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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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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 bbothen


4.68/5  rDev +10.9%

Pours a tangerine/copper color with a nice lasting 2 finger head. The head forms a meringue like top that lasts. Plenty of sticky lacing on glass.

Smells of terrific hop aromas. Pine, spruce, grapefruit, lime zest, earth. Wonderful.

The taste. Hops. Tidal waves of all things hoppy. Malt stands strong, but hops let you know that they're in charge here. Tongue surfs through piney, resiny, sticky, citrus, earthy, flowery hops. The sweet malt comes out as the brew warms. This is no one trick pony here. Awesome.

Feels lush & smooth. Moderate carbonation.

Gimme more. Wish they came in 12oz bottles.

I wish this was a year round brew. I want it all the time. My breath smells like hops.

Standing ovation for Alesmith.

08-07-2008 01:02:36 | More by bbothen
Photo of Biggness

New York

4.85/5  rDev +14.9%

I am trying the winter release, I got this from Bellport Beer. This beer pours an amazingly dark amber, which is clousy with a 1 finger light tan head. The smeel is very well balanced between citrus and malts, I knew I was in for a treat with this one! The flavor of this DIPA is amazing! Perfect balance between a citrusy hops flavor and a creamy malt flavor, with a little hint of nuts. The mouthfeel suprisingly is very nice for a DIPA I would assume this is because its not a 10+ %'er but its nice and creamy and almost my first perfect 5 beer. This is a highly drinkable beer, something I would want to drink all night but I am sure I would be defeated first! An amazing brew and I might just go up to Bellport and buy the rest that are available!

08-04-2008 21:54:10 | More by Biggness
Photo of CrellMoset


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

***Update 07/16/09***

Summer version, purchased from Southbay - poured into a Duvel tulip, because I don't have anything else clean! It's substantially similar to what I remember, though with a few important differences - head retention and lacing are still amazing, perhaps better than I remember (knockin' it up to a 5.0), dryer and mintier and earthier than I remember (down to a 4.0), and a little smoother, crisper, and overall "better" bodied than I recall. Still a great beer.

Summer version, courtesy of dkachur - thanks Dan! - poured into a chalice at a tasting.

A: Perfect balance between a yellowish pale ale kinda look and an orange amber beer. There seem to be hints of sunset in this gorgeous brew. Attractive head with great retention for the style. Very pretty, bubbly, streaky lacing.

A: Tons of thick, sticky hop oils - grapefruit, pineapple, a few other tropical fruit notes in the background, a hint of floral pine - and only the slightest hint of a malt presence to balance it, lightly roasted.

T: Grapefruit and pineapple-esque hop oils take center stage here again, leading a veritable procession of hop flavors and notes. Kiwi seems to come through, as well, the first time I've ever placed that in a beer - kudos. Plenty of other hop qualities, too - pine and herbal, leafy grassiness make themselves known. Bitterness isn't overwhelming, which is quite welcome - the hops are the true star of this show, and there's hardly enough malt taste here to balance any bitterness out. Hints of wispy alcohol in the close.

M: Pillowy smooth, with medium-sized and even bubbles and a great oily texture.

D: Very well done and highly recommended - at 9% abv, it's obviously high, but pretty center of the pack for a DIPA. The hops in this one are just phenomenal though.

08-03-2008 23:12:25 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of csmiley


4.55/5  rDev +7.8%

Summer '08 version

A - Pour a medium gold in color and stays mostly clear. A very pleasing head of over an inch rose from the pour and stuck around for a bit. It eventually settled in to a thin white cap and left abundant lacing.

S - Thick fruity hops dominate the aroma. Notes of grapefruit, orange, and strawberry are present. Some bubblegum and a little bit of pine are in there as well. Not much malt to speak of in the aroma but the hops are done so well that malt is simply not needed in this one.

T - More fruity goodness in the flavor. Orange, strawberry / kiwi, fig, and grapefruit are all there. The earthy notes are stronger in the flavor than the aroma. Has some pine and fresh cut grass. Malt is hard to pick up other than a distant background to the hops. Once agian, the hop profile is fantastic and does not have a need for malt to come in messing things up. Some alcohol in noticed at the end but not much.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is very bitter and dry and matches this beer very well.

