YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 912
Hads: 1,721
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 257
Gots: 101 | FT: 3
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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 rawfish
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden brassy hue with a moderate finger high, stark white head. Good retention leaving an attractive ring of lacing on the glass.

Sweet malt, slightly bready and doughy with overtones of tropical fruit and orange citrus. Overall floral with some dankness provided by the pine hops and malt.

Even balanced between bready malt with some cookie dough and a grapefruit and resiny and earthy pine hop character. The hops begin to take on some spicy notes in the middle of the drink and the bitterness is moderate but pinching. Alcohol feel is moderate.

It takes some getting used to but all Alesmith beers have this velvety soft carbonation that make the feel of their beers nearly creamy across the palate and this one is no exception. The bitterness is slightly sharp and alcohol could be more well hidden, otherwise perfect.

Seasonal big brother to Alesmith IPA, it's a well balanced treat that has some aspects that stand out in the crowd. Get it fresh and enjoy the zesty bitter burn. (997 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yeah buddy! Bottled on 5/25/13.

A: Nice brassy light amber. One finger head. Appropriate khaki color. Moderate retention. Very good clarity. Not hazy like many DIPA's. Carbonation appears minimal, with tiny little bubbles making their way to the surface.

S: Hoppy, yes. Very fruity hops, with some grapefruit bitterness (rind) being pulled out. Mainly tropical fruit here. Malt plays a nearly equal role. Lot of sweet breadiness coming from the glass. Bit of baking spice and that yeasty doughiness.

T: Malt dominant taste. Round tropical fruit intermingled with zesty spiciness. Sweet, bready malts bring up the mid. Finish is moderately bitter, with the malt doing most of the talking. Aftertaste of pine needles and grapefruit peel.

T: Silky smooth. Alesmith's bottle conditioning is top notch and their beers are always pleasant on the tongue.

O: Good, but lil brother (Alesmith IPA) does it better. (913 characters)

Photo of Jree261
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Interesting Color for an Imperial IPA. Much lighter, golden almost straw with a white foam.

S-Red fruit, grassy hops, nutty

T-Much more typical of an IPA. Hefty dark grassy flavors dominate.

M-Heavy, full body. Good finish with a hint of vanilla at the end.

O-The finish and the vanilla really bump it up away from the 'just average' category for me. Not bad, but that's definitely the stand out. (402 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Joe for sharing! Served in a mini pint taster.
Bright saturated orange, super sharp clarity. Lasting surface coverage for the rest of the glass. A halo of lace around the edges.

Caramelized malts, candied orange, firmly bitter in the finish. Smells subdued and malty though this just showed up in downstate IL. Clean with a piney bitterness, lots of caramel malt. Medium bodied, kind of heavy. Overall pretty meh, not bad but it comes off like an old DIPA. (464 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear and sunny, with a bright white head dissipating to a foamy cap. Plenty lacing on the one. Big citrus and pine notes, indicative of a great west coast ipa. It's back by plenty pale malt sweetness and bready notes. Medium bitterness, with more of a citrusy finish, sweet malts, pine and resins, all pretty well balanced. Some hints of alcohol. It's full body, slighty rich and oily, creamy with good carbonation still.

Props to LSUPT! (446 characters)

Photo of KidsDoc
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

32 oz "grumbler" gifted to me from my good buddy Greg after the birth of my son. I only had a single pint pour this sitting.

Appearance was a soft orange and completely clear with minimal white head and lacing.

Aroma was intensely resinous and herbal, pine with a very faint apple and citrus (orange/tangerine) scent sneaking in every once in a while. Mostly this was all earthy.

Taste was similar with huge hops. Predominant pine and grass/floral hop. A spicy herbal comination mixed well. Only true citrus I could get was some peach sweetness. Alcohol was a non-factor - didn't notice at all.

Mouthfeel was fairly light to medium body. The start was a slick, OILY light feel that then bit hard with a bittering dryness that sucked any remaining moisture out of your mouth for you to start clean with the next sip.

Overall: not at all the stereotypical west coast DIPA. This is a resinous, floral hop lover's beer. The hops were quite intense. A sipping, puckering beer that had a lot of surprising characteristics. (1,021 characters)

Photo of KevT
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on-tap at Original Gravity in San Jose California. $8 for a 12 oz pour served in a tulip glass. Beer appears a clear, darkish yellow color with a well-formed head and nice streaming carbonation bubbles. Nose is mostly pine and grapefruit. Very pronounced hop flavor with a decent malt backbone tying it al together. They should make this a year round offering! (376 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber - new batch.

