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RATINGS: 1363   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 105   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Previously known as Summer YuleSmith.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3340) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2014
651 ml.bottle. Bottled 05/01/14. Pours a medium to thick, well retained, off white head, with extensive lacing, over a clear amber (SRM 14) body.....nose is pine, resin, grapefruit peel, hints of sweet malts with light toffee/caramel, no esters, balance to the hops.....taste is resin, pine to start, then citrus notes (lemon, grapefruit), licorice notes, light sweet toffee/caramel malts, finishing with a moderate bitterness, no esters, balance to the hops......mouth feel, medium body, slightly sticky, alcohol warmth present, mildly astringent, carbonation adds tingle and light acid. This is clean, crisp and refreshing and definitely a "West Coast" I/DIPA. It is a bit unbalanced towards the hops with some ever so slight numbing effects from that backbone. Think a very slight effect similar to Schezwan peppercorns. A bit of an increase in the malt backbone would improve it. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4780) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Pint on tap. Clear burnt orange with a lasting ring of foam. Nose of evergreen resin, orange zest, green herb and caramel. Tastes of caramel, resin, herb and peppery citrus zest. Light-medium body has medium-high carbonation and a dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lightbias (442) - USA - JUN 23, 2014
A moderate light orange liquid topped with a respectable but soft, off-white head. Aroma is grapefruit, sweet oranges (wow!) and pine resin. Malt does not override the hops, but makes it terribly sweet and easy to swill. Be careful of this one! The moderate bitterness clings for only a short while but the underlying malty sweetness is a little cloying for me. Loved it cold, am liking it less as it warms. Still a very good brew, but not staying with me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (2185) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Pale amber with rocky off-white head. Nose is hot with meaty orange citrus, grapfruit and pine. Flavor is deep orange and grapefruit bitterness with pine to round it out. Sticky malt backing match. Alcohol is a bit noticeable and detracts a bit in combination with the strong bitterness. Overall, still a solid brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2014
22oz bottle from Downer Wine and Spirits. Pours a clear amber color with a big white head and some lacing. Aroma is hoppy, orange, tangerine, some pine. Medium on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, bread, nutty, bitter pine hops, some grapefruit, with a dry, bitter finish. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (1978) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle picked up from Julioís in MA. Pour was pale golden, good head and excellent lacing. Bready aroma with some citrus. This is really malty, yet not heavy and a moderate hop backbone. Hops are a complex blend of citrus, resin and earthiness. Fairly well balanced. Havenít had the winter version recently enough to compare. :( Another enjoyable brew from AleSmith.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BPBrewCrew (18) - Batavia, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2014
My recommendation is to try this a couple times... In various social settings. Perhaps itís the name and a self fulfilling prophecy, but the beer takes on the "holiday" you enjoy it in. Whether itís a holiday in the summer with neighbors and side walk chalk or an obscure bicentennial celebrating the birth of unicycles, the enjoyment factor directly hinges on your commitment to the festivities. First time trying it... I was invested with great friends and a monumental night. Second time... Same great friends and a great time... But the beer lost itís superiority. An original 4.7 was taken down to a 3.8. So to this I say... íTis the season... sometimes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuelMTL (240) - Montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
Pour is clear golden orange with thin pale head. Aroma is grassy and earthy with some light citrus notes. A light caramel-chocolate note comes with the sweetness of the malts. Taste is resinous bitterness with light chocolate notes. Some citrussy flavors too. Good DIPA!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansjelaah (1747) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle @zzt10 shared by dEnk. Golden color with a small white head. Smells and tastes hoppy, some malts, pine, citra, grapefruit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2014
This has the expected strong resin, pine and spruce flavors, with just a little citrus (not sweet or juicy though). Well-balanced by bready, toasty malts. Drinkable for a very high IBU brew. Itís good, but hard to distinguish from other good DIPAís. In fairness, my bottle was ~6 months old, so a fresh bottle might be even better.


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