D - Drinkability is good. This beer comes in at the bottom of the alcohol spectrum for the style which only adds to the drinkability. It goes down too easy an quick for a Double IPA. Could be dangerous. This is a very well done beer that I will have again and agian. Highly recommeded.

08-01-2008 02:15:42 | More by csmiley
Photo of BeerTruth


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

*Note: Had to choose a different serving type since I already reviewed the Red and Green version in bottle format.*

Red and Blue DIPA version.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours an almost cloudy bronze hue with a big 'ol three finger off-white head that sticks around forever. After a while, it finally falls to a fluffy layer of bubbles that remains throught leaving a whole bunch of webbing on the sides. West Coast hopbomb aroma all the way. Big sweet grapefruit/mango/tangerine, floral aromas, and a touch of pine. A touch of booze finds its way in the nose as well. Bitter citrus up front with a good amount of sour grapefruit and orange. A quick caramel malt midway, but before you can notice it, more bitter hops and a touch of honey take over. The bitterness remains throughout the aftertaste leaving your tongue begging for more. Medium to full body with a very chewy/gritty feel to it and a steady carbonation. The flavor is there, but so is the alcohol so it isn't as drinkable as it could be. Great beer, one that everyone should have the opportunity to try.

07-31-2008 00:49:10 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of throwitallaway


4.55/5  rDev +7.8%

Bought from South Bay Liquor. Decanted from the bottle into a snifter. Pours a golden color with a two-finger head that fizzles away to a thin, but creamy layer. Aroma has big notes of citrus and pine, with slight, biscuity malts underneath. Taste starts with a big piny note, fades into biscuity malts, and then to grapefruit. Nice. Mouthfeel is right in the middle, and is pretty much perfect. Awesome. Definitely drinkable. Overall, pretty excellent.

07-26-2008 20:55:28 | More by throwitallaway
Photo of DrDogbeer


4/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured summer 07 yulesmith into a tulip. Pours a hazy orange with a good size white head. Lots of citrus and pineaple for aroma. Lots of hops on the tongue too. good amounts of citrus and some grazzy hops. Wonderful double IPA. Not bad for the aging, either. I am going to pop my 08 tonite to compare.

07-25-2008 13:57:48 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of joekfsu


4.05/5  rDev -4%

22 oz bottle. Summer 2008 edition. Pours a cloudy, golden, orange with a 3 cm dense white head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma of pine and citrus hops. Some kind of sweetness too in the aroma. Initial flavor is balanced between sweet, sour, and hoppy. At the end the hops dominate with a fierce bite that hangs around until your next sip. Medium body, heavy lacing, light carbonation, and a slight alcohol presence noted. Overall a very well done beer, but what beer from AleSmith isn't?

07-23-2008 20:21:35 | More by joekfsu
Photo of hooliganlife


4.85/5  rDev +14.9%

Summer Yulesmith out of the bottle into a snifter it is very golden with little head. the smell is quite powerful with a strong grapefruit scent. very smooth, light carbonation. starts out smooth and after the swallow the hop bitterness hits you and lingers. after drinking the regular IPA i was not sure how Alesmith could make a double IPA but they did it, and to perfection. I can taste the hops minutes after the last drink. the back of my mouth almost tingles. smashing success!

07-22-2008 19:04:28 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of armock

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Summer 2008 variety

A - Poured a golden color with a big white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of a lot of hops good grapefruit scents

T - Hops all the way no real malt tastes just citrus hop

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation

D - To me its a good beer but didn't quite live up to the hype in the taste department a little one sided with the hops maybe I'm just getting burned out with the IPAs

07-17-2008 21:45:30 | More by armock
Photo of athensbeermaster


4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

I now have a new reason to like the month of July besided my birthday! Big thick head that retains for a long time with great lacing. The nose has huge floral lavender smell with fresh pine tree aroma. The taste hits you with a zing of citrus quickly into orange/mango fruits then the malty carmelized apple backbone balances this huge IPA. The final flavor starts to turn dry with a sting of white pepper and lemon zest. The alcohol level could be masked better if the malt content was just a little more. Very good a must try for all hop heads.

07-17-2008 08:03:31 | More by athensbeermaster
Photo of DefenCorps


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

22oz bottle, Summer 2008 edition, into my Duvel tulip

A: Clear copper with a pretty two-finger off-white head that's frothy and has great retention and as I drink, it leaves some lace.

