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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,623
Reviews: 905
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 246
Gots: 69 | FT: 1
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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 beer2day
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lucky find while on vacation in MA late this summer. Sequestered in the back of the beer fridge since then.

Hazy, dirty light gold pour with 1-finger of pale cream dense head. No retention. Decent, but light, lace rings.

Big earthy nose. Herbal hops with a touch of grapefruit. Lots of malt underneath, more bread than biscuit. Just a faint suggestion of the abv.

Very grainy taste. Light grapefruit notes up front. Big bready malt flavor backs that up. Nice shot of grapefruit in the finish, complementing the dry, near arid, finale. Getting a touch of apricot and mango later in the bottle.

Heavy body. Very heavy. Tough to finish the whole 22 by myself, but somehow I muddled through. Syrup and heavy cream. Not much fizz.

Very well done.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my pint glass, this IIPA pours a haystack murky yellow with a white capped head that leaves little lace.

S: The aroma smells more malty than hoppy. Still, I sense a good amount of grapefruit mixed with a sweet, bready pale malt aroma. I wish this IIPA was fresher...I know this beer has to be phenomenal when fresh.

T: Sweet, balanced flavor. A good hoppy bitterness, with a refreshing sweet malt. More hops are surely dominate when fresh, but the malt in this brew is extremely tasty. A precise amount of caramel malt must provide the balance.

MF: Mouthfeel is crisp, yet with a full body. Carbonation is spot on. Finish is clean and doesn't wreck the pallet.

Overall, I'm sure this beer when fresh is a notch above, however, I am glad just to have had a taste of this brew. Thanks to Chris for showing me around Philly and making this possible.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Light golden with 1 finger of thick white foam and good amount of lacing.

S- Some sweet malts and citrus (more lemon and some orange).

T- Sweet malts followed by lemon citrus. Finishes with spicy pine hop bitterness. Pick up on the abv a little at the finish, but does not overpower the beer.

M- Medium bodied, again some heat from the abv present but still fairly easy to drink for 8.5%.

O- Have wanted to try this for over a year, and enjoyed this for sure. A little different with the more lemon citrus flavors compared to the more orange, pineapple dominated DIPA's. Would enjoy this every summer if I could.

Photo of brotherloco
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. 2011 Summer edition. Served in a tulip at fridge temperature and allowed to slowly warm.

Pours a cloudy medium gold with a finger of beige foam. Some thick lacing.

Aroma is all about west coast hops. Orange, lemon, and grapefruit citrus dominate, some tropical fruit and pine, some floral notes. With a good swirl I get caramel malt and some booze in the background.

Hoppy bitterness is big in this one. Hits you right from the start along with a nice amount of sweet malt. That malt fades away though and you're left with a big mouth-filling and lingering hoppy bitterness. Much like the nose, it's mostly citrus flavor, but earthy floral notes are there too. Perfect ABV for this style, bracing but well blended.

Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation from the bottle conditioning. Gets a touch sticky, but appropriate for an Imperial.

If not in my top 5, this beer is easily in my top 10 of Double IPA's.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. My quest for a 2011 bottle of this has finally paid off. I accidentally drank two 2010s that were well over a year old and didn't particularly like them.

Appearance - Super hazy bright orange body with a nice white head. You can't see through it at all. Retention is good but the lacing is better. Looks like Sunny D with a head.

Smell - Very hoppy smell. Bright lemon flavors and some pine. Super citrusy, though. It's so lemony it verges on smelling like Pine-Sol, though. The combination of lemon, pine, and a bit of alcohol just combines to remind me of lemon floor cleaner. In the 2010 bottle, this was far more prominent.

Taste - The sweetness is far more prevalent in the taste, but it's still very much about the hops. The same flavors come through, but the sweetness puts off the chemical element. I have to say, the sweetness is too much. Hardly any bitterness at all in the finish. Nice, but a little sweet.

Mouthfeel - It could be lighter. That's me being nitpicky, but it's just a bit heavier than I like. Even for 8.5%, there's a lot of unfermented sugars in this. Not cloying, just not as dry as I'd like it.

Overall - So much better fresh than aged (duh). The old one was pretty bad. Much more chemical flavors came through. This one reminds me of Hellhound. Perhaps that's an unfair comparison, since this is nowhere near a DFH malt bill, but still, it reminded me of it.

