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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,614
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 246
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
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 | 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.

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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.

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

Another of those rare West Coast libations has made its way to the North East! Probably a 2003, as the painted bottle simply says Yulesmith Holiday Ale, at 8.5%. Yulesmith pours a clear, rich mahogany, with a decent-lasting tan, creamy head. A lovely hue, with a plethora of miniscule bubbles rising through the liquid! Lacing down the sides of the goblet is also quite attractive. Aroma is nicely hoppy, with a very piney, earthy lean to it, and a touch of citrus. This bier really had a nice, relatively smooth feel on the tongue, though I felt it was a pinch lighter in body than it should be (or perhaps less than I prefer). A few sips of Yulesmith produce a welcome warming sensation down the gullet. It has a nicely sweet foundation of malt, with caramel/toffee notes highlighting the opening salvos. Soon thereafter a healthy whack of resiny, citrussy hops attack the palate, but in a welcome manner! These hop hits stick well in the throat for a longlasting, enticing aftertaste. Was surprized to see this listed as an IPA, as it tasted much more along the lines of a Barleywine or Old/Strong Ale. Anyhow, big thanks go to Drewbage1847 for sending this prize cross-country. Prosit!!

overall: 4.3
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter release.

A: Poured an incredibly hazy dark-orange with little yeasty bits floating around. The head is a rocky, frothy and billowing beige colored masterpiece. The head retention was very impressive. Chunky and weirdly patterned lacing.

S: Complex! Up front the earthy hop and floral citrus aromas punch you in the nose. This brew is fruity as hell(pears, canteloupe)! There is some malt in there also but the hop and fruits dominate.

T: Wow. This brew awakens every part of your mouth. The hoppy punch is spectacular but there is so much complexity also. I would describe it as breadlike, yeasty, musty, earthy but sweet. Very very balanced. Hints of pleasant spices.

MF/D: The feel is slick and sharp. The bottle says to share but this bottle is all mine. I am not going to get tired of this.

This beer gives your mouth a work out.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light amber orange with thin white head. Floral aroma of hops, very nice! (Not too overwhelming or weak) Flavor begins with a nice and smooth citrus profile and then finishes with an intense kick of hops. Finishes dry with a smooth and medium weight body. This double IPA is really lacking in roasty flavor. Kind of suprising, but nice. A great beer for a hop-head in Southern California during summer!

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YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,614 ratings.