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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,596
Reviews: 901
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into half pint.

A - Pours rusty golden in color with a large frothy head. Lots of sticky lacing along the sides of the glass. Somewhat clear, somewhat murky.

S - Huge amount of bitter citrus and hops in this one. Some sweet citrus as well, mango, orange peels, etc.

T - Hop bomb and lots of bitterness....all in a good way! A nice sweet aftertaste which I think comes from the sweet citrus on the nose.

M - Light to medium bodied. Very oily but very clean on the finish. Good carbonation.

D - Easy to drink and another awesome CA DIPA!

Sean9689, Jul 16, 2009
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from the AleSmith tasting room in a pint glass, 2010 release.

Massive, white, crumbly, persistent head. Slight carbonation visible in the glass. Good lacing. Delightful aroma. It's almost enough just to sit and smell the beer. Tropical fruit with some pine. Taste is similar, with a bit more hop bitterness and some spiciness, with a long finish. The feel is moderate, but it definitely seems to coat the mouth. Even at 8.5%, it's neither overbearing nor cloying.

AleSmith makes some of my very favorite beers (in a commendably hype-free way) and YuleSmith did not disappoint. This definitely goes on my list for next year, although I'll probably try to drink it a little closer to release.

mrgnwlkr, Nov 11, 2010
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer version

A- Pours a slighty hazy golden orange with a nice foamy white head that leaves a tremendous amount of layered lacing.

S- A great smell of hops piney, citrus, and floral. I could only pick up a tiny bit of malts here.

T- Tons of hops here. Nice, dry and bitter. Couldn't taste much malts here to balance it out but this was a wonderful beer.

M- Medium in body and good amount of carbonation.

D- Highly recommended. I really enjoyed this brew and it went away too fast.

nrbw23, Aug 20, 2008
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Breweries really should avoid naming two different beers the same thing and hope that seasons will remove any confusion, because it doesn't. This is the firework one (the photo should be changed on this website to clear up any additional confusion). Received as an extra in a trade with stawn. Thanks. Beer poured into a snifter.

Beer is orangish to yellow and has a slight haze to tit. Forms a two fingered white head of small to medium bubbles. Head completely coats the sides of the glass with lacing. Carbonation is moderate and steady. Feeds the head well.

I'm sitting about a foot from the beer and I can smell it from here. Big hop aroma, a slight yeast funk, the yeast did not completely settle out of the beer and when I popped it they floated back up into the beer. Oh well. There is some malt sweetness in this beer as well. Very strong, citrus hop aroma.

Beer is medium bodied and has a good hop flavor in the mid-palate, definitely citrus hops. The bitterness is not bad. This beer is less malty than many DIPAs I've been trying lately and this is good. Drinkability is really high. Beer is not overly sweet. I fear that the hops may have diminished in this beer, I should try and get one of these more fresh than this but there still is significant bitterness. The reason why I think it may have faded is there is a slight sulfur aftertaste to this beer that I attribute to fallen hops. Overall its a great beer and this sulfur flavor is mild and not distracting. There is basically no aftertaste but the bitterness does grow the more you drink. I think the body and feel of this IPA a lot.

drabmuh, Feb 03, 2010
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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The YuleSmith was the 4th of July version with the red and blue on the label. It pured a semi cloudy orange with a solid 2 finger tight foam head. It had snowy lacing and lots and lots of bubbling from the bottom of the glass to the head.

The aroma was wonderful. It was floral, piney and grapefruit.

The taste was strong powerful malt up front with a bitter in the middle with a piney on the back with a malt minty sharp bite on the finish. I felt the malt covered the tongue and had good bitterness and was well carbonated.

Overall another wicked solid brew from the crew in Southern Cal.

cswhitehorse, Aug 07, 2008
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YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,596 ratings.