jtw (1112) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle thanks to squidget. this 22 oz-er poured a beautiful dark amber with a foamy head that simply sat on top of the beer without disappearing. mild aroma as far as IIPAs go, but still very invigorating. citrusy grapefruit and lemon (like an herbal tea?), and yet plenty of malt that asserted itself to make sure that the aroma was not out of balance. absolutely perfect blend of malt and hops; drinking this beer is like a mouth orgasm. despite the fact that where i live is stout-ville and that iíve never met a stout i didnít like, the west coast makes IPAs that are practically to-die-for!
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark cherry red-orange color, lasting white head, lots of chunks in the glass (yes, I pour it all in). Orange all over the nose, very creamy and smooth on the palate with fresh bitter hops on top of all this. Wonderful.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours a deep dark golden, with a dense white head sitting on top. The strips of lace left on my glass are just amazing. Aroma is just a hopheads dream, perfumey/fruity, fresh (you know that fresh hop flavor that makes you want to drink a good hoppy beer all day), citrus, little bit of spice. It takes one sip and your hooked on this stuff. Just excellent. Mouth feel is very round and full, sticky and totally mouth saturating. The hoppy resin goodness seeps into every taste bud, leaving a long lasting after taste. Very rich, sweet, and delicious beer. Too bad its not available year around. "Liquid Gold"
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer was the 2004 summer release Yulesmith. There was big citrus and flowers on the nose w/ hints of pine and raisin sweetness. The pour was golden brown w/ gold highlights. The head was thin and lasting w/ lasting lacing. The flavor was citrusy ( grapefruit and pineapple) w/ hints of pine and a slight fruit sweetness. The mouthfeel was light and carbonated.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy dark orange with a good head. Aroma is orange and citrus hops with a malty backbone. Flavour is the same with a strong hop character and a bitter finish.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 Got this from Duane. Thanx 04 bottle. This was a great IPA, I donít love these, but I am getting a greater appreciation for them. This was hoppy thru and thru.
StoutsRights (10) - USA - JAN 30, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2005 í04 batch, bottle-conditioned, not aged, bottle straight from the brewery. Piney, citrusey, and some darker flavor I canít figure out; crisp, clean, dry finish, little aftertaste... itís easy to drink and disappears quickly. Iíve had this on cask, and I donít remember it being different. Definitely one of my favorite beers. Donít miss this one.
Not challenging like Stoneís Ruination (another great IIPA) this was easy to drink (like Double Bastard). I gave samples to two persons who "donít like beer" and they liked it.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 Bottle thanks to lmgraz1! Dark amber in color with a medium sized off white head. Great hoppy aroma with some maltiness in the background. Flavor of piney hops dominate on first sip, followed by a mildly sweet malt backbone. Finish is rather dry. Another great beer from Alesmith!
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
GABF 2004. When I take the time to write an exclamation in my tasting notes, especially at a place like the GABF where I could be jostled at any moment by beer-hungry passerby, and where I have a list of "must-taste" beers that make every moment precious, it means something. The first thing I wrote about Yulesmith: "dope!" This was the freshest, crispest IPA Iíve ever had. Beautiful in the glass, orange luminescence with a perfect head: great lacing and long-lasting. Taste was a perfect blend of peach, grapefruit and spice, which really came out on the dry yet refreshing finish. This had great body, and a backbone of caramel malt that glided under all the wonderful fruit flavors and lasted all the way through the finish. Wonderful.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber: Lasting off very light beige head on a medium amber/orange body. Has just a slight haze. Smells like an IPA! Grapefruit citrus and piney hop aromas dominate at first. Also a little perfumey, probably from alcohol. Toasted bready malt balances hop as it warms. Fruitiness seems to be all citrusy hop, and a little woody aroma comes in as well. Balanced in flavor to bitter, but overall well balanced. Lemony citrus hop flavor dominates with some caramel & toasty malt. Some allcohol in the flavor, but adds to complexity. Finish is on the semi dry side with a citrus hop and toasty malt that lasts into the aftertaste. Medium body, warming alcohol, and lower carbonation; overall smooth. Very enjoyable IPA. I know it says IIPA, but this is a pretty good IPA. Not my favorite style, but a nice change from my malt loving ways!