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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,623
Reviews: 905
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 246
Gots: 69 | FT: 1
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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:
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 pmarlowe
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer version. Tulip glass.

Pours a pale gold with a finger and a half of pure white fluffy foam, decent retention and some lacing. Smells like juicy, rounded orange and pineapple, and tropical fruit. Taste is lemony with some orange and other citrus and tropical fruit, big hops up front with a lengthy, juicy/mildly bitter finish. Not much pine going on. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Alcohol is not particularly noticeable. Overall, this is an exceedingly drinkable and delicious IPA. A shame this is seasonal.

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

2011 edition, brand spankin new! 750ml shared with SundaySour

Poured into a tulip

A: Lemony orange hybrid body with a light finger and a half head. The bubbles vary in size with the larger ones on top, the head is slightly off white. Strong gossamer lacing all over the glass. No red flags here.

S: Orange jolly rancher! really a fruity candy smell that is very interesting. This smell is intertwined with an interestingly floral/spicy hop note. Suggestions of citrus that is devoid of rinds; best I can say is lemon zest on saffron (?). It's bright but restrained. Final say is slightly green clementines.

T: A subtle yet slightly abrasive floral hop jumps down the throat. with a potpurri of blossoms, hibiscus, mandarin rinds, and faint rosemary. Green leaves and Aloe provide an herbal linger with modest bitterness leaves a homeopathic medicine taste in my mouth. This really is a floral bomb, with an evaporating hop bitterness in the back. Certainly a stray away from the typical west-coast doctrine of DIPAs.

M: medium/strong body for the style, the taste of dried pedals and green leaves contribute to the overwhelming sensation of rapid evaporation; the mouth is desert dry. However, flowery oils form a syrupy coat in the mouth. A sophisticated mouth-feel for this flower bomb.

O: This beer is definitely interesting, as it cleverly blends some of the lesser explored DIPA taste profiles. Most west coast DIPAs tend to weigh heavily on the citrus side, whereas this offering is most certainly a collaboration of lively hops, leafy greens, and dried flowers. There is this subtle spicing in the taste that keeps me from being bored; I guess I described it as saffron. That sensation seems to encapsulate the entire flavor experience of this beer in this constantly looping linger. While the flavor is interesting, I think the drinkability isn't as high as other DIPAs. The deep garden taste profile could probably trigger some sensitive allergies; it isn't messing around. I appreciate what Alesmith is doing here, and I give it credit for straying from the cliches of west coast IPAs. However, the wheel isn't being reinvented here, it just is kind of a damn weird wheel. Nothing is really going so wrong, but it is a bit of a convoluted drinking experience. I think some contrast would have done better here; the dry/floral combo loses it's vitality after a half bottle at 8.5%. The Alcohol ends up being too loud for for this bottle of perfume. While the flavors are done well enough to justify a good rating, I'd say this beer is a few years too late. West coast DIPAs are currently exploring juicier dimensions, while this throwback is stuck on overly floral hoppiness. However, as a holiday Ale this works: as what's more American than oily, resinous, and bittering hops? Nothing. Happy 4th.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always look forward to this beer every year.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a pretty clear golden color. Has a thin head for an IPA. Nice lacing.

Aroma is nice. Very citric hoppy with a bit of pine. Mangos. Peaches.

Taste is awesome. Nice and hoppy flavor similar to aroma with a nice malt flavor too. Nice hoppy finish. Hop bomb for sure. But good. Slight malty sweetnes though.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry like I like my hoppy beers. Nice higher carb.

Overall an awesome IPA that I always look forward to. Bought a bunch this year.

Photo of scbrew
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep golden-orange with a nice slightly off-white head. Aroma is mainly hop citrus and floral. Great combination of hops over malt in the flavor. Very well balanced and not too sweet. Good amount of carbonation and mouthfeel. Outstanding example of West Coast DIPA.

Photo of beerdweeb
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft @ Beachwood

Poured a godly copper color with a nice lacy head

Aromatics are out of this world. Intense fresh greeny hop scents explode for the glass. Slightly fruity and citrusy

Tastes backup the smell. Grassy, piney, citrusy, a hint of alcohol, and a nice hoppy finish. The freshness lingers in your mouth after swallowing.

Mouthfeel was as expected. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall an outstanding beer and would recommend to any hop heads. The freshness just blew me away.

Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a really nice looking yellowish copper color with a thick looking white head on it. The lacing was very good on this beer. The smell was so hoppy, I loved the aroma on this brew. There wasn't too much else besides some pine and citrus gushing out on the nose. The taste of the beer was very good too, All the hop qualities from the nose transfered nicely to the tongue. The mouthfeel wasn't heavy but around medium. The feel also left ya with a dry mouth which makes you need the next sip. Overall a really nice IPA.

