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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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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
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 DoctorDog


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

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz. bottle into a snifter. Bottle supplied by a generous, beer-minded friend.

**Bottle shows ABV @ 8.5%, AleSmith's website currently lists it @ 9.5% ABV, and listed here at 8.8% ABV.

A- Orange / amber, and a bit hazy. 2+ fingers frothy white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap. Nice retention, and a fair amount of sticky lacing.

S- Oranges/grapefruit/citrus, and a bit of piney hop aroma. Solid backing of sweet caramel malt notes.

T- Citrus flavors and grapefruit/citrus peel hop bitterness. Hefty backing of malty sweetness provides some balance.

M- Moderate carbonation, with a medium-full feel. A touch syrupy.

D- Good. Solid across the board, goes down easy...a pleasure.

Future outlook: An excellent, fairly uncomplicated beer that was great to get to try for free, and worthy of parting with a few of my own dollars to have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 03:23:53 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of AleWatcher


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

Got this from the exalted Sideswipe-- a most generous Ba if there ever was one. I have been blessed with three amazing trading partners-- huge thanks to John though-- this was just 1 of a dozen awesome bottles that he threw in-- along with some great schwag!

I poured this into a standard pint glass.

Wow. Even with a careful pour I ended up with 3 fingers of head that nearly bubbled itself right out the top of my glass! The head is thick and creamy like meringue. It sticks hard and fast to the sides of the glass and lingers over a pale golden body. The head is bone white, the body shows signs of copper when held up just right. This really looks great.

A bright and prickly mouthfeel bruises my tongue as it pop-rocks its way across. Huge hop notes are the focus on this one-- a light clean malt bill provides some sweetness and enough of a base to support the breadth of hoppy goodness. The smells of citrus and tropical fruits fills my olfactory sense with child-like wonder. Nice grapefruit and orange and pineapple... Very well mingled with the bitterness as I drink. The bitterness isn't harsh or astringent, it feels more like a slight scrubbing of my tastebuds, readying them for the next sip!

The body is of a nice medium build with ample carbonation-- very nice. This is an excellent example of a west-coast DIPA. Great flavor, excellent feel, crazy hops, and a true pleasure to drink. The finish presents with a bittersweet note... It starts sweet before turning delightfully bitter. But I'm saddened by each passing sip because I am nearing the end of my bomber. The 8% ABV makes this an amazing beer to enjoy. I am finishing this bomber seemingly without effort.

Pick this beer up! Enjoy it while it is available.
Big thanks again to John!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 02:58:54 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of yeahnatenelson


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

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 - what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a bright golden orange, mild haze, with an abundant white head akin to whipped egg whites. The carbonation is VERY active in this one.

Smell -- Picking up citrus and tropical fruit notes. There's a little bit of resin in the nose, not pronounced. Caramel malts also present.

Taste -- Up front is pine resin hop bitterness with apricot, peach, grapefruit, and pineapple. Following up are some dry and husky malt notes as well as a moderate amount of caramel and cane juice sweetness that makes those fruity hop notes really stand out. Finish is fairly clean.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with mild prickly carbonation, nearly spot-on.

Drinkability -- Wow, this was a welcomed surprise. Everything was just really nice. Great fruity notes from the hops, but not enough to be overpowering, as with the bitterness. The malt bill brought in just enough sweetness to make the fruity notes in the hops *pop* without getting anywhere near cloying. Well thought, well executed, just good on all counts.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 21:34:47 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of glazeman


3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Split with airohead2001.

A: I am shocked at the level of carbonation in this beer. A cautious pour yields a 4 finger head white head. Golden straw colored with excellent retention and, moderate lacing.

S: Pure citrus. This is the most intense citrus smelling beer that I have ever had. Lots of oranges and pineapples with a little bit of lime.

T: Some citrus up front but this beer is dominated by the bitter finish and aftertaste. I noticed a little bit of pineapple to start and some alcohol heat, then a lot of bitterness to finish this one off.

M: Over carbonated in my opinion, but nice viscosity.

D: The drinkability is limited by the carbonation in my opinion as I feel like if I drank this at all quickly or in too great of quantity that I would be belching up a storm or get nauseous.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 15:35:32 | More by glazeman
Photo of airohead2001


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to glazeman for giving me a beer that I thought I would never have a chance to try.

A - Crazy looking beer. Hazy yellow with the biggest head that I've ever seen. It was literally at least 5 fingers and overflowed out of my pint glass. Great lacing and nice head retention.

S - Citrus hops and sugary, syrupy maltiness. No bitters and not much bite - more of just an array of juicy apricots and tangerines.

