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RATINGS: 1252   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2005
05 Botttle. Thanks Santa! The color is a beautiful deep cooper with a big off-white head. The aroma is dominated by piney, citrusy hops with enough malt background to balance. The flavor is a great balance of hops, malt, and alcohol with a lingering bitter finish. Caramel, pine, apricot, and pineapple flavors all pop up. A very good beer.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (488) - 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 (38) - 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 (2328) - 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 (2439) - 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 (2464) - 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!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SinH4 (274) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 9, 2014
Orange color with medium head. Grapefruit, and heavy aroma of pines and resins. Taste is resinous, sweet, but not overpowering. Tangerine in the finish that lingers. The bitterness fits in perfectly. Perfectly balanced!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sirsledz (16) - POLAND - DEC 5, 2014
Great, great, great american beer. Awesome aroma, a lot of citrusy, hops, grapefruit. Great taste, dry with high short bitterness. Very drinkable. Beautiful white head, nice lacing. Brilliant beer. If you’re hop head - you’ll love this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Digzis (91) - Nancy, FRANCE - NOV 26, 2014
Tres belle IPA double de chez alesmith. Bien houblonnée, avec des notes d’agrume, orange, caramel ou miel et une belle amertume qui donne une bonne longueur en bouche. Texture légèrement huileuse et résineuse, le tout un peu épicé et assez bien équilibré.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (1558) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2014
Aroma: intense caramel malts, overripe fruit. Appearance: hazy, pale gold, medium, frothy, white head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: intense sweets, grain and caramel malts, ripe fruits again, some alcohol. Overall: very nice, great aroma and palate. Bottle from the brewery, San Diego.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Calisky (1145) - ALSACE, FRANCE - NOV 19, 2014
Rating #1000. Couleur dorée orangée, beau col blanc. Super nez houblonné amer avec note douce fruitée, orange et raisins, puis pin et écorce sèche. Gout amer agrumes, orange, puis pin résineux et houblon gras avec beaucoup de douceur et rondeur en bouche. Bière onctueuse, bien balancée avec fin résineuse , bon houblon amer et note épicée, fruitée orange/agrumes, caramalt, très longue et intense. Géniale! Peut etre pas si complexe, mais vraiment intense. Nickel!


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