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AleSmith Double IPAAleSmith Double IPA
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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 Tom-Peters
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A gorgeous, very slightly hazy golden-amber with a massive pillowy head. It doesn't get much better.

Aroma-- have you ever been a kid? If so, have you ever crunched down on a fresh hard candy known as SweetTarts and feel a burst of artifical sweetness and citrus tartness? That is the EXACT aroma that I first smelled when I poured this in my chalice. You might not think that's a good thing, but I do! But then, on follow up sniffs (I love to sit and smell a wonderful smelling beer), I get the hops- flowery, pleasant hops. Just a bit oily (my pet peeve when it comes to hops) but mostly flowery. And then more hops. I almost couldn't give this a 5, but I am feeling good about this one (actually, I''ve had it before, so I can't say that with too much of a straight face).

Flavor- Oh, yeah. This is hoppy, solid, and downright good. The alcohol isn't hidden as much as I would like, and so the rating is lower for me. From the aroma, I was not expecting this to be a Double IPA, but now, I can see why it's categorized that. But it's flavor profile seems to cross that too- there's some interesting spiciness going on- black pepper, maybe some chile heat, not sure what else. Interesting complexity here.

Mouthfeel is rich and full, but drinkability is limited from it's alcohol content. Great to have once in a while!

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Photo of meatyard
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly clear, golden/orange with a 2-finger, pretty, dense, white head that has good retention. It leaves just a bit of lace as the wet lacing follows the head as it falls.
The smell is grapefruit & pineapple from a foot away. Upon a close smelling, it's the same aroma plus bubblegum. A bit of sweet malt peeks out of the smell as well.
The taste is so pleasing. There is a good mix of tasty grapefruit, sweet malt and a very light, lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel is bordering on thick yet creamy. Carbonation is moderate but more than adequate.
Drinkability: Well, if you like tasty hops with a short stab towards balance, a moderately high ABV but still on the lower side for DIPAs, this is a good one to try. I would like another, please.

Alesmith is a recent arrival to Philly, something to be very happy about. We just don't get enough good beer here, uhuh.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of BeerTruth
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Note: Had to choose a different serving type since I already reviewed the Red and Green version in bottle format.*

Red and Blue DIPA version.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours an almost cloudy bronze hue with a big 'ol three finger off-white head that sticks around forever. After a while, it finally falls to a fluffy layer of bubbles that remains throught leaving a whole bunch of webbing on the sides. West Coast hopbomb aroma all the way. Big sweet grapefruit/mango/tangerine, floral aromas, and a touch of pine. A touch of booze finds its way in the nose as well. Bitter citrus up front with a good amount of sour grapefruit and orange. A quick caramel malt midway, but before you can notice it, more bitter hops and a touch of honey take over. The bitterness remains throughout the aftertaste leaving your tongue begging for more. Medium to full body with a very chewy/gritty feel to it and a steady carbonation. The flavor is there, but so is the alcohol so it isn't as drinkable as it could be. Great beer, one that everyone should have the opportunity to try.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from Randy. Thanks! Poured into a tulip. Pours a solid honey color with a finger of lasting white head.

Lots of tropical fruits in the aroma like mango and pineapple with a little bit of a bitter hop finish. Taste simmilar to the aroma. A little less of a hop flavor than I would like. Caramel malts come to mind but it has a pretty delightful tropical fruit flavor to it. Just leaves me wanting a little more of a hop character on the pallet.

Light body with good carbonation here. Overall seems to be a run of the mill DIPA. But I'm not complaining here. Just a little more hops and this would be world class.

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Photo of Joecaddie
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of touchmeimsac
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of dnb128
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alostplot
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brent (Swimsum) brought this one up from Long Beach to share with Trevor (lynx1245) and I. Late fall/early winter 2008 edition.

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours out thick and oily (for the style anyway). A creamy tan head forms on top of a cloudy, red-clay body. Fantastic retention and very nice spotty lacing. "Yeasties" float about within the body.

Smell: Pine, metallic hops, handfuls of toasted grains, spice, and caramel.

Taste: Toasted grains, lots of oily hops, caramel, honey, toasted bread. Really wish this review would've been more in-depth, but I was pretty buzzed at the time. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation produces a cool rolling effect across the palate. Creamy, oily, and medium-bodied. Delicious. Very smooth. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Drinkability: Awesome. What a gorgeous beer!

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Photo of Bustersuess
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of jhlosito75
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TXhomebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presented in a 22oz bottle. Alesmith's summer limited release of a usual late fall seasonal had me chomping at the bit to uncap one last night. Poured into an imperial pint glass (just the right size), Yulesmith had a burnished coppery hue and sported a large dense whitish head that never completely went away, instead leaving great sticky gobs of lace behind. Massive amounts of fine carbonation swirled to the surface. Beautiful...
The nose had a wonderful balance of toasted malts, caramel, and citrusy hops. The aromas of grapefruit rinds, a bit of tangerine, and a resiny pine note gave me pause to linger and enjoy the smells for a couple extra moments.
The taste had a big malty sweetness up front, aided by the additional caramel flavor that seemed to stand out. Some faint nutty flavor seeped through, like hazelnuts, before the hops profile ramped up and took charge. A big burst of juicy citrusy hops flavor filled the back of the tongue and clung on for dear life. Some milder oily pine resin flavor hit the extreme back of the tongue, leaving a long-lasting bitterness that was quite enjoyable. Thanks to the abundant carbonation, Yulesmith had a lush, creamy feel that slathered the mouth in hoppy goodness.
What, Yulesmith is 8.80%ABV?! No way! Then this beer is dangerously drinkable, having given no indication as to its potency. Yulesmith is my favorite double IPA, even surpassing Dreadnaught. I can't wait for the fall so I can really stock up.

