Saturday, June 18, 2016

AleSmith Double IPA (review)

Beer Review #129

Its getting hot here in Northeast Pennsylvania. While I certainly drink IPA's year round, these hot summer days seem all the more appropriate for cracking open these pale, hoppy concoctions.

Today I'm checking out Double IPA, the limited edition seasonal release from AleSmith Brewing Company. AleSmith was founded in 1995 by Skip Virgilio and Ted Newcomb. For more information on the company check out the wikipedia article.

Let's see what the brewer has to say:

"Every year we anxiously await the warmer months to unleash this Double IPA, the summer edition of our former 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."
Tangerine is big in beer these days, and on my tongue, tangerine (along with grapefruit) are the major players up front. The aftertaste is all 'piney,' and 'spicy' as the brewer suggests. 

This particular Double IPA was bottled about two months ago, and so is relatively fresh, but a sweet aroma belies the bitterness that permeates the taste. The aroma is sweet, fruity while also a bit floral. 

Double IPA pours unclouded straw. Huge lingering foam at just below room temp. 

8.5%ABV. 105IBU

Musical Pairing: Edge of Thorns by Savatage

Twin Tiers Beer Trail:
-Twin Tiers Craft Beer Club (Sayre)
I-86 Beer Trail
The Jolly Farmer, Waverly (Waverly)
Bluestone Brewing Company (Sayre)
- Diversion Brewing Co. (Chemung)
The Grille at the Train Station (Sayre)
River Rat Brew Trail (Central Pa)

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