T - Similar to the appearance, the taste is strange and entirely unique. Up front is similar to the smell with fresh juicy citrus hops and rich, sugary malts. This is the sweetest DIPA I have ever had - almost tastes as sweet as an imperial pilsner. The finish is a nice surprise of harsh, bitter hops.

M - I was afraid that this one would be way too carbonated based on the pour, but really the mouthfeel turned out to be quite nice. Still a little too bubbly, but not much.

D - Superb. I can easily drink a bomber of this on my own.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 20:39:18 | More by airohead2001
Photo of DovaliHops


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

Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with a nice white head. The smell is strong with apricots and sweet hoppiness. A light bit of booziness as well. The taste is very fruity with some nice apricots, melons, and a little bit of grapefruit. Mango as well. Very sweet malts with a nice bit of booziness. The mouthfeel is nice with a bit of a syrupy finish. The drinkability is very high.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 05:17:12 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of uturn


4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz capped bomber poured into a Bruery tulip glass.

A: This beer had a huge head, even with a slow pour. The head lasted to the very end and left a mild lacing on the glass. The second glass had just as much head and after that pour you could see a huge head form inside the bottle = to half the volume of what was left in the bottle. This was by far the largest head I've seen from an Imperial IPA.

S: The nose was typical of a great California IPA or DIPA as in "Wow", lots of citrus, grapefruit and a mild pine aroma with a tad of malt sweetness.

T: taste of the brew was made for the "hop head" with its big grapefruit and citrusy hop blast up front then nicely balanced by the malt near the end.

M: The mouthfeel was huge as this is a big beer with a lot of carbonation. Maybe a tad too much carbonation for the style. If this was a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, the carbonation was perfect, but with an Imperial IPA & I don't want this much. If not for the extreme level of carbonation this would have been a "5", but I've knocked it down a notch.

D: Drinkability is just about perfect for the style.

This is a 1st class beer and I will be looking forward to have this brew in my stock on a yearly basis each and every July.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 02:57:57 | More by uturn
Photo of Eldalonde


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

This is a lovely rich golden color with a full thick chunky white head. The aroma is rich with grapefruits and tangerines. An earthy pine is also very prevalent in the nose balanced with deep caramel malts. Soft sweet fruity flavors of tangerines and grapefruits wash over the palate. There seems to be a bit of passion fruit as well. The finish begins sweet and ends very bitter. The balance in this beer is marvelous. Overall, an absolutely outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 02:42:40 | More by Eldalonde
Photo of cbutova


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, the Winter version has made me very excited to try this.

A- Slightly hazy yellow-orange with a massive white, foamy head. Instant lace and a very nice full coat of it, massive pillow atop the ale.

S- Very tropical and fruity. Peach. Some earthy notes and a slight malt backbone. Great use of aroma hops.

T- The aroma misleads you on this one. Ends up being more piney, grassy and earthy than anything. The citrus and fruit are in the background but do not satisfy like they do in the aroma. Light caramel malt backbone, some alcohol. Still a good IPA.

MF- Good creamy, light-ish body with smooth moderate carbonation. Fairly high level of bitters, some warmth.

DB- Good beer but not as good as the regular Alesmith IPA or the Winter Yulesmith. The fruit from a great aroma was lost but still a good hop flavor. Strong towards the end.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 23:15:40 | More by cbutova
Photo of Schmaltzy


4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice light amber/orange color with darker amber hues, this seemed to be on on nitro due to the light fluffy foam usually seen on guiness, because it was on nitro it left loads of clumpy lacing each time I stopped drinking.

S- Loads of mango fruit not to mention other tropical flavors but mango really stands out followed by light citrus and faint floral hop scents, very nice caramel malt backbone.

T- Nice Mango and pine hops with more tropical fruit following as well as some bitter citrus hops, not to mention the nice balance with the caramel malt backbone that I didn't pay much attention to. Wish it lived up to the scent.

M- Medium resiny body that had light creamy carbontation due to the nitro tap, gonna have to crack a bottle to bring the real carbonation out.

D- Very easy for me to finish the pint at Churchill's and still ask for another, as well as 2 more Bear Republic XPA's... Seek out and drink fast.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-09-2010 03:45:25 | More by Schmaltzy
Photo of Chico1985


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Cam!

Hazy light orange, 3-finger creamy white head. Crazy retention and lacing, looks like Duvel in IPA form. Alesmith beers always look so good.

Great scent, lots of tropical fruit notes and earthy smells.

Earth and resin really come out more in the taste, but still some nice fruit tastes of citrus, grapefruit and some lemon and pineapple. A little bit of malt presence but quite more hops. The tropical-ness in the smell doesn't quite match the taste, as usual.

The mouthfeel is nicely creamy and carbonated, alcohol taste is a bit high it seems.

