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RATINGS: 1217   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2007 2004 bottle. Pours a rich amber color with a thick head of clinging lace. Aroma is hops and grapefruit. Flavor is hops, grapefruit, melon, hops, flower, hops, and hops. Mouthfeel is thick and coating. A nice IPA that accentuates the hops even more as it warms. Rerate, courtesy of Zinister. Thanks!
2007 bottle. Flavor is much more cohesive, with notes of pine and grapefruit making an appearance (the aforementioned absent from my first sampling). A very full and synergistic effort. GREAT IPA!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Heavy hop aroma, trace of pine/bark odor. More sweet than bitter. Burnt orange color. Big ivory head, fades slowly. Flavor is much more mild than expected, though hop profile is right where it should be. Burnt and spicy finish, blalnced, though not malty. Mouthfeel is thick. Very nice brew, my first from AleSmith.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2005
Orange, hazy. Citrus aroma with notes of vanilla and alcohol. Citrus flavor with notes of alcohol, syrup and spices. Sweet and round. Long bitterness with notes of stone.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2006 I wanted to like this more than I did. The body is dark orange with a slightly yellowish head. The aroma is oranges, vanilla and hay. The taste is sweet with oranges and vanilla. This is also a little woody with some grassy character. The beer is actually very well balanced for an IIPA. Thanks for sharing, JCapriotti. Tried this one again and still loved it. A great IIPA.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2006 Smells of grapefruit and rosey, but not nearly as sharp as their previous bottling. More watery and too much caramel and malty flavors for a Double IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2006 Aug 20, 2005, Summer 2005 batch, courtesy of Secret Santa (kujo9 - thanks, Mike!)
Clear bright orange in color with a fizzy, cloistered head. Snappy hops aroma with some honey, maple and sugar sprinkled grapefruit. Hotter than the Christmas 2004 batch. Assertive sting at first touch with all the previously identified flavor and palate traits.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlexDonovan (14) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Winter Edition, Bottled. Incredible! Signifigantly hoppy but not overpoweringly so, with an excellent balance of malt. Just got the Summer edition in at my store and may have to try side by side, as I understand they arenít quite the same. That will also give me an excuse to drink two wonderful beers. (Do I really need an excuse?)

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Bottled. Pours a light orange color with a frothy white head and some floaties. Big floral nose with orange and pine notes. Flavor is slightly malty with some more pine notes and grassiness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Bottle 22 oz. Dark amber color wiyh a medium head that diminished slowly. Good hoppy citrus aroma. Medium to full body with complex dry texture. Full flavor of malt, citrus and a long hoppy alcohol finish. Another AleSmith masterpiece.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2006 Poured golden with a thick white head. Great appearance. A bit darker then the IPA if I remember right. Smell had citrus, graitfruit, vanilla, butterscotch and caramel. There was a lot of pine in it too. Taste was very hoppy yet smooth with graitfruit, citrus and caramel dominating it. Very good but I would also the Three Floyds is slightly better. Amazing stuff though. Re-rate- Much better the second time. I especially liked the orange at the end. Overall an excellent Double IPA that ranks up with the best of them. Re-rate- 2006 bottle. Cloudy copper body with a thick off white head. Aroma is malty and hoppy at the same time with hints of graitfruit, citrus, caramel, currant, orange, and butterscotch. Taste is so ultra with a good malts and hops balance. There is actually hints of butterscotch in this beer. Very citrusy as well. I would have to try this against the Dreadnaught to get the official winner. Very close. Palate is perfection with a unique sweetness. Just a magnificant beer all around. Bravo!! 9/5/9/5/18 10/8/06


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