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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,631
Reviews: 906
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 247
Gots: 72 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Neighbourhood in San Diego on 7/4/11

A - Light to medium yellow colour; slightly hazy. One finger of thick, foamy white head.

S - Bitter citrus hops and a noticeable caramel sweetness. Grapefruit, orange rind.

T - Sticky, oily hops. Very bitter. Grapefruit, orange zest. A decent caramel sweetness in the backbone.

M - Medium body. Oily and sticky. Light carbonation. Chewy.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got one of the first pints off the hand pump tap at Toronado.

Pours a light straw with a ton of lacing and head.

Smell consists of heaping quantities of pineapple and other tropical fruits. Taste contains a lot of the same with some citrus thrown in as well. Not a lot of malt to this one.

Carbonation was medium-low and this is a very easy drinking beer especially for the relatively high ABV the alcohol is masked quite efficiently.

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden brown with a beautiful thick white 2 inch head.

Smell- super piney, hoppy, with sweet pineapple hint, and roasted malts.

Taste- tons of hops up front but it settles in with the sweet malt to balance this beer out. There roasted malts and pineapple come trough in the finish.

Overall- alesmith sets the standard in most of the beer styles and this one is no different.

Photo of whatthehull
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted June 25th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

A - deep copper, one finger off white head and some lacing

S - lots of alcohol, very hoppy, pineapple, pine, grass, very yeasty, sweet malt, sugar, high octane everything, flowers, grass and tons of everything awesome

T - really sweet up front and than a wall of bitter. Nice yeast, lots of citrus and/or tropical fruits, sugar, sweet and complex malts, alcohol, pine and what seems like earth and/or wood/oak

M - big, carbonation, somewhat chewy, medium acidity, full bodied, nice balance and long finish

D - huge, complex, full bodied IPA. Copious amounts of hops malt and awesomeness. This is a great IPA. I am starting to be a big fan of yulesmith

Final thought - 8%+ ABV and only $7 a bottle. This one is worth it and if you find this on tap somewhere, please email me

Photo of draheim
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle (no dates or codes), appropriately enjoyed on Independence Day. Thanks sleepyhead for sending this one!

Perfectly clear copper pour into a tulip w/ minimal white head.

Nose is pure citrus and pine.

Taste follows nose: citrus, pine, and some booze as it warms. Hoppy, but no metallic bitterness. Just a clean, hop-forward DIPA. Mouthfeel is slick and creamy.

This is a very drinkable beer, a classic West Coast IPA.

Photo of tjkinate
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been counting down the days to try my summer YuleSmith and now I finally am! Thought today would be the perfect day since it is a holiday ale and today is the holiday is was crafted for.

A: Golden appearance with an abundance of beautiful bubbles leading to a finger and half head that laces evenly around the glass.

S: Great robust aroma, the traditional notes of an IPA are present, but the addition of sweet scents was an added bonus, almost citrusy like and orange or tangerine.

T: I can say I was not disappointed, solid IPA from AleSmith and really enjoyed the undertones of citrus accompanied with the bitterness from the hops.

M: Typical medium bodied, lower carbonated IPA. No complaints.

O: I did enjoy this beer and it was a great start to my Independence Day celebrations. Been so satisfied with AleSmith beers in the past and this one is a worth addition to their already solid line-up.

Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

K&B Wine Cellars
San Diego, CA

Bright golden orange. Not as much haze and/or sediment as I remember in year's past, which I think actually makes the beer more attractive as a whole. Spotted and ringed lacing down the glass.

Wonderful hoppy, citrus aroma. A lot of orange, mango, grapefruit in the nose. This beer fills the room with it's aroma as soon as the cap is popped. As the beer warms, it takes on a pleasant melon aroma as well.

A lot of flavors similar to the aromas. I would say the melon component is a bit more forward, with a decent amount of biting hop bitterness, and a touch of, almost honey like, sweetness. A delicious 4th of July DIPA.

Medium mouthfeel. No alcohol presence. A dangerous beer on a hot July day.

A very good annual offering from AleSmith. Happy to pick this one up every year. A terrific and consistent offering.