S: Tons of pine with some citrus. There's orange and tangerine with a little floral character, beautifully expressed. Bitterness seems reserved with a lot of aromatic hop character. Very minor malt presence. Excellent stuff. If I'm not wrong, this is dry hopped with centennial?

T: Starts off intensely bitter with lots of pine and a hint of honey and orange. Bright and vibrant, there's a lot of flavor as well, with pine needles, ripe oranges and a noticeably floral character as well. Malt sweetness? Who needs that! There's barely enough to balance out the bitterness. The finish is bitter and pretty dry, almost too bitter for my liking. Long and flavorful.

M: Pretty darned good. Great carbonation, nice dry finish with a good amount of bitterness in there with a mildly resiny feel.

D: This one's going down quick and easy! While not the best hoppy beer from Alesmith (that would be the IPA), this is one I look forward to drinking two bottles of every year.

07-15-2008 02:46:05 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of Tdizzle


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Summer 2008 double IPA edition.

A- Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, this beer pours a clear golden-amber color with a large, slightly off-white head that leaves a generous amount of sticky, web-like lacing as it settles. The head settles to a thin layer that sticks around for a really long time. A great looking beer.

S- An explosion of resiny pine, grapefruit, and citrus rind with a strong alcohol presence in the background. A faint malt sweetness peeks through as the beer warms.

T- Intense bitterness straight down the back of the tongue is the main taste sensation that this awesome Double IPA yields. Flavors of tangy tropical fruits emerge towards a moderately dry finish, and the bitterness lingers on the palate long after each sip.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Given the amount of hoppy bitterness in the taste, I expected a more oily and slick feel.

D- This is pretty manageable at 8.5% ABV, and I found that I had no problem finishing a bottle by myself.

An outstanding double IPA. Highly recommended.

Winter 2008 double red edition.

A- Poured into my New Belgium globe glass, this beer pours a deep reddish-amber color with a tan head that leaves some sticky lacing behind as it settles to a thick, patchy layer over the beer. (4.5)

S- Very similar to the summer double IPA version, but with more of a sweet and caramely malt backing. Lots of citrus, pine, and pineapple notes along with a trace of booze. (4.5)

T- A big malt presence with a moderate amount of hop bitterness. The finish is dry and leaves some sweet fruit flavors behind on the palate. There's a bit of heat from the 8.5% ABV. (4)

M- Thinner than I expected, with effervescent carbonation that feels a bit too aggressive. (3)

D- A delight to drink. The high ABV is fairly unobtrusive. (4)

07-14-2008 00:33:54 | More by Tdizzle
Photo of Talisker


3.35/5  rDev -20.6%

YuleSmith Holiday Ale Summer 2008 version. 22oz bomber purchased from Hi-Time in Costa Mesa.

Definitely better than the Holiday '06 YuleSmith from a while back, which was a goopy, syrupy-sweet hoppy mess. Apparently the winter version is a "Double Red Ale" while these summer versions are Double IPAs.

But as Double IPAs go, this one is still on the sweeter, more viscous side. Not my preference. Pours a very clear medium-orange, hard to see any yeast haze (although it's bottle-conditioned). Nicely persistent white head. Smell is half American citrus/pine hops, half sweet malt. No dough or bread.

Taste about what you would expect from the nose, tons of hops and tons of sweet malt, not as well integrated as you would hope. Hefty on the ABV (8.5%), so not exactly a quaffer.

In the middle tier of California DIPAs. There are lots of folks who love the Alesmith IPA style, but it's a little too close to cloying sweet viscosity of Stone for my taste.

07-13-2008 21:44:51 | More by Talisker
Photo of paulthebeerguru


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Winter (07)
A: snifter. pours an opaque vibrant amber, major red hues. medium khaki colored head. decent retention rate. nice curtain lacing.

S: huge malt aroma, caramel, apples, some maple syrup. ligh citrus hop aroma.

T: big caramel malt flavors. some apples, like apple juice. nice light citrus hop flavors, some green raisins.

M: full bodied. higher carbonation than I would like. huge chewy palate.

Summer 07(consumed July 08)

A: snifter. pours a cloudy, deep orange color, with a slightly off-white head. Mild retention. great lacing.

