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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,608
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 246
Gots: 68 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Lots of hops with a nice malty backbone on this one. It is released twice yearly; once in the Summer and once in the late Fall / early Winter. Winter bottles have green & red ink, Summer is blue & red. There is a variation in the malt bill for each version.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 11-24-2002)
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Reviews by xymyl:
Photo of xymyl
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is of the winter release. A vibrant copper/deep gold beer with an off white head. There is a rich resinous and herbal quality to the aroma, very relaxing really. Underneath it is the alcohol and a bit of yeast. The taste is much the same, Sweet and bitter all at once, although there are peaks and valleys, the flavor is fairly consistent all the way through. Gets a bit moist, then dry, then moist, then dry, really enjoyable and long on the finish. This bottle has been in the cellar for a while so it is a bit more integrated... but some IPA's are more refreshing after maturing a bit. This is one of the best to age around a year (in my opinion).

xymyl, Jul 25, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have sampled this treasure a few times in the past and thanks to my new Buffalo BA buddy Orfeu I have a bomber to myself.Poured a deep hazed burnt orange/peach with a creamy 2 finger head that stays for the whole way down with a brillinat ring showing thru and globs of lace left as I drank more.Honestly what can be said about great it smells deep resiny piney hop with notes of apricot and lemon pith in my mind there is not a beer out there that has such a complex hop profile,a big sweet brown sugar elemant show thru as well.The malt must be really packed in this brew to keep at least close to balanced because there is just such massive amount of hop flavors,apricot shows thru with a touch of overipe pineapple and then the oily,resiny character come thru with a hefty sweet malt base showing thru making it almost sticky.Has a great creamy mouthfeel texture it just glides down in near perfection,this maybe the standard American DIPA with its huge hoppiness and big sweet malt backbone just unbeliavable.

This was the summer release not the more recent fall/winter release.

oberon, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This fella’ gave off a huge, monstrous head that was thick and unrelenting, sinking slowly on top of the hazy orange liquid. This just looks serious.

Smell – The big, fruity hops are out in force here. They are very complex and can keep the drinker busy for hours just smelling this bouquet. I think I took a whiff with every sip.

The malts are thick as well and full of caramel. They are very rich and epitomize the ADIPA style.

Taste – Yes, this is a heavy-hitter. It’s probably the fruitiest of the ADIPAs that I’ve had the privilege to sample. The malts are big and rich and form a terrific backbone, but it’s the giant fruity hop profile that sets this one apart from the pack.

Mouthfeel – This is a big medium-bodied ale with an effective combination of super-sweet fruitiness and a strong, finishing dryness.

Drinkability – I thought this lacked the malt depth of some of my favorite Double IPAs, but the big fruity hops and great “alcohol mask” made this one the life of the party.

Comments – BuckeyeNation is in da house! This is just one of many wonderful beers that I picked up on trade from him. BA rules!!

Update – I popped a fresh one in Nov 2007 and found a bit more malty bitterness here than before but otherwise it is right on point. As I said in my original review, the striking thing about this beer is the head. It is so stubborn and so lacing. This is a real looker with bite to back up its bark. I’m bumping the Drinkability up half a notch and raising my glass to the AleSmith crew.

RoyalT, May 16, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter release picked up at La Cav du Vin, Cleveland and consumed in mid-June, 2007. No date information anywhere on the bottle. I assume that this is a 2006 release but cannot verify that.

Appearance: Quite dark, murky even…at least initially, as the carbonation is ferocious and causes a stirring of the bronzed dark orange brew. As the beer comes is brightens but never too much. This is a big beer with a big look. The head remains frothy throughout. It’s creamy and off-white.

Aroma: Toast and biscuit malts. Oily hops. Hop profile is both citric and tropical ranging from grapefruit to passion fruit and containing most of the spectrum in between. Some pine is also present. Malt is in no short supply either.

Taste: Not as hoppy as I had expected, although that could be a side effect of this brew’s age – 7 months or so (and I suppose this could even be a 2005 release. That would really explain things) or perhaps that is how this beer was intended, balanced, unlike so many DIPAs. I’ll have to drink more samples to know for sure.

