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RATINGS: 1235   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Every year we anxiously await the warmer months to unleash this Double IPA, the summer edition of our 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.
Summer Yulesmithís citrusy aroma pairs well with many Mexican and Thai dishes, while its bitterness complements the sweetness of rich pork dishes like BLTs or spare ribs. Brawny, intensely flavored cheeses like Danish blues and aged white cheddars are also an effective foil to the aggressive flavor profile of this Imperial IPA.
Serve in a Pint at 45-50*F.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - DEC 9, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2006 Aroma of pine, resin, tangerine, ginger, vanilla. Appears a clear orange-copper with a mountainous cream-head that lasts and leaves lacing. Flavor is sweet with malt and vanilla up front, bitter fresh hops in the middle, overpowering yeast in the finish, and resinous aftertastes. Palate is medium-thick, chewy and appropriate. Overall, this beer is somewhat less than the sum of its parts, primarily due to the overpowering yeasty finish.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2005
[bomber] Pours a clear copper color.. head is thick and fluffy- really holds itself together. Aroma is citrus, hops and light vanilla. Flavors are incredible- excellent malt foundation with loads of fresh hops right in your face. This could be the best IIPA Iíve had to date- I would kill to have this all year long.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2005
04 bottle aged in the cellar until a week ago. Very pleasant dark orange color with an off white frothy head. I think the aging allowed the hoppy aroma I remember to subside a little. Hints of vanilla and caramel along with some hoppy after notes. Flavor was very nice. Strong sugary sweet malt backbone balanced by floral citrusy hoppiness. Bitterness was acute and alcohol was slightly noticeable with a dry warm finish. Very drinkable but I thought this one was better fresh.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2009 The commercial description of this beer is very accurate. The orangish copper body poured very clean and clear, and the just gently off-white head seemed to continue billowing up after I had stopped pouring. Very good retention on the head, but Iím not sure that is nessecarily a plus, lots of lacing. The first sip is very floral tasting, bitter, and caused a warm dry sensation in my mouth. Alcohol is very prevalent. The hops jump out stronger and stronger with every sip and really build a unique taste on ones pallate. I gave the pallate the lowest percent rating out of all of the categories because of the warm dry sensation. It does make you want more and more, and I found it hard to just sit back and enjoy. It was the only beer I had that night and I finished the whole bottle in about ten minutes. (Fast for me). This beer stands very strong as far as double IPAs go. Its unique, complex, and does not let you down. Snaps for alesmith!!! On a sad note, the night I had this my friends were all celebrating a good friend of mineís birthday and drinking Yulesmith on cask and Barrel Aged Speedway Stout. It brings a tear to my eye.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2005
05 Botttle. Thanks Santa! The color is a beautiful deep cooper with a big off-white head. The aroma is dominated by piney, citrusy hops with enough malt background to balance. The flavor is a great balance of hops, malt, and alcohol with a lingering bitter finish. Caramel, pine, apricot, and pineapple flavors all pop up. A very good beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bogdi1 (32) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2005
22 oz bomber (July 2004 edition) from my friend Clark. Thanks my man! To start with the aroma, there were all (and more) the citrusy and piney hops I was hoping for but whatís even better, thereís so much more to it! A good solid caramel maltiness, lovely yeasty spicyness come together with just the perfect amount of alcohol to make this truly a beer to sip and savour. Flavor is perfectly balanced - unlike in some other DIPAs Iíve tasted - with hops, caramel malts, mellow and smooth spices with a big beautiful finish. Oh yes, did I mention the body and the appearance that are also perfect? Iím loving every single cell of the brewers yeast that makes the hazy pour so beatiful! I had high hopes on this but now Iím speechless. Probably the best beer in the world :)

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Bittersweetness, hoppy which I like very much, but dissapears leaving a acidity, long, dry finish that you can taste way after youíve drink this. Full bodied and smooth textured. Itís the Liberty Ale from Anchor on steroids. I loved it!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - NOV 16, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 smells like vanilla and carmel, followed by intense hoppy buds. what a great aroma. the head is slightly reddish, and very small bubble, great lacing. somehwat cloudy dark amber color. the feel on my mouth is smoother than silk, and oh so cramy. tastes great, buttuer, vanilla, marijauna, bubble gum, amazing i love this beer

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DwarvenAle (6) - USA - NOV 14, 2005 does not count
Overall this was a great beer. It had an evident alcohol taste but not overwhelming at all. I would say the 8.5% ABV was perfectly hidden. The aroma was very sweet, and palate was great. The overall flavor and bitter sweet aftertaste was very good. This is one of my new favorite beers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Deep copper orange, hazy goodness, and some nice creamy white head. Nose is all hops, lots of citrus, and pepper. A good mix of hops and malt on this one.


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