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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,608
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 246
Gots: 68 | 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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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter edition.

Poured a deep copper hue with a two finger pillowy off white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront resiny hop as well as a toasty malt.

The taste consisted of an initial burst of oily hop that quickly blended into a robust biscuity malt. An appetizing warming alcohol arrived toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy with a warming alcohol.

Overall a very good DIPA. Well balanced and very tasty.

plaid75, May 24, 2007
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blitheringidiot for this one. This one's from notes so I'd guess it's from 2005 aged about nine months.

This beer pours a peachy amber color with a frothy white thin head that left some nice lace.

Smells of nectarines, green grapes and a little cedar and pine. There’s a nice wheat bread dough that adds a lot of depth and balance to this one.

Tastes strongly of grapefruit and orange juice with a base of rye bread dough and caramel. Finishes pleasantly dry with grapefruit rinds.

Feels light to medium bodied with a tiny carbonation. Dries my mouth out quite a bit.

The smell was the highlight for me.

DarkerTheBetter, May 22, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hoo boy, what a hammerhead of a beer. Just makes me all warm and fuzzy. Red & blue 06 version.

Gorgeous amber with a white pillow top dollop of cream floating on this beverage. Has an aroma close to barley wine – sweet caramel malt with a citrus hop background. Yum.

And the taste did not let me down, what a great blend of orange, citrus, caramel and a finish of floral hop, Just a slight bite of alcohol to keep it interesting.

Sharp and tangy with a bit of an oily finish. I’m a better man for trying this – thanks to the bomber provided through the Simply Beer BIF from Mike (mcallister)

Vancer, May 07, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter version.
Thanks to boolshot, marvz and the Double Trouble BIF for the bottle.
Red wine colored with a massive obese rocky tan head that last until the snifter is empty. Thick lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.
Lot's of piney hop aroma. Smells like a fresh cut Christmas tree. The aroma makes me long for the holidays in May.
The aroma is true to the flavor as there are tons of piney hops with a slight citrus kick. It's nice that this beer has so much hop flavor with out being mouth-puckering or abrasive. The malt is the chaperone that makes the hops behave while still letting their true character come out. A slight alcohol kick at the end only adds to the experience.
Mouthfeel is dry with a pleasent lasting bitterness in the aftertaste. It's a bit rough on your enamel though.
One sips makes me want another and one empty bottle makes me wish I had another. That's what I consider drinkable.

wcudwight, May 06, 2007
Photo of BeerRun13
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter '06.

Lots of head on this one. Darker eggshell on top of a nicely clear reddish amber, and being fed by lots of bubbles.
Wonderfully hoppy nose with a malty backbone. A touch of fruit and alcohol.
Good malty backbone. Hop flavor and bitterness lean toward the grapefruit side, but not overwhelmingly. Toasty.
Medium bodied with high but fun carbonation... Kinda dances around throughout the palate. Alcohol warming and a slight kick to go with it.
This one's good, and nothing against the alcohol, but the kick in this one makes it less of a quaffer. I bet this would age beautifully.

BeerRun13, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of Gatch
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red & Green Bottle, Winter Seasonal Imperial Red Ale. I reviewed the Summer Seasonal DIPA back on 12/19/06.

A - Very impressive presentation. A really nice amber/red hue w/ the fluffy, creamy, off-white head of a DIPA. The head was thick and tall, fell slowly, and now sits as a fluffy thin layer, w/ lace sticking all over the glass where the head used to reside.
S - A very sweet nose. A hoppy and fruity nose, almost like an DIPA but toned down and blended better. The fruits are of melon and other summer, ripe fruits.
T - More intense than I expected, but that fades as it finishes and really mellows out into a clean, smooth, flavorful taste. Has some characteristics of a DIPA, but more fruity, spicy overtones. The hops and fruity malts dominate, and the alcohol is present, but it creates a sweet taste as it travels down your throat. As it warms, it only gets better; the flavors are more pronounced and blend into one great taste, but there just isn't enough going on. One major drawback was that once I poured the last half of the bomber, the alcohol was way too strong and really spicy, which was strange. [Edit]I think the yeast in the last half of the bomber is what ruined it for me. I'm not going to change my ratings, but it's a significant difference. The first pint was almost clear, w/ no residue. The second pint, the last half of the bomber, was really cloudy and had a strange taste. The whole day my mouth has felt strange and the old hops/yeast taste has lingered.
M/D - A dry feel at first from the hops, but the sweet, fruity malt comes in after to smooth it out and create a fantastic finish. I gotta be a hater on the mouthfeel and drinkability because it leaves a strange taste of dry, old hops, it seems, on the tongue. Besides that, the carbonation feels right. It's smooth and keeps it alive. A bomber is perfect for this beer because I feel 12oz. wouldn't be enough. After this, though, I'd move on. It's a great beer, and very unique, but the taste that sits in your mouth isn't very pleasant.

