YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
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California, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 11-24-2002

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.
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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, Yulesmith Summer. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of lots of caramel malt and some citrusy hops. Flavor is also quite malty with citrus and a dry finish. Very refreshing on a hot summer day. A touch heavy but that's really my only complaint. Nice beer! (281 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Joe for sharing! Served in a mini pint taster.
Bright saturated orange, super sharp clarity. Lasting surface coverage for the rest of the glass. A halo of lace around the edges.

Caramelized malts, candied orange, firmly bitter in the finish. Smells subdued and malty though this just showed up in downstate IL. Clean with a piney bitterness, lots of caramel malt. Medium bodied, kind of heavy. Overall pretty meh, not bad but it comes off like an old DIPA. (464 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Winter version that I got in a trade with alovesupreme
A= pours a darker looving amber color with a small thin off white head that doesn't last long before falling to a thin layer on top of the glass and it has some spotty lacing.
S= there is definitilly a hop bite but I notice the huge malt odor as well. It sort of reminds me of DFH 90 min. A little chocolaty at times even. Smells quite interesting.
T= big hop bite on the tongue but its taken back very quickly by a good malty sweetness. Maybe a hint of chocolate in it and it finishes with huge hop bitterness. Not too flavorful as far as hops go just bitter bite to finish it. There's also a slight alcohol burn to it.
M= feels like it should be dry by the flavor but its not. Quite silky on the tounge actually and a little harsh in the back.
D= decent. I was actually quite let down by this beer to tell you the truth. I don't know what I was expecting but this isn't quite it. Its still good but I'm not gonna be looking for it again. (994 characters)

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a hazy honey gold with minimal head that quickly turns to a film.

Nose is light citrus hops - not a whole lot going on there, but pleasant.

A sip is resinous with fruity citrus. A nice balance with caramel malt that isn't too sweet. A shade under-carbonated for my preference. Finishes pleasantly bitter with a bit of warmth from the alcohol blending nicely.

Was excited for this one, and it's definitely a well-balanced, not-too-sweet IIPA, but a few shades away from outstanding. (509 characters)

Photo of BeerRun13
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter '06.

Lots of head on this one. Darker eggshell on top of a nicely clear reddish amber, and being fed by lots of bubbles.
Wonderfully hoppy nose with a malty backbone. A touch of fruit and alcohol.
Good malty backbone. Hop flavor and bitterness lean toward the grapefruit side, but not overwhelmingly. Toasty.
Medium bodied with high but fun carbonation... Kinda dances around throughout the palate. Alcohol warming and a slight kick to go with it.
This one's good, and nothing against the alcohol, but the kick in this one makes it less of a quaffer. I bet this would age beautifully. (598 characters)

Photo of SQNfan
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summer version: Deep golden in color with a nice head of fine white bubbles. The nose shows off citrus and floral hops along with balancing caramel malt and an herbaceousness (from the hops). In the mouth it is medium-bodied and concentrated with nice balancing sweetness in the mid-palate which gives way to a dry/bitter finish. (329 characters)

Photo of bonbini26
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winter Holiday Verison

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color, in my Sam Adams glass the color actually goes light to darker from bottom to top, really nice with big head

Smell: Huge caramel malt and piney hop aroma; the alcohol is well-disguised, but with this aroma, you can tell it's there

Taste: Assaults the palate with a blast of piney bitterness with a strong caramel malt presence underneath; after the swallow, the sweet flavors build and balance the pine into a long-lasting finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation, sweet sticky feeling

Drinkability: Not a bad DIPA, but didn't stand out to me, a lot better DIPA's out there on both coast, this beer didn't live up to the hype (716 characters)

Photo of TeddyBG
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into pint glass. Last years Winter version ('07).

A: burnt orange with a slightly cloudy tint. Pillowy creme colored head with great lacing. However, super carbonated tough to pour since you get overflow very easily.