The smell was better than the taste but this was very good, I liked it better than the Winter version.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 06:53:11 | More by Chico1985
Photo of Beerenauslese


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

Having the YuleSmith Summer ale, 2010.

Pours clear gold with an ample off-white head, dissipating to a quarter inch of foam layer and lots of lacing.

Aromas of golden wet hay, brown sugar, and green hops.

Taste follows the nose, with sweet malt and some tropical fruit notes upfront, then very dry green hop flavor with a slight lingering bitterness.

Body is light, with ample carbonation creating a creamy, sudsy, cleansing mouthfeel, followed by a dry hoppy finish.

This is a very nice DIPA, in the Belgian rather than American IPA style.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 03:03:45 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of muttyd


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange/amber with a thick white head.

S - Very hoppy aroma. Loads of grapefruity/citrusy/piney hops. Some toffee/caramel notes in the nose as well.

T - Pretty much what I expected. Follows the nose. Very hoppy and bitter. Piney, earthy, and citrusy. Big double IPA flavor. Very west coast. Not as aggressively bitter/astringent in the finish as I thought it would be from the nose.

M - Creamy and sticky on the palate. Moderate carbonation.

D - One of the more memorable double IPAs I have had recently. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 01:32:56 | More by muttyd
Photo of bluejacket74


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

22 ounce bottle, Summer 2010 YuleSmith. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops (tropical fruit, grapefruit, oranges), with some pine hops and sweet malt noticable too. It tastes like citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit, orange peel) and floral hops, peppery spice, and some peaches and bready malt. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy, a bit slick, and has high carbonation. I thought it was easy enough to drink. This is definitely a brew for the hopheads out there! I'd certainly buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 22:13:16 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of alovesupreme


3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass yielded a billowy white head with slow moving bubbles alluding to the viscosity.
Pine and citrus notes dominate with some slight tropical fruit.
Citrus notes are up front with the pine. A more subtle (mandarin orange?) fills out the middle. This beer has a large malt bill but the hops are leading the way.
Huge mouthfeel, even for the style. Although I know many BA's will love this, I am not a huge fan, but once in a while its nice.
This is a big beer for the IIPA lovers out there. Dont miss this and get it while its fresh. I however prefer the IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 04:31:40 | More by alovesupreme
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

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

Big thanks to enelson for this one! Served from bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Pours a hazy yellow orange with a three finger fluffy white head that remains for quite awhile and subside to a one finger upon sitting for quite some time. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of pineapple, pine, citrus, and mild hops. The flavor was of tropical fruit, malt, with a nice citrus/fruity hop followthrough. It was light on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was quite a nice IIPA. The aroma of this one was quite nice and refreshing and told you what you were about to get yourself into. The pine flavor in this brew was kind of powerful to me so drinker beware... However I did not find it overwhelming and rather a welcomed change in my past lineups. This is a great IIPA and a must try for the true hopheads out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 12:01:13 | More by thagr81us
Photo of silentjay


3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a semi hazy and bubble reddish orange with a big white head that quickly recedes to a thin layer but leaves behind some spotty chunks on the glass.

aroma is dominated by citrus. grapefruit and orange peel and lemon rinds. some malt gives some honey and grain aromas as well. no pine or herbal hops here, just juicy fresh-squeezed citrus.

again, tons of bitter, juicy citrus here. juicing oranges, grapefruit, lemon rind. some honey and biscuit sweetness and white bread and a bit of cereal sweeten things up just a tad. pretty one-dimensional, but tasty nonetheless.

medium bodied and oily/resiny with just a bit of carbonation. bitterness stays in the mouth a while, as well as the syrupy stickiness that I don't much care for.

goes down well. very juicy and kind of refreshing makes for a decent summer brew. I tend to like piney and earthy hops to add to the flavor profile, but that's not what they were going for in this beer. It is pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 02:05:20 | More by silentjay
Photo of Tilley4


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

Thanks go out to MrTopher for this one...

This one pours a fairly hazy pale golden with some of the most active lively carbonation I've ever seen in a brew of this style... This ones heads up like fast and stays there.... Gotta be more careful with the next pour on this... Loads of things going in inside of the glass....quite a treat to watch this one go...

A quite balanced aroma of citrusy hops and a fairly assertive malt bill here...the malt shines quite brightly here but in no way undermines what those West Coast hops are doing either.... This one smells intriguing.. Curious to see how balanced the taste is...

Strong citrusy hops right out of the gate that are chased around the room by a terrifically tasty and unique maltiness that surprises me... This is truly very balanced and delicious... I like the malt they are using here.. Its assertive without being overwhelming...

A very nice brew that would be a staple during the summer if it was available here... Like this one a lot...

