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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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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 Parrotbeak


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

Green and red label.
Very opaque amber, with a thick, white head that gradually diminishes but remains full. Leaves a lot of lacing as it goes down.
Strong hops presence on the nose. Citrus, malts, pineapple. Smells very much like an IPA.
Taste is definitely hoppy as well, though very well-balanced and by no means overwhelming. A little bit of spice that is typically found in winter warmers, and just the right amount. Nice, malty backbone.
Mouthfeel is good; crisp with a good level of carbonation.
Drinkability is good as well. Little to no alcohol presence combined with the great taste of this beer leaves me wishing I had another.
Excellent beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 03:04:25 | More by Parrotbeak
Photo of RaulMatisse


2.78/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A 4th of July beer seemed fitting for a rainy winter night. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Telegraph tulip.

A :: A fiery, golden-orange glow is consistent throughout, with a fine balance that lies partway between translucency and opacity. Very exciting indeed. Soapy bubbles form a collar around the glass with flings of lace scattered about. Streams of carbonation line the glass. Towards the end of the bottle, a gentle pour yields a cottony head that, upon recession, leaves thick, fluffy lace behind. Definitely worth a second look.

S :: Yikes, a little sweeter than expected. Yes, piney hops hum in the background, but the main chorus consists of an aria of overripe pineapple and doughy malt. Blind tastings between AS IPA and YuleSmith Summer would be inconclusive--save for slightly more funk in the Yule. Frankly, in the realm of scent, this one can be classified as a GIPA (generic IPA).

T :: The Yule is the prodigal son of the AS IPA--it insisted on wandering into the land of the Imperial IPA, never quite made it, but got really boozy along the way. After a momentary flash of what may be a discernable hop or malt presence, I am broadsided by what tastes like a bitter orange peel soaked in alcohol. It makes your head cock to the side at best, your face grimace at worst.

M :: Up front, mouthfeel is notable; however, the initial sparkle of bottle conditioning is quickly sloshed away by an alcohol-warmed mouth.

D :: Mischievously drinkable 9-, 10-, and even 12-percent ABV beers are not hard to happen upon these days, so why should I be caught without an umbrella in alcoholic rain with an 8.5-percent IPA? A certain crispness and a firmer hop snap could whip this beer into good standing amongst the great West Coast DIPA's.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 03:36:23 | More by RaulMatisse
Photo of cvaypai


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

Poured from bottle to large snifter.

Appearance - Pours a very pale yellow orange, very transparent, but with lots of floaters, pourn with a 2 and a half finger white FROTHY head that leaves an amazing lacing.

Smell - Smells of grapefruit, other citrus, maybe a hint of orange. Very grassy with hints of pine, these are the secondary smells. On the end the sweet malts can be smelled.

Taste - Nice citrusy bitterness right up front, lots of grapefruit and pine in the taste. This is a very dry and bitter beer, I can only imagine what it was like last summer. Not extremely complex but just tastes great. Hints of the sweet malt sneaking up on the end, standard caramel, sweet malts.

Mouthfeel - Feels good for the style. Not too heavy and not too light. Has a nice smooth and dry finish despite all the bitter tongue biting. Nice carbonation all the way through.

Drinkability - One bomber will be plenty of me, this is a hell of a beer and one I could see buying every summer if I lived in their distro area. Nice for a summer day I am sure.

My first from alesmith.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 20:35:39 | More by cvaypai
Photo of drabmuh


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Breweries really should avoid naming two different beers the same thing and hope that seasons will remove any confusion, because it doesn't. This is the firework one (the photo should be changed on this website to clear up any additional confusion). Received as an extra in a trade with stawn. Thanks. Beer poured into a snifter.

Beer is orangish to yellow and has a slight haze to tit. Forms a two fingered white head of small to medium bubbles. Head completely coats the sides of the glass with lacing. Carbonation is moderate and steady. Feeds the head well.

