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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,497
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 240
Gots: 57 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of SShelly


4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter 08, Drank with Thanksgiving dinner.

A: Deep red color, reminds me of alesmiths EDR, Big fluffy offwhite head with excellent retention and lots of lacing

S: Pure pine and Citrus in the nose, pretty powerful. After a few minutes going back to smell again I get a bit of malt behind all of the hops.

T: Nice bitterness with a large balancing sweet malt flavor, lots of citrus and pine in the flavor. Leaves a sweet aftertaste and sticky on the lips. Maybe a hint of spices? maybe not...

M: Medium body with medium carb, fairly smooth

D: Really enjoyed drinking this, very easy to finish a bomber solo.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 03:41:05 | More by SShelly
Photo of OHLRangers


4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer version 22oz bomber into standard pint glass.

Very drinkable dIPA- not a big, huge malt profile as the hops come forward in both aroma (big Pacific Northwest citrus and pine in the nose) and taste (grapefruity aftertaste). A bit dry in the finish but all in all a solid beer from an outstanding brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 02:40:25 | More by OHLRangers
Photo of scotorum


4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/4/13, so this has some age on it which probably did not serve the hops p[articularly well. Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Nearly clear dark gold with a monster offwhite yead which receded slowly to even surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Mild citrus and pine resin.

t: Citrus and pine hops over a light malt base. Tastier than average hops, bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue.

m: Light to moderate, good body.

o: A good strong summer DIPA. The hops may be muted since this bottle is exactly six months old, but tastewise it still qualifies as a double. Exceptionally tasty and refreshing. I actually like this better than the new Victory DirtWolf DIPA, and it's about on a par with Double Dose, which we may or may not ever see again.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 06:01:56 | More by scotorum
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 22:42:31 | More by ricke
Photo of mdvatab


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into snifter.
Courtesy of Barfwin!

Aroma: Sweet, spicy orange zest, apricot, and honey sweetness.

Appearance: Golden-orange body. One finger falls slowly to thin layer of fine foam. Minimal lacing.

Flavor: Well-balanced citrus and pine with sweet honey. Sweetness is well-balanced by hop flavor and bitterness. Bitterness is not overpowering, or one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation, medium-full body, and slightly drying hop tannins

Overall: A very enjoyable and well-balanced IIPA. Citrusy sweetness is is not syrupy, and at the same time, prevents this brew from being a hop bomb. Thanks Mike!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 00:04:20 | More by mdvatab
Photo of Bierguy5


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear amber color the first time into the snifter. The next pour contained the yeast and sediment. Thick, fluffy off-white head. Head retention was very good, and the sides of the snifter were coated with a thick lace. Big citrus and piney nose. Slight noticable alcohol. Great flavor balance between the big malt and hop flavor. Again, citrusy and piney flavored hops. Warming presence of alcohol. Very dry finish. Medium to full body, with moderate carbonation. Pretty drinkable, as enjoyed this one while being snowed in here. For a Double IPA, this is very well balanced. Very good seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2004 13:46:37 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of carln26


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured from the bottle a deep copper color, very clear topped by a thick egg-white head. Nice sheet of lace is left on the side of the glass as I drink the beer. The nose has nice grapefruit citrus punch up front that is balanced by caramel on the finish. The taste is balanced too. More of the grapefruit tempered by orange followed by light caramel and a hint of fig. This is not just a hop bomb, it shows a nice balance. There is a little spice on the finish. Maybe spruce and pepper. Very nice. Slick mouth feel. Lots of alcohol, but still a good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 22:42:17 | More by carln26
Photo of avaulteriam


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer '05. Nose is very similar to 90 minute. I catch chocolate, pine, guava, and mango in the nose. Awesome stuff. Color is a deep, cloudy amber with a lasting thin off-yellow head. Mouthfeel is very full with the taste of crushing bitterness. Mangos come out, along with oranges and pine needles. The taste is a little overly-understated, could use a bit more malt to bring it up to par. Still, an awesome experience.

Winter '05. This is quite comparable to the summer version, a bit more balaced, distinct red character coming through in the sweetness and body. decent, though I prefer the Summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 22:37:14 | More by avaulteriam
Photo of mtstatebeer

West Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber. Pours an orange-amber with a nice frothy white, good lacing. Aroma is very nice, clean hops. I get flowers, grass, pine, and orange/grapefruit. Flavor is a touch of malty sweetness with loads of citrus, pine, and a nice bitter finish. Very clean, dry finish. Great DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 02:54:09 | More by mtstatebeer
Photo of taez555


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a bright reddish/orange/tan body with a small white head.

