YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by alleykatking:
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had the winter version of this. Poured while waiting in line at DLD with some friends.
A-Poured into a small snifter. Nice golden amber color here with big off white head that took a while to come down leaving nice thick lacing around the sides.
S-The one thing I noticed off the top was it had a nice piney hop smell to it. It was settle but very noticeable to me. Also a little sweet malt smell with spices.
T-Man this beer is great. It has such an amazing taste to it. The malt and hops come together perfect with the hops taking a little bit more in the aftertaste. A little sweet but still can taste that pine to it. Also, maybe a little sweet citrus to it.
M-This was a nice medium heavy beer. It coats the mouth in a sweet/hop taste that doesn't make you cringe or want to lick your hands to get the nasty taste out. Wonderful.
D-This is a great drinker and only wish I could get it on a regular basis. This beer does it all for me and I'm kind of sad now that it is gone.
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2009 18:20:58 | More by alleykatking
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4.95/5 rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Summer Holiday version bottled on 6/4/13. Pours a hazy yellow gold color with a 2 finger foamy off white head that was full of little bubbles, fading very slowly leaving and forming canyons as it sinks, then leaving great foamy lacing and rings as it went down; solid looking IPA.
Smells like pineapple, mango and orange from a few inches away and just assaults your nose with citrus hops; the smell is a wonderful combo of citrus fruit like lemon, pineapple, mango, orange and all things citrus hops, as well as strong piney hops, mild spices, floral hops, caramel, sweet malt and more fruity sweetness – it’s astonishing how fresh and fruity this smells since it was bottled over 6 months ago. Hop heaven, and almost unbelievably great smelling.
The flavor is as good or maybe better than the smell with a combo of citrus fruit like pineapple, mango, orange, lemon, and maybe something crazy like starfruit or papaya since it’s so fruity, so then of course you have fresh citrus hops, strong piney hops, caramel, grains, brown sugar, floral hops, graham cracker, tea leaf, herbs, wet grass and very mild spices that are offset by the malt backbone. The malt comes through but lets the fresh, juicy citrus flavor dominate and dazzle with complexity as the resinous hop juice seems to be wrung from the cone and into the bottle. I expected a good beer when I picked this bomber up and it blew me away, far exceeding my expectations and becoming a top 10 beer IMO.
Mouthfeel is near perfection for a DIPA with this ABV; mild ABV burn, mild bitterness, a medium chewy body with light carbonation and an overall hop sweetness that is kept in check by a nice malt backing that has fine accents to make it a perfectly balanced and easy drinking IPA.
Very few flaws here as the bitterness and aftertaste are enjoyable, while the balance and combination of flavor elements keeps it interesting and delicious at the same time. This bomber cost $10 and was worth every penny tenfold; a world class beer that I highly recommend and will seek out as often as possible. I’m going to buy another bottle(s) of this ASAP as it was a great beer and great drinking experience. This beer kicks ass, go drink some.
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2014 00:55:22 | More by CHickman
4.21/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 6/4/13, so this has some age on it which probably did not serve the hops p[articularly well. Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.
a: Nearly clear dark gold with a monster offwhite yead which receded slowly to even surface foam and extensive lacing.
s: Mild citrus and pine resin.
t: Citrus and pine hops over a light malt base. Tastier than average hops, bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue.
m: Light to moderate, good body.
o: A good strong summer DIPA. The hops may be muted since this bottle is exactly six months old, but tastewise it still qualifies as a double. Exceptionally tasty and refreshing. I actually like this better than the new Victory DirtWolf DIPA, and it's about on a par with Double Dose, which we may or may not ever see again.
Serving type: bottle
12-04-2013 06:01:56 | More by scotorum
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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