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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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5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle of the 2010 vintage poured (several times) into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color, pretty standard for the style. But the head on this beast is otherworldly! A good 2" of meringue tops this beer and refuses to dissipate! Right now, there is a big chunk of foam clinging to the glass even after the rest of the head has receded to a very thick ring around the glass. Did I mention that I started this beer 15 minutes ago?

S: Huge notes of mandarin orange peel and a whiff of honey from the malt supporting the fruit. Faint pineapple notes lift to the surface as well. Incredible aromas!

T: Everything the nose promises and then some. On top of the citrus notes from the hops is a crisp, almost minty note in the aftertaste. And boy, does the flavor stick with you. I'll be having dreams of this beer tonight.

M/D: How can I sum this up? In a word: perfection. Enough carbonation to support the head for an amazing length of time, plenty to keep the taste buds hopping, but not so much as to distract from the experience. I'm having a hard time savoring this beer... My mouth keeps saying "MORE"! I've had PtE at 3 weeks and this beer at a similar age. I'm sorry, but this beer blows Pliny away.

I never thought I'd give a beer a perfect score, but like James Bond said, "Never say never again"

ewright, Jul 19, 2010
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok so this really does get my first perfect 5! It was the 2007 red and blue bottle. Poured a dep hazy amber with a big billowing white head that was so sticky it literally collapsed on the inside but the top and sides stayed together. Big time lace and alot of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. The smell was hoptastic, hey a new word. Such a deep citric smell. Lots of grapefruit and orange, with a touch of pineapple and Lemon thrown in. The taste was out of this world. Bigtime hoppy IPA. Not alot of alcohol taste, well covered up. But soo sticky with hop resin and orange and grapefruit taste. It was rediculously fresh tasting and feeling. Unreal smooth and great dry finish.
This really deserves a 5. I ha really liked the winter edition, but this was absolutly the perfect Double IPA. Not too harsh, but yet harsh. Strong but not upfrontly so. I am going to get as much as I can, and being in South Carolina that will be no easy feat. This was easily the best of the style I have ever had and I will hold all future up to it until it gets put down. Now I need to find a 5 in a Pilsner!

mikesgroove, Jul 14, 2007
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very festive looking bottle with the wreath and holly or mistletoe or whatever it is and green and red lettering. really puts me in the spirit for a strong hoppy brew.

nice looking copper bronze reddish color, with a lightly tanned head. the head forms large and recedes slowly to about half an inch thick, and then just sticks around leaving wonderful lacing.

just about every kind of hop aroma you can think of. pine, citrus, floral, even a bit grassy. wait, maybe thats the pine screwing with me. a bit boozy, but its the holidays, its 8.5abv, and this stuff only comes once (ok, twice) a year.

and that smell is magnificently replicated in the taste. strong hop presence right through. from the full bitterness which never comes across as too agressive, to the mouthfull of pine cone and sticky malt sweetness.
very interesting finish too. not too sweet or bitter with enough body to carry it all through without being too sweet or filling, and just dry enough to make you smack your lips waiting for more.

an impressive job on this from alesmith. now i know why they have to release this during summer. no one could grab enough during winter to hold them for the entire year. just knowing its around, you can hear it calling to you. now that its gone, i can still hear it. heck, i can even smell it.
oh, sorry, those hops are still coming up in burps.

joecast, Dec 30, 2005
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Last of a batch of 4 I got from Liquid Solutions a few months back.
It says: Holiday Ale...what the hell.

Stuck in the fridge for about ten minutes after bringing it up from the cellar. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

A - Beautiful light coppery red. Very clear, nice carbonation. great head with wonderful lacing.

S - Very nice West Coast hop assault. Piney, but with a floral back. Jasmine?

T - The first hit sneaks past the tastebuds and makes a b-line for the gullet. Only after it's raced through do the tire marks show their presence on the tongue and back of the throat. Strong tastebud numbing bitterness, but with an oily sweet finish. Fantastic.

M - As above, starts thin and then expands into an effervescent thick creamy tongue and roof of the mouth coating slice of heaven. Just flat out super!

D - All day. Lower ABV than say, Dreadnaught or UnEarthy makes this a DIPA that I can actually enjoy two bombers of in a sitting without fear of falling. Just such a wonderfully balanced DIPA.

My wife has forbidden any beer purchases until after Christmas. I guess drinking out of ones' cellar isn't so bad after all. I really love this beer.

Cheers

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Pros: Super-creamy, super-impressive head. Carbonated perfectly. The appearance is spot-on, and the flavor's just right. So true to style.

Cons: Not surprising or innovative. Purely refined. Built solidly on a foundation of everything everyone else has been doing right for the past 15 years. It's so perfect that it's boring.

This beer blows away everything else in its class, boring or not.

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YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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