S: Very caramelly with figs. Cannot pick up much hops, but that might be due to the age of this bottle.

T: Caramel up front with a hop bitterness, but no other hop flavors to pick up.

M: Way too carbonated, overwhelming at times. Other than that good body, certainly not thin.

D: Tasty brew but the carbonation leaves you feeling it pretty quickly. I will have to try this again, and edit this review, because I have a feeling this has a bottle conditioning issue. (708 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.66/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a 2005 winter release at room temp poured into a tulip glass.
The brew pours a bright clear chestnut color with a huge fluffy beige head of 3cm that fades slowly to a 1 cm lingering layer of foam.
Aroma is hop dominant with pine and grapefruit and some grassy notes.
Not much malt counter balance.
First sip reveals a sticky body with very fine rolling carbonation.
Flavor is sweet for a second with a bit of caramel but rolls quickly to all hops with pine sap and grapefruit rind busting forth.
This is a hop head brew and is an easy drinker with no hint of ABV.
A decent brew but like I said hop lovers rejoice others, not so much. (649 characters)

Photo of mikey711
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade from aewinte. Thanks alex

A nice golden yellow hue with a big fluffy white head on top. The head is very lacing and is taking its sweet time to settle. It is slightly cloudy as well.

Very nice hop aromas, both lemony citrus and a floral soapy note. The malt sweetness comes through in a mildly to add a nice toasted biscuity note in the background.

Nice taste of bread/biscuits malt sweetness in here. Not as big on the hops as I had hoped. It finishes piney and bitter.

The mouthfeel just seems to be lacking something. Not sure what but its just average.

An easy one to drink, but I will be fine with the bomber (650 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Summer 2012 vintage.

Pours a slightly hazy honey yellow with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some grassy/hay hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly funky flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion. (624 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Christmas (red and green)
A- Poured a little to hard and got a huge 3" light tan head on a Amber body with hints of orange.
S- Big citrus hops with some spices. Grapefruit and another fruit I can't pin point. Also a malt backbone.
T-Citrus hops with some spices. Follows the smell. Has a grapefruit and a bit of orange also. Alcohol also comes through. Pretty big bitterness throughout. In aftertaste has the big bitterness and has a fruity taste also. Maybe hint of some tropical fruits too.
M- Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation
D- It is good. I think I prefer the Summer one though. Has a few weird tangs to it but other than that pretty good. Nothing amazing though. I drank about half a glass of this and was kind of done with it. (757 characters)

Photo of tripelhops
3.62/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

recieved via trade from Big Dub - poured into a tulip glass, color is slightly hazy golden yellow, with a thin finger of head that sticks to the sode of the glass as it drops. Aroma is vry good, citrus and apricot, hint of pine. Taste is the same with bitterness hitting on the tail end along with a touch of heat from the alcohol. Malt backbone seems balanced if a bit on the light and sweet side. Overall a tasty IIPA, but not outstanding. (441 characters)

Photo of hawks10
3.61/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass...

Pours a pale straw yellow, slightly hazy with tons of fluffy, meringue-like head...

Rather weak aroma, soapy, with a bit of a medicinal alcohol aroma. Decent amount of tropical fruit hops, but something just doesn't sit well with me..

Malty and heavy, thick and resinous. Piny with a twist of citrus. Lingering bitterness in the finish...

Medium to full bodied, thick and sticky. Mouthfeel was best part of this beer...

Not that good...somewhat disappointing. Taste and aromas were just mediocre at best and this one just makes me want a fresh Hopslam even more...only 5 more months to wait! (646 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with huge white head with pretty good retention. Aroma of deep citrus hops with a strong presence of semi-sweet malt. Taste is totally dominated by the mix of citrus hops and strong caramel malt. Body is just above average and carbonation is medium. Alcohol is well hidden. While this is not a bad beer, I feel that it is a bit too one-dimensional and would probably have been happier drinking their regular IPA. (451 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yulesmith pours a hazy amber color with a frothy, slightly off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a sheet in the beer, leaving behind sheets of lace on the side of the glass. The aroma is citrus hops with strong notes of grapefruit, pine and grass.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is slightly chewy with a fizzy carbonation on the palate. The flavor is much like the aroma with lots of citrus grapefruit and pine hops. Balancing out the hops is a fair amount of sweet caramel and pale malt. Once gone the pine flavor of the hops lingers on the palate.

