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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,548
Reviews: 898
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 245
Gots: 68 | 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:
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 MisterClean


4.63/5  rDev +9.7%

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's

A - Poured a nice golden orange color with a two fingered head that dissipated slowly. Leaves a really thick lacing. Very nice!

S - Orange zest, coriander, nutmeg, vanilla, with flowery and grassy hops.

T - Pretty similar to above. The hops have a more dominant flavor versus the spices though.

M - Well balanced, full-bodied mouthfeel.

D - Definitely a good one. Pretty much a standard for west coast warmers/double IPAs.

12-02-2008 00:55:55 | More by MisterClean
Photo of BWMKappaSig


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

22 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Appearance: Cloudy deep red-amber with a finger-thick frothy off-white head. Some yeast sediment at the bottom.

Smell: Sweet malts with a buttery hop note and a hint of apple.

Taste: Initial bitterness, then lots of sweet fruity malts, with an apple-y taste that matches the smell. Lots of hop bitterness and slight suggestions of pine. Bitterness mellows as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with a not-too-unpleasant mouth coating. Warming.

Drinkability: Almost an immediate buzz with this beer, and slightly intimidating. Enjoyable, however.


12-01-2008 22:49:27 | More by BWMKappaSig
Photo of SShelly


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Winter 08, Drank with Thanksgiving dinner.

A: Deep red color, reminds me of alesmiths EDR, Big fluffy offwhite head with excellent retention and lots of lacing

S: Pure pine and Citrus in the nose, pretty powerful. After a few minutes going back to smell again I get a bit of malt behind all of the hops.

T: Nice bitterness with a large balancing sweet malt flavor, lots of citrus and pine in the flavor. Leaves a sweet aftertaste and sticky on the lips. Maybe a hint of spices? maybe not...

M: Medium body with medium carb, fairly smooth

D: Really enjoyed drinking this, very easy to finish a bomber solo.

12-01-2008 03:41:05 | More by SShelly
Photo of TasteTester


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Bottle of Summer 2007. Got in a trade from a nice guy in ChiTown.

A- Hazy golden color. Big, pillowy head that made me wait to pour this whole thing in to my mug. Little head remains top to bottom, but no lacing.

S- Very piney and citrusy. Warm but mellow. Alcohol is present.

T- Spot on. Citrus, hops with the right kick.

M- Not as sticky as I like. Clean and goes down smooth.

D- Overall very good. It got me buzzed so be careful.

12-01-2008 00:15:20 | More by TasteTester
Photo of dukedevil0


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Winter Edition 2008 - Purchased the bomber from Ludlow Wines in Clifton, OH.

A: dark red with off white frothy head and good lacing
S: hoppy, earthy smell with some sweet citrus notes
T: Slightly bitter, but sweet and citrus and hop flavors. On second tasting it has a very balanced malt flavor too.
M: smooth although creamy, average carbonation
D: Extremely drinkable, I could have thrown a lot more than one bottle back if I had tried.

Definitely, picking up more of this when I get the chance, and I'll have to try the summer version, too.

11-29-2008 20:16:14 | More by dukedevil0
Photo of paytoplay


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

Cask at The Vine 4th Anniversary Tues the 25th. As expected smoother than the bottle, creamy and great balance, hops hit you later than the bottle on the finish. I look back at a recent 05 YuleSmith Winter and just imagine how much better these get with a year of age. Still, amazing brew to try on cask. And the guys at The Vine in Ocean Beach San Diego are awesome.

11-28-2008 23:42:25 | More by paytoplay
Photo of HumuloneRed


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Winter Edition
22oz. Bottle.
The beer pours a murky deep crimson with a frothy beige head with thick soapy lacing.

Strong earthy citrus, and floral notes with huge amounts of sweet malt in the nose.

The first thing that hit you is the bitterness. Then comes the malt and citrus.

Huge body and a very chewy mouthfeel. Very warming. A very tasty and well made beer. Yet another reason to look forward to the holiday season!

11-28-2008 04:30:52 | More by HumuloneRed
Photo of likestoswallow


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

650ml bottle from Bevmo.