A: Pours clear golden yellow with a one-inch white head which leaves rings and spots.

N: Grapefruit, orange, tangerine, some tropical fruits. Very floral with some dankness and faint sweet malts.

T: Citrus and pine with mild bready malts for a good balance.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sticky, dry, and bitter finish. Lingering pine resins.

O: Pretty classic and enjoyable. Best fresh. (414 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Surprised to find this bottle today at a local shop. Quite pricey though at $9 for 22oz.
Bottled date 5/21/2013 - consumed on 6/4/2013. Super fresh!

A: Clear yellow body with 2 finger white head. Great retention. It looks quite refreshing. I love IPAs with lighter color body like this.

S: Grass, orange zest, citrus, sweet malt. It's quite awesome. The moment you open the bottle aroma bursts out and fills up the room.

T: Grassy, piney, spicy, citrus, some sweet malt in the middle. Quite nice but not as nice as it smells. I cannot tell this beer is 8.5 ABV at all. Quite refreshing - although I wouldn't say it's easy drinking. Bitterness throughout but definitely kicks in towards the end.

M: Tad bit on the light side for a DIPA and decent amount of carbonation.

O: Very very good DIPA. Very west coast. I prefer Enjoy by IPA by Stone but it's quite comparable in terms of the style except that this one is spicier and slightly less fruity. (955 characters)

Photo of evanforbeer
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 5/21/13 (SCORE)
Pours a crystal clean strawy strawberry blonde, clean white head

Smell- dank fruit, citrus rind, tangerines and oranges, pineapple, hop zest

Taste- hop bitterness with fruit up front- orange, and sweet tangerine/tangelo, touch of pineapple, some floral notes, a touch of mango, bitter grapefruit with some Earthy and spicy hop zest. Finishes dry with some pine, earthy hop resin, and tangerine

Feel- fairly light on the palate, juicy and dry and way drinkable

Another fine DIPA from San Diego County (maybe one of the best), has a similar distinct dry characteristic (hay note) that Alesmith IPA has, which is really nice. (655 characters)

Photo of bambam2517
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the bomber to the pint, served cold at 40F. Scored a bottle thats been on the shelf for 8months, so bearing that in mind...

A - Caught me off-guard, its very cloudy with a strong off-white froth. Straw-gold in color. The froth ring stays around and really leaves nice lacing all the way down the glass. arbonation is tight and lasting too, thought this would blow up during the pour, but it came out nicely. Looks more like a top-notch Belgian quad than a IIPA to me.

S - Sweet breads, warm spices, something fruity I can't think of a way to describe. Really complementary to the taste and very unique.

T - Malty and grassy at the same time. Some hop character on the back end but the malt is the star for sure. Taste that fruit ester as well, maybe its mango-like? Still cant quite place it.

M - Great. It has 3 distinct characters to me. Its initially very creamy, then settles down and really lets the flavors shine, and lastly quickly dissipates leaving almost no aftertaste. Alcohol presence is well-hidden, just warms the face and belly as I go through the bottle.

O - This is my first AleSmith offering and it holds up to everything I've heard. I really enjoyed this one, really unique. (1,204 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a tulip.

Pale almond orange with perfect clarity. The one inch head of pure white froth settles atop the beer soft as goose down and leaves thick, feathery trails on the glass as it recedes.

Bright. A smash of citrusy tangerine and grass before a potent smack of sugar and caramel. A touch of biscuit. Alcohol.

Grassier in the flavor, and more tropical. A little mango, lots of grass and orange pith, a touch of dank weed. Sweet and more malty up front; the swallow delivers the big pithy bitterness and a snap-clean finish. It clears the nostrils. A touch of biscuits. Alcohol flavor is evident but not unappealing.

High, near painful carbonation. Light body, mild fizz. Super bitter. Alcohol heat is like heartburn. This is an attack on the tongue. Spears of bitterness, tongue numbing booze.

A bitter, biting version of a double IPA. Very West Coast. (872 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is hazy golden in colour with a good-sized white head. Dissipates quickly. Good lacing.