This beer has aged for a while in my cellar and still has quite a hoppy aroma and flavor. It's a bit off balance with all the hops, but overall a nice beer for hop lovers. (750 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have now tried both versions, summer and winter so I'll put 2 reviews in one here.

Reviewed 9/15/2008.
Red and Green bottle meaning the winter version. Received in a BIF so not really sure which year.

Ratings: A: 3.5, S: 4.0, T: 3.5, M: 3.5, D: 3.0 for an average of 3.55

A: A deep copper cloudy orange color with a huge, huge off white 3 finger head on a timid pour.

S: Malty sweetness with caramel, toffee and a very slight touch of hops. Malty sweetness is predominant.

T: Wow, bowls me over with sweetness. Caramel, toffee, bready malt with some piney hops pushing from behind. Still this beer was all about the malt. Malt finishes out with some faint receeding bitterness. Lots of floaties on the final pour as it is bottle conditioned.

M: Heavy and slick, coating the mouth and massive amounts of carbonation.

D: Low, I was tired by the time I got to the bottom of the bottle.

Overall I can't put my finger on it, but by the end of the bottle it just didn't taste right. Was it because it was old and the hops had turned, or something else. Still, it was not the best experience for me as I expected much, much more from this respected brewer. I would love to try this again fresh and see if I just got a clunker.

Summer version. Poured from a blue and red decorated 22 ounce bottle into a tulip tasting glass.

A: A golden straw color with some tints of orange. A HUGE white thick head on a very modest pour. Way too much carbonation, nearly 3/4 of the glass. Receding leaves some lacing (after a long time sitting).

S: Wonderful citrus hops come across the nose with hints of grapefruit, lemon pineapple and straw. This couples with a large malt sugar smell.

T: I got the twinge of sweetness first which gets joined by the grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and grassy straw hops. Not much pine as the hops are more fruity and light. The huge malt sweetness comes out in the form of sugar and bubblegum flavor and just lingers on through the finish. Hops peek again at the rear, but the sugar sweetness is what lasts. Almost cloying as was the Winter.

M: A bit prickly, way too much carbonation even on subsequent pours, no alcohol notices but the sweetness lingers.

D: Decent, better than the Winter, but you better like sweet IPAs.

Overall I am again disappointed with this beer. If sweeter IPAs are your thing, this is for you. Unfortunately, it's not my thing and I feel the beer turns almost cloying sweet. I really want to love this beer as some people rave about it, but alas I can't. Sorry Alesmith. (2,532 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle provided by nvsblman and shared with absolutesites on T-Day, 2005. Thanks for the opportunity! Pours a cloudy orange-apricot liquid with a light tan head. Smells grapefruity pith with orange oil, alcohol, and a malt sweetness. The smells are mild, mind you, but that's what I get. Taste is more sweet than hop flavor or bitter. Way too much crystal malt, to the point that I get a 'cobwebby' flavor I encountered in one of my early homebrews. The best single word description for this beer is really 'rough'. Hop bitter mixes with too much caramel amid an alcohol sting. Disjointed. Dry and edgy in the mouth, I'm looking forward to my next beer (and it won't be another of these). Fruity esters are pelted by the dramatic conflict of hops, sugary sweet, and alcohol such that they are lost. Thick sticky mouthfeel, but somehow dry in the throat. (853 characters)

Photo of Prufrock
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bomber poured into a pilsner.

nice amber, coppery color with an inch of off-white creamy head.

nice hop aromas. pine up front, floral and citrus as well.

taste is hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so. some malts in there, but mainly citrusy malts and a nice clean, dry finish. touch of aspirin in the flavor as well. nice balance for a double IPA. (352 characters)

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me begin this review by saying I've had this beer over the last 3-4 years, and IF I were reviewing 2010 or 2011, this would be considered at or near World Class. This years is missing something which is the specimen in review here...

