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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,484
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 241
Gots: 57 | 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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Boto

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Summer (Blue Label Version). 22oz. bomber: This one pours a slightly orangish-amber color. There is quite the frothy head on it. There is a big hop nose to this one. Mainly grapefruit to the nose. The beer itself is medium bodied. The hops are present, but not overpowering to the taste. A hint of caramel in the background. Very drinkable. Nice to be able to buy this in Mass.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 22:17:18 | More by Boto
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bottle. 2006 Summer Release (Blue & Red)

A: Hazy straw orange in color. A magnificent three fingered head that is off white stays for the entire sample. Thick spider web lacing clings to the glass.

S: Citrus or grapefruit. Slight whiff of pine. Biscuit or bread along with a strong malt presence.

T: Nice clean citric and pine hop bite. A bread like flavor is followed by a well balanced caramel malt and earth like undertones.

M: Crisp and clean. Medium carbination. Leaves a nice coating on the palate.

D: A fine and well balanced DIPA. A bigger malt presence than most beers of it's style. High alcohol content is well hidden and this beer lends itself to a quick demise.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 01:10:40 | More by Tyrawlings
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drewbage

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing a nicely aged (1 year) bottle of the Winter (Red & Green) Yulesmith. Sampled out of my trusty Beer Odyssey Imperial Tulip Pint Glass.

Pours into the glass with a rocky light beige head that just hangs out for the length of drinking.

Aroma is a muted, but pleasant citric and piney hop that is more balanced now in age with a caramel malt.

Flavor is a large malty chocolate bar of goodness that is initially broken by a sharp burst of carbonic acid. The finish is of course driven by a pine cone bite.

Overall the beer is easy to throw down and unlike a number of other DIPAs (or.. ok Imperial Red Ale, bah!), this holds up over the year.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 09:25:08 | More by drewbage
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peabody

Kentucky

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice clear reddish amber with two fingers of white/off white suds. Looks really nice in the tulip glass. Nice lacing too.
Smell is yeasty and fruity. Grapefruit hints with tangerine peel.
Lemony freshness. This is a great smelling beer.
Taste is citrus and sweet malt with an alcohol overtone. Caramel and alcohol combine to make the first flavor sweet and warm then the hops kick in and bring a wonderfull bitterness that stays on the tounge. I like this one a lot. Too bad it has to come from California in a Fed Ex box.
Mouthfeel is excellent. Great carbonation and the resin film stays with the tounge. Mellow excitedness.
Drinkability would be high if I could get this brew everyday. Also the 8.8%abv could be a small deterent.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 00:28:11 | More by peabody
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theopholis

California

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a deep, translucent amber/red that is only slightly opaque. The head is truly spectacular. About 4 fingers of what starts out as a very tight, creamy, light tan head. Has a lot of staying power, turning positively 3-diminsional. Leaves quite a bit of layered lacing to. Very interesting looking beer.

Aroma- Nice blend of malt sweetness and floral hops. hints of pine and citris. Some caremel in the background to.

Taste- Flavoring hops meld nicely with the malt sweetness, but it's just a tad syrupy. Nice variety of well-balanced hop flavors. You can taste the fusils and alcohol if you concentrate. Some citrus in there 2. Great tasting double IPA.

Mouthfeel: Nice CO2 bite. Body is just a wee bit syrupy (even for a DIPA). Clings to the mouth very nicely.

Drinkability: Very good. Most of my friends would hate it, but I love this stuff. You definately know you have a mouth full of hops, but it isn't as overwhelming as some IPAs. You can taste the malt and other flavors come through very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 06:34:03 | More by theopholis
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a big bomber with the green and red Winter release label. The Liquid is orange, with lots and lots of carbonation. The Head is Big, off white and lots and lots of blotchy lace on the glass.

The smell is hopy to be sure but wow is it worked over be the malt.

The taste is hopy bitter up front but the sweet candy like malt takes charge. The finish is nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel is thick and sticky, lots of carbonation but less of a bite.

The drinkability is good, but it is big and one should be enough.

Prosit MK

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 06:42:54 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer 06 bomber which was either an EXTRA from Boolshot or could have been a gift from Aprillovesbeer. I have great trading partners/BA buds.

