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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2009 Hazy golden with an enormous foamy slightly off-white head. Ridiculous citrus grapefruit aroma. This beer is all about the hops. Crazy hoppy without being overly bitter, good malt sweetness and hop bitterness balance, but hop flavor dominates throughout. Hops linger on the tongue for a good long time. I F#*king love this beer. Why is this beer only brewed once a year? The lingering hop sensation on my tongue only escalates my desire for more of this awesome IIPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Bottle. Pours a light amber with a fluffy off white head. Aroma was hoppy, citrusy, and spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon). The taste matched the aroma with hops, citrus, and a touch of spice.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2006
Yulesmith Holiday ale (Blue and red) Pours a foggy orange brown with a heavy carbonation that leaves a thick tan head that is frothy like whipped cream. The aroma is strong citrus hops, caramel, plums, pitted overipened fruit. the taste is strong bitter rind citrus upfront juicy and strong. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, again highly carbonated loaded with delicious bitter spicy hops. This is a great beer fantastic and hopalicious.
Earlier Rating: 1/23/2006 Total Score: 4.6
Pours a foggy orange brown with a heavy carbonation that leaves a thick tan head that is frothy like whipped cream. The aroma is strong citrus hops, caramel, plums, pitted overipened fruit. the taste is strong bitter rind citrus upfront juicy and strong. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, again highly carbonated loaded with delicious bitter spicy hops. This is a great beer fantastic and hopalicious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2007
Bottle: Pours a deep rich golden and slightly hazy color. White head. Aroma is slightly malty but over the top hops and pinyness and a little citrus. Flavor is about the same but with even more pineyness. Tons of pine, some grapefruit and a good malty backbone but the hoppyness is intense and overpowers. Excellent flavor that really highlights the hops, lacking balance but thats not necessarily a bad thing.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lightbias (289) - USA - JUN 23, 2014
A moderate light orange liquid topped with a respectable but soft, off-white head. Aroma is grapefruit, sweet oranges (wow!) and pine resin. Malt does not override the hops, but makes it terribly sweet and easy to swill. Be careful of this one! The moderate bitterness clings for only a short while but the underlying malty sweetness is a little cloying for me. Loved it cold, am liking it less as it warms. Still a very good brew, but not staying with me.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
badpuppy69 (288) - orange, California, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Pours a light Orange tight frothy head. Aroma is citrucy with some mango and tangerine notes. Taste followes the aroma well with some hop bitterness and a balanced malt. Not too complex. But very easy drinking great beer. Fruity beer. Citrucy. Not really blowing my socks off. Good brew though!

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KW92 (288) - Warszawa, POLAND - FEB 27, 2015

WYGLĄD: Barwa złota, opalizujące. Piana drobna, średniej wysokości, trwała i obfita. Ładny "lacing".
AROMAT: Bardzo słodki aromat landrynki, ewentualnie multiwitamina, ale do rzeczy: karmelkowa ziołowość, aromat przypominający herbatę Earl Grey, tropikalne owoce (ananas, kokos, liczi, marakuja), słodkie cytrusy (pomelo, mandarynka, pomarańcz).
SMAK: Z początku świeży cytrusowy, choć bez specjalnej goryczki, a za chwilę karmelowo-ziołowy. Alkohol rozgrzewa przełyk, ale mógłby być nieco lepiej ukryty. Goryczka średnia do niskiej. Wysycenie średnie.
OGÓLNIE: Jest to piwo z gatunku tych, które przyciągają uwagę swoim aromatem. W smaku również mamy wszystko to, co powinniśmy spotkać w dobrym Imperial IPA. Na plus aromat, na minus słabo ukryty alkohol w smaku.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (287) - Bonn, GERMANY - FEB 17, 2015
0,65 l bottle from Bierkompass, bottled on 6/5/2014. Minimally hazy, golden orange with a huge, fine pored, foamy, stable, white head leaving some nice lacings on the glass. Very fruity aroma of grapefruit, lemon, orange, passion fruit and mango with honey, resin, pine and biscuits behind in the background. A little touch of alcohol is in there as well. Really intense, sweetish, citrusy taste with the honey, resin, pine and biscuits being more noticeable than in the aroma. The finish is not overly bitter or long, but with a sharp and peppery alcoholic note. Medium to full body, oily and creamy mouthfeel, average carbonation. Very good DIPA with a heavy, tropical nose and a satisfying taste and mouthfeel. Only the finish deserves some critics as I would have preferred less alcohol and more hop bitterness. That’s moaning on a very high level, though. Awesome beer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
2005 summer edition on cask @ O’Briens... damn near one of the best beers i have ever had! Smooth like butter on the palate with hints of carmel and a very slight spicyness in the aftertaste. I still can’t believe how good this beer is, both in the bottle and on cask!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Poured from 22oz bomber into half pint. A - Pours rusty golden in color with a large frothy head. Lots of sticky lacing along the sides of the glass. Somewhat clear, somewhat murky. S - Huge amount of bitter citrus and hops in this one. Some sweet citrus as well, mango, orange peels, etc. T - Hop bomb and lots of bitterness....all in a good way! A nice sweet aftertaste which I think comes from the sweet citrus on the nose. M - Light to medium bodied. Very oily but very clean on the finish. Good carbonation. D - Easy to drink and another awesome CA DIPA!


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