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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,624
Reviews: 905
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 246
Gots: 69 | FT: 1
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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
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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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Russian River tulip. Poured a hazy light amber color with a very active head filling half of the glass at first. It had some nice head retention to it and left some very thick lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a very nice mix of pine, citrus and a tropical mango, pineapple like flavor to it. It's very hoppy and it has a very nice range of hop flavors to it. It also has a decent malt presence to it in the nose as well.

The taste ia not surprisingly hoppy. Like the nose it has a nice range of hop flavors to it though. Some bitter grapefruit, pine, and a bit of that tropicalness all come through. It finishes on the dryer side with a lasting bitterness. It also has a pretty big malt profile with some hints of caramel to it. Just a touch of alcohol in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is slightly above average. Drinkability is very good, it's a great beer. It was very hoppy but still seemed to have a wide range of flavors to it. One of the best DIPA's there is and I'm always happy everytime I get to try this one.

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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.

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Poured bottle into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours a beautiful clear golden color with a three finger white head. Great lacing.

S-Aromas of grapefruit and orange.

T-Very complex flavors with the Initial flavor of orange and grapefruit with a nice bitterness of the hops in the middle, and then sweetness of the malt.

M-Mouthfeel is well balanced with great carbonation.

O-This was one of my ISO after I had their IPA and they didn't disappoint me. I must try more of their brews especially speedway.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summer release

Poured into a pint glass. Wow, the head is huge, hard to control. Maybe I should have used my snifter for less agitation. The appearance is quite awesome, cloudy medium amber and as mentioned earlier, a huge head, fluffy off white with big bubbles and wicked lace. The nose is really nice, sweet fruity malts with a huge hoppy prescence. Taste is big malty yet big hoppy and a some alcohol burn in the nose but oh so smooth.

There's so much flavor in this brew. It's really awesome.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 bottling.

The first glass pours a nice clear copper color, while the second is noticeably darker and hazy due to the lees. Aroma is slightly floral with a good citrus note. Very nice for an aged beer. The flavor is well supported by malts, and reveals strong pine backed by a decent citrus and a subtle floral hoppiness. A very nice beer. The hop bitterness lingers on the finish for a while as well. Mouthfeel is solid and rewarding. Drinkability is also very good. I split this bottle with a friend, but I could have easily enjoyed the whole thing myself. Glad I had the chance to experience this one.

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4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big orange peel on the nose and taste. Slight pineapple after a few sips. Nice balance of hops and malt. Not a hop bomb by any means, but a nice clean tasting Double IPA. Tangerine flavoring is the backbone of this IPA. Don't get big hints of grapefruit, but nice impact overall.

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YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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