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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - DEC 15, 2005
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2005
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swatskee (17) - Ohio, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2005
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2102) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 13, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2005
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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BitchesBrew (715) - 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 I’ve had to date- I would kill to have this all year long.

   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.

   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 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.

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