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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,575
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 244
Gots: 70 | 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 blitz134
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

blitz134, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of Scorpious
2.5/5  rDev -40.8%
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

Scorpious, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of far333
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

far333, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of sulldaddy
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

sulldaddy, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of dbalsock
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

dbalsock, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of sleazo
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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

sleazo, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

weeare138, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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!).

JohnnyDuvel, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of lpayette
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

lpayette, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of burnstar
4.43/5  rDev +5%
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

burnstar, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of SwillBilly
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
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 !

SwillBilly, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
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

brentk56, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of smcolw
4.43/5  rDev +5%
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!

smcolw, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of dhchatfield
5/5  rDev +18.5%
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

dhchatfield, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A striking auburn beauty with off-white cream on top. The lacing is festive to the point where the drinker is stricken with awe at the majesty of God's creation, Earth. The nose is piney-er than the tree that's four feet away from me. There are also splashes of citrus and rich malt.

The taste is wonderfully balanced. At no point do the hops overwhelm. You taste a great blend of caramel malt and piney hops, with a citrusy aftertaste that'll make you pucker up for another kiss from this delight of a beverage. The feel on the palate is rich and satisfying, and the drinkability is second to none for this style. Thanks, Alesmith!

jeffjfindley, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of oberon
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have sampled this treasure a few times in the past and thanks to my new Buffalo BA buddy Orfeu I have a bomber to myself.Poured a deep hazed burnt orange/peach with a creamy 2 finger head that stays for the whole way down with a brillinat ring showing thru and globs of lace left as I drank more.Honestly what can be said about great it smells deep resiny piney hop with notes of apricot and lemon pith in my mind there is not a beer out there that has such a complex hop profile,a big sweet brown sugar elemant show thru as well.The malt must be really packed in this brew to keep at least close to balanced because there is just such massive amount of hop flavors,apricot shows thru with a touch of overipe pineapple and then the oily,resiny character come thru with a hefty sweet malt base showing thru making it almost sticky.Has a great creamy mouthfeel texture it just glides down in near perfection,this maybe the standard American DIPA with its huge hoppiness and big sweet malt backbone just unbeliavable.

This was the summer release not the more recent fall/winter release.

oberon, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of msubulldog25
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

YuleSmith Holiday Ale - Summer Release 2006. Simple blue & red silk-screened 22 oz. bottle - the 'o' in 'Holiday' is replaced by a small wreath. Poured to a standard pint glass.

A: A tremendous frothy off-white head, almost three fingers high. My pour was pretty gentle and still that sneaky head almost overflowed the glass. Head starts bubbly like cola, then becomes a bit rocky and finally settles to a dense creamy consistency. Liquid color is a hazy copper/amber with a few bits of yeast floating amidst the many streams of vigorous carbonation. An abundance of sticky lace clings to the glass.

S: Stunningly sweet...malty and sugar candy-like. Hints of ripe fruit and caramel mingle with a mouthwatering citrus hoppiness. Spice (nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon?) and herbal notes, also.

T: Despite the intensity of the hop flavor (juicy citrus flesh and rind), this beer has a remarkable sweetness. Lots of caramel and rich juicy fruit, sweetened like jelly. Finish has some dryness and an herbal, pithy hoppiness. Such bold and transcendent flavors - I really am impressed with the even balance between huge hops and huge malts.

M: Starts with a tingling on the tongue, when the spice and fruit hit. Becomes a litlle viscous and finishes dry with hops that linger nicely, but don't punish the tastebuds with overt bitterness. Overall a very smooth DIPA, with full body and mouthfeel.

D: One of the best beers of any style I've come across in a while. Rich and flavorful, very well balanced. ALcohol is warm but well-concealed. Just a great ale, one I'd love to have again and will recommend highly.

msubulldog25, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of Franchise
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yulesmith Holiday ale (Blue and red)

Pours a foggy orange brown with a heavy carbonation that leaves a thick tan head that is frothy like whipped cream. The aroma is strong citrus hops, caramel, plums, pitted overipened fruit. the taste is strong bitter rind citrus upfront juicy and strong. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, again highly carbonated loaded with delicious bitter spicy hops. This is a great beer fantastic and hopalicious.

Franchise, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of Damian
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle (Winter version)

Poured a hazy, crimson-amber with a three-finger, foamy, light tan head. The head slowly faded to a whip cream-like, thick film which lasted until the beer was finished. Tons of large, sticky clumps of lacing also lasted long after the beer was done.

