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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,477
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 242
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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bennetj17

Arizona

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

Summer version.

Rusty mahogany with moderate haze. Massive off white head, decent retention. Citrus hops are thick in the nose, sweet, with light nutty/caramel malt to balance. Strong candy sweetness in the taste, lots of caramel malt flavor. The hops are tangy and resiny, leaving a medium bitterness. The finish also has some alcoholic fume. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel, medium thick overall, with a nice foaminess on the palate. Quite a rich offering of malt flavor in this holiday brew. I believe the winter version was a bit more impressive, but this one is decadent, and definitely worth trying...

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 16:59:38 | More by bennetj17
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BillyB

New Jersey

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

Excellent IPA!

Pours a beautiful orange/copper with some slight rubt highlights when held up to the light. Very thick rocky, white head.

I smell tangy, citrusy, piney aromatics. This is definitely a nose full of hops, but it's actually not overwhelming. The different aromas marry well together.

The taste is , obviously, hoppy. Also alcohol and sherry-ish notes. Kind of syrupy. Slight malt sweetness.

This beer reminds me a little bit of DFH 120 min. IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 20:55:53 | More by BillyB
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Pooba001

Arizona

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

Note: this review is of 2005 summer release YuleSmith.

Poured from 22oz. bottle with Red & Blue print into snifterish glass. The head is thick and billowy, beer appears well carbonated and a bright, clear shade of orange. Some chunks float around, normal for a bottle conditioned ale. Lacing sticks on glass reminding you of each last lovely sip. Smell is a great mix of hoppy scents (citrus, tangerine, orange, flower, pine) and malty aromas (biscuity, sweet, caramel). A lot going on here, smells great.

Taste is bitter, juicy, tangy, and ooh, there's the grapefruity citrus, with tangerine, citrus, resin, and just enough malt to create a canvas for the beer to paint its picture on. Ok, maybe a smidge more malt than that. Alcohol is well hidden. What a darn good beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, neither too thin nor thick. Drinkability is good, I want to have a few of these, but the alcohol will keep me from enjoying too many.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 08:05:25 | More by Pooba001
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Julio's. 22oz. bomber Summer edition, blue and red.

A: Pours a very hazy dark amber color with peach highlights. Very frothy and bubbly two finger cream colored head. Looks like a marshmellow that was just taken of the fire. Ridiculously sweet retention and amazing frothy lace.
S: Citrus and pine hop notes dominate the nose. Nice spicyness in there too. Maltyness is slightly noticeable, but isn't able to compete with the level of hops.
T/M: Hops. Pine and citrus fruit hop flavors cross the tongue with a bang. Good sweet malty backbone keeps gives this beer an even keel. Smooth and creamy on the palate--extra soft at first. Good level of bitterness coupled with a dry finish. Bitterness lingers for a pretty long time. Oily and a bit sweet when you lick your lips. Level of carbonation is perfect.
D: Highly drinkable double. I was very excited when I saw this on the shelf. I immediately put it in my cart. Pretty damn tasty--can't wait for the winter version in order to compare.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 23:59:27 | More by bjohnson
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cheers2beers

Texas

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

22oz bottle of 2006 summer edition(blue and red)

Thanks to Boolshot, a great offering.

Appearance: This beer poured a dark grapefruit color with a two finger slightly off-white head. Lots of laceing and solid collar.

Smell: Zesty and spicy hops with fruity notes of pear and apple.

Taste: Demanding hops upfront along with a gentle alcohol, tastes great with the fruitiness. Not bad at all. the hop profile is more pine needle centric, as opposed to grapefruit or citrus. Slightly sweet malts are there but not to any extreme. I'm very curious as to what hop profile is used to produce such a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and thin body was expecting a fuller palate,but still not bad by any means. Medium carbonation. Has a slight bubblely swallow.

Drinkability: This is not one of my favorite hop bills but was stilll an enjoyable quaff. I would like to try the winter release for sure. I would definitely recommend this brew for a try.