Photo of nataku00
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Not sure if this is a 2011 or 2010 bottle but we'll see. Beer poured a slightly hazy orange color with a three plus finger of bubbly and foamy off white head, despite an attempt at a gentle pour. Lots of sticky lacing left on the insides of the glass as the head recedes slowly. Very effervescent with tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is dank pine, grapefruit, orange, light tropical fruits that is pineapple mainly, sweet caramel malts and a touch of alcohol. Even when fresh out of the fridge, nice heady aroma coming off the glass so this should be a fresh bottle. As it warms up a little, a little bit of peppery spice comes out, saison like or maybe like a toasted rye.

Orange and grapefruit bitterness first on the tongue, some old and dank pine, then mellows into some pineapple and papaya. Malt sweetness, caramel and maybe a touch of rye like spice, mid tongue, finishing dry with bitter citrus peel.

Medium bodied and very well carbonated with a fine champagne like bubble that is effervescent without being prickly in your mouth. Alcohol warmth is definitely felt, but you can't taste it unlike in the aroma. Very nice DIPA.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer version. Tulip glass.

Pours a pale gold with a finger and a half of pure white fluffy foam, decent retention and some lacing. Smells like juicy, rounded orange and pineapple, and tropical fruit. Taste is lemony with some orange and other citrus and tropical fruit, big hops up front with a lengthy, juicy/mildly bitter finish. Not much pine going on. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Alcohol is not particularly noticeable. Overall, this is an exceedingly drinkable and delicious IPA. A shame this is seasonal.

Photo of Cavery
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 edition, brand spankin new! 750ml shared with SundaySour

Poured into a tulip

A: Lemony orange hybrid body with a light finger and a half head. The bubbles vary in size with the larger ones on top, the head is slightly off white. Strong gossamer lacing all over the glass. No red flags here.

S: Orange jolly rancher! really a fruity candy smell that is very interesting. This smell is intertwined with an interestingly floral/spicy hop note. Suggestions of citrus that is devoid of rinds; best I can say is lemon zest on saffron (?). It's bright but restrained. Final say is slightly green clementines.

T: A subtle yet slightly abrasive floral hop jumps down the throat. with a potpurri of blossoms, hibiscus, mandarin rinds, and faint rosemary. Green leaves and Aloe provide an herbal linger with modest bitterness leaves a homeopathic medicine taste in my mouth. This really is a floral bomb, with an evaporating hop bitterness in the back. Certainly a stray away from the typical west-coast doctrine of DIPAs.

M: medium/strong body for the style, the taste of dried pedals and green leaves contribute to the overwhelming sensation of rapid evaporation; the mouth is desert dry. However, flowery oils form a syrupy coat in the mouth. A sophisticated mouth-feel for this flower bomb.

O: This beer is definitely interesting, as it cleverly blends some of the lesser explored DIPA taste profiles. Most west coast DIPAs tend to weigh heavily on the citrus side, whereas this offering is most certainly a collaboration of lively hops, leafy greens, and dried flowers. There is this subtle spicing in the taste that keeps me from being bored; I guess I described it as saffron. That sensation seems to encapsulate the entire flavor experience of this beer in this constantly looping linger. While the flavor is interesting, I think the drinkability isn't as high as other DIPAs. The deep garden taste profile could probably trigger some sensitive allergies; it isn't messing around. I appreciate what Alesmith is doing here, and I give it credit for straying from the cliches of west coast IPAs. However, the wheel isn't being reinvented here, it just is kind of a damn weird wheel. Nothing is really going so wrong, but it is a bit of a convoluted drinking experience. I think some contrast would have done better here; the dry/floral combo loses it's vitality after a half bottle at 8.5%. The Alcohol ends up being too loud for for this bottle of perfume. While the flavors are done well enough to justify a good rating, I'd say this beer is a few years too late. West coast DIPAs are currently exploring juicier dimensions, while this throwback is stuck on overly floral hoppiness. However, as a holiday Ale this works: as what's more American than oily, resinous, and bittering hops? Nothing. Happy 4th.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always look forward to this beer every year.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a pretty clear golden color. Has a thin head for an IPA. Nice lacing.

Aroma is nice. Very citric hoppy with a bit of pine. Mangos. Peaches.

Taste is awesome. Nice and hoppy flavor similar to aroma with a nice malt flavor too. Nice hoppy finish. Hop bomb for sure. But good. Slight malty sweetnes though.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry like I like my hoppy beers. Nice higher carb.

