mjg74 (2953) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap, OíBrienís. Pours a light amber color. Sweet hoppy aroma with hints of pine and citrus. Slightly sweet hoppy flavor. Quite a bit of spice. More citrus than pine. Some maltiness as well.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from either BevMo or the brewery (I bought íem in both places). Wow, itís about time this one was separated out, I love it and can definitely notice the difference between the summer and winter editions. Anyway, pours cludy topaz-amber with a fluffy beige head and little floaties. Caramelly sweet aroma, toasty, toffee and lots of ripe summer fruit with huge hops of orange, qrapefruit and pine and hints of alcohol. Flavor is sweet and rich,with toasty, fruity malts, more caramel, bold pine and citrus hops, peppery spice and grapefruit in the finish. Full body, smooth and gentle carbonation.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a slightly-hazy amber with good-sized white head that lasts. Very sweet smelling for an IPA, with citrus and other fruits dominating. In the mouth, the alcohol is quite evident. It starts out sweet, with similar notes as the aroma, plus a pretty pronounced hit of caramel, malt and vanilla. Finishes balanced. Possibly the best IPA Iíve ever had.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great all around. Pours nice amber color with medium head. Aroma is sweet malt and resiny hops. Nice balaced flavor, yet still maintains great hop character. Finishes bitter and then sweet. Excellent!
JohnnyJ (5354) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an beautiful amber color with a large fluffy off-white head. Good lacing. Citrus, pineapple, caramel, hops, and some bread in the aroma. Starts out with a crisp citrus flavor, then to a sweet and juicy pineapple, orange, and caramel. Finishes with hops and alcohol warming. Leaves a very nice flavor in the mouth. Well balanced between hops and malt. Meduim mouthfeel, but still quite smooth. An excellent brew.
shigadeyo (3630) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted with OhioGuzzler and side-by-side with YuleSmith (Winter)... The Summer Yulesmith is orange in color with a huge pale yellow head. The aroma unmistakedly pineapple and is so rich and full, that it just rolls out of the glass as its poured and you can smell it from an armís length away! Flavor is sweet, orange, and slight alcohol, with a great hop bitterness throughout. Perfect mouthfeel and carbonation. This beer is great, but a bit young. I bet it would be awesome with a year or so of age to let the bitterness and sweetness meld some more.
22 oz bottle (2006, 8.5% alcohol), $8.99 at Dilly Deli.
JPDIPSO (5519) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark golden to amber in color with a moderate, dense light tan head. Grapefruit with a slice of toasted whole grain bread on the side for breakfast. A whole lot of hops balanced well with lots of pale sweet malt. Mild alcohol burn in the finish, and a warming sensation in the stomach. Hops have both a citric and floral component which aids in the balance. I do believe we (Wisconsin) does have a contender for this one as I just had a Tyranena Hop Whore and found it very similar (formal rating when bottles come out - first taste of the THW was just a pint while passing through and not a rating worthy effort on my part). Iím always happy to see this in a package from the west coast. Perhaps the alcohol and mild licorice in the finish brings this down slightly for me but still a great brew.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of my favorite double IPAs. Iíve had it numerous times both on draft and in the bottle.
Great citric aroma with up front hoppiness in the flavor with a nicely balanced malty finish.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
June 2006 release sampled on 7/4/06: Pours a transparent copper bronze with a nicely-lacing off-white head. Big fresh citrus and piny hop aroma has a very nice caramel malty balance. Body starts sweet and viscous, turning more bitter, crisp and grapefruity toward the resinous mildly warming finish. Well balanced, flavorful and best enjoyed fresh. A classic double IPA!
July 2005 release sampled on 9/25/05: Pours a transparent copper orange with a wonderfully dense and well-lacing froth of white head. Bright hoppy pine and grapefruit aroma has some alcohol notes. Body starts with some sweet gritty caramel malt and plenty of bittering hops toward a sticky, pine sap, warming bittersweet finish. Definitely doesnít hide its alcohol as well as I remember. Iíd like to let it age so that the alcohol becomes more hidden, but then the hops would fade. Such a predicament. Itís appearance seems to have improved though.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - SEP 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2006 7/3/04-2004 Summer release: Picked up four bombers at MCAS Miramar Marine Mart. ooh-rah. Happy 4th to all of our Men and Women in uniform. Oh yeah, AleSmith ROCKS!