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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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3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rocbyter (2113) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Lots o citrus aroma. Hazy dark golden color with a large white head. Mild malt sweetness with a lots of hops building to the start of the finish and the slowly fading off.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Still trying to figure out the YuleSmith summer thing. Christmas in July? Bottle shared by JCB (thanks Jason!). Hazy bright golden orange pour with medium white head. This was all hops! Didn’t find it as malty as the description, but no worries--the hops were fresh and tasty. Lots of citrus and a nice bitter waxy finish. Yum.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2008
bottle from tytoanderso: pours a very clean golden colour with a decent sized white head that lingers to a film. arom a is a great citrus hop more tangerine than grapefruit, fresh peach and sweet malts. flavour is a sticky hop plenty of citrus hops and very sweet malt, pretty good beer finishes real nice with plenty of the bitter hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4956) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2008
Dark golden in color with a nice large foamy off white head. Clear in look. Smell is fresh grass hops, orange, lemon, and other citrus. Taste is medium to high bitterness, citrus, and grassy notes. Did not even notice the alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (13906) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 18, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2010 Re-rate 10/11/10: Bottle at a tasting. Thanks zvikar. Hazy golden with a white head. Aroma full of fresh citric hops, some peach and some more tropical fruits. Bitter hoppy flavor with some sweetish, slightly biscuity malt, citrus and pine needles notes. Rounded mouthfeel. 8/3/7/4/15=3.7

(11/2/08) Bottle at Hamiltons in San Diego. Slightly hazy but almost clear golden color with a big white head. Aroma of hops, some pine needles, cookies and caramel. Sweet malty flavor with some caramel at first and a finish of big hoppy bitterness (almost like chewing on a hop pellet) with a bit of alcohol. Medium to full-bodied. 7/4/8/4/16=3.9

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1587) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Bottle with big thanks to zinister! Seemed to be a fitting choice for independence day. Aroma is pineapple, citrus hops, strong malt, some fruity notes, and spice. Smells kind of like barleywine. Flavor is very sweet and malty up front with notes of cinnamon and clove. Then the hops kick in to balance it out. The hops are not as prominent as I expected. More of a balancing flavor to counter the sweetness. Hops are piny with notes of pineapple in the finish, but certainly more of a background flavor. I think this bottle may have had some age on it which is fine with me, I occasionally like IPAs with some age on them; more like hoppy balanced barleywine.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2009
[Rating #300] Ok I hadnt planned on drinking this one for my 300th but I couldnt find anything else around town that interested me and this beer just hit the shelves. Ive been wanting to try it for a long time. Its a small disappointment, given its reputation. The hop aroma is not quite as strong and distinct as other DIPAs. The flavor is better than the aroma though. Its grassy and a little fruity. The finish is quite bitter, and also dry. A wonderful IPA no doubt, but not quite up to par with Dreadnaught, Pliny, etc. Still enjoyable and Im happy to try this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3873) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of lots of caramel malt and some citrusy hops. Flavor is also quite malty with citrus and a dry finish. Very refreshing on a hot summer day. A touch heavy but thats really my only complaint. Nice beer! 7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Bomber. Pours opaque brownish orange with evident high carbonation and a bubbly, lacey 2-3 fingers of head. Aroma is of pine and resin, and sharp hops. Initial flavor is smooth, with just a touch of the bitterness I was expecting. Not much movement in the palate, though some citrus does come along mid-palate to complement the major element of piney hops. Well-disguised ABV doesnt reveal until the burn going down the esophagus. A well done summertime ale with a refreshing quality produced in large part, I feel, by the high carbonation and lack of bitterness overload sometimes found in this style. Nice stuff. NOTE: This beer got better and better as it settled and warmed up a bit. A faint nutty quality snuck in on the early palate, and a smoky twinge got in on the end. Really good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (6314) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Orange pour with a thick, creamy off white head. Nice bouquet of floral aromas with heavy peach and pineapple. Surprisingly, very little hops detected. Mostly caramel sweetness and alcohol. Very fluffy head. The taste is grassy and bitter with caramel, toffee, and peach flavors. Very bitter in the end and full bodied. Not too sweet and good carbonation. Dry and spicy, almost tastes like a super hoppy golden Belgian ale.


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