Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002. Pours with a generous off-white, pillowy head. The body is orange red with plenty of floating sediment. The aroma is strongly hoppy, with citrus, pine and perfume, a touch of sweet spice and plenty of bitterness. A nice balance exists between the malt and hops. The beer starts with a bready malt character with a nice caramel topping. Quickly, it moves to a bitter, hoppy finish that leaves a puckering sensation that yearns for more. Sap and citrus dominate the hop profile and it really is enjoyable. A wonderfully crafted IPA that really pleases. Thanks to Jake Barnes for bringing this back to Illinois.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice Cascade hop aroma. Similar to the Hop 15 and the Two Hearted. Quite sweet with bitterness finishing on the palate. Nice citrus sweetness, pine also present. Balance between hop flavors/aroma and the bitterness. Great malt backbone and a well supported IPA.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bottle of 2002 Yulesmith. It poured a dense brownish-orange (I left the yeast in) with a rocky head reminiscent of whipping creme. Smells like citrus, hops and pine. The taste is hoppy but not overly so. Smooth and silky to the palate. Citrus flavors and a touch piney with some yeast. Very good IPA.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 bottle. Golden brown in color. Poured with a frothy large head. Bitter and fruity flavor. The warmer it got the sweeter it got.
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002 bottle. Head is initially large, creamy, rocky, off-white, fully lasting. Body is hazy dark amber, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly malty (cookie). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, creamy and velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent, lightly alcoholic. Pretty good, but unlike the standard AleSmith IPA, the hops pretty much obliterate the malt in the aroma. Lots of citric acidity here too. The mouthfeel and appearance are phenomenal, but otherwise this doesn't really add anything unique to this overworked style.
aracauna (3036) - Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice appearance. Good head that leaves nice lacing on the glass, sometimes sheeting. The piney hops overpower the malt but if you pay really close attention you'll notice a nice malt background but it's hard to tell if there's much complexity although I did seem to pick up some creamy fruitiness. The alcohol is just barely noticeable.
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002- I set it next to a Hop Devil and the Yule Smith was noticeably more deep robust with colors of burgandy orange.Aroma is piney hops similar to Ruination though a lesser sharp than the latter. Nice lace work, First sip is strong hops, very similar to Ruination, less tart though.Reminds me of our yearly fresh cut Indiana Fir Christmas Tree ,malty backbone, something SR IPA lacks,balanced, complex, let it warm a little and the flavours bloom (Explode) like flowers in Springtime. Unbelieveable palate, perfect feel in your mouth, piney,cedary,and wonderfully complex. This beer gets better with each sip, I am glad it is a 22 0z Bomber,man I wish this was available where I live. San Diego overall has got to be the town for IPA's,Extermely Recommended a real winner ! Thanks Hopsrus, you did it again :)
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very hazy,oarnge, caramel, colored ale with a sizeable,creamy,foam. Aromas are intense-pine,citric/orange rind, little caramel and alcohol. Mouthfeel cold was sharp.Warm it was creamy,oily, and only slightly sharp. Flavors offer more than aroma leads to believe. There is a extremely piney,finish but before that,are many delicious malt flavors. Cold and warm this was a different beer. Cold it was totally bitter,period.Warm, malts,do exisist, in a big way too. THis isn't just a hop monster.But it is a monster.
TAR (2437) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2005 Caramel color. Dirty white, sticky, whipped foam. Boisterous, balanced aroma chock full of pine cone, spruce, hop oils, and caramel. Underlying notes of fresh soil, shades of spicy hops, figs, floral tones, sweet red apple, and a kiss of phenols. Alcoholic vapors are its only detraction. Mind boggling soft, oily, and chewy palate. Astonishing manifold of flavors and complexity: The initial flavors exert tamed hop flavors, which quickly turn to pine sap. Complex finish with lemon zest, rich, gooey caramel, and piney goodness. So marvelously balanced, it’s hardly imagineable. Hop belches yield plethoras of piney goodness for hours. A thorough beauty in her creation. Easily one of the most complex IPA’s I have tasted. Summer release is much more subdued and lacking the thick caramel richness of the Skip V. version, which was also more sappy/piney and much more aromatic. More like a beefier IPA than a Double, ala Midnight Cohoho and Smutty Big A. All in all, still quite good and what a wonderful bottle-conditioned mouthfeel.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Somewhere on the vague continuum between Stone's IPA (an IPA) and Dreadnaught IPA (an American Strong) lies this beauty of a beer. It will absolutely ruin your palate in it's excesses. Incredibly piney hop blast coupled with powerful sweetness from the malt just is beyond the pale. In a good way. Thick and cloudy and with a deep yeasty component as well. Wow! Thanks to Marc for this one!