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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
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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 Mryup
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Summer Edition

A: A semi-transparent cloudy honey color with a substantial off-white head that holds its own.

S: WOW! HOPS! And lots of them. Very citrusy and piney. My god am I excited.

T: The smell carries right on over to the taste. This beer is jam-packed with hops. Interestingly enough, I can't put my finger on any particular hop except perhaps cascade hops. The taste becomes bitter yet not too dry at the end with the malt coming through. This much hops may be hazardous to your health. The alcohol is disguised quite nicely.

M: Brilliant!! The mouthfeel is substantial with the CO2 nicely balanced. The hoppy overload prevents the dryness from sapping the body of the beer. Even though many different and strong flavors present themselves, the body of the beer stays consistent throughout.

D: I want to attack this beer full throttle but I just can't. The hops and alcohol prevent that. In between a sipper and a chugger. For what it is, very drinkable.

Ale Smith comes through again with a world class beer. Maybe they should put this on the shelves in winter too because I am drinking a Christmas tree (at least that's what it tastes like)!

Photo of Metalmonk
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton to msubulldog25 for sharing his mighty beer selection. It was my first Alesmith, and definitely not the last. This is the Summer '07 version.

Poured a big, pillowy head three-fingers thick, atop a glowing burnt copper color. Heads lasts forever and stays big. Remarkable.

Aroma gives soft, aromatic hops, propped up by a malty backbone. An overall flowery and fruity aroma despite obvious malt presence.

Flavor is...oh wow. Big, rolling, round hops, assisted by buttery, caramel-like malt in abundance...Huge taste makes a big impression, without seeming extreme or overly intense. More depth is given by the soft, light mouthfeel, a touch of carbonation, and piney, dry finish.

Hop-lovers, IPA-lovers, bigbeer-lovers...beer-lovers in general: unite, rejoice, and quaff.

Photo of sawbones420
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never heard of AleSmith before. Talking to the beer manager at my local liquor store, Yulesmith is brewed twice a year. Once in the summer, once in the winter. Each release is unique, which makes me think there ought to be two separate BA entries, but whatever. This is a review of the Summer 2007 release. It's not exactly summer conditions at this point in the year (October), but in my third floor loft bedroom, it feels summery enough.

It's worth noting that the bottle I picked up was sitting in the distributor's storage space since they received it, so it has had some time to age and mellow out. They had to clear out space to make room for the upcoming winter release, so my liquor store got a couple cases for a discounted price (only $4 a bomber at the consumer end!) I've not had the benefit of trying a newly released bomber, so that very well could affect my take on things (for better or worse).

Into a chalice pours a murky/cloudy apricot brew with a beauty/beast of a white head. This is a nice tight foam that doesn't die down and remains through and through, lacing the side of the glass all the way down (nice!). This is a very sexy glass of beer.

Smells like hops and high alcohol, or basically any American Double IPA you've ever smelled. Any nuances that might be found in the nose are lost to that sharp aroma.

The head is still there...

As I poured it fresh from the fridge, the first sip is probably a bit on the cold side, but a strong, crisp hop character stands boldly at the forefront. After letting it sit and warm for a while (the head is still there...), hops are still prominent, but are offset by a flatter flavor that lands on the middle/back of the tongue.

Throughout the bottle, this is a very enjoyable drinking experience. While not quite matching the quality/balance of Southern Tier's Unearthly Imp. IPA, I could see myself putting down another one (or two) of these without a problem. I can't claim to be as big a fan of the style as I once was (hop heads die young), but if you're into American Doubles, this is certainly a beer you want to try. I'm now interested to see what the winter release is like...

At the end of the day, this is a tasty, well-balanced American DIPA. I'm not sure if this balance comes as a result of the few months aging it had, or if this is simply just a well-made Imperial IPA. I suspect it's a bit of both.

Photo of franksnbeans
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky apricot with a finger of white head that doesnt go away at all. Smells of grapefruit and big caramel malt. Tastes like the DIPA hop explosion at the start but a rediculous amount of malt balances everything out. Alesmith is definitly all about balance. Almost barleywinish in its balance and flavor. Full in the mouth with great carbonation. More than a sipper but still demands a patient consumption.

Photo of errantnight
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beautiful, golden brew with a frothy head that is there from the start to the finish... this is the 07 summer bottling (blue bottle).