I'm sitting about a foot from the beer and I can smell it from here. Big hop aroma, a slight yeast funk, the yeast did not completely settle out of the beer and when I popped it they floated back up into the beer. Oh well. There is some malt sweetness in this beer as well. Very strong, citrus hop aroma.

Beer is medium bodied and has a good hop flavor in the mid-palate, definitely citrus hops. The bitterness is not bad. This beer is less malty than many DIPAs I've been trying lately and this is good. Drinkability is really high. Beer is not overly sweet. I fear that the hops may have diminished in this beer, I should try and get one of these more fresh than this but there still is significant bitterness. The reason why I think it may have faded is there is a slight sulfur aftertaste to this beer that I attribute to fallen hops. Overall its a great beer and this sulfur flavor is mild and not distracting. There is basically no aftertaste but the bitterness does grow the more you drink. I think the body and feel of this IPA a lot.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 01:29:16 | More by drabmuh
Photo of kwakwhore

North Carolina

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

A fresh 2009 winter Yulesmith courtesy of jlindros, an extremely generous trader.
Deep reddish brown pour with a beige, light tan head. Retention lasts forever and leaves gobs of lace on the glass.
citrus hops and malt on the nose.
Hop bitterness is upfront with a malt underpinning. The malt is there with a hint of dark dried fruits but because this is a recent bottling the hops are dominant. Malts become more prominent as the beer warms up and hints of bitter chocolate appear as well.
Velvet mouthfeel with plenty of hop oils coating the tongue.
Pretty easy to drink, especially for its strength.
A worthy representative from an excellent west coast brewer. I'll have to keep an eye out for the summer version as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 03:17:51 | More by kwakwhore
Photo of FrognutUnl


3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bring for forking over the bottle.

This is the winter version.

A - Cloudy copper in color with about 2 fingers of off white head with some decent staying power (20 minutes later and I am still looking at it).

S - Lots of citrusy hops and sweet malt with a faint aroma of resin.

T - Well balanced hop bitterness and malts. The hop profile is very piney and resinous with a nice grapefruit and pineapple kick. The finish is fairly dry, which is impressive considering the amount of sweet caramel like malt flavors.

M - Creamy and quite sticky. Full bodied.

D - This is certainly a well crafted brew which I will enjoy to the bitter end.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 06:29:56 | More by FrognutUnl
Photo of theghost3


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

I had the Winter version of this on New Year's Eve.

Pours a hazy deep amber with a 3-finger, frothy orange-beige head. Lots of lacing.

The smell is slightly pine & citrus hops with some dried fruits, spices such as coriander, and a little sweet maltiness. The taste is citrusy hops, which are not overpowering. There are also spices and caramel malts. Mouthfeel is carbonated, medium-bodied, and sticky.

This is a drinkable Imperial IPA. It's not a hop bomb but is well balanced instead.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 03:03:09 | More by theghost3
Photo of Popkas


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice deep amber with a frothy head that leaves a ton of residual. So far so good.

S: Pine and citrus nose with some balance of malt.

T: Starts with a mild bitterness immediately followed with a mellow sugary malt. But that's not it...the citrus and hops come through strong in the end.

M: Mounthfeel is a little bit thinner that I was expecting. Thin, carbonated and slippery/oily.

D: Balanced and hides the alcohol well.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 01:53:52 | More by Popkas
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sadly, the second to last of my beers from Joey over at South Bay Drugs. Have to put another order in...

A little bit of a strange situation, this, given that there are two separate YuleSmith's being mixed into one review. Nonetheless, I'm going for it. This is the Winter version, hypothetically and Imperial Amber.

Deep amber color with a big creamy two fingers of off-white head that leaves perfect lacing as it drains. Really excellent flavor to this one. Dirty, slightly roasty, caramel malt mixes beautifully with the big, slightly spiced, drying hops. A hint of sourness, although not nearly as strong as in the AleSmith IPA. Subtle hints of chocolate and cookies, as well as some dried fruit for sure. Tastes like a big, beautiful hoppy red, which is what it is. Body is surprisingly thick and creamy, with subtle carbonation that lets the flavor shine.

