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RATINGS: 1288   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 105   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2006
"The pour was very nice, amber in color with nice head and laced well. Aroma was of resinous and citrus and some pine and grapefruits. Flavor was the same with also some bread. Was a good beer, not the best i have had from Alesmith."

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2006
Cloudy orange body with a small creamy head. Aroma of hops with pine and lemon coming through. Lots of hops, pine lemon and dry wood dominate the flavour but balanced with a good malt backbone. Dry hoppy finish. Smooth and enjoyable.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 Wow, what a brew man. Pours a thick, dark honey nectar with a beautifuly spicey hop aroma. A complex ale indeed. When you sip, the hops hit you right up front, then the mood turns to a bright and spicey fruit mellowness then "BAM", back to massive hops. Like a three car collision at the Broadway curve. Totally backs up traffic for a while as you try to distinguish all the flavors seeping through. Citrus rind, caramel, leather, pine, malt, cream. Close your eyes and imagine drinking a fully decorated christmas tree...the complexities. The alcohol is well hidden. I wanted to chew on it. An awsome brew. Very well balanced. I highly recommend any time of year, if you can find it. ******SUMMER YULESMITH******9 months later: Sept. 6th 2006. Pours dark honey w/ full creamy froth. Aroma is spiced w/ fresh malt and forest pine. Full nectar w/ soft residual effers. Flavors are malt driven w/ a slow approaching hopped up semi truck that swerves to hit you head on. Caramel, vanilla bean, slight leather, and lime rind. Besides all the hopsy asprin and malt it shows a certain spicy essence. Like corriander or something. Big hopsy spicey bittering on the long finish. Another classic brew! Highly recommended.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Bottle from jjpm74. Nose is very floral and citric. Body is almandine wuth a thick film of bubbles. Taste-magic. Pure magic. Citric zest, pine, raisin, maple syrup, crystal malt, sweet caramel, vanilla. It reminds me of a mild American style BW. Very, very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2006 Bottle courtesy of the hip zug4abby. Pours a copper orange with a nice off white head. Nice assertive aroma of caramel and citrus hops. Nice mouthfeel and balance. Earthy malt profile that is semi sweet, countered by crisp and grassy hop bitterness. Some citrus notes come out in the otherwise bitter finish. Very good, but I enjoy the winter Imperial Red much better.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2006 Bottle. Cloudy orange copper color with thin off-white head. Aroma is strong with hops and citrus fruits. Taste is awesomely malty and sweet with a good hop kick. Grapefruit, earthy notes, dry finish. Now THIS is what I expect when I open up an Alesmith bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3651) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2006
Bottle conditioned, courtesy of BeerLimey. Copper bronze, good lasting off white head and moderate condition. Enticing spicy raw hop resin and caramel nose with some alcohol apparent, Big sweet peppery mouthfull of caramel, malt and spicy hops. Some traces of toasted bread, smokiness and typical English barley wine notes. Alcoholic finish with the spicy malt notes well balanced by the solid hop bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Very good, not quite great. The Commercial Description is accurate. Its best quality is the creamy mouthfeel.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Bright orange color with a sweet tan head and clingy nice glass lacing. The citrusy grapefruit aroma and spicy nose is very evident. More malty spiciness comes through as you breathe the aromas in deeply. The flavor is big hoppy grapefruit with some piney flavors. A slight pleasing sourness develops after the swallow. Very smooth even body.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2006
22 oz bomber. We shared this at the 2005 beer exchange and I do believe that Ruination has been beaten for me. This was a tremendous 2IPA with a ridiculous aroma of grapefruit, pine, orange, lemon, pineapple, bitter hops, spice, sweet malt, caramel, and such a mouthfeel as it slides down the throat. I was utterly blown away by the flavors of this fabulous brew. Creamy, silky, explosive, fullbodied, perfectly balanced between hops and malt along with a great spiciness that is almost too good to describe. I loved this beer and I cannot wait to get my hands on more of it. This is so much better than 3 Floyds, I can’t even believe that they are on the same page of 2IPA’s. Nothing that I can say will prepare you for the joy of drinking some of this fine, fine ale. Go get some as soon as you can. Tell them I sent you!


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