YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
22 oz. bomber, split with BAs brun, glard and NYManc.
Poured into a Duvel tulip.
Pours a murky and pale golden color with lots of carbonation present within the liquid. Didn't realize that this bottle was bottle conditioned, so there was a bit of sediment floating around. A tall white head sits atop the brew, which measures to be quite sizable and has a nice retention duration before dissipating completely into a thin cap. Decent amount of speckled lacing is left upon the glass after every taste as well. On the nose is an amazing fruity and citrus aroma, akin to lychees, orange peel and grapefruit, which eases into a honey sweetness and then is immediately overwhelmed by a nice grassy and piney hoppiness.
Taste is greeted by a thin bitter hop bite on the front end, alongside some citrus subtleties and then falls back on a flavorful maltiness. The finish is incredible with the breadyness from the malt and yeast shining through on the palate quite well. Very well balanced, in my opinion.
Mouthfeel is extremely creamy and smooth - medium-bodied with low carbonation levels. So much more than I expected in this IPA. And drinkability is definitely high. This summer's Yulesmith is incredibly flavorful and quite easy to drink.
09-11-2010 07:49:02 | More by infi
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
Bomber to pint glass based on the recommendation written on the bottle. Switched to an oversized wine glass after the first of many pours. Do yourself a favor and use a wine glass with this one. $12.00 at my bottleshop.
A: The head from a gentle first pour produces 4 fingers of billowing, puffy, and eggshell colored foam. Endless bubbles are probably only one source for the incredible retention that this beer displays. When it decides to recede, the head pulls itself away from the edges of the pint glass, leaving a domed cap and clumps of sea foam lace. One of the most impressive heads that I've come across. The body is between light and medium in saturation, mango orange in hue and 95% clear. On the last pour however, the body turns completely hazy & nearly opaque as the yeast sediment is suspended in solution.
S: Above average malt content: healthy cereal, caramel and grain, all toasted. Keeping the malts at bay, is a heavy hand of American hops, flaunting strong piney and tropical fruit aromas. Heavily yeasty, with a predominant leafy aroma and a light mustiness.
T & M: Tongue scathing hops on the front end of the palate, with soothing sweet maltiness mid to back end. Moderate sweetness offsets the bitterness, which I can only assume would have been much higher with lower malt levels. Minerally texture with fine fizzy, super lively and tongue tingling carbonation. Saliva seems to evacuate the mouth on the extremely dry finish.
D: YuleSmith Summer has confirmed my immediate opinion of AleSmith after trying their IPA: As far as appearance and mouthfeel are concerned, this brewery has mastered the art of bottle conditioning India Pale Ales.
Overall a good DIPA based on aroma and flavor, but an excellent DIPA based on other ratable categories. Still, not quite worth the $12 price tag in my opinion. I would visit again and again, however, if I could find it priced in the $8-$9 range, which is probably closer to what most people pay.
09-03-2010 17:13:40 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
4.68/5 rDev +10.9%
Hazy yellow/gold colour with a generous white cap. Great head retention with tons of lacing - spotty and streaky, with rings marking each sip, super sticky - it doesn't get much better than this for a big IPA. Intense hop aroma - grapefruit and pine dominate, citrus zest - plus a rich maltiness that provides more of a toasty and biscuity character than a straight-up caramel sweetness. Nice. Powerful bitterness, reigned in by considerable malt presence, a great balance of citrusy hops and toasted malt sweetness. Mild caramel and pine, some alcohol towards the end. Creamy texture with very smooth carbonation, warming alcohol, full bodied, slight astringent dryness that actually balances some of the sweetness. Truly an exceptional beer. Alesmith really are masters of the brewing arts. I could drink this non-stop, all day, every day, liver willing. Delicious.
09-01-2010 02:23:15 | More by DrJay
3.6/5 rDev -14.7%
22oz into tulip. Don't remember who this was from, but thanks! From notes.
A- Nice orangey amber pour with a rpetty ample head.
S- Strong citrus nose. Some faint caramel/bready notes. Sweet, sugary notes as well.
T- Fruity, citrus hops and a bit of a pine resin finish. There's a lot of malt here- so much so that I think I'm drinking an east coast DIPA. Nice balance, perhaps a bit much on the malt heaviness but the flavors are nice. A bit too sweet.
