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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,477
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 241
Gots: 57 | FT: 2
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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 billshmeinke


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally trying this right after it is released. Poured into my Iron Man pint glass.

Golden in color. A pretty hard pour produces a finger white head that resides to a substantial layer of foam on top. Very clear with big bubbles floating to the top. The second half of the bottle is much hazier. Exceptional retention and great lacing left behind.

A very clean and bright tropical fruit hop aroma of tropical fruits (pineapple), and orange rind.

The flavor is of orange rind up front, peppery spiciness, floral, and a hint of grapefruit. Strong bitter finish and a nice malt backbone. Reminds me of Mikkeller 10 a little bit.

High end of medium bodied. Medium carbonation with a nice hop bite at the end.

Very nice DIPA. Probably gonna have to stock up for the fourth.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 22:18:35 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of Gobzilla


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden light orange with yellow highlights with a finger of head and left great sticky lacing on the glass.

S: big on the citrus grapefruit with nice piney hop aromas with a good malt presence with bready notes and hints of pineapple.

T: citrus grapefruit and hop bitterness up front like the nose with good sweet malts to balance out the hops and a some booze that mixes quite well but still accents the overall flavor. It is also slight pineapple notes.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a sweet and nice hop bite.

D: very drinkable IPA with great citrus grapefruit bitterness that does have plenty of booze as well but is well blanaced by the malts. I'm glad I can have more of this beer whenever I want.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 04:26:39 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of squaremile


4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the AleSmith taproom in San Diego. Pours a crystal gold with a fluffy white head. Very nice. Smell is moderate pine-y hops and some grasses. Taste is more of the same, pine that creates a brightness. Nice for the summer time. Light mouthfeel and very drinkable especially at nearly 9%.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2010 23:24:42 | More by squaremile
Photo of klikger


4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured gradually into a standard pint glass

A - Light amber in color, this beer produced a massive, billowy head when poured and left behind a nice trail of foam as it was consumed. Quite a bit of sedimentary yeast was present at the bottom of the bottle.

S - Very fragrant, with sweet notes of honey and caramel tempered by floral hops.

T - This tasted very citrusy from the get-go, but malty sweetness soon followed. Flavors of peaches and oranges were readily detectable, as were those of nasturtium and rose. Although this is very fruity and floral, it's not overly sweet. Despite the lack of a blistering grapefruit aftertaste which could have put this over the top, there is enough bite and bitter to pacify this hop addict. I wish I could rate the taste 4.75; this is just shy of perfection for me.

M - Feels right for a DIPA; slightly heavy, maybe even bordering on syrupy at moments, but this doesn't detract.

D - The bomber went down easily and left me wanting more. Perhaps not another 22 oz., however.

This was my first YuleSmith, and I can't wait for my next. Although a lot of DIPAs have the sweet/bitter thing going on, this beer stands out from the crowd due to the myriad of flavors present as well as its superb bouquet. AleSmith has yet to let me down...

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 21:24:55 | More by klikger
Photo of ricke


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange with a white head lacing some lacings.

The smell is hoppy with a nice grapefruit/pine-needle character with hints of tobacco. Quite a lot of malts are shining through.

The flavor is fairly sweet with a pleasant caramel malty backbone with notes of vanilla. Decent amount of aroma hops (pine-needles and grapefruit). Ends bitter with peppery and citric hops, and hints of warming alcohol.

Medium to full body, easy on the palate and very easy to drink.

An enjoyable double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 22:42:31 | More by ricke
Photo of kegger22


3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AleSmith YuleSmith Holiday Summer Ale was a cloudy copper color with a thickass, two finger beige head that displayed excellent retention.

The aroma was magnificent! I would eat/drink this because of the scent; be it beer, bread or blonde. The aroma is rich, full, sweet and the essence of the holiday spirit. I may not be able to describe great aroma, but I know it when I smell it.

The taste was a let down after that wonderful aroma (sniff). It definitely blended sweet malt and citrus hops, but not to it's advantage. While I raved about YuleSmith Holiday Winter Ale, Summer left me cold, just sweet and bitter mixed with no real purpose in mind. I am amazed that this is rated so high, I find it rather pedestrian, but there is no accounting for taste (mine or anyone else's).

The mouth feel was medium bodied, oily and modestly carbonated.

Drinkability was good.