Nose was a sharp citrus burn. Black pepper, citrus peel, natural pepper, very intense and very in your face. Super hoppy and very crisp and sharp.

Taste was FULL bodied with a rather fruity, almost fancy bath soap, sort of flavor. Very rich and spicy. Pine needles, black pepper, touches of other winter spice as well. A big huge malt flavor gives a nice balance but is completely overshadowed by the big hop taste. Bitterness isn't overpowering but sits evenly against the large malt and hop flavor.

Really a very nice and rich holiday ale. More of a kick ass DIPA than a Holiday type ale, but hey, it's still very yummy.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 02:23:06 | More by taez555
Photo of muttyd


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange/amber with a thick white head.

S - Very hoppy aroma. Loads of grapefruity/citrusy/piney hops. Some toffee/caramel notes in the nose as well.

T - Pretty much what I expected. Follows the nose. Very hoppy and bitter. Piney, earthy, and citrusy. Big double IPA flavor. Very west coast. Not as aggressively bitter/astringent in the finish as I thought it would be from the nose.

M - Creamy and sticky on the palate. Moderate carbonation.

D - One of the more memorable double IPAs I have had recently. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 01:32:56 | More by muttyd
Photo of Dope


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super fresh bottle, can't find a date but it just hit the state last week.

A: Cloudy golden orange pour. Very small head that quickly turns into nothing. Almost no retention but a little lacing.

S: Quite subtle considering this is a DIPA. Most tend to have huge floral aromas. Surprising. Some tropical fruit, pineapple mostly I think. A little pine. I believe I smell the distinctive Simcoe smell too. Sweet caramel malt is apparent.

T: Wow, big hop flavor surprised me given the mild smell. I taste pineapple, grapefruit, orange and lemon perhaps? Very sweet caramel balances it out in the middle but can barely make a dent in the bitterness. Big pine bite on the back end along with a little hit from the alcohol.

M: Pretty slick/oily coating sensation from all the hops. Quite drying aftertaste with the bitterness and the alcohol punch.

O: Very interesting. I was a little bit let down by the appearance and the smell but the taste came out of no where.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 04:37:41 | More by Dope
Photo of dogfooddog


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

summer release, presumably 2006;

very citrus, slightly sweet, hoppy nose - very enticing. I have only had a couple of this brewery's beers so far, but this is the first american IPA/double IPA I have tried from them.

Much more bitter in the taste than the nose - the ctrius hoppiness is covering with a piercing bitterness which is something of a surprise as smell did not reveal it. very resin-like, something I have seen referred to as pine taste.

Very pleasant well-crafted beer. If you see it, try it!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 02:47:42 | More by dogfooddog
Photo of lpayette


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is for a winter release 2006 edition, provided by fellow BA dbalsock. 22 oz. bomber. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Pours with a huge head as a good celebratory beer should. Somewhat cloudy amber red. Tons and Tons of lacing. Very, very nice.

Smell- Very good floral hop aroma. Citrus, some grapefruit, but mostly floral. Underneath it all is a delicate layer of malt.

Taste- A good balance of sweet malt and bitterness. Somewhat similar to a DFH 90-minute IPA, but not so intense. The malt is almost honey-like, but not quite. Just a bit piney. Citrusy, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel- full and rich-bodied. Could it be fuller? perhaps, but it's at a good level right where it is. Somewhat dry in the finish.

Drinkability- Overall a very good beer. Perhaps the best balanced Imperial IPA that I've had. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 03:46:59 | More by lpayette
Photo of BeerImmediately


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer Yule Smith poured into tall nonic pint glass at 50 degrees.

Pours with a booming white head of tiny bubbles, over a fairly clear, golden body with plenty of carbonation rising up.

Piney and citrusy aromas. All hops.

Smooth entry on the palate. Sharp, resinous pine bite, with a healthy dose of unripened pineapple, and some grapefruit bitterness. Good dose of tabacco-like smoky quality, too. The sweet malt tries hard to keep up with the hoppy bite, but comes in second. For all the bite in the flavor, it's actually quite smooth and oily in the mouthfeel.

This is a fantastic beer - full of flavor, and easy to drink for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 19:18:43 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of BMan1113VR


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter Version.
Aroma is nice, chocolate, raisin, cinnamon, and moderate hops. Pour is a cloudy light amber with some bottle conditioned particles floating around. It tastes like it smells at first, and then finishes on a bitter/sour note. Very yeasty on the finish and could do with some aging to settle down the flavor. Nice creamy texutre.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 18:22:02 | More by BMan1113VR
Photo of t0rin0


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the summer edition, I'm assuming from this past summer. I'll start by saying that I really think these 2 beers (Summer and Winter) should have different pages. According to the bottle the winter is a Red Ale at 8.8% abv like the description here indicates but this summer is the Double IPA at 8.5%. Well anyway, I got this at Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora Ca. It came in a nice looking 22oz bottle that has a very accurate description on the back about the flavor of this beer.

