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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,477
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 241
Gots: 57 | FT: 2
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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 Lupe

New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red and green 22oz bottle - Winter 2007 edition. Big thanks to stewdawg for sending this my way in Beer Powerball.

Pours a beautiful copper-red with big off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent.

The aroma is hops all the way. Citrusy with pineapple and grapefruit, spicy, and loads of pine. A hint of caramel malt lingers behind all the hoppiness.

Taste is similar to the aroma with the pine dominating the other hop flavors. Citrus and spice are present, and mix well with the burnt caramel malt backbone. Notes of pepper are present as well. Not as malty in my experience as others for the same vintage and time of consumption. Still had some mouth-puckering bitterness and a solid malt foundation that let the hops shine. Finishes with lingering bitterness and pine flavors.

Medium-full in body, rich, smooth, and slick. A little too much carbonation im my opinion, but not enough to take away from enjoying.

Drinkability is pretty good - alcohol gets a little noticeable, but not overpowering. Could finish a bottle (22oz), but wouldn't reach for another. A great beer all-around.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 19:51:20 | More by Lupe
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-18-2013 22:42:24 | More by fellowrs
Photo of bunnyhustle


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

Tried the "winter version" (assuming they still do a summer and winter release, hadnt heard of that before). This is a holiday beer to me in the sense of appearance alone. It's a beautiful clear ruby/bright read color with a creamy beige head. Great retention an lacing. A great looking beer. Smell is strong of those west cosst hop bombs, a nice mix of piney hops, some citrus and grapefruit and a bit of a caramel maltiness to it. Taste was good I thought but not necessiarly memorable. A very balanced blend of that caramel malt backbone with some nice bittering piney hops with some citrus kick. I really dont notice anything too "holiday" about this beer, but it is a great Double IPA. Mouthfeel was medium to full with a a nice oil after feeling thanks to the generous amount of seemingly fresh hops. Overall, give the style and ABV, a very drinkable beer. While I dont konw if its the best Double IPA I've had, its certainly a standout.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 04:01:43 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of vtfan77


4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Summer Release, purchased online from South Bay Drugs

A- Crystal clear gold with maybe a hint of orange. Looks almost like a pilsner. A nice half-inch of head forms on the pour and sticks around for quite some time, leaving behind tons of lace.

S- Tons of leafy, piney hops in the nose. Perhaps a bit one-dimensional, but I can't say I really care. This is clearly an unapologetic hop bomb.

T- Actually a lot more balanced than the smell would suggest. The emphasis is still heavily on the hops, but the malt comes through just a bit with a nice caramel sweetness to back the massive hop onslaught. The huge leafy hop flavors carry over into the taste and coat the mouth with lupulin goodness. The finish is dry and very bitter, although not overwhelmingly so.

M- Nice medium body with a good dose of tongue-tingling carbonation to keep things lively.

D- The alcohol isn't particularly high for the style and isn't noticeable at all. I'll finish the bomber with ease. This is an extremely drinkable DIPA.

This is another fantastic DIPA from the West Coast, right up there with Pliny in my opinion. I really wish I could try some of these beers on tap but I suppose I'll have to make due with the occasional online purchase. Anyway, this is a great beer and a must-try for any hophead. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 20:51:40 | More by vtfan77
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4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very hoppy aroma (kind of SNCA like but more fresh) Some malt backbone. No fermentation aromas. very clean and hoppy in the spice-type of hops, not citrussy or wood.

Somewhere between deep gold and amber. Perfectly clear with a big head that fades to a solid layer of delicate foam. Very active rising carbonation but bubbles are very fine (like good champagne.)

Very hoppy start. There's enough malt to sweeten it out in mid palate and the aftertaste is all west coast hops. Not overly bitter but tons of hop flavor especially in the aftertaste. Again, spicey varieties with a touch of citrus. But with each sip I notice more of the malt play, base and crystal I think. It's a hop monster to be sure, but there's great malt balance too.

Not quite full but way beyond medium body. Creamy and the carbonation is like it looks, delicate and plays around in your mouth.

For a beer this big, it goes down very easy. The big hops are just enough to hied the strength but the fact that something this hoppy has so much malt profile gives it away.

Yumm!!! IMO this is the best of all of Alesmith products. Some are partial to Speedway Stout but year-in year-out this is one of the best SoCal holiday beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 03:41:18 | More by czechsaaz
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

08-05-2012 00:32:57 | More by roblund
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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 45 degrees. 2006 bottling.