Despite my negative comments about the taste, this was not a bad beer at all. Just not up to the usual AleSmith high standards, or the high BA rating IMO.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 22:16:22 | More by kegger22
Photo of femALEist


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at City Beer's Alesmith event during SF Beer week.
Yulesmith, which is an Imperial IPA and 8.5%. It wasn't that floral and I didn't get much nose out of it- a hint of hops. It tasted like citrus hops- it had a great bitterness to it and was a bit dry. It left a dry grapefruit skin bitterness on your tongue and throat. Someone next to me at the bar said it was reminiscent of a greyhound- in a good way. It was pretty drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2010 19:48:44 | More by femALEist
Photo of JerryBullfrog


3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer version.

Golden orange color with an off-white, slightly yellow head that sticks around for a while. A bit of lacing sticks to the side of the glass while some sediment sinks to the bottom.

The grapefruit jumps out first, followed by aromas of orange, pineapple, pine, and malt.

Good carbonation leads to a nice mouthfeel... a little burnt toast comes through at first, followed by flavors of citrus, pine, and a bit of booziness and sulfur. The bitterness at the end isn't overpowering.

It's good, but since I've had this stored in the fridge since summer I feel like I'm missing out on what it can be. I'll get a fresh one when it's released again and re-review.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 17:49:14 | More by JerryBullfrog
Photo of punkrkr27


4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold in color with a huge, meringue like white head that really hangs around for a while. The aroma is lush with evergreen and bright zesty citrus notes. The malt lends a subtly sweet toffee and biscuit layer to the aroma. Evergreen and juniper flavors jump out at first and quickly blend in with lots of fresh grapefruit and orange notes. Toasty and sweet caramel malt flavor rounds it out with some lingering honey and bitterness on the finish. The body is creamy with a medium viscosity and soft but plentiful carbonation.

Dark copper pour with a big, lasting, frothy, off-white head and good lacing. Resinous pine aroma with citrus, toasty caramel and hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Slightly sweet caramel flavor with a slight gingerbread note and lots of piny, citrusy and peppery hops on the finish. The body is sticky, medium-full with lots of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 17:39:05 | More by punkrkr27
Photo of hophead247


4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this DIPA from Alesmith. Truly amazing appearance! Deep golden color, and a head that was produced upon pouring that nearly exploded out of my glass, very pillowy, vanilla colored. Great floral aroma of pine, grapefruit, butterscotch and tons o' hops. Sweet and syrupy caramel is in the initial flavor, fading into spicier, earthy tones that finishes with nice hops bitterness. Lots of citrus nose in this one. Crisp finish, with long-lasting flavor. One of my favorite summertime IPA's. Great!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 06:09:37 | More by hophead247
Photo of Parrotbeak


4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green and red label.
Very opaque amber, with a thick, white head that gradually diminishes but remains full. Leaves a lot of lacing as it goes down.
Strong hops presence on the nose. Citrus, malts, pineapple. Smells very much like an IPA.
Taste is definitely hoppy as well, though very well-balanced and by no means overwhelming. A little bit of spice that is typically found in winter warmers, and just the right amount. Nice, malty backbone.
Mouthfeel is good; crisp with a good level of carbonation.
Drinkability is good as well. Little to no alcohol presence combined with the great taste of this beer leaves me wishing I had another.
Excellent beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 03:04:25 | More by Parrotbeak
Photo of RaulMatisse


2.78/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A 4th of July beer seemed fitting for a rainy winter night. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Telegraph tulip.

A :: A fiery, golden-orange glow is consistent throughout, with a fine balance that lies partway between translucency and opacity. Very exciting indeed. Soapy bubbles form a collar around the glass with flings of lace scattered about. Streams of carbonation line the glass. Towards the end of the bottle, a gentle pour yields a cottony head that, upon recession, leaves thick, fluffy lace behind. Definitely worth a second look.

S :: Yikes, a little sweeter than expected. Yes, piney hops hum in the background, but the main chorus consists of an aria of overripe pineapple and doughy malt. Blind tastings between AS IPA and YuleSmith Summer would be inconclusive--save for slightly more funk in the Yule. Frankly, in the realm of scent, this one can be classified as a GIPA (generic IPA).

T :: The Yule is the prodigal son of the AS IPA--it insisted on wandering into the land of the Imperial IPA, never quite made it, but got really boozy along the way. After a momentary flash of what may be a discernable hop or malt presence, I am broadsided by what tastes like a bitter orange peel soaked in alcohol. It makes your head cock to the side at best, your face grimace at worst.

M :: Up front, mouthfeel is notable; however, the initial sparkle of bottle conditioning is quickly sloshed away by an alcohol-warmed mouth.