Pours with a good bit of foam which settles quickly. Great nose of sweet hops. Sweet and hoppy taste which has not faded since the summer. Easy to drink with a smooth mouthfeel. One of my favorite beers. I can't wait to try this on tap someday.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 01:35:37 | More by SkinnyElvis
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loving44

California

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter Release 2006

Nice, I loved thee summer release, let's see how this one goes...

Pours a heavy amber-orange with a rocky, foamy off-white head. Looks delicious... it has hat kind of head formation that you only get with high quality malty brews.

Smells of citrus, ginger, rich bread, nice and malty with a hop twinge.

the taste of this brew is awesome... rich and VERY malty with an herbal hop finish. This is bread-like and malty to no end yet remains crisp with a very dry finish... I want to drink this all night, awesome holiday brew!

Mouthfeel is slightly heavy and syrupy but very drinkable.... I love this one... to me it gives the summer IPA a run for it's money!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 06:28:28 | More by loving44
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Apparently this is the winter release, with the green and red printing. Marked as 8.5% abv.
Thanks to XLPerro for showing my girlfriend Kristi where the good beer spots are while she was in town, and thanks to her for lugging this back on the plane.
Glowing sunset orange, tending towards red, topped with a mountain of cream colored head. Great clarity. Excellent head retention, with thick, goppy lacing everywhere. It's seriously about a cm thick at the top of the glass. Tendrils of carbonation streamers moving slowly towards the top. This is what beer should look like. Big, powerful aroma. Blooming with pine sap hoppiness. Heaps of toasty, sweet maltiness, estery and floral. A little vanilla cake-frosting sweetness. Maybe a spot of some cinnamon, even. Monster hops in the flavor, coming through immediately. Maybe a little less depth than the aroma suggested, but still rich and very well textured. Big toasted maltiness, this brew is huge overall. The hops are just enormous feeling, inundating the palate with tarry pine bitterness. Caramel sweetness grows with warmth, with a little dash of cocoa to round out the malt spectrum. A little applesauce and green raisin in there, too. Citrusy, with a milder floral/metallic bite in the end. Just a hint of alcoholic heat in the back of the throat. Very beefy and big bodied, with very energetic carbonation. I prefer a mellower bubble level, but it's quite alright. One of the best beers I've had in a while. A trip to San Diego is required.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 19:42:30 | More by UnionMade
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blitz134

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was about time I made it to this one. This is the summer release so it didn't need to sit too much longer. Received this in BIF 46 I believe.

Hazy orange, copper color. Huge off-white head on the pour, reduced down to a loose 1" mass of meraunge foam. Sporadic threads of lace grip the glass.

Smell is, of course, loaded with hops. An absolute ton of floral and citrus pound the ol' olfactory glands. Not quite grapefruit, more along the line of tangerine and citrus rinds. Kinda sweet and quite aromatic.

Tons of hops again in the flavor. A lot of the same things found in the aroma come through again but there is a lot more in the flavor. Additionally there are some pine sap and resin flavors which I really like. Pretty bitter finish and overall, but I've had bitterer (is that a word?) A slight tinge of the alcohol also peaks through but nothing detrimental. Comes across pretty balanced for a DIPA, mostly light caramel malts and only a little biscuit malt do this job.

Good mouthfeel. Oily and slick, kind of creamy in some aspects. Very crisp after the swallow, probably from the ton of carbonation which showed itself in all of the bubbles rising to the surface after the pour.

Good drinkability. Super tasty brew but this one sits heavy on my stomach due to the heavy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 03:38:24 | More by blitz134
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Scorpious

California

2.5/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is somewhat disappointing to me (and I usually LOVE IPA's) The mouthfeel just seemed off along with the smell, the entire encounter was a dismal failure in my book. The taste was highly unliked and the color was just plain "funky" i.e. just not a color you would associate with IPA's

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 22:40:32 | More by Scorpious
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yulesmith - **Xmas 2004** Release > 2 Years Old

Presentation: A 22 fl.oz. brown glass Bomber with a very festive looking red and green screen printed body. Listed as just “Yule-Smith Holiday Ale”, the “O” in Holiday previous years had the actual year printed on the bottle. Strength is listed as 8.5%.

