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RATINGS: 1274   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.


4.4
   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.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rajendra82 (970) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2005
This highly regarded DIPA came to me via BA nvsblman. The 22 oz. bomber had a painted label appropriate for the holiday season. Opening the bottle and pouring it in the tulip was a joy to the senses, as the luscious burnt orange liquid slipped out of the bomber and produced a cascade of bubbles that erupted in a crowning, foamy, off white head. The underlying beer was dense, and cloudy, and gave a good indication of the solid malt foundation that formed it. The lacing was magnificently thick, as the head hung around for a while and kept coating the sides of the glass. The hops assault on the nose began the moment the cap was popped, and bringing the glass to the nose unleashed more of it prior to each sip. Lovely citric fruit peels, and spruce and pine resin were among the many forms that this hop aroma took. The taste was very bitter up front, as the hop oils exploded in my mouth. The malts were definitely there to back things up with their sweet caramelized, toasty, and faintly smoky self, but there was no mistaking about the mission of this beer. It was to get as many hops into your mouth as possible without going over the top. The hops were never overpowering as unpleasant, but instead kept the drinking session alive.. The beer felt marvelously thick in my mouth, as the body was on the right side of medium. The tongue coating body definitely let the hop residue sit on my tongue longer which left a lingering bitter-sweet aftertaste. As it faded, the brain signaled that it was time for another sip, which is a testament to the awesome drinkability of this beer despite the strength and hop presence. Speaking of strength, the 8.5% ABV hardly ever registered on the radar screen. In the end I was bowled over by the deceptive charm of this hoppy beauty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Hazy copper/amber under beige head. Strong grapefruit aroma with hints of pine resin. Good mouthfeel and a pleasant flavor. However, it did not live up to expectations. It’s a good beer and commendable but did not seem like a 100 %ile beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - MAR 30, 2005
What was it that Popeye used to say? "I’ve had all I can stand, I can’t stands no more"! Well that’s how my taste buds and I feel after the few funky fruit beers & weizens I tried tonight. I need these abrasive hops to cleanse my palate of funky fruit flavors! *A big Thank You to Joshpiledean for this brew! A deep orangey color with a tan head. Great cascade hop aroma with grapefruit rinds& pine needles. A salty sweet rich malt flavor with a thick feel and a good bitter hop middle and aftertaste. Alcohol warming in the follow.


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