D :: Mischievously drinkable 9-, 10-, and even 12-percent ABV beers are not hard to happen upon these days, so why should I be caught without an umbrella in alcoholic rain with an 8.5-percent IPA? A certain crispness and a firmer hop snap could whip this beer into good standing amongst the great West Coast DIPA's.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 03:36:23 | More by RaulMatisse
Photo of cvaypai


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to large snifter.

Appearance - Pours a very pale yellow orange, very transparent, but with lots of floaters, pourn with a 2 and a half finger white FROTHY head that leaves an amazing lacing.

Smell - Smells of grapefruit, other citrus, maybe a hint of orange. Very grassy with hints of pine, these are the secondary smells. On the end the sweet malts can be smelled.

Taste - Nice citrusy bitterness right up front, lots of grapefruit and pine in the taste. This is a very dry and bitter beer, I can only imagine what it was like last summer. Not extremely complex but just tastes great. Hints of the sweet malt sneaking up on the end, standard caramel, sweet malts.

Mouthfeel - Feels good for the style. Not too heavy and not too light. Has a nice smooth and dry finish despite all the bitter tongue biting. Nice carbonation all the way through.

Drinkability - One bomber will be plenty of me, this is a hell of a beer and one I could see buying every summer if I lived in their distro area. Nice for a summer day I am sure.

My first from alesmith.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 20:35:39 | More by cvaypai
Photo of drabmuh


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 01:29:16 | More by drabmuh
Photo of kwakwhore

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fresh 2009 winter Yulesmith courtesy of jlindros, an extremely generous trader.
Deep reddish brown pour with a beige, light tan head. Retention lasts forever and leaves gobs of lace on the glass.
citrus hops and malt on the nose.
Hop bitterness is upfront with a malt underpinning. The malt is there with a hint of dark dried fruits but because this is a recent bottling the hops are dominant. Malts become more prominent as the beer warms up and hints of bitter chocolate appear as well.
Velvet mouthfeel with plenty of hop oils coating the tongue.
Pretty easy to drink, especially for its strength.
A worthy representative from an excellent west coast brewer. I'll have to keep an eye out for the summer version as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 03:17:51 | More by kwakwhore
Photo of FrognutUnl


3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bring for forking over the bottle.

This is the winter version.

A - Cloudy copper in color with about 2 fingers of off white head with some decent staying power (20 minutes later and I am still looking at it).

S - Lots of citrusy hops and sweet malt with a faint aroma of resin.

T - Well balanced hop bitterness and malts. The hop profile is very piney and resinous with a nice grapefruit and pineapple kick. The finish is fairly dry, which is impressive considering the amount of sweet caramel like malt flavors.

M - Creamy and quite sticky. Full bodied.

D - This is certainly a well crafted brew which I will enjoy to the bitter end.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 06:29:56 | More by FrognutUnl
Photo of theghost3


4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had the Winter version of this on New Year's Eve.

Pours a hazy deep amber with a 3-finger, frothy orange-beige head. Lots of lacing.

The smell is slightly pine & citrus hops with some dried fruits, spices such as coriander, and a little sweet maltiness. The taste is citrusy hops, which are not overpowering. There are also spices and caramel malts. Mouthfeel is carbonated, medium-bodied, and sticky.

This is a drinkable Imperial IPA. It's not a hop bomb but is well balanced instead.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 03:03:09 | More by theghost3
Photo of Popkas


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice deep amber with a frothy head that leaves a ton of residual. So far so good.

S: Pine and citrus nose with some balance of malt.

T: Starts with a mild bitterness immediately followed with a mellow sugary malt. But that's not it...the citrus and hops come through strong in the end.

M: Mounthfeel is a little bit thinner that I was expecting. Thin, carbonated and slippery/oily.

D: Balanced and hides the alcohol well.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 01:53:52 | More by Popkas
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sadly, the second to last of my beers from Joey over at South Bay Drugs. Have to put another order in...

A little bit of a strange situation, this, given that there are two separate YuleSmith's being mixed into one review. Nonetheless, I'm going for it. This is the Winter version, hypothetically and Imperial Amber.

Deep amber color with a big creamy two fingers of off-white head that leaves perfect lacing as it drains. Really excellent flavor to this one. Dirty, slightly roasty, caramel malt mixes beautifully with the big, slightly spiced, drying hops. A hint of sourness, although not nearly as strong as in the AleSmith IPA. Subtle hints of chocolate and cookies, as well as some dried fruit for sure. Tastes like a big, beautiful hoppy red, which is what it is. Body is surprisingly thick and creamy, with subtle carbonation that lets the flavor shine.