Photo of Lunch
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forgot to review this last summer when I drank a fresh bottle. Received in a trade with one of California's finest traders, thanks Esther!

Ugly as fuck 22oz. bottle poured into a large DFH snifter. Pours a bright, golden orange with a nice creamy bright white head. Smell on this is pour tangerine. Smells grrrreeaat (yes that is a lame Tony the Tiger reference). Taste is almost as grrrreeaat (last time I every write or say this). Not much malt to speak of which I enjoy and there is a good degree of bitterness. A little fuller-bodied that I would like (I feel like I have said this before).

Really a nice beer from AleSmith.

Photo of fastpass17
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Brown bottle, from notes 7/27/10.

A: Amber in color, cream colored billowy thick head, viral carbonation throughout the drink.

S: A mix of fruit and malt come to the nose first, followed by sappy pine. Blends together nicely.

T: A very clean malt base starts the drink, followed by a grassy freshness, this finishes with a nice bite from the hops which are ever present.

M,O: When this first hits the mouth it is quiet sharp and citric. It is a very refreshing drink. A touch strong to be a lawnmower beer. Yet I could enjoy a few glasses of this at the beach.

Photo of Zimbo
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with my good beer buddy 'Wild Thing' at BrewDog Edinburgh last night.

Beautiful deep orange with a firm thick top of rocky white foam. The smell of citrus is quite heady suggesting strength over a dominant bitter burr.

Superb backbone which is angular and firm but well balanced with marmalde fruit and extra orange peel. The bitterness is so superbly integrated as is the acidity which all form to make a seemless whole.

Great stuff.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 2/25/11.

A: Pours a cloudy light orange with a 1.5 finger head that has decent retention and spotty lacing.

S: A little bit of alcohol, very sweet though. Nice aromas of pineapple and passion fruit.

T: A little booze presence. Nice combination of pine and citrus flavors. The grapefruit returns and there is a nice sweetness from some caramel malts on the finish.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation and a clean finish. Besides the slight alcohol presence, a nice beer. I know I probably had it sitting a bit too long, so will definitely give this one another shot in the summer when I can get a super fresh bottle.

Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 9/15/10

A - Beautiful pour into a Duvel tulip. Straw/orange slightly cloudy liquid with 3 fingers of head at least. Head is off white and thick/pillowy, reminds me of the foam generated iin a root beer float.

S - Very sweet smell with a lot of fruit coming through; nectarines maybe, along with some pineapple and grapefruit. A bit of caramel malt as well.

T - Unfortunately, taste doesn't live up to the smell. Hops have faded leaving more malt presence than I was expecting (sampled in mid-September; I think it is bottled in June?); still, a nice blend of piney and fruity hops to go with the caramel malt; finished somewhat dry and bitter, but not overwhelmingly so.

M - Mouthfeel is medium, actually a bit creamy (probably from the faded hops); slightly astringent finish.

D - Seems to be going down pretty easily; probably even better fresh.

Photo of Stockfan42
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange body with a huge, chunky head. The foam itself is very sweet.

Smells very floral, fruity, hoppy and a bit malty. Very nice.

Taste is pretty good for what I beleive to be a little bit of an aged bottle. Grapefruit and passion fruit comes to mind, a nice touch of sweet malt, and a great hoppy bitterness. A little bit of heat but wow this beer is great! I need to get me some FRESH!

Mouthfeel is pretty satisfying too. Nice and creamy, not too carbonated though. Goes down easy and leaves a nice bitter/fruity after taste. Man is this a good beer.

Overall very pleased with a summer bottle (now in winter) and can't wait to get some fresh. A must buy IMO.

Photo of dubinsky
2.97/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Im in a horrible mood. I just broke my favorite tulip : (

So im drinking this beer, from a snifter.

A - Pours a huge, six finger, off-white head with good retention. My guess is that this very fluffy head is coming from over-carbonation. Slighly hazy yet bright amber-orange color. The head eventually receded to a thick foamy, almost chunky cap.

S - Very floral and a bit estery, like a Belgian? Bright floral hops and some serious citrus notes. I really would never think this is a IIPA, more like a Belgian blond crossed with a tripel The smell is interesting, but not what i was expecting from the style.

T - The taste closely follows the smell. Floral hops and citrus notes. Hints of some bitter grapefruit on the finish.

M - Light body and too high of a level of carbonation. The amount of fizz from the carbonation is distracting, and makes this beer very dry. Slight warming effect from alcohol on the finish. Too light in body and too carbonated for the style.

D - For being a to 50 beer from a brewery i love and respect i'm not impressed with this beer. Ill stick to the other great beer that Alesmith produces, but this one just didn't quite measure up to the standard.

Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

212th review on BA
bottle to pint

App- A more orangy yellow IPA with a two finger head on a more aggresive pour. Great lacing down the glass. A very sticky beer.

Smell- Lush inviting citrus aromas. A touch of hops but more towards a citrus whiff.

Taste- This is a much more smooth drinking DIPA. Has an all around sweet taste with the fruits and some sugary dessert flavors.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level. The hops are very smooth and its an opulent drinking brew.

Drink- I'll say it again, took me a while to have some Alesmith. I'm glad that wait is over.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

9.5% ABV. Poured into a dimple glass from a 650ml bottle. Gave off a dark/hazy golden appearance. Smelled sweet hops, hints of vanilla, and floral malty impression. Tasted smooth from the beginning to a somewhat bitter ending. Mouthability was medium-bodied and somewhat dry finish; the head remained thick and creamy throughout. Warm mouthfeel from the high alcohol content. Feels lush and full in the mouth. A nice drinkable beer, but resmembles too much of a Pale Ale rather than IPA for me.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden colour with white fluffy head, sinking in this wonderful deflation effect, but clinging here and there to the glass. Lots of carbonation, quite strong and prolific. Not bad overall; love that head, too.

Smells quite tasty. An odd mustiness to it but plenty of fresh fruit as well. Citrus and passionfruit and some nice caramel notes underlying. Could use more, need to sniff quite strongly to get much aroma, but what's there is nice.

Taste is wow, interesting. Lots of fruit and tang on the front, with passionfruit and pineapple mostly, descends into mid-palate that is quite malty and caramelly, like peanut brittle with a richness to the sweet flavours. Back is bitter in an IPA way, but it has more funk characters reminiscent of a saison. Very rubery with a strong ascerbic bent, but a nice touch of passionfruit as well and a soothing kiss of boozey warmth. Yeah, strong and bitter on the back but a pleasant sensation, and quite unique even among double IPAs.

Drinks alright, quite full but too much texture on the back, over-carbonated maybe? Not too bad though.

Yeah, don't know if I could handle too much of this at once. Good for a taste, but not every day drinking.

Photo of THECPJ
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/11/2011

A: some citrus, some maltiness, getting a hint of sourness

Ap: golden yellow with a very large, very frothy white head, nice lacing down the whole glass

B/T: mild carbonation, medium body

Af: tastes stale, no punch of hops like i was expecting, some although limited floral hop notes, slight maltiness, slight fruitiness

O: left us wanting something more, proof that fresh is best!

Cheers!
The CPJ

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in California in September, and brought to Australia for Christmas.

Pours a very light yellow colour, very much like a pale lager, but with a big, voluminous and crackling frothy head of white that leaves clumpy lacing. Lots of streaming carbonation. Body is surprisingly light, but it looks decent enough overall.

Nose is redolent with West Coast hops, giving a big citrus bite. The freshness is something I specifically associate with San Diego, possible AleSmith themselves. Hint of pineapple lurking in the depths. All up, it's all fresh, ripe and pretty tasty.

Taste is nicely balanced for the most part, with the citruc hops coming out strongly here, balanced with a sweet and slightly boozy note which lingers just a tad too long, leaving a big dollop of heat on the finish. Slightly astringent with a faint hint of crushed aspirin on the back, but very pungent overall. Characters of orange marmalade and pine needles creep in later as well.

Feel is sharp, and slightly hot on the back.

A big and pretty tasty IPA. Possibly a little late in the season for its optimal drinking time, but it's summer here for Christmas in Australia, so it seemed like the appropriate moment to drink it.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got a chance to try this one on for size.
Pours a bright hazy amber with a happy, fluffy white head.
Scents are bright and citrusy with some herbal and floral notes. Very attention grabbing. Flavors are just as exciting and attention grabbing. Lively hoppy citrus flavors with surges of malt body underneath. Apricot and peach flavors make appearances.
Very reminiscent of the winter version of Yulesmith except that this is brighter as opposed to sweeter. Summer refreshing as opposed to winter sitting and sipping.
Lively all in all. A happy beer experience to be sure. Must to have again.

Photo of Jeffo
3.07/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a huge, three finger, thinner looking, off-white head with good retention. Very fluffy head. Clear, bright amber-orange color with medium carbonation evident. Head eventually fades to a thick foamy cap. A good foam cap remains and leaves some chunky, unappealing lace down the sides. Head is a little to thin and chunky for the style. Needs to tighten up its game.

SMELL: Pale malts, floral hops and some light citrus notes. Quite the bouquet of flowers on this one. Hints of melon and some green fruit, like apples and pear. This is like a DIPA and a Triple had a kid. Quite interesting for sure, but not quite to style.

