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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,571
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 243
Gots: 70 | 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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L: A very solid dark brown with a thick light brown froathy head.
S: Apricots just jump right out immediately with a bit of brown roasted malt to follow.
T: Awesome candied apricots immediately. The sweetness lingers for a bit than give way to those delscious roasted malts.
M:Big fat creamy warm bubbles.
D: AWESOME!!!! One of my favorite beers. I could drink this bad boy all night.

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4.97/5  rDev +17.8%

06 Winter bottle.

The beer pours a very deep rustic orange color with three fingers off-white head. The lacing on the beer is one of the best I've seen. Billowy pillows of head leave large creamy rings of lace all the way to the end of the beer. The scent on this beer is a hop lovers dream. You can smell the resinous pine and grapefruit that are very bold and you can easily pick out the sweet caramel scent vying for your attention as well. Truly one of the best noses I've ever smelled on a beer. The first sip grabs your attention with the hops taking center stage. Bold flavors of candied grapefruit, pine, grain, toffee, and caramel come to the palate before the huge malted and bready backbone balance out those flavors. Wonderfully complex just still comforting. Each sip the creamy mouthfeel brings those flavors in and out and never falter during the entire beer.

Fantastic winter warmer and one of the very best I've been lucky enough to try.

***
'08 Summer Version

This beer pours a nice golden hue with a thick cap of fluffy head on it. I could being smelling all of the hop goodness as soon as I popped the cap on this beer. The hop smell is very pungent with plenty of grapefruit, sticky pine, candied oranges, peaches, apricots, tangerines, and a very soft caramel malt coming at the tail end of all of those citrus fruit scents. Wow, this is a tremendous nose on this beer. Hops are the showcase on the initial flavors with plenty of citrus flavors ranging from tangerines, oranges, and grapefruit, and stick pine on the back end of those. The slightly sweet caramel base does its best to balance out the hops flavors and after the beer warmed a bit the malt takes on an almost graham cracker type flavor as well. Even with a few months of age on this the hop profile is still tremendous, and if it has diminished at all a fresh bottle of this beer must be quite the hop heads dream. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, and there is a good dose of warming alcohol in this offering as well. The drinkability is very good and I felt like I could have kept drinking this beer.

Overall: 4.7

TheodorHerzl, Dec 05, 2007
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4.97/5  rDev +17.8%

Hoppy Christmas in July!

This beer pours a yellow color with orange highlights...it is cloudy with a steady stream of bubbles...the head is white and an inch thick...it falls to a top coating that leaves a ring and spotty lacing...It is glowing, begging me to drink it.

Mmmm this sure smells good...mango, papaya, mandarin oranges, grapefruit, and candied hops in a light syrup...there are also some bread notes...This is the best smelling beer that Ive came across...it tickles my nose!

I taste Heaven... tropical fruits, candied hops, grapefruit, wheat bread, grape jolly ranchers, my first kiss...this really is one hell of a beer! Is this candy or beer?

My mouth doesn't even feel this beer!

It should be a sin to make a beer this potent, this drinkable!...I'm glad that I bought more than one, and I hope that they have more! One of, if not the best beer that Ive ever had!

sitarist, Jul 24, 2010
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4.97/5  rDev +17.8%

This review is for the summer Yulesmith. What an incredible beer- I really love this brew. To me, this is what a west coast hop bomb should be all about.Even more than Pliny the Elder, I think this beer typifies the pinnacle of the west coast dipa style. Don't get me wrong, I love Pliny, but this beer is even more over the top and for me, a more pure expression of the hops. It pours aslightly hazy orange with a beautiful tight white fluffy head that fades to a cap and leaves some lacing. Impressive for the abv. The smell right off shouts "hop bomb" with gorgeous deep grapefruit and orange rind and pine notes with a whiff of wax. The taste is even more redolent of hops, with the same citrus and pine, and a long deep bitterness nicely balanced on the finish especially by a slight fruity sweetness from the yeast esters and malt. The malt background is there, and quite dry, but it is mostly eclipsed by the hops. You know it is there more by what you don't experience- this is not hop water, but a deep, rich, robust brew. The malt is there, in spades, but as a supporting part and not an equal. Absolutely beautiful. Rich, full mouthfeel keeps it going on. I absolutely love this beer and would drink it by the case were it available locally. Highly recommended.

What follows is a review for Winter Yulesmith, which I also liked but not as much as the Summer stuff. These are two completely different beers and as such I'm going to let my numbers for the summer stuff stand. If I were to seperately rate the summer, it would be:
P: 4
S: 4.5
T: 5
MF: 4.5
D: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a decent head. Aromas of honeyed malt and waxy, piney hops. A bit like Hopslam with the honey and pine. Tastes delicious. Slightly sweet with malt perfectly counterbalanced by a huge piney aftertaste. Smooth and slightly sweet in the mouth, this one is quite eaasy to drink, despite the abv.

Georgiabeer, Oct 27, 2007
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4.97/5  rDev +17.8%

Alesmith - Yulesmith 2003 Edition - Served at Cellar Temperature. This liquid is a dark red colour, that approcahes maroon in shading. The head is big and white, but does not last too long. However, this beer shows off some incredible, thick, white lacing, and a little skim of a head that lasts for the entire glass. The head is also easily brought back with some gentle swirling. Aromas are all heavy hops, super, duper deep balanced malts, and spices of some sort. The taste is a lovely blend of heavy hopping and lovely, deep malting. The mouthfeel is very thick but not at all cloying or "too much". The drinkability at cask serving temperature is absolutely unbelievably good! This stuff produces lovely, malty hop burps and I could easily drink this brew all night long. This is some damn-fine classic stuff!

Francis.

francisweizen, Nov 29, 2003
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4.97/5  rDev +17.8%

Pours a golden with a white head, thickness is apparent from the beginning. Looks live velvet with a huge sticky head.

Intense sweet pinesap aroma, this is a holiday beer. Citrus rind shows up in the background.

Sweet almost butterscotch and toffee malt dominate as an incoming wave of hop flavor and bitterness approaches. It seems as if the pine and citrus are going to overwhelm but they fall short and maintain a perfect balance. Alcohol is slick and sticky, finishes dry.

Full bodied, light smooth carbonation.

You could guzzle this, it's that good. Alcohol is hardly an issue while drinking. Amazing beer, perfectly balanced. PERFECTLY.

beersarang, Dec 25, 2005
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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