Gatch, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of beckje01
2.93/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Type: Red and Green

A- Amber color with a thick creamy head and good lacing.

S- Lots of hops very strong, but one level to it kind of simple really.

T- Strong hops with a nice malt balance. Really a powerful beer. Just expect lots of hops with good malt in there too.

M- Good thickness.

D- It drinks like a Double IPA, its a good beer but overall not really anything stands out to me solid Double IPA.

beckje01, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of montageman
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to KingG for this brew.

Poured into a pint glass. Rich, deep copper color with distinct notes of red and a huge head that does not go anywhere - the head is close to perfect and is fluffy. Smell is fine - some pine and fruitiness, nothing tremendous though. The taste, though, is awesome. Pine and citrus up front, malt sweetness in the back - an incredibly balanced taste, which is usually not the case with double IPAs. Mouthfeel is nice - thick, but not syrupy. Could do with a little more carbonation. A very tasty brew & my 1st Alesmith offering - a bomber could be sipped all night with no problem (Ok, maybe 2 bombers). Highly Recommended.

montageman, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of vwcraig
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber 2006 Winter

Poured into an AleSmith pint glass. Ruby color with a tan colored head that was pillowy with large bubbles in it. Bead slowly rose from bottom center of glass. Decent head retention and some lacing left behind. Just about perfect looking IMO and very inviting. Smells mostly of piney and citrus/grapefruit hops and some caramelly malts sensed. The fruit hop taste is light compared to the pine. Very smooth and balanced in taste. Very light bitterness cancelled out by a sweet and kind of syrupy taste. Medium bodied and sticky, just wish it had a little more carbonation bite. Drinkability was very good and I can't wait to sample the Summer version of this beer.

vwcraig, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear copper color with a moderate ivory /beige head a no lacing. The collar last the duration of the bomber and the half cap faded out about half way through.

Smell: aggressive hops but surprising big sweetness. Caramel and honey balance the big floral hop and grapefruit quite nicely.

Taste: Bold sweet but not quite as much so at Dreadnought and equally as pink grapefruit hoppy with a very very long lasting aftertaste that demands you attention and slaps in your face that you jut has a hoppy beer damn it! =)

Mouthfeel: Juicy oily center with sharp alpha hop acidity leaving the entire mouth painted with the warm pine flavors.

Drinkability: This beer will destroy your palate. I love it but... don't plan on tasting anything but hops for a long freakin while. I often do two reviews in an evening, especially a Saturday. I even have the next one warming. I am going to put it back in the fridge. There is no way I can taste anything now. Instead I am going to go smoke a cigar and drink some scotch, maybe I'll be able to taste that better than beer at the moment. Yule Smith is a MUST for all hopheads out there, an yet it maintain a reasonable balance. Very nicely done Alesmith.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of OutlawJoseyWales
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

app: dark caramel color, 1 inch of off white head.

smell/taste: deep sweet caramel; hop bite in the finish; sweet bread, banana nut, cinnamon notes. incredible sticky sweetness beautifully balanced with the hops. a treat for the palate.

mouthfeel: smooth, velvety, carbonation was just right

drinkabilty: very good for the style

OutlawJoseyWales, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz Bomber from Winter '06

A: Lightly fogged amber orange color with traces of gold. Large and dense frothy foam head, and a medium level of carbonation. Lots of lacing inside the glass.

S: Aromas of hops, spice, earthy, roasted molasses, with strong notes of grapefruit and citrusy pine. Nice.

T: Rich notes of hops, citrus sweetness, sappy pine, and mild nutty malt flavors ravish the tastebuds into a pleasured bliss. Nice balance between a hop bomb and buttery malts to even things out.

M: Medium bodied, some notes of carbonation. Easy going down. Noteable presence of hop oil.

D: Pretty good. I'd like to compare to the Summer version at some time, but this one is coming off well as it is. Not the biggest hop bomb i've had, but definitly worthy of recognition.

Notes: Special thanks to KingG for the sample.

