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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,630
Reviews: 906
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 246
Gots: 72 | 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:
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 biegaman
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green and Red - Winter Release.

A mosaic of peach, salmon and amber tones are all blended within a deep tawny wash; the colour actually shares strong resemblance to the skin of a pomegranate. It blushes to the light with a strong reddish radiance. Streams of bubbles can be spotted in numerous spots. The top fifth consists of a creamy, tanned, whipped piece of froth. It couldn't look anymore fantastic.

I'm happy to smell a lot of 'green' accompanying the red in this Holiday Ale. One thing that all good West Coast brewers do particularly well is make hoppy beers; Alesmith's Yulesmith pageants hops in all of their glory. In roughly this order the hop bill showcases: herbal, fruity, and floral. It pairs pine with hydroponics and blends the two with a wicked amount of citrus.

Throughout all of this lupulin madness, somehow, the malts still manage to shine through a fair bit themselves. They provide a very, very sweet, sugary counterpart to all this citrus and acidity. Prominent notes of dark toffee, creamy caramel cookies and honey coated wafers - all toasted to perfection - soak the palate with wonderfully delicious flavours.

The hops are also tasted. The beer again bears resemblance to a pomegranate, this time in flavour. A few other citrus fruits tag along, including grapefruit and tangerine. These hops impart a mouthfeel that is blistering with alpha acids. Despite the malt presence, the acidity is still left a little out of check. It doesn't hinder drinkability much mind you.

And neither does anything else. Certainly not the ton of hops, certainly not the almost 9% alcohol, and above all else, certainly not the 650ml serving size. I'm sure the 'bomber' bottle must have been invented for these kinds of smooth, quenching, incredibly quaffable IPA's and DIPA's. True or not, I wish all beers this good were offered in this size.

I really didn't consider this to be one of the top notch DIPA's after trying it for the first time (Summer Version). This sample, however, (Winter Version) has certainly lifted my holiday spirits. My Christmas wish is now that this "end of the year treat" could be an 'end of every working day treat'! This is one seasonal I will be revisiting each and every holiday season.

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

Yulesmith Red and Green--Winter Edition

A. Bright mahogony, red and clear. 3/4" of sticky head.

S. Smells of Munich and other rich malts blended with earthy and citrus hops. Actually, it smells like Arrogant Bastard.

T. Hmm, well, this tastes like Arrogant Bastard. Rich and malty with a definite hop bite, complex...and...um....Arrogant Bastard.

M. Oily and medium in the mouth...and like...mmm...Arrogant Bastard.

D. Just perfect..like...(Yeah, you guessed it).

An AB clone if you ask me. I loved it!

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

2007 bottling that's been aging for a year on the shelf.

A: Dark red, mahogany. Beautiful big cream-colored head. Tons of lacing. Great looking beer

S: Brown sugar, caramel malt, piney hoppiness. The sweet caramel malt is dominant here. This smells delicious.

T/M: Wonderful malty sweetness. The hops are there but not super dominant. This has everything in the smell and then some. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Excellent stuff. Maybe this one needs age or did the recipe get tweaked? I found the 2008 version I just had to be much more hoppy. Definitely prefer this one.

D: Amazingly drinkable. But high in abv.

Overall, another awesome AleSmith beer.

Photo of hoplover82
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I finaly was able to get my hands on this greatly esteamed brew, worthy of the ratings it has received. A new guy showed up at our homebrew meeting with one of these bad boys and I just about fell out of my bench! Halaluah! Him and I are gonna be good friends. This beer has a holy hop character. A real pungent citrus aroma and flavor. Outstanding.

Photo of MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed from my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Much lighter than winter Yulesmith, almost the color of pineapple/peach juice. Off-white creamy head - just as much as winter. Definitely bottle-conditioned.

S - More citrus - very tropical with hints of pineapple, ripe tangerine, mango, passion fruit. Nowhere near as much pine or malt.

T - Very similar to the smell. Much more hop bitterness and refreshing tropical flavors. Again, the floral/pine/candy elements of the Winter version are not present.

M - Creamy, smooth - viscosity is one of my big sticking points, but this one is spot on in that regard. Carbonation is there, but not overwhelming. There's a definite hop resin character that stays in your mouth and complements the bitter aftertaste.

D - Even though this clocks in at a hefty 8.8% it drinks just as well as some lighter IPAs and red ales.

Another fine Alesmith brew.

Photo of nramsburg
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to an orange amber color with a good sized head. In terms of aroma there's a good deal of alcohol and yeast on the nose and, for the holiday style, surprisingly less spice than I'd, perhaps mistakenly, assumed.
OIt's not terribly thick, reasonably creamy without overpowering.
A bit of caramel, perhaps pine as well, I didn't register the citrus as much, but perhaps that's just my palate.
Smooth finish, refreshingly balanced hops and malt.
This beer really stands out for its steadfast commitment to balance.

Photo of magictrokini
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red and Green Label. A thicker, hoppier red than anticipated. Hazy copper-red with a buzz-cut for a head. Lots of hops and resin, but very obvious malt. Slick mouthfeel. Piney taste up front that moves turns into a long citrus-hop flavor. The malt is prevalent throughout this one, sweetening everything out and making it different from its summer cousin. Love it.

* There actually are 2 versions of this beer, one in the winter with a green and red label, and one in the summer with a blue and red label.

Photo of MisterClean
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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

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.


Photo of SShelly
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of dukedevil0
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of paytoplay
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of HumuloneRed
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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

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.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of EGledhill
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

Photo of josiahschlender
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Med
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of hopdog
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.86/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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

Photo of dogfishlove120
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Lupe
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ironlung
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,630 ratings.