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RATINGS: 1277   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 Yulesmith’s 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Bottle. Burning waffles feature prominently in the aroma, with lingering lemon laced pine cones. Rich malty body, well-balanced bitterness, a delectable IPA that could easily pass for a non-imperial version--that is to say, the bitterness is not overdone. Great all around.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
haddon90 (1557) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Thanks Jeremy for beer #800. Pours a cloudy orange color with a thick, lingering head. Very citrusy, hops aroma. Delightful! Chewy. Smooth hops. Wonderful balance. An absolutely amazing IPA. Alcohol is subtle. Could definitely go for a case of this. Thank you again Jeremy. I owe you for this special treat!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zeswaft (1438) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2006 Bottle. Big spicy and citrucy hop aroma. Strong hop bitterness and a good balance of malt. First few sips had some noticeable alcohol. Perfect infusion of everything. Very awesome.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2006 Summer 2006 Version- Now this is a IIPA. Never noticed vanilla in the aroma of a IIPA, but (as the descriptor says) this one does have a vanilla nose. Grassy, flowery aroma. Biscuity, malty background w/ loads of hops. Finish is dry w/ a mild alcohol spiciness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - JAN 2, 2006
Pours a hazy amber color with a large 2 finger offwhite head. One whiff of this stuff and you know it’s loaded with hops! Tastes like hops, hops, and more hops. It’s a little bit spicy almost with a slight hint of grapefruit and roses. I would have liked to see a more balanced flavor with a litlte bit more maltiness present in the flavor. Full bodied and creamy. Delicious stuff

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
This beer says hello and welcome to the holidays with a robust aroma of hops. It is a cloudy copper colored solution with a decent sized off-white head. This beer fills the mouth sweet buttery caramel taste that fades leaving a mildly bitter taste of nuts that stays a while.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa dhlesq. Aroma huge hops, pine and citrus. Flavor is pleasingly bitter with a resiny mouthfeel, and a slight alcohol burn. Very enjoyable hop IIPA!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Sampled at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club. Bottle courtesy of Noah. Thanks. I was disappointed when I sampled this in March, but having it again (aged about one year), I was greatly impressed. Too young and the hops simply overwhelm, but after about a year, the grapefruit and lemon notes blend well with the malt backbone. There’s quite a bit of lemon zest still around, but there’s also caramel and butterscotch. Notes of pine and sage come across on the nose as well. Would like to see it go 2 years in the cellar, although my limited IL access doesn’t allow for this to happen.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 Cloudy amber pour with a medium white head. Amazing aroma of herbal hops with grapefruit. The flavor has a dominant of hops and bitterness, the herbal hops and grapefruit are there and they are very pleasant, the caramel malt is solid enough to give some balance to the beer, the finish is bitter. The body has a light to medium thickness with a dry mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Excellent, it’s everything I thought it would be, huge thanks to presario for sending this. Rating #1500.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2005
Overall excellent beer. The smell is of grapefruit hops and the body is nice and full. The taste is a perfect balance for a double ipa. This is now my second favorite beer -- right behind dreadnaught -- of course you can get three of this for the cost of one dreadnaught.


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