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RATINGS: 1252   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2004
Hazy orangey-amber colour. Deep orangey hop aroma with pine and earthy amber malts. Very bitter and hugely orangey, piney. Chewy malt backbone helps balance things out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 8, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 On tap: I don’t get what all the fuss is about with this one. I have read pages and pages back on the reviews of this beer, and many people talk about it as though it is an extremely hoppy beer. I have now had the beer several times, and it pours relatively dark, and is VERY malty, with very little hop backing. Very sweet, somewhat strong on the alcohol. Strong nutmeg taste. A supremely overrated beer from a great brewery. In my opinion, even good brewers can make average beers. UPDATE: I officially like the Summer Version. I stick by my review --- The Winter is gross, the summer kicks ass. Why in the world are there not two seperate entries for this beer? They are completely different. So, here’s the breakdown: I give the winter version a 3.3 rating and the summer version a solid 4 rating. Put those together, and I came up with a 3.6 overall rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Not sure if it had something to do with the time of year or the temperature of the bottle or what, but I fail to fully understand the hype on this one. A really nice aroma of orange and pine, and a generally tasty flavor heavy on the piney hops with some citrus tossed in, but there is a really heavy chalky flavor in the finish which while not spoiling the beer by any means, keeps it from being world class. Maybe I should try another bottle next summer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
railcat1 (689) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Bottle,poured a orange hazy color with a nice fluffy white head,flavors of citrus and grapefruit and a nice summer beer very drinkable and could be a every day beer.CHEERS!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2009
From the Bottle at Tom’s Ultimate Glasgow Tasting, Blackfriars 01/12/2007 Very hoppy aroma. Golden coloured and hazy in appearance with a crisp and bitter lasting finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maddog (403) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Did not overly excite me, surprisingly so. I thought it would better. With that being said, it was still a good beer. Poured a clear light amber with a nose of fruit and hops. The flavor was that of citrus and fruit with a slight bit of spice on top of the malt. A decent double IPA, but not in the league of Majaraha, Hercules, 90 Min, Old 21, Pliny the Elder et al. Maybe, I need to try this one on draft to fully appreciate this beer. I am quite surprised that this beer is the 5th highest rated double IPA in the world.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Tried at Blind Tasting with THeDiabolical DrBayern, Uncle Steve, Uncle Tom, Barrister Bob and Brian the Beer Pimp. Poured a dark copper color, somewhat hazy. Nice hop aroma. Liked the thick lacy white ehad. Liked the blend of maltiness and hops. Hop aftertaste was well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2349) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Bomber thanks to bigmmartin, pours a hazy orange with a decent white head and some spotty lacing, the aroma has a good amount of citrus and juicy hops, the flavor actually didn’t blow me away like I was hoping for it to, seemed like the hops and the bitterness died down some, the flavor seemed to be more sweet than bitter, still enjoyable just not up there for DIPA’s for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (11232) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 5, 2011
Bottle at Mikkeller bar. Golden-orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is apricot, hop, malt. Flavour is hop, malt, apricot, fruit, citrus. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - NOV 4, 2011
Bomber (8,5% ABV). A clear medium to dark blonde beer, with a large, frothy/fizzy, lightly lacing, mostly lasting white head.The aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), moderately hoppy (grapefruit. apricot, pine), with notes of toffee and alcohol. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, oily/syrupy texture, lively carebonation, very long finish with heavy bitterness, moderately alcoholic. First of all, this beer is pretty good in every field, without being spectacular in any. Unbalanced but tasty, abrasive but very perfumey. Prototypical Westcoast DIPA, straightforward and with some flaws, but very tasty, I have to admit.

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