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RATINGS: 1273   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Caytinator (994) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Clear beer, surprisingly--good lacing, stable head. More bitter than aromatic, lacks malt backbone, there’s plenty of strength though. Good tasty beer, but a little underwhelming given the hype.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsnicholas (310) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle (22 Oz): pours somewhat cloud golden. Nice white head that diapers. Nice lacing. Smells and tastes of grapefruit. Hops. A little bitterness in the end. Bottled nearly 4 months ago so may not be the freshest

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkska101 (1091) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2014
bottle shared with JC A: grapefruit, orange/tangerine, some caramel App: clear copper thick white head t/p: full body with long bitter finish. velvety texture o: excellent. the sweetness of this beer sits on a bed of delicious hops. interesting from the first to the last sip

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHeath99 (1236) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle. Pours a transparent amber with a thin layer of cream colored head. Aroma of malts and hops. Taste of citrus and bitterness and malts. A nice balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ericular (721) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2014
From a bottle just over 3 months old. Would like to find a fresher sample next May/June. Pours a hazy light copper with lasting white head and great lacing. Aroma is fruity, floral, and herbal. Taste is malt-balanced at first, getting more assertively bitter with grapefruit in the end. Sweet and herbal aftertaste, and comes across overall as a spiced IPA. This is solid overall, even if it’s not my ideal IPA flavor profile This must be better fresh to be a Top 20 Double IPA. It’s good, but not outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voodoo (400) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Pours a hazy golden with a pillowy head which disappears in good time, lacing the glass the entire way.....aroma is sweet malt, piney, citrus near grapefruit......taste is well carbonated with a solid mouthfeel with grapefruit, sweet malt, slightly earthy and tailing off with slight metallic taste. Slight oiliness on the lips, which is not terribly desirable.....all in all a well built double.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Torrefacto (767) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 8, 2014
Color dorado diáfano con densa espuma blanca. Aromas de frutales intensos, toques herbales suaves. Cuerpo medio, inicio dulce y afrutado, seguido de un amargor complejo entre fruta, hierba y resinas, muy equilibrado. Excelente.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6512) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark yellow to light amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with notes of cardboard and alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic, moderately astringent. Alesmith has long had issues with premature oxidation, and this is a good, recent example of that...this only hit shelves in the last month or two, but is already noticeably papery. There are still some hops apparent, but not much, and they are the basic resinous-grapefruity variety. There’s really not much else going on here. Abrasive and caustic in the mouth...astringent and unbalanced. A below average example of the style by anyone’s measure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHANER4 (483) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle-poured golden color with huge white head. Aroma-WOW!!, fresh piney hops, its xmas in july! Taste is sweet and spicey. Has lemony/pine up front with excellent sweet malt on palate with mildly biiter finish. Mouthfeel is perfect, smooth with nice carbonation. Overall an excellent beer. Reminds me more of a regular ipa and not a double. Not sure ibu’s but cant be over 100.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (2659) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle. Pale amber with a white head. Aroma is earthy and spicy with grapefruit and pine, a surprising vanilla tone. Medium bodied, carbonation is highish, a little higher than I’d like. Not very sweet with fairly plain pale malty flavours, no caramel. Lots of citrus flavours, earthy and a little peppery at the end. Spices go well there with the dry and firmly bitter finish. No great depth to it, but that dry, almost stern finish more than makes up for it. Would be better for summer, but the seasons don’t work that way.

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