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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

YuleSmith (Summer)YuleSmith (Summer)

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pDev: 10.17%


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:
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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

2007 Winter.

Pours a slightly fogged, ruby hued amber with a sizeable crème head. Lots of lace on the way down. Nose is very full hops. Flavor is very hoppy. Almost seems more like an hopheads IPA with a very minor amber ale edge to it. Mellows out over time and grows into a more sweet edged concoction. Feel is nice on the liquid and the carbonation is good too. This was nice, but it seems a bit too bright. I have a second bottle that I am going to let sit for a while to see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 07:14:48 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off this has been a holy grail ale for me one of those beers that you've come close to attempted to order off line but it was sold out made it to the beer store just to have the last few bottles grabbed. Now here I sit contemplating drinking something with so much hype behind it, I know it's time. The appearance is amazing deep ruby red body with hop and yeast particles flowing around in the stream of bubbles arising toward the head. Thicket of beige head sits righteously above the rim of my Gulden Draak glass sculpted so well with projectiles hanging off the side of my glass reaching for me. Chunky and cloudy residual proteins were good for this beers head. Aroma is big on wintergreen mint and pine cone hop accents I detect earthy herbal and dirt like hop overtones within it's festive bowels. The winter green Christmas tree effect is crazy it actually burns nose hairs and sweet deep caramel or spiced Christmas bread like warmth rises up as well. Flavors collide with hops as you take the first sip it actually stings the palate with hop bitterness, think of a group of bees attacking your palate after just landing on a hop plant. Sturdy effervescent carbonation really takes over with each sip and the hop oils engrave their name right on your palate it's awesome. After pouring in the last bits of yeast sediment into the glass the flavor balances into this unique West Coast poetry in motion DIPA, it's a one of a kind experience. Mouthfeel is huge textured with hop oils full bodied with ample carbonation bringing out the best of the best for this particular beer. Drinkabability is off the charts as far as I'm concerned this is a beer I could crave and possibly attempt to drink all day and this could probably be the reason that they only release it as a limited release once a year.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 03:26:00 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy dark orange in color with a one finger head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Some light lace develops.

Smell: caramel, pine, and grapefruits are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, big pine tones, grapefruit, and alcohol are most noticeable. Somewhat hidden fruit sweetness lingers in the background. The biting hop bitterness is showcased here.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp throughout. Very long lasting bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: a nice slow sipping big beer where a few glasses are doable but will hit you in a single session.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 16:14:54 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extraordinary head: poured more than five fingers thick. It is slowly retreating--still three fingers thick at 3 minutes. It's leaving some spotty lace. The color is reddish amber. Frankly, I can't find any flaws.

Strong hop aromas--fresh. One minute later (as the head recedes), some amber malt notes come through. Still, this is a hoppy brew.

First impression is creaminess. The hop is not nearly as pronounced as the smell would indicate. Lots of crystal malt. The hop grows during the tasting culminating at the swallow. It leaves a long trailing aftertaste; spicy. Not a harsh brew. Very full body with very good carbonation.

A wonderful offering. One of the superior double IPA's. I'd love to compare this to Stone's. What's happening in San Diego? It's blowing out the competition in Seattle, Portland, Denver and Boston!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 00:15:20 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, 2007 summer edition, procured at the BevMo Irvine.

A: Dark amber, almost red, with an extremely large billowy head which surprised me at first, but then really enjoyed it, almost like a bottle of Duvel.

S: A beautiful soft citrus, this really dominates the smell, but it is heavenly, a beautiful brisk fragrant scent.

T: The taste is very good, citrus hops dominate, with tangerine and grapefruit, some malt in the back, metallic at times, but quite tasty.

M: Smooth, could be called hop juice, chewy hop bitterness, nothing is over the top, it is really well balanced for a Double IPA.

D: A great production, immensely drinkable for its size, I just wish it wasn't so damn expensive, even in California, it's $5.69 a bottle, if you're lucky.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 04:38:30 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

2.9/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A winey and bitter sort of DIPA. Nothing festive about it. Rather thin and extremely sharp. Malt seems to disappear into the hoppy tangle. Foam is quite decent. Aroma of pine and pollen is rather pleasant.

Hazy light amber, touch of orange. Quite a bit of sediment, I discover on pouring another glass. Some aromatics but mostly the grapefruit pith with a touch of resins. I say again, so sharp, and so light bodied. Bitter from start to finish.