Summer - Pours a slightly cloudy copper orange, with a frothy-sudsy head that dissapates slowly. Aroma was all citrus with grapefruit, oranges and lemons. Flavor was hops forward with oranges, thyme, walnuts, and grapefruit. Mouthfeel was creamy, silky and smooth with good carbonation. Finish is short and dry and very clean, just a slight biter hoppy aftertatse. Overall this is superbly well crafted beer that quenches thirst well. Recomended

Winter - Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a big clumpy beige head that stuck around foreverand provided plenty of lacing. The aroma was rich with biter walnuts and roasted malts. The taste was hops forward with a good nutty bitterness and plenty of complex roasted barley. The mouthfeel was full, smooth and satisfying. The finish was long and biter. D: Very good--a bit of a sipper. I loved it, this is a quality brew.

11-27-2008 20:23:46 | More by likestoswallow
Photo of tmoneyba


3.93/5  rDev -6.9%

Bottle 22 oz.

Poured dark amber color wiyh a medium head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Good hoppy citrus aroma. Medium to full body with complex dry texture. Full flavor of malt, citrus and a long hoppy alcohol finish.

Another AleSmith masterpiece.

11-22-2008 16:47:37 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of EGledhill


4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

Winter edition

Got this in a trade a few months back from tpd975 and had it in the fridge since.. My only regrest is that I didn't try this sooner as I think the hops has faded a bit.

A. copper/ orange with a huge white head., that spilled over the side. I don't have much pride I'll admit... I sucked the overflow off the kitchen table.

S. Smells like a citrusy caramel. Like you're eating cowtail and chasing it with a piece of grapefruit. I'm digging it.

T. Age definitely mellowed the hops to almost non existence. still slightly there but now more of a boozy malt taste to it. Very cold, you get the taste of what this beers potential is fresh and it's amazingly good with the initial hop kick.

M. i don't think age would help or hurt mouthfeel. not a whole lot going on in it. slightly over average.

D. Drinkability could be excellent from taste but the 8%abv will knock you the hell out and go through your wallet while you're unconcious. This beer could lead to a rough night

Overall it's a damn fine beer even with some age on it. Would love to try this fresh

11-19-2008 05:31:21 | More by EGledhill
Photo of josiahschlender


4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

For my 100th review, I figured I'd drink one of my favorite styles from one of my favorite breweries. Probably should've drank it fresher, but I have a feeling it's going to be good anyway. Summer Edition.

I like Alesmith's classy, less-is-more bottles. This pours a beautiful copper into my oversize wine glass. Huge off-white head billows up, lasting a long time and leaving tons of lace. Can't get much better than this in the looks department.

Intense, complex aromas. Grapefruit, pine resin, alcohol and sweet, toasty pale malts all mingle and flow from the glass. I think the hops were probably even more intense a couple months ago, but I'm not complaining.

Lots of flavor as well. Very concentrated citric hop flavors, substantial malt sweetness, lemon-rind bittering, plus a bit of alcohol zing. Finish is long, lingering and pleasant. Not all bitterness, not all sweetness.

Mouthfeel is one of the fullest, creamiest I've ever had in any style. Very filling and mouth-coating. I'm hardly going to need dinner after this beer. I love it when the body stands up to the flavors. Too many beers I have will have lots going on in the flavor department, but fall flat on the feel. Not so here.

Wow, what a treat to drink. I must try more of Alesmith's beer. I've been blown away by both their IPA and Yulesmith, some of the best beers out there in their styles in my opinion. Too bad they're not the most affordable beers ever, not bad prices for world class beer. Keep it up, Alesmith!

11-16-2008 01:50:17 | More by josiahschlender
Photo of Med


3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

Summer YuleSmith.

Pours a hazy straw gold into my Sam Adams glass with a decent head that never completely dissipates and sticks to the glass very well leaving some nice lacing. Small is almost all hops with loads of grapefruit and slight cat pee (simcoe?) and a touch of malts and yeast coming through from below. Taste follows the aroma closely but there's a bit of a separation between the sweet malt (which is well represented) and the citrusy hops. The finish is almost a straight bite of orange rind. Mind you this isn't a bad thing :). Medium body coats well with a pleasant amount of carbonation. Overall a well executed DIPA that I'd happily drink more often should it become available around these parts.