I'm not sure if I let this sit around for too long, or what, but the hops seem subdued in both the nose and on the palate... their fruity and floral character mild and restrained instead of way over the top... made up for some by the fact that they were indeed the primary flavor, and for the masterful balance with the malt which provides just enough sweetness to push things forward.

That said, I remember this being way more hop-forward, and the Ruinations I've had recently seemed fresher and more vibrant... and while I've previously found myself to enjoy the summer more than winter version, this past year's winter Yulesmith provided that richer, more full bodied experience with explosive hops.

For all that criticism, this was a delightful drinking beer... and if purchased at a reasonable cost (BevWarehouse, say) as opposed to the semi-ridiculous mark-ups found in other places around town (approaching 7 bucks a bottle), I'd love to have a fridge-full, as when I was done I found myself really wanting more, despite the alcohol kick. Certainly not sessionable at 8.8, but still a lovely brew, one of the best. Seek it, trade for it, love it.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lightly foggy nectarine with honey colored edges. My usual pour produced a surprisingly large cap. As it settles, I can appreciate its magnificence. The firmly creamy foam is pale gold in color, with a cobbled upper surface that maintains contact with the pint glass in multiple spots. When the sticky foam bridges break, they leave a beautiful array of lace. What's not to love?

The nose is a hophead's dream come true. I remember wishing the Winter release had less caramel malt and more pale malt. Summer has granted my wish (kudos to the brewery for giving us two versions of the same great beer). Beautifully pungent American hops fill the atmosphere with sweetened pineapple, white grapefruit, candied orange peel and Scotch pine. I'm actually beginning to drool.

YuleSmith Summer is one of the most delicous, drinkable DIPAs that I've ever had. The only thing keeping the Winter release from perfection was, again, the use of a hefty amount of caramel malt. Which, by the way, turns it into an Imperial red ale (just ask the brewers). Both versions are great, but I slightly prefer this one.

I'm not sure how old the bottle is (it's definitely from *this* summer), but I expected a shade more hoppiness. Don't get me wrong, it's a tongue abuser par excellence, it just isn't as 'in your face' as I remember the Winter version being. When the brewery calls it balanced, they aren't that far off the mark.

The prodigious malt backbone contributes very little flavor. I'm reminded of sugar cookies and honey-like malts, though they're in the background. The foreground is occupied by wave upon wave of sunshine bright, C-hop deliciousness. Again, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, (and now) lemon fill every nook and cranny on every last taste bud. A minimal alcohol presence is easily ignored.

The mouthfeel isn't the perfection that the other version was, but then a lot of time has passed and a lot of beer has been consumed in the interim. It's midway between medium and full (for the style) and is a fraction too carbonated to be considered ideal. Time is beginning to soften things up very nicely.

AleSmith is a permanent member of my 'top 10 American craft breweries of all-time' on the strength of IPA, Speedway Stout and both versions of YuleSmith. Not that the rest aren't worthy, but those four are four of the finest ales that I've ever had the pleasure to drink. Bottom line: I can count on one hand the number of DIPAs that are better than YuleSmith Summer.

Reviewed sometime during the summer of 2008. I don't recall the exact date since there weren't separate entries at that time for YuleSmith Summer and YuleSmith Winter.

Photo of kernalklink
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer 07- Damn- this one poured with the biggest fluffy hop head ive ever had he pleasure of seeing. Huge candy malt aromas, caramel and floral hops. Thick creamy mouthfeel, somewhat slick on the finish with piney-resinous hops dominating the bitterness. The malt is almost perfectly balanced, very full in flavor almost a bready maltiness. A little too heavy, but the flavors more than make up for it. I would have liked some more of the hops- they were delicious and raw on the tongue- ill definatley be trying the next bottling asap.

Photo of Absumaster
2.95/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I had the winter edition 2006, courtesy of todd1

A clear, copper beer with a thick and creamy head. Every sip leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is full of toasty malt with some doughy and bready notes. There are some ester and higher alcohols which smell like ripe red apples. The hops are typical US citric hops, but are balanced by the malt.

Taste is strong alcoholic, immediate goose bumbs on my back, aarghh this is some heavy shit. The malt is not as pronounced as in the smell and is only giving some biscuit and sweet malt notes. The hops are really bitter and aggressive with a citric and pineapple taste. Too bitter and too American for me.Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky, which is a good thing to balance the alcohol and bitterness.
Every sip is like drinking battery liquid and for me this is absolutely not drinkable any more.