From the 22 oz bottle. There must be a hundred better DIPAs, if that's what this is supposed to be.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 05:43:47 | More by mactrail
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured an orange color, good carbonation with a small white head. Nose is big with hops, big. Lots of pine. Taste was very nice upfront, big pine like liquied pine tree, malty with a nice hop kick at the end. Excellent brew and by the best in the growler out of the selections Ihave had so far.

Serving type: growler

11-15-2009 15:54:03 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to Kroggdawg for bringing this one (the Red and Blue) back from the coast. It's beautiful with big American hops, making it seem like an appropriate 4th of July beer (too bad it's winter now). There's a sweet malt background that provides a wonderful balance and backbone.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 21:32:47 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 00:21:08 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

2.65/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2010 vintage 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Hi-Time Liquor in Costa Mesa, California, and served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer stemflute in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Cost was $9.99 plus tax. Reviewed live.

Expectations are high as I have a very high regard for the brewery (which I've visited), and it's aged. I know I had the winter version but I don't remember what rating I gave it (and I'm too lazy to look it up). However, I'm very skeptical of aged IPAs. Hop death seems like it would be devastating to an IPA. But hey, this is Alesmith, and I trust Hi-Time.

I normally hate the style for its usual imbalance, but if anyone can do it right (after Russian River), it's Alesmith.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice cream, decent thickness, and great retention for the relatively high ABV. Colour is a hazy nontransparent (but not opaque) yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Hoppy - but sadly more on the bittering end. Some pine and citrus, but not enough to turn me on to it. A bit stale. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Hoppy, with citrus and slight pine. Overall, hop balances tips largely toward the bitterness end, but the citrus and pine do a decent job of evening it out. It's a bit floral. Overall, it's rather simple for Alesmith. I suspect there was a great deal of hop death. It's gone off to some extent. The finish is particularly problematic, with the bitterness emerging to unfavorable effect. Horribly balanced, both in terms of structure and flavour. It might have been built decently back when it was brewed, but now the built comes off as bad, especially in the case of the hops; even the strain could have issues. Maybe summit hops were used? I hope not.

Mf: Coarse, too thick, and decently wet. Strange for the style, and not apt. Likely suffers from the age like the flavour profile (though again, I want to emphasize this is merely an assertion). Doesn't really complement the flavours all that well.

Dr: I wouldn't get this again, but I can't emphasize enough that I suspect hop death is a factor here. I'd try it on draught just to make sure this was indeed a fluke. I do think this review is valuable for educational purposes. Hides its ABV well. Of limited quality. A disappointment from Alesmith.

C-

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 07:57:27 | More by kojevergas
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

A 22 oz bomber, Red/Blue Summer 2006 version courtesy of Boolshot.

A: The ale is a hazy copper-brown color, showing off more orange colors than not. The ale is hazy, thick with ultrafine particles that do no stand out as you look at it. The head neared a finger and was generally average.

S: The nose is thick with hoppy fruits and resins. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, pine, the aromas run the gamut of the hop spectrum and don't hide the hot alcohol scent.

T: The age has taking a toll on the hop profile. The result is a much stronger biscuit and caramel malt that emerges mid-palate, leaving a graininess that I don't recall existing earlier. The hops are still strong but have changed, still exuding a grapefruit element but now a bitter, earthy dirty hop flavor scars the tastebuds, having completely crowded out the sweet aromatic citrus elements.

M: The aroma sets you up for a taste that falls short of expectations. The hops remain a force to be reckoned with though, its just that they have taken on a new identity.

D: Fresh, this beer floored me. With a year under its belt, the hops have dropped off and muddled the taste a bit. Don't age this baby, hit it fresh and hit it hard.

Previous Reviews:
8-Jul-07, Bottle, Winter, 4.0, 4.5, 4.5,4.5, 4.0, 4.35
16-Dec-06, Bottle, Winter, 4.0, 4.5, 4.5,4.0, 4.5, 4.35
11-Sep-06, Bottle, Summer, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0,4.5, 4.5, 4.60

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 00:26:32 | More by akorsak
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Nice to see TJ's getting some AleSmith brews on tap lately. This one poured a crystal clear amber color with a small white head that left a bit of soapy lacing on the snifter it was served in. Nice clean aroma rich with citrus and piney hops. Taste was actually a bit subdued, surprisingly; not quite bland, but pretty lack-luster, compared to what I got in the nose. Caramel malts, crisp hops--citrus, pine, tropical fruit--nice and dry in the finish. All the typical qualities were there, but it just felt a little thinned down to me. Otherwise, body was light-medium, slightly sticky, and while it may have been a tad lacking in the flavor department, the tamer amount of palate-recking hop flavor/intensity made it that much more drinkable. So it pretty much balanced out, for a good quality beer in the end.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2012 03:58:14 | More by Rifugium
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Billolick

