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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,553
Reviews: 899
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 245
Gots: 69 | FT: 2
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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 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
Photo of avaulteriam


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Summer '05. Nose is very similar to 90 minute. I catch chocolate, pine, guava, and mango in the nose. Awesome stuff. Color is a deep, cloudy amber with a lasting thin off-yellow head. Mouthfeel is very full with the taste of crushing bitterness. Mangos come out, along with oranges and pine needles. The taste is a little overly-understated, could use a bit more malt to bring it up to par. Still, an awesome experience.

Winter '05. This is quite comparable to the summer version, a bit more balaced, distinct red character coming through in the sweetness and body. decent, though I prefer the Summer.

05-29-2008 22:37:14 | More by avaulteriam
Photo of Avryle

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Winter 2007 version

A- hazy orange in color. A little on the pale side to be perfection. Massive thick 4-finger tan head. The top of which looks like Seal's face.

S- Sweet malty-hop nose. Almost barley wine in quality. Subtle spiciness lingering in the nose.

T- Very good, though it has lost a lot of the hoppiness since the last time I had it (as a much fresher) bottle. Citrus hop & spice (nutmeg & all spice) up front with a hop-burn finish. A lot of barley wine character.

M- Thick. Not as creamy as I like my DIPAs. Carbonation is a bit too active as well.

D- Not really feeling this one.

05-21-2008 00:07:25 | More by Avryle
Photo of beavers

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

[review from Jan of this year]
22 oz. Winter version

Pours a chesnut brown, with a good inch of tan bubbly head. Great retention with sticky lacing. Pungent malt notes fill the air even w/out bringing my nose to the glass. Wonderful hop aroma. Floral/piney hop aroma meets the powerful, sweet and spicy malt (not overwhelming though). Taste follows suit. Piney, bittering hops in the front with strong malty sweetness (hint of fruit, toffee, caramel). Medium (towards full) bodied and moderately carbonated. Leaves a dry finish. Amazing drinkability for the style. Wonderful balance.

05-20-2008 16:17:09 | More by beavers
Photo of Atron67


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

winter version, assuming its 2008, thanks to pimpp for the trade

a- poured a huge tan almost brown head, loads of tiny little bubbles almost filling the duvel tulip. copper red color body, clear and pretty highly carbonated

S- cinnamon and spice on top of lots of hops. definitely a strong winter warmer character to it. slightly grassy character on the hops

T- big strong maltiness to start and then a big hop character. bitter floral and pretty delicious. once the hops have come out the spices start to meld in. its a ton of spice which ends up melding pretty nicely with the hops. lingering bitterness on the tongue

M- high carbonation, full body, sticks around on the tongue for a long while

D- pretty damn good,

05-17-2008 00:29:47 | More by Atron67
Photo of tayner


4/5  rDev -5.2%

22 oz bottle of winter. Summer bottles out now so i figured i better review this one first, but it has been stored in a very cold DBF since purchase.

Poured with a HUGE foamy head, the bottle spilled all over when I opened it, TONS of carbonation in this one. WHen i finally got it poured, and the mess cleaned up from the spillage it sits in my glass a pecan-colored liquid iwth a foamy off-white head that laces really well and is really sticky.

Smell is nice (thank goodness as my office now smells like this beer). There is a sweet malty aroma that is backed up by some piney hops.

Taste is nice. Very big, sweet, malty start that is followed up by a large dose of pine-y hops that cut through the sweetness and help it to finish quite dry.

This one is heavy on the palate and definitely is a winter beer. I have not tried the summer version yet, but I will, and when i do I hope it is a lighter version for the warmer months.

This one drinks good now, and i can only imagine it would have been even better three months ago when it was still cool outside. Next fall I will definitely get a few more of these and drink them much earlier in the season!

05-08-2008 16:41:25 | More by tayner
Photo of marksto


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Sampled and reviewed at the Tampa BA gathering 5/3/08.

Pours a tawny amber color with thick, fluffy, off-white head. Excellent retention leaves lacing on the glass. Aroma features big piney, resinous hop aroma with some hints of mint and spice. Flavor displays sticky, sweet malt blended nicely with piney hop bitterness. The balance between malt and hop is very nice and key to this beer.

Overall, an excellent DIPA, worth seeking if you like this style of big, malty-hoppy beers.

05-05-2008 19:45:07 | More by marksto
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

Thanks to kplynch for this extra from my wants!

winter release.