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 11:39:48 | More by Tilley4
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

Bottled acquired in a trade with hophead247. Thanks! Shared with drabmuh at my house recently. Review from notes.

This DIPA is clear and has a golden color with a good-sized head and nice lacing throughout the glass.

The aromas are a nice bouquet of hops, followed by a sturdy malt presence. I would prefer more hop aromas and flavors and less malt in this beer. There is a slight burn in the finish, though I don't find it to be overly harsh. Overall, this was a nice tasting brew and I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 04:18:26 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of HosP


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

Got this from Scottfrie, who is an awesome trader! Thanks again for this treat!

A- Poured nice golden orange color with slight haze to it. Has a huge head to it that took a while to recede. Coated the glass with lacing from the head, which never really went away throughout the whole drink.

S- Lot of hop aroma. Piney, lemony, grapefruit aromas mostly but with a slight malt hint as well.

T- Like the smell, lots of big hop flavors right off the bat. Citrus hops with lots of different flavors. Tasted some hints of spice along with nice malts to give it a great finish. Good bitterness towards the end as well but nothing to strong.

M- Medium-full body with good carbonation. Very smooth drink with nice bitterness at the end.

D- Wasn't sure what to think when I pulled this out, but wow very impressed! Loved the big hop flavors to it! Worst part was waiting for the head to recede so I could get a good drink, but it was well worth the wait. Thanks again Scottfrie for this awesome beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 19:35:09 | More by HosP
Photo of kels


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

Finally decided after years of looking at this one on store shelves I should give it a try.

This is a beautiful beer. Pours a nice golden color with lovely apricot highlights. It has a nice bit of haze to it, but the clarity still preserves the vision of light carbonation rising throughout. The initial 2 finger rocky white head fades to a nice soft skim and leaves behind tons of tremendous lacing.

Aromas of nice, sweet honey rise from the beer and couple with the bright and clean citrusy hops. There's a great sense of dry malts in here, too - not quite biscuity, but definitely dry and crunchy.

Very tasty DIPA here. There's a great balanced yet bold presence overall. The grains are crisp and the hops are bright. The bitterness is not overpowering at all, and the honeyed sweetness gives just enough to the taste without being cloying. The feel is somewhat sticky, carbonated and full, lending an overall soft feel to the beer. The stickiness coating my palate at the finish is very pleasing, holding the tastiness on for quite some time. My only complaint is that the 8.8% starts to creep out not only in the feeling, but also in the taste as the beer warms. It comes across a little too isopropyly, if you get what I'm saying. Either way, I'll definitely not pass this one up on the shelf during my next trip to the beer store.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 04:21:28 | More by kels
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. It pours a clear golden orange with an enourmous frothy head. Big luscious notes of citrus and sweet pine on the nose. The taste follows the nose, along with some pineapple. It finishes with a lingering sweetness. It is full bodied and highly carbonated. A pretty standard DIPA, good but not great.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 00:08:48 | More by bonkers
Photo of popery


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is close to DIPA perfection, in my opinion. It could use a touch more delicacy in the flavor, but the aroma is unique and memorable and that's worth a lot in this style. The aroma is floral with some pine and peppery spice. It's freshly hoppy, aggressive yet delicate. The flavor is medium dry with lots of excellent bitterness. There's a strong bite in the finish and a fair bit of that peppery spice. That spice reminds me of spicy greens, like pepper cress. The body is nice and light with good carbonation. The appearance is a medium gold liquid with a big and frothy white head. This is an excellent beer, easy to like with a complex and full hop flavor. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 04:47:52 | More by popery
Photo of Chizoad


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good, but not great offering from AleSmith. Given the price, I'd get the regular IPA every time.

Did not have the crazy head that was advertised, just a normal, two finger baby that lasted. Slightly cloudy orange liquid with bubbles coursing up through it. Hoppy, citrus heavy nose.

Big citrus in the taste. Clementines and tangerines for me. Generally on the sweeter end of the citrus spectrum, rather than grapefruit.

Excellent medium body and great carbonation. Nice drinker too boot.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 22:11:49 | More by Chizoad
Photo of IdrinkGas


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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Poured gently and got huge fluffy head that swelled out of the glass but didn't overflow. The head stuck around for about 10 mins and left a real nice lacing. One of the best heads I've seen on an IPA.

S: Citrusy and tropical aromas. Definitely lots of grapefruit and some pineapple. SOme malt is present also.

T: Strong citrus hop taste followed by sweet malty/bitter hop finish. I like the balance.

M: Well carbonated, full bodied.

It has a lot going on but everything balances out perfectly! I really like this beer. Its by far my favorite Alesmith offering!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 04:02:45 | More by IdrinkGas
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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