Appearance: Deep cloudy murky body has a fresh from the Canal dredged look about it. Clouded deep amber with some ruddy orange which clears a little when rested in the Mug. The head – WOW – THE HEAD!!!! It is immense and soon becomes craggy and rocky, with flecks of different colors on its surface, fuck me, it just reminds me of that massive slug like rock-eating pizza from episode 26 of Star Trek “The Devil in the Dark”, when the crew of the Enterprise investigate the being that is killing miners on Janus VI. That was “Horta”, the alien that had a 50,000 year gestation period. Well, hey, I have that very alien thing sat on top of my 2 year old Alesmith Yulesmith right here in my Apartment. A Hortaean head…..yep, a new term is borne. Average conditioning levels with a lively nature. Superb lacing, nothing short of refined Belgium lacing mixed in with a crude and craggy Hortaean ring like ensemble.

Nose: Deep bread, fresh wholemeal dough, fermenting Pale Ales, yeast and a soft caramel toffee finish. It has a striking age about it, the hops have caramelized into a chewy mélange of ripe dough and yeasty spices, yet the pine is still hiding in the background, its there, faded from its youth but it really adds a mature stature to this aged IPA.

Taste: Toasted malts, thick digestive biscuits, spiced caramel, Devon toffee candies and a strange sugared plum depth in the middle. Sweet leathered malts are ripe in the finish with a faded pin needle hoppy trait at the death. Lingering ending rises with some liquorice and anise. It’s old, but in a nice way, could this be a MILF beer?!?!

Mouthfeel: Infused with age this 2004-Xmas Yulesmith has transformed into a Legato brew. Solid feel, defined malts that have grasped the fresh hops and subsumed them. The rich malt consistency has a chewing toffee texture that promotes maturity and a muscular presence.

Drinkability: I dearly ♥ Yulesmith, for me it is by far the best brew from Alesmith hands down! And it is my firm assertion that Yulesmith should be partaken fresh, but that said, I keep a few bottles stillaged away just out of interest. The malt bill eventually takes control after two years, though not in a bad way. An interesting experiment but the Yulesmith is always better fresh me thinks.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 10:03:38 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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far333

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter 2005 vintage shared by BeerRun13.

Clear apricot colored with an orangey-beige frothy and lumpy head that rises up an inch and a half, and then slowly recedes to a quarter inch of foam where it remains.

Aroma of cinnamon and sweet ripe pear and the faintest hint of citrusy hops.

Initial flavor of rich bready malt, punctuated with oily hop resins of citrus and floral notes, morphs to a fairly even balance of thick malt and fresh hops, and then adds just a touch of pine in the finish. Highlights of caramel and cinnamon round this one out.

Glorious mouthfeel, rich and full and chewy and satisfying, with a tingly flourish of bubbles in the finish.

Very enjoyable, very drinkable, really nice holiday treat. Thanks to BeerRun13.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 21:47:43 | More by far333
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a 2005 winter release at room temp poured into a tulip glass.
The brew pours a bright clear chestnut color with a huge fluffy beige head of 3cm that fades slowly to a 1 cm lingering layer of foam.
Aroma is hop dominant with pine and grapefruit and some grassy notes.
Not much malt counter balance.
First sip reveals a sticky body with very fine rolling carbonation.
Flavor is sweet for a second with a bit of caramel but rolls quickly to all hops with pine sap and grapefruit rind busting forth.
This is a hop head brew and is an easy drinker with no hint of ABV.
A decent brew but like I said hop lovers rejoice others, not so much.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 07:04:55 | More by sulldaddy
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dbalsock

Vermont

4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Winter 2006

Appearance: Pours dark copper with huge off white (almost tan) thick, burly head... in fact it's a little overboard and it made me wait for it to settle on a gentle pour. The retention is fantastic and the lacing loks like frost on the windows in winter.

Smell: Orange comes through sweetly and so do piney or cedary hops. It kinda smells like the holidays.

Taste: Orange hits again with a great malt accompaniment. A hint of the piney cidery hops mix with a nutty and bready undertone to balance out the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and an aftertaste of subtle bitterness allow the alcohol to round out the experience as perfection.

Drinkability: Very smooth, tasty and easy to drink, this is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 05:15:34 | More by dbalsock
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2006 release.