Cheers2Beers

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 22:03:17 | More by cheers2beers
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Iguana

Oregon

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

Bottle from Winter 2005

A: Poured an reddish amber with a 3/4 inch creamy head.

S: Resiny, piney hops, hints of malted grains. The hop smell is amazing in there.

T: Sweet, sticky, and a bit fruity. Bitterness is pleasent. The sweetness masks it well. Really tasty brew.

M: Sweet stickyness from the get go. Just coats the mouth and slowly fades into a pleasent bitterness.

D: Awesome IPA, seek this one out, wouldnt drink too many in a night though, alcohol kinda creeps up on ya. A truely great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 05:23:45 | More by Iguana
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Billolick

New York

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

we were happy to find this one on tap at Pizza Port in Carlsbad, Ca. Poured a nice radiant orangy almond amber. Head was white/eggshell and lasted forever. Very fine lacing. The nose had a hint of nutmeg and of course hops. Nice honey, malty, marmalade, rich and bold brew. Oily hops o'pleanty. Great depth of hoppy flavor that carries thru to the finish. World class creation from Alesmith. A treat on tap in its home state.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2006 23:22:44 | More by Billolick
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer 2006 release poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very rich with hops, caramelized malt & citrus.

T: The taste brings an initial burst of hops bitterness, then the balance of caramelized malt and citrus sweetness. The hops return in the finish and linger in a mildly bitter after-taste. This is one of those beers that achieves balance by having the different flavors battle each other for dominance rather than other beers that try to achieve balance through harmony among the different flavors. While harmony can be nice, the battle is a good thing in this case, as it causes each flavor to rotate in being prevalent in a given sip.

M: Very crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: The complexity of the taste makes this one very drinkable. It’s not very filling and has a good kick. This one is well-worth drinking for a long time. I could certainly go for another bomber after polishing off the one that I had.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 22:01:36 | More by TheManiacalOne
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TheBungyo

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Get a stick because the head on this one will be tough to beat back. Body is bronze orange and head is creamy white that proudly stands an inch and a half tall. It doesn't fade away meekly either ... I let it sit for 5 minutes and only half of it diminished. This is something you'd expect from a nitro pour!

First to attack the nose is pine, followed by orange and lemon.

Taste is more of the same with caramel finishing things out. This is really good and I'm glad I tried it.

At about $7 a bottle I don't know if I'll buy this often but I do know it tastes great. A wonderful beer if you're willing to shell out for it.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 06:59:39 | More by TheBungyo
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Estarrio

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled the summer version.

Poured a clear, bright, orange with an enormous white head. The impressive head retained nicely and produced large, frothy, chunky lacings.

Aroma is a poignant mix of sweet malts and infinite groves of pine trees. Closing one's eyes, while sniffing this brew conjures a mystical journey through sacred forests. Some citrus and spice notes are also present.

Big, sweet malt presence with some rye notes up front. A veritable hop explosion ensues with a sublimely bitter, dry aftertaste. Orange, grapefruit, pepper and trace spices offer a complex diversion through the big pine and heavy malt flavors. The high alcohol percentage is nowhere to be found with the exception of the warming that traverses the throat and stomach.

Nice full-bodied beer with great carbonation and a syrupy consistency. This is a beer to be sipped and savored.

I've been looking forward to trying this and it has not disappointed me. I can't wait for the winter version!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 05:36:43 | More by Estarrio
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Summer Release '06.