Frozensoul327, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of jletts
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz from 2006.
Poured a pretty dark cherry amber with a bubbly yellow-white head. The last pour was darker with the addition of the yeast. Aromas of hops, some cherry, and many layers of malt. Tasted thick and very malty up front...sweetish amber malts. Notes of burnt sugar, leather, and hints of oaked burbon finished with well established hops to balance out the strong malt character. I thought this beer was very well balanced between hop and malt.

jletts, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer 2006 blue and red silkscreened label. Pours into my glass a nice bright copper orange color with a small bubbly head on top that quickly fades. Aromas of resiny, pine sap hops along with hints of citrus and a blast of caramel. A bit fruity with a waft of alcohol. Good stuff.

First sip brings a blast of dense piney hop resins coated in a wall of sweet caramel malts. Notes of citrus work through along with a hint of breadiness and fruit. It flows down with a nice solid bitterness and a touch of alcohol on the finish. Overall...a damn tasty, big brew. I always enjoy me some YuleSmith.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a nice mellow carbonation. Goes down fairly easily. A pretty strong brew that I enjoy sampling every now and again when I run across it. AleSmith brews always seem to make me a happy camper :-)

orbitalr0x, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of WeisGuy
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter version

a - deep brown/copper with a reddish tint, one-finger ivory head with retention around edges and decent lacing, plenty of sediment

s - piney and citrusy hop aroma with a nice backbone of caramelly maltiness, lots of grapefruit, hints of alcohol

t - sweet caramel maltiness right up front, big grapefruit and piney hop taste in the body, finish is big and bitter along with notes of maltiness and a bit of alcohol

m - moderate carbonation, medium-bodied, somewhat dry finish

d - fairly drinkable, went through the bomber pretty quick, alcohol is much more evident in the nose than in the taste, nice balance doesn't wear out the palate as quick as other DIPAs.

Very good DIPA overall. Very prominent sweet maltiness makes this a nice different version of the style. I'm looking forward to trying the summer version. Thanks to metallitone for this bottle.

WeisGuy, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of the summer version (Blue and Red) so this has some time on it already. I shared this with two friends and the initial assessment was that the smell was that of Purina Dog Food. Seriously. There is a Purina factory in town and when you pass it the smell is unmistakable. Very malty smell with a little fruit. The color was lighter than the Alesmith IPA we drank just prior. The taste had some caramel and some tropical fruit (simcoe hops?) and was very satisfying. It reminded me of Stone 10th and I remember people saying Yulesmith was better when 10th was released. I disagree. I'd like to have this again fresh.

A:4 S:4 T:4.5 M:4 D:4

Winter version-Awesome hoppy smell, tastes like piney hops, oranges, tangerines, some malts, very good. Dry finish as noted on the bottle and a prickly mouthfeel.

ArrogantB, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of uberabr
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 into a tulip.

This is a pretty brew. Crystal clear, deep red oak color with shades of black and mahogany. Huge cream colored head settles to about 2 fingers of silky froth with rings of stiky lace. Amazing.
Smells of roses and juicy watermellon and mango hop. Hints of grapefruit and black cherries linger with a mild piney menthol. Very pleasant- smooth and well rounded.

Taste hits with an intensely bitter hop bite that cascades into tropical fruits, cherries, lemon peel and pine. The malt is a deep and somewhat phenolic pomegranate syrup that might be too twangy for some and delicious for others.

Definitely a sipper. A stunning beer all around, with great complexity and a lot of boldness.

uberabr, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of dherling
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Red & green label from 2006.

Poured out a sweet looking golden honey color with a HUGE HUGE HUGE orangey tan foamy head. Took me forever to pour this out and let it settle enough to drink. The nose had lots of green hops, some piney notes, a bit of alcohol, some light fruity spice, and a bit of orange. The taste was bitter hops in the front, backed up by pine, more hops, some malt, and a bit of honey. Has a bubbly and chewy mouthfeel, and it a bit of a chore to drink. Overall a good beer, this would probably appeal to someone who was a bit more of a hop head than me.

dherling, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Tan/brown head. The color is dark, but clear honey/amber and the beer has decet head retention. The head eventually stops at a half-finger cap of foam atop the brew. Sticky, patchy lacing is left all the way down.

Smell - Sweet tropical hops immediately hit your nose. There are also some piney/resiny hops can also be smelled behind the former. Notes of cooked sugar are also present in the aroma. Some rich balancing scents from the malt as well. Little alcohol on the nose.

Taste - More bitter/citrusy hop character than expected considering the tropical hops dominated the nose nose. Although the tropical/fruity hops are certainly there in full-force. Flavors of crushed pine needles and lime also help to define some of the hop flavors. Earthiness comes in next with more citrus (this time lemony) and more bitterness. Finishes with an airy, slightly burning alcohol and a sugary under-baked bready malt character.

