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RATINGS: 1297   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (987) - GREECE - JAN 12, 2015
650ml bottle at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Light hazy golden orange color with white head. Aroma is malty caramel and hoppy pine, light fruity. Sweet and bitter taste, caramel, tropical fruits, piney. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4712) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 4, 2015
From the shared bottle. Past its prime. Still light lemon aroma and taste and very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
msbernac (1067) - Krakow, POLAND - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle Aroma-citrus, mango Appearance-golden, hazy, white foam, Taste-medium bitterness, light sweetness, lightly sour, Palate-medium body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter finish Overall-perfect

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (2653) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
Sample at semi-S&G tasting (since the music was shut down halfway through). APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, nice stable white head. NOSE: pine, sweet, hoppy. TASTE: pine, sweet, hoppy, nice, balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quack-Duck (8434) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2014
bottle from Bierkompass. Hazy golden with a large white head. Full-bodied, intensive malty base with an alcoholic touch, quite warming. Lots of grassy and fruity hops, slightly piney, with mango and peach.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (502) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2014
This has the expected strong resin, pine and spruce flavors, with just a little citrus (not sweet or juicy though). Well-balanced by bready, toasty malts. Drinkable for a very high IBU brew. It’s good, but hard to distinguish from other good DIPA’s. In fairness, my bottle was ~6 months old, so a fresh bottle might be even better.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anstei (277) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 17, 2014
65cl bottle from Erzbierschof. Pours in a slightly cloudy, yellowish orange color. The aroma is fruity, pointing at various aroma hops. The taste confirms these suspicions: It is indeed very fresh, fruity, combined with just the right amount of bitterness. An outstanding beer indeed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawanna (2614) - Freising, GERMANY - DEC 16, 2014
0,65 l bottle from Biervana resin, spruce, citrus, cereal, golden, cloudy, frothy, white foam, light sweetness, very bitter, medium body, oily feel, slick feel, average carbonation, long finish, bitter,

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (2962) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2014
22oz in Seattle. Good body, copper malts. Hops are rich but sitting behind. Will have to try this again fresher.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (3132) - BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2014
It’s almost winter but why not taste AleSmith’s famed summer IPA... Pours a pale orange with somewhat ochre hue, clear but hazy with deposit and with vivid sparkling, under a thick, clearly hops-enhanced, lacing, egg-white, moussy head with surprisingly good retention seen the ABV. Powerful earthy, spicy and citrussy aroma of grapefruit, pine needles, orange peel, red apple, dried ginger, black pepper, nutmeg, wormwood, tonic water, old cheese, fried chicken, cigarette tobacco, lavender soap, bourbon, bark, mango, papaja, paprika, meat broth, strawberry... One of those luxurious ales with an aroma so complex I could sniff it for hours. In the mouth, an explosion of exotic, spicy and sweet fruits, supported by an utterly refreshing and ’cleansing’ citrussy sourishness and spiciness, medium strong, minerally and slightly sourish carbonation, resinous mouthfeel, then making way for a deep, smooth caramelly and nutty maltiness overcome by the expected strong, dry and extremely long hop bitterness, earthy, leafy, peppery, cheesy, citrussy and so complex, but still remaining elegant and not too ’corrosive’; retronasal, almost liquorice-like spiciness and some warming alcohol is present in the background but only for structure and not obnoxious at all. One of the greatest IPAs I had so far, so satisfying, quenching and refreshing... "California dreaming" on a cold, windy and dark winter night. Wonderful!


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