11-12-2008 03:23:33 | More by Med
Photo of hopdog


4.72/5  rDev +11.8%

22oz bottles.

(Summer Version) Poured a deeper and slightly cloudy amber color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of juicy oranges, pine, caramel, citrus, and some melons. Tastes of pine, grapefruit, caramel, melons, and lightly spicy. Nice balance. Light alcohol in the finish.

(Winter Versin) Poured a slightly hazy, medium copper color with a smaller off white head. Aromas of citrus (oranges) and some malts. Starts out sweet and ends in a nice hoppy bite (but not over the edge). Well balanced. Some pine.

11-10-2008 22:07:33 | More by hopdog
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.85/5  rDev -32.5%

Reviewed 1/12/2007 (22oz bottle-Winter):

Pours a cloudy amber red color, graduated dark brownish/red on the top. Medium sized head, dark whitish, diminishing. Hoppy aroma, somewhat balanced, but not very strong. Some hops, somewhat tempered by the malts, some spices, may be the hops. Dry bitter alcoholy aftertaste as it warms up. IPAish. Unbalanced bitter

11-08-2008 05:12:07 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of dogfishlove120


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Winter edition.

A: redish deep amber rust in coloration, much darker than the summer edition.

S: Smells of pine, grapefruit, sweet malt, and alcohol. The Malt aroma makes it much different in smell than the summer version.

T: Sweet Malt, grapefruit, pine and alcohol. The alcohol is much more present in this edition compared to the summer one. Much richer and more malty as well.

M: very well balanced, not over hopped leaving my enamal in tact.

D: well D in this case stands not only for drinkable, but for highly delicous.

11-06-2008 00:16:23 | More by dogfishlove120
Photo of bluemoonswoon


4.05/5  rDev -4%

Winter version thanks to raznug

A: Big, hazy, frothy dark copper cherry. Head is two and a half inches thick. Lacing is bubbly and thick. Beer is still hazy long after the first glass is gone.

S: Nose is good and malty. Earthy hops more than anything else. Deep earth and pine, resin abounds in the corners.

T/MF: Taste is not first. Beer coats mouth in thick resiny goodness. Mild burn of alcohol, hot pine and earthy, hop bitterness. Sweet and chewy caramel malt. These tastes are happening at the same time. Malt finishs last, and lasts forever.

D: Certainly different. At least from what I've had lately. This beer has a lot of character. Well balanced and complex. Thick and chewy mouthfeel leaves time to consider every thing that is happening. To be sure, this beer would be amazing fresh.

11-04-2008 03:29:08 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of Lupe

New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

10-24-2008 19:51:20 | More by Lupe
Photo of ironlung


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Bomber 2008 summer edition....

A: Golden haze with fine bubbly head

S: Crisp citrus smell. No malt can be detected.

T: Top notch double. not as hearty as some (like moylander) but that takes the drinkabilty up a bit. Some alcohol comes through at the end but just enough to warm you and remind you what you're drinkin'.

M: Again very crisp. Very nice balance on this bad boy.

D: Man I wish this was the only version of the yulesmith. The winter one makes me gag, but to each his own...

10-20-2008 01:40:05 | More by ironlung
Photo of rhinos00


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

Winter Yule Smith, green and red lettering.

A- Very nice amber color with an off-white head.

S- Smell of fruit was at the forefront, followed by a hint a hops. Very surprised at the distinct smell of the pineapple.

T- Sweet taste of fruit and pineapples are the first to hit the mouth. This was followed by the bitterness of the hops. Extremely balanced beer as compared to other in this style.

M- Medium bodied. At points, the beer became almost too sweet and syrupy in complexion when it warmed up.

D- Well balanced beer. I'm not sure if it was the carbonation, but for some reason this beer gave me a huge buzz, even after a full dinner. Only this would prevent me from drinking this all night.

