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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,574
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 244
Gots: 70 | FT: 2
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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Photo of ghostwalker
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reddish/amber body loaded with tiny bubbles. Huge frothy yellowish/off-white head with tremendous stamina. This head is really a work of art, I have no idea how they achieved such a towering mass of foam.

Nose is candied grapefruit with a hint of sweet marshmallow. My God! I never thought I could find a nose better than SNCA. It smells like IPA heaven.

Flavor is huge with citrus, piney-ness comes in a close second. Plenty of sweetness with a subdued, but noticeable, caramelly malt backbone. It's really a great and well balanced IPA. Very different from the norm. A great entry in the "Best IPAs Ever" category.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick, substantial and chewy, for an IPA. There is plenty of body present, almost a syrupy quality.

Drinkability is off the charts. I can't get over how easy it is to drink. It's almost too tasty to stop drinking.

A champion among IPAs. Really.

ghostwalker, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of AlexM
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

AlexM, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of King_KongDCO93
4/5  rDev -5.2%

King_KongDCO93, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of fsck
4/5  rDev -5.2%

fsck, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of StoneTSR
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BIG thank you to ren for tracking a couple bottles of this deliciousness down for me.

APPEARANCE: This is easily one of the best, if not THE best looking beer I've seen. This beer looked alive. A gorgeous, golden yellow in color with a stark white head on top that did not completely recede for the entire glass. Lacing began about a quarter of the way down the glass and covered a good 70% of the back side of the glass.

SMELL: Pine. I took a quick sniff when I popped the bottle open and it smelled like a big, classic, West Coast IPA with a ton of pine. Upon the first pour the aroma opened up and I did not even need to put my nose to the glass to smell it. Intense and delicious aroma.

TASTE: Bold, piney and very hoppy. The pine hits the palate up front followed by grapefruit and a touch of anise to wash away the pine and bring a strong, bitter finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Outstanding mouthfeel that only served to add to the enjoyment of this beer. Well carbonated and playful are the best terms to describe the mouthfeel.

OVERALL: Many others have said that this beer is a spot-on example of what a DIPA is supposed to be and they are correct. I was blown away by how technically perfect this beer was. At the same time, unlike Pliny the Elder, which I can recognize as a nearly technically perfect beer, the YuleSmith has some soul to it where Pliny lacked. This is outstanding beer that I cannot wait to try again. Thanks a ton for the bottles ren!

StoneTSR, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of Popp24
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Popp24, May 09, 2012
Photo of Bustersuess
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Bustersuess, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Philousa
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great clarity in this tawny, sunny yellow beer. Looks like a Pils, but the two finger dense head tells you otherwise. Lots of active carbonation beneath. Good, steady layers of lacing. Very piney with lots of grapefruit. Hop aroma is strong and obviously unbalanced, but it's refreshing and effervescent. Malt is there behind the hops: orange and biscuit, mainly. You can tell it's light in nature. The taste is surprisingly mild at first. Light biscuit malt is prevalent, but the grassy bitterness lingers and is more memorable overall. Some orange flavor is there in the malt, but it's subdued. I'm averse to an IPA malt bill that leans too far towards the orange flavor, so this is a relief and really showcases the hop flavors. I mentioned grassy, but it's also nectary and honey kissed. Not too heavy handed with the sweetness; yields to hops well, knowing who the headliner is. Balanced feel, tending towards light. Slightly dry finish.

This is a great beer, if uncomplex. But sometimes that's needed and welcome. This is a stage for great hops that aren't too heavy handed. I could drink this all year.

Philousa, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of toppoop
4/5  rDev -5.2%

toppoop, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of VaporDome
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

VaporDome, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of erha2
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Gold, yellowish. Definitely a lighter color than most double IPAs. Pours with a good inch of head.

Smell: Pine, tropical fruits.

Taste: Grapefruit. Intense pine needle bitter finish. Definitely a palate wrecker. My tongue is still buzzing. Definitely taste some alcohol too.

Mouthfeel: Medium but oddly on the lighter side for this style. Good carbonation.

One of the good west coast style double IPAs. A bit too much alcohol knocks this down a bit. I'd prefer AleSmith IPA over this but still tasty.

erha2, May 30, 2012
Photo of jmalex
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To celebrate my 2 year BAnniversary and my 75th review, I'm drinking this today on a beautiful mid-summer's day.

Winter version - 2006 (I assume)

APPEARANCE: Pours a very clear dark amber that turns brilliant ruby red when held up to light. The head is a light beige, massive, and dense. It takes forever to drop. Even then, a hearty cap stays with it the entire way down the glass and even leaves a few scant patches of lacing.

SMELL: Massive piny hop aroma and almost sweeteningly so. Any malt background is difficult to detect, but it seems almost toasty.