New York

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

we were happy to find this one on tap at Pizza Port in Carlsbad, Ca. Poured a nice radiant orangy almond amber. Head was white/eggshell and lasted forever. Very fine lacing. The nose had a hint of nutmeg and of course hops. Nice honey, malty, marmalade, rich and bold brew. Oily hops o'pleanty. Great depth of hoppy flavor that carries thru to the finish. World class creation from Alesmith. A treat on tap in its home state.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2006 23:22:44 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

(Served in a tulip glass)
This is the winter version
A- This beer pours a dense body of brown that glows reddish-brown in the light. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that support a thick lumpy head of light tan that last for most of the beer.

S- The full smell of green hops pellets right out of the bag has a nice pine quality to it that even comes through during the pour. There is a softer caramel malt sweetness to it that has a faint cinnamon quality in the background.

T- The caramel malt flavor is sweet but not sugary with a soft biscuit note to it. There is a green herbal hop flavor that is a big finish to this beer. There is a piney-cinnamon hint to the hops that has a nice twist.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a big fizz at the finish and a soft alcohol heat that increases as the beer warms a bit.

D- This beer has a nice big piney hop flavor with some good depth and a sweet malt support to it. The alcohol has a nice soft presets that gives a little boost to the hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 18:34:01 | More by rhoadsrage
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 02:44:18 | More by lacqueredmouse
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a five-finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Malty/alcohol nose. Flavor is tart raisins, caramel and some alcohol. Nice holiday ale. Yeast settles out in glass. $4.70 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 00:26:05 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

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

What better day than Christmas day to review this beer?

Pours a clear red to copper colored ale that manages to form a small head despite the alcohol level.

Smell is good amount of malt and brown sugar with a good spicy scent. Very bready base malt scent with a scent of rye bread in there. Extremely spicy scent with lots of hops scents, ginger, cinnamon and black pepper.

Taste is sweet and tart on the first sip with a good stomach warming. Good malt flavor that are kept ion check by a solid hop bitterness that is a bit herbal and woody in this young bottle, a year of aging will cure that. Good spicy flavors that are mostly in the alcohol components of this beer. The malt remains on the sugary side with herbal hop flavors mainly in that. The herbal hops carry a good amount of citrus flavor but I think that this really needs a bit of aging to be at its best.

Mouthfeel is very good and full.

Super drinkable for the alcohol level, I still think that this needs to be aged for a year to be all that it can be.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 00:58:20 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red and Blue label Summer 05 Edition

I've had this for about 9 months now. Pours a clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, small foamy head which disappears quickly, some nice lacing afterwards. Scents of hops, malts, citrus, some spices. The taste is sweet and tangy, very well balanced, probably since it's quite a few months old. There's a nice bitter bite finish as well. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from AleSmith.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 00:47:33 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with meathookjones. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of beige head over the dark amber brew. Dense head lasts, and lacing is great. Aroma is all about the piney hops, but there is more than ample malt character to support it. Taste is similar to the nose, with biting piney hops upfront, which are smoothed by the hearty malt, and then ends dry with some slight fruit and alcohol character. Mouthfeel is superb, and drinkability is great as well. This is my kind of holiday brew. Ho ho ho!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2004 22:54:27 | More by ppoitras
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DoubleJ

California

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

I really enjoy the Winter Version of YuleSmith, but I've never tried the Summer Edition. To my luck, Hollingshead's Deli had this on-tap during my visit. 12 ounce pour, on to the beer:

It looks more a hefeweizen than a DIPA. Very hazy body, wheat blonde in color, creamy and dense head that stays around and chokes the glass full of lacing. The aroma is mild in intensity, but that is full of juicy hops.
Now....I remember the Winter YuleSmith having a bigger malt backbone than this. The Summer YuleSmith is loaded with ripe, juicy, sometimes nausiating hops. If you could squeeze the juice out of hops the same way you can sqeeze oranges for oranges juice, you'd think AleSmith had a juicer. Tropical flavors like pinneapple run around, with other sharp citrusy flavors. Pucker up! It's easy on the palate, thanks to its smoothness and masked alcohol.

