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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,624
Reviews: 905
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 246
Gots: 69 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the YuleSmith 2009 Holiday/Christmas Ale.
Pours an opaque amber color with a one finger head that eventually settles to a thin creamy layer that stays on top, has a little bit of carbonation. Swirl the glass and the creamy lacing sticks to the glass and then some, it eventually settles back to the glass but takes awhile, looks thick. Smells of carmel/toffee and bready malts, pine, citrus, a little grassy earthiness. Taste or carmel, toffee, pine, has a strong malt backing while the hops come into play at the end of the sip. Finishes boozy and dry with lingering bitterness. There's a slight warming in the throat but the booze bite isn't as bad as what one would expect judging from the smell and the initial sip. Is a lighter side of heavy in body, nice carbonation comes through on the tongue. The malt and hops play well together and complement each other nicely with one not overpowering the other. Overall, is an enjoyable brew but not one I'd want too often, it is a filling beer.

Photo of mdagnew
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a deep coppery red / burgundy colour. Creamy mocha head poured very thick and foamy with a meringue like top then faded slowly to nice thickish covering... barely any carbonation... some decent lines of lacing...

Aroma - Strong piney resin, citrusy and peppery hop notes backed by some sweet toffee and caramel maltiness, dark dried fruits (figs, prunes, cherries), toffee apples, light chocolate, some booziness, toasted nuttiness, earthy, light liquorice, some overripe banana and orange, malt loaf, burnt sugar sweetness, hints of leather...

Taste is very complex... initial blast of citrus and grassy hops and piney resin followed by good toasted toffee malts, fruit cake notes, treacle sweetness, lots of rich fruits (figs, prunes, raisins, spicy apples, bitter oranges, light grapefruit), hint of warming alcohol (traces of rum ?), butterscotch, faint metallic traces...

Feel - Smooth and slightly oily initially then a little sharpness comes through... medium / full bodied... for a big, bold and boozy brew this is dangerously drinkable stuff...

Overall - My first ever Alesmith beer and i wasn't disappointed... highly recommended...

Photo of joepais
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a green and red festive bottle for the Christmas season. I poured it into my large pills style glass. It produced a three finger billowy off white head that just stuck around. The body was a beautiful clear burgandy red in color.

The aroma was piney and grassy not a hint of malts come thru in this one. It was pure hops in all its glory. You could smell them as soon as the cap was off the bottle. The flavor had a bit more malt than I expect in a west cost DIPA. It reminded me of when I sugar my grapefruit, it had about that same flavor profile to me. It had a medium feel in my mouth with ample carbonation. I will say the bottle also had it right, it finished dry.

I easily finished the bomber myself today the drinkability is there. I would have had more but the bottle price is a little prohibitive for that. Saying that a little pricy for DIPA there are a few better for less coin

Photo of bulletrain76
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draught at the brewery. The last Alesmith bottle release that I have yet to have, and irony-of-ironies, I have it on-tap at the brewery. Warmed up with a sampler of the regular IPA to get my palate in order. Came with an orange color and sticky head. Fruity and somewhat yeasty aroma with grapefruit, mint, and peach. There is also some nutty malt. The flavor has soft, fruity hops and more bready malt sweetness than I was expecting. Lower on the bitterness scale, with a good balance that is almost too malty. Nice, though not the dry hop bomb that I had come to love after a day and a half of local IPAs.

Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of oceanman
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter version.

Copper/amber color, thin head, active carbonation.

Complex nose - floral, vegetal (squash), fruit (raspberry), hops noticeable.

Fruit-driven bitterness on front end mounts towards richer, drier, espresso-like bitter finish. Malty, nutty sweetness gives depth to the bold hop bitterness.

Good carbonation, rich flavors but not harsh.

A well-balanced flavorful brew.