A - Beautiful, thick, red color with an explosive caramel head. Strong carbonation and head retention.

S - Powerful aroma of orange, honey, and alcohol.

T - Extremely well-balanced for the complexities of the brew. Strong hops begin the taste, but are quickly met by a honey flavor, finally ending with a solid malt backbone and a residual taste of alcohol. Interesting combination of hops and malt, because neither flavor is overpowering, with a strong hoppy start and a strong malt finish. Delicious.

M - After letting it settle for a minute, a semi-sweet/dry taste remains on my tongue. Strong alcohol presence, but not overbearing.

D - I couldn't drink more than one in a setting, but that's not the purpose of this beer. This makes for a perfect holiday after-dinner or dessert beer. I will definitely try to get my hands on another for next year.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 15:57:52 | More by JohnnyM2002
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

06-14-2013 22:29:49 | More by ACB
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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter version poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Medium copper color, great clarity. Thin off-white head with good stability and retention.

S - Citrus and mango hop aroma, alcohol. Alcohol a bit dominant over the rest of the components.

T - Lots of citrus hop flavor with a supportive malt backbone providing flavors of cracker and caramel. Piney.

M - Medium-bodied with a moderately high level of carbonation. Smooth.

D - Lots of flavor but surprising drinkability for the depth. Credit this to a dry finish and enough complexity to make you thirsty for a second pint.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 07:20:43 | More by BrewerB
Photo of cameraman


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

A deep amber color, almost brown. It has a cream colored head, that is tow fingers thick and laces slowly down the glass. The strong scent of pine is apparent several inches from the glass. This scent, along with a robust citrus fragrance, blend to a mild malty aroma. The malt starts out first in the flavor and then blends to a hoppy biterness; consisting mostly of grapefruit and a grass/earthy flavor that dominates till the end. A medium bodied feel at the front end and it gradually gains weight as it reaches the back of the palate. A very strong double IPA, strong flavor and aroma are the backbone of great beer this has both and then some. Alesmith truly makes some outstanding beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 03:30:10 | More by cameraman
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-12-2013 01:13:37 | More by Schlais
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-21-2014 22:43:43 | More by heysuz
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

09-15-2013 20:51:56 | More by VaporDome
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3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bomber. Accidentally got the winter version in the middle of summer becuase I am a idiot.

Seems to be more ruby hued than I expected. Much darker too. Thick frothy marshmellow head. Gorgeous beer.

Sweet? smell of hops. Some grapefruit. A sweet scent that could be the malts tryin to get a small piece of the action.

Might have to blow dry this head to get a drink.
Big craters make it look like the dark side of the moon. Maybe I'll scoop it out with a spoon and put it on a nice piece of apple pie. Mmmmm, apple pie. Can't take it anymore, I'm going in.

Either the bottle is a little old or this is well balanced, because the hop character is slightly subdued. Malts are making a stand against the hops, not winning but making a stand. Alcohol politely cheers on one of 'em. Not sure which. Luckily 8%-9% is my favorite ABV so far.

Head... will... not... die... Now looks like melted vanilla ice cream. As I go through the bomber while watching The Shield, it starts to wear on me as a little cloyingly sweet underneath the hops. Drinkability suffers just a notch for this, but I will get a fresh bottle and reevaluate.

Overall: season's greetings to me

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 18:09:27 | More by PatronWizard
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

06-19-2013 06:20:24 | More by heavenlyStash
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

02-09-2014 02:17:15 | More by NHbeerfishing
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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Get a stick because the head on this one will be tough to beat back. Body is bronze orange and head is creamy white that proudly stands an inch and a half tall. It doesn't fade away meekly either ... I let it sit for 5 minutes and only half of it diminished. This is something you'd expect from a nitro pour!

First to attack the nose is pine, followed by orange and lemon.

Taste is more of the same with caramel finishing things out. This is really good and I'm glad I tried it.