TASTE: Pale malts with plenty of floral hops and citrus notes. Sweet melon rides out the middle and introduces some bitter grapefruit on the finish. Not much green fruit like in the nose; more of a DIPA here. A long, bold, bitter grapefruit and floral aftertaste is hoppy and tasty.

PALATE: Lighter body and higher levels of carbonation. Light and fluffy on the palate, plenty creamy and smooth, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth coating. Some warming alcohol on the finish, which was unexpected for the lower ABV. Unfortunately it's still too light and carbonated for the style. Doesn't support the promising flavors enough.

OVERALL: Not really impressed with this one. Body was too light and overly carbonated, which didn't support the main act enough, and the head was anything but appealing for the style. Pouring the yeast into the glass at the end of the bottle helped liven the body up a bit, but this offering was still somewhat disappointing. There are other great beers by AleSmith, but this year's summer relase doesn't quite measure up.

Photo of DPFRD
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Summer version.

A- Creamy thick head with good retention. Golden and turbid with sediment... me likey.

S- Citrus hops play a major role here, a little pine, some yeastyness can be detected too.

T- Smooth and hoppy all the way through... Malt kicks in once your palette chills out. This is where the hops come alive. The warmer it gets, the more you can detect some good yeastu notes.

M- Light to medium bodied, hoppy tingle with good carbonation.

D- A serious heavy hitter. I had to drive halfway across the city to find this in a sister liquor store to my local one which gets depleted by hipsters sometimes. It was so worth it. Buy this if you see it.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review of the 22 oz 2008. That's right; this is a two-and-a-half year old DIPA I purchased just a couple weeks ago off the shelf. Let's see how it held up.
A: Cloudy amber with a puffy white head that died to a good film and collar.
S: Pineapple alcohol, apple, toffee, grapefruit-banana pine all over sweet cake. The hops are slightly leafy, yet a little earthy. Still pretty good, apparently.
T: Sweet cake or vanilla wafers, citrus like orange and lemon, the alcohol is blended well like vanilla vodka, the bitterness lingers like gin. The hops finish is leafy, very leafy, and earthy like spinach. Obviously it is missing that little zing of fresh hops, but this is still good. The alcohol is strong and I have to imagine it's gained its presence over the dimishing hops.
M: Slightly thick, yet frothy and crisp in the very finish.
D: Pretty good. I'll enjoy the bomber.

I'll have to review this one fresh next summer. It seems like it has some really good potential.

Photo of SuperNova777
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 11/27/10
Thanx to AlleykatKing for sharing

A:Pours a clear orange with a fingers worth of white head that falls very slowly, nice
lacing is left down the glass with little sediment floaties hanging around.

S:Very nice nose on this with big citrus hops coming thru front along with some
grapefruit as well that starts to take over the nose.

T:Not as intense as the nose suggest. Smooth sweetness up front with the citrus and
grapefruit hops coming thru on the backend that starts to dominate and take over the
palate.

M:Good body on this with ample carbonation, palate is left a little dry from the hops and
alcohol.

D:Very nice offering here, even after 6 months of sitting. Hops dominate every aspect of
this drink (I could only imagine the awesomeness of this fresh), easy drinkability and very
tasty. Will be searching this one out again.

Photo of buschbeer
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A - Served in a snifter. A good three inches of off white head. The body is golden orange and hazy

S - The aroma is fresh citrus fruits, orange, lemon, light grapefruit. I expected big pine scents since it's a west coast IPA, but it is subtle.

T - The taste is citrus with a nice malt balance. Grapefruit seems to be more present here than in the smell. It finishes with a distinct juniper berry taste. The finish reminds me of gin. It's not that big pine or bitter grapefruit taste. I find it refreshing.

M - Seems perfect for the style.

D - This is a refreshing IPA. The flavors and finish of this beer make it an easy drink. I would definitely have another if I had one on hand.

I was surprised by this beer. Usually, I expect too much out of highly rated beers and am left disappointed. This one deserves its acclaim. Plus, I expected it to be a west coast hop bomb.

Photo of Tucquan
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-11-20 in Columbia, PA from a 22 oz bomber. This is the Summer 2010 version.

A - Hazy, light amber with a monstrous 4-finger head with large bubbles that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

S - Tropical fruit punch plus orange and some pine. Bold smell even though this bottle is over 4-months old. Must be amazing fresh and on tap.

T - Light biscut, pineapple, orange, a little pine resin and some mild herbal spice. There's some tannin and nut sweetness like you'd get from freshly shelled black walnuts. There's a bit of lingering sweetness and less bitterness than I expected from a DIPA. The flavors don't cling long to the tongue and it finishes fairly dry.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation yield a smooth feel. Not oily.

D - Pretty easy to drink. Not a big flavor bomb but certainly interesting enough to have more than one glass. I want to try it when it is fresh and review it again.

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