Once again I fall victim to BA top 100. At 7.50 a bomber, I will not be trying this one again. What is all the fuss with west coast beers? Good, charismatic, but all to often hyped beyond belief.

Poured overly carbonated, leaving a flat, non-existent body. Dry tongue and a band-aide like aftertaste. Up front, it is slightly piney, with a tremendous malt skeleton. IMO, no hops, and I am not sure if the poor pour, or the overpowering of the malt is keeping it from coming through.

A very nice, not too messy DIPA. In fact, it is quiet good, but for what I paid...forget about it.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 23:19:13 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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sleazo

New York

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the cask version. I have had this one a few times in the past but tonight was my first that was hand pulled. I had this as the third of my trifecta after the Anvil and speedway. It is hard to follow up Speedway, but this delivered. What arrived at my table was a beautiful brew. A thick 1/2" foam was suspended over a medium copper brew. I thought to myself, this is what a beer should look like. the head retained its size and shape throughout as i consumed this elixir. The smell was clean and hoppy, slightly less hoppy than one would expect from a 2XIPA, but very nice indeed.

When you sip on this you immediately realize how well balanced it is for the style. The hops are there in their grapefruity resiny goodness as you would expect but they are not over the top and are well balanced with the malt. The mouthfeel was wonderful, creamy, rich with the perfect ammount of carbonation. the beer clung to your mouth without being too thick. i could drink these all night but unfortunately SD doesnt have reliable public transport so i had to peel myself away after my second to drive home.


Highly recommended, especially if you are lucky to find the cask version. This is what i will miss when i move back to NYC

Serving type: cask

12-30-2006 07:12:59 | More by sleazo
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the Summer released Blue & Red bottle...
Appears a semi-transparent orange with a bubbly off white, soapy head that slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of biscuits, brown sugar, honey, earthy, and sugary orange peel.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with an earthy, spicy, creamy hop flavor, along with fruit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, toasty, earthy, spicey, mellow, fruity, sweet up front with a hoppy bite.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 20:47:16 | More by weeare138
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If I could pick one brewery who's beer I can't get local that I wish I could, it would be Alesmith. Speedway may be my favorite beer, and their IPA and barley wine are the best of their respective styles, IMO. The Yulesmith is no exception. A darker, maltier IPA (really more like a barley wine to me). Probably the heaviest IPA I've had. The one beer this reminds me of is Indiga (but smoother and with more body). A very good and unique IPA from a great brewery. Get it while you can (thanks, Ron!).

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 06:02:32 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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lpayette

Vermont

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is for a winter release 2006 edition, provided by fellow BA dbalsock. 22 oz. bomber. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Pours with a huge head as a good celebratory beer should. Somewhat cloudy amber red. Tons and Tons of lacing. Very, very nice.

Smell- Very good floral hop aroma. Citrus, some grapefruit, but mostly floral. Underneath it all is a delicate layer of malt.

Taste- A good balance of sweet malt and bitterness. Somewhat similar to a DFH 90-minute IPA, but not so intense. The malt is almost honey-like, but not quite. Just a bit piney. Citrusy, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel- full and rich-bodied. Could it be fuller? perhaps, but it's at a good level right where it is. Somewhat dry in the finish.

Drinkability- Overall a very good beer. Perhaps the best balanced Imperial IPA that I've had. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 03:46:59 | More by lpayette
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I purchased this in late summer of 2006 but it has red and green lettering so I believe this is the winter 05/06 release. Nice dark golden color with a cream colored head that leaves lacing the whole way down. Aroma is floral and citrusy hops, malt sweetness. Taste is spicy hops mellowed quite a bit by the ample malt base. Somewhat sweet but pretty balanced. Hint of alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy with moderate to low carbonation- very nice for this particular beer. Almost chewy. Substantial feeling. Pretty drinkable for something this big. This tastes very nice but it's not overpowering. A most drinkable of double IPA's

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 04:08:51 | More by burnstar
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SwillBilly

Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yulesmith Summer Edition, 22oz bottle with blue writing.

Appearance: Pours a rich amber with hues of orange topped by an impressive 2" tightly foamed head. Head retention is excellent as dissipation is slow to come. Just a touch of chill haze takes away from the otherwise impressive appearance.

