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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,608
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 246
Gots: 68 | 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 laituegonflable
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

laituegonflable, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
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!

Cheers!
The CPJ

THECPJ, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in California in September, and brought to Australia for Christmas.

Pours a very light yellow colour, very much like a pale lager, but with a big, voluminous and crackling frothy head of white that leaves clumpy lacing. Lots of streaming carbonation. Body is surprisingly light, but it looks decent enough overall.

Nose is redolent with West Coast hops, giving a big citrus bite. The freshness is something I specifically associate with San Diego, possible AleSmith themselves. Hint of pineapple lurking in the depths. All up, it's all fresh, ripe and pretty tasty.

Taste is nicely balanced for the most part, with the citruc hops coming out strongly here, balanced with a sweet and slightly boozy note which lingers just a tad too long, leaving a big dollop of heat on the finish. Slightly astringent with a faint hint of crushed aspirin on the back, but very pungent overall. Characters of orange marmalade and pine needles creep in later as well.

Feel is sharp, and slightly hot on the back.

A big and pretty tasty IPA. Possibly a little late in the season for its optimal drinking time, but it's summer here for Christmas in Australia, so it seemed like the appropriate moment to drink it.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got a chance to try this one on for size.
Pours a bright hazy amber with a happy, fluffy white head.
Scents are bright and citrusy with some herbal and floral notes. Very attention grabbing. Flavors are just as exciting and attention grabbing. Lively hoppy citrus flavors with surges of malt body underneath. Apricot and peach flavors make appearances.
Very reminiscent of the winter version of Yulesmith except that this is brighter as opposed to sweeter. Summer refreshing as opposed to winter sitting and sipping.
Lively all in all. A happy beer experience to be sure. Must to have again.

ommegangpbr, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
3.1/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a huge, three finger, thinner looking, off-white head with good retention. Very fluffy head. Clear, bright amber-orange color with medium carbonation evident. Head eventually fades to a thick foamy cap. A good foam cap remains and leaves some chunky, unappealing lace down the sides. Head is a little to thin and chunky for the style. Needs to tighten up its game.

SMELL: Pale malts, floral hops and some light citrus notes. Quite the bouquet of flowers on this one. Hints of melon and some green fruit, like apples and pear. This is like a DIPA and a Triple had a kid. Quite interesting for sure, but not quite to style.

TASTE: Pale malts with plenty of floral hops and citrus notes. Sweet melon rides out the middle and introduces some bitter grapefruit on the finish. Not much green fruit like in the nose; more of a DIPA here. A long, bold, bitter grapefruit and floral aftertaste is hoppy and tasty.

PALATE: Lighter body and higher levels of carbonation. Light and fluffy on the palate, plenty creamy and smooth, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth coating. Some warming alcohol on the finish, which was unexpected for the lower ABV. Unfortunately it's still too light and carbonated for the style. Doesn't support the promising flavors enough.

OVERALL: Not really impressed with this one. Body was too light and overly carbonated, which didn't support the main act enough, and the head was anything but appealing for the style. Pouring the yeast into the glass at the end of the bottle helped liven the body up a bit, but this offering was still somewhat disappointing. There are other great beers by AleSmith, but this year's summer relase doesn't quite measure up.

Jeffo, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of DPFRD
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Summer version.

A- Creamy thick head with good retention. Golden and turbid with sediment... me likey.

S- Citrus hops play a major role here, a little pine, some yeastyness can be detected too.

T- Smooth and hoppy all the way through... Malt kicks in once your palette chills out. This is where the hops come alive. The warmer it gets, the more you can detect some good yeastu notes.

M- Light to medium bodied, hoppy tingle with good carbonation.

D- A serious heavy hitter. I had to drive halfway across the city to find this in a sister liquor store to my local one which gets depleted by hipsters sometimes. It was so worth it. Buy this if you see it.

DPFRD, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review of the 22 oz 2008. That's right; this is a two-and-a-half year old DIPA I purchased just a couple weeks ago off the shelf. Let's see how it held up.
A: Cloudy amber with a puffy white head that died to a good film and collar.
S: Pineapple alcohol, apple, toffee, grapefruit-banana pine all over sweet cake. The hops are slightly leafy, yet a little earthy. Still pretty good, apparently.
T: Sweet cake or vanilla wafers, citrus like orange and lemon, the alcohol is blended well like vanilla vodka, the bitterness lingers like gin. The hops finish is leafy, very leafy, and earthy like spinach. Obviously it is missing that little zing of fresh hops, but this is still good. The alcohol is strong and I have to imagine it's gained its presence over the dimishing hops.
M: Slightly thick, yet frothy and crisp in the very finish.
D: Pretty good. I'll enjoy the bomber.

