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RATINGS: 1217   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 Yulesmiths 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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2007 Poured from a bomber. Orange amber color, bright and murky. Lots of apricot and hops in the aroma. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit creamy and very refreshing not too strong texture. Lots of flavors arising. Vanilla, Apricot, Grapefruit, malt, light fruit. No alchohol burn at all. Love it and the $5 price is perfect.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2005
Overall excellent beer. The smell is of grapefruit hops and the body is nice and full. The taste is a perfect balance for a double ipa. This is now my second favorite beer -- right behind dreadnaught -- of course you can get three of this for the cost of one dreadnaught.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2011 22oz bottle. Pours golden amber/orange with a thick creamy head. Big balanced hops with citrus and pine. Very reminiscent of AleSmith?s standard IPA, but with slightly bigger flavors. Incredible.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Bottle purchased with dinner at Stone Sour Fest 09. Pours a cloudy golden color with a large frothy white head that laces nicely. Aroma is a super fresh hop attack of mostly pine then citrus. Flavor is equally as huge and fresh. Tons of grapefruit, pine, and ridiculously bitter. A slightly sweet malt background with some fresh fruits and bread. Perfect medium to full palate with moderate carbonation. I weep thinking about it.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2010
22 0z bottle into a snifter. Pours a lemon-orange with a huge pure white head. This head retention was as good as I have seen on an IPA and the lacing was extraordinary as well. Aroma is a wonderful nose of floral, pine, grapefruit, orange. The taste begins with some pineapple, grapefruit, peach and orange and some sweet malt (caramel/honey). This gives way to a little spice, some light bready notes and ends with a nice hop bite. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium with moderate carbonation. This beer has such a nice balance - nice edge/graininess and hops perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the malts both as you drink it and after. This is a great beer and one I will aggressively seek out again.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
roder60 (1284) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Had previously bought the red version and didnt think it was very good, but figured Id take a shot on this one anyone. Boy am I glad I did. Pours a bright dark gold hazy color with nice amount of frothy white head. Aroma is lots of tropical citric fruits and slight sweetness. Flavor starts sweet and fruity, like sugared grapefruits and mangos, which then shifts into a bitter hoppy finish, but not overpowering, rather perfectly balanced. Alcohol you can tell is there, but no burn or overpowering tastes. Overall, this is truely an amazing beer, exceptionally balanced, and perfect to be drank any time of the year or for any occasion.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (6439) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 15, 2011
22 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours a hazy golden orange with a tiny white head. Strong piney and resinous hops on the nose, with just enough caramel malt to back. Flavour is intensely hoppy with absolute truckloads of piney and resinous hops that completely cover the palate - and yet somehow nothing is out of balance. Some fruity characteristics blend in with the hops, as well as some caramel. Not even that much bitterness, but intense fruity and resinous hops linger on and on. Remarkably well-made - a pinnacle IIPA.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
greatscott75 (18) - California, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Pours a pale golden. Lacey head. Nose is pine and gardenia or plumeria. Really good.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Sweet and bitter aroma. Earthy organic. Thick orange cloudiness in color. Super packed with flavor. Very rich profile from start to finish. Buttery. Big farmhouse grain to it. Pine resin biter sticky. A bit rough and in your face. Man I want to try this on tap. To quote Ric Flair "Woooooo!". Its hard to explain the richness this beer has. This has that "I am going to kick your ass" personality to it! Love it!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (443) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2014
For an Imperial IPA, YuleSmith was surprisingly sweet. Granted, the bottle I drank from had a fair amount of age on it, and the hop bitterness had been completely muted. The hop notes hinted at tangerine and berry. The big, sweet malt backbone is what really caught my attention. It provided a whole lot of caramel flavor and aroma. While Id like to try a fresher batch for comparison, YuleSmith made an impression by being one of the most palatable Imperial IPAs Ive ever tried.


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