Photo of medic25
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy copper-amber color, with a thick white head. Citrusy aroma of hops. This is a great tasting beer. Very strong hoppy flavor, but not to the point of being overwhelming. There is a nice malty presence that gives the beer just the right amount of sweetness and warmth. This is an easy drinking beer for such a high ABV; great choice for the first snow of the year!

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

Got this as an extra in a great trade from Imperialbeachbrw. Didn't realize it was the summer DIPA release otherwise I would have drank it right away. I thought it was the red ale, which I could age a little more. Oh well, time makes fools of us all. I'll assume the hops would be blasting me more had this been fresher.

A: A nice big thick 1.5 finger head rises up the glass leaving the big bubbles in the middle where the pour went through. and a thick fluffy head where it did not. A pale golden orange color dazzles me, being very light golden color at the bottom where it thins, and a nice amber orange color towards the top where it thickens (in the tulip glass that is). Lots of little bubbles rise up the top through the semi hazy but mostly clear liquid. The loads of particulate at the bottom of the glass make me wonder if that will add to it or it went too long before drinking. I stir it up in a tornado of fury and watch the haze it adds to the glass. Big chunks of yeast now dance around the glass but don't change the aromatic or taste qualities.

N: If this has lost any hop aroma, then Alesmith are crazy people (although they are). Huge heavy hop aromas smash my nose. Some nice piney, citrus, and floral juicy hops come right out first. It's followed closely with some sweet malts, but those are pretty light, mostly its the kind of sweet malts that come with heavy abv DIPAs, with hints of alcohol. Hints of grapefruit make their way out, but remain pretty light. I can see that the grapefruit and citrus was probably stronger in the aromas when it first came out, but it's still pretty damn good!

T: The hop taste hits even harder. It has a pretty strong wet hop taste with troves of pine, citrus, and even more juicy hops than that. A nice backbone of lightly sweet malts, crystal and the like, stand up. It adds a slight spicy hop taste. Waves of bitterness hit in a few rhythms. The malts are accompanied by hints of alcohol. The hops get semi thick and chewy mid palate.

M: Pretty thick, lots of carbonation (opposite of a Tomme'd bottle), and touches of alcohol warmth and tingly. It also has a slight oily feel, but very slight.

F: It finishes even more bitter than it started. The bitterness just weighs down the tongue, which is helped with the sweet malty backbone that seems to linger with it. It dries out a bit with help from the heavy spicy bitterness. A slight hop oil and sweet malt stick around for quite some time after the swallow. Due to the heavy malt sweetness and crazy bitterness, as well as higher abv, it is a definite sipper beer, and takes a little time to finish.

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

winter--bomber poured into tulip...thanks james for sending this one my way..

a-deep amber color...nice frothy three finger off white head...that lasted throughout this brew..lacing and great legs..bubbles were there as well

s-grapefruit..pine..grassy and resinous...malt seems subtle just enough to hold this together...i will say next to pliny this is probably the best smelling beer ive had the pleasure of trying..slight spice in the end..

t-grapefruit and citrus briefly start this one off then the pine and grass rush in the take over...malt like the nose is subtle but their to keep things in check...a slight spiciness to it as well...finishes biter and semi dry

m-resiny and sticky...clings to the mouth forever as well as the taste stick around also...carbonation is prickly making this one easy to sip on...perfect

d-off the charts..why do we not get this in NC...i digress..a true pleasure to sip on...i did not want this one to end...

overall a true surprise in the box i received...and a gem of a beer...if this were available in NC i would drink this as long as it was around...another sold brew from alesmith

Photo of Intimidtor
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WINTER EDITION: What a fantastic seasonal IPA. Got this badboy from Sideswipe in trade. Thanks buddy. Outstanding blend and should be considered a must try.
A-Poured from 22 oz bomber into pint glass. Poured a darker amber with thick foamy head.
S-Smell was fabulous, I would call this Great Lake Crhistmas Ale on Steroids.
T-Excellent and well rounded flavor. Hints of a strong ale seasonal like cinnamon and malt and hops, hint of pine and grapefruit
M-Faboulous, nice thick with wet finish
D-Very high. This is a must try.

