a second bottle that I am going to let sit for a while to see what happens.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the "winter" (Green with red):

Thanks to PhxHorn for this!

22 oz. bottle, poured into snifter (that I accidentally broke when just about finished - and almost cried over the couple of ounces that were left :( )

Pours reddish amber with a very large rocky off-white head. Trailing lace sticks. A fluffy, turning rocky, head is almost too much. Eventually it falls to a lasting frothy cover.

The smell is very piney with citrus notes. It has a strong caramel/toffee backing with some bread and even a hint of plum.

The taste is of pine with caramel and toffee. There is plenty of hop spicing (even in June) with some breadiness and fruitcake. A "holiday" DIPA for sure! Sweet maltiness as big as the bitter hop presence with a fruitcake "Holiday" twist! These guys really show brewing as an art-form! Alcohol barely shows, with just a hint of welcomed warmth (again - even in June!) The sweetness that intertwined with the bitterness gives way to a dry finish.

The feel is just about full-bodied with lively carbonation that keeps it from being thick. Things are bubbly and moving, but not at all fizzy.

A "holiday" ale the way I like it. Very hoppy and malty, but not syrupy or thick. This is truly a DIPA that doesn't cross over into BW as some do (BW is a great style, too, but I'm thankful for DIPA's such as this that stick to the style it promises to be!)

Another winner from AleSmith, a brewery that really knows how to use malts and hops to the fullest without being overbearing! I wish this were available in my area, and will be seeking the "summer" version, for sure!

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Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of malfunxion
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big inch tall dense foamed head on a murky dark yellow.
Awesome head retention with splotchy lacing.

Juicy floral hoppy goodness.

Omnomnom. "Pineapples." Bright hops and actually a big malty caramel background. Different.

Properly carbonated, perhaps heavy on it. Medium mouthfeel.

More malty than huge hops for a DIPA. Huge thanks to TATURBO for a beer I never thought I'd get to.

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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 Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is there any finer thing than Christmas in August? I'm sure there isn't...
Peeled off the red foil wrapping, like a present on Christmas morning, and I'm ready to pop the cap...Appearance is murky, even violently carbonated at first, then settles to reveal a bright orange, topped with a thick, luscious layer of creamy, off-white froth. Looks very, very good!
Aroma: sweet and fruity, plenty of citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, apricot, lemon, orange, and more, a bit of pine, too...awfully nice.
Taste....mmmm, mmmm, mmmm! Full mouthfeel, tangible, firm presence on the palate from the first sip, graps the senses from the lips and the tongue and the throat, and coats all areas with this great, citric, juicy hop flavor, just slaps it up and down, until no section is left unfelt by this feeling. Lush, majestic dominion over the mouth, perfectly dominates, and there's no denying, and I have to admire it, in fact, I outright adore it!
Every sip thereafter sends another wave of this delicious vibrant hoptastic taste washing over the tongue and every other inch of the cavern called the mouth, tart, yet still very fruity, and a touch sweet, though never considerably.Malt is solid and sure, and where hops are felt in full on the palate, the backbone is still considrable and adds much to the pleasure of the brew and to it's ease of drinkability.
Wow.
This truly ranks in a class of it's own.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Consumed from my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Much lighter than winter Yulesmith, almost the color of pineapple/peach juice. Off-white creamy head - just as much as winter. Definitely bottle-conditioned.

S - More citrus - very tropical with hints of pineapple, ripe tangerine, mango, passion fruit. Nowhere near as much pine or malt.

T - Very similar to the smell. Much more hop bitterness and refreshing tropical flavors. Again, the floral/pine/candy elements of the Winter version are not present.

M - Creamy, smooth - viscosity is one of my big sticking points, but this one is spot on in that regard. Carbonation is there, but not overwhelming. There's a definite hop resin character that stays in your mouth and complements the bitter aftertaste.

D - Even though this clocks in at a hefty 8.8% it drinks just as well as some lighter IPAs and red ales.

Another fine Alesmith brew.

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

Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/06/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2005 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Copper colored pour with a 3/4 inch solid nice white head. Lacing is very patchy and nice.

Smell- Lots of hops as expected. Pine and grapefruit as is the norm in most qulaity DIPA's. Maybe even some melon scents? Not much malt to sniff.

Taste- Pretty tasty. Heavy doses of pine sap and fresh squeezed grapefruit domintate the pallete. The sweeter caramel malt does come into play to make it a pretty decent balanced brew. The hops are king here though.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation level and bitter mouthfeel.

Drinkability- No sign of ABV when drinking this...could be dangerous. Pretty yummy brew. Recommended.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a huge, long lasting white head and nice carbonation. Hoppy citrus aroma. Flavor is aromatic hops and citrus balanced by a nice malt base and interesting fruit backbone not often notable in big IPAs. I like this quite a bit. Nice job

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Red and Blue label Summer 05 Edition

I've had this for about 9 months now. Pours a clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, small foamy head which disappears quickly, some nice lacing afterwards. Scents of hops, malts, citrus, some spices. The taste is sweet and tangy, very well balanced, probably since it's quite a few months old. There's a nice bitter bite finish as well. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from AleSmith.

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

Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy dark orange in color with a one finger head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Some light lace develops.

Smell: caramel, pine, and grapefruits are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, big pine tones, grapefruit, and alcohol are most noticeable. Somewhat hidden fruit sweetness lingers in the background. The biting hop bitterness is showcased here.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp throughout. Very long lasting bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: a nice slow sipping big beer where a few glasses are doable but will hit you in a single session.

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AleSmith Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 1,930 ratings.
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