lethe (177) - New York, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep orange-copper color with a persistent head. Nose is all hop astringency with a yeast finish. Flavor starts out surprisingly smooth and soft malt, followed by an acerbic hop character that drys out as it coats the mouth. Yeast is present throughout and adds another layer of complexity to this rich beer. The hops have it, but there is an attempt at balance that yields multiple dimensions of enjoyment.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to mardermax for this one. Pours a ruby red with large compact tan head. Clear enough to show off an orchestra of rising bubbles. Citrus-pine Hops were present as soon as the cap popped and are the first notion the nose picks up from the first whif from the glass but an underneath malt of carmel and chocolate persuasion comes up giving a great bitter and sweet ballanced aroma. Sharp citrus and pine hop along with lower level carmel malt. Not as much malt ballance as I expected, but it is there and really is just about at the right level because the bitterness in this beer is quite spectacular. Spicey and sharp grapefruit, lemon, and pine really coat the mouth and retain their initial power. An alcohol presence provides a warm and a bit tangy mouthfeel.
swatskee (17) - Ohio, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
copper with a nice lasting/lacing head. huge citrus aroma, spicy, piney, floral flavor with a nice undertone of malty sweetness, alcohol warmth is moderate with a piney, semi-dry finish.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extremely bitter but no balance and none of the craftmanship of every other Alesmith offering. Not a bad beer but I’ve come to expect so much from these guys that Yulesmith falls well short. Their IPA kills this for flavor and substance.
Kevin (2102) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
copper orange pour with a cigarette paper colored head. niller bean aroma, orange sherbert, joyous aroma. nice mellow sweetness with pine syrup. this is luxurious. lemon bitter finish with more pine.
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Bottle. Thanks to someone at the Indy Circle City Samplers rate party. Pours a orange dark amber color with a Lasting head. Aroma of huge hops, flowers, and pine. Flavor is much of the same with notes of caramel and hops. Smooth warming finish. Great brew for the season.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
[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 I’ve had to date- I would kill to have this all year long.
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 I’m 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 mine’s birthday and drinking Yulesmith on cask and Barrel Aged Speedway Stout. It brings a tear to my eye.