Smell: Big and fruity hints of ripe apricots with an underlying sweetness reminicent of brown sugar and caramel, has a raisin bread like quality to it. Citrusy/piney hops are also at play in the aroma profile.

Taste: Starts with a fruity bang, plenty of those ripe apricots backed up by more a brown sugar like quality, the middle is very smooth and transitions to a big hoppy finish that is all citrusy and piney hops. Bittering hops linger long on the tongue after the swallow leaving my mouth dry and asking for more. Very well balanced and delicious. Alcohol very well hidden for 8.8% abv but its warming effects do take notice

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation to make things lively.

Drinkability/Notes: I've been saving this beer for Christmas day and I'm definitely not dissappointed. A fantastic DIPA that is so well balanced. Plenty for fruity sweetness with hints of raisin bread followed by a big, citrusy hop finish. I wish this stuff was distributed to the east coast. Mouthfeel is smooth and luxurious, it almost melts in your mouth. This is what a DIPA should be like, one that would find a permanent place in my DBF if I could get it on a regular basis. Alcohol very well hidden and the appearance is very impressive with a super, long last head and sheets of lacing. Highly recommended. Seek, drink and enjoy. Merry Christmas !

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 18:42:52 | More by SwillBilly
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Summer Version:

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a rocky white heat that leaves chunks of lacing

Smell: Fruity aromatics, with caramel mixing with the grapefruit

Taste: Opens with a sweet caramel base that adds a citrus and earthy element by mid-palate; after the swallow, the earthy flavors build in bitterness and provide a long-lasting, bitter but candy sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and some warmth

Drinkability: Very nicely balanced; the citrus makes this clearly a hot weather version vs the barleywine character in thw winter version

Winter Version:

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a massive, big bubbled beige head that drapes the pint glass with sheets of lacing

Smell: Huge caramel malt and piney hop aroma; the alcohol is well-disguised, but with this aroma, you can tell it's there

Taste: Assaults the palate with a blast of piney bitterness with a strong caramel malt presence underneath; after the swallow, the sweet flavors build and balance the pine into a long-lasting finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation; alcohol warms the gullet on the way down; close to a barleywine, in fact

Drinkability: Just fantastic with all the elements I seek in a DIPA; compared to the summer version, this one has more depth and complexity

Thanks, ppoitras, for the opportunity to taste these side by side

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 18:59:22 | More by brentk56
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extraordinary head: poured more than five fingers thick. It is slowly retreating--still three fingers thick at 3 minutes. It's leaving some spotty lace. The color is reddish amber. Frankly, I can't find any flaws.

Strong hop aromas--fresh. One minute later (as the head recedes), some amber malt notes come through. Still, this is a hoppy brew.

First impression is creaminess. The hop is not nearly as pronounced as the smell would indicate. Lots of crystal malt. The hop grows during the tasting culminating at the swallow. It leaves a long trailing aftertaste; spicy. Not a harsh brew. Very full body with very good carbonation.

A wonderful offering. One of the superior double IPA's. I'd love to compare this to Stone's. What's happening in San Diego? It's blowing out the competition in Seattle, Portland, Denver and Boston!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 00:15:20 | More by smcolw
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dhchatfield

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Last of a batch of 4 I got from Liquid Solutions a few months back.
It says: Holiday Ale...what the hell.

Stuck in the fridge for about ten minutes after bringing it up from the cellar. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

A - Beautiful light coppery red. Very clear, nice carbonation. great head with wonderful lacing.

S - Very nice West Coast hop assault. Piney, but with a floral back. Jasmine?

T - The first hit sneaks past the tastebuds and makes a b-line for the gullet. Only after it's raced through do the tire marks show their presence on the tongue and back of the throat. Strong tastebud numbing bitterness, but with an oily sweet finish. Fantastic.

M - As above, starts thin and then expands into an effervescent thick creamy tongue and roof of the mouth coating slice of heaven. Just flat out super!

D - All day. Lower ABV than say, Dreadnaught or UnEarthy makes this a DIPA that I can actually enjoy two bombers of in a sitting without fear of falling. Just such a wonderfully balanced DIPA.

My wife has forbidden any beer purchases until after Christmas. I guess drinking out of ones' cellar isn't so bad after all. I really love this beer.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 04:28:45 | More by dhchatfield
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,484 ratings.