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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,571
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 243
Gots: 70 | FT: 2
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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 khiasmus
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%

Green edition.

Pours an almost clear amber with a thick pillow of off-white head that laces all the way down the glass.
The smell is of caramel and toasted malt, with an intense amount of resiny American hops- well balanced in the nose with the hopping coming out extremely well. The hopping, even in the nose, doesn't seem too harsh, just seems strong and RIGHT.
The flavor could not be more perfect. Balance is perfect, the malt is sweet, caramelly and biscuity, while the hops are overwhelming in the middle and the finish has a slight lingering bitterness. The hops tend more toward resiny in flavor, but also have a bit of citrus character. The balance between hop flavor and hop bitterness is excellent, as this beer doesn't overwhelm with any one element, but leaves a deep satisfactory finish that is well-balanced but strong, assertive, and superb.
Mouthfeel is smooth and almost chewy, with a surprisingly full body atop medium carbonation. Finish is the lingering of the thick malt on the back of the tongue while astringency assaults the sides of the tongue with a bit of bitterness, and an ever-so-slight warming of alcohol.
This is one of the finest examples of this style that I have experienced. I highly recommend everyone to give it a try. delicious.

khiasmus, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
4.43/5  rDev +5%

Winter Holiday release as determined by the red and green colors.

Pours a dark copper that approaches ruby in color. The head is a very light tan that fades to only a thin collar. No lacing.

The scent is filled with a pine and orange hop. Beneath the hops there is a substantial caramel and burnt sugar aroma.

The taste is a building force of citrus hops, but what makes this beer shine is the malt backing it up. The malt provides a strong base of dark sugar. Dry bitter finish that comes off lightly spiced.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium with a smooth enjoyable level of carbonation. Alcohol? Where? Oh wait here it comes. Highly drinkable and balanced despite the huge hop presence. Careful the content could catch up with you.

Jmamay22, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of mtstatebeer
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

22 oz. bomber. Pours an orange-amber with a nice frothy white, good lacing. Aroma is very nice, clean hops. I get flowers, grass, pine, and orange/grapefruit. Flavor is a touch of malty sweetness with loads of citrus, pine, and a nice bitter finish. Very clean, dry finish. Great DIPA.

mtstatebeer, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of Kadonny
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%

I have now tried both versions, summer and winter so I'll put 2 reviews in one here.

Reviewed 9/15/2008.
Red and Green bottle meaning the winter version. Received in a BIF so not really sure which year.

Ratings: A: 3.5, S: 4.0, T: 3.5, M: 3.5, D: 3.0 for an average of 3.55

A: A deep copper cloudy orange color with a huge, huge off white 3 finger head on a timid pour.

S: Malty sweetness with caramel, toffee and a very slight touch of hops. Malty sweetness is predominant.

T: Wow, bowls me over with sweetness. Caramel, toffee, bready malt with some piney hops pushing from behind. Still this beer was all about the malt. Malt finishes out with some faint receeding bitterness. Lots of floaties on the final pour as it is bottle conditioned.

M: Heavy and slick, coating the mouth and massive amounts of carbonation.

D: Low, I was tired by the time I got to the bottom of the bottle.

Overall I can't put my finger on it, but by the end of the bottle it just didn't taste right. Was it because it was old and the hops had turned, or something else. Still, it was not the best experience for me as I expected much, much more from this respected brewer. I would love to try this again fresh and see if I just got a clunker.

Summer version. Poured from a blue and red decorated 22 ounce bottle into a tulip tasting glass.

A: A golden straw color with some tints of orange. A HUGE white thick head on a very modest pour. Way too much carbonation, nearly 3/4 of the glass. Receding leaves some lacing (after a long time sitting).

S: Wonderful citrus hops come across the nose with hints of grapefruit, lemon pineapple and straw. This couples with a large malt sugar smell.

T: I got the twinge of sweetness first which gets joined by the grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and grassy straw hops. Not much pine as the hops are more fruity and light. The huge malt sweetness comes out in the form of sugar and bubblegum flavor and just lingers on through the finish. Hops peek again at the rear, but the sugar sweetness is what lasts. Almost cloying as was the Winter.

