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RATINGS: 1205   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Hazy copper/amber under beige head. Strong grapefruit aroma with hints of pine resin. Good mouthfeel and a pleasant flavor. However, it did not live up to expectations. It’s a good beer and commendable but did not seem like a 100 %ile beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Extremely bitter but no balance and none of the craftmanship of every other Alesmith offering. Not a bad beer but I’ve come to expect so much from these guys that Yulesmith falls well short. Their IPA kills this for flavor and substance.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1482) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Firmly textured apricot orange pour. Lets through only hints of light. Sweet, malty nose of crème brulee, vanilla, and a thick orange glaze. Dense. Vibrant flavors of mango and peach are underscored by a thick, dirty oak barrel permeation. Mossy, wet, and alcoholic. A hint of lavender and general spritzy burn. Generic caramel sugars coat the mouth. Nothing sensational here. Palate is uncompromising and fitting to style. Natural, forceful, and somewhat at ease, which is easy to appreciate. Substantial. Thanks Brian!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (3913) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2008
22 oz bomber thanks to zatharus. Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with a large foamy white head. Aroma of citrus hops, slight pine resin, caramel and toffee. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry alcoholic finish. Flavor is a let down with the hops having faded tremendously. What remains is some grainy bread flavors, alcohol, slight caramel malt and not much else. I need to try this one fresh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
abcfan (692) - New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2008
Decent brew. Pours a dark yellow/light orange color with a white head. Aroma is sweet, spicey and doughy. Taste is sweet and hoppy with a bitter finish. Good brew!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pforei (338) - USA - MAY 12, 2008
2007 Vintage. Bottle thanks to Hellbilly. Hazy golden amber with a massive overflowing (uh-oh) head. Lacings left on the glass. Aroma of citrus, pine, lychee and apricot with caramel malt backbone and alcohol. Extremely sweet. Alcohol surge at the end. Nice smooth mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Found out this was a 2007 bottle after the fact. Thought I had gotten a fresh 2008 bottle but alas I was mistaken. The pour is a dull copper color with some light cloudiness to it, a sticky off-white head that was creamy and produced good lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma was mild pine, floral and thin citrus. A bit of tea as well. Some light caramel maltiness. The flavor was pine, floral and malt with plenty of dry tea. I tend to associate that dry tea flavor with IPAs and DIPAs that are past their prime. The mouthfeel was nice and the finish was bone dry. Definitely want a do over once the ’08 is released.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2008
bottle, golden orange color, fruity hop nose, grapefruit, citrus flavors with nice medium body and finish that tails off slightly

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (1808) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2008
courtesy of McBackus. poured from bomber into wide mouth glass. malty and hoppy nose with grapefruit and citrus. good carbonation. sweet caramel flavor, but very light. Lacks the malt backbone to support the hops. I can’t see what all the fuss is about; I’ve had much better DIPAs.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilligoose (3223) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 18, 2009
bottle. pours a murky orange with a white head. nice lace. aroma of toffee, sweet honeydew, booze. This was a 3.5 months old bottle. definitely past its prime. seems like a lot of the hop character has been lost. not bad, but more of an american strong ale with out the hops. a bit boozy. will rerate once i track down a fresh bottle next year.


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