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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,614
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 246
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BierReise
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2003 Vintage. Nice looking ale, deep amber and hazy with a tint of orange. Head is thick and rocky that clings. Big hoppy pine and citrus aroma with a fresh malt grain in the distance that's so nice I can't keep my nose out of it. Extremely smooth medium to full body that tingles your tongue. Flavor is oily resiny hops and a bitter finish with malt playing second fiddle. This is not for the weak, it bites back and I like that. Fantastic double IPA!

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

Photo of demcorhip
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bennetj17, a great trader, for this tasty red and blue labelled gem of a DIPA. Enjoyed in a tasty hoppy session with raider and chonyr. Was my favorite a big lineup of IPAs and a few DIPAs.

A hazy, deep amber colour with an off--white head that wants to stick around. Finely carbonated and finely laced, with lacings that want to linger.

Big malty aromas with some tasty caramel complimented by big fruity hop aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, and pine.

A delicious big beer. Malty with toasted biscuit and caramel sweetness. This big malt backbone is married to delicious citrusy (grapefruit, orange, tangerine) hop flavours along with some pine.

A creamy, very well balanced (not a bitter hop bomb) malty and hoppy brew. Sweet malts have the perfect counterpoint in big, floral, fruity, and bitter hoppiness.

This is a big beer. Too big and tasty for all but the most decadent of sessions, and also too big, bitter and complex for hop newbies. A very tasty treat that i would be honoured to experience again. Thanks again Bennet!

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip- poured a very bright orange that's slightly hazy and has a bubbly one and a half finger head with good retention and a few streaks of lacing.

Smells of piney hops, a little bit of sweetness, a hint of alcohol, and maybe a little grapefruit and cloves.

Has a very unique and complex flavor. Initially you get a little malty sweetness which is followed by some spice (the aforementioned cloves) and an earthy quality that must come from the malts. After that there's a little bit of warmth from the alcohol and a slightly dry finish that's both citrusy and earthy.

I let my friend try a bit and he said "Wow this has a great feel in your mouth". It is medium bodied and is medium to well carbonated. This is a great brew and one I would definitely get again, but perhaps not at ten dollars a bottle...

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Gyle41386
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Bright orange pour, with a monster of a head. Three plus fingers of foam sit atop. Head retention is outstanding, and there's some very nice lacing left on the glass.

Deliciously hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, pineapple, maybe even some green apple, and pine, with a light hint of sweet malt.

Flavor follows the aroma. Loads and loads of tasty hops. There's practically no trace of alcohol. This one isn't full of caramel malt sweetness like the Winter version, and it's even more drinkable.

Medium-full body. Carbonation level is perfect, as this one is smooth, smooth, smooth. Unbelievably easy drinker.

Note: After going back to look at my YuleSmith Winter review, I see the score is exactly the same in each category. Wow, can't beat that.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

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4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hoppy Christmas in July!

This beer pours a yellow color with orange highlights...it is cloudy with a steady stream of bubbles...the head is white and an inch thick...it falls to a top coating that leaves a ring and spotty lacing...It is glowing, begging me to drink it.

Mmmm this sure smells good...mango, papaya, mandarin oranges, grapefruit, and candied hops in a light syrup...there are also some bread notes...This is the best smelling beer that Ive came across...it tickles my nose!

I taste Heaven... tropical fruits, candied hops, grapefruit, wheat bread, grape jolly ranchers, my first kiss...this really is one hell of a beer! Is this candy or beer?

My mouth doesn't even feel this beer!

It should be a sin to make a beer this potent, this drinkable!...I'm glad that I bought more than one, and I hope that they have more! One of, if not the best beer that Ive ever had!

Photo of badbeer
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Summer version.

Orange-ish color with a white head that left decent lacing. Nose of pine, grapefruit, and some sweet caramel; but it didn't really jump out of the glass at me. Much of the same disappointment was displayed in the taste; good flavors, but weak, especially for a DIPA. Mouthfeel was thick and fullbodied, carbonation was about medium. As it stands, the example I had was an okay beer and nothing more. Bad bottle? Perhaps, but there didn't seem to be anything inherently wrong with it, just not impressive. Only beer I haven't been impressed by from AleSmith. I'll give it another try next year and go from there.