I'll have to review this one fresh next summer. It seems like it has some really good potential.

ne0m00re, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of SuperNova777
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 11/27/10
Thanx to AlleykatKing for sharing

A:Pours a clear orange with a fingers worth of white head that falls very slowly, nice
lacing is left down the glass with little sediment floaties hanging around.

S:Very nice nose on this with big citrus hops coming thru front along with some
grapefruit as well that starts to take over the nose.

T:Not as intense as the nose suggest. Smooth sweetness up front with the citrus and
grapefruit hops coming thru on the backend that starts to dominate and take over the
palate.

M:Good body on this with ample carbonation, palate is left a little dry from the hops and
alcohol.

D:Very nice offering here, even after 6 months of sitting. Hops dominate every aspect of
this drink (I could only imagine the awesomeness of this fresh), easy drinkability and very
tasty. Will be searching this one out again.

SuperNova777, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A - Served in a snifter. A good three inches of off white head. The body is golden orange and hazy

S - The aroma is fresh citrus fruits, orange, lemon, light grapefruit. I expected big pine scents since it's a west coast IPA, but it is subtle.

T - The taste is citrus with a nice malt balance. Grapefruit seems to be more present here than in the smell. It finishes with a distinct juniper berry taste. The finish reminds me of gin. It's not that big pine or bitter grapefruit taste. I find it refreshing.

M - Seems perfect for the style.

D - This is a refreshing IPA. The flavors and finish of this beer make it an easy drink. I would definitely have another if I had one on hand.

I was surprised by this beer. Usually, I expect too much out of highly rated beers and am left disappointed. This one deserves its acclaim. Plus, I expected it to be a west coast hop bomb.

buschbeer, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-11-20 in Columbia, PA from a 22 oz bomber. This is the Summer 2010 version.

A - Hazy, light amber with a monstrous 4-finger head with large bubbles that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

S - Tropical fruit punch plus orange and some pine. Bold smell even though this bottle is over 4-months old. Must be amazing fresh and on tap.

T - Light biscut, pineapple, orange, a little pine resin and some mild herbal spice. There's some tannin and nut sweetness like you'd get from freshly shelled black walnuts. There's a bit of lingering sweetness and less bitterness than I expected from a DIPA. The flavors don't cling long to the tongue and it finishes fairly dry.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation yield a smooth feel. Not oily.

D - Pretty easy to drink. Not a big flavor bomb but certainly interesting enough to have more than one glass. I want to try it when it is fresh and review it again.

Tucquan, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Kendo
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"That's fucking good." - My wife, upon tasting this beer.

Summer 2010 version, scored a bottle at Halftime Beverage in Poughkeepsie recently. Consumed on 11-10-10.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear, bright honey-golden, with a 1+ finger of whitish head on top. Some rings of lace up top, followed by good splotchy lace thereafter. Loads and loads of finely-bubbled carbonation rises from the etched Duvel "D".

S: This is the DIPA nose that makes me want to stick my nose in the glass and inhale - over and over again. I get lots of citrus (grapefruit and oranges), tropical fruits (pineapple definitely) and even apricot. Touch of malty sweetness underneath - think sugar cookie dough. Some pine too. If I could give a score higher than 5, I'd give it to the nose of this beer. Wonderful.

T: Follows the nose, but in a real balanced way. That sugar cookie dough is there announcing the malt's presence. It's modest, but it's not getting beaten back by the juicy, fruit-salad-like hops entirely. But those hops are the star of the show: juicy citrus (clementine oranges and grapefruit), tropical fruit and a bit of pine towards the end. Candied apricots too. Also just a touch of spice, which is more evident in the burps than on the way down. Somewhat lemony bitterness in the aftertaste after the more juicy hops up front.

M: Smoooth. That fine carbonation has created a wonderful feel to this beer. Call the heft medium-to-heavy, but the bright hops seem to lighten it up. Juicy and creamy. Very nice.

D: I could put this down in no time, notwithstanding the 8.5% ABV. Really enjoying this one.

Notes: This is the best DIPA I've had in a very long time. Rivals Stone X and Goose Island Imperial - two retired DIPAs that are seared in my mind forever. If I can get this next year, I will buy a case. Seriously.

Kendo, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of mrgnwlkr
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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
Photo of chalsk
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from the AleSmith brewery. Pours a lighter amber orange color with a thick white foam head. Has an aroma of grapefruit and pine with a hint of spice. Starts sweet and foamy. Then the hop hit. Some spice and grapefruit taste through the finish. Nice carbonation level that kicks up the foaminess of the brew, making it texturally more similar to a belgian strong. More biting than creamy or resiny. Unique and tasty.

chalsk, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip, 2010 vintage.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a one finger light yellow, and very creamy head, instantly starts to lace up. Nose is a bit light, but this is a bit old so I'm sure aromas have faded. It's sweet and malty with a light floral note.

