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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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Ratings:
1,918
Reviews:
956
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.72%
 
 
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267
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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer Yule Smith poured into tall nonic pint glass at 50 degrees.

Pours with a booming white head of tiny bubbles, over a fairly clear, golden body with plenty of carbonation rising up.

Piney and citrusy aromas. All hops.

Smooth entry on the palate. Sharp, resinous pine bite, with a healthy dose of unripened pineapple, and some grapefruit bitterness. Good dose of tabacco-like smoky quality, too. The sweet malt tries hard to keep up with the hoppy bite, but comes in second. For all the bite in the flavor, it's actually quite smooth and oily in the mouthfeel.

This is a fantastic beer - full of flavor, and easy to drink for the ABV.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of IBUnit63
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holiday 2007 poured from bomber into Red Oak uber-mug from Spring Garden in Greensboro, NC...

Big, tight, smooth bountiful head = very soapy with sparse lacing. Hazy, mahogany body.

Sweet, floral hops in abundance. Copious butterscotch malt - alcohol and carbonation in background. No issues with balance - a whole lotta everythin'.

Big, melted sweetness of caramel and butterscotch - hops are a sweet and floral backbone of this offering. Malt has a comforting stewed and chewy quality to it.

Very warming on the mouth - huge hop bite on front of palate; viscous malt and alcohol throughout.

Almost too powerful for more than one - the huge quantities of everything make this quite filling but a very enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of Tim725
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

I have a green and red festive bottle for the Christmas season. I poured it into my large pills style glass. It produced a three finger billowy off white head that just stuck around. The body was a beautiful clear burgandy red in color.

The aroma was piney and grassy not a hint of malts come thru in this one. It was pure hops in all its glory. You could smell them as soon as the cap was off the bottle. The flavor had a bit more malt than I expect in a west cost DIPA. It reminded me of when I sugar my grapefruit, it had about that same flavor profile to me. It had a medium feel in my mouth with ample carbonation. I will say the bottle also had it right, it finished dry.

I easily finished the bomber myself today the drinkability is there. I would have had more but the bottle price is a little prohibitive for that. Saying that a little pricy for DIPA there are a few better for less coin

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of rand
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2010 Alesmith Summer Yulesmith
Poured slowly from bomber to tulip

A: Pours a cloudy, yellow-tan with lots of carbonation that forms a sudsy, sea-foam head. Lots of retention here, leaving sticky lacing everywhere. Even though the bottle was chilled upright and poured slowly, there's plenty of suspended yeast.

S: Clean, strong pine scent with a lemony citrus backdrop. The alcohol pokes through and tingles your nose.

T: The hops immediately overwhelm the palate with a pleasantly bitter pine resin and a slightly sour lemon-citrus. These flavors aggressively sweep over your tongue, but the honey-like malt backbone provides ample support and rewards your mouth with a layered give-and-take of bitter and sweet. The alcohol steps in to break things up and brew finishes a slightly bitter orange, where the unfiltered yeast likely contributes.

M: Rich, oily, chewy. Nicely full bodied. Alesmith's super-slick mouthfeel is always satisfying.

D: Another West Coast (and specifically San Diego) example of a DIPA that goes down dangerously fast. Unfortunately, I didn't take notes on the last couple of years Alesmith put this out, but I remember this being a lot better than the 2 or 3 bottles of 2009 Summer Yulesmith I had (which might speak to some of the bad, soapy bottles other BA's are noting - Alesmith is relatively small and the bottle-conditioning may increase the error potential). The bottle-conditioning adds that extra layer of complexity, but ultimately the brew is incredibly balanced.

2011 re-review: Pretty much the same thing, tastes like Alesmith has gotten pretty consistent with this brew. There was stronger diacetyl in the nose, but that's about it. Still delicious.

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Photo of dasenebler
1.62/5  rDev -61.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bomber, no date. Purchased at DeCicco's Brewster. Assuming Summer 2011 batch.

Pours a hazy amber with a very small head. Poor retention, not much lacing.

Wet dog and cardboard on the nose. Can you say oxidized?!

Flavor is malty and woody, not much hops going on. Totally and utterly oxidized. Oh well. Carbonation is low. This is bad.

Dear Alesmith: CODE YOUR BOTTLES PLEASE! I have no idea of knowing how old this stuff is.

Dear Decicco's: How old is this beer-- 1-2 years? Why is it on the shelves?

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

2002 bottling.

The first glass pours a nice clear copper color, while the second is noticeably darker and hazy due to the lees. Aroma is slightly floral with a good citrus note. Very nice for an aged beer. The flavor is well supported by malts, and reveals strong pine backed by a decent citrus and a subtle floral hoppiness. A very nice beer. The hop bitterness lingers on the finish for a while as well. Mouthfeel is solid and rewarding. Drinkability is also very good. I split this bottle with a friend, but I could have easily enjoyed the whole thing myself. Glad I had the chance to experience this one.

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

Purchased at Julio's. 22oz. bomber Summer edition, blue and red.

A: Pours a very hazy dark amber color with peach highlights. Very frothy and bubbly two finger cream colored head. Looks like a marshmellow that was just taken of the fire. Ridiculously sweet retention and amazing frothy lace.
S: Citrus and pine hop notes dominate the nose. Nice spicyness in there too. Maltyness is slightly noticeable, but isn't able to compete with the level of hops.
T/M: Hops. Pine and citrus fruit hop flavors cross the tongue with a bang. Good sweet malty backbone keeps gives this beer an even keel. Smooth and creamy on the palate--extra soft at first. Good level of bitterness coupled with a dry finish. Bitterness lingers for a pretty long time. Oily and a bit sweet when you lick your lips. Level of carbonation is perfect.
D: Highly drinkable double. I was very excited when I saw this on the shelf. I immediately put it in my cart. Pretty damn tasty--can't wait for the winter version in order to compare.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Skunkdrool
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Archemedies
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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

A: Poured into my pint glass, this IIPA pours a haystack murky yellow with a white capped head that leaves little lace.

S: The aroma smells more malty than hoppy. Still, I sense a good amount of grapefruit mixed with a sweet, bready pale malt aroma. I wish this IIPA was fresher...I know this beer has to be phenomenal when fresh.

T: Sweet, balanced flavor. A good hoppy bitterness, with a refreshing sweet malt. More hops are surely dominate when fresh, but the malt in this brew is extremely tasty. A precise amount of caramel malt must provide the balance.

MF: Mouthfeel is crisp, yet with a full body. Carbonation is spot on. Finish is clean and doesn't wreck the pallet.

Overall, I'm sure this beer when fresh is a notch above, however, I am glad just to have had a taste of this brew. Thanks to Chris for showing me around Philly and making this possible.

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AleSmith Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 1,918 ratings.
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