S: I can smell the hops being two feet away from the glass. Nice rich and hearty hop aromas, almost burning the nostrils. Tons of citrus and pine in there. Wonderful, sweet malts as well.

T: some strange hints of tobacco. big malts supply the major backbone to the beer, very tasty. The hops come in with some citrus characteristics, but I get more earthy flavors than anything. Huge pine flavors, along with some raw earth tones.

M: Thick and hearty. low to mild carbonation level. very rich.

D: Very nice DIPA. my burps are delightful. I am glad I let it mellow out for a year, but you really couldn't tell that much difference.

07-12-2008 05:15:13 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of SQNfan


3.68/5  rDev -12.8%

Summer version: Deep golden in color with a nice head of fine white bubbles. The nose shows off citrus and floral hops along with balancing caramel malt and an herbaceousness (from the hops). In the mouth it is medium-bodied and concentrated with nice balancing sweetness in the mid-palate which gives way to a dry/bitter finish.

07-09-2008 23:55:36 | More by SQNfan
Photo of gpogo


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

07-09-2008 02:57:24 | More by gpogo
Photo of gford217


4.53/5  rDev +7.3%

Review reflects the 2007 Summer Yulesmith courtesy of Jeager poured into my trusty Terrapin snifter. Enjoyed on 7-3-08.

A: This one pours a hazy golden yellow with a big fluffy white head that lingers forever leaving big globs of lacing. This is a beautiful looking beer.

S: The aroma is big on citrus hops up front with grapefruit and oranges but also a noticeable pine hop scent as well. There is a faint caramel malt scent as well but the hops are the star in this one.

T: The taste mirrors the aroma with a huge citrus hop kick up front, mainly grapefruit. This gives way temporarily to a more bready malt backbone before the pine hops kick in and give a nice bitter finish that lingers for a while.

M: Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and sticky with hop oils. It just coats the mouth with hoppy goodness.

D: This is an extremely drinkable DIPA and is another great offering from AleSmith who rarely, if ever, disappoint. Probably a top 5 DIPA in my book.

2008 Winter bomber poured into a tulip. Enjoyed on 12-16-08.

First off, this is one of the best looking beers I have ever seen. It pours a deep, clear copper with a huge creamy head that lingers as a cap for the duration. Sheets of lacing coat the glass from top to bottom. Beautiful.

The aroma has tons of pine resin up front with hints of grass and citrus as well. The malts aren't messing around either with lots of caramel sweetness underneath the dominant pine hops.

The taste has lots of complexity with a very strong caramel malt base with tons of hops on top. There is a citrus hop kick up front but with a lot of pine hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is sticky with sweetness and pine hop resin and has lots of carbonation that tickles the palate.

This is another great beer from AleSmith and very, very drinkable. I'd rate the Winter Alesmith a half point lower on taste than the Summer but otherwise they're both damn fine.

07-03-2008 23:05:36 | More by gford217
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%

22oz bomber (Summer YuleSmith) sent my way from abankovich. Thanks for the try.

Poured into large tulip glass, split part of bomber.

A: Light peach color, hazy with a beige head. Thick lacing that grabbed hold.

N: Citrus and more citrus. Grapefruit was through the roof, some pine but not as much as in the taste.

T: There you have it- intensely strong pine flavors with the grapefruit that was in the smell. There is a sweet maltiness and roastiness but this one leaves just resinous pine and citrus coating your mouth.

M: Oily slick like. Dry with a hoppy aftertaste and the alcohol feel is clearly left to play a part.

D: Not the must drinkable alesmith, probably would have been tough to get through the full bomber after a long night of other beers but still worth a try. Looking forward to the winter version. Thanks again Adam.

This one has some legs to it for sure, but not my favorite from what is probably my favorite west coast craft brewer.

06-30-2008 12:57:17 | More by marcpal
Photo of m1ked


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Popped open this red & green goody just because.

A- Pours a thick and hazy coppery tan with small bits swirling about. Active streamers all throughout. Nice thick & rich foamy head....like its nitro'd.

S- Wow! Very distinct rich sweet caramelly brown sugar sweetness.Almost like dulce de leche. A tiny hint of bitterness. I wonder if I held on to it too long for the hops sake?