Clear reddish amber color with an off-white head, decent lacing and retention. Beautiful smell of sweet malt paired with big juicy hoppiness. Aroma is rich in fruitiness with some grapefruit hops to balance the sweetness. Taste is one of those things you really need to try for yourself to believe, it's excellent. Sweet malt and grapefruity hops in the taste, perfect balance in this beer. Carbonation was a bit high in the beginning of the bottle, medium bodied. Great beer from AleSmith.

4 / 4.5 / 5 / 4 / 4.5

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from Belmont Station.

A: Clear copper color with a firm, pillowy white head. Bubbles drift in straight lines through the body. Looks beautiful.

N: Big pineapple and papaya nose. Mandarin orange and pine. Crystallized sugar. Some cheddar and floral elements.

T: Power hour of the bitterness. The hops are completely dominating, to the point where there’s so little sweetness it becomes astringent. However, this starts to clear as the beer gets warmer. Pine and earth and a kind of burnt tobacco.

M: Tons of alcohol and very dry. Stinging and resinous.

O: An assaulting DIPA that does not let up. So aggressive it can be tiring, but at the same time, I continue to reach for it. Then the booze hits. I think I need a break.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yulesmith Red and Green--Winter Edition

A. Bright mahogony, red and clear. 3/4" of sticky head.

S. Smells of Munich and other rich malts blended with earthy and citrus hops. Actually, it smells like Arrogant Bastard.

T. Hmm, well, this tastes like Arrogant Bastard. Rich and malty with a definite hop bite, complex...and...um....Arrogant Bastard.

M. Oily and medium in the mouth...and like...mmm...Arrogant Bastard.

D. Just perfect..like...(Yeah, you guessed it).

An AB clone if you ask me. I loved it!

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3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review of the 22 oz 2008. That's right; this is a two-and-a-half year old DIPA I purchased just a couple weeks ago off the shelf. Let's see how it held up.
A: Cloudy amber with a puffy white head that died to a good film and collar.
S: Pineapple alcohol, apple, toffee, grapefruit-banana pine all over sweet cake. The hops are slightly leafy, yet a little earthy. Still pretty good, apparently.
T: Sweet cake or vanilla wafers, citrus like orange and lemon, the alcohol is blended well like vanilla vodka, the bitterness lingers like gin. The hops finish is leafy, very leafy, and earthy like spinach. Obviously it is missing that little zing of fresh hops, but this is still good. The alcohol is strong and I have to imagine it's gained its presence over the dimishing hops.
M: Slightly thick, yet frothy and crisp in the very finish.
D: Pretty good. I'll enjoy the bomber.

I'll have to review this one fresh next summer. It seems like it has some really good potential.

Photo of divineaudio
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber into a tulip. 2011 batch.

a - pours a light amber color, yellow around the edges and slightly hazy. two fingers worth of rocky, pale yellow head eventually calms to a thin cap and sticks around. got some chunky lacing and a few streams of bubbles.

s - grapefruit, tangerine, toasted bread, honey, pine.

t - same as nose, really, minus the tangerine, and in the same order. flavors play off of each other extremely well and the bitterness hangs on the tongue for a while. no trace of the 8.5% in the taste.

m - lighter side of medium bodied with just enough carbonation to make the flavors pop. has a bit of mouth coating action and the abv eventually show up as a slight warming sensation.

o - a damn fine beer and represents the style well. a bomber of this seems to be about right for a night, but i'd still love to have more. i think i enjoyed this more than pliny (gasp!)

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of gpogo
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden orange with large fluffy off-white head. Head leaves large chunks of beautiful lacing.

A- Incredibly hoppy, not only citrus but piney hops as well. Faint sweet malty background.

T- Nowhere near as hoppy as I expected, that said it is definitely hoppy. Sweet malty backbone, slightly caramel flavor.

M- Medium light body with high carbonation. Amazingly smooth! I was blown away by how easy such a highly hopped and high alcohol beer goes down so smooth.

D- This is an incredible beer. I expected it to be slightly spiced as the bottle says it is a holiday brew. However as an imperial ipa this is incredible. Very hoppy and alcoholic yet so easy to drink.

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!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,614 ratings.