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yulesmith Summer (Alesmith, DIPA) Reviewed Sept 2011 A-

Source/Serving: 750 mL bottle

S: Rich and oily with nice depth. Piney apricot-blood orange honey. Oily citrus. Carmel malts find a way to peek through.

T: Nice subtlety and spot-on dryness for a DIPA. Citrus oils and nice caramel maltiness at first with pleasant, but formative, bitterness. Nice balance of flavors that are intense all around. Hop-derived fruitiness blazes out in the middle with apricots, lime, kiwi, pineapple and only a touch of pine. Only as heavy and oily as it needs to be, no more with carbonation that is soft and spot on. Faint breadiness peeks through. While its a wallop of flavor, its quite delicate with a honey-esque character. Finish is nice and dry but super smooth with a firm, pleasant bitterness that lingers nicely and is reminiscent of coffee. Again, nicely balanced for such an intense beer.

Notes: A standout DIPA that gets high marks for finesse and drinkability.

Photo of SHODriver
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a golden orange with almost no head. Standard color for a double IPA.
S: Huge notes of pine trees, pineapple, a little herbaceous and just a kiss of sweetness in the nostrils so you know they put some malt in it
T: Taste starts off with a bit of tropical fruits, transitioning to pine, and finishing with some lightly toasted caramel sweetness. On the swallow there is a sharp bitterness that quickly fades to a lingering soft bitter pine flavor
M: soft carbonation from bottle conditioning and very smooth and silky on the palate which is phenomenal given the IBU and alcohol content
O: very tasty and I'm going to enjoy the whole bottle.

Photo of rdickey
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I always feel a little lucky to get one of these, given the geographic distance. It purs a nice, somewhat orange-tinged, cloudy gold into a goblet. Citrus, mostly citrus in the nose. A big one-finger head leaves significant lacing as it drops.

Smell: A punch in the nose by classic big American hops: pine and citrus. I wonder if “big American hops” could become shorthand. In any event, it doesn’t put me off from this beer.

Taste: The bigness described above continues in the mouth, as you would expect, and the hops continue their good work. It’s big and American aggressive, but it’s not crazy if you have any interest in hoppy beers; in fact, it’s fairly balanced compared to some offerings.

Mouthfeel: Sort of middle of the road. Obviously it’s a big ABV, but aside from the hoppiness it’s not terribly “hot”, so the uninformed drinker needs to take very careful care.

Drinkability: It’s a huge IPA, and I know some people [salute] drink them day in and day out, before and after breakfast, lunch and dinner, but I think the rest of us probably need to recognize that a bomber of this caliber will significantly affect afternoon productivity.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy orange (I don't mind a bit o' yeast in my brew) with an inch of head and some pretty sweet lace.

The smell has some pineapple, white bread, honey and (as it warms) a hint of pine sap.

This beer is almost all hops in the taste. I ain't complaining, just not much balance. Citrus, apricot, fresh cut grass, lemon peel and a touch of white bread. There is a noticeable alcohol spice that could be worked on. 8.5% isn't too big to hide it better AleSmith. Mouth is smooth with a little heat.

I love AleSmith, but this brew needs just a touch of tweaking in the alcohol taste (and price) department. I'm glad I got to grab one.

Photo of mdvatab
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into snifter.
Courtesy of Barfwin!

Aroma: Sweet, spicy orange zest, apricot, and honey sweetness.

Appearance: Golden-orange body. One finger falls slowly to thin layer of fine foam. Minimal lacing.

Flavor: Well-balanced citrus and pine with sweet honey. Sweetness is well-balanced by hop flavor and bitterness. Bitterness is not overpowering, or one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation, medium-full body, and slightly drying hop tannins

Overall: A very enjoyable and well-balanced IIPA. Citrusy sweetness is is not syrupy, and at the same time, prevents this brew from being a hop bomb. Thanks Mike!

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely hazy golden-orange body, topped by a level finger of dense white foam. Good lacing.

Aroma of pine backed by juicy oranges. Inviting yet warning.

Deep caramelly malt foundation slathers the tongue. Sense of alcohol, but no burn in the belly, its all in the mouth and head. Huge burst of juicy oranges. Uncurrent of pine. Lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel seems a little wimpy considering the size of everything else.

Overall, a highly enjoyable big Imperial IPA.