Photo of ncvbc
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Summer '07 courtesy of Zorro...big thanks!

Possibly my favorite DIPA thus far...shit, definitely. There are a few that compare but even less that stand up to this magnificent creation.

The pour produces an enormous head of suds. Kind of foamy and unattractive, however. Good and steady carbonation. A deep dark amber in color.

Smell was amazing. The freshest citrus hops imaginable. A pssst! type of opening of the cap which led to an assault of the nasal senses. Grapefruit, orange, just tons of juicy citrus hops abound. Georgia Peach...yum!

Taste is awesome. It doesn't flaunt the hop presence of a Ruination to me but still represents with authority. A bold and citrus hop character with incredible malt character to make this perfect. They don't battle one another for supremacy although the hops are obviously the winner here. What a perfect combination.

Mouthfeel. Medium. Good and somewhat tingly carbonation. Doesn't meet others but great either way. Near perfect.

Drinkability? Are you serious? One of the best in its class. It doesn't need ownership, it owns.

1/15/08 - Big thanks to tayner for a few bottles of this (winter version)!

Pours a gorgeous looking deep amber reddish color. Slightly hazy. Steady and persistent carbonation that actually creates more head after the initial pour. Light lacing down the glass, too. Smell is fresh candied citrus fruits. Tangerine, orange, grapefruit. More sugared and definitely more of a malt backbone. Taste is much of the same and done to perfection. A hoppy Imperial Red is what this winter version is and it lives up to that. Great hops, again sugared and lightly sweet. Caramel malt backbone. Some brown sugar in there. Crisp and somewhat bitter mouthfeel, near full. Not quite as dry a finish as the summer version. I really don't know which I like better. This one is damn good either way.

Same final score but: 4.5, 4.5, 5, 4.5, 5 instead.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing a '06 Winter, into a tulip glass, pours a marvelous ruby orange, a cream colored inch + head sits for a while, frothy, lovely. The lacing falls in thick sheets, leaving streaks and splotches of lacing here and there. Just, lovely.

The aroma is sweetly resinous pine and hop oils, fruits galore in grapefruit, orange, apricot, and with caramel and biscuit malts probably floating in the background. Quite honestly, I was hoping for more, but still delightful.

The taste is large, deep, full of both hop and malt goodness. It starts off a little soft, gentle even, before the biscuit malts and resinous, piny malts start the procession. Through the middle the flavor suddenly makes a full showing, citrus and grapefruit, caramel sweetness, apricots,

The body is full enough, well carbonated enough through the middle, but nice and creamy smooth, just a little warmth the only trace of alcohol. Overall, this is a rather tasty beverage, and I'm truly becoming an AleSmith fan.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at about 40F into a shaker pint from Red and Blue summer 2007 vintage bomber.

Aroma at the bottletop is loaded with West Coast hops--they crowd the neck, not letting any whiff of malt through.

Pour is loaded with carbonation--even gently, manage to stir up a huge rocky off-white head of meringue that stays thick all the way to the bottom--imagine lacing made of spray can insulation. Color is hazy amber with sheets of fizz raining upwards from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is sweet, bready, a wee bit buttery--very attractive. The hops taking second seat to the toffee. Maybe even a touch of smoky scent in there.

Loaded with flavor hops, rather like hop juice. Bitterness is restrained, balanced, and not biting the tongue. Leaves a bit of saltiness on the lips.

Mouthfeel is as thick as it pours, balanced, leaving a sour aftertaste of hops.

Drinkability is very good. The 8.8% ABV is masked well, no alcoholic heat or fusel aromas to give it away. This is a nicely balanced double IPA.

Photo of Floydster
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at Naja's Place

There are a ton of hops in this one and the alcohol is hidden very well

Great beer with a smooth texture and strong bitter aftertaste

Fairly dark for an IPA, but could still drink more than one at a sitting

Definitely not lacking any flavor, highly recommended beer

Photo of ccrida
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, Summer 07 DIPA. Poured into a nonic, Yulesmith is a hazy, pale burnt orange with a thick, olive tinged egg-shell colored head. Slow to to subside, it leaves thick foamy lace.

The aroma is a strong blast of american hops of the cascade varieties, lots of bright, flowery citrus, with a sweet brown sugar and gingerbread malt base. Reminds me of some of the Lagunitas brews, which I really love.

