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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,630
Reviews: 906
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 246
Gots: 72 | FT: 1
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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:
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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3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer 2007 edition

A- Pours an orangey golden hue with a massive head and tons of carbonation present. The carbonation reminds me of the fireworks on the bottle.

S- Deep Piney hops with a seemingly thick malty backbone. A bit resiny.

T- Taste is lots of piney hops that have a bitter kick followed by a sweet malt finish that counters the hops very well. I'm more of a fan of grapefruit/cirtus ipas and DIPAs but this one is very well crafted.

M- A bit bubbly and not nearly as thick as I originally would have thought.

D- This is certainly not the most drinkable IPA but the balance lends to it being easy to consume.

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4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter (07)
A: snifter. pours an opaque vibrant amber, major red hues. medium khaki colored head. decent retention rate. nice curtain lacing.

S: huge malt aroma, caramel, apples, some maple syrup. ligh citrus hop aroma.

T: big caramel malt flavors. some apples, like apple juice. nice light citrus hop flavors, some green raisins.

M: full bodied. higher carbonation than I would like. huge chewy palate.

Summer 07(consumed July 08)

A: snifter. pours a cloudy, deep orange color, with a slightly off-white head. Mild retention. great lacing.

S: I can smell the hops being two feet away from the glass. Nice rich and hearty hop aromas, almost burning the nostrils. Tons of citrus and pine in there. Wonderful, sweet malts as well.

T: some strange hints of tobacco. big malts supply the major backbone to the beer, very tasty. The hops come in with some citrus characteristics, but I get more earthy flavors than anything. Huge pine flavors, along with some raw earth tones.

M: Thick and hearty. low to mild carbonation level. very rich.

D: Very nice DIPA. my burps are delightful. I am glad I let it mellow out for a year, but you really couldn't tell that much difference.

Photo of marcpal
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber (Summer YuleSmith) sent my way from abankovich. Thanks for the try.

Poured into large tulip glass, split part of bomber.

A: Light peach color, hazy with a beige head. Thick lacing that grabbed hold.

N: Citrus and more citrus. Grapefruit was through the roof, some pine but not as much as in the taste.

T: There you have it- intensely strong pine flavors with the grapefruit that was in the smell. There is a sweet maltiness and roastiness but this one leaves just resinous pine and citrus coating your mouth.

M: Oily slick like. Dry with a hoppy aftertaste and the alcohol feel is clearly left to play a part.

D: Not the must drinkable alesmith, probably would have been tough to get through the full bomber after a long night of other beers but still worth a try. Looking forward to the winter version. Thanks again Adam.

This one has some legs to it for sure, but not my favorite from what is probably my favorite west coast craft brewer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split this with my dad on Christmas. He likes light lagers and appreicated this, but I had to drink most of it!

A: Pours a splendid copper brown with some nice ruby hues. The head is complete stickiness like a white adhesive to the glass.

S: Wow, this is intense. Tons of bitter hops but it is completely masked by the strong caramel and barley-wine like malts. It is completely strong, but completely necessary for this!

T: Damn is this intense. Incredible flavors with strong and sweet caramel malts and alcohol. The hops come in nicely but not enough to cover the intense malt sweetness. Slightly cloying, but overall, this is just fantastic.

Overall, this is a big, BIG beer that is magnificent.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved in a trade from nvbslman. Pours a hazy orange amber color, with a one finger pure white head that lasts a long time. Lacing on the glass is abundant.

Aroma is quite odd, but very pleasant. Blast of citrusy hops, a hint of caramel, and another odd smell I can't place. Spicy.

Flavor is very balanced, and again, not at all what I expected. The front of the flavor shows good hop flavor, with an almost sticky amount of hop resin. Once that hop flavor falls, malt shines through on the finish, along with... wait, spice?!?! I have complained this year because almost no other brewery did a spiced winter warmer, but thank you AleSmith, for bringing spice back to Christmas beers! Very nicely balanced between the malt, hops, and spice. Truly interesting flavor that is well balanced and enjoyable. I love it because its different.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, carbonation is perfect. The spice lingers on your tongue for quite a while, so that you can contemplate on this phenomenal beer. I'd consider this an easy drinker... but the problem is, I'm only 1/2 a glass into this bomber, and I don't want to drink anymore, because I'll be sad when its gone. Great beer all around, I wish I could get it more often in my area. Thanks again brian!

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4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my endless quest to enlighten the normally dry beer culture of Indiana I am always seeking people to do my dirty work. "Going to California? Oh, interesting. Do you think you could bring back ___ and ___? Great. Sure, you can carry them on the plane." This time those unlucky souls were my folks, who graciously brought back some unavailable-in-Indiana brews.