Photo of gregshead
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clear light golden color with a half finger of head

S: Light on smell. Hops are there but grapefruit aromas are faint.

T: Some strong citrus hops. Good astrigency. Some good caramely backbone. Does not taste light 8%, not by a long shot.

M: Just the right amount of carb. A little lighter than any DIPA I've drank.

O: A very enjoyable DIPA. Refreshing but in the end it pointed out that DIPAs typically have that richer/thicker feel along with complexity that make it a step above IPAs. This one doesn't do that for me.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal head, orange-brown in color, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: big pine hops, small citrus hops, and a bit of caramel

Taste: sweet caramel start, then a nice dose of pine hops, followed by citrus hops

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium bodied, sweet start with a bitter middle and an increasingly bitter finish

Overall: A nice hoppy, bitter monster. A good beer to sit with, especially if you are a hop head. I have had some amazing hoppy beer lately, and while this one is not quite on that level, it is still very good. This is one I would not turn down, but am not likely to go back to right away.

Photo of Janderson91
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stupac2 for this Want! No freshness info. Enjoyed on 08/28/11.

A - Slightly hazy bright orange color with a large white head. Leaves a nice wall of lacing.

S - Big citrus and grapefruit aromas but some nutty, biscuity malts are in there trying to balance it out. A hint of alcohol present as well but the hops are the star.

T - Similar to the aroma. This is superbly balanced. Citrus, mango, grapefruit flavors are present throughout. Balanced up front with that sweet malt, and nicely bitter through the middle with a very spicy hop character. Finish is very clean with a big hop presence and nice rich malts.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Creamy with lively carbonation.

O - Overall, this is an excellent beer. I liked this one even better than Citra. Great stuff, AleSmith.

Photo of TheStove
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle. Nice hazy faded yellow color when held to light, appears muted orange out of light. The bottle wasn't kidding; this thing just about explodes during the pour, leaving a generous head even with a slow pour.

Great nose; an obvious mix of hops that gets close to smelling like the actual hop flower with notes of citrus. Almost get a few "breakfast cereal" smells out of this one.

This one is intense and a must have for hop fans. An incredible mix of hop flavors from citrus to slight bitter to flavors that I can't even name swirl through the sip until it ends with a slight maltiness. Booze comes across only slightly in the finish even though it's a good 8.5% Enjoyable hop bitterness lingers on the tongue between sips.

Great mouthfeel. Likely helps by a snappy array of hops and the awesome (maybe over the top?) carbonation.

A great brew for sure and though less boozy than it's winter counterpart I see this tougher to put down due to the hop attack than the booze.

Photo of beagle75
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Murky, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a small amount of sediment pools at the bottom.

S: Bready malt is backlit by very bright hops that suggest pine and grapefruit citrus--but in moderation. Very clean otherwise, with no alcohol detected.

T: Begins fairly sweet, with malt that seems underwhelming and simplistic, yet is left to fend for itself. Hops seem muted early, with some floral and citrus that start weak and fade quickly. Malt deepens in the middle, becoming bready and also drier as hops struggle to keep up. Astringency surges in the finish to the detriment of the hops which, although bitter, try to represent with some late pine. Alcohol emerges late, but is then slow to volatilize.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, astringent and warming on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This DIPA is an odd one, seeming to possess a host of features that are satisfactory or better, yet is apparently put together with no vision. It really struggles with a lack of continuity, like a puzzle whose pieces were pressed together with brute force regardless of correct fit. It does not speak to the quality of Alesmith's other beers--perhaps that is why this is such a letdown. It can be tolerated, but fails to cultivate any passion whatsoever.

Photo of GregSVT
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours a nice golden yellow with a big white head that fades to a layering and leaves some nice sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is very aromatic with big notes of pineapple, mango, and other tropical fruits along with some sweet malt and light honey.

T: The taste is similar with loads of tropical fruits in the form of pineapple and mango with some pine and slight grapefruit flavors as well. The malt takes over the finish and gives a nice sweet ending to this tasty beer.

M: The feel is medium bodied and slightly creamy. The hop oils coat the mouth and allow the finish ample time to linger.