M: A bit prickly, way too much carbonation even on subsequent pours, no alcohol notices but the sweetness lingers.

D: Decent, better than the Winter, but you better like sweet IPAs.

Overall I am again disappointed with this beer. If sweeter IPAs are your thing, this is for you. Unfortunately, it's not my thing and I feel the beer turns almost cloying sweet. I really want to love this beer as some people rave about it, but alas I can't. Sorry Alesmith.

Kadonny, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
3.8/5  rDev -10%

i've got the green and red winter version here.

this beer pours a lovely clear amber with a huge three finger head even with a gentle pour. it takes a couple moments before it subsides enough to drink.

smells well balanced. i'm picking up some nice citrusy hops along with a sweet toffee and a tinge of alcohol.

wow. i really wish i had this fresh. it's definitely maltier than it is hoppy. i do pick up some resiny hops, but nothing in my face like i wanted. there is a mild but present alcohol burn as well.

the mouthfeel on this beer is nice. a bit syrupy and slick. nice for a dipa.

i'd love to be able to scoop these up whenever i wished. could drink a couple of them, but would probably pay a price.

deepsouth, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of chrisafari
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours light amber orange with thin white head. Floral aroma of hops, very nice! (Not too overwhelming or weak) Flavor begins with a nice and smooth citrus profile and then finishes with an intense kick of hops. Finishes dry with a smooth and medium weight body. This double IPA is really lacking in roasty flavor. Kind of suprising, but nice. A great beer for a hop-head in Southern California during summer!

chrisafari, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%

Grabbed a bomber. Accidentally got the winter version in the middle of summer becuase I am a idiot.

Seems to be more ruby hued than I expected. Much darker too. Thick frothy marshmellow head. Gorgeous beer.

Sweet? smell of hops. Some grapefruit. A sweet scent that could be the malts tryin to get a small piece of the action.

Might have to blow dry this head to get a drink.
Big craters make it look like the dark side of the moon. Maybe I'll scoop it out with a spoon and put it on a nice piece of apple pie. Mmmmm, apple pie. Can't take it anymore, I'm going in.

Either the bottle is a little old or this is well balanced, because the hop character is slightly subdued. Malts are making a stand against the hops, not winning but making a stand. Alcohol politely cheers on one of 'em. Not sure which. Luckily 8%-9% is my favorite ABV so far.

Head... will... not... die... Now looks like melted vanilla ice cream. As I go through the bomber while watching The Shield, it starts to wear on me as a little cloyingly sweet underneath the hops. Drinkability suffers just a notch for this, but I will get a fresh bottle and reevaluate.

Overall: season's greetings to me

PatronWizard, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of stumac
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%

I have the Summer version here...

this brew pours up a bright orange color with a nice white head and great lacing...the nose is floral hops....with subtle spiced hops...the tastre is full bodied, with bitter hops, floral hops, spicy hops, pale malts....nice....

stumac, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.51/5  rDev -16.8%

2009 release, consumed 09/14/09.

Poured into a Samuel Adams "special" glass at 50 degrees F. Beer is a cloudy light yellow with lots of particulate matter swirling within the copious carbonation. A rocky, white, three-finger head forms immediately, slowly subsiding to a sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

My nose detects strong grapefruity hops and a subtle grassy component. Slight bready character as well. Grace note of juniper. So far, so good!

Flavor - do you like hops? You'd better if you're going to drink this, as that's the only flavor I can find in this beer. Peppery, grassy, citric and, oh yeah, BITTER are the order of the day. Hot on the tongue with a lingering, parchingly bitter aftertaste. Not very pleasing to me.

Mouthfeel is sharp due to carbonation. Slightly dry and a little oily.

Oddly, I had a few ounces from a different bottle a few days ago that I enjoyed much more than this. It was colder... maybe that's the key to this beer - serve it colder than fifty degrees. That might keep the bitterness under control.

I didn't enjoy this at all and struggled to finish the bomber. I would recommend only to hopheads.

2008 summer version, consumed on 09/08/08.