Color is quite festive and seems to scream 'xmas' red. Distinct and sturdy head eventually collapses to a taut 1" skim, with amazing lace ring action.

Nose is...you guessed it...hoppy! Hoppy in a great way; caramel pine synergy, dank herbs, dark fruits, and a powderiness. Green hop flashes throughout.

Taste reminds me a touch of Bear Republic's Racer 5 when fresh. Cushy, pillowy malt base is the first thing I notice (and appreciate). From this base springs forth myriad amazing hop-flavors; tea, dank herbs, citrus, and pine blasts.

Best. Double IPA drinkability. Ever. This bomber went down so damned fast my wife thought I spilled it. Lip-smacking hop quotient gets stronger and more addictive the further you get through. Truly like the i2pa version of a down comforter. No annoying bitterness or shocking IBU, just a hellaciously drinkable (and festive) DIPA that I could drink year round.

I'm very impressed with my first AleSmith brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Red & green label from 2006.

Poured out a sweet looking golden honey color with a HUGE HUGE HUGE orangey tan foamy head. Took me forever to pour this out and let it settle enough to drink. The nose had lots of green hops, some piney notes, a bit of alcohol, some light fruity spice, and a bit of orange. The taste was bitter hops in the front, backed up by pine, more hops, some malt, and a bit of honey. Has a bubbly and chewy mouthfeel, and it a bit of a chore to drink. Overall a good beer, this would probably appeal to someone who was a bit more of a hop head than me.

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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last year's Green and Red bottle.

Copper/crimson and clear with a very sticky and retentive layer of foam.

Smells of pineapple, pine needles, some earthy, grassy dirt, tangerine.

Taste is up-front bitterness with some juicy tropical fruit flavors, tangerine, burnt sugar, and a hint of biscuity malt.

Bitterness just gets bigger, and along with a moderate alcohol burn, sticks around the inside of the mouth. Big, big hops. Peppery flavors kick around, residual malt sweetness lingers but still barely holds up the hops onslaught -- and this is nearly 10 months out.

Strikes me as something between a Double Celebration and Bigfoot, but with different hops. The summer version must be an absolute hops onslaught when fresh.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding beer. The appearance is a nice frothy head atop a golden amber beer. The nose is very malty. It smells of a good pale malt, hay, and a bit of earthy leaf. Very nice aroma. But the thing I think is so cool about it is that the aroma and the taste don't match up at all. They pull a switch on you. The taste is very hoppy with only a bit of malt to taste. But there were no hops to smell in the nose. I like this beer a lot. Great nose and great taste from a great looking beer. What else is there?

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4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The '03 Yuletide has arrived! Poured from a bomber with festive red and green lettering, mistletoe, and a wreath, it pours a deep, dark orange with a hint of brown. The head is a monster. Although it fades just a bit after the initial onslaught, it remains a strong presence on the side of the glass and the top of the beer until the glass is dry. At first, the smell of hops seems almost overwhelming, but a nice sweetness comes through after a second or two. The taste at first seems mouth-puckering in its bitterness but, again, it presents a nice surprise when a malty sweetness balances out the hops. On top of that, a bit of grapefruit-like flavor mixes in with just a touch of spice. It's wonderfully creamy. Although the alcohol content has been knocked back slightly, it's still high octane at 8.5%. With complex flavors, the creamy mouthfeel, and the well-hidden alcohol, this is a dangerously drinkable beer. This is further proof that Alesmith can do no wrong.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I purchased this in late summer of 2006 but it has red and green lettering so I believe this is the winter 05/06 release. Nice dark golden color with a cream colored head that leaves lacing the whole way down. Aroma is floral and citrusy hops, malt sweetness. Taste is spicy hops mellowed quite a bit by the ample malt base. Somewhat sweet but pretty balanced. Hint of alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy with moderate to low carbonation- very nice for this particular beer. Almost chewy. Substantial feeling. Pretty drinkable for something this big. This tastes very nice but it's not overpowering. A most drinkable of double IPA's

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4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is for a winter release 2006 edition, provided by fellow BA dbalsock. 22 oz. bomber. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Pours with a huge head as a good celebratory beer should. Somewhat cloudy amber red. Tons and Tons of lacing. Very, very nice.

Smell- Very good floral hop aroma. Citrus, some grapefruit, but mostly floral. Underneath it all is a delicate layer of malt.

Taste- A good balance of sweet malt and bitterness. Somewhat similar to a DFH 90-minute IPA, but not so intense. The malt is almost honey-like, but not quite. Just a bit piney. Citrusy, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel- full and rich-bodied. Could it be fuller? perhaps, but it's at a good level right where it is. Somewhat dry in the finish.

Drinkability- Overall a very good beer. Perhaps the best balanced Imperial IPA that I've had. Highly recommended.

YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,630 ratings.