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Photo of Stigs
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with over an inch of frothy meringue-like white foam (with a sublt yellowish tint). the beer is moderately cloudy, golden in color. sticky lacing covering the glass.

S - full of candied pineapple, pears, grapefruit, melon, and lemon zest. very fragrant. almost picking up some light peanut-buttery sweetness near the end. a little odd but not bad.

T - sharp bitter earthy, pine hops...slowly melds into some more fruit: notably pineapple, apricot, and bitter oranges. a fiar amount of alcohol makes an appearence during the second half. pine(sol) really begins to take over before the massive carbonation (read below) rips everything to shreds. lingering piney bitterness.

M - light body with sharp and prickly carbonation...almost to the point of being distracting. a bit conerned now that something about this bottle may not be right as I'm completely missing the oily slick feel that others are reviewing.

D - again, concerns over a possibly "weird" bottle. would have been much more enjoyable with about half the carbonation and/or a thicker body to carry. the flavors dont really get a chance to sink in and develop.

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Photo of silentjay
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a semi hazy and bubble reddish orange with a big white head that quickly recedes to a thin layer but leaves behind some spotty chunks on the glass.

aroma is dominated by citrus. grapefruit and orange peel and lemon rinds. some malt gives some honey and grain aromas as well. no pine or herbal hops here, just juicy fresh-squeezed citrus.

again, tons of bitter, juicy citrus here. juicing oranges, grapefruit, lemon rind. some honey and biscuit sweetness and white bread and a bit of cereal sweeten things up just a tad. pretty one-dimensional, but tasty nonetheless.

medium bodied and oily/resiny with just a bit of carbonation. bitterness stays in the mouth a while, as well as the syrupy stickiness that I don't much care for.

goes down well. very juicy and kind of refreshing makes for a decent summer brew. I tend to like piney and earthy hops to add to the flavor profile, but that's not what they were going for in this beer. It is pretty decent.

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Photo of bort11
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to sholland119 for this one!

Summer 07 edition, 22 oz bottle poured into the new Boulevard Smokestack chalice. Inch of off white/egg shell head. Tight foam formation with plenty of stickage. Color is a hazy amber orange.

Smell has a sweet honey suckle and orange blossom floral quality. A bit of honey sweetness. Taste is a little harsh in comparison to the smell. There is some fusel alcohol blended with a harsh hops bitterness. A little pine resin in the finish.

Mouthfeel is lighter and has a harsh scrubbing body. Still is able to maintain a juicy finish. Classic DIPA and a hopheap must.

Blipped "Yule Tide" by the Meltdowns

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

Photo of zoso1967
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with an amazing frothy head that seems to defy physics with its staying power. The aroma is wonderful. Full of grapefruit, orange and pine with just a touch of malt sweetness. The flavor is wonderfully hoppy and in your face. Pine, gapefruit citrus rind, lemon and some pinapple. The malt seems pretty subdued. It a little bit of a toasty chracter but overall it is just helping hold up a tounge bruising bitterness. There is a definite sense of heat in this double, but it seems to work well with the overall presentation. Medium bodied with a mouthfeel that seems fairly sharp and finishes nice and dry. Very drinkable and a great beer to kick back with on this 4th of July. Another superb beer from AleSmith.

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Photo of Benesi88
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of neonbrown82
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is the Blue and Red, July 2006 release. Thanks to dogfooddog for the opportunity to try it.

Definitely among the most unique of DIPA's I've tried, but whether that is a good or bad thing, I haven't quite decided. Tastes like hop infused chocolate.

The beer pours to a slightly hazy, amber bronze color. Light carbonation, but with a nice rocky, retentive head.

The smell is where I first began to think, "IIPA? WTF?" It almost smells like chocolate, but it looks like an ordinary IIPA. Did they actually use chocolate malt in this, or infuse it with chocolate even? I would think that with the amount of chocolate I get out of this, it can't be coming from chocolate malt alone, especially considering how pale it appears. Aside from that, it smells like strong spicy and piney hops.

The taste is very milky, like rich chocolatey ovaltine. Sweet up front with a significant bitterness in the finish. Good hops flavor. Fades nicely from sweet malt to cloying bitterness. Very interesting, that's for sure.

The body is thick and milky. Very smooth. Just the right amount of carbonation. Lingering bitter, chocolate finish. Interesting. Not sure how much of it I could drink. Probably not as much as a more "regular" DIPA. I'm very interested in trying the X-Mas release now, that's for sure.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

AleSmith Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,954 ratings
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