Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

Not Rated.
YuleSmith (Summer)YuleSmith (Summer)

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

918 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 918
Hads: 1,751
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 259
Gots: 103 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 11-24-2002

Lots of hops with a nice malty backbone on this one. It is released twice yearly; once in the Summer and once in the late Fall / early Winter. Winter bottles have green & red ink, Summer is blue & red. There is a variation in the malt bill for each version.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 918 | Hads: 1,751
Photo of lupercmda
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish amber hue. IT has a foamy white head of about 1 inch. Has a nice malty smell with some tropical notes. Taste: Nice malty backbone with balanced hop finish. Really good IPA (190 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > SA Sensory Pint
A - Cloudy gold orange with two and a half fingers of thick dense off-white foamy head with some really thick lacing.
S - Really nice aroma, passionfruit, papaya, orange, a little banana, then there's some grassy dankness, hop resin.
T - Bold hop profile, sweet candy like malt come in mid way with some candied fruit, lots of big sticky dank hop flavor, sweet orange and tangerine, papaya, grapefruit, lime, pine, some dark earthy hop undertones in the end, slight alcohol taste lingering.
M - Big feel to this beer, some alcohol burn along with a huge piney bitterness. Chewy and sticky.
O - Really good IPA, a bit too overbearing in some areas, but worth having for sure. (699 characters)

Photo of IPAjeff
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious DIPA. Large Wine Glass. Great nose: hints of tangerine, grapefruit and pine.
Creamy head with a medium body that's just right for summer.
Just love the flavors of tangerine, grapefruit, pine and some pepper. This is one of my favorites, right now and can't pass it up even at $8 a bomber. (304 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy light amber, slightly darker than gold. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of citrus (tangerine, orange, light grapefruit) over a rich biscuit base. Underneath, is a tantalizing hint of spicy spruce.

Heavy light body with a fairly smooth texture. Superbly carbonated with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a rollicking fine effervescent prickly finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is almost world class. It begins with the citric flavors of the nose, but with more grapefruit rind present. The rind flows into spruce in the middle over a rising malt influence. A mild bitterness kicks in and the malts assume the forefront with a rich grainy biscuit sweetness. Surprisingly, caramel notes are present at a much higher level than the color would suggest. The finish delivers the expected alcohol burn at the back of the throat, but also allows the alcohol content to escape it's previous flavor masking. A rind and pine like bitterness lingers along with the alcohol astringency. (1,053 characters)

Photo of beerbully
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Russian River chalice

L-Golden, clear, 1/2 inch creamy head, white cap, thick lacing with no retention

S-Sweet malty with tropical fruits (mango, papaya, peach)

T-Good Balance between sweet malts and fruity, citrus and pine hops........mild bitterness in the finish

M-Medium bodied, mild carbonation, good balance between sweetness and bitterness

O-Well balanced between the sweet malts, bitterness of the hops and the hop flavors and aromas that range from tropical fruits to citrus to pine (515 characters)

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

Hay color, hazy but not completely like those east coast ipa/dipa's. Picking up slight tropical notes on the smell, but they're quite muted. Bold bitterness but well rounded with the sweetness of malt. I definitely recommend for dipa fans. Cheers (246 characters)

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

Golden with good clarity and a creamy head. Balanced pine and citrus in both aroma and taste. A bit of sweetness takes the edge off the bitterness in the finish. Solid DIPA. (173 characters)

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Top class DIPA. This is very well balanced with a floral, spicy hop profile that is really pronounced, very noticeable. Makes this one that I will remember, and wish I bought more of despite the $10 price tag for a bomber. The malt stickiness/slight sweetness pairs so well with the hops in this. I really enjoyed this beer and would highly recommend it. (359 characters)

Photo of Simont
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Supremely well made beer, provided you like big alcohol malt and hop notes. I definitely do. This is a big beer but comes across with a lot more body, heat and complexity than it's 8.5 abv suggests. Bitterness and malt complexity balance incredibly well, and such a lot of both. Under the mandarin/ pine/ grapefruit/ tropical fruit hop characters, there's a floral, spicy flavor that wonderfully connects to the toffee and caramel sweet malt. Masterful. (454 characters)

Photo of 303beer
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a blond copper color. Couple inches of head that is white and rocky. Leaves lacing as it dissipates. Has a hoppy front then a touch of sweet that falls into a slight bitter on the backend. (194 characters)

Photo of macpapi
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange color with a pretty full and fluffy white head. Pretty hazy and slightly opaque. Lots of lace and bubble cloying to the side of the glass.