Smell was absolutely amazing (I could smell it when my nose was a foot away from the glass). Potently hoppy yet smooth, sweet and rich with a creamy, malty backbone. Amazingly well balanced. Some holiday spices (mulling spices) were also quite noticeable, as was some candied sugar.

Like the aroma, the taste was outstanding. Malty sweet up front with noticeable rich, candy-like caramel malts. Smooth and ridiculously creamy (this must have been due to the yeast strain). Intense spices kicked in mid-palate, along with the rich, citrusy hops. The hop presence took hold and carried into the finish yet, surprisingly, it never became overwhelming. The hop intensity became more subdued, yet the hop flavor turned more bitter (grapefruit-like) and biting. Some alcohol was noticeable with a numbing alcohol warming in the back of the throat and the mouth. The huge, hoppy, pleasantly bitter aftertaste resonated.

Mouthfeel was very creamy, rich, full-bodied and smooth.

Drinkability was terrific. Considering this is a West Coast D.I.P.A, it was amazingly well balanced. Furthermore, the 8.5% ABV seemed to be fairly well masked by the strong flavors. The effect the alcohol had on me, however, was quite remarkable.

All in all, this is a beautiful beer. So flavorful, rich and enjoyable - it is perfect for savoring with a friend on a cold winter night.

Damian, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of lackenhauser
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Winter 2006 release. Bright, coppery color. Huge head as I pour several glasses from a 22 ounce bomber. Creamy and rocky-get a spoon! Big hop aroma-serious fresh mown grass. Big hop flavor upfront balanced with a huge dose of malt. Great balance-the malt holds up damn well against a boatload of hopiness. Great mouthfeel-exceedingly smooth and creamy. Dangerously drinkable-I dont get tired of the heavy handed hops like in some beers. Great stuff for sure!

lackenhauser, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of dgfair
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Blue and red 22oz. bottle, July 2006 release.

A - Beautiful golden, orange color. Huge pillowy head that dissipates to a thin layer on top of the beautiful liquid. This is how a DIPA should look.
S - Sweet, piney hops up front. A little bit of sweet citrus as it warms. I was hoping to get a few more scents here, but none of the ones that I do pick up are unpleasant in any way. Nice, just not a very complex aroma.
T - All I can say is wow. Sweet citrus up front followed by hops, and not just any hops...great hop flavor. The hops start off smooth and start building as the liquid rests in your mouth. It continues to get hoppier and builds perfectly to a fantastic hop finish at the swallow. Aftertaste is sweet, citrusy hops allowing the flavors to come full circle. WOW!
M - Perfect balance of carbonation and creaminess. Nice and full, but not too full. Perfect again.
D - I would definitely like to drink a few of these, but I have a feeling the well hidden abv would eventually sneak up on you. No matter, easy to drink and tasty, get your hands on one of these any chance you can.

dgfair, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of demcorhip
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bennetj17, a great trader, for this tasty red and blue labelled gem of a DIPA. Enjoyed in a tasty hoppy session with raider and chonyr. Was my favorite a big lineup of IPAs and a few DIPAs.

Appearance
A hazy, deep amber colour with an off--white head that wants to stick around. Finely carbonated and finely laced, with lacings that want to linger.

Aroma
Big malty aromas with some tasty caramel complimented by big fruity hop aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, and pine.

Taste
A delicious big beer. Malty with toasted biscuit and caramel sweetness. This big malt backbone is married to delicious citrusy (grapefruit, orange, tangerine) hop flavours along with some pine.

Mouthfeel
A creamy, very well balanced (not a bitter hop bomb) malty and hoppy brew. Sweet malts have the perfect counterpoint in big, floral, fruity, and bitter hoppiness.

Drinkability
This is a big beer. Too big and tasty for all but the most decadent of sessions, and also too big, bitter and complex for hop newbies. A very tasty treat that i would be honoured to experience again. Thanks again Bennet!

demcorhip, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of tjthresh
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer version. Pours firey sunset copper with an incredible beige head. Super retention, and lots of resiny lacing. The aroma is dripping of Tropicana, Pine Sol, English toffee. The flavor is retarded. Hops from the tip of my tongue to the bottom of my belly. Strong bitterness with plenty of malt character to keep thinks in balance. Body is on the fuller side. Carbonation seems low due to the richness of the beer. What a beer to drink during the UofM/OSU game.

tjthresh, Dec 02, 2006
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,575 ratings.