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RATINGS: 1213   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 Yulesmiths 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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
2005 summer edition on cask @ OBriens... damn near one of the best beers i have ever had! Smooth like butter on the palate with hints of carmel and a very slight spicyness in the aftertaste. I still cant believe how good this beer is, both in the bottle and on cask!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2005
On tap at brewery, summer 2005 edition. Pours amber in color with good white head. Lots of floral hops in the aroma, but also some caramel malt. Flavor is well balanced between the malt an hops with a little underlying spiciness as well. This beer is awesome.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sregnar35 (971) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 REVIEW # 200. 22oz bottle from Ohiodad, thanks Scott! Well I was very dissapointed with this, it tasted sooo sweet and finished very sour. It was very strange to say the least, had a hard time finishing it.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Summer 05....Poured a beautiful copper/amber color with a fluffy white creamy head. The arooma was floral hoppy. The taste is very well balanced for such a huge IPA, predominantly there is of course the taste of hops, but it is very well balanced by a malty flavor. The hops have a citrus/pine taste. An awesome beer from a brewery I wish I lived closer to.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2005
this was an awesome beer. light amber color, thick shaving cream head with good retention and thick lacing. the aroma had some pinapple citrus and alcohol. flavor-- lots of hops, slightly piney and more citrus, very well balanced

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 Pours oily copper with tiny head. A blast of hops, pine, and grapefruit hits you in the face. Resiny hops up front that move into the citrus flavors and malty sweetness. Lingering mouthfeel and hop bite. Excellent IIPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUL 2, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2006 Clear, deep red color with big fluffy off white head. Aroma is barley-wine like, lots of caramel malts, notes of vanilla and oak, with just a hint of american hops. Flavor is Malty, slightly sweet, balanced by a fair amount of bitterness, with a bit of spiceyness. Ive had this in my "cellar" for a while, and I think that the hops in the aroma and flavor have mellowed a bit, allowing the malt profile to dominate, giving something more barley-wine like than IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2005 Aroma of sweet grapefruit. Body had a dark copper color with a lasting big off whith creamy head. Loads of lacing. Flavor had that hop bite and sweet grapefruit. Left a somewhat dry aftertaste after each drink on the palate. Quite a refreshing beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2005
22 oz. bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours golden orange with a sudsy head that lasted the whole glass. Left wonderful lacing that was present until I rinsed it out. Aromas of citrusy hops of course along with some pine and coastal sage and then some vanilla. Flavors of hops and more hops. Delicious. Now I know what an IPA is supposed to taste like.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Bomber. Pours deep, slightly cloudy amber with a small beige head. Aroma is chock full of hops: citrussy, piney and resinous with some earthiness too. Surprisingly for this hop monster, there is an excellent malt aroma in the nose: sweet caramel and bread. Flavor is big on the hops (resinous pine and grassy earth) with plenty of bitterness to back up the minimally apparent alcohol and sweet, bready malt backbone. Some floral and citrussy fruit esters come through was well. Finishes fairly dry and bitter with a mild alcohol warmth. Body is quite full and slightly sticky and smooth. Excellent DIPA.


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