Really an excellent beer, although the winter version certainly is not the absolute hop bomb the summer is made out to be (haven't had the chance to try it yet). This one is hoppy, no question, but a spicy hop balanced really well with a caramel malt backbone. Could drink them all night.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 00:33:52 | More by soupyman10
Photo of swhite11


3.15/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Winter release. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

[Appearance] - Pours dark amber with an orange hue. Head pours creamy/foamy off white with 3 fingers. Retains/laces well.

[Aroma] - Bready malt with caramel sweetness upfront. Citrus hop character follows with notes of lime/orange/tangerine. Alcohol is slightly apparent.

[Taste] - Sweet malt dominates upfront. Alcohol follows with a slightly dry, fusel feel. Hop taste is underdeveloped and restrained. Bitterness sets in back palate and is prominant but does not fully balance this beer as an Imperial IPA.

[Mouthfeel] - Spritzy carbonation and dominant malt sweetness detract from the beer. Alchohol and hop bitterness dry the feel but only back palate.

[Drinkability] - 1 1/2 pints was a job. Too sweet and cloying upfront for my tastes.

[Overall] - Reminds me of a junior 120 Minute IPA with more hop bitterness. A big Imperial IPA that is a bit to sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 06:20:16 | More by swhite11
Photo of AdmiralDiaz


4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from summer issued bomber to pint glass on x-mas eve.

Pours a deep orange body with a good sized off-white head with some retention and a little lacing. Smells of strong hops, which are grapefruity and sort of piney. There's a good amount of malty caramel backbone. Taste is very complex and just about perfect, imo. Great bitterness along with fruity sweetness from the hops along with a touch of caramel. Mouthfeel is dry and clean. overall it was a great beer, wish I could get it around here.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 18:00:52 | More by AdmiralDiaz
Photo of racer2k


3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bomber into 20oz glass

A - Dark amber color which creates a fat frothy cake batter colored head about 2 inches thick. Lots of lacing around my glass. Plenty of carbonation is observed as well.

S - Pine, citrus, grapefruit and hops are predominate but there is a hint of malty flavor as well. Smells like a spicy high powered IPA.

T - Initially there is a tangy grapefruit citrus like flavor that is quickly followed by a moderate malt blast. This creates a nice balance in the beer which creates a dry clean finish.

M - Moderate carbonation with a viscous sticky mouth feel. Plenty of carbonation to keep the beer alive in my mouth.

D - Very drinkable and the high alcohol in the beer is hardly noticeable. This is a dangerously drinkable beer indeed.

O - A perfect holiday beer to change up the pace. A nice complex DIPA with a balanced hoppy and malty profile. Love the dark amber color as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 00:54:14 | More by racer2k
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

AleSmith Yulesmith is a hazy amber ale with particles afloat. It's topped by a yellowish elastic head that leaves thick sheets of lacing on the glass. It has a spicy aroma with notes of orange peel, coriander and rye. It smells a little doughy. It's full bodied and syrupy with a chewy, sticky finish. It has a full flavor that's well balanced. Like the aroma, there are notes of orange peel, coriander and rye bread. It has a light, but long, bitter finish. A big and satisfying beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 20:51:31 | More by yesyouam
Photo of hrking


3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Loved this a little heavy on the sugar side but had a great dry hop nose. Drink smooth and not overly hoppy for an IPA..Very drinkible.I like the Winter YuleSmith better though.. This is one of those double releases in Summer and Winter..The winter version is a superior brew IMHO..

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 00:06:21 | More by hrking
Photo of cpetrone84


3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New bottle, definitely this year, great extra from JonnyJ.

A-pours a transparent hazy bright gorange color with tons of a fulffy white head.