Scent is a nice mix of toasty, bready malt and grassy, floral, citrusy hops. Hops are the focus but the malt is present and good. Very nice.

Flavour is similar to the nose- hop focused but not without a malt presence. Pine, grass and citrus (orange) flavours are all present. Bready, caramel malt providing backbone.

Full bodied, moderate to high carbonation. A bit oily.

Overall, very good. I was quite impressed. (512 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very slightly hazy golden colour with a creamy and thick off-white head. Nice lacing. Good head retention.

Non-sweet malty aroma with a line of citrussy hop running through it. Simple but effective.

Slightly sweet malt with a moderately-high bitter edge on the back end. Lots of cohumulone. Some earthy, citrussy hops. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid IIPA. Lots of hoppy flavour and an appropriate malt backbone. (443 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beautiful color for a beer. neat little head. 'wet' lacing down the sides and 'spotty'. a bit hazy.
smell: pure hops
taste: pure hops; some malt in there also. i'm beginning a journey here in IPAs, slowly.... never liked hoppy brew, but since a co-worker brought a bag of hops in to work and it smelled amazingly similar to something else i USED to enjoy in a previous life . . . but still prefer the malty-er versions. very bitter. i remember 'bitter' was what miller lite tasted like when i was a kid secretly sipping it from my dad's can. today i wonder what my taste buds would have delivered if i had actually tasted THIS.... i might never have tried another beer in my life.
mouthfeel is full and bitter.
overall.... geez, i guess i can rest assured knowing the other BA'ers gave it such high scores and that at least i am trying a sample of something superior. i am still finding hoppy beers to be a bit like licking a baseball bat (you know, the pine tar?) and i dont much prefer the bitter hops to the sweet doppels, but i can appreciate this and compared to the other 'hoppy' brews i've sampled, i can drink this and taste the stuff inside. i wouldnt drink more than two of these together, but i appreciate what i have just experienced. (1,246 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden yellow and could be a bit concerning if not for the ample head with finer carbonation. Nice speckled lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is a piney hop - bold. Mouthfeel is excellent from front to back with different spices along the way - bitter pine up front but changing to a tingly sweetness on the back end. (336 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to millerbuffoon for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a pale gold that is quite hazy. Forms a one-finger white head that fades fairly quickly to a ring of foam, with mild visible carbonation.

S: Grassy, spicy, melon and tropical fruit hops, but not overly sweet. A bit of cracker malt sweetness.

T: Follows the nose at first, especially melon, dank, and tropical fruit hops, and just a touch of malt sweetness. But then there's a harsh, alcohol flavor before the swallow. Hop bitterness and alcohol in the hang. The alcohol heat does seem to fade a little as the beer warms, or perhaps as my palate adjusts to it.

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation. The alcohol flavor at the end is mouth-puckering.

O: Overall, this is pretty good, but that flavor at the end really took it down a few notches. I don't know that i'd actively seek it out again. (911 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left sudsy patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus, and bubblegum. A toasty aroma in the background, too.

T - It tasted of strong pine flavors with spicy bitterness. Good toasty malt backbone with sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very tasty double IPA. I'm glad I finally got to try one. (476 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gold body with light sediment. Stellar foamy white head with sheets of lace and great retention.

S - Nice soft hop-forward nose. Big floral notes, honey, bready malt, orange rind.

T - Bitter up front. Plant stems, marmalade, resiny bitters, flour, honey, and white bread. Lingering bitterness clings to your palate.

M - Full for the style. Ok carbonation.

O - Big alpha oil bitterness and relatively dry; an uncommon combination in a DIPA. (447 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First ever AleSmith release that I've reviewed. I also have a bottle of Speedway Stout in my fridge.

Pours a light yellowish gold with a huge head and lots of lacing around the rim of the glass.

There's a good dose of citrus on the nose with nary a hint of the malt backbone.

Ditto for flavor. Lots of citrus and unfortunately, lots of alcohol burn with it. It's not too boozy but the alcohol does take away from the hops themselves.

Lingering bready malt and citrusy hops. I can dig the mouthfeel as the alcohol quickly fades, leaving the flavor I was seeking.

Worth a try. I would probably age it at least 1-2 months top to mellow the alcohol some more. (661 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light orange in color with a light lacing head.

