Double IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Double IPADouble IPA
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Double IPADouble 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
Ranking:
#1,257
Reviews:
968
Ratings:
1,957
pDev:
9.55%
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Ratings: 1,957 |  Reviews: 968
Photo of woodchipper
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
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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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 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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Photo of bdiiorio
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scottwurst
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of alamode
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of NWHopinator
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of Denzo
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of eulerthegrape
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of mbw314
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of meathookjones
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer 05 release in a 22oz bomber. Clear orange in color with a two inch tall white foamy head. Light scattered lace was left as the head broke down. Citric hops galore in the nose with a fairly large sweet malt base being there. Surprisingly a little alcohol was peaking through which I didn’t remember from other releases of this. Grapefruit hoppiness with a good amount of sweet caramel and biscuit malt. Alcohol is there as well but doesn’t interfere too much. Light citric bitter bite on the finish. This years seemed to lack the floral component that I enjoyed before but it was still good. Thick and full with a surprising warming quality as it goes down. Good drinkability still. Solid and a bit different that previous releases but still tasty.

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Photo of cosmonick
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of StephRai
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of IBUnit63
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
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 joepais
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Kenai4
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of golf4collet
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of sgoro
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of gspeer711
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dasenebler
1.62/5  rDev -61.3%
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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Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,957 ratings