APP - 3.5
SM - 2.5
TASTE - 2.5
FEEL - 3.5
DRINK - 2.0
OVERALL - 2.75 (C-)

This bottle has a lot of ghostly, swirly sediment in it. Huh. Despite my care, this led to a slightly cloudy honey-golden pour. VERY carbonated! A two-finger fluffy white head with minimal lacing sat atop the beer.

Aroma is odd, with a touch of plastic/band aid to it. Uh-oh... Also has notes of soap. And there, lurking in the unappetizing aromas, is some pine.

Slick mouthfeel, parching on the tongue.

Major flavor component is remarkable bitterness. Not undrinkable, but just this side of overwhelming. Some spruce flavor. Shy malt character did not emerge enough for me to identify beyond just "malt".

This is the first AleSmith bomber I have had that I did not finish. I poured what was left in the bottle (about a third) down the drain after it took me over an hour to finish a pint.

This bottle was refrigerated in a cooler away from sunlight when I bought it and has been refrigerated since, so I can only guess that either something bad happened to this bottle prior to me making its acquaintance or that it's just an anomaly from this great brewery.

charlzm, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of brdc
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

Thanks n0rmann for this one. Winter version.

Large capped bottle poured into a tulip. Copper colored, red highlights, tan head with very good retention and some lacing.
Nice aroma, malty, bready with lots of caramel, but also fruity and hoppy, grapefruits, flowers, resinous notes.
Rich body, taste follows the nose. Rich caramel maltiness, well balanced by a fruity, bitter hoppiness. Not overly complex, but well balanced and very satisfying.

brdc, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%

Pours a cloudy dark orange, lots of sediment, and a light brown head with lots of specks in it. Smells of citrus. Taste was a little disappointing--overly bitter and not as much citrus as I would have liked. It may have been that this bottle had been on the shelf since last year, but it's impossible to say. A drinkable beer, but it didn't knock me out like the best of the best.

PhxHorn, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

A deep amber color, almost brown. It has a cream colored head, that is tow fingers thick and laces slowly down the glass. The strong scent of pine is apparent several inches from the glass. This scent, along with a robust citrus fragrance, blend to a mild malty aroma. The malt starts out first in the flavor and then blends to a hoppy biterness; consisting mostly of grapefruit and a grass/earthy flavor that dominates till the end. A medium bodied feel at the front end and it gradually gains weight as it reaches the back of the palate. A very strong double IPA, strong flavor and aroma are the backbone of great beer this has both and then some. Alesmith truly makes some outstanding beers.

cameraman, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of kbnooshay
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Winter release.

A: Poured an incredibly hazy dark-orange with little yeasty bits floating around. The head is a rocky, frothy and billowing beige colored masterpiece. The head retention was very impressive. Chunky and weirdly patterned lacing.

S: Complex! Up front the earthy hop and floral citrus aromas punch you in the nose. This brew is fruity as hell(pears, canteloupe)! There is some malt in there also but the hop and fruits dominate.

T: Wow. This brew awakens every part of your mouth. The hoppy punch is spectacular but there is so much complexity also. I would describe it as breadlike, yeasty, musty, earthy but sweet. Very very balanced. Hints of pleasant spices.

MF/D: The feel is slick and sharp. The bottle says to share but this bottle is all mine. I am not going to get tired of this.

This beer gives your mouth a work out.

kbnooshay, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%

22oz dark brown bottle.
It pours a deep copper-hued amber with a floating frothy beige head plus some sticky and patchy lacings.
BIG whiffs of pine with a clean citrusy bouquet in the background melds nicely with roasted barley malt and a slight alcoholic fuminess.
The first few gulps reveal the diverse and complex flavors profiles. Up front grapefruit and piney bitterness, plus a slight metallic tang provide quite the varied hop bite. Toasted rye, malty barley and caramel sweetness lay the full-bodied foundation. A dark rum-like alcohol flavor provides a well-placed punch. In time, this brew really blends well as the sweetness develops. I get a few of these every Christmas season and save one for cool evening as fall approaches. Nice brew to age...if I could possibly wait.

BeerResearcher, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4.6/5  rDev +9%

Summer 2008 Release

Appearance: This one's a little hazy and is a very nice orange/amber color. It's capped by an enormous three finger head that's vanilla in color. Retention is off the charts and thick sheets of lace clung to the glass.