The taste is heavy on the floral and citrus aspects of the hops, with sweet caramel malts and just enough bitterness on the finish to rein it in. This is how I prefer my IPAs, sweeter, with more flavor then bittering hops. Pretty good, maybe a bit to sugary and soapy though to be exceptional, but very good. Reminds me a lot of Lagunitas Lucky 13!

The mouthfeel is not as thick as it tastes, and is very creamy.

While I really enjoyed this beer, it's richness and high ABV prevents it from being to highly drinkable. Nevertheless, enjoyable.

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

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a smooth, malty aroma that boasts of pale and bisquit malts as well as a nice hop presence. It has a wonderful breadlike character. The taste is good. It has a well balanced taste. The malt bill offers up an elevated abv. as well as a nice bisquity feel. The hops add layers of bitterness that reach well into the finish and beyond. It's not over the top, but it's well done. The mouthfeel is excellent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good double IPA. It's not as good as I thought it would be, but it drinks well nonetheless.

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with orange hue and a huge stiff head that leaves 3D lacing in its wake. The smell is aggressive sweet malty with a fruity citrus character. Full bodied, the mouth feel is really smooth. A nice balance between the malt and hops. Full flavored, it tastes very similar to the nose. The citrus is well pronounced and blended well with the sweet malt. A really nice drinker. The 8.8% ABV is well hidden; 22 oz is just the right size. Previous 8/24/07 entry of the Summer Yule.
12/26/07...The appearance of this Winter Yule is very similar. A huge stiff head that settles in a rocky pattern to 3D lacing. The color of this one is darker; a seasonal redness. The smell, mouth and flavors are very similar. Cheers.

Photo of badbeer
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Summer version.

Orange-ish color with a white head that left decent lacing. Nose of pine, grapefruit, and some sweet caramel; but it didn't really jump out of the glass at me. Much of the same disappointment was displayed in the taste; good flavors, but weak, especially for a DIPA. Mouthfeel was thick and fullbodied, carbonation was about medium. As it stands, the example I had was an okay beer and nothing more. Bad bottle? Perhaps, but there didn't seem to be anything inherently wrong with it, just not impressive. Only beer I haven't been impressed by from AleSmith. I'll give it another try next year and go from there.


Clear reddish amber color with an off-white head, decent lacing and retention. Beautiful smell of sweet malt paired with big juicy hoppiness. Aroma is rich in fruitiness with some grapefruit hops to balance the sweetness. Taste is one of those things you really need to try for yourself to believe, it's excellent. Sweet malt and grapefruity hops in the taste, perfect balance in this beer. Carbonation was a bit high in the beginning of the bottle, medium bodied. Great beer from AleSmith.

4 / 4.5 / 5 / 4 / 4.5

Photo of genog
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of the Summer Version. Pours a burnt orange color with a thick and creamy white foam head. Stick lacing all around the glass as the head dies down slowly. Smell is of pine and grapefruit hops. Taste is hoppy at first, followed by a malty kick that truly makes this a balanced drink. A bitterness is in the mild carbonation. Very nice Double IPA from Alesmith, I expected as much!

Photo of westweasel
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into an Arrogant Bastard tall glass. (This was the winter version.)

The beer was a bright, fairly clear, dark orange, with a thick off-white head. The beer had a very interesting smell. I seem to be detecting almost a bourbony smell, or a bourbon-barrel aged smell. The aroma is mostly dominated by toasty and biscuity scents.

The taste is very interesting. The predominant flavors are biscuits and toast with a dry finish at the end of the swallow, combined with some hop (but hard to distinguish) bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium with that aforementioned dry finish.

Man this beer goes down nice. I can see why you would want it around during
the holidays! The drinkability is excellent.

Photo of atsprings
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Summer 2007 release. Pours a rather crisp pale amber with a decent head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves good lacing. The aroma is a wonderful balance of caramel malts and pine and citrus hops. The taste is an amazingly complex balance of pine hops and burnt caramel. This is a very heavy and sticky beer. This is one that takes a long time to drink. it gets slightly more tolerable as it warms, but not much. This is certainly enjoyable, but I think I'll limit myself to one per release. I do look forward to trying the X-mas release.