Overall, a very interesting beer. The smell and initial taste were exceptional. However, when the beer warmed up, the taste almost became too sweet and took on a syrup like texture. Definitely worth a try!

10-12-2008 01:59:20 | More by rhinos00
Photo of ckeegan04


4.78/5  rDev +13.3%

From reino in the LNBA BIF.

A - Nice pale golden brown color with a very thick off white foamy head. Slowly fades leaving sheets of lace. Beautiful looking DIPA.

S - Big, bad citrusy pucnh in the nose. Lots of grapefruit and a little lemon. Hints of pine linger as well. A hoppy wonderland in the nose.

T - A very light sweetness at first drink. Then a tiodal wave of hoppiness bowls over the taste buds. Lots of citrusy/tropical flavors including the aforementioned grapefruit and lemon and a little candied pineapple sneaks in as well. Finishes with an excellent puckering bitterness. The pale malts provide just enough balance to make this one phenomenal.

M/D - Medium bodied and very crisp. Verging on too much carbonation but still an incredible DIPA.

10-11-2008 18:31:21 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of torchednoodle


4/5  rDev -5.2%

*This was the Summer Yulesmith, red and blue*

Pours nicely, very fine bubbles. An average orange color, clear.

Smells of hoppiness, pine and light citrus. Has a nice, enjoyable mild creaminess of malt on the back end. Very drinkable. I enjoyed this beer, it isn't the best DIPA available, but it is very very good. I am taking into consideration though that this DIPA is already at least 5 months old. Looking forward to trying an even fresher version next year!

10-09-2008 04:19:13 | More by torchednoodle
Photo of TeddyBG


3.68/5  rDev -12.8%

22 oz. bomber poured into pint glass. Last years Winter version ('07).

A: burnt orange with a slightly cloudy tint. Pillowy creme colored head with great lacing. However, super carbonated tough to pour since you get overflow very easily.

S: Very caramelly with figs. Cannot pick up much hops, but that might be due to the age of this bottle.

T: Caramel up front with a hop bitterness, but no other hop flavors to pick up.

M: Way too carbonated, overwhelming at times. Other than that good body, certainly not thin.

D: Tasty brew but the carbonation leaves you feeling it pretty quickly. I will have to try this again, and edit this review, because I have a feeling this has a bottle conditioning issue.

10-08-2008 21:06:37 | More by TeddyBG
Photo of WanderingFool


3.63/5  rDev -14%

Yulesmith pours a hazy amber color with a frothy, slightly off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a sheet in the beer, leaving behind sheets of lace on the side of the glass. The aroma is citrus hops with strong notes of grapefruit, pine and grass.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is slightly chewy with a fizzy carbonation on the palate. The flavor is much like the aroma with lots of citrus grapefruit and pine hops. Balancing out the hops is a fair amount of sweet caramel and pale malt. Once gone the pine flavor of the hops lingers on the palate.

This beer has aged for a while in my cellar and still has quite a hoppy aroma and flavor. It's a bit off balance with all the hops, but overall a nice beer for hop lovers.

10-05-2008 21:25:57 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of KarlHungus


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Thanks to Greggy for this one. This beer pours a semi-cloudy pale orange color. The head is a billowy pale orange color, and recedes very slowly into thick, chunky lacing. The aroma is of brash pine, citrus. The taste is like the aroma, with the addition of a nice bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy texture, and light carbonation. Overall, this is a nice DIPA. I could easily drink this beer again.

10-02-2008 23:27:03 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Greggy


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Summer Vintage*

A- Pours a nice 2 finger head with nice lacing. Body is only a touch cloudy.

S- Nice pineapple, pine, caramel, slight raisin component. Very balanced.

T- Starts out rather dry. Notes of green apple skin, peach, pine and pineapple. Finishes quite dry.

M- Low carbonation is nice and I enjoyed the dryness.

D- Nice beer. I wouldn't dream of sessioning it, but would love to have it again.

10-02-2008 15:49:23 | More by Greggy
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,548 ratings.