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RATINGS: 1380   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 105   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Previously known as Summer YuleSmith.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lightbias (446) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtdewa1 (441) - rome, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Aroma is orange, grapefruit and hops. Golden pour. Clear and bright. Taste is grapefruit a bit of orange and a long bitter finish. Very smooth and complex. Very good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2009 Bomber picked up in 2008, consumed 11-13-2009. Big, off-white head, fluffy, lumpy, rings, sheets, and cross-thatch of lace. Body is orange-hued, hazy, and sparkling in a soothing manner--not hyperactive like champaign, but steady and plentiful. The aroma is honeyed, floral, bready, light notes of orange julius and pine. The body is medium-full, with a little coarse carbonation, an almost velvety palate, and a dry finish. It feels nice in the mouth. After all these months the beer is still hoppy-yet-balanced. Up front it’s honeyed, heavily floral, and then it breaks into a yeasty dough, almost sour. While the hops are present throughout, they’re layered beneath the other flavors and gradually come to the top: tons of flowers with pine, citrus notes of orange, hints of the white pulp of a grapefruit rind, almost some pineapple-like tropical notes that are blended with the slight alcoholic astringency of the finish. Even the hoppy finish is balanced. I’m impressed that the beer is still really wonderful after aging so long as an IPA, a style that is often ruined by aging. The beer’s a masterpiece. Warming, relaxing, rewarding. Bottled: consumed 4-1-2006. Huge fluffy head, lumpy as it sits down a little bit, leaving behind gobs and sheets of off-white lace. The body beneath is amber, hazy; the head above never goes away, it’s big and it sticks around...the top of my beer was never seen. Aroma is sweet and smoothe, bready and malty, balanced and rich. Highly sniffable. Noticeabely yeasty, citrusy, sweet, complex and dynamic. Mouth is fullish, carbonation is light and smoothe (flattish), the finish lightly dry. Flavor is malty and balanced. Caramel, fruit, wheat bread dough, citrus and pine on the finish--alcohol very well hidden (although providing some warmth as it warms up). Quite mellow for an IPA on bitterness, but this beer is BIG! Thick, rich, aromatic, yeasty, malty...so well blended, nice and drinkable. No rip your tonsils out bitter end...it’s just...pleasant...refreshing...delicious... Aro 10 Appearance: 5 Taste: 9 Palate: 4 Overall: 19 4.7

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 3, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2008 Peach, floral and citrus aroma. Tastes of peach, grapefruit and slight creamy vanilla. Super balance. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy for an IPA. Highly recommended.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Sampled at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club. Bottle courtesy of Noah. Thanks. I was disappointed when I sampled this in March, but having it again (aged about one year), I was greatly impressed. Too young and the hops simply overwhelm, but after about a year, the grapefruit and lemon notes blend well with the malt backbone. There’s quite a bit of lemon zest still around, but there’s also caramel and butterscotch. Notes of pine and sage come across on the nose as well. Would like to see it go 2 years in the cellar, although my limited IL access doesn’t allow for this to happen.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 5, 2009
On tap at Hollingshead’s.. Pours a cloudy golden with a fluffy white head.. Great smelling citrus and floral hop aroma. Couldn’t take my nose out of this one..Lingering citrus hop bitterness with alot of grapefruit going on. Great beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Orange-ish color with a white head that left decent lacing. Nose of pine, grapefruit, and some sweet caramel; but it didn’t really jump out of the glass at me. Much of the same disappointment was displayed in the taste; good flavors, but weak, especially for a DIPA. Mouthfeel was thick and fullbodied, carbonation was about medium. As it stands, the example I had was an okay beer and nothing more. Bad bottle? Perhaps, but there didn’t seem to be anything inherently wrong with it, just not impressive. Only beer I haven’t been impressed by from AleSmith. I’ll give it another try next year and go from there.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2005
bottle summer 05. this is definately a hop monster. aroma is piney, citrus, and very inviting. dark hazy orange. easily drinkable though alcohol comes more apparent as it warms. highly reccommended.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - OCT 16, 2008
ok let me say that I have been off of IPA for a little while. That was until I tasted this beer. Man I fell in love all over again. The guys at Alesmith seem to know how to do things right. This beer is one of my all time favorites. great hazy color with huge rocky head and taste of grapefruit and grass. This beer is awsome

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2005
On tap at brewery, summer 2005 edition. Pours amber in color with good white head. Lots of floral hops in the aroma, but also some caramel malt. Flavor is well balanced between the malt an hops with a little underlying spiciness as well. This beer is awesome.


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