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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

YuleSmith (Summer)YuleSmith (Summer)

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Ratings: 1360
Reviews: 882
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.17%

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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Photo of SteveO1231


4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a growler of the Yulesmith from the brewery this weekend during their X-mas party. Sat in the frig for 24 hours.

Pours a light ruby red with a nice foamy tan head. Lots of carbonation, and some nice lacing of little tiny bubbles.

Very strong malty/nut aroma, hints of cherry, little bit of a winelike smell to it.

This growler is awesome! Clean and crisp, great sweet malt flavor. Nice fruity taste of cherries and raisins. Very mild citrusy bitterness that clings to the back of the palate. Very full bodied and balanced. Very drinkable brew. Goes down so smooth, this is going to kick my ass!

Oh man, a growler fresh from the brewery is the shit! I recommend you getting it fresh.


Serving type: growler

12-18-2005 04:56:19 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Naja's in Redondo Beach. Golden color, mostly clear, thin white head.

I've been eyeing this beer for a long time, looking forward to trying it. When I saw it on tap I jumped at it. Unfortunately I tried it alongside Pliny the Elder. This simply can't compare. It's good, and might have been really good if I had nothing else to compare it with. But the Pliny rocks and this was mediocre in comparison.

Too bad, the Horny Devil is extremely good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2005 23:38:45 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of bigbelcher


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to do a vertical tasting of both the 04 and 05 on draft at the same time at Papago Brewing. Not surprising was that the beers tasted different but surprisingly not in the way I would have thought. The 04 was actually more hoppy than the 05. I would have thought that an extra year would have mellowed out the hops but it didn't. The 05 was more malty with less of a hop bite than the 04. Color was the same in both, a nice deep brown color, both had good head. Nice spicyness that is expected in a holiday beer. One of the better tasting holiday beers I have had this year. I liked the 04 better...Call me a hophead.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2005 03:56:36 | More by bigbelcher
Photo of kmcnair


4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Winter 2005 Imperial Red on tap from mr. kegerator.

Pours a dark reddish copper tone and makes a full offwhite colored head. Floral and piney hop aromas tangled up with light caramel and crystal malted barley, almost like fresh baked artisan bread, slightly yeasty. Delicious flavor, sweet light roast barley, moderate hop bitterness, piney, floral and earthy hops, such a well balanced flavor profile. Palate has a buttery cream like consistency, leaves a soft coating on the palate, medium to full body and finishes with a soft coating. This is an incredible, awesome brew that I would gladly take to the grave. A+

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2005 05:25:26 | More by kmcnair
Photo of baiser


4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had fresh at the brewery and brought some home. Is everything that the IPA is and much more. Extremely hoppy - full of grapefruit. Very juicy and delicious. The complex flavours attack your tongue. Just the right amount of bitterness, and the alcohol is deceiving. Extremely balanced for a double IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2005 20:03:59 | More by baiser
Photo of IceAce


4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Presentation is a dark copper body capped off with a single finger of rocky, tan-colored foam. Clarity is excellent and lacing pattern is above 75%

Aroma: Piney floral hops, yeast, quality malt, and a touch of alcohol

Taste: Mega hops grip the tongue at the onset quickly yielding to a smooth malty midtaste. Some soothing warming of the throat from alcohol (not harsh by any stretch of the imagination) and a nice floral hop finish. While more taste does not always equal better taste, in this case Alesmith has nailed down one of the best tasting beers I've had in the past few years

Mouthfeel: This is the Gold Standard of mouthfeel...clean, silky, and not enough o's in smoooth to do justice to this fine nectar

Drinkability: I stopped drinking this after one only because I needed to...not because I wanted to. High ABV is well hidden but potent and I'd like to live long enough to enjoy this rare treat many, many more times

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2004 18:38:38 | More by IceAce
Photo of Dmann


4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


What a top notch brew! I had this one on tap at O'Briens and it was my first experience with YuleSmith. The color was a medium red with a nice head that left good lace. The smell was all about hops and spice, very inviting. The flavor was that of a hopped out barleywine more than a Double IPA. The big malt backbone anchored the brew while the bitter hops and the dose of spices kept the beer from being too sweet. Great balance and the aging must have factored in as well. Great stuff!

What a superb brew! This one definantly had more of an Double IPA flavor to it compaired to last years. The smell was more hoppy and the taste was more hoppy as well, but still retained enough balance in the malt section to make it all work. Kudos to AleSmith once again!

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2004 11:17:16 | More by Dmann
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YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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