Local liquor store just got a bunch of these in so I decided to pick one up and see if it was worth the hype. Poured an extremely murky dark orange, with light brown hues. Extremely heady which was off-white colored and extremely frothy, leaving behind great lacing. A beautiful beer. Smells of very sweet citrusy hops galore with some grapefruit poking through....EXTREMELY floral. I couldn't pull my nose away from the glass it smelled so incredible. Taste starts off with a smack of honey sweetness, piney hops, and a good dose of maltiness fighting its way through then gives way to more bitterness on the piney/grapefruit side, ending dry bitter with a faint spiciness I can't quite put my finger on. Nutmeg? Coriander? Alcohol is VERY well hidden for an 8.5% brew and is surprisingly smooooth. You do feel the warming effect from the alcohol nonetheless. Mouthfeel is rich and velvety/creamy, light on the carbonation side. Very nice. This is one of the better DIPA I have had, and I have had many, as it is my favorite genre of brew. Yulesmith definitely is worth every ounce of hype it gets in the BA circles. This is a GRADE A+ DIPA of the highest caliber. I think I'm gonna head back to the liquor store and stock up on these while they last.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 21:12:35 | More by Doomcifer
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer '06 release

A - this ale pours a pale yellow brown, with 3/4 of a finger of creamed coffe colored head, tons of carbonation and moderate sediment

S - this ale smells hops dominant, but those yuletime spices are quite evident

T - similar to the aroma, the taste is also hops dominant, but the hops intensity melts away into a sweet spicy aftertaste, which is very persistent, in fact the aftertaste is the strength, the spiciness is a seeming amalgamation of nutmeg, ginger, citrus and coriander, very nice

M&D - a greatly balanced and bodied beer, smooth down and spicy kick, i love it, would be great in its context, coming in from sledding on a cold winter day next to a warm woodstove

mmm... New England winters

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 03:52:36 | More by sinstaineddemon
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Gregorious

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Huge pillowy head. Heavy retention on the sides of the glass.

S - Invigorating aroma of hops followed with a plesant citrus smell very much like grapefruit (yum...i love grapefruit). A heavy/dank aroma.

T - A clean taste with a complex hop flavor of hops which is battled with a warm malt... The malt goes down but puts up a good fight. After the malt taste dissapates, the hop flavor clings to your mouth and makes you want another sip. The hops have both a piney and citrus flavor to them, yet leaning more towards citrus like gapefruit.

M - Ever so nice. Carbonation isn't obtrusive as to let the mellow flavors of the beer shine for all to taste.

D - This is an excellent Double IPA. Delicious from start to end. I'd get another and enjoy it with a sharp and nutty cheese plate with a lot of grapes to clean the palatte. Drink on!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 08:08:22 | More by Gregorious
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gotbeer

Massachusetts

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

This is one of my favorite DIPA's. It pours with the typical DIPA look, but with viscious head that laces the glass agressively. The smell is of grapefruit, pineapple, and other citrus fruits. There is a huge hop profile here.

The taste again demostrates what has been smelled- hops, and lots of them. Citrus grapefruit, pineapple, and piney flavors. There is a surprisingly pleasant malt backbone as well. The hops are certainly front and center, but it's not entirely one dimensional.

This is a great DIPA. Wish I could find it more often.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 00:12:38 | More by gotbeer
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froggyfrog

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer version blue and red screen-printed bomber bottle. This beer arrived on my doorstep in a surprise Christmas in July package from the wonderfully gracious IceAce.

Beer quickly fills my Becher glass as the bottle is tipped, the suntanned liquid floating an immense cap of rocky khaki foam. The lacing clings to the glass with such tenacity that one might think the beer trying to escape its impending fate.

The bouquet is full-bodied yet delicate. Fine points weave together to pack a powerful aromatic punch. My beer glass is a simmering potpourri bowl of pinesap, grapefruits, sweet toasty malts and pineapple.

Flavors of resinous woods, pine needles, alcohol and baked pie crust bloom in succession on the tongue. The hops are sharp and sultry. The bitterness, in spite of its capable malt escort, shocks every taste bud in its path. This combination of alpha acids and grain sugars invokes flavors of cotton blooms, buttered fresh-baked bread and faraway smoky back rooms.

The alcohol is strong and fairly noticeable, as are the hops and their accompanying bitterness. The beer has a superior level of complexity for a hop-dominated brew and it's about as drinkable as an American DIPA can be. More high marks for Alesmith.