Overall an awesome IPA that I always look forward to. Bought a bunch this year.

Photo of scbrew
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep golden-orange with a nice slightly off-white head. Aroma is mainly hop citrus and floral. Great combination of hops over malt in the flavor. Very well balanced and not too sweet. Good amount of carbonation and mouthfeel. Outstanding example of West Coast DIPA.

Photo of beerdweeb
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft @ Beachwood

Poured a godly copper color with a nice lacy head

Aromatics are out of this world. Intense fresh greeny hop scents explode for the glass. Slightly fruity and citrusy

Tastes backup the smell. Grassy, piney, citrusy, a hint of alcohol, and a nice hoppy finish. The freshness lingers in your mouth after swallowing.

Mouthfeel was as expected. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall an outstanding beer and would recommend to any hop heads. The freshness just blew me away.

Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a really nice looking yellowish copper color with a thick looking white head on it. The lacing was very good on this beer. The smell was so hoppy, I loved the aroma on this brew. There wasn't too much else besides some pine and citrus gushing out on the nose. The taste of the beer was very good too, All the hop qualities from the nose transfered nicely to the tongue. The mouthfeel wasn't heavy but around medium. The feel also left ya with a dry mouth which makes you need the next sip. Overall a really nice IPA.

Photo of Lunch
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forgot to review this last summer when I drank a fresh bottle. Received in a trade with one of California's finest traders, thanks Esther!

Ugly as fuck 22oz. bottle poured into a large DFH snifter. Pours a bright, golden orange with a nice creamy bright white head. Smell on this is pour tangerine. Smells grrrreeaat (yes that is a lame Tony the Tiger reference). Taste is almost as grrrreeaat (last time I every write or say this). Not much malt to speak of which I enjoy and there is a good degree of bitterness. A little fuller-bodied that I would like (I feel like I have said this before).

Really a nice beer from AleSmith.

Photo of fastpass17
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Brown bottle, from notes 7/27/10.

A: Amber in color, cream colored billowy thick head, viral carbonation throughout the drink.

S: A mix of fruit and malt come to the nose first, followed by sappy pine. Blends together nicely.

T: A very clean malt base starts the drink, followed by a grassy freshness, this finishes with a nice bite from the hops which are ever present.

M,O: When this first hits the mouth it is quiet sharp and citric. It is a very refreshing drink. A touch strong to be a lawnmower beer. Yet I could enjoy a few glasses of this at the beach.

Photo of Zimbo
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with my good beer buddy 'Wild Thing' at BrewDog Edinburgh last night.

Beautiful deep orange with a firm thick top of rocky white foam. The smell of citrus is quite heady suggesting strength over a dominant bitter burr.

Superb backbone which is angular and firm but well balanced with marmalde fruit and extra orange peel. The bitterness is so superbly integrated as is the acidity which all form to make a seemless whole.

Great stuff.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 2/25/11.

A: Pours a cloudy light orange with a 1.5 finger head that has decent retention and spotty lacing.

S: A little bit of alcohol, very sweet though. Nice aromas of pineapple and passion fruit.

T: A little booze presence. Nice combination of pine and citrus flavors. The grapefruit returns and there is a nice sweetness from some caramel malts on the finish.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation and a clean finish. Besides the slight alcohol presence, a nice beer. I know I probably had it sitting a bit too long, so will definitely give this one another shot in the summer when I can get a super fresh bottle.

Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 9/15/10

A - Beautiful pour into a Duvel tulip. Straw/orange slightly cloudy liquid with 3 fingers of head at least. Head is off white and thick/pillowy, reminds me of the foam generated iin a root beer float.

S - Very sweet smell with a lot of fruit coming through; nectarines maybe, along with some pineapple and grapefruit. A bit of caramel malt as well.

T - Unfortunately, taste doesn't live up to the smell. Hops have faded leaving more malt presence than I was expecting (sampled in mid-September; I think it is bottled in June?); still, a nice blend of piney and fruity hops to go with the caramel malt; finished somewhat dry and bitter, but not overwhelmingly so.

M - Mouthfeel is medium, actually a bit creamy (probably from the faded hops); slightly astringent finish.

D - Seems to be going down pretty easily; probably even better fresh.