Pours a nice ruby amber color with an incredibly fluffy huge white head that stays literally to the end of the glass. Nose is of fresh dry hoppage and good citrus pine flavors. Taste follows with fresh hop flavors of grapefruit/piney goodness with a huge malt backbone. Refreshing to taste a west coast IPA that isn't just a hop slap in the face. A bit of grainy sweetness. Mouthfeel is great, a little more viscous than average which I prefer for a DIPA. Drinkability is good, but not amazing. Overall I like this one alot, am glad I got a chance to try it, probably won't deliberately trade for it again, but will keep it on the wants and hope to get another as an extra. HAHA! If it were local and I could get it regularly, It would defenitely be a go to IPA, but it didn't blow my mind or anything. A great beer, defenitely great beer.

Summer release:

Pours a nice orange yellow color with moderate haze and a very nice stark white head with great lace. Nose is all citrus and pine hops with a slight sweetness and a nice sort of weak lemon hint. Taste follows suit with a big bang of hop flavors. Nice dry citrus hop juice and big resiny flavor. A nice malt presence, but nowhere near the winter versions backbone. Mouthfeel is just about perfect here, although it is a little bit dryer than I would like. Drinkability is good, but nothing reeaally amazing. A fine beer from alesmith. I am going to have to go against the grain here and say that I like the winter version better, but both a very good examples of the style and enjoyable beers that would be staples if they were locally available. Great brew.

05-03-2008 00:56:37 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.83/5  rDev -9.2%

End of the year version with red and green bottle.

Beautiful beer. Dark amber color with ruby notes. Huge off-white head that sticks around forever and leaves lots of lacing.

Very malty smell here, which is slightly surprising. Slight hops in the background.

Up front I taste a little bit of hop bite but it is quickly followed and masked by huge, sweet, choclately maltiness. Finishes with some more hop, nice and dry. Pretty well-balanced, but little heavy on the malts for my taste in a DIPA.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy. Medium carbonation.

Decent drinkability, just a little malty for my taste. Still a good beer.

04-25-2008 03:04:07 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -4%

Presumably the last of the winter release.

A: Copper with a light tan head; excellent retention & lace.

S: Big Piny hop aroma with grass, toffee & light fruity esters.

T: Piny hops, assertive bitterness, toffee, fruit, pale malt & a hint of minerals. Alcohol is very subtle.

M: Moderate to full body is fairly smooth with some residual sugar & plenty of hop acidity.

D: Great for its strength.

04-25-2008 00:31:12 | More by Derek
Photo of Deuane


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Hoilday 2007 offering. Thanks to Pete at the brewery for handing this one out during a post holiday tour!

A-Deep copper with a CRAZY, fluffy light tan head..no lacing, more like clumping!

S-Sweet caramel malt followed instantly by a wave of pine and citrus hops.

T-Hop forward punch of pine and citrus hops with caramel and chocolate tones in the back. Nicely balanced and well supported.

M-Medium body with a bit of stickiness. Well balanced and quite smooth. Nice bitter aftertaste.

D-Very well done. A solid west coast dipa...certainly a well recieved "late" holiday gift from the folks at AleSmith...thanks guys and gals!

04-22-2008 22:27:38 | More by Deuane
Photo of Slynger


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

2007 Holiday Bomber poured into my whiskey master distiller's glass.

The pour is a deep and hazy orangey-bronze, with a huge, fine and fuzzy, orange tinted lid.

The nose is bountiful with tons of sweet caramel malts beneath bushels of sweet orange and grapefruit hops in perfect balance.

Full and fuzzy, with loads of fine and lightly sharp carbonation. The flavor is also nicely between malt and hops. Sweet caramel and bittersweet toffee meld with fresh citric hops and bitter rinds. Hints of warming alcohol only serves to spread the joy of this brew.

Really a great IIPA with excellent balance. Thanks to my mom for bringing back this bottle from San Diago.

04-20-2008 04:23:30 | More by Slynger
Photo of IBUnit63


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Holiday 2007 poured from bomber into Red Oak uber-mug from Spring Garden in Greensboro, NC...

Big, tight, smooth bountiful head = very soapy with sparse lacing. Hazy, mahogany body.

Sweet, floral hops in abundance. Copious butterscotch malt - alcohol and carbonation in background. No issues with balance - a whole lotta everythin'.

Big, melted sweetness of caramel and butterscotch - hops are a sweet and floral backbone of this offering. Malt has a comforting stewed and chewy quality to it.

Very warming on the mouth - huge hop bite on front of palate; viscous malt and alcohol throughout.

Almost too powerful for more than one - the huge quantities of everything make this quite filling but a very enjoyable sipper.

04-16-2008 11:10:19 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of callmemickey


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Summer 2009

A: Pale amber body... hefty egg-shell white head. lasts for days. dense lacing left behind throughout

S: Blast of dense piney hops with some underlying grapefruit bitterness. light caramel malt.

T: Massive piney and grapefruit hop bitterness. fresh and profound. lively. nice malty, caramel base.

M: Smooth. Good carbonation levels. Refreshingly bitter.

