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RATINGS: 1219   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 Yulesmithís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Thanks to whoever brought this to the Toronto Christmas Party í04. Sweet hop nose - rich caramel. Tingly tingly hops. Slightly chocolaty, caramel, pepper, lemon. Bitter citrus/grapefruit. Warming finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2006 July 2006 Summer 2005 edition. Golden orange with a small creamy beige head. (3+) Fairly resiny aroma, with mild malt. Solid resiny hop bitterness dominates in the flavour, and is quite pleasant. Average to medium palate (3+). Less citrus than I like in an IPA but the resiny character is really quite nice. 7/3+/7-8/3+/16 - 3.8<P>

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Thanks, EDA. Clear orange in color with a tan head. Hoppy aroma. Caramel malt. Well balanced. Hoppy, malt flavor. Well made. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Pours a reddish-brown with a small off-white head that diminishes quickly to a thin wispy layer yet still manages to leave some good lacing. Aroma is bursting with hops, pine, citrus, and a bit of malty sweetness. Flavor starts out with fruity malts, then gives way to the hop blast. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Thanks EDA. Clear orange, tan head. Aroma is of hops and carmel malt. Nice hop malt balance in the flavor. Mixed finish, rich hops. Very well made once again from these guys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2512) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2004
This was a cask release on Dec 12. It was too hoppy for this raterís taste. For all the hops, though, this was less vegetal/grassy than expected. It also had a very pleasant citrusy nose that wasnít rediculous. A detectible pine flavour, but a little overshadowed by the hops. Surprisingly smooth finish for all the hops up front. Great drink, but a bit one-sided.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11943) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2004
(Bottle, Summer 2004 vintage) Pours a cloudy amber body with a small beige head. Aggressive grapefruit aroma. Spicy, hops flavor. Somewhat creamy texture with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Bottle thanks to argo0: Slightly hazy amber color with a small tan head. Aroma: hops, lots of hops, grapefruit, grass, pine. Taste: hops, spices, berries, grass, caramel, tea, soap. Finishes with tea-like hops, and dry. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
Ginger colour. The aroma is dominated by a massive resiny pine hop rush. However, although itís still pretty hoppy on the palate, itís not as extreme as I anticipated and a malt backbone provides a counterpoint to temper the hoppiness and produce a well balanced and dangerously drinkable beer. Very nice indeed and far more refined from many of the big US IPAs Iíve tried. Bottled at the DC gathering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
12/4/04: Bottle.
This brew has a hoppy aroma of C-mas trees, which is quite beautiful. The body is red-brown with no lace. There is an X-L amount of hop flavor, which includes pine and grapefruit (citrus). Nicely balanced. Slightly bitter finish.

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