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RATINGS: 1277   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Pours a slightly hazy deep orange amber. Tall frothy white head. Spicy and floral hop aromas with evident malty sweetness as well. Some malt sweetness in the nose, followed by pungent spicy hop character. Big bitterness that bleeds into a cloying astringency. Finish is a malty heaviness with residual floral hop tones. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium, rather sticky.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2005
UPDATED: APR 13, 2011 Beautiful bright coppery amber-orange color with a dense, fine, creamy, light tan colored head. Hop-driven aroma of grapefruit. General citrus top notes with earthy and spicy undertones mixed with some malt and alcohol. Citrus and resinous hop flavors--orange peel--with deep, strong, profound hop bitterness--one of the most bitter beers I’ve had. Malt flavors are present, but only just enough to provide the perfect balance to the body--not heavy or sweet yet strong enough to support the dense bitterness. Well integrated alcohol rounds out the amazingly packed flavor profile that delicately unwinds through a long finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 30, 2005
bottle. Winter 04/05, shared with my brother DYCSoccer17. Hazy copper pour with lots of floating yeast, nice head. Piney hop aroma with some citrus peel. Wonderfully malty and hoppy, a great balance. Sweet start, bittering in the middle (grapefruit) and finishing caramelly sweet again. Perfect mouthfeel, sticky and sweet, yet nicely bitter. I am glad to have had the chance to sample this excellent west coast brew!!

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - APR 26, 2005
wow! this is a gem of a beer... in the big ipa genre pushing up towards a barley wine...seems like many of these styles are blending together these days. a copper haze in the glass with nice carbonation of tan mushroom head. nose mostly of citrus pine hop tones. the alcohol is not hidden in this beer. you get some warm sweet tones through out the beer. suttle apple, bold flavors of pine citrus, grape fruit and vanilla bounce around your tongue. the balance here is what impressed me the back bone was pushed with large malt flavors that corrugate and stick to your soft palate giving a velvety texture. a full thick beefy beer. easier to drink then you would think from my description. simply delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2005
Pours red-gold with white head. Smells hoppy, tinges of honey, citrus and pine. Medium to thick bodied. Starts off bitter, mellows out but never swetens. Very complex and tasty beer. Thanks to Captain Cougar!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2005
Poured hazy ruby amber with a big fluffy tan head...smell is pine, soap, citrus, and vanilla...taste is almost all hops and sweetness from alcohol...this is quite good, but I think is overrated due to its stark lack of malt/hop balance...finish is slightly sweet with alcohol...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2005
Wish they made this year round.... altough, I may just have a bottle left. ... correction, I no longer do, Mr. Facto Got it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 5, 2005
Thanks to wohlfs for this beer.

Poured a deep clear effervescent amber with a large creamy fluffy white head. Aroma is clean hops with hints of candy. Taste is piney hops with a mild malt backbone, adding a touch of sweetness. Lingering bitterness and dryness in the finish. A very nice IIPA, and another world class brew from Alesmith.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2005
04.04.05 Bomber bottle. Dingy copper pour, glowing, foamy. Huge aromas of grapefruit, pine, floral. If pine trees grew flowers that turned into grapefruits, they’d smell like this. Pretty darn hopped up front to back, numbingly so. Balance be damned but there is a solid underlying maltiness, not too sweet, not too thick to verge on barley wine. It’s good. Finishes with a twinge of alcohol, and a touch savory(?).

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2005
Bottle at O’Brien’s. This was one of the many being passed around the table the night I hit town. I remember placing it into category 4. Nice creamy, somewhat complex, medium roasted, rich maltiness balanced very well with the potent spicy hops. Into the full bodied category. This is one I am eager to taste again and rate properly. Thanks dasilky for the heads up on this one.


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