YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by uberabr:
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 22 into a tulip.
This is a pretty brew. Crystal clear, deep red oak color with shades of black and mahogany. Huge cream colored head settles to about 2 fingers of silky froth with rings of stiky lace. Amazing.
Smells of roses and juicy watermellon and mango hop. Hints of grapefruit and black cherries linger with a mild piney menthol. Very pleasant- smooth and well rounded.
Taste hits with an intensely bitter hop bite that cascades into tropical fruits, cherries, lemon peel and pine. The malt is a deep and somewhat phenolic pomegranate syrup that might be too twangy for some and delicious for others.
Definitely a sipper. A stunning beer all around, with great complexity and a lot of boldness.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2007 07:42:47 | More by uberabr
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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
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,354 ratings.