Don’t get me wrong, however, this beer is hoppy. The flavor contains some wonderful juicy citrus elements. Tangerine and ruby red grapefruit are clearly discernable. Spruce and rose petals too. The malt in this beer is at times almost rye like, quite bready, and contains a light honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Balance, balance, balance. Yulesmith is big in terms of body, booze, and bitteress but it is not overbearing. Each piece of the Yulesmith fits together like an intricate puzzle. One is left with a very drinkable beer. Another word to describe the body is chewy and although the beer is initially oily, it becomes quite sticky as it warms.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 25, 2007
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

pbsmooth, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of ricke
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange with a white head lacing some lacings.

The smell is hoppy with a nice grapefruit/pine-needle character with hints of tobacco. Quite a lot of malts are shining through.

The flavor is fairly sweet with a pleasant caramel malty backbone with notes of vanilla. Decent amount of aroma hops (pine-needles and grapefruit). Ends bitter with peppery and citric hops, and hints of warming alcohol.

Medium to full body, easy on the palate and very easy to drink.

An enjoyable double IPA.

ricke, May 17, 2010
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

DavyJones, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

SuqMadique, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the bottle, zoso1967. Thanks for drinking it with me, BuckyFresh. Reviewed from notes on 10/15/10.

A: Biggest. Head. Ever. Seriously, this bomber was roughly split 3 ways and each snifter had a four plus finger head. The froth receded in my glass to leave a clump that looked like a breast. The color looks almost more like a Tripel than your typical Double IPA - very medium to dark gold. The lacing on the glass is awfully clumpy and sticky.

S: Grassy, earthy hops are the dominant smell. A little bit of caramel malt sings to my nose along with a Belgian yeast-esque aroma. I smell a fresh herbal scent which is very minty. The smell is a little spicy and quite fresh.

T: This is a different taste for me from a Double IPA. It is very freshly herbal, with a taste that reminds me a bit of a Belgian golden ale. I taste a lot of garden herb flavors - mint, parsley, and coriander among them. The aftertaste does have a good lingering hop bitterness. I would like to know what the dominant hop is in the mix because I am not at all familiar with it.

M: There is a nice biting hop presence on the sides of my palate, but overall the MF is a little thin for me.

D: I could really sip this beer for a long time. The herbal character feels very refreshing in my mouth. However, it did not really have the characteristics of a Double IPA for which I look.

TCHopCraver, Oct 30, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

MadScientist, Mar 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

BeerEnergy, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Schlais, Jun 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

SanFranJake, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of explosivebeer
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lots of citrusy hop aroma with some pine and maybe even a hint of peach. It is a clear light golden color with a decent malt body. It finished a little bitter. Overall it's good but not as great as I'd hoped. The winter Yulesmith is clearly better, at least from the two most-recent releases.

explosivebeer, Sep 26, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

SkiBum22, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Dmann
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003:

What a top notch brew! I had this one on tap at O'Briens and it was my first experience with YuleSmith. The color was a medium red with a nice head that left good lace. The smell was all about hops and spice, very inviting. The flavor was that of a hopped out barleywine more than a Double IPA. The big malt backbone anchored the brew while the bitter hops and the dose of spices kept the beer from being too sweet. Great balance and the aging must have factored in as well. Great stuff!

2004:
What a superb brew! This one definantly had more of an Double IPA flavor to it compaired to last years. The smell was more hoppy and the taste was more hoppy as well, but still retained enough balance in the malt section to make it all work. Kudos to AleSmith once again!

Dmann, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of newk340
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a glowing yellow orange, a thin head with spotty lacing. did gush upon opening...

S: hints of a pleasant blend of florals, citrus, spices, and hops.

T: bitter orange flavor permeates the mouth right through to the swallow.

MF/D: sizzle of lasting carbonation that fizzles as it slides down the throat. perfect for a summer afternoon.

newk340, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer 2006 blue and red silkscreened label. Pours into my glass a nice bright copper orange color with a small bubbly head on top that quickly fades. Aromas of resiny, pine sap hops along with hints of citrus and a blast of caramel. A bit fruity with a waft of alcohol. Good stuff.