Smell is a good mix of malt, citrus, and pine. Definite hints of grapefruit and spruce here. Very well balanced and inviting.

Taste is dominated by hops and bitterness--in a very good way. There is a very nice malt backbone to go along with those citrusy, piney, biting hop essences. The bit of alcohol sting that is paired with bitter hops also is noted by a bit of a ringing sting in the mouth. Again, this is done well and comes across as inviting to this hop-headed, big-beer guy. Very full bodied and flavorful.

Moderate carbonation, full body, and a real biting presence define the mouthfeel of this beer.

Overall, this is a damn impressive and tasty D.I.P.A. The overall flavor profile and balanced nature of the beer--especially hard to pull off in a 100-plus IBU brew--is just so skillfully and well done that it makes me marvel at AleSmith's accomplished approach to brewing. This is a beer to savor--summer, winter, fall, or spring....it would hardly matter. (1,148 characters)

Photo of Illmaticzx
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A little cloudy, bright gold, thin head
S pineapple juice peach juice and piney hops smells sweet and tropical, smells good
T sweet malt, pineapple tropical a little malt forward, piney grapefruit a little alc backbone
M medium
O a smidge too malty sweet to be perfect for my pallette but its a very good dipa (314 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light bronze to dark gold in color. There's a good inch of foam that is tightly knit, compact white with a tan tint. Moderate Brussels lacing. Aroma is of piney hops and sourdough bready light malt. The flavor is initially acutely tart piney hops. It fades gradually into a nice light malt flavor. The mouth is dry and a bit chalky. (338 characters)

Photo of Dontlikebud
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour from the tap into a pint glass was incredibly cloudy. The beermeister offered to dump it and get us something else. Glad we said no. Nose is full of sweet and bitter fruit with just the right amount of malt. Complex taste was a bit of a surprise. Wonderful blend of malt and hops. This beer's a winner! (312 characters)

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

Pours a beautiful golden orange with a thick, frothy white head. The nose is bursting with citrus notes. Grapefruit, orange, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, papaya, mango, and a little malt sweetness. The flavor is bitter upfront, but that is quickly followed by a tropical sweetness. It finishes slightly sweet, but with a lingering bitterness. This is my favorite Alesmith, next to Speedway. I wish it were year round. (422 characters)

Photo of brap
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful apricot color with nice head and lacing.

Really hoppy some pine notes. Super fresh tasting and had a nice tartness to it. I wasn't nuts about it but I think I would really go well paired with a rich or fatty food like duck. It is a wonder IPA I think I might just be hopped out. Also this is one of those beers that gets better toward the bottom of the glass, I could see this growing on me. (408 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, orange beer with a three finger high, fluffy, whithe, head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Orange marmelade, apricot, pine, resin, grapefruit, pineapple, a lot of tropical fruit! Caramel malt and grass.
Taste: Soft, smooth taste of orange, pine, resin, grapefruit and honey.
Body: Full body. Thick and creamy. Complex structure. A great bitterness at the end. Medium to low, soft carbonation.

This is an outstanding beer! I'm so glad I got hold of this. Really good! (489 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The nose has a nice summer tropical scent of pineapple, apricot and oranges. I catch some yeast like aromas with some floral hop cone.

This is very light crisp and refreshing but has very little malt back. I mostly catch oranges and nectarines on the tongue with some hop cone, pine and lupilin. (296 characters)

Photo of pagriley
4.25/5  rDev 0%

A bit old. Bottled about 6 months ago

A- pours hazy orange thin head with good legs
S- Sweet malt with big hops
T- Good balance of hop and sweet
M - rich and thick. A bit more than I was expecting.