Smell: Hops are rolling out of this one nice and strong. The hop profile is an excellent mix of pine, citrus, and floral components (though the floral/earthy bit is a clearly a secondary feature). There's sweet citrus grapefruit, pineapple, and mango scents. It is malty, but there's not much of the caramel variety. That's a really nice aspect of this beer. It is a little earthy and grainy on the tail.

Taste: Now, this is one hell of a fine DIPA. Hops are bold and aggressive from the beginning. The hop profile is excellent. It's piney and citrus, yet has a slight floral aspect to it. Very flavorful. Citrus grapefruit and pineapple flavors are sweet and complement the strong hope flavor very well. There is a strong malt presence here, but it's well done. The caramel malt seems to be restrained allowing the hoppy aspect of this beer to come out on top. Surprisingly, alcohol is blended very well and is not that noticeable. Finishes bitter and a little dry. This is DIPA heaven.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This one's medium bodied and very smooth. It's nice and creamy. Very smooth, easy drinking. Carbonation is pretty active, but doesn't impede the smooth feel at all. Drinkability is excellent for me. The alcohol content is high enough to keep it out of the sessionability range, but I could easily tackle a couple of bombers or so. Honestly, I feel like I could drink this all night.

Summer Yulesmith is easily one my favorite DIPAs. It features an excellent hop flavor and the addition of malts is exemplary. They got this one just right. There are no real flaws here. This is one seasonal you can't miss.

prototypic, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

22oz bottle
Summer Version

A- Pours a nice amber color with a thick and creamy off-white head that leaves an insane amount of lacing around the glass and also possesses very good retention as well.

S- The aroma is some malt and hints of caramel but the hops clearly steal the show in the aroma. Very nice aroma, but I feel that this is really the only area that could be improved upon. Some of the other top DIPAs possess a stronger aroma.

T- The taste like the aroma is filled with bitter citric hops in the finish. However, I like that there is a solid amount of malt in the background as well. I tend to lean towards DIPAs that have a good amount of malt to back up the insane amount of hops and are a little more than one dimensional. This one certainly fits the bill, delicious!

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a very drinkable DIPA. Despite the high ABV, this one drinks very well and the alcohol is pretty well hidden behind the extreme flavors.

Overall, this is one hell of a DIPA that lives up to it's name. YuleSmith is yet another solid brew from AleSmith that is highly recommended and worth seeking out.

cjgator3, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

Picked up a couple bottles of this from Joey at South Bay. Thanks Joey! You rock.

Summer Release

Poured a 22oz bomber into a snifter.

Appearance - Transparent orange gold with amber hues. The head is white colored and extremely fine textured. The head dissipates to a thick halo and thin crown across the surface of the glass. There is a constant string of carbonation that rises from the bottom to the surface of the glass. Decent lacing is left behind as I drink. This is going to be a great beer, and I can tell just by looking at it.

Smell - Great hop aroma here. I can smell primarily candied orange, lemon rind, grapefruit, pineapple, a hint of pine, and maybe even mint. The malt build is rather low in the scent, but I think it ties in closely to the candied orange scent that I pick up - honey-like and sweet.

Taste - Alesmith has never disappointed me, and this is no exception. The flavor is very close to the scent in its essence - the main components are still there, however, they make their presences' known in a different way. The flavor is much more bitter and less sweet than the flavor would lead you to believe. There is an initial sweetness that quickly gives way to the hops. There is large citrus component of orange and lemon, and tropical fruit that transitions into hop bitterness that is very pine and grapefruit-like. I wish that the bitterness was toned down just a bit to highlight the actual hop flavor.1

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Feels great as it washes over the tongue - resinous and slightly oily. The carbonation level is just about where I want it - more than enough to keep it interesting. There is a slight twinge of booze in the finish which adds to the dryness.

Drinkability - This is a great beer. Extremely easy to drink and satisfies my hop fix. Alesmith has a way with hoppy beers - their IPA is probably my favorite of all time. While not my favorite - it is FAR from disappointing. I should have picked up a few more bottles.

