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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,538
Reviews: 896
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 243
Gots: 68 | FT: 3
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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 alovesupreme


3.93/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

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

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

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


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

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...

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

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

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


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

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!

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


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev -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.

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


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

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!

07-24-2010 04:02:45 | More by IdrinkGas
Photo of scottfrie


4.6/5  rDev +9%

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Summer 2010 release.

A: Pours a citrus-orange golden with a huge, dense, creamy white head that took forever to recede into a dense dollop of fluffy head that left thick sheets of lace all the way down the glass.
S: Floral, piney, and grassy hops, lemon juice, slight banana-y esters, and a little bit of cream right after the pour. Slight notes of sweet malt undertones.
T: Follows the nose with big floral and citrus hop flavors. Big notes of apricots, peaches, tangerines, grapefruit, lemon zest, honeydew, bready dough, cinnamon, spices and pine. Finish is sweet with just a hint of malt and alcohol. Very fresh and juicy flavors.
M: Full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and light carbonation. Bitterness isn't that bad considering the strong hop punch. Very sweet and balanced.
D: What a delicious DIPA. I'd put this one in my top ten for sure. Flavor is one of the best hop combinations I've come across. Very balanced, juicy and refreshing.

07-24-2010 02:30:51 | More by scottfrie
Photo of bridgetowhophead


4.78/5  rDev +13.3%

I have been dying to drink this beer and I finally snatched one up at the hollywood portland whole foods. score!

A: Pale yellowish orange. Visible bubbles, HUGE head. Cloudy due to the bottle conditioning. Beautiful!

S: Balance of strong citric/floral hops and strong malt, as expected in a IIPA. Surprisingly not as aromatic as their IPA, but got better as it warmed.

T: Good lord, this is a complex beer. Tons of citrus and floral hops mix with the caramel malts to create a perfectly balanced beer. There are tastes in here I've never found in an IPA, and I worship at the altar of hop bombs.

M: This beer dances in your mouth. No flaws at all in texture, body, etc.

D: This is an IIPA? So smooth and drinkable, the 8.8% ABV hardly registers. Wow. I need another.

07-24-2010 02:06:53 | More by bridgetowhophead
Photo of philbe311


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

A - Three plus fingers of billowing big airy chunky slightly off-white head... Excellent retention... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation swirling throughout... A pale golden color with a faint orange hue... Loads of lacing cling to the glass...

S - No surprise that this is hop forward in a citrusy way... Mango... Pineapple... Orange... Red Grapefruit... A minor underlying base of bready malts and cracker...

T - Hop forward as expected, but slightly more bitter on the palette... Sweet tropical fruits mixed with a mild bitterness... Some cracker and some bready malts...

M - A touch of foam hits this lips first... Medium bodied... A tad chewy... A slight carbonation bite kisses the tongue... Slightly sticky and resiny... Slightly dry finish with a faint lingering bitterness...

D - A world class DIPA... Outstanding in every facet... A memorable offering and a very impressive introduction to Alesmith... Drinkability is off the charts...

07-24-2010 01:55:51 | More by philbe311
Photo of sitarist


4.97/5  rDev +17.8%

Hoppy Christmas in July!

This beer pours a yellow color with orange highlights...it is cloudy with a steady stream of bubbles...the head is white and an inch thick...it falls to a top coating that leaves a ring and spotty lacing...It is glowing, begging me to drink it.

Mmmm this sure smells good...mango, papaya, mandarin oranges, grapefruit, and candied hops in a light syrup...there are also some bread notes...This is the best smelling beer that Ive came across...it tickles my nose!

I taste Heaven... tropical fruits, candied hops, grapefruit, wheat bread, grape jolly ranchers, my first kiss...this really is one hell of a beer! Is this candy or beer?

My mouth doesn't even feel this beer!

It should be a sin to make a beer this potent, this drinkable!...I'm glad that I bought more than one, and I hope that they have more! One of, if not the best beer that Ive ever had!

07-24-2010 01:37:26 | More by sitarist
Photo of jampics2


4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

O beautiful for hoppy ales,
That smack you in your face;
For tropical perfumey hops
Above the malty base!

I wait for this beer every year. Just stunning in its youth - really a beer that gives that brewery waay up the California coast a run for it's money. I got some bottles today right after it came off the truck and rushed home to cool one down and crack it open.