O: I was very surprised by this one. I had the winter version and while it was good I wasn't too impressed. This however is a really good beer and one I would stock up on during the summer.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into an efes tulip. Summer 2011 batch. Moderated head and retention. Cear, oily lacing. Aroma of pine, grass and grapefruit. Smooth mouthfeel, not spicy. Taste pleasantly biting and bitter. Alcohol not noted in taste or aroma. Very impressive for a beer this big. I suppose i can see why they make this winter timed ipa a second time during the summer. Pretty delicious, prefer the style in the summer. Perfect.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

AleSmith YuleSmith (July 2011) bomber poured into a white wine glass. No bottle date, but 2011 version from Pinocchio's in Media, PA

A: This one pours a really cloudy orange amber color. Basically no head. Faint white stuff.

S: This smells like it has drifted from fresh a little bit, upsettingly. I get some hop character, but lots of sweet maltiness.

T: Really sweet beer! The malts have really taken over this one. It gets better as it warms. You get a smooth hop bite on front of the tongue, malts really smooth on middle of tongue, and solid finish. Its a powerful beer. I wish I drank fresher.

M: Medium leading to full bodied. Big beer.

O: Overall this is good stuff, but not great. I think extremely fresh it would have been great, but I much prefer their regular IPA over this double.

Photo of bashiba
3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy golden orange with a light soap ring of a head.

The smell is a bit piney and lemony with a light bit of bready malt sneaking through.

The flavor is a bit sweet and malty up front following quickly buy a resiny orange peel hoppyness, very chinooky. Not much in hop complexity here, I'm kind of suprised by the lack of complexity here.

The mouthfeel is oily and thick.

A pretty average Double IPA.

Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with a crisp white head that hangs around awhile and leaves globs of lacing.

Aroma is bready caramel malt with a good bit of light citrus. Sweet, then mild resinous hop.

Taste is exactly what the nose lead me to expect. More of the bready caramel malt and tropical fruit citrus - notably pineapple, grapefruit, and orange. Then a resinous hop quality takes over. The finish is dry and clean, with aromatic orange rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Surprisingly smooth and balanced. Very easy to drink. Malt has a presence up front then the generous hop dominates and builds the more you drink.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Carl for this one... can't believe I still haven't had it

Pours a clear orange. A yellowish brown tint. Not much head. A tough of white. nice lacing. Smells pretty nice. Hoppy, piney, a bit rough. Tastes bitter and piney. Hops are a bit abrasive and don't meld well with the malt profile. I'm quite disappointed with this one. Overall not impressive but still drinkable

Photo of divineaudio
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber into a tulip. 2011 batch.

a - pours a light amber color, yellow around the edges and slightly hazy. two fingers worth of rocky, pale yellow head eventually calms to a thin cap and sticks around. got some chunky lacing and a few streams of bubbles.

s - grapefruit, tangerine, toasted bread, honey, pine.

t - same as nose, really, minus the tangerine, and in the same order. flavors play off of each other extremely well and the bitterness hangs on the tongue for a while. no trace of the 8.5% in the taste.

m - lighter side of medium bodied with just enough carbonation to make the flavors pop. has a bit of mouth coating action and the abv eventually show up as a slight warming sensation.

o - a damn fine beer and represents the style well. a bomber of this seems to be about right for a night, but i'd still love to have more. i think i enjoyed this more than pliny (gasp!)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy honey color.

S: Candied peach (exactly like those Haribo peach rings), citrus hops, grapefruit and a bit of cantaloupe.

T: There's a gradual build of pine hops that crescendo in a peppery bite. A touch of caramel malts with some grapefruit pith and aspirin on the finish. Very smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (2011) poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours golden yellow, hazy, with just over a finger of foamy white head. Fairly good lacing.

S: Grapefruit, pine, a little lemon zest, some floral notes as well. Pretty pungent.

T: Somewhat faded hop profile, there's the remnants of grapefruit, citrus, and pine. It's definitely a shell what I imagine it was fresh. There's a little astringency/bitterness on the backend and just a little bit of alcohol (taste and warmth) in the finish. Sizable malt base with a good bit of caramel sweetness. Probably a little too sweet (has that candied fruit taste). Finish is semi-dry.
M: Medium body, light carbonation. Stick and resinous, but not all that smooth and certainly not crisp.

O: It's unfortunate that this bottle just hit shelves in MA, yet it's already 2+ months old and in a nose dive. I can see how this might be fantastic fresh, but right now it's just a notch above mediocre.

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