It poured a very nice copper color with a nice sized white foam head with a considerable amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The only reason I didn't rate the appearance higher is that even after a few days of sitting in the fridge there was a lot of yeast swimming around the bottle and consequently my glass.

It smells more like an IPA than a Double IPA which means there is little or no malt presence in the aroma. Regardless, it smelled as if it had been dry hopped or possibly whole flower hops as its a very fresh smelling and intense hop aroma. Can't pick out exactly what hops though. Very nice overall. On to the taste: this is a relatively bitter DIPA. Not too bitter overall if your into american barleywines and IPAs but a bit unexpected for a california DIPA. The description on the back says "...the first sip explodes with hop flavor that leads to a balanced finish of malt and hop." They hit it on the head with that one. The sweetness of the malt really smooths out the hoppiness. Good flavor.

The mouthfeel is fairly heavy and thick, nice for something this strong. I'm a bit confused by the fact that this is a "summer" beer. Very drinkable, little to no alcohol burn. Just not sure I'd have it with a burger and hotdog at my 4th of July bbq.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 04:18:16 | More by t0rin0
Photo of far333


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter 2005 vintage shared by BeerRun13.

Clear apricot colored with an orangey-beige frothy and lumpy head that rises up an inch and a half, and then slowly recedes to a quarter inch of foam where it remains.

Aroma of cinnamon and sweet ripe pear and the faintest hint of citrusy hops.

Initial flavor of rich bready malt, punctuated with oily hop resins of citrus and floral notes, morphs to a fairly even balance of thick malt and fresh hops, and then adds just a touch of pine in the finish. Highlights of caramel and cinnamon round this one out.

Glorious mouthfeel, rich and full and chewy and satisfying, with a tingly flourish of bubbles in the finish.

Very enjoyable, very drinkable, really nice holiday treat. Thanks to BeerRun13.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 21:47:43 | More by far333
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter '07 bomber poured into a tulip

A: Poured a massive 4 finger fine cream head that lasts and lasts. Brew itself was a bright fiery amber. Lacing is so thick and developed I couldn't even wash it all off without scrubbing.

S: Grapefruit and other citrus flavors, hops, and a hint of vanilla

T: Begins warm and malty with a citrus grapefruit developing as I let the brew linger in my mouth. Ending is a slight twinge of alcohol and hops but the malt backbone really lingers throughout and is strong enough to overpower other flavors.

M: Medium bodied and quite carbonated to the point where there is significant bite. However, goes down so smooth that I really don't mind. Really seems to coat the mouth and throat as it passes through.

D: Amazing. Another winner from Alesmith, this has such a warming sensation and flavor. I can't wait to have another.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 22:44:28 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of tboom29


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a Winter '06 beer.

It poured a very appetizing amber that was slightly opaque. Fluffy frothy head sat on top, one of my favorite things on a beer.

The nose was very citrusy and spicy, and really entices you to drink the beer.

You definitely will notice the hops, because there are a lot. I thought it was nicely balanced though. Slight carmel from the malt. Mellow, but quite full bodied with a full mouthfeel. There is a slight acidic flavor. I also noticed a spicy notes, with hints of cinnamon or nutmeg. Some orange as well.

Overall a really great, full flavored IPA. Definitely worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 00:42:20 | More by tboom29
Photo of largadeer


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer 2007 release, purchased fresh from the brewery.

Appearance: Clear orange-amber with small clusters of tiny rising bubbles and a sticky eggshell-colored head.

Smell: Fresh hops with a strong grapefruit character. Malts are very much present, though slightly overpowered by the fruity hop aroma.

Taste: Malty at first, bready and grainy, with a fruity sweetness that settles into an intensely hoppy finish that consumes your entire tongue. The hops are of the citric variety; lots of grapefruit, orange and lemon peel. Very rounded and complex, with no astringency or noticable alcohol. Bittering hops are more prominent than I'd like, however.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly oily. Crisp but soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Not as drinkable to me as some of the other quintessential DIPAs (Pliny the Elder and Pure Hoppiness come to mind), but it's still wonderful stuff and a staple in my fridge every time it comes out.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 21:10:50 | More by largadeer
Photo of bambam2517


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the bomber to the pint, served cold at 40F. Scored a bottle thats been on the shelf for 8months, so bearing that in mind...

