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RATINGS: 1235   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2004
Bottled. Hazy yellow/orange. Fresh, hopflowery nose, with an estery fruitiness(pineapple). Rich hopflavour. Salty, maybe a bit too salty for my liking. Hop monster!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - AUG 10, 2004
copper hue, decent size creamy head, very yeasty & hoppy (IMO), good aroma somewhat floral....a bitter finish, a good brew by ale smith.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
orangish with some brown, slightly cloudy with white lace. Aroma: amarillo ? hops, piney. Bit o vanilla. Thanks Lou18.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mephisto (1269) - TAIWAN - SEP 11, 2005
hazy orange w/ lively carbonation. big grapefruit aroma, sweet chewy and sure, hoppy. well balanced between malt and hops, another great american i2pa.

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.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUL 11, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 Bomber, Pours blood orange with absolutly no head. Nose is very nice, Ruby grapefruit, sweet figs and flowers. The flavor was a bit exagerated for me. I like imperials but this one was a bit to much. Its like biting into a strong hop pellet rolled in rose petal. Very cherry and mandarin, too much so. Maybe it would tone down a bit with some incredibly greasy foods or something very spicy. The palate was nice though silky and malty but lacking carbonation. have tasted better.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2006
Boottle 2004 edition, thanx to Jannik for sharing this one. Cloudy deep orange colour with a small off white head. Malty, caramel sweet aroma with a pineapple fruity hoppyness and a light pine note. Malty and caramel sweet flavor with some hoppy fruityness and a vague citric touch.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2006
smells good, very hoppy, and of pine. hazy amber color, and hoppy tasting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2536) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 21, 2006
Bottle pours a cloudy light orange/amber. Very nice creamy white head. Aroma is mainly light sweet malts. Honey and light brown sugar. A slight cardboard papery note also. Flavor is more of the woody paper hints from before. Quite surprised this is a IIPA as the big brash hoppines is conspicuously absent. Nice rich full malt profile but I realy mis that bright citrusy hop flavor. A couple factors make me think that this might be an old bottle or possibly light struck a bit.Overall decent but not sure of the top 50 status. Thanks to <!-- B -->Buckeye for sharing this one

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2006
poured a hazy orange with a thick white head. very sweet (caramel and warthers orginals) and hoppy aroma, citrus, grapefruit. tasted VERY sweet, need a little more hop flavor and bitterness to balance it out. still delicious with a great smooth mouthfeel and a slightly sweet finish. pretty good but could use a little better balance.


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