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RATINGS: 1251   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 Yulesmith’s 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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzzbassman (1522) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa dhlesq. Aroma huge hops, pine and citrus. Flavor is pleasingly bitter with a resiny mouthfeel, and a slight alcohol burn. Very enjoyable hop IIPA!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Sampled at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club. Bottle courtesy of Noah. Thanks. I was disappointed when I sampled this in March, but having it again (aged about one year), I was greatly impressed. Too young and the hops simply overwhelm, but after about a year, the grapefruit and lemon notes blend well with the malt backbone. There’s quite a bit of lemon zest still around, but there’s also caramel and butterscotch. Notes of pine and sage come across on the nose as well. Would like to see it go 2 years in the cellar, although my limited IL access doesn’t allow for this to happen.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 Cloudy amber pour with a medium white head. Amazing aroma of herbal hops with grapefruit. The flavor has a dominant of hops and bitterness, the herbal hops and grapefruit are there and they are very pleasant, the caramel malt is solid enough to give some balance to the beer, the finish is bitter. The body has a light to medium thickness with a dry mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Excellent, it’s everything I thought it would be, huge thanks to presario for sending this. Rating #1500.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2005
Overall excellent beer. The smell is of grapefruit hops and the body is nice and full. The taste is a perfect balance for a double ipa. This is now my second favorite beer -- right behind dreadnaught -- of course you can get three of this for the cost of one dreadnaught.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Indy gathering 2005. This bottled brew poured a very large sized head of foamy finely sized of off-white colored bubbles that left behind an unnoted lacing. The body contained no carbonation, was transparent and orange brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of caramel hops. Its mouth feel is initially tingly with a lingering tingly palate. Its flavor contained strong caramel hop notes and was very tasty. An excellent beer that I would buy again.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2007 Poured from a bomber. Orange amber color, bright and murky. Lots of apricot and hops in the aroma. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit creamy and very refreshing not too strong texture. Lots of flavors arising. Vanilla, Apricot, Grapefruit, malt, light fruit. No alchohol burn at all. Love it and the $5 price is perfect.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Dark copper in color. Huge fresh hops nose like evergreens. Rich hops and malts that are so well balanced. Long lingering finish of hops, vanilla and the finish is clean.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Thanks to Doug for sharing this bottle! It pours a beautiful copper with a large white head and good lacing. Big citrus-pine nose. Lots of citrus, pine, and grapefruit/floral flavors with a good malt and fruit background. Great beer. I want more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Bottle, thanks be to Kris (alcoholist) for sending this great beer. Clear to almost slightly slightly hazy copper with small little bubbles moving up through the glass. Medium sized long lasting dusty white head that leaves great lacing on the glass. The nose is stong with hops and malt. The hops tickle at the front of your nose while the malts washes it away. In the taste the hop character is definately right there but the malts come out first and strong and are almost cooling and chewy. Grapefruit and dust finishing with pleanty of alcohol to clean you off. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5105) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2006 22 oz bottle, July 05 release, via fordest. Dark copper pour, slightly cloudy with a firm craggy off white head. Generous amounts of fine carbonation yields one of the best heads I’ve ever seen. Huge resiny hop aroma over a sweet toffee and caramel malt base. Nice resiny hop bite against a sweet and spicy malty background. Very deep and complex malt profile. Well balanced with a slight alcohol warmth on the finish. Medium bodied with a very creamy mouthfeel, great bottle conditioned carbonation. Just an all around great beer, well balanced with great complexity. Nowhere near as harsh as some of the IIPA’s (Herculese) and way more drinkable than Dreadnaught in my opinion. Best IIPA out there (at least in America).


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