Really an excellent beer, although the winter version certainly is not the absolute hop bomb the summer is made out to be (haven't had the chance to try it yet). This one is hoppy, no question, but a spicy hop balanced really well with a caramel malt backbone. Could drink them all night.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 00:33:52 | More by soupyman10
Photo of swhite11


3.15/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Winter release. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

[Appearance] - Pours dark amber with an orange hue. Head pours creamy/foamy off white with 3 fingers. Retains/laces well.

[Aroma] - Bready malt with caramel sweetness upfront. Citrus hop character follows with notes of lime/orange/tangerine. Alcohol is slightly apparent.

[Taste] - Sweet malt dominates upfront. Alcohol follows with a slightly dry, fusel feel. Hop taste is underdeveloped and restrained. Bitterness sets in back palate and is prominant but does not fully balance this beer as an Imperial IPA.

[Mouthfeel] - Spritzy carbonation and dominant malt sweetness detract from the beer. Alchohol and hop bitterness dry the feel but only back palate.

[Drinkability] - 1 1/2 pints was a job. Too sweet and cloying upfront for my tastes.

[Overall] - Reminds me of a junior 120 Minute IPA with more hop bitterness. A big Imperial IPA that is a bit to sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 06:20:16 | More by swhite11
Photo of AdmiralDiaz


4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from summer issued bomber to pint glass on x-mas eve.

Pours a deep orange body with a good sized off-white head with some retention and a little lacing. Smells of strong hops, which are grapefruity and sort of piney. There's a good amount of malty caramel backbone. Taste is very complex and just about perfect, imo. Great bitterness along with fruity sweetness from the hops along with a touch of caramel. Mouthfeel is dry and clean. overall it was a great beer, wish I could get it around here.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 18:00:52 | More by AdmiralDiaz
Photo of racer2k


3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bomber into 20oz glass

A - Dark amber color which creates a fat frothy cake batter colored head about 2 inches thick. Lots of lacing around my glass. Plenty of carbonation is observed as well.

S - Pine, citrus, grapefruit and hops are predominate but there is a hint of malty flavor as well. Smells like a spicy high powered IPA.

T - Initially there is a tangy grapefruit citrus like flavor that is quickly followed by a moderate malt blast. This creates a nice balance in the beer which creates a dry clean finish.

M - Moderate carbonation with a viscous sticky mouth feel. Plenty of carbonation to keep the beer alive in my mouth.

D - Very drinkable and the high alcohol in the beer is hardly noticeable. This is a dangerously drinkable beer indeed.

O - A perfect holiday beer to change up the pace. A nice complex DIPA with a balanced hoppy and malty profile. Love the dark amber color as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 00:54:14 | More by racer2k
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

AleSmith Yulesmith is a hazy amber ale with particles afloat. It's topped by a yellowish elastic head that leaves thick sheets of lacing on the glass. It has a spicy aroma with notes of orange peel, coriander and rye. It smells a little doughy. It's full bodied and syrupy with a chewy, sticky finish. It has a full flavor that's well balanced. Like the aroma, there are notes of orange peel, coriander and rye bread. It has a light, but long, bitter finish. A big and satisfying beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 20:51:31 | More by yesyouam
Photo of hrking


3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Loved this a little heavy on the sugar side but had a great dry hop nose. Drink smooth and not overly hoppy for an IPA..Very drinkible.I like the Winter YuleSmith better though.. This is one of those double releases in Summer and Winter..The winter version is a superior brew IMHO..

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 00:06:21 | More by hrking
Photo of cpetrone84


3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New bottle, definitely this year, great extra from JonnyJ.

A-pours a transparent hazy bright gorange color with tons of a fulffy white head.

S-a good balance with stronger hop presence, the caramel malt sets the foundation, lots of spicy grassy hops, notes of citrus, touch of pine and some kind of medicinal phenol.

T-balanced malt presence, notes of caramel, tons of pine in the flavor, hoppy pine, light citrus notes, a good bit of spice with strong grassy herbal hop back.

M-syrupy and resignous, medium to full body, thick and chewy, good carbonation, almost a dry finish.

D-much better, solid imperial IPA, light balance with great hop flavors and a huge spicy profile which is quite intersting and nice.


A-pours a clear golden orange color with particles floating around. a tight creamy off white head with a thick lace left all over the glass.

S-the nose is huge and mostly a mix of pine, caramel, and burnt brown sugar.

T-the taste follows the nose, tons of brown sugar, slightly burnt, lots of caramel, and a touch of pine. very faint bitterness and hint of booze in the back.

M-smooth, good carbonation on a medium body with a syrupy feel that coats the mouth.

D-imperial IPA? huge malt base, more like a barleywine. could this be last years???

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 23:04:34 | More by cpetrone84
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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