S-a good balance with stronger hop presence, the caramel malt sets the foundation, lots of spicy grassy hops, notes of citrus, touch of pine and some kind of medicinal phenol.

T-balanced malt presence, notes of caramel, tons of pine in the flavor, hoppy pine, light citrus notes, a good bit of spice with strong grassy herbal hop back.

M-syrupy and resignous, medium to full body, thick and chewy, good carbonation, almost a dry finish.

D-much better, solid imperial IPA, light balance with great hop flavors and a huge spicy profile which is quite intersting and nice.


A-pours a clear golden orange color with particles floating around. a tight creamy off white head with a thick lace left all over the glass.

S-the nose is huge and mostly a mix of pine, caramel, and burnt brown sugar.

T-the taste follows the nose, tons of brown sugar, slightly burnt, lots of caramel, and a touch of pine. very faint bitterness and hint of booze in the back.

M-smooth, good carbonation on a medium body with a syrupy feel that coats the mouth.

D-imperial IPA? huge malt base, more like a barleywine. could this be last years???

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 23:04:34 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Whoa, someone tell Celebration Ale they've got competition (quality wise, not cost/quality wise, as this Yulesmith is expensive).

Pours a craggy orange. Doesn't look like a holiday beer for the most part. Aroma, whoa, this might be the piniest aroma I've ever experienced in a beer. Maybe one of the best smelling beers ever.

Taste, come to flavor country. The perfect mix of holiday, pine, citrus hoppiness. But seems to derive much of this through dry hopping v. boil, as the bitterness stays very well in check.

Can just drink and drink this bad boy. Bring the cost down, this could be a frequent favorite, instead of an only one 22oz a year purchase.

EDIT: Had a stale one of these, a little too pricey to not have some guaranteed age dating on this one. No bottle dates suck.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 22:56:05 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of guinness310


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pouring this winter release into an oversized wine glass...

A: A mild-thick pour creates a lightly yellowish one finger head with good retention that sits atop a burnt-orange almost ruby body.

S: Piney grass, and citrus notes give this a very earthy nose. malty hints are nicely blended in it as well. Cloves?

T&M: This mild bodied beer is nicely carbonated with a heavy introduction to the piney flavour in the beginning, bittering hops in the middle and a malty-smooth dry finish at the end; with the 8% evident yet never overwhealming in the beer. Great lacing.

D: Overall drinkability was very good as the ethyl alcohol was not too overpowering. A definite great beer worth recommending.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 22:33:13 | More by guinness310
Photo of PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

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

Very dark chestnut red, with a massive creamy yellowy white head that retains really well. Aromas of strong resinous pine, lemony citrus, slight kola nut, oranges, a bit peppery, Underlying sweet maltiness (caramel, bready). Strikingly hoppy taste from the start, blast of thick oily hops, piney, lemons, grapefruit, oranges? Followed closely by a sweet creamy caramel toffee flavour, sugars, sweet breads, and butterscotch. Finishes with a clinging hoppy bitterness and a slightly warming alcohol feel. Slick and oily in the palete, coating the mouth. Very light carbonation, and a full body. Cracking beer! Really smooth and enjoyable DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 14:11:12 | More by PartyBear
Photo of jzeilinger


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

This is the YuleSmith 2009 Holiday/Christmas Ale.
Pours an opaque amber color with a one finger head that eventually settles to a thin creamy layer that stays on top, has a little bit of carbonation. Swirl the glass and the creamy lacing sticks to the glass and then some, it eventually settles back to the glass but takes awhile, looks thick. Smells of carmel/toffee and bready malts, pine, citrus, a little grassy earthiness. Taste or carmel, toffee, pine, has a strong malt backing while the hops come into play at the end of the sip. Finishes boozy and dry with lingering bitterness. There's a slight warming in the throat but the booze bite isn't as bad as what one would expect judging from the smell and the initial sip. Is a lighter side of heavy in body, nice carbonation comes through on the tongue. The malt and hops play well together and complement each other nicely with one not overpowering the other. Overall, is an enjoyable brew but not one I'd want too often, it is a filling beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 04:04:12 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

650ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a deep coppery red / burgundy colour. Creamy mocha head poured very thick and foamy with a meringue like top then faded slowly to nice thickish covering... barely any carbonation... some decent lines of lacing...

