jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber courtesy of someone in a recent trade, thanks!! Pours a cloudy orange, with 2 fingers of off white head, smells very citrusy, grapefruit, oranges, and even a hint of lemon. Tastes very strong of oranges, great hop backbone and very well balanced. AWESOME beer, this is what iím talkin about people. Alesmith does it again.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks to pailhead for sharing . Pours a pale copper very nice white foamy head. Aromas of spices yeast citrus followed by a nice whiff of hops. Mellow hop appeal Iím not sure on the date of this one seemed to mellow vwry niclely some hints of spice with a mild hint of earthyness.
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark amber color with a big beige head that lasted the whole glass. Really strong citrusy and hoppy aroma. The flavor kicks in right away with the hops but mellows and allows a fruity (orange, grapefruit) taste to come through before the alcohol kicks in at the end with more hops. Certainly assaulted my taste buds with this one. A fine IIPA.
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2009 The commercial description of this beer is very accurate. The orangish copper body poured very clean and clear, and the just gently off-white head seemed to continue billowing up after I had stopped pouring. Very good retention on the head, but Iím not sure that is nessecarily a plus, lots of lacing. The first sip is very floral tasting, bitter, and caused a warm dry sensation in my mouth. Alcohol is very prevalent. The hops jump out stronger and stronger with every sip and really build a unique taste on ones pallate. I gave the pallate the lowest percent rating out of all of the categories because of the warm dry sensation. It does make you want more and more, and I found it hard to just sit back and enjoy. It was the only beer I had that night and I finished the whole bottle in about ten minutes. (Fast for me).
This beer stands very strong as far as double IPAs go. Its unique, complex, and does not let you down. Snaps for alesmith!!!
On a sad note, the night I had this my friends were all celebrating a good friend of mineís birthday and drinking Yulesmith on cask and Barrel Aged Speedway Stout. It brings a tear to my eye.
couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden, some lingering white head.
Citric nose. Strong grapefruit, somewhat sweet aroma.
Strongly bitter, slightly boozy, and citric. A little sweet.
ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally, a contender against HOTD Blue Dot. A 22 oz bottle from Liquor Warehouse in Huntington Beach, CA. Pours a thick white head and clear amber body. Aroma is killer with hops. Amazing balance between bitters and malt at first, followed by soothing finish.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
hazy amber orange with really tight frothy bubbles and good lacing. sweet citrus and candy sweet aroma and flavor. Buttery smooth on the tongue. Delicious!
lethe (177) - New York, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep orange-copper color with a persistent head. Nose is all hop astringency with a yeast finish. Flavor starts out surprisingly smooth and soft malt, followed by an acerbic hop character that drys out as it coats the mouth. Yeast is present throughout and adds another layer of complexity to this rich beer. The hops have it, but there is an attempt at balance that yields multiple dimensions of enjoyment.
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an odd one for me. Firstly I was blown away to get my hands on this, though I seem to have slightly bad luck with Alesmith beers. Firstly with a bottle of Yulesmith Winter which I thought was going to be the summer and turned out to be a bottle that was about 2 years old,the beer was still pretty good, but hop-wise I think it had passed its best. Here I open the Summer Yule and am greeted by ridiculous carbonation, an out of control head that you would expect to see from an over conditioned Belgian, or an Alvinne beer with a very yeasty almost metallic aroma. I decid not to cry and leave the beer to one side for 15 mins and sure enough the carbonation had calmed down alot leaving a glowing golden pint with a massive white head. Aroma had pulled itself together somewhat to with loads more tropical notes than expected, very fruity, pineapple, mango, blood orange, citrus peel, spice, but still a bit more yeast and a slight metallic tinge right at the end. Behind that there are caramel and honey notes with butter and creamy malt. Flavour starts with a nice vanilla like entry, then into runny honey, spice and then a nice emerging citrus bitterness from the hops with more blood orange, pink grapefruit and sweet resin. Really has a lot of honey running through it. Finish comes about with more floral notes, a touch of perfume ad a wonderful dryness that is quite palate coating after a while. Very well balanced brew with perhaps the best alcohol control Iíve encountered in this style. This really could be a hearty IPA rather than a DIPA, the balance seems to have been handled very, very well. I donít know whether my bottle was a bit of an unlucky odd one as far as the conditioning was concerned, I suspect that it has been a bit of an odd one out, but I can still see many great things in this beer, and refuse to downgrade it due to bad luck. Still not as good as Green Flashís IIPA, but like I say under the circumstances itís hard to say for sure. Very drinkable, and without a doubt it is the most refreshing DIPA Iíve ever had.
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a nice golden yellow with an off-white head. Aroma is a big hop bomb! Fresh grapefruit, pine, citrus and faint malt. Taste is bitter hops, grapefruit juice, citrus and pine. Very balance IPA that is refreshing and smooth finishing.