Why exactly did it take me this long to try Summer YuleSmith? I can easily locate bottles of this stuff, but this was the first time I had found this on draft. This is a delight for a hophead, though I'm personally more fond of the maltier, but still hoppy Winter Version. Maybe I need to go back and re-sample the Winter Version.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 03:08:50 | More by DoubleJ
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A great gift by courtesy of BA Greg (Dukeofearl) when he and Alice visited London earlier this year. Thanks Greg! This is officially my first "bottled" DIPA, as I am lucky to have tasted DFH 90minute IPA on cask and something else I can't remember at the BSF bar, GBBF 05. Both were huge, complex and very different, further triggering my interest in seeing how these giant hoppy monsters could maintain their subtle distinctiveness... And having warmed myself up with several IPAs and heavy APAs recently, now I'm ready:

2005 edition, 8.5%abv. Served around 10-12˚C in a goblet.
A: pours a copperish hue with exceptionally dark orangey hint; thick, cappucino-like frothy and creamy head, only very slowly dissipating w/o showing much movement, leaving layers of fine lacing. Very gentle carbonation detected. Beautiful...
S: the texture of the smell is beyond my imagination--I could sense an invisible, air-tight cell occupying the space between the nectar and my nose, in which the fat fruity hoppy and richly malty elements are wrapped together, so intense and focused that it's unmovable and never dissipates... sweetened apricot and cherry, preserved orange, melted malt sugar, flowery honey, butterscotch, peach-flavoured milk(?!), rock-candy, endless fruit and flowery esters all over the place. The whole thing is thick, intense, complex but luckily not too aggressive~~ It's easily the most remarkable aroma of all those (only a few actually) American IPAs I've ever encountered, but it doesn't get 5 coz it proves a touch too sweet for me. (at the second pour and third the smell does soften remarkably and still bloody nice!)
T: the first sip is like a hop-shell exploding on the palate and taking me aback!!! releasing high voltage of hoppy waves rediating towards all corners in my mouth and really "stuns" my tongue; after I put myself/my senses together after the first hit, the second sip shows a fat and oily hop-ball rolling onto the palate, gradually the incredibly thick orange-dominated citrus fruitiness spreads from the centre, followed by oily hoppyness, liquour-preserved cherries, along with buttery and sweet-biscuity malts, while the magnifying bitterness gradually intensifies from underneath just as a flow of flaming alcoholic warmth sliding down the throat like malt liquour. Thick but round finish, underlined by incredibly deep and lingering, herbal and slightly citrus-tannic bittering flavour deep down the throat on top of the simmering flames~~
M: incredibly rich and round the mouthfeel is... with such a 110% body and 120% flavour, I'm pleasantly surprised to find that at the back of the palate the oily hops, thick malts and ever-lasting and ever-magnifying bitterness are all rolled into one, as if there is a centre of gravity to keep the harmonious balance...
D: I feel very priviledged to try such a nice brew as my first-ever bottled DIPA. Actually I'm converted right away! But it's not to say that I would stop my love for "attenuated" American IPA and indeed even "smaller" English IPA, and "mini-mum" ESB, so on and so forth... They, as different styles, each show distinct beauty and complement each other to make the (bitter) beer world fuller and never boring. Three cheers to Greg and YuleSmith!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 04:50:58 | More by wl0307
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer 2008 Edition.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of poofy off-white head. A near ½ finger of solid creamy retention flairs up magnificently, leaving massive swathes of sticky hop lacing behind. The aroma is a straight up West Coast Hop Bomb with piney hops, fresh citrus, an underlying beefy smelling grainy sweetness, and a tingle of heat that runs throughout.

The taste is sticky resinous hop bitterness and juicy notes of grapefruit, orange, and mango that are well balanced out by a hefty backbone of grainy malts and caramel sweetness. Nice, long lasting hop bitterness that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium to full with a slick oily feel that intermingles in with a somewhat prickly carbonation. There is definitely some alcohol beef present but it's not noticeable enough to become distracting at all.

Alesmith doesn't disappoint at all with a summer version of their Yulesmith seasonal, an easy drinking and flavor packed version of a San Diego Pale Ale. This makes me want to go hang out at the beach.

Holiday 2007 22oz bottle into a Stone IPA flute. I had originally bought this back in December and for the life of me, I don't know why it's taken me this long to get to it. It seems I need to clean out the ole' beer fridge more often.

Pours a clear dark amber but "Uh oh Houston. We've got a carbonation problem!" I get about 2 oz of liquid into the glass and the rest is filled with foam. After awhile, I finally get enough in there for a proper review. To its credit, the frothy off-white head retains just beautifully, with creamy wisps around the edges and big dollop right in the middle that stays there. The lace is just massive with hop stickiness that literally just coats the sides of the glass. Carbonation problems aside, this is beer is just awesome to look at! The aroma is Ahhh, that familiar West Coast magic, right up my nose! Notes of pine and spruce needles right off the bat mixed with grapefruit character and just the wonderful scent of thick, sweet, bready malts in the background. I'm also picking up accents of spices, dark fruits, and even mint. Quite the festive aroma!