TASTE: Whoo, boy!. This is much more balanced than the the smell. The malt sweetness actually hits you first and is caramelly and nutty. Piny and citrusy hops quickly overtake it and overwhelm for just a bit. The finish is remarkably clean and leaves you with a solid bitterness and some residual malt sweetness. Fantastic.

MOUTHFEEL: Just a bit syrupy, but otherwise nice. Carbonation is on the high end and appropriate.

DRINKABILITY: Look out! Its 8.5% ABV doesn't show itself at all. It goes down very smoothly - so much so that I'm afraid I need to slow myself down.

What a great way to celebrate. I'd love to have one of these again, but I'm a bit afraid that the huge price tag may not allow it. I'd at least like to compare this with the summer version sometime. AleSmith - you do not fail to impress.

jmalex, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of Axic10
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter.

Appearance: Pours a medium hazy golden color with about 2 fingers of fluffy foam.

Smell: Very fresh and clean aroma of pineapple, mango and tangerine.

Taste: Taste mirrors the nose. Heavy flavors of pineapple, mango, tangerine, slight hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Wish this was a year round beer, but very enjoyable in the summer months. Will seek out again.

Axic10, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up for an after dinner beer for Christmas. Very glad that I did.

A- A deep glowing amber color- murky,cloudy,and anything but translucent when held to the light. Tan head about half an inch- I had some serious lacing going on here as well.

S- Smell was of citrus and piney hops, really sweet.

T- Taste was some serious hops of front then the sugar and malts came through on the back end- nice balance with the hops and malts.

M- Mouthfeel was heavy and oily on the tongue, hops tingled the back of my tongue and throat. Some burning from the relatively high ABV.

D- Excellent Christmas beer/double ipa/winter warmer. Whatever you call it. I just know it's pretty damn good.

Seriously recommended.

DavidSeanNJ, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of RedChrome
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer version 2007.

A clear medium golden colored beer. Over two inch high pillow like white head. Tiny, slowly rising carbonation. Super thick lacing clumps all around the glass.

Strong aromas of freshly fallen pine needles. A slight alcohol presence was hidden behind a light fruity blend. Fruit had no clear scents, just a blend of light citric goodies.

A bitter pine taste slammed the taste buds hard. Faint awareness of an alcohol presence. Fruit is there, but doesn't hold up to the flavors of the beer.

Nice viscosity. Goes down smooth, without being watery. Carbonation is enough to shift flavors without being soda like.

Extremely nice beer. Perfect for pairing against a subtle cheddar. A must try for anyone who like hops. Go the extra mile to pick this up if you can.

RedChrome, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

BeerNDoggerel, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of jpaulsen
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jpaulsen, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of alostplot
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

alostplot, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of Zaximus
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Zaximus, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of HoustonTX
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yulesmith, Summer Edition. Re tasting with a fresher bottle.

Very clean aroma with a moderate amount of aromatic floral herbacous hops. All along a nice earthy/caramel malt base.

Amazingly crafted from the first second it hits your lips. Beautiful layerings of hop flavored characteristics. Goes from a bit sweet and malty up front, to a pure on hop assault. Gigantic flowery hops. Huge bittering hops. Piney and sappy resinous hops. All while maintaining perfect balance, with an incredible mouthfeel and drinkability.

A nearly perfect DIPA.

HoustonTX, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of miadw3
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

miadw3, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Seaba
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Seaba, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If I could pick one brewery who's beer I can't get local that I wish I could, it would be Alesmith. Speedway may be my favorite beer, and their IPA and barley wine are the best of their respective styles, IMO. The Yulesmith is no exception. A darker, maltier IPA (really more like a barley wine to me). Probably the heaviest IPA I've had. The one beer this reminds me of is Indiga (but smoother and with more body). A very good and unique IPA from a great brewery. Get it while you can (thanks, Ron!).

JohnnyDuvel, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from. 22oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a nice clear crisp golden with a touch of amber, a nice fat finger of head that dissapates nicley and leavs a ton of sticky lacing. A very nice looking beer.

S: very nice citrus hop aroma. Pinneapple with a touch of piney grass. A slight note of malt sweetness, but the hops deffinatly dominate the aroma.

T: loads and loads of hops, Much like the nose there is a lot of. Items up front, pinneapple, mango, grapefruit, the finish is loaded with piney bitterness rounded out by a touch of caramely malt sweetness. There are some earthy hop notes and touches of toasty grain in there as well.... Great hop profile overall and a not too sweet malt backbone.

M: medium bodied with medium carbination, a bit on the slightly slick mouthfeel with a dry bitter resinous finish.

O: a very good dipa that I look forward to every year... Delicious.

PeterIngemi, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of midnitesun11
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

midnitesun11, Jun 10, 2013
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,574 ratings.