It hasn't oxidized at all, but the hops have faded just a bit, it's still got a nice hop bite on my tongue but it's not overwhelming which makes it pretty drinkable, although the abv does come through on the finish. Mouthfeel is really nice and creamy. Theres a pretty strong caramel flavor in this that I enjoy a lot.

kingcrowing, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the bottle, zoso1967. Thanks for drinking it with me, BuckyFresh. Reviewed from notes on 10/15/10.

A: Biggest. Head. Ever. Seriously, this bomber was roughly split 3 ways and each snifter had a four plus finger head. The froth receded in my glass to leave a clump that looked like a breast. The color looks almost more like a Tripel than your typical Double IPA - very medium to dark gold. The lacing on the glass is awfully clumpy and sticky.

S: Grassy, earthy hops are the dominant smell. A little bit of caramel malt sings to my nose along with a Belgian yeast-esque aroma. I smell a fresh herbal scent which is very minty. The smell is a little spicy and quite fresh.

T: This is a different taste for me from a Double IPA. It is very freshly herbal, with a taste that reminds me a bit of a Belgian golden ale. I taste a lot of garden herb flavors - mint, parsley, and coriander among them. The aftertaste does have a good lingering hop bitterness. I would like to know what the dominant hop is in the mix because I am not at all familiar with it.

M: There is a nice biting hop presence on the sides of my palate, but overall the MF is a little thin for me.

D: I could really sip this beer for a long time. The herbal character feels very refreshing in my mouth. However, it did not really have the characteristics of a Double IPA for which I look.

TCHopCraver, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
2.73/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thanks goes to sweemzander for sharing this bottle. Poured into my duvel tulip.

A: Bright clear yellow with a thick two fingers of eggshell hued head. Thick gobs of lace remain after a slow settle.

S: Tons of citrus hops. Just a hint of malt sweetness can be picked out. Mostly just tropical fruits.

T: Huge drop off from the nose. The acrid bitterness is almost comical. Not a good bitter in any way. It almost tastes off to me. Just sharp and overpowering sourness.

M: Medium body with loads of carbonation.

D: Overall solid in every aspect except for the flavor. Which pretty much ruined it for me. I had to drain pour the last of my glass.

beerwolf77, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of BuckyFresh
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank to zoso1967 for this traded-for beer.

Appearance: Split two ways with TCHopCraver and poured into a large wine glass. This beer has the largest head ever! The head was probably three or four fingers at its apex, and left a good inch or two of sticky lacing. Once the head dissipated, there remained a foamy structure in the shape of a pig's nose floating in the middle of the glass. The color of the beer is a clear golden and quite a bit of carbonation can be seen rising in the glass.

Smell: Lots of pineapple. Sweet grainy malt and tons of hop aroma. There isn't much bitterness to the smell, just a lot of grassy notes. There's also a bit of mineral funkiness playing in the background.

Taste: Surprisingly mellow for an imperial. It almost kind of tastes like a mojito. There is a bit of spicy Belgian influence going on here, and a bit of a hot finish. The beer is really not too hoppy, nor is it too malty; I feel like it needs to decide to go one way or the other.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, pretty creamy, with a slightly metallic aftertaste.

Drinkability: Not a difficult drinker for a double. I would definitely come back to this one.

BuckyFresh, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to domtronzero for tossing this one in as an extra!

(A)- Pours a crystal clear yellow color. Produced a massive white frothy head with some serious retention behind it. It is just clinging to the glass with lots of bubbly lacing.

(S)- A nice woody pine and creamy citrus of pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon. Crisp.

(T)- Has a rather tart profile with some serious pineapple & grapefruit citrus up front. Tons of citrus in this that really borderlines on tartness level. Some minimal woody pine.

(M)- A tad higher carbonation level than you would expect from the style, but it really is not too bothersome. Really crisp because of it though, with really potent citrus. Some bitterness.

(D)- Slightly different, yet interesting take on a massively over-made style these days. Huge citrus, with ever present bitterness. Good, but I prefer their regular IPA.

sweemzander, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 8.5% ABV, no date.

Thanks to sweemzander for bringing this to the table for the top 100 tasting the other night!

A - Brilliantly clear for a double IPA and insanely carbonated, YuleSmith pours with a massive bone head. Low retention and not a whole lot of lace left over either.