The taste is more of same. That resinous hop assertiveness pops right out and wraps itself around all the other flavors. Unfortunately it seems a little more subdued than the aroma and makes me think that I did indeed wait a little too long to enjoy this. This is all nicely supported by that big, thick, blanket of bready malt that perfectly balances it out. It almost feels like a Christmas cookie back there, as much like the aroma, I'm picking up notes of cherries, various holiday spices, and that minty taste again (although they could be from the hops as well). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a wonderful creamy ride that is thick with hop oils and a bready yeast feel. That nearly 9% ABV is present but I hardly notice it, as it just adds a bigger feel and sense of warmth to the surroundings that helps cap off this Wintertime trip.

Wow, even with a little hop fade, this beer is still absolutely awesome! It's just like the other fantastic West Coast DIPAs that we know and love but with a complete twist for the Christmas holidays. Even though it's big, drinkibility was never an issue. It went down fast and I enjoyed every minute of it. Next year, I'll definitely try to get this one as soon as it comes out. In the meantime, I'll have the Summertime edition to look forward to!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 17:56:22 | More by Kegatron
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

Green and Red - Winter Release.

A mosaic of peach, salmon and amber tones are all blended within a deep tawny wash; the colour actually shares strong resemblance to the skin of a pomegranate. It blushes to the light with a strong reddish radiance. Streams of bubbles can be spotted in numerous spots. The top fifth consists of a creamy, tanned, whipped piece of froth. It couldn't look anymore fantastic.

I'm happy to smell a lot of 'green' accompanying the red in this Holiday Ale. One thing that all good West Coast brewers do particularly well is make hoppy beers; Alesmith's Yulesmith pageants hops in all of their glory. In roughly this order the hop bill showcases: herbal, fruity, and floral. It pairs pine with hydroponics and blends the two with a wicked amount of citrus.

Throughout all of this lupulin madness, somehow, the malts still manage to shine through a fair bit themselves. They provide a very, very sweet, sugary counterpart to all this citrus and acidity. Prominent notes of dark toffee, creamy caramel cookies and honey coated wafers - all toasted to perfection - soak the palate with wonderfully delicious flavours.

The hops are also tasted. The beer again bears resemblance to a pomegranate, this time in flavour. A few other citrus fruits tag along, including grapefruit and tangerine. These hops impart a mouthfeel that is blistering with alpha acids. Despite the malt presence, the acidity is still left a little out of check. It doesn't hinder drinkability much mind you.

And neither does anything else. Certainly not the ton of hops, certainly not the almost 9% alcohol, and above all else, certainly not the 650ml serving size. I'm sure the 'bomber' bottle must have been invented for these kinds of smooth, quenching, incredibly quaffable IPA's and DIPA's. True or not, I wish all beers this good were offered in this size.

I really didn't consider this to be one of the top notch DIPA's after trying it for the first time (Summer Version). This sample, however, (Winter Version) has certainly lifted my holiday spirits. My Christmas wish is now that this "end of the year treat" could be an 'end of every working day treat'! This is one seasonal I will be revisiting each and every holiday season.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 02:53:36 | More by biegaman
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the Summer released Blue & Red bottle...
Appears a semi-transparent orange with a bubbly off white, soapy head that slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of biscuits, brown sugar, honey, earthy, and sugary orange peel.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with an earthy, spicy, creamy hop flavor, along with fruit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, toasty, earthy, spicey, mellow, fruity, sweet up front with a hoppy bite.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 20:47:16 | More by weeare138
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

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

On tap at Stone brewery today.

The beer pours a copper brown color with good head retention and lacing. The beer smells pretty good, and I get some nice hoppy citrus, pine and sweet malt. There is some fruity aromas from the intermix of hops and malt. On the palate this beer is very complex, with some nice flavors of citrus, cherry and pine. Although there is a fair amount of sweet malt on the mid palate, the beer finishes with a considerably hoppy, drying bite. This beer really grew on me the more I drank of it, yet another impressive effort from AleSmith. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel and, for the most part, the abv. is pretty well disguised. You can tell the beer's abv. is fairly high, but it's not at all obtrusive or intrusive, and ultimatley I was pretty impressed by it. While I wasn't wowed by it, this is yet another excellent effort from Alesmith.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2008 01:16:50 | More by johnmichaelsen
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,360 ratings.