22oz of love, into my Stone snifter. Looks amazing. Just exceptional, perhaps the perfect looking DIPA. Golden orange with active carbonation. A nice white head really sticks around, leaving beautiful lace when it does retreat to a ring. Just beautiful, one of very few perfect ratings I've given for appearance.

Smell is tropical hops to the extreme. Layer after layer of grapefruit, mango, orange, and pineapple. Tons of underlying sweetness to compliment the hops. A touch of pine as well. I've only had one or two DIPA's that come anywhere near this. There's just a smidge of noticeable alcohol that brings this down a half point.

Taste is almost perfect. A wonderful floral and citric bitterness is backed with a sweet caramel malt that is just wonderful. Really close to the perfect hoppy flavor IMO - it's not ruinous or overly bitter without balance. The sweet malt and bitter edge to the hops fade in unison. I go from the tropical rain forest to the Pacific NW as the hops go from orange to pine. A great DIPA, hopbursting at it's best.

Medium bodied but feels much lighter. Kiss of carbonation gives the bitter edge a bit lighter feel. Almost creamy m/f actually makes the lingering bitterness feel better. Wow. Perfect mouthfeel here.

I've only had a few beers this hoppy that I considered to have exceptional drinkability. Most memorable was Pliny the Younger from Russian River. This comes damn close. God bless America for brewers who aren't afraid to persue flavor at any cost.

07-22-2010 18:42:04 | More by jampics2
Photo of hawks10


3.63/5  rDev -14%

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass...

Pours a pale straw yellow, slightly hazy with tons of fluffy, meringue-like head...

Rather weak aroma, soapy, with a bit of a medicinal alcohol aroma. Decent amount of tropical fruit hops, but something just doesn't sit well with me..

Malty and heavy, thick and resinous. Piny with a twist of citrus. Lingering bitterness in the finish...

Medium to full bodied, thick and sticky. Mouthfeel was best part of this beer...

Not that good...somewhat disappointing. Taste and aromas were just mediocre at best and this one just makes me want a fresh Hopslam even more...only 5 more months to wait!

07-22-2010 05:03:22 | More by hawks10
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

I love me some Yulesmith

A-big head with a golden color, looks tasty. Nice lacing

S-Smells real nice. Floral hops, sticky sweetness. Fruity and appetizing. Lemme get my lips on this.

T-Floral, fruity hopbomb followed by a well balanced malt that makes me happy. Could bang this beer back all night. Reminds me of Ballast Point's Sculpin. It is similar in hop profile and drinkability.

M-Stays on the tongue for a while and thats a positive. Delicious.

D-8.8% and the alcohol is almost a nonfactor. Very drinkable.

Distributed for the summertime; would love to drink it year-round.

07-21-2010 21:08:19 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of DaveHS


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours with a huge off-white head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Pleasant aromas of tropical fruit (specifically peach,mango and pineapple) and citrus. Light floral notes. All signs point to a well rounded hop profile! Trust your nose on this one. I taste every single element that came through in the aroma and then some. Lots of rich grapefruit and tangerine tinged hoppiness, delivered on a wave of prickly carbonation. The tropical fruit notes yield to pleasantly bitter flavors, all rounded out by a big, malty backbone. The mouthfeel is rich and juicy. The high carbonation never allows the slightly mouth-coating bitterness to overwhelm the palate. Certainly one of the best Double IPA releases of the summer season. But at $10.99 a bottle, I probably won't be drinking too much of it.

07-21-2010 01:16:46 | More by DaveHS
Photo of fear025


3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

Thank you to Jodan for this extra bottle!

Aroma:On first sniff, I get the delightful smell of sweet cotton candy! More subtle is some orange citrus smells.

Appearance:This beer has a pale golden color, with a nice thick head of white foam.

Taste:This beer is quite an eye opener at the first taste, because of the huge hoppy flavors. Once I can get past the pure bitterness, the grapefruit and pine flavor of the hops starts to come through. There is a fair amount of sweetness that tries to balance the hops, but falls short. The sheer amount of alcohol in this beer is more noticeable in the aftertaste than in the foretaste. Also on the aftertaste, once the bitterness recedes, the peach flavor lingers pleasantly.

Mouthfeel:The mouthfeel on this beer is kind of harsh, due to the huge amount of hops and alcohol.

Drinkability:I think I like this beer in small doses, as it's so strong and hoppy, definitely a sipper.

