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RATINGS: 1355   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 105   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Previously known as Summer YuleSmith.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zeswaft (1614) - Seattle, Washington, 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.

   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.

   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 itís loaded with hops! Tastes like hops, hops, and more hops. Itís 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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzzbassman (1572) - Arlington, Texas, 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!!

   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. Thereís quite a bit of lemon zest still around, but thereís 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 doesnít allow for this to happen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - 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, itís everything I thought it would be, huge thanks to presario for sending this. Rating #1500.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5497) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Indy gathering 2005. This bottled brew poured a very large sized head of foamy finely sized of off-white colored bubbles that left behind an unnoted lacing. The body contained no carbonation, was transparent and orange brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of caramel hops. Its mouth feel is initially tingly with a lingering tingly palate. Its flavor contained strong caramel hop notes and was very tasty. An excellent beer that I would buy again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2007 Poured from a bomber. Orange amber color, bright and murky. Lots of apricot and hops in the aroma. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit creamy and very refreshing not too strong texture. Lots of flavors arising. Vanilla, Apricot, Grapefruit, malt, light fruit. No alchohol burn at all. Love it and the $5 price is perfect.

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