Aroma - Strong piney resin, citrusy and peppery hop notes backed by some sweet toffee and caramel maltiness, dark dried fruits (figs, prunes, cherries), toffee apples, light chocolate, some booziness, toasted nuttiness, earthy, light liquorice, some overripe banana and orange, malt loaf, burnt sugar sweetness, hints of leather...

Taste is very complex... initial blast of citrus and grassy hops and piney resin followed by good toasted toffee malts, fruit cake notes, treacle sweetness, lots of rich fruits (figs, prunes, raisins, spicy apples, bitter oranges, light grapefruit), hint of warming alcohol (traces of rum ?), butterscotch, faint metallic traces...

Feel - Smooth and slightly oily initially then a little sharpness comes through... medium / full bodied... for a big, bold and boozy brew this is dangerously drinkable stuff...

Overall - My first ever Alesmith beer and i wasn't disappointed... highly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 11:47:55 | More by mdagnew
Photo of joepais


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

I have a green and red festive bottle for the Christmas season. I poured it into my large pills style glass. It produced a three finger billowy off white head that just stuck around. The body was a beautiful clear burgandy red in color.

The aroma was piney and grassy not a hint of malts come thru in this one. It was pure hops in all its glory. You could smell them as soon as the cap was off the bottle. The flavor had a bit more malt than I expect in a west cost DIPA. It reminded me of when I sugar my grapefruit, it had about that same flavor profile to me. It had a medium feel in my mouth with ample carbonation. I will say the bottle also had it right, it finished dry.

I easily finished the bomber myself today the drinkability is there. I would have had more but the bottle price is a little prohibitive for that. Saying that a little pricy for DIPA there are a few better for less coin

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 21:06:10 | More by joepais
Photo of bulletrain76


3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draught at the brewery. The last Alesmith bottle release that I have yet to have, and irony-of-ironies, I have it on-tap at the brewery. Warmed up with a sampler of the regular IPA to get my palate in order. Came with an orange color and sticky head. Fruity and somewhat yeasty aroma with grapefruit, mint, and peach. There is also some nutty malt. The flavor has soft, fruity hops and more bready malt sweetness than I was expecting. Lower on the bitterness scale, with a good balance that is almost too malty. Nice, though not the dry hop bomb that I had come to love after a day and a half of local IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2009 04:45:19 | More by bulletrain76
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: hazy dark orange in color with a one finger head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Some light lace develops.

Smell: caramel, pine, and grapefruits are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, big pine tones, grapefruit, and alcohol are most noticeable. Somewhat hidden fruit sweetness lingers in the background. The biting hop bitterness is showcased here.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp throughout. Very long lasting bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: a nice slow sipping big beer where a few glasses are doable but will hit you in a single session.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 16:14:54 | More by Gavage
Photo of oceanman


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter version.

Copper/amber color, thin head, active carbonation.

Complex nose - floral, vegetal (squash), fruit (raspberry), hops noticeable.

Fruit-driven bitterness on front end mounts towards richer, drier, espresso-like bitter finish. Malty, nutty sweetness gives depth to the bold hop bitterness.

Good carbonation, rich flavors but not harsh.

A well-balanced flavorful brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 15:47:47 | More by oceanman
Photo of medic25


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

Slightly cloudy copper-amber color, with a thick white head. Citrusy aroma of hops. This is a great tasting beer. Very strong hoppy flavor, but not to the point of being overwhelming. There is a nice malty presence that gives the beer just the right amount of sweetness and warmth. This is an easy drinking beer for such a high ABV; great choice for the first snow of the year!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 02:37:14 | More by medic25
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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