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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,568
Reviews: 899
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 244
Gots: 71 | FT: 3
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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:
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 beerwolf77
2.73/5  rDev -35.3%

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%

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 27, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
3.28/5  rDev -22.3%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of jdense
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%

22 oz. bottle obtained from SoCal store, shared with beer compatriot served in tulip glasses 9.28.2010.

Orangish gold body, trail of carbonation rising from bottom of etched glass. A real gusher, 3+ fingers of Duvel-like head, slow dissipation with above average lacing. Aroma is quite balanced for style, the hops weren't very aggressive, floral, some citrus a wee bit of tropical fruit, with good dose of crystal malt. Taste mirrors nose, while the hops became more noticeable as it warmed the finish was fairly mild re not bitter. Medium mouthfeel above average effervescence. Good drinkability, though in retrospect IMO the winter version is a bit superior, this is a tough category to stand out in. Moreover, I prefer the regular Alesmith IPA which is divine.

jdense, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours a dark yellow/light orange with a 3 finger white head. Pretty cloudy, lots of rising bubbles. Lacing is minimal. Disappointing there

S- really strong citrus hops, mainly oranges...it smells nearly identical to some freshly squeezed OJ. Now THAT is a good smell

T- tons of juicy citrus, with a very slight amount of piney bitterness at the finish. Getting a little bit of tropical fruit as well...delicious. Maybe a little TOO sweet...I'd like a tad bit more bitterness, actually

M- not sticky, thank god. Good, solid, thick body.

D- this is a damn good DIPA. Nice and juicy, and a great beer for those who fear bittering hops to try to get into the style

bigfnjoe, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of claspada
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Aromas are quite citrusy and fruity, I'm guessing from the NW hops. Some oranges, grapefruit, citrus and a bit of piney hops mixed in there as well. Solid but not overwhelming sweet pale and caramel maltiness.

Taste is crazy good. What this is 8.5% ABV, no way, I don't believe it. I would have guessed 7 max. Dangerously delicious. Citrus flavors and sour fruit peel hop bitterness. Hefty backing of malty sweetness, but no where close to cloying, provide excellent balance but the hops still own this show.

Solid across the board, goes down easy...a pleasure. An excellent, fairly uncomplicated beer that was great to try, look forward to trying the Yule Smith Winter version in December. Seek out this gem if you can.

claspada, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

Bottle courtesy of Mike...thank you

Craving a Friday night free of plans I find myself drinking this bomber while watching local high school football on public access and...I'm cool with that.

Monstrously frothy egg whites atop a clear light orange base. The head on this beer seems hell bent on trying to escape the top of my tulip.

Smells like sugary, boozy sweet C-hops....perhaps a bit faded.

Tastes like Pop Rocks. Pretty sure these still exist, but as a kid my brother would eat the shit out of those candied abominations. The orange and pineapple amalgamation really snaps, crackles, and pops on the tongue. Oh copyright infringement!

This candy-breakfast cereal hybrid comes replete with a boozy heat to accompany the zesty carbonation. As this beer hits the middle and back of the tongue the bitterness really starts to shine through and assault the palette. It's a welcome accompaniment to the poprockiness. Enjoyable in that it's not a syrupy sweet mess that keeps me from enjoying many a cloying Double.

BarrytheBear, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of kbeals
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%

TrebleStauter sent me this one, thanks again!

A- Hazy, bright yellow in color with a finger of thick, creamy white head. Good head retention and good lacing. Relatively thick lacing actually, very nice.

S- Big doses of earthy hops and slightly boozy. I don't usually expect much complexity from DIPA's, but this one really doesn't have much to it.

T- Earthy hops, and once again the booziness shows up. No malt backbone to really speak of, pretty dry and bitter. Very average IMO.

M- Medium bodied, about what I expect from a DIPA. Well carbonated at least, not syrupy like other DIPA's.

D- The booziness gets to me after a while. I'd also have love to seen a better blend of hops. The sheer earthiness got to me, maybe I'm more of a citrus type of guy. Not the best DIPA in the world, but most certainly not the worst.

kbeals, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of Manoftyr
4.22/5  rDev 0%

I'm re-reviewing this after receiving a fresh bottle from Rand who was rather insistent that I had gotten two bad bottles of this. Thanks Rand!

Poured into tulip

Appearance-Pours an orange-ish yellow with a big, beautiful, thick and resplendent head; one of the nicest heads I've ever seen with awesome retention that leaves big chunks of lacing along the rim.

Aroma-The pungent smell of fruity hops followed by a kind of caramel-pine. There's a big candied pineapple and grapefruit character, maybe some citric zest as well, I also detect some pear. A nice little bouquet of hops here.