Photo of yodaseo
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

green/red winter bottling

poured a hazy dark brown color, with the sumptuous creamy head topping the glass nicely. the initial smell had plenty of hop character and a bit of tart fruity goodness, but surprisingly it had a whopping portion of sweet malts. i was taken aback at first and checked to see that this is indeed listed as a double ipa. nonetheless, this mold breaking scent was heavenly and instantly fired all the nerves in my brain related to the process of imbibing. the taste was one of incredible balance. a burst of hops in upfront led way to a smoldering crescendo of smoky malts, followed by a lasting dry and bitter finish. it all came together in a warming yet smooth mouthfeel. the 9% alcohol was hidden almost to a fault, hidden behind the mountains of flavor. though it is a holiday ale, there is absolutely no time of the year when you should ever turn down a yulesmith. tis the season every day for this wonderful brew.

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

Summer 2007 release (blue and red label). Poured from the 22oz bottle into an Allagash stem glass.
Body is an orange-amber color, topped by a nice two-finger white head that sticks around for a good long while. Pleasant aroma is heavy on grapefruit and pine notes from the hops, with a good dose of sweet malt to balance things out. Palate is excellent - a sharp hoppy bite up front, balancing out mid-palate with a sublime sweetness from the malt. Finish is nice and bitter, leaving a lingering warmth from the considerable alcohol content. Palate is velvety smooth, with just a tad of stickiness. Goes down very easy for such a strong, hoppy beer. I'm a big fan.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

probably the best double ipa I've ever had. Incredible balance. Nice thick malts followed by a great hop bitterness. Alcohol presence is nice in the backround and not at all overbearing. Don't notice the 8.8% at all. This is one of the most smooth dipas that I've ever had. I can't wait to try the summer version. The one I reviewed is the winter version.

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

Summer '07 release, with fireworks on the bottle. Poured into my new Sam Adams glass, and a frothy ivory head quickly rushed up to the rim. I slowed the orangy/golden pour and she ended up with a nice 2 fingers. Aroma of a sour apple hop fruit medley. The hop nose didn't smack me in the face, as expected. I got an exceptional balance, very smooth with a tasty hop finish. Well made brew, for sure! And I am a big fan of the SA glass.

Fall 2008 release. Striking beauty in a glass...clearish chesnut amber with a frothy, creamy head. Aroma of spruce, lovely hops, & strawberry rhubarb pie. I could smell this all night.
Piney hops flavor in the first sip, with a nice sidewinder of 8.5% current. So smooth for so much flavor going on. Hops, malt and spice playing together so nicely. Spicy malt backbone, touch of nuts, with some noticeable carbonation bite on the tongue. Lingering hop finish but cut with graham cracker flavor. Just delicious...this Imperial Red style is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

Photo of jaxon53
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer '07 offering. Served slightly chilled in a pint glass, from a twenty-two ounce bottle. Poured a beautiful golden copper color that was a bit on the hazy side. A thick, fluffy, off-white two finger head rose from the glass with an easy pour. Head hung around for a while, and slowly faded into thick gobs of pillowy lace. Tons of carbonation bubbles gently rose from the bottom of the glass. This beer has a nose on it that is mouthwatering. Thick layers of sweet - bready malt and yeast, pineapple , lemon, and orange peel. Tons of grapefruit, and hints of freshly cut grass. Flavor lands somewhere between bitter and sweet. Bitter hops, grapefruit rind, lemon zest, sweet malt, and some fresh bready notes. Finishes somewhat dry with a little bit of alcohol heat. Pretty complex layers of flavor, with a nice full body. Somewhat thick and almost chewey. Pretty crisp, clean, and refreshing. A good summer brew that is almost dangerously drinkable. A great IPA from Alesmith.

Photo of sessycuban
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am reviewing the summer 2007 release. I sampled this beer on-tap at San Gabriel's finest, the Stuffed Sandwich.

A - The beer poured a clear amber color with the head almost forming in clusters. Near perfect retention.

S - The aroma is overwhelmingly composed of fresh hops with a strong citric character as well. This one is a real beauty.

T - With this beer, it really came in stages. At first, the beer was very malty, with the citric elements really coming out later from the hop character. I'm getting orange, grapefruit, lemon. Very well balanced and the alcohol is hidden well.

M - The body is medium and the character of the beer is surprisingly creamy. Add to that a crisp but mild level carbonation.

D - Don't bother aging this (or any other DIPA). Drink it fresh! AleSmith has a winner here. Like most AleSmith beer, this one is a bit pricey to obtain retail, so I suggest doing your homework and finding a place that is lucky enough to have a fresh batch on tap. This may sound unrealistic for people outside of SoCal, but you might get lucky.

YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,623 ratings.