S - Citrusy woman's body lotion/ sun-tan lotion aroma. It's got that beach tan lotion smell all the way through it with grapefruit and lemon citrus. Caramel malts have a nice background. I like the aroma, it's different.

T - Very citrus-full, I still get those sun-tan lotion notes but there's a lot of hoppy citrus and pine notes going on still. Lots of caramel and crystal malts give it a balancing sweetness.

M - Medium-bodied and sharp in flavor and carbonation. Moderate to high bitterness on the finish.

D - Interesting double IPA, it's unlike any I've ever had before. Good drinkability, I enjoy it but it's something I'd split if I had the chance to drink it again.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottle is a 2010 Summer version.

a - Pours a murky orange-golden color with two fingers of fluffy off white head that lasts for several minutes and high carbonation evident. Nice lacing on the glass as well.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, fruity malts, and bready malts. Lots of hops in the smell, smells great.

t - Tastes of bitter citrus hops, fruity malts, bitter pine hops, tropical fruit, and pale malts. Bitter up front but then goes down easy.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth going down and easy to drink for 8.5% ABV.

d - A pretty nice IPA. I thought there were a lot of citrus and pine hops in the smell, which was great. Would definitely have again.

mdfb79, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of scottyshades
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mrmiles for the bomber! (reviewed from notes 9/25)

A: Pours a very hazy gold/straw color with a big fluffy head. Retention is perfect! Gorgeous pour, and the head is similar to Alesmith's IPA, which basically looks like meringue

S: The nose is kind of subtle, but very balanced. Lots of pale malts play well with a huge citrus note (tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango). This is awesome - Sculpin's cousin

T: Huge bitterness upfront that is balanced by a nice honey-like sweetness. Yeast is unique, and quite flavorful. Citrus, tropical fruit hops are here also.

MF/D: Slightly prickly carbonation, but otherwise medium body and pretty smooth. Bittersweet citrus finish.

Notes: AleSmith makes some damn good offerings. I believe this is my third offering after Speedway and their IPA, all of which received near-perfect scores.

scottyshades, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A late night bottle split with onix1agr at the hulmeville inn. A summer version.

A- a massive light tan rocky head from a steady pour that lasts forever and leaves loads of sticky lace all the way down. Hazy orange yellow in color with a nice glow.

S- juicy sticky hop resin and citrus fruits. Sweetness reminding me of simple syrup. Touches of pine and honey.

T- slightly bitter orange, grapefruit, and some tropical fruits from the hops with just a touch of pine. Decently sweet with honey and powdered sugar. Some bready doughy malts.

M- a few steps above medium in body with a bit of sticky sappy hit. Mid level carb that works well with the body to keep the brew around a while.

D- I would have had to problem killing a whole bomber. This one a had a few months on it and was still holding up well being that my boy had it fresh as well. Ill have to snag a freshy when I get the next chance.

oglmcdgl, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of Chaney
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this bottle from MaxStout in a trade. Thanks dude!

A: Very cloudy, light orange color with very generous carbonation and huge mammoth, almost ridiculous head. The retention is so great that it is almost stretching my patience.

S: This thing is going to be a huge citrus bomb!

T: This thing is pretty boozy. I taste the hops, citrus, and some semblance of a malt backbone, but the beer in front of me is not a very balance brew.

M: Foamy and the some! Is this thing unfiltered? The carbonation is pleasant, but the ABV is DEFINITELY detectable. The sweetness is just right for the style.

D: If I ever travel to San Diego, Alesmith is on the top of my list. If I were to travel there, I'm sure it will be in the summer due to my wife's job, so I will order this one (the seasonal) first. Then, I will get a healthy, fresh, on tap taste of this stuff

Chaney, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy honey color with a big, chunky head. White wall lacing left by mashed 'tater retention.

Aroma is straight hop candy: citrus hops with floral and soft pine edges combined with sweet Twinkie malt.

Taste is more sweet hop candy. Citrus hops are balanced by sweet Twinkie malt. Balanced for a DIPA. There's enough booze floatin' around in there that I'm glad this aged for 3 months but I feel like I missed out on some on the hops in all their glory. A conundrum. Smooth, full mouthfeel.

donkeyrunner, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Pours a golden color , towards copper I suppose. Nose is heavy in crystal malts very rich nose and a nice juicy like hop aroma. Taste explodes on the palate. Very juicy middle with a heavy bitter finish. Malts are a decent backing but are no match for the heavy bitterness. Mouthfeel has great great carbonation but does seem to be a bit overkill in my glass. Only a half a pour before the heading flows over the rim. MAybe a bit too much.

TheFightfan1, Oct 09, 2010
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,608 ratings.