Taste-Dry upfront, honestly a little 'too' dry for my liking but still alright, followed by a bitter-sweet fruity bouquet reminiscent of the aroma laid upon a thin layer of crystal malts. Some alcohol warmth in the mid-palette. Finishes dry with a flecking of hops.

Mouthfeel-Oily and slightly sticky but a tad too thin for my liking; could use a bigger body.

Drinkability-It's complex, that's for sure, but still a tad too dry for me to sip compulsively, I'm enjoying taking small sips here and there and picking out the various flavors though.

Manoftyr, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of asabreed
4.43/5  rDev +5%

Bomber into a 12 oz. Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: Initially I confused the two holiday brews and wondered why a red would be a golden yellow with a bright white frothy head. The wreath confused me initially, but alas. Great lacing and retention, but oddly not a lot of bubbles shooting up the body of the brew.

Smell: Immediately the balance is evident here. Clean, fresh, soaked hops, with a lot of carameled pine -- if there is such a thing, which there's not I supposed -- but there's a great tropical fruit ester component with huge candied orange, tangerine, strawberry, and some Jolly Rancher watermelon. But the leafy, resin-soaked hops, though again, balanced, are central here, the balance is the thing that makes this something many breweries can't match when it comes to the DIPA.

Taste: Mostly coming through from the aroma, the soaked, resiny hops are big here, and lingering, with candied fruit esters working well with the hops. The lingering bitterness is grapefruit and resin-infused hops, with nice complimentary fruit esters, making it initially Hop Head City, but the balance melds and lingers. Quality, balance, and balls -- through and through.

Mouthfeel: Good and medium-bodied with a nice crispness, but also a nice creaminess with the carbonation. A funny thing: as it warms, the reason why there are no bubbles floating up from the body has to do with the monster head that starts forming and billowing, but it took the brew a while for it to get to that point.

Drinkability: Quality, freshness, and balance. Bring on the adjectives. A wonderful DIPA. One of the tastiest and most raucous I've had, in addition to the balance, as I've said way too much already, being what separates this from the pack. I wish I would've gotten another, but if I ever see it again, I'll do it then.

asabreed, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of newk340
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

A: a glowing yellow orange, a thin head with spotty lacing. did gush upon opening...

S: hints of a pleasant blend of florals, citrus, spices, and hops.

T: bitter orange flavor permeates the mouth right through to the swallow.

MF/D: sizzle of lasting carbonation that fizzles as it slides down the throat. perfect for a summer afternoon.

newk340, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of infi
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

22 oz. bomber, split with BAs brun, glard and NYManc.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a murky and pale golden color with lots of carbonation present within the liquid. Didn't realize that this bottle was bottle conditioned, so there was a bit of sediment floating around. A tall white head sits atop the brew, which measures to be quite sizable and has a nice retention duration before dissipating completely into a thin cap. Decent amount of speckled lacing is left upon the glass after every taste as well. On the nose is an amazing fruity and citrus aroma, akin to lychees, orange peel and grapefruit, which eases into a honey sweetness and then is immediately overwhelmed by a nice grassy and piney hoppiness.

Taste is greeted by a thin bitter hop bite on the front end, alongside some citrus subtleties and then falls back on a flavorful maltiness. The finish is incredible with the breadyness from the malt and yeast shining through on the palate quite well. Very well balanced, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is extremely creamy and smooth - medium-bodied with low carbonation levels. So much more than I expected in this IPA. And drinkability is definitely high. This summer's Yulesmith is incredibly flavorful and quite easy to drink.

infi, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Bomber to pint glass based on the recommendation written on the bottle. Switched to an oversized wine glass after the first of many pours. Do yourself a favor and use a wine glass with this one. $12.00 at my bottleshop.

A: The head from a gentle first pour produces 4 fingers of billowing, puffy, and eggshell colored foam. Endless bubbles are probably only one source for the incredible retention that this beer displays. When it decides to recede, the head pulls itself away from the edges of the pint glass, leaving a domed cap and clumps of sea foam lace. One of the most impressive heads that I've come across. The body is between light and medium in saturation, mango orange in hue and 95% clear. On the last pour however, the body turns completely hazy & nearly opaque as the yeast sediment is suspended in solution.

S: Above average malt content: healthy cereal, caramel and grain, all toasted. Keeping the malts at bay, is a heavy hand of American hops, flaunting strong piney and tropical fruit aromas. Heavily yeasty, with a predominant leafy aroma and a light mustiness.

T & M: Tongue scathing hops on the front end of the palate, with soothing sweet maltiness mid to back end. Moderate sweetness offsets the bitterness, which I can only assume would have been much higher with lower malt levels. Minerally texture with fine fizzy, super lively and tongue tingling carbonation. Saliva seems to evacuate the mouth on the extremely dry finish.