A - lemon zest color, lighter than the vibrant sunshine orange color I look for in this style but good nevertheless. Solid 2 finger head and retention in the 13oz Tulip it's poured in.

S - A bit muted, Heaviest on the dry lemon citrus, then oranges and light pine.

T - See nose but the beer is muted, even upon semi-aggressive swirls and drinking. This is not packed full of tropical citrus as it was last year. Maybe palate has changed but I don't think enough for this beer's hops not to shine, especially for a 8.5% DIPA. Much more Bready than I ever remember this beer being which was not off-putting but not at all preferred.

M - Light and crisp for 8.5%ABV. Easily sessioned. Very good.

O - Over-priced DIPA with all the other great selections out there. Not a bad beer by any means, was just underwhelmed this year whereas I've never been with this beer in previous years. (1,123 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summer 2007 release.

Pours a golden/orange and slightly opaque. Huge head, slightly off-white. Head hangs around forever. Lots of carbonation seen rising.

Aroma is surprisingly light. Some light hops & citrus.

Taste has floral hops and is quite sweet. Decent malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely cleansing.

Overall, a nice, clean brew. Lacking a little character, but decent enough. (396 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

We crack the top and pour a brew of shining golden yellows. It holds a creamy three finger head of egg white colored bubbles that billows out of the glass. This retains very nicely, leaving cratered cheesecloth lacing sticking around the glass. No haze or sediment is noted whatsoever, and carbonation appears to be lazy. The nose is fruity and sweet, with clean notes of honey, bubblegum esters, crisp pale malts, floral, citric, and nectary hop oils, light boozy stings, sprigs of vanilla, tangerine flesh and rind, lavender, tannins, lemon rind, plastic chemicals, black pepper spiciness, and pine cones with warmth. Our first impression is that the flavoring offers brightly fresh West coast hop bitters, but in general is surprisingly heavy and syrupy. As we sip, the taste opens with pale and caramel malts, poppy seed, fusel booze, strawberry jam, biting phenolic clove, fresh lemon tea tannins, light biscuity butters, and bitterly piney, soapy, and nectary sweet hops. The middle pushes to the peak with bitter herbal hops, green twig, sap resins, phenolic plastics, peach syrups, basement mustiness, mineral water, aspirin chemicals, pale and light corny malts, and alcohol. The end washes with boozy bite, green grass and oily hop resins, honeysuckle florals, toasty pale malt bitterness, light rye, and straw grassiness, brown grain sours, malted milk ball candies, moss and musk, mint tea, and creamy lactic sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of pencil shavings and lead, pale and chalky malts, raw powdered barley, fusel booze, aluminum foil, light toffee sweetness, burnt wheat bread crust, bitterly grassy, soapy, resiny, and floral hops, eucalyptus, and gravel. The body is to the thick side, while carbonation is light to medium. Each sip is full, giving hearty slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is cooled and thickly coated, dripping into decent astringency puck, with little dryness otherwise. The mouth is actually left a bit airy and icy, as if brushed by menthol. The abv is appropriate, and the beer is more of a sipper for the style.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was its aroma and its appearance. At first whiff you get a beautiful balance between the clean, crisp malt profile and the hops, which remain sweet, fresh, and quite juicy throughout. This certainly makes the beer enticing to this point. Upon the sip, however, the taste muddles, giving darker malts that you would expect, and all the hop bitterness without any of that sweet aromatic fruitiness to balance. With warmth the boozes becomes overly accentuated in both the nose and the mouth, further muddying the waters and taking away further from any balance there is to be had. The feel is otherwise nicely contributory in its thick creaminess, but this is not enough to overcome the gaps in flavor. Perhaps we are just lost to the heavy West coastedness that this beer exudes, but if big, boozy, bitter, and syrupy DIPAs are your thing, it’s worth a sip or two. (2,978 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz into tulip. Don't remember who this was from, but thanks! From notes.

