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RATINGS: 1425   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 105   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Previously known as Summer YuleSmith.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2006
Bottle. Pours a unclear dark golden, with a white head. Aroma is very hoppy, with some sweet malts present. Taste is bitter, flowery, citrus, sweet malts. Nice one

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Spilt this bottle (Blue and Red label) with Duane. This is an amazing IIPA! A perfect blend of citrusy, hoppy bitterness and sweet malts. Velvety medium mouthfeel coats your entire tongue and also lingers of the back of your palate. I couldnt think of any way they might have done better with this one, so I had to give it a 5. Id really like to try the Winter release to see if its any different, as well as revisit Dreadnaught to see which beer is truly the best of the IIPAs.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Stating the obvious...but Alesmith did it again with this brew! For Double IPAs this is a close second to the dreadnaught. Awesome citrus and floral aromas, and the taste has has an excellent balance for such an agressive Double IPA. the taste is also riddled with piney resiny hops that are just wonderful. Very good beer, and another fine example of what Alesmith is capable of.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OhioGuzzler (40) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2006 Had the summer release (blue and red bottle) I feel the need to state the obvious but alesmith nailed this one. This is a superb IPA that I nearly put in the same category as Dreadnaught. Smells strongly of Pineapple, begging to be drank, hell, chugged until only that sweet smell remains. Great IPA balance of hops, citrus a few floral notes and a slight malty sweetness to pull it all together. Theres a slight alcohol imbalance that could mellow this beer into a 5.0 with age. Its like adult candy, worthy of all your allowance. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Bottle, thanks Naven! Wow. I dont think Ive ever had a smoother DIPA. Great hoppy flavor with fruit coming through nicely. Warm finish with plenty of alcohol coming through. Really good brew that I will be hunting down now.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3385) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Bottle, purchased at Bev Mo in Mission Valley, San Diego CA. Drank at home on 8/13/06. This is the summer release in the blue and red bottle. Honestly I think this is a different recipe then the winter. Pours cloudy amber. Amazingly strong hoppy smell. It has a complex lingering bitter hoppy taste. It is also sweet. Although I love Alesmith, this brew has to come second in my book for Imperial IPAs when compared to Dogfish 90. If you can find it grab it. Keep up the good work your brilliant beer makers.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 13, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2010 Bottled. I think this is a summer release of the Holiday Ale. Its huge and very complex. There is so much flavor and huge hop that its like a tap dance explosion on my tongue! Thick creamy head, hugely bitter and certainly not for the whimpy lite sissy yellow beer drinker. This one is for serious beer pros only. Re-rated from 4.1 to 4.6. This is a 2010 batch, its amazing. Clean, huge, floral, hoppy, smooth, all around delicious. Best beer available to me now unless I find fresh Pliny.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2006 On tap at AleSmith and out of the bottle. What can I say, I really liked this beer. Lots of fruit, and very smooth. Hops are noticeable and tasty, but not overwhelming. One of the best IIPAs Ive had. Im glad Ive got half a dozen of these at home.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2006
bottle. murky golden color. big head. fuity hops in aroma and taste. very creamy. bit sweet. good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Wow - what a great beer. Big grapefruity hops on the nose and even more on tongue. Slightly piney and the perfect amber/copper color for an IPA. Highly recommended.


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