First sip brings a blast of dense piney hop resins coated in a wall of sweet caramel malts. Notes of citrus work through along with a hint of breadiness and fruit. It flows down with a nice solid bitterness and a touch of alcohol on the finish. Overall...a damn tasty, big brew. I always enjoy me some YuleSmith.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a nice mellow carbonation. Goes down fairly easily. A pretty strong brew that I enjoy sampling every now and again when I run across it. AleSmith brews always seem to make me a happy camper :-)

orbitalr0x, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of blitz134
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was about time I made it to this one. This is the summer release so it didn't need to sit too much longer. Received this in BIF 46 I believe.

Hazy orange, copper color. Huge off-white head on the pour, reduced down to a loose 1" mass of meraunge foam. Sporadic threads of lace grip the glass.

Smell is, of course, loaded with hops. An absolute ton of floral and citrus pound the ol' olfactory glands. Not quite grapefruit, more along the line of tangerine and citrus rinds. Kinda sweet and quite aromatic.

Tons of hops again in the flavor. A lot of the same things found in the aroma come through again but there is a lot more in the flavor. Additionally there are some pine sap and resin flavors which I really like. Pretty bitter finish and overall, but I've had bitterer (is that a word?) A slight tinge of the alcohol also peaks through but nothing detrimental. Comes across pretty balanced for a DIPA, mostly light caramel malts and only a little biscuit malt do this job.

Good mouthfeel. Oily and slick, kind of creamy in some aspects. Very crisp after the swallow, probably from the ton of carbonation which showed itself in all of the bubbles rising to the surface after the pour.

Good drinkability. Super tasty brew but this one sits heavy on my stomach due to the heavy mouthfeel.

blitz134, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of warnerry
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 9/15/10

A - Beautiful pour into a Duvel tulip. Straw/orange slightly cloudy liquid with 3 fingers of head at least. Head is off white and thick/pillowy, reminds me of the foam generated iin a root beer float.

S - Very sweet smell with a lot of fruit coming through; nectarines maybe, along with some pineapple and grapefruit. A bit of caramel malt as well.

T - Unfortunately, taste doesn't live up to the smell. Hops have faded leaving more malt presence than I was expecting (sampled in mid-September; I think it is bottled in June?); still, a nice blend of piney and fruity hops to go with the caramel malt; finished somewhat dry and bitter, but not overwhelmingly so.

M - Mouthfeel is medium, actually a bit creamy (probably from the faded hops); slightly astringent finish.

D - Seems to be going down pretty easily; probably even better fresh.

warnerry, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of dill
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Winter 2007 edition, poured into a pint glass

A - pours a golden orange color with a thick white head.
S - grapefruit, malts.
T - a really nice balance of malts and hops, nice festive spices. pine. a bit of the alcohol.
M - great feel in the mouth. smooth but well-carbonated.
D - this is indeed a great beer to sit down and enjoy with friends

dill, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled on 5/1/14. Pours clear golden orange with a huge frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet sugary fruits and some resiny piney peppery hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some fruit and a big piney, resiny hop bitterness that lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid DIPA. I remember liking the winter version better.

Beaver13, Jun 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Callmecoon, May 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Fcip78, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Doomcifer
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Summer Release '06.

Local liquor store just got a bunch of these in so I decided to pick one up and see if it was worth the hype. Poured an extremely murky dark orange, with light brown hues. Extremely heady which was off-white colored and extremely frothy, leaving behind great lacing. A beautiful beer. Smells of very sweet citrusy hops galore with some grapefruit poking through....EXTREMELY floral. I couldn't pull my nose away from the glass it smelled so incredible. Taste starts off with a smack of honey sweetness, piney hops, and a good dose of maltiness fighting its way through then gives way to more bitterness on the piney/grapefruit side, ending dry bitter with a faint spiciness I can't quite put my finger on. Nutmeg? Coriander? Alcohol is VERY well hidden for an 8.5% brew and is surprisingly smooooth. You do feel the warming effect from the alcohol nonetheless. Mouthfeel is rich and velvety/creamy, light on the carbonation side. Very nice. This is one of the better DIPA I have had, and I have had many, as it is my favorite genre of brew. Yulesmith definitely is worth every ounce of hype it gets in the BA circles. This is a GRADE A+ DIPA of the highest caliber. I think I'm gonna head back to the liquor store and stock up on these while they last.

Doomcifer, Aug 28, 2006
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YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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