D: A real treat. I look forward to both the summer and winter yulesmiths each year.

04-08-2008 16:34:41 | More by callmemickey
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

22 oz single bottle copped from Island City in Long Island for $7.99... I was glad I stumbled upon this one, as I never saw anything from this brewery before in New Jersey...
Green and red lettering on the bottle, denoting a winter-time ale...
"Holiday Ale" on the front...
Amazing appearance - bright-amber red, dark-copper, with a huge foamy and frothy head that exhibited marvelous staying power and slowly receded, leaving a copious amount of lacing...
Strong, hop-dominated aroma bursting through, the hops literally take over the nose, with a strong hint of caramel sweetness and vanilla essences...
Like the smell, the taste was also dominated by powerful hops that take over the tongue... Caramel, vanilla, and esters also noticeable along with a slight hint of alcohol due to the hefty 8.8% ABV...
Full-flavored, big-bodied mouthfeel - very creamy, rich, and thick, with a good level of drinkability for such a big-bodied, full-flavored, strong beer...
Great stuff...

04-05-2008 23:25:32 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Douglas14


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Winter 2007

Pours a very nice amber color with an incredibly thick, wonderful head that has great retention and leaves a lot of lace...actually it is more than lace, it's more of a layer of head on the wall of the glass. It has a very clean pure hop aroma...nice and piney, very fresh! This beer gives one of the bigger straight up tongue burning hop blasts! This is incredible. As the immense hoppiness fades, malty tones come forward to finish the beer. It is really great to drink such a definitive west coast DIPA (or Imp IPA) out here on the east coast.

Awesome, awesome beer.

03-29-2008 03:51:19 | More by Douglas14
Photo of dill


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

22 oz. Winter 2007 edition, poured into a pint glass

A - pours a golden orange color with a thick white head.
S - grapefruit, malts.
T - a really nice balance of malts and hops, nice festive spices. pine. a bit of the alcohol.
M - great feel in the mouth. smooth but well-carbonated.
D - this is indeed a great beer to sit down and enjoy with friends

03-24-2008 18:31:50 | More by dill
Photo of RomanW70

Rhode Island

4.78/5  rDev +13.3%

Pours reddish brown with a one finger head. Aroma of pine, sweet malts, spices, and hops. Initial falvor of grapefruit, toffee, and pine. Well balanced. Delicious, warm finish with some bitterness. Big and very tasty beer. Gets better with each sip. Delicious. Bottle was blue and red. 8.5% ABV. Alesmith rocks!
P.S. Actually dreamt about the beer.

03-19-2008 04:10:21 | More by RomanW70
Photo of 0110x011


4.68/5  rDev +10.9%

Winter 2007

Pours a deep amber with a thick, frothy head that just won't quit. Nose is caramelly, malty sweet, with strong citrus and a touch of pine. Flavour starts with sweet malts, with hints of tangerine, orange & plum. Definite hoppy bitter kick, but not till the end, and a fairly short, sweet finish. medium to full bodied, but so drinkable it's dangerous.

it should be noted that this review is a 3-month aged bottle, so much of the review is in comparison to a totally fresh bottle. If my memory serves me well, the hop kick has subsided a bit, making for a much more balanced brew. I'm new to the whole aging thing, so it might just be all in my head (it seems to me like 3 months isn't a very long time when it comes to aging), but this has gone from one very tasty brew to one of my all-time favorites.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I've never met an AleSmith i didn't like!

03-18-2008 07:04:33 | More by 0110x011
Photo of Trueant1


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

After 5 months sitting in my fridge...time to try! I hear this comes in two varieties. Mine is the Christmas..not the 4th of July. Probably from 2007/08 season.

The appearance of the dark cloudy almost reddish pouring into my glass while forming a great off white thick head that lasts and lasts gives the appearance good marks for me.

The smell is almost perfect. Malty, bready, and of course hoppy.

Taste is FULL and has a great hop bitter kick. Alcoholic spice, and sweet sweet malts..almost in the toffie range come through the hops.

Mouthfeel is dry and very carbonated. YUMMY.

Great Brew! I will get one every year! Or 2!

03-17-2008 03:14:00 | More by Trueant1
Photo of JDV


3.53/5  rDev -16.4%


Bottle shared with Fly, Dewbrewer, Humulone_Red and others. Thanks guys!
Other bottle courtesy of WeeheavySD! Rich deep amber pour with a big lasting creamy head. Big hoppy nose with "red" malt as well. Rich sharp hoppy flavor with a creamy balanced maltiness to it. A touch of alcohol is noticeable, but still nice. Carbonation is a tad high, but I find that to be the case with most of Alesmith's beers. Nice beer.

03-15-2008 20:50:09 | More by JDV
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,553 ratings.