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RATINGS: 1204   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 Wow, what a brew man. Pours a thick, dark honey nectar with a beautifuly spicey hop aroma. A complex ale indeed. When you sip, the hops hit you right up front, then the mood turns to a bright and spicey fruit mellowness then "BAM", back to massive hops. Like a three car collision at the Broadway curve. Totally backs up traffic for a while as you try to distinguish all the flavors seeping through. Citrus rind, caramel, leather, pine, malt, cream. Close your eyes and imagine drinking a fully decorated christmas tree...the complexities. The alcohol is well hidden. I wanted to chew on it. An awsome brew. Very well balanced. I highly recommend any time of year, if you can find it. ******SUMMER YULESMITH******9 months later: Sept. 6th 2006. Pours dark honey w/ full creamy froth. Aroma is spiced w/ fresh malt and forest pine. Full nectar w/ soft residual effers. Flavors are malt driven w/ a slow approaching hopped up semi truck that swerves to hit you head on. Caramel, vanilla bean, slight leather, and lime rind. Besides all the hopsy asprin and malt it shows a certain spicy essence. Like corriander or something. Big hopsy spicey bittering on the long finish. Another classic brew! Highly recommended.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Spilt this bottle (Blue and Red label) with Duane. This is an amazing IIPA! A perfect blend of citrusy, hoppy bitterness and sweet malts. Velvety medium mouthfeel coats your entire tongue and also lingers of the back of your palate. I couldn’t think of any way they might have done better with this one, so I had to give it a 5. I’d really like to try the Winter release to see if it’s any different, as well as revisit Dreadnaught to see which beer is truly the best of the IIPAs.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Murky orange-gold with good, foamy, white head / Bright nose of citrus, pine, weed, and cream / Medium body, creamy, some sweetness with profound but not overly biting hops, excellent balance and bitter finish / Elegant and bright flavors of orange, cream, grapefruit, cut pine, soap, and spun sugar / Perfect.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ghawener (1454) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JUL 13, 2012
Bottle: Yule love it, awesome, perfect, grand, perfection, flawless, any questions? Food Pairing: Nothing you’ll ruin it.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Yes, a perfect 5. I can find no faults with this beer...great appearance, aroma and body and a perfect balance. Nice bitter finish, not too sweet and the alcohol is well hidden.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thetmaxx (739) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Poured from the bottle into the wrong glass, turns out this glass had been sitting around. Anyways. Aroma is very citrusy and some dank qualities. Fantastic. Flavor is bitter but well balanced. Palate is medium body with a oily finish. Amazing. Ale Smith never disappoints. Very clear and thick head. Paired nicely with a buritto and chips and salsa.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mmmkay (50) - - JUL 4, 2013
Wow!!! Such a great ipa. I had to buy a bottle in Ohio. So thankful and lucky to drink this one. Any hophead out there will love this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rajendra82 (947) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2005
This highly regarded DIPA came to me via BA nvsblman. The 22 oz. bomber had a painted label appropriate for the holiday season. Opening the bottle and pouring it in the tulip was a joy to the senses, as the luscious burnt orange liquid slipped out of the bomber and produced a cascade of bubbles that erupted in a crowning, foamy, off white head. The underlying beer was dense, and cloudy, and gave a good indication of the solid malt foundation that formed it. The lacing was magnificently thick, as the head hung around for a while and kept coating the sides of the glass. The hops assault on the nose began the moment the cap was popped, and bringing the glass to the nose unleashed more of it prior to each sip. Lovely citric fruit peels, and spruce and pine resin were among the many forms that this hop aroma took. The taste was very bitter up front, as the hop oils exploded in my mouth. The malts were definitely there to back things up with their sweet caramelized, toasty, and faintly smoky self, but there was no mistaking about the mission of this beer. It was to get as many hops into your mouth as possible without going over the top. The hops were never overpowering as unpleasant, but instead kept the drinking session alive.. The beer felt marvelously thick in my mouth, as the body was on the right side of medium. The tongue coating body definitely let the hop residue sit on my tongue longer which left a lingering bitter-sweet aftertaste. As it faded, the brain signaled that it was time for another sip, which is a testament to the awesome drinkability of this beer despite the strength and hop presence. Speaking of strength, the 8.5% ABV hardly ever registered on the radar screen. In the end I was bowled over by the deceptive charm of this hoppy beauty.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
myfriendbubba (34) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Wierd bottle big $$$ at Lee Discount Liquor.....BUT well worth it. Best Double IPA I have had (San Diego Pale I hear they are calling it in SD) Deep orange in color little head not too fizzy just right alcohol warmth not too big. Not suryp like most Imerial IPAS great clean crisp and big hops and hops in the nostrils like pins and needles...REALLY BOSS. And yes I taste a little vanilla. AWESOME BEER COULD IT BE MY FAV???

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2007
2007 edition, with a very crisp, fresh, sharp and sizzling hop bite. Especially rich in texture -- significantly more viscous and gooey than you expect with a beer of this style designation. It bursts with hop flavor, with an abundance of bittering hops. The IBUs must be maxed out with this one. Tons of that hop character in the aroma; very floral in terms of olfactory saturation. Finishes very dry, and even with some spiciness. May well be the best and biggest of this style I’ve ever had. Stone has to do some special release of its own to challenge this.


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