S - A nice floral and citrus aroma overwhelms the senses and a rich light caramel malt backbone pulls the beer together. Not very dynamic but very aromatic.

T - Similar to the aroma except a 3rd dimension of an Earth sap flavor is added to the flowery and citric aromatics. It is not very tonal from start to finish and the flavor doesn't shift but is tasty. Hops taste fresh and not too aggressive.

M/O - Medium body with a slight syrup-like texture. Nicely carbonated and lightly chewy. Finishes semi-dry and sticky but not a hop bomb by any means. A great beer from AleSmith (most beers are) but for the same, if not lower price, I'll stick with the regular IPA. (720 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange in color and hazy. Poured with a thick, bright, white foam that slowly reduced to a soapy cap that leaves random sticky lacings on the glass. Lightly pungent citrus orange and ripe pineapple aroma with hints of sweet malt and alcohol. Lighter bodied feel that’s boosted by assertive, foamy carbonation that tends to rush the flavors through a bit. This is like biting into a juicy orange slice that’s been dipped in pineapple juice. Citrus hop flavors ride atop a malty backbone from beginning to end. The middle has a a tangy bite and the finish is semi dry and fairly clean with a lingering citrus and pine hop bitter aftertaste. (649 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
no born on date, but 2012 summer bottle (usually released around the 4th of July but I believe this batch was a little early so this bottle is probably about 6 weeks old)

A big thanks to Redbeeron for sending over a pair of these in a trade.

A: Pours a clear dark straw yellow with a huge 2.5 fingers width of bright snow white colored head, which takes forever to dissipate down to a drinkable level.  Sheets of lacing coat the glass all the way down.  A touch light in color, otherwise it would have been a perfect 5.  

S: Ton of sweet, juicy citrus hops including massive pineapple aroma along with mango and tangerine.  There is also a significant dank, resinous hop aroma, some malt sweetness, the faintest hint of booze, and a grassy/herbacious character.   Awesome.

T: Tons of hop spice on the tongue, which I didn't get much of on the nose.  A solid, sweet malt backbone.  Citrus, but in the taste the citrus character is  more lemon and grapefruit, and unfortunately the juicy pineapple notes dont come out.  Lots of piney bitter characteristics do though, and this remains very tasty even with the citrus profile that falls short of the nose.  

M/D: Pretty heavily carbonated, which when mixed with the bitterness, give it a biting quality.  Medium bodied with a big, quick drying finish.  ABV is exceptionally masked, and drinkability it great.  This one doesn't have to be a sipper, in fact, you have to make a conscious effort to slow down.  Drinks much lighter than its ABV.  

O:  Overall, a fine DIPA indeed!  A DIPA that drinks like a (great) single IPA.  This is one of those beers that would certainly make my regular rotation if it were available locally and year round.  Needless to say, Im glad I got to try it, and I highly recommend.  This is only my 3rd Alesmith offering (Speedway Stout and regular IPA being the other two), but all 3 were home runs.  Id like to try a fresh one of these side by side with the fresh standard Alesmith IPA.  From what I remember I think I like the regular IPA better, but its close.  Great beer. (2,114 characters)

Photo of Momar42
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - pours a hazy deep yellow, dense fluffy head of white tight bubbles. Dissipates slowly with decent lacing.

S - a deep, malty sweet resinous pine aroma. Actually SMELLS chewy hehe.

T - piney, resinous, spicy. Very UNwest-coast which is interesting. Booze is pronounced but not overpowering. Almost a nutty aftertaste that accompanies the bitterness from the hops. The AleSmith yeast is present as well. Complex and interesting.

M - medium. the yeast and chewiness stick with you but are not a bad thing. Aftertaste is there for sure but not unwelcome either.

O - Not your typical west-coast DIPA at all. The AleSmith yeast is in full effect here and it does itself well because of it. Sweetness is subdued and hops are a nice balance. I honestly dont think I would have liked this as much if I had been expecting it...hard to explain. This is far greater than the sum of its parts. I really enjoyed drinking this offering and have yet to be let down by AleSmith. Wish they were easier to find. (1,029 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a huge, long lasting white head and nice carbonation. Hoppy citrus aroma. Flavor is aromatic hops and citrus balanced by a nice malt base and interesting fruit backbone not often notable in big IPAs. I like this quite a bit. Nice job (332 characters)

YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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