T- Ahhh that lovely richness rolls over my tongue... A little less sweetness than on the nose. Still with the caramel sugary and a little more muted pine. Finishes with a toffee like flavor.

M- Definetly thick and heavy. Almost as if it were slightly condensed or concentrated. still has some supporting carbonation. Viscous for sure.

D- I have been wanting to pop this one for a while. It doesn't seem to be the same beer as it was fresh. It has evolved into a rich sipping beer. Good stuff.

A- Poured out the red & blue bomber somewhat aggressively which rewarded me with a full pure white head. The head slowly receded with a thin foamy layer in place of lacing. Color is a slightly hazey bright bronze.

S- Obvious sweet piney resin up front mingled with white pepper, sweet mango and a touch of some kind of berry (raspberry-ish). The fruity essence isn't really there for me until the end of a deep whiff.

T- Nice balance of the malty sweetness and the bitter & spiciness of the piney hops. The hop resin blends into the etoh heat.

M- Spicey and hot feel. A little oily. Just the right amount of carbonation.

D- I don' t really go ga-ga for double IPA's. With that being said I do enjoy this one. I relly like the nose on it. I wish it tasted more like the nose let's on.

06-26-2008 04:15:47 | More by m1ked
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Summer Edition...

It pours a slightly hazy Arnold Palmer golden yellow. A fat finger of crenellated grayish tan head settles to textured froth film. Animal crackers of lacing march along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, toasty biscuit and caramel malt are fruity sweet and slide into a twist of toffee. A rounded blend of grapefruit, pine, and smooth lemon precede twin tinges of vanilla and alcohol.

Upon sipping, the malt is assertive with caramel and a blush of candy sugar, as well as a general berry note. Melon and vanilla look in as dry grapefruit, distant pine, and spicy, creamy lemon. Alcohol is warm, wiry, and a fitting part of the show. Residual malt is less sweet and comfy with a cozy edge of baked biscuit. The finish is a just-right sustain of crisp, lingering bitterness. The balance is varied and gracious and it's smart and excellent.

Medium bodied, it's smooth and creamy with malt to the tooth and a glowing dryness that is clean and fresh.

Ah, what wonders an artist can craft with a keen eye to balance, blending, and bold ingredients. The balances shifts, but it never breaks and the soothing, tasteful nature is indeed a blessing. The ABV is warm but it's just what it should be in this incarnation. Hence, it drinks pretty much as smooth as silk. Summer or winter, it matters not, I'll drink this down, as much as you've got.

06-18-2008 17:35:45 | More by Foxman
Photo of OHLRangers


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Summer version 22oz bomber into standard pint glass.

Very drinkable dIPA- not a big, huge malt profile as the hops come forward in both aroma (big Pacific Northwest citrus and pine in the nose) and taste (grapefruity aftertaste). A bit dry in the finish but all in all a solid beer from an outstanding brewery.

06-15-2008 02:40:25 | More by OHLRangers
Photo of FtownThrowDown


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Dark golden in color with a frothy head. Smell is hops. Taste is well balanced hops with a strong malt profile. Not a Cali-Hop bomb. Citrusy and juicy hops. Very balanced and very well done. Smooth and easy drinking. Never noticed or felt the ABV. Another fine offering from the folks at Alesmith.

06-09-2008 22:47:03 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of corey0212


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

Big thanks to JoeyBeerBelly for this one!!

Winter version: Mahogany-colored beer, with an incredibly dense and rocky tan head, thick & foamy lacing clinging to the glass, 1/2 finger head stays for the duration. One of the more impressive-looking beers I've ever poured. Smell is rich & malty, with a good amount of alcohol present in the nose. This one is all about the malt! Hints of raisin...spicy malt, and of course, piney hops. Delicious!! Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with a drying finish. I'm drinking this in June, but this would be the perfect Xmas beer. I can't wait to try the summer version!!

06-05-2008 22:35:14 | More by corey0212
Photo of illidurit


4.9/5  rDev +16.1%

Summer version. Golden amber color with an absurdly sticky head that leaves unparalleled lacing on the glass. Aroma is floral and citrusy hops with a very sweet maltiness. Flavor follows the aroma, with a nice dose of fruity hops and a sumptuous caramel malt profile that melts into a solid hop bitterness. Rich and luxurious on the palate.

05-30-2008 06:46:56 | More by illidurit
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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