At about $7 a bottle I don't know if I'll buy this often but I do know it tastes great. A wonderful beer if you're willing to shell out for it.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 06:59:39 | More by TheBungyo
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4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had fresh at the brewery and brought some home. Is everything that the IPA is and much more. Extremely hoppy - full of grapefruit. Very juicy and delicious. The complex flavours attack your tongue. Just the right amount of bitterness, and the alcohol is deceiving. Extremely balanced for a double IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2005 20:03:59 | More by baiser
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4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Presentation is a dark copper body capped off with a single finger of rocky, tan-colored foam. Clarity is excellent and lacing pattern is above 75%

Aroma: Piney floral hops, yeast, quality malt, and a touch of alcohol

Taste: Mega hops grip the tongue at the onset quickly yielding to a smooth malty midtaste. Some soothing warming of the throat from alcohol (not harsh by any stretch of the imagination) and a nice floral hop finish. While more taste does not always equal better taste, in this case Alesmith has nailed down one of the best tasting beers I've had in the past few years

Mouthfeel: This is the Gold Standard of mouthfeel...clean, silky, and not enough o's in smoooth to do justice to this fine nectar

Drinkability: I stopped drinking this after one only because I needed to...not because I wanted to. High ABV is well hidden but potent and I'd like to live long enough to enjoy this rare treat many, many more times

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2004 18:38:38 | More by IceAce
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New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-19-2011 00:35:09 | More by KGarrett
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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of the Summer Version. Pours a burnt orange color with a thick and creamy white foam head. Stick lacing all around the glass as the head dies down slowly. Smell is of pine and grapefruit hops. Taste is hoppy at first, followed by a malty kick that truly makes this a balanced drink. A bitterness is in the mild carbonation. Very nice Double IPA from Alesmith, I expected as much!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 03:13:23 | More by genog
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4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Went to Downtown Wine and Spirits to visit some old friends. Turns out I still have my store discount. Turns out they still have a sick selection of brews. Seems like a good match.

Oh yes, this is the winter version (you can probably guess so from the date reviewed).

Appearance - A very deep copper/amber color. Nice and clear, with about a half inch of off-white heads. Excellent lacing as the head just clings to the glass, and isn't going anywhere.

Smell - Wow. Tons of piney hops. Tons of citrus. It's a sticky-sweet hop explosion. I could smell it the moment I opened the bottle. Lots and lots of the grapefruit. You can definitely smell the cascade. Wow, it smells amazing.

Taste - Comes with the citrus and pine hops up front. Make no mistake, this is a hoppy beast, but pretty mellow. Not overly bitter, as the sweetness and bitterness really balance. However, the "dry" finish is kind of astringent. It does make me want to take another sip, but mostly to kill the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Nice and creamy, without being too heavy. It clings to the tongue. Very, very smooth.

Drinkability - I'm a little worried about this. It was amazing at first, but as it warms, it does get a little thick, and a little tough to drink. Yet, that first taste is so good I want more. Someone used the word "syrupy" and I think that is a problem as it warms.

Hmmmm. This one started off as an absolute beast. Amazing smelling, amazing looking, and that first taste blew my socks off. But.... The aftertaste is fairly unpleasant. And, it definitely does not improve as it warms. It says to chill to 40-45, which was easy enough. But since I don't live in an igloo it's warmed up some in the glass, and seems to have suffered for it. So, it went from being one of my all-time favorites, to simply a very good beer.


I am adding thoughts for the summer version. They seem to have some real differences.

App - Lighter in color. More dark gold/pale copper color.

Smell - Hops! Wonderful citrus, orange, apricot. Some nice bready malt behind it all.

Taste - Beautiful. Nice and light. Good bitterness. Sweet citrus, with that bread back. Lots of bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Still nice and crisp, good body.

Drinkability - Very nice. Goes down smooth.

The summer is also excellent. Great beer. A tad more bitter than preferred.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 05:34:32 | More by callmescraps
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-07-2014 01:40:17 | More by cherche
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer 2007, fresh from Tapping Day last week. I'm recovering from a cold, but couldn't wait any longer to review. . .

a- pours a clear, amber/orange hue with a large, creamy, white head and excellent lacing throughout

s- classic DIPA full of piney hops, caramel malts, and subtle citrus tones

t- initial rich, caramel malts followed quickly by pine-dominated hoppy bitterness, very nicely balanced, alcohol presence is moderate but not too bad for this genre

m- Creamy and medium-bodied, nice level of carbonation

d- Tasty and easy-to-drink DIPA that is not too overwhelming given the ABV, Yulesmith is a refreshing summer release that is highly recommended (I just hope people don't pass it up because of the seasonally deceiving name).

Serving type: growler

07-06-2007 03:27:15 | More by Stoneman78
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2/5  rDev -52.7%

05-25-2012 00:20:47 | More by SalukiAlum
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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