Thanks to my West Coast Santa for this mid-year treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 03:05:14 | More by froggyfrog
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

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

22oz brown bottle with red and green lettering which if I recall my AleSmith secret codes correctly means a winter release.

Hazy burnished amber. Thick, puffy head of mixed size light khaki bubbles which slowly settles to a collar and flecks of head dust. There was a single fat band of lacing left at the top of the glass. Dispersed, steady carbonation streams rise. Robust pine needle and orange blossom aromas mingle with just a touch of alcohol. Pleasing and welcome. A brisk, tingling orange laced pine flavor hits initially complemented by an ample malt sweetness. The delicious bitey hop flavors take over through the finish, grabbing the tongue and holding on for a long while. There is a caramel rich malt note which provide ample body and an almost chewiness, but this one is definitely about the hops. The alcohol lends a certain warmth and only becomes detectable as the temperature increases. Hop oils collect and coat the tongue. Medium-full body with carbonation that is just barely there, the hop oils lend slickness. Completely enjoyable and hop lovers treat, worthy of consideration.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 00:57:52 | More by hopsaplenty
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xymyl

Arizona

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

This review is of the winter release. A vibrant copper/deep gold beer with an off white head. There is a rich resinous and herbal quality to the aroma, very relaxing really. Underneath it is the alcohol and a bit of yeast. The taste is much the same, Sweet and bitter all at once, although there are peaks and valleys, the flavor is fairly consistent all the way through. Gets a bit moist, then dry, then moist, then dry, really enjoyable and long on the finish. This bottle has been in the cellar for a while so it is a bit more integrated... but some IPA's are more refreshing after maturing a bit. This is one of the best to age around a year (in my opinion).

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 06:18:25 | More by xymyl
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ressletr

California

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

Yulesmith, my favorite beer of all time, I have tried hundreds of beers, then I found Alesmith. I used to do my own home brewing but after living just 1 mile from Alesmith stopped, why bother when the best brewed beer is within walking distance. Yulesmith, the Ipa is outstanding. This one is the Double Ipa. The smell is that of fresh flowers, the taste that of heaven, with tastes of a smooth malt followed by a hop sensation, found no where else. Every time Alesmith releases yulesmith, I absolutely go crazy for it. I usually like to buy at least 1 case of it for enjoyment. I wouldn't do this with any other beer, even Hop Rod Rye which is also very good, but nothing in comparison to Yulesmith. Peter, you guys rock. I recently gave one to a friend of mine and asked him how he liked it. He said it was the best beer he has ever had. I think it should be a crime not to be able to buy Yulesmith every month. But at least I get it two times a year. I stocked I think I am one of the last ones to buy the summer release by the case in San Diego. This beer sells out within 2 weeks of release. I talked to the lady at the counter, and she said she was surprised they still have it. If you want to try the best beer, then try a Yulesmith.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 02:12:50 | More by ressletr
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Boolshot for this bomber of the winter release.

Pours a clear copper color with about 1/2 an inch of white head. The smell is balanced very nicely between the malts and hops. Sweet toffee with nice pine and floral scents coming on strong. The flavor stars with a hint of sweetness quickly overrun by bitter hops. Pine and citrus tastes are strongest. Very good...wish it was Christmas all year long. Slick on the tongue with a bitter finish and some notice of alcohol presence. I need to get some more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 17:59:32 | More by Imstillthegman
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scottoale

California

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

Just released today at AleSmith, a summer version of the YuleSmith which they classify as an "Imperial/Double India Pale Ale". From the 22oz. brown bomber with silk-screened label in red and blue, pours a deep copper-amber ale with 1/2 inch white foam head. The cap dwindles to a thin veneer and leaves some nice lace behind.

Initial smell is fresh piney hops, sharp and spicy. Sweet, yet bitter citrus nose, mostly of grapefruit and some seriously sharp and resinous piney hops that will curl your nose hairs.

Ditto the smell for the flavor, a nice fat hopbomb in your face kind of an ale, crisp and clean in a hop bitter way. This tastes hoppier the the YuleSmith I've come to know over the years...damn tasty stuff!