Mouthfeel - Slighty biting carbonation at first but it foams up a bit in your mouth and helps to smooth it over generally. Medium-bodied and juicy all over!

Drinkability - Lots of hop flavors going on here and moderate alcohol, so drinkability does take a slight hit from the richness of this brew. Still, though, it's refreshing and easy to drink (of course I love rich and hoppy beer!). Pretty drinkable for its category overall.

This is a wonderful double IPA. The hop mixtures are superbly well-done and lend a great flavor profile to this beer. This is a must-have for hop lovers! If you don't like hops, stay the f*ck away...

dblinkhorn, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle. 2006 Winter (red/green)

Crystal clear, dark copper color. Large, rocky, ivory head.

Pine & citrus aroma. Caramel & honey. Pineapple. Just a bit of grass.

Taste is definately about the hops - citrus & flora. Malt backbone evident, but hops are primary. Sweet tastes include sugared grapefruit, peach & caramel. Hints of tropical fruits. The sweet character picks up quickly as it warms and balances out the beer quite well. Bit of grass at finish.

Medium plus in body. Almost a resiny character in the mouthfeel. Carbonation seems low to medium. Quite drying.

Overall, very good. Seems hoppier than summer version, and less sweet character as well. I certainly prefer it based on my love of the hop. Would drink either of them, though, with a smile on my face.

, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of guitarmage
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice red amber with a chill haze, few bubbles, and a nice semi-caked on cream lacing. Inviting.

Smell: Juicy hop oils come jumping out, a sweet malt body takes a back seat, a gentle warming alcohol, hops are aromatic and pleasant, not too spicy, not too sweet.

Taste: Sweet brown sugar malt shows more presence in the flavor, but the hops still saturate the flavor, juicy and slick, the flavor hangs around and coats the mouth, hops again are not too spicy, they're smooth and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, carbonation is light, full bodied, coats the mouth, a little sticky.

Drinkability: A great double IPA, I like how although the big sweetness is present, the hops are the star of the show, and they're nice and smooth, not in your face bitter.

guitarmage, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of 1whiskey
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winter '06 version in a bomber purchased at my local Haggen Grocer .

Poured into a standard pint glass. Garnet colored with a huge three finger head. Big chunks of lace leave a trail slugs can only dream of.

Terrific hop aroma greets the nostrils and awakens your palate. My mouth is literally watering after the shrinking head lets me catch a whiff of this. Great fruity aromas, pineapple, grapefruit, orange and pine. So sweet, mmm...

My first sip is a harsh reminder of the bittering qualities of high-alpha acid hops. While the nose suggests a very sweet hop bomb (ala Stone 10th), this is leaning pretty heavily on the bitter side. Don't get me wrong, the malts are there, but they are the foundation on which the hops walk upon, rather than being an eaqual marriage of the two. Still, after each succesive sip, the hops are less harsh and sublties begin to pull forward. Light spice and woody resins can be detected, citrus flavors (esp lime), rose hips, and melon rind character are evident, while cateloupe and honey sweetness help to cushion the hops' blows upon my palate.

Body is lighter than I would expect for the style, but hardly watered down. Chewy, resinous aftertaste lingers afterwards, leaving me to feel as though I had just eaten pine sap. Medium carbonation.

All in all it's an interesting and complex brew. It's not something I would want to have on a regular basis but I would be interesed to try the summer version.

1whiskey, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of tboom29
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a Winter '06 beer.

It poured a very appetizing amber that was slightly opaque. Fluffy frothy head sat on top, one of my favorite things on a beer.

The nose was very citrusy and spicy, and really entices you to drink the beer.

You definitely will notice the hops, because there are a lot. I thought it was nicely balanced though. Slight carmel from the malt. Mellow, but quite full bodied with a full mouthfeel. There is a slight acidic flavor. I also noticed a spicy notes, with hints of cinnamon or nutmeg. Some orange as well.

Overall a really great, full flavored IPA. Definitely worth picking up.

tboom29, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of Daehpoh
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2006 version poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass

Pour left a fluffy off-white two finger head. The liquid beneath is a slightly hazy amber-orange-brown color. Wonderful aroma of grapefruit and pine with a mild sweet caramel behind. The taste is amazing. Huge, bright hops take over with just the right amount of malt sweetness for balance. This beer has that mouthwatering flavor that all hopheads crave. Medium bodied with a slick feel make this a very drinkable beverage. I have a slight preference for this winter version over the summer for its increased malt flavors and added balance, although both are superb. This is one of the very best DIPAs out there and I highly recommend it to all.

Daehpoh, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of Boto
4.43/5  rDev +5%
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.

Boto, Feb 10, 2007
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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