Photo of Genghis22
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a thick, hazy brow. Nice creamy looking tan colored head, and nice lacing.

S - Oooo! All citrus. Big grapefruit and sweet clementine. Hints of lemongrass and slight earth feel to it.

T - Nicely balanced. When it comes to IPAs, I usually like a full force hop assault, but this is very good. Ripe citrus leads into piney grassy hop resins. The malt comes through and layers the tongue with sweetness. The hops follow up with round three and add some beautiful bitterness. Very nice.

M - Just right. Nice thick chewy body, with moderate carbonation. There is a slight dryness on the tongue from the alcohol, but it makes the finish nice and crisp.

D - Dangerously drinkable. This bad boy goes down smooth, and the alcohol is almost undetecable. Sure to put anyone in the holiday spirit.

Photo of bhalter8
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light copper color with a nice two finger bright white head. Excellent lacing left on the glass after numerous sips. A nosefull of floral hops, but I fear that had I pulled this from the IPA fridge sooner it might be stronger. I get some lesser pine and caramel malt hints. Flavor is very much the same. A nice floral hop bite up front quickly balance by a caramel malt backbone. I even get a bit of a biscuit flavor in the malt. Amazingly light mouthfeel for all the character and ABV. In the end an exceptionally well balanced DIPA, and enjoyably drinkable.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 22 oz bottle (winter version) into a rochefort chalice.

The beer pours medium brown with a very light tan head that has no head, retention or lacing.

The aroma is very hoppy with a muted maltiness.

The taste is very interesting, but not sure if that's a good thing. There is lots of hoppiness here but there is something else to, that just brings a weirdness to the beer.

Photo of nectar14
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is from a 22 oz. bottle from the SUMMER release (Fireworks and red/blue bottle)

A: More pale in color than I would have expected, with a gold hue, just a trace of amber. Nice 1 1/2 finger fluffy white head, good lacing.

S: Big piney hops on the nose. Big.

T: Just a hint of malty sweetness up front, and then the hops take over. Touches of citrus come in the midpalate, and then the piney flavors course out through the extensive, bitter finish, leaving the malt far behind. Prickly and piney.

M: Really, really outstanding body and carbonation that are perfect for this beer. This was surprising.

D: Also high marks. For a strong, DIPA with all those hops, this is wonderfully drinkable.

I'd say it is not my absolute favorite DIPA, but it's a terrific example, and certainly worth a try.

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

Color - a medium gold color. Got a little bit of chill haze.
Smell - Yep...It's a DIPA! Definite pine, grapefruit, light orange, tree sap, caramel, graininess, and a little yeasty/biscuit aroma.
Taste - There is not mistake that hops are present in this beer (duh!), but the IBUs on this are dangerously smooth. Excellent balance. Long finish.
Drinkability - Wow! I'll have another please.

Photo of turnblom79
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Tan and cloudy, nice head.

S- Fruity hop smell with a nice undertone of pine to bring that sense of Christmas to the brew.

T- Nice and fruity. Not quite as good as the smell let on, and the pine is a lot more underplayed than you would think from smell. Still, different and good.

M- Nice texture, pretty standard.

D- Not too bitter, unique flavor, nice fruity finish.

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 2008

A: Dark brown color with a cloudiness to it, sick light tan head thats firm in peakiness. Killer lacing all the way down the pint glass.

S: Nutty malts, laid back hop in there too. Raisin and figs in the mix, earthy tones.

T: Its heavily malted, which comes out first. Little splash of the hops in the back round the two together pretty well. Has a roast flavor throughout.

M: Medium bodied without contest, good carbanation for the spark, very sticky on the palate, has a chewiness too, and the ABV is noticeable.

D: I would drink this to celebrate the holidays without question. A nice imperial to get you in the spirit. More of a hoppy strong ale is my overall impression, and a stellar one at that.