A solid , full-bodied ale with some very well hidden alcohol kick'in in some warmth to the hoppy, dry finish. A bit full and puckering in the mouthfeel, hopheads will inhale this stuff...literally.

Another tasty offering from a brewery that's getting better with age and brews some of the finest beers, bar none! Cheers to the YuleSmith for the southern hemisphere...

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 07:11:49 | More by scottoale
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Medium red-orange body, big white head leavs quite a bit of sticky lace, lingers long after the pour.

Smell: Hops everywhere, citrus, lots of pine, a shot of alcohol, all of which leaves a menthol like tingle in the nose. Rich and spicy, ripe orange and tea.

Taste: Mellow at first, but develops itself into a rich and highly bitter beer. Smooth as silk, flavors transition and work together well. Alcohol on the backside tingles and warms. What a beer, I wish it wasn't June.

Drinkability: Up there with the best of the style, for sure, but maybe not the best. Thanks to BigNick (if I remember correctly) for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 04:54:55 | More by TastyTaste
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IntriqKen

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is absolutely no way the recipe remains the same on this beer from season to season.
This was the white with blue lettering and red foil edition of YuleSmith.
Pours a nice orange amber with a nice white single finger head that melts to fine lacing which remains throughout the drink.
Aroma is definitely hops...sweet hops, but hops.
Taste is first a sweet pale malt followed by a citrus hop and slight grapefruit peel bitterness.
Aftertaste of the grapefruit peel lingers in the mouth with a drying and alcohol warmth. Slight orange peel in the aftertaste as well.
Mouthfeel is comfortably full and warm.
This is very, very much like a double IPA in aroma, taste and mouthfeel. Oh, wait. This is supposed to be a double IPA...well this one of the 3 I've tried hits the mark very well.
Very enjoyable...best of the 3 I've tried, I believe.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 00:27:09 | More by IntriqKen
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mynie

Indiana

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark golden with a good, retentive head.

Smells like chewy bread dough and pine needle hos. Lots of biscuity yeast, very nice. The scent jumps out at you like an icepick to the forehead.

Tastes very much like it smells, very firm, and with much more pine up front. Big blast of hops like tree sap, getting a bit floral, and then lauching into sweet and sour yeast dough, getting chewy, and then a finish of rich, bitter hops.

An excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 19:21:36 | More by mynie
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer poured into the glass very slightly hazy golden amber with a frothy and tall off-white head which lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong caramel and malt with a very nice citrus and piney hop presence. The aroma was nicely fruity with a strong and complex malt profile. Some alcohol was notable, but not at a high level.

The flavor was intensely malty with a strong caramel malt complexity and a bold fruity character. The hop flavor was nicely citrusy and a bit grassy with a resinous presence that was also a bit piney. The hop and malt balance was superb and very well done.

The finish was lasting malt and lasting hop impressions long and pleasantly into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium full and heading toward full, the mouthfeel was creamy. The alcohol really enhanced the flavor and was present in the aroma and was most notable in the warming that occurred after consumption.

22 ounce bottle, thanks justcas and BIF33. Label says 8.5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 23:44:43 | More by GCBrewingCo
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quasimoto

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Well it started out crystal clear when I bought it, but it was shaken up along the way home to become a nice cloudy amber. There is a nice off-white that is leaving some lace.

S - It smell absolutely unbelievable. Strong combos of grapefruit and what I would describe as sweet oak. There is some pear, and some caramel too.

T - Strong sweet and floral hops hit the mouth first. Alcohol and toasty malt bring up the rear. Once again that nice oak flavor.

M - I think this is an old bottle, simply because Ive had that certain tartness that old bottles give. Other than that, it has sharp carbonation and has good body.

D - If this wasn't as old as it is, it might be better than it is. So I'm going to say if it was a little less in the sweetness area it would be one of the best DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 01:09:20 | More by quasimoto
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,477 ratings.