07-20-2010 23:47:30 | More by fear025
Photo of boralyl


4.65/5  rDev +10.2%

A - From a bomber to my tulip it produces a huge billowy white head that sticks around for a long time. When it finally recedes, it leaves some excellent lacing. The beer is a light golden color with subtle orange hues.

S - This beer gives off a very pungent tropical smell. There is passion fruit, pineapple and orange present.

M - Medium in body with active carbonation that prickles the tongue. Despite the carbonation there is still a creamy feeling as well.

T - There is some bready malt up front that is followed by a complex variety of flavors from the hops. Every time I take a sip I notice another subtle flavor. In no particular order there is lemon, pineapple, orange, woody pine and grapefruit. It has a nice long bitterness and the flavors linger around in your mouth. There is a light alcohol warming as it goes down.

This is an amazing beer, it's got a ton of flavors tantalizing your taste buds and urging you to take another sip. Alesmith did an excellent job on this one, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

07-20-2010 01:40:38 | More by boralyl
Photo of JTahoe


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

A - Bronzey clear gold with tight nearly white head. sticky lace.

S - Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and vanilla over a light malt aroma.

T - Miexed bread and fruit with lots of bitter hops. Flower buds, tropical fruit, pine sap, crisp citrus, and some woodsy herbal notes. Green pine makes a secondary appearance on the finish with whit pepperiness.

M - Moderate-full, perfect for the style with coating creaminess. Sparkling carbonation and quite astringent..

D - Super enjoyable with well integrated alcohol. Full bodied and rich, about as much as could be accepted for a "summer" brew.

07-19-2010 02:47:13 | More by JTahoe
Photo of ewright

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.5%

22 oz bottle of the 2010 vintage poured (several times) into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color, pretty standard for the style. But the head on this beast is otherworldly! A good 2" of meringue tops this beer and refuses to dissipate! Right now, there is a big chunk of foam clinging to the glass even after the rest of the head has receded to a very thick ring around the glass. Did I mention that I started this beer 15 minutes ago?

S: Huge notes of mandarin orange peel and a whiff of honey from the malt supporting the fruit. Faint pineapple notes lift to the surface as well. Incredible aromas!

T: Everything the nose promises and then some. On top of the citrus notes from the hops is a crisp, almost minty note in the aftertaste. And boy, does the flavor stick with you. I'll be having dreams of this beer tonight.

M/D: How can I sum this up? In a word: perfection. Enough carbonation to support the head for an amazing length of time, plenty to keep the taste buds hopping, but not so much as to distract from the experience. I'm having a hard time savoring this beer... My mouth keeps saying "MORE"! I've had PtE at 3 weeks and this beer at a similar age. I'm sorry, but this beer blows Pliny away.

I never thought I'd give a beer a perfect score, but like James Bond said, "Never say never again"

07-19-2010 01:18:52 | More by ewright
Photo of BeerImmediately


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Summer Yule Smith poured into tall nonic pint glass at 50 degrees.

Pours with a booming white head of tiny bubbles, over a fairly clear, golden body with plenty of carbonation rising up.

Piney and citrusy aromas. All hops.

Smooth entry on the palate. Sharp, resinous pine bite, with a healthy dose of unripened pineapple, and some grapefruit bitterness. Good dose of tabacco-like smoky quality, too. The sweet malt tries hard to keep up with the hoppy bite, but comes in second. For all the bite in the flavor, it's actually quite smooth and oily in the mouthfeel.

This is a fantastic beer - full of flavor, and easy to drink for the ABV.

07-18-2010 19:18:43 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of TheJollyHop


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a rich/fluffy two fingers of white head on a golden amber body; copious lacing.

Fresh scents of tropical fruit (pineapple), grapefruit, citrus, flowers, oranges; fruity and floral.

Woody pine, Earth, light citrus (lime, lemon, dominant grapefruit) and mangoes. Bitterness is slightly harsh, builds quick, and remains moderately high in level throughout. Alcohol is well hidden. Tongue drying and a touch of salty/mineral flavor. Finish is pine and grapefruit (Cascade/Columbus).

Medium high carbonation with a creamy body that is just the perfect weight on the tongue.

Hops flavors are showcased with hints of garlic and onions, and a subtle malt backbone with a bitter pine and sweet grain finish which make an enjoyable brew. Not the best DIPA I have had, but definitely fresh and juicy, A little less woody astringency would make it a superior beer.

07-16-2010 03:04:32 | More by TheJollyHop
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,538 ratings.