A - Caught me off-guard, its very cloudy with a strong off-white froth. Straw-gold in color. The froth ring stays around and really leaves nice lacing all the way down the glass. arbonation is tight and lasting too, thought this would blow up during the pour, but it came out nicely. Looks more like a top-notch Belgian quad than a IIPA to me.

S - Sweet breads, warm spices, something fruity I can't think of a way to describe. Really complementary to the taste and very unique.

T - Malty and grassy at the same time. Some hop character on the back end but the malt is the star for sure. Taste that fruit ester as well, maybe its mango-like? Still cant quite place it.

M - Great. It has 3 distinct characters to me. Its initially very creamy, then settles down and really lets the flavors shine, and lastly quickly dissipates leaving almost no aftertaste. Alcohol presence is well-hidden, just warms the face and belly as I go through the bottle.

O - This is my first AleSmith offering and it holds up to everything I've heard. I really enjoyed this one, really unique.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 20:07:19 | More by bambam2517
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy honey color with a big, chunky head. White wall lacing left by mashed 'tater retention.

Aroma is straight hop candy: citrus hops with floral and soft pine edges combined with sweet Twinkie malt.

Taste is more sweet hop candy. Citrus hops are balanced by sweet Twinkie malt. Balanced for a DIPA. There's enough booze floatin' around in there that I'm glad this aged for 3 months but I feel like I missed out on some on the hops in all their glory. A conundrum. Smooth, full mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 00:58:51 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of jlindros


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a great trade from Imperialbeachbrw. Didn't realize it was the summer DIPA release otherwise I would have drank it right away. I thought it was the red ale, which I could age a little more. Oh well, time makes fools of us all. I'll assume the hops would be blasting me more had this been fresher.

A: A nice big thick 1.5 finger head rises up the glass leaving the big bubbles in the middle where the pour went through. and a thick fluffy head where it did not. A pale golden orange color dazzles me, being very light golden color at the bottom where it thins, and a nice amber orange color towards the top where it thickens (in the tulip glass that is). Lots of little bubbles rise up the top through the semi hazy but mostly clear liquid. The loads of particulate at the bottom of the glass make me wonder if that will add to it or it went too long before drinking. I stir it up in a tornado of fury and watch the haze it adds to the glass. Big chunks of yeast now dance around the glass but don't change the aromatic or taste qualities.

N: If this has lost any hop aroma, then Alesmith are crazy people (although they are). Huge heavy hop aromas smash my nose. Some nice piney, citrus, and floral juicy hops come right out first. It's followed closely with some sweet malts, but those are pretty light, mostly its the kind of sweet malts that come with heavy abv DIPAs, with hints of alcohol. Hints of grapefruit make their way out, but remain pretty light. I can see that the grapefruit and citrus was probably stronger in the aromas when it first came out, but it's still pretty damn good!

T: The hop taste hits even harder. It has a pretty strong wet hop taste with troves of pine, citrus, and even more juicy hops than that. A nice backbone of lightly sweet malts, crystal and the like, stand up. It adds a slight spicy hop taste. Waves of bitterness hit in a few rhythms. The malts are accompanied by hints of alcohol. The hops get semi thick and chewy mid palate.

M: Pretty thick, lots of carbonation (opposite of a Tomme'd bottle), and touches of alcohol warmth and tingly. It also has a slight oily feel, but very slight.

F: It finishes even more bitter than it started. The bitterness just weighs down the tongue, which is helped with the sweet malty backbone that seems to linger with it. It dries out a bit with help from the heavy spicy bitterness. A slight hop oil and sweet malt stick around for quite some time after the swallow. Due to the heavy malt sweetness and crazy bitterness, as well as higher abv, it is a definite sipper beer, and takes a little time to finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 00:24:44 | More by jlindros
Photo of yeahnatenelson


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 - what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a bright golden orange, mild haze, with an abundant white head akin to whipped egg whites. The carbonation is VERY active in this one.

Smell -- Picking up citrus and tropical fruit notes. There's a little bit of resin in the nose, not pronounced. Caramel malts also present.

Taste -- Up front is pine resin hop bitterness with apricot, peach, grapefruit, and pineapple. Following up are some dry and husky malt notes as well as a moderate amount of caramel and cane juice sweetness that makes those fruity hop notes really stand out. Finish is fairly clean.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with mild prickly carbonation, nearly spot-on.

Drinkability -- Wow, this was a welcomed surprise. Everything was just really nice. Great fruity notes from the hops, but not enough to be overpowering, as with the bitterness. The malt bill brought in just enough sweetness to make the fruity notes in the hops *pop* without getting anywhere near cloying. Well thought, well executed, just good on all counts.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 21:34:47 | More by yeahnatenelson
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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