IrishBoy (3958) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Sample courtesy of my good friend Odeed)Summer Version 2006 Wonderful hoppy, citrusy nose (second only to Moylan’s Hopsicle), hazy copper with a small white head, Flavor is of caramel malts and hops with a nice long hop finish.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Summer version. Poured a slightly hazy light orange, with a thin, short lived head. Aroma is very deep, a wondeful blend of citusy hops, sweet candied malt, and what is almost an oaky vanilla note. Upon entering the mouth, a lush creaminess takes over and flows beautifully into a smooth bitterness and hop flavor. The finish is long lasting, where the bitterness slowly fades and a pleasant sugary candy malt flavior lingers.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2008 complete re-write for fresh 2008 release
In short: When very fresh, simply one of the very best archetypical American IIPA
How: Bottle 22oz (2008 release) from kegbear. Thanks a lot Craig
The look: Partly cloudy orange golden body topped by a medium white head
In long: </bAroma Nose is mainly citrusy with resinous elements and a touch of fruit-salad. Strong malt presence, rich caramel, rather fruity, a ton of c-hops, citrusy and slightly resinous. Warm alcohol feeling but not bothersome. Medium-high bitterness. Called Summer India Pale Ale here but the bottle is labeled YuleSmith Holiday. That YuleSmith Holiday Ale is truly one of the best IIPA I’ve ever had. All we need now is the YuleSmith Weekend Ale and the YuleSmith Workday Ale and I’ll be a happy man.
TheEpeeist (3545) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, July 2005. Hazy topaz with an antique-white head. Veils of lace. Sweet, smoky candied fruits and tangerine. Rum soaked cherries. Quite inviting and complex. Medium body with up front hop and malts. After a year seems like malts are taking over; barleywinish. Dry, quinine finish, some piney resin. Need a fresh one.
sbaz040 (39) - phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very tastey beer.
Needs to be drank very cold or the alcohol taste is overwelming.
Watch out this stuff will knock you on your ass.
Tough to discribe taste,Kind of flowery with a thick fruity taste.
GoodBrew (1) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 14, 2006 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a treat this beer is. I look forward to it each year. It has a commanding taste and finishes with arush of tastes. In moments you can feel the love from this great brerw.
mynie (44) - Waterloo, Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark golden with a good, retentive head.
Smells like chewy bread dough and pine needle hos. Lots of biscuity yeast, very nice. The scent jumps out at you like an icepick to the forehead.
Tastes very much like it smells, very firm, and with much more pine up front. Big blast of hops like tree sap, getting a bit floral, and then lauching into sweet and sour yeast dough, getting chewy, and then a finish of rich, bitter hops.
An excellent beer.
after4ever (6688) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. I’m absolutely buying everything the brewer claims for this beer: citrus and florals on the nose, and an attack that starts hoppy and grows malty and sweet, even to the point of vanilla. There’s a decent off-white head, dark copper color, body on the high side of medium, and plenty of carb (without being an overabundance). The finish is dry and lingering. After rousing the yeast, it takes on a more pronounced fruitiness and the malt sweetness takes up a new emphasis as well. This is a fantastic IIPA with and without yeast in the glass.
chimney (9) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2006 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured a nice clear dark amber brown (yes, almost dark copper) with a wonderful, not overly large, rocky/frothy head that was a nice yellow orange. the aroma had a good moderate hoppyness to it with a slight scent of appricot. the flavor started with a very light sweet and bitter flavor and then developed to a slightly acidic and moderate bitter with a very mild grapefruit citrus hint. on the palate it tasted like it should be light, but felt slightly heavier and maltier than expected all while maintaining the refreshingness. over all it’s a very good beer that shouldn’t be seasonal and shouldn’t be as hard to find in my area as it is
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to goldtwins for sending this one my way. hazy deep orange beer topped by a thick off-white head. Ahhh, hops! Gorgeous waves of aroma spill out of my glass. Aroma of pine, mint, oak and vanilla all appear over a beautiful toasty malt backbone. Some subtle chewy/earthy resins underneath. Smells like a walk in the woods. Some rich seasonal spices as well like juniper and ginger. Flavour delivers on the aroma’s promise, tooth coating piny resins are topped by the sweet caramel and biscuity malts. Lingering soft fruit and spice through the finish. Vanilla flavour throughout as well. Agressive, but completely approachable.