A- Nice orangey amber pour with a rpetty ample head.

S- Strong citrus nose. Some faint caramel/bready notes. Sweet, sugary notes as well.

T- Fruity, citrus hops and a bit of a pine resin finish. There's a lot of malt here- so much so that I think I'm drinking an east coast DIPA. Nice balance, perhaps a bit much on the malt heaviness but the flavors are nice. A bit too sweet.

M- A bit heavier and fuller than I'd like, but I'm nitpicking, it's still really good. Pretty good balance.

D- Moderately low. A heavy, filling, rich beer. One was more than enough. I like this enough to where I'll buy a bottle or two a season, but that'll hold me over and then some. A nice change of pace from the hop-centric DIPAs we're used to seeing out of cali, but this one might do better to dial the malts back just a bit. (891 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.56/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2009 release, consumed 09/14/09.

Poured into a Samuel Adams "special" glass at 50 degrees F. Beer is a cloudy light yellow with lots of particulate matter swirling within the copious carbonation. A rocky, white, three-finger head forms immediately, slowly subsiding to a sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

My nose detects strong grapefruity hops and a subtle grassy component. Slight bready character as well. Grace note of juniper. So far, so good!

Flavor - do you like hops? You'd better if you're going to drink this, as that's the only flavor I can find in this beer. Peppery, grassy, citric and, oh yeah, BITTER are the order of the day. Hot on the tongue with a lingering, parchingly bitter aftertaste. Not very pleasing to me.

Mouthfeel is sharp due to carbonation. Slightly dry and a little oily.

Oddly, I had a few ounces from a different bottle a few days ago that I enjoyed much more than this. It was colder... maybe that's the key to this beer - serve it colder than fifty degrees. That might keep the bitterness under control.

I didn't enjoy this at all and struggled to finish the bomber. I would recommend only to hopheads.

2008 summer version, consumed on 09/08/08.

APP - 3.5
SM - 2.5
TASTE - 2.5
FEEL - 3.5
DRINK - 2.0
OVERALL - 2.75 (C-)

This bottle has a lot of ghostly, swirly sediment in it. Huh. Despite my care, this led to a slightly cloudy honey-golden pour. VERY carbonated! A two-finger fluffy white head with minimal lacing sat atop the beer.

Aroma is odd, with a touch of plastic/band aid to it. Uh-oh... Also has notes of soap. And there, lurking in the unappetizing aromas, is some pine.

Slick mouthfeel, parching on the tongue.

Major flavor component is remarkable bitterness. Not undrinkable, but just this side of overwhelming. Some spruce flavor. Shy malt character did not emerge enough for me to identify beyond just "malt".

This is the first AleSmith bomber I have had that I did not finish. I poured what was left in the bottle (about a third) down the drain after it took me over an hour to finish a pint.

This bottle was refrigerated in a cooler away from sunlight when I bought it and has been refrigerated since, so I can only guess that either something bad happened to this bottle prior to me making its acquaintance or that it's just an anomaly from this great brewery. (2,340 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

9.5% ABV. Poured into a dimple glass from a 650ml bottle. Gave off a dark/hazy golden appearance. Smelled sweet hops, hints of vanilla, and floral malty impression. Tasted smooth from the beginning to a somewhat bitter ending. Mouthability was medium-bodied and somewhat dry finish; the head remained thick and creamy throughout. Warm mouthfeel from the high alcohol content. Feels lush and full in the mouth. A nice drinkable beer, but resmembles too much of a Pale Ale rather than IPA for me. (494 characters)

YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 912 ratings.