Thanks again Joey!

MiguelMandingo, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +9%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

"Summer version" review.

A: Pours an exquisit looking unfiltered peach color topped by a 2 1/2 - 3 finger cap of light orange, meringue-like foam. The inside of the glass is a sticky and lacy mess.

S: Huge piney aroma that mingles with caramel, grapefruit, brown sugar, apricot, bread crust, pineapple, honey, and a tantilizing whiff of alcohol.

T: See above. Tastes just as it smells. The hop flavors run the gamut from pine, to apricot, to pineapple. Delicious caramel sauce, fresh-cut pine bough, grass clippings, white pepper, and alcohol.

M: VERY juicy and sticky. There is a malty sweetness to this that is paired, excellently, with a dry, spicy, peppery, oily, and (most importantly) bitter hoppiness. What balance!

D: This, much like its' winter sibling, is a DIPA that is not to be trifled with. The alcohol is not intrusive in the least and adds another interesting facet to what is an incredible beer. "And I'm spent..."

GbVDave, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Summer version

A- Pours a slighty hazy golden orange with a nice foamy white head that leaves a tremendous amount of layered lacing.

S- A great smell of hops piney, citrus, and floral. I could only pick up a tiny bit of malts here.

T- Tons of hops here. Nice, dry and bitter. Couldn't taste much malts here to balance it out but this was a wonderful beer.

M- Medium in body and good amount of carbonation.

D- Highly recommended. I really enjoyed this brew and it went away too fast.

nrbw23, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Thanks to smellofstout for the bottle.

Pours a cloudy amber/orange color with a large head which lasts a bit, but it's not unbearable.

Scent of sharp piny hops with caramel malts. Excellent scent, well hidden alcohol, full and deep, but not too strong. Light without being too light. Very well rounded and enjoyable.

Taste is comparable to the scent, bitter piny hops, sweet caramel malts and finishing a little dry with some roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is clean, drinks easy.

paco1029384756, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
4.43/5  rDev +5%

Up there with one of the best DIPA's on the market sesame.

From Notes:
Big white creamy head, nice, cloudy, mostly yellow orange highlights.

Big hop smell citrus and pine dancing like the devil in the pale moonlight.

Big hop taste, but mostly sweetness

Hops run down your throat.

Like Pliny the younger where the sweetness of the hops just invades your tongue.

I don't know a single word to any christmas song, but after 3 of these, i'll sing the yuletide carols

Murchmac, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of ASymon13
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%

This is the winter release.

It pours a cloudy dark amber, and despite a fairly easy pour, an excessively large head that recedes very slowly. The aroma is about as enticing as a beer gets. There is a wonderful balance between grapefruit, floral, and some citrus hops and the sweet malts. In fact, it's hard to tell where the hop aromas end and the malt begins. The head recedes slowly, and I've become very impatient for it to drop to a more drinkable level.

The taste is also extremely balanced. The hop flavors are up front, but not at all overpowering. At a colder temperature (~45F) there are a lot of citrus and grapefruit flavors to it, and the sweet malts once again, are difficult to distinguish from the hops, but it's so balanced that you know they are there. The finish is a bit boozy, but very dry. As it warms up the malt profile becomes slightly more distinguishable (at no cost to the great hop character!). Hints of Rye, light caramel, and some light spicing give it an excellent complexity. The body is medium and the carbonation is very pleasant. This is an excellent offering that left me wanting more.

ASymon13, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

The YuleSmith was the 4th of July version with the red and blue on the label. It pured a semi cloudy orange with a solid 2 finger tight foam head. It had snowy lacing and lots and lots of bubbling from the bottom of the glass to the head.

The aroma was wonderful. It was floral, piney and grapefruit.

The taste was strong powerful malt up front with a bitter in the middle with a piney on the back with a malt minty sharp bite on the finish. I felt the malt covered the tongue and had good bitterness and was well carbonated.

Overall another wicked solid brew from the crew in Southern Cal.

cswhitehorse, Aug 07, 2008
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.

bbothen, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of Biggness
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!

Biggness, Aug 04, 2008
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,571 ratings.