Fresh hops have faded but still a super solid double IPA. (259 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber yellow color with a thick head with good retention.
Aroma of pineapple, oranges, booze and pine.
Citrusy flavor with notes of pepper, caramels, grapefruit, pine, mango and tangerines. Finishing with a mint note.
Dry and bitter aftertaste. Alcohol of 8.5% has a warming effect.
Full body with appropriate carbonation.
Sticky and very hoppy DIPA and quite alcoholic. Maybe for a colder day during summertime. (412 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Poured bottle into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours a beautiful clear golden color with a three finger white head. Great lacing.

S-Aromas of grapefruit and orange.

T-Very complex flavors with the Initial flavor of orange and grapefruit with a nice bitterness of the hops in the middle, and then sweetness of the malt.

M-Mouthfeel is well balanced with great carbonation.

O-This was one of my ISO after I had their IPA and they didn't disappoint me. I must try more of their brews especially speedway. (498 characters)

Photo of Jack_Malts
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

This has got to be one of the best dipas I've had in a while now, the last really great one having been chillwave... Not that I ever get access to really good fresh dipas, considering the fact that I live in Virginia. The hop presence is very juicy and smooth, as opposed to resinous or bitter. There is plenty of orange and tangerine on the nose and in the flavor. All of the citrus notes are on the much sweeter, mellow side of things. The appearance is absolutely beautiful. There is a big, fluffy white head that leaves plenty of lacing and recedes to a full fluffy island of foam floating in the middle of the glass. The only complaint I have is that there is a little bit of sulfur poking through but HOLY SHIT this beer was bottled in may. I wonder what it would have tasted like fresh? It still tastes like a world-class dipa almost 4 months later. Very good, highly recommended, and totally worth seeking out. (918 characters)

Photo of -steve-
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

A - Cloudy, slight red hue. Generous lasting head.
S - Citrus (orange) notes. Apparent as soon as you pop the cap. Nice underlying grapefruit smell.
T - Hint of carmal, with citrus and anise tastes. Hops tartness but not abundant.
M - Tastes slide easily from one to another.
O - With the anise spiceness and the high alcohol content (8.5%) it seems less of a summer ale and more of a winter warmer.Not that that matters. There's lots to like in this brew. (456 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising slowly form the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a large sized finger thick cap in the center of the glass with a very thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly heavier than moderate aromas citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit zest, and tropical/pineapple hops with a light amount of pine hops. Underneath that there is a light to moderate aroma of slightly sweet grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel and grainy malts which contribute a moderate amount of initial sweetness to the beer. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit and citrus/grapefruit zest hops with a light to moderate flavor of tropical/pineapple and pine hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness are present which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: A pretty hop aggressive DIPA and a fairly enjoyable one. Definitely a beer that takes a while to consume but paired very nicely with some homemade indian curry - really worked well with the sweetness of the beer and the spiciness of the food. (1,468 characters)

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

bottled on may first, and while people say these must be consumed real fresh, this certainly doesnt seem to have deteriorated in the slightest. in fact, its a big and juicy as ever, dripping with tangerine hops and radiant pale orange malt. tall white head on it too, looks just beautiful in the glass, erupting with the bright citrus hop profile, as oily a any west coast example of the style, but with an attention to detail uncommon to these beers. its flavor is layers of tropical and citrusy hops. oranges and orange mellon are dominant, but more tart and even close to acrid kumquat type fruits are present in the alpha acid makeup of this hop bill. i dig that hard, all this fruit, very little bitter. still real true to style though, with a robust grain bill that gives a fleshy middle to it, and a very clean finishing ale yeast that has cleaned up most of the sugar required to get this thing up over 8% abv. carbonation is popping off like champagne, and the dryer finish to a real oily hoppy beer is welcomed and foreign to me. age hasn't hurt this a bit. i think i like it better than the winter edition, although its been awhile now... (1,149 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 918 ratings.