berlinmany (217) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This summer edition of Yulesmith pours a crystal clear amber with minimal head. The smell is evident right away! Floral/piney hops and that sweet oily aroma that the good IIPA’s have. Also get some alcohol aroma, and a touch of vanilla? Neat. Flavor is Smooth and malty with a gentle bitterness coming through more and more throughout the taste. The balance is amazing for an IIPA. Not overly sweet like a BW, not overly bitter like some other IIPA’s. Just right!
CarlJonas (215) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark yellow, lots of white foam. Lovely aroma filled with tropical fruits, notes of vanilla. Big malt flavour, but the hops still manage to dominate and this without making the taste overly bitter, very well balanced. Some alcohol. Heavy yet surprisingly refreshing.
tompete (215) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of citrus hops, much lighter than I expected but very inviting. Pours a crystal clear orange with a thin white head. Flavour is of light crystal malts a slight sweetness kept in check, maybe too much, by powerful bitter hops. A slight astringentness on the early finish, changing to a perfectly balanced mildly sweet and bitter long finish. Warms the gullet.
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber to pint glass. Clear, light golden pour. Wonderful nose of orange, peach, nectarine. Very fruity! Flavors more of the same, w/ a bit of alcohol burn. Some floral & pine in there, as well. Finishes pretty clean & dry. Good!
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle in trade with ClarkVV. Hazy peach with tawny tinge with a bright white head that at first was rocky and left behind sticky lacing. Magnificent aroma of lychees, orange rind, flowers and honey. Very sweet up front mixed with some spice (like the mango chutney I used to get at the local Indian takeaway) followed by a big slug of lasting hoppy bitterness. This beer sings for me - the bags of bold fruit and hops makes it a memorable bottle.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma:On first sniff, I get the delightful smell of sweet cotton candy! More subtle is some orange citrus smells.
Appearance:This beer has a pale golden color, with a nice thick head of white foam.
Taste:This beer is quite an eye opener at the first taste, because of the huge hoppy flavors. Once I can get past the pure bitterness, the grapefruit and pine flavor of the hops starts to come through. There is a fair amount of sweetness that tries to balance the hops, but falls short. The sheer amount of alcohol in this beer is more noticeable in the aftertaste than in the foretaste. Also on the aftertaste, once the bitterness recedes, the peach flavor lingers pleasantly.
Palate:The mouthfeel on this beer is kind of harsh, due to the huge amount of hops and alcohol.
Overall:I think I like this beer in small doses, as it’s so strong and hoppy, definitely a sipper.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great all around. Pours nice amber color with medium head. Aroma is sweet malt and resiny hops. Nice balaced flavor, yet still maintains great hop character. Finishes bitter and then sweet. Excellent!
Fevernova (210) - Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz Bottle -- Pours hazy orange with a small off-white head. Aromas of apples, caramel, and yeast. Floral, citrus, and resin hops. Very syrupy mouth feel. Feels a little unrefined.
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2011 22oz bottle. Pours golden amber/orange with a thick creamy head. Big balanced hops with citrus and pine. Very reminiscent of AleSmith?s standard IPA, but with slightly bigger flavors. Incredible.
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear golden yellow colour with a frothy white head. Aroma of floral hops, citrus, pine, and malts. Has a flavour of bitter, tangy floral hops, pine, malts, and citrus. Dry finish, almost like a Chardonnay. Very palatable.