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RATINGS: 1332   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   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.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2006
I thought this was excellent. Not your super hopped up, nothing else flavor. It was well balanced, for IIPA, or so I felt. One individiual asked me if I could smell a little holiday cheer in this one, and in the middle of the heat wave we have had here, a nice refreshing smell of the christmas floral was very nice. Maybe it was my nose playing tricks on me, but I could smell the season. There was also the floral taste on this one followed by a warm alocohol feel. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vyvvy (5134) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2006
I went in to this expecting a lot & my expectations were exceeded. This was a present from a kind friend who vacationed in San Diego. Poured hazy dark orange / brown with an attractive beige head. Aroma has a TON of grapefruit hops with some pine aspects mixed in. There is also a healthy amount of sweet malt in the background. Full bodied beer with generous soft carbonation. Incredibly well balanced - thick rich caramel malt and piney citrus hops - almost a creamy feel to the taste. Finish get more piney and sharp, but the malt is still evident. One of the best beers Iíve had and easily the best balanced IIPA or IPA I think Iíve had. Excellent beer that I hope to have again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2006 Columbus gathering beer#10. Brought by Nolankowal. This was one from last xmas so it was a little mellowed. It was still very good, though id like to try a fresh one sometime. Was a little sweeter than their IPA but was still very hoppy. Mellowed into almost a light barleywine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2006
bomber. Aroma: Nice semi-sweet caramel malt aroma followed by a lot of hops. Lots of citrus, resin, and floral notes. Also getting some pineapple, and a touch of chocolate. Appearance: vibrant orange in color and hazy. Head was off-white, large and creamy looking. Head lingered for a good long time, but dissipated into a ring around the edge of the glass. Nice laing. Flavor: Just like the aroma, the malt is the backbone of this beer. Nice toffee and caramel flavors tie in with rich malty sweetness. Hops come in strong with grapefruit, pine, and nice a nice floral flavor. Well balanced. Bitterness is good, but could be even a little stronger. Palate: Medium high bodied. Some alcohol warming experienced on the tongue. Some syrupy sweetness lingers after the finish. Overall: A good, well balanced IIPA. Although this is an 8.5% ABV beer, itís well disguised and it sneaks up on you.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2006
Boottle 2004 edition, thanx to Jannik for sharing this one. Cloudy deep orange colour with a small off white head. Malty, caramel sweet aroma with a pineapple fruity hoppyness and a light pine note. Malty and caramel sweet flavor with some hoppy fruityness and a vague citric touch.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Pretty much a straight orange colour that poured with a small bit of foam on top that disappeared. Citrus hops with a serious bend to grapefruit in the aroma. The body is very nice with the perfect amount of carbonation and thickness. Strong malty body even though it doesnít offer up much of its own flavour. More of those citrus hops in the flavour, but not a whole ton. The hops are more piney in the taste. I quite enjoyed this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUL 11, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 Bomber, Pours blood orange with absolutly no head. Nose is very nice, Ruby grapefruit, sweet figs and flowers. The flavor was a bit exagerated for me. I like imperials but this one was a bit to much. Its like biting into a strong hop pellet rolled in rose petal. Very cherry and mandarin, too much so. Maybe it would tone down a bit with some incredibly greasy foods or something very spicy. The palate was nice though silky and malty but lacking carbonation. have tasted better.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2006 From bomber, summer Imperial IPA version. Pours a hazy orange brown with thin white head. Nose is chewy, sugary and citrus. Flavor follows nose with a good malt balance and bitter finish. Palate is thick and chewy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUL 8, 2006
I am terribly confused. I got a bottle of this expecting a double IPA, but it tasted nothing of the sort. It was very Belgian tasting. It had a kind of floral aroma, but mostly caramel and yeast. The flavor was quite yeasty and sweet, similar to Horny Devil actually. Is there some chance I got the wrong beer? Is there another Yulesmith beer that Alesmith makes? Itís the same bottle as shown. I love Alesmith IPA, but if Iím judging this as an IIPA, I couldnít give it much over a 3, but if it was something else, surely higher. Iíll try and find it again and see what happens. The bottle could have been too old?

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2008 Summer Yule, 3 weeks old when I had it. Bright orange color with a nice, fine white head. Super hoppy aroma with sour citrus and spicy vanilla notes. Bitter from beginning to end with a nice, crisp finish and light notes of alcohol; mega chewy hops. Mouthfeel is bubbly, smooth, and not too thick or thin. Super balanced and amazingly fresh... You canít miss with AleSmith. Rerate - this was one of the first beers I really rated. So, I guess this is an important rerate. Clearly an awesome beer, could use a little sweetness in the middle for balance. Lots of hops for sure. With a little more perspective I’m bumping this down from 4.5 to 4.3.


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