D: YuleSmith Summer has confirmed my immediate opinion of AleSmith after trying their IPA: As far as appearance and mouthfeel are concerned, this brewery has mastered the art of bottle conditioning India Pale Ales.

Overall a good DIPA based on aroma and flavor, but an excellent DIPA based on other ratable categories. Still, not quite worth the $12 price tag in my opinion. I would visit again and again, however, if I could find it priced in the $8-$9 range, which is probably closer to what most people pay.

FeDUBBELFIST, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of DrJay
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%

Hazy yellow/gold colour with a generous white cap. Great head retention with tons of lacing - spotty and streaky, with rings marking each sip, super sticky - it doesn't get much better than this for a big IPA. Intense hop aroma - grapefruit and pine dominate, citrus zest - plus a rich maltiness that provides more of a toasty and biscuity character than a straight-up caramel sweetness. Nice. Powerful bitterness, reigned in by considerable malt presence, a great balance of citrusy hops and toasted malt sweetness. Mild caramel and pine, some alcohol towards the end. Creamy texture with very smooth carbonation, warming alcohol, full bodied, slight astringent dryness that actually balances some of the sweetness. Truly an exceptional beer. Alesmith really are masters of the brewing arts. I could drink this non-stop, all day, every day, liver willing. Delicious.

DrJay, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%

22oz into tulip. Don't remember who this was from, but thanks! From notes.

A- Nice orangey amber pour with a rpetty ample head.

S- Strong citrus nose. Some faint caramel/bready notes. Sweet, sugary notes as well.

T- Fruity, citrus hops and a bit of a pine resin finish. There's a lot of malt here- so much so that I think I'm drinking an east coast DIPA. Nice balance, perhaps a bit much on the malt heaviness but the flavors are nice. A bit too sweet.

M- A bit heavier and fuller than I'd like, but I'm nitpicking, it's still really good. Pretty good balance.

D- Moderately low. A heavy, filling, rich beer. One was more than enough. I like this enough to where I'll buy a bottle or two a season, but that'll hold me over and then some. A nice change of pace from the hop-centric DIPAs we're used to seeing out of cali, but this one might do better to dial the malts back just a bit.

ShogoKawada, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of TCgoalie
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Received in a beer trade with friend zoso1967, Thanks!

The head on this beast cannot be handled in my small snifter. Even a gentle pour can't contain the 3 finger high white foam. After letting it sit for a couple of minutes, the head has receded leaving a lovely lacing. The color is medium in darkness resembling a yellow copper tone.

I feel as though I'm smelling a belgian beer when held up to my nose. Yeast and some heat greet my nose in the beginning of the smell. Upon further review, subtle hints of pineapple, apple and lime exist as well. The scent is not huge but the complexity is subdued.

In eager anticipation, I am pleased to find that the taste lives up to the appearance and smell. Pine and Pineapple hops lead the way with a substantial malt balancing act. There is a slight off taste at the end which seems to come from the alcohol heat.

The mouthfeel is soft with medium body. There is plenty of carbonation but it does not produce a sharp feel while in the mouth or upon swallowing. This brew leaves my mouth dry and would be very clean if not for the lingering heat.

A solid double worth having your friend travel over 800 miles to deliver to you. I would love to try this one on tap.

TCgoalie, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Russian River tulip. Poured a hazy light amber color with a very active head filling half of the glass at first. It had some nice head retention to it and left some very thick lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a very nice mix of pine, citrus and a tropical mango, pineapple like flavor to it. It's very hoppy and it has a very nice range of hop flavors to it. It also has a decent malt presence to it in the nose as well.

The taste ia not surprisingly hoppy. Like the nose it has a nice range of hop flavors to it though. Some bitter grapefruit, pine, and a bit of that tropicalness all come through. It finishes on the dryer side with a lasting bitterness. It also has a pretty big malt profile with some hints of caramel to it. Just a touch of alcohol in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is slightly above average. Drinkability is very good, it's a great beer. It was very hoppy but still seemed to have a wide range of flavors to it. One of the best DIPA's there is and I'm always happy everytime I get to try this one.

billab914, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of david131
3.4/5  rDev -19.4%

A- A semi-cloudy orange liquid with a massive craggy bone white head that has great retention.

S- Pine, oranges, cut grass, and fruit. Smells good, but also pretty typical of a west coast DIPA.

T- Orange rind and pine with a sweet caramel finish. Very soapy and seems to fall apart on the finish.

M- A nice amount of carbonation, but has an astringent finish. Bitter, dry, and strange on the finish.

D- This takes a bit of work to consume, especially when taking into account the alcohol content (a bit on the lower side for the style). Overall, I am underwhelmed but it is not bad.

david131, Aug 26, 2010
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,568 ratings.