Photo of Stockfan42
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange body with a huge, chunky head. The foam itself is very sweet.

Smells very floral, fruity, hoppy and a bit malty. Very nice.

Taste is pretty good for what I beleive to be a little bit of an aged bottle. Grapefruit and passion fruit comes to mind, a nice touch of sweet malt, and a great hoppy bitterness. A little bit of heat but wow this beer is great! I need to get me some FRESH!

Mouthfeel is pretty satisfying too. Nice and creamy, not too carbonated though. Goes down easy and leaves a nice bitter/fruity after taste. Man is this a good beer.

Overall very pleased with a summer bottle (now in winter) and can't wait to get some fresh. A must buy IMO.

Photo of dubinsky
2.97/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Im in a horrible mood. I just broke my favorite tulip : (

So im drinking this beer, from a snifter.

A - Pours a huge, six finger, off-white head with good retention. My guess is that this very fluffy head is coming from over-carbonation. Slighly hazy yet bright amber-orange color. The head eventually receded to a thick foamy, almost chunky cap.

S - Very floral and a bit estery, like a Belgian? Bright floral hops and some serious citrus notes. I really would never think this is a IIPA, more like a Belgian blond crossed with a tripel The smell is interesting, but not what i was expecting from the style.

T - The taste closely follows the smell. Floral hops and citrus notes. Hints of some bitter grapefruit on the finish.

M - Light body and too high of a level of carbonation. The amount of fizz from the carbonation is distracting, and makes this beer very dry. Slight warming effect from alcohol on the finish. Too light in body and too carbonated for the style.

D - For being a to 50 beer from a brewery i love and respect i'm not impressed with this beer. Ill stick to the other great beer that Alesmith produces, but this one just didn't quite measure up to the standard.

Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

212th review on BA
bottle to pint

App- A more orangy yellow IPA with a two finger head on a more aggresive pour. Great lacing down the glass. A very sticky beer.

Smell- Lush inviting citrus aromas. A touch of hops but more towards a citrus whiff.

Taste- This is a much more smooth drinking DIPA. Has an all around sweet taste with the fruits and some sugary dessert flavors.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level. The hops are very smooth and its an opulent drinking brew.

Drink- I'll say it again, took me a while to have some Alesmith. I'm glad that wait is over.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

9.5% ABV. Poured into a dimple glass from a 650ml bottle. Gave off a dark/hazy golden appearance. Smelled sweet hops, hints of vanilla, and floral malty impression. Tasted smooth from the beginning to a somewhat bitter ending. Mouthability was medium-bodied and somewhat dry finish; the head remained thick and creamy throughout. Warm mouthfeel from the high alcohol content. Feels lush and full in the mouth. A nice drinkable beer, but resmembles too much of a Pale Ale rather than IPA for me.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden colour with white fluffy head, sinking in this wonderful deflation effect, but clinging here and there to the glass. Lots of carbonation, quite strong and prolific. Not bad overall; love that head, too.

Smells quite tasty. An odd mustiness to it but plenty of fresh fruit as well. Citrus and passionfruit and some nice caramel notes underlying. Could use more, need to sniff quite strongly to get much aroma, but what's there is nice.

Taste is wow, interesting. Lots of fruit and tang on the front, with passionfruit and pineapple mostly, descends into mid-palate that is quite malty and caramelly, like peanut brittle with a richness to the sweet flavours. Back is bitter in an IPA way, but it has more funk characters reminiscent of a saison. Very rubery with a strong ascerbic bent, but a nice touch of passionfruit as well and a soothing kiss of boozey warmth. Yeah, strong and bitter on the back but a pleasant sensation, and quite unique even among double IPAs.

Drinks alright, quite full but too much texture on the back, over-carbonated maybe? Not too bad though.

Yeah, don't know if I could handle too much of this at once. Good for a taste, but not every day drinking.

Photo of THECPJ
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/11/2011

A: some citrus, some maltiness, getting a hint of sourness

Ap: golden yellow with a very large, very frothy white head, nice lacing down the whole glass

B/T: mild carbonation, medium body

Af: tastes stale, no punch of hops like i was expecting, some although limited floral hop notes, slight maltiness, slight fruitiness

O: left us wanting something more, proof that fresh is best!


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YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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