Highly Recommended.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Summer '09 Version

Pours a golden yellow with a big 3 finger head that forms a fluffy mountain with nice lacing. Some yeasties floating around from my not-so-careful pour, but that is fine by me.

Smell is a mixed bag of hops, mostly floral variety. Some wax and bready maltiness. The taste is unique for a bit DIPA....the hops aren't overpowering and remain balanced with the grain and yeast character underneath. Bitterness is high but not distracting.

Mouthfeel is medium to full with a nice stickiness that leaves the mouth bathing in hop juice.

Great beer, very refreshing for such a hoppy monster. Not overly complex, and the waxiness could be toned down a hair, but this is still absolutely fantastic overall.

Photo of gameface23
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2008 bottle consumed on 12/24/08 (Old review finally added to BA)

A: Pours a caramel color with a lively head

S: This smelled amazing. A blast of apricot and citrus rounded with caramel

T: Very similar to the taste. Both malty and loaded with citrus/tropical fruit hops.

M: Medium bodied

D: This is a great beer.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter '07 bomber poured into a tulip

A: Poured a massive 4 finger fine cream head that lasts and lasts. Brew itself was a bright fiery amber. Lacing is so thick and developed I couldn't even wash it all off without scrubbing.

S: Grapefruit and other citrus flavors, hops, and a hint of vanilla

T: Begins warm and malty with a citrus grapefruit developing as I let the brew linger in my mouth. Ending is a slight twinge of alcohol and hops but the malt backbone really lingers throughout and is strong enough to overpower other flavors.

M: Medium bodied and quite carbonated to the point where there is significant bite. However, goes down so smooth that I really don't mind. Really seems to coat the mouth and throat as it passes through.

D: Amazing. Another winner from Alesmith, this has such a warming sensation and flavor. I can't wait to have another.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer 2009 Version

Pours a golden color that is slightly hazy and has a good white head. The aroma consists of some floral hops that ride behind a bunch of fruity citrus hops. The taste is quite hoppy, but not nearly as much as I would have expected from the nose--everything is well integrated, it just needs to be taken up a notch or two. The body is medium with good carbonation. Good drinkability overall, but not quite as good as some of AleSmith's other offerings.

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

Summer 2009 Version

Picked this up at Whole Foods in Santa Monica. I have been looking for this for a while now.

Appearance - Pours a brilliant deep golden color with about an inch of fluffy white head that is dissipating quite slowly and leaving some incredible, chunky lacing on the glass.

Smell - This beer smells extremely good. A strong hop and citrusy smell dominates followed by a bit of malt sweetness. I have smelled many IPA/DIPA's and this smells somewhat similar to PtE (at least that is what I'm getting).

Taste - Wow, this tastes as good as it smells. I get an immediate rush of hops/piney taste which subsides to a slightly sweet (if you can even call it that) malty taste (in other words, it is not sweet/malty like say 90min) which makes the whole experience pleasant because the drink is not just pure bitter hops. Finishes with a great prickle to the tongue. Each sip I take of this the more I like this drink.

Mouthfeel - A very creamy, smooth, and silky texture. Moderate carbonation that as stated, prickles the tongue making this a beer that feels and tastes great.

Drinkability - Pretty damn drinkable. I'm sitting here trying not to quaff this. I wish I had this more readily available because this is definitely an alternative to a PtE when I am wanting to switch it up but have a DIPA. I really do feel this is one of the better DIPA's because it is so well balanced. 90 min is too sweet, Hop-15 is too bitter...but this is just great. I am thoroughly enjoying this beer right now. I will seek this out again for sure.

Photo of juhl31
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks via trade i believe

-had a good looking ipa dark goldy cloudy look

-smelt like some nice hops

-really liked. a solid hops bitterness to it and not too sweet like some are. a good middle ground between sweet and bitter with a long bitter aftertaste

-good all around

-really liked it and i could go back for more easy

YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,624 ratings.