M- A bit heavier and fuller than I'd like, but I'm nitpicking, it's still really good. Pretty good balance.
D- Moderately low. A heavy, filling, rich beer. One was more than enough. I like this enough to where I'll buy a bottle or two a season, but that'll hold me over and then some. A nice change of pace from the hop-centric DIPAs we're used to seeing out of cali, but this one might do better to dial the malts back just a bit.
08-28-2010 17:17:46 | More by ShogoKawada
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
Received in a beer trade with friend zoso1967, Thanks!
The head on this beast cannot be handled in my small snifter. Even a gentle pour can't contain the 3 finger high white foam. After letting it sit for a couple of minutes, the head has receded leaving a lovely lacing. The color is medium in darkness resembling a yellow copper tone.
I feel as though I'm smelling a belgian beer when held up to my nose. Yeast and some heat greet my nose in the beginning of the smell. Upon further review, subtle hints of pineapple, apple and lime exist as well. The scent is not huge but the complexity is subdued.
In eager anticipation, I am pleased to find that the taste lives up to the appearance and smell. Pine and Pineapple hops lead the way with a substantial malt balancing act. There is a slight off taste at the end which seems to come from the alcohol heat.
The mouthfeel is soft with medium body. There is plenty of carbonation but it does not produce a sharp feel while in the mouth or upon swallowing. This brew leaves my mouth dry and would be very clean if not for the lingering heat.
A solid double worth having your friend travel over 800 miles to deliver to you. I would love to try this one on tap.
08-28-2010 02:03:02 | More by TCgoalie
4.22/5 rDev 0%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Russian River tulip. Poured a hazy light amber color with a very active head filling half of the glass at first. It had some nice head retention to it and left some very thick lacing as I drank it.
The aroma has a very nice mix of pine, citrus and a tropical mango, pineapple like flavor to it. It's very hoppy and it has a very nice range of hop flavors to it. It also has a decent malt presence to it in the nose as well.
The taste ia not surprisingly hoppy. Like the nose it has a nice range of hop flavors to it though. Some bitter grapefruit, pine, and a bit of that tropicalness all come through. It finishes on the dryer side with a lasting bitterness. It also has a pretty big malt profile with some hints of caramel to it. Just a touch of alcohol in the finish.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is slightly above average. Drinkability is very good, it's a great beer. It was very hoppy but still seemed to have a wide range of flavors to it. One of the best DIPA's there is and I'm always happy everytime I get to try this one.
08-28-2010 00:34:18 | More by billab914
3.4/5 rDev -19.4%
A- A semi-cloudy orange liquid with a massive craggy bone white head that has great retention.
S- Pine, oranges, cut grass, and fruit. Smells good, but also pretty typical of a west coast DIPA.
T- Orange rind and pine with a sweet caramel finish. Very soapy and seems to fall apart on the finish.
M- A nice amount of carbonation, but has an astringent finish. Bitter, dry, and strange on the finish.
D- This takes a bit of work to consume, especially when taking into account the alcohol content (a bit on the lower side for the style). Overall, I am underwhelmed but it is not bad.
08-26-2010 04:15:27 | More by david131
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
Poured from a bottle into Russian River tulip glass.
Beautiful color but very carbonated; good 3-4 finger head that slowly died down.
S - Like many WC IPA's - Citrus, pine, peaches, nectarines. Bit of caramel.
T - Nice mix of the above flavors plus an added hop bite. A very bitter offering from Alesmith.
M - Very carbonated; perhaps too much so. Little bit of that medicinal booziness.
This was a GOOD DIPA, but I've had better.
08-26-2010 02:41:37 | More by jamex
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
2010 bomber into a Duvel tulip.
A: Hazy light orange body with a gorgeous 2" head of soft, creamy ecru foam. Fabulous retention and plenty of lace make this a great looking DIPA - it would get a 5 if the body were a little clearer and brighter.
S: Stunning, heavenly aroma: juicy grapefruit hops are front and center, complemented with resinous herbal notes and just enough caramel malt to let you know you're dealing with a double. Only the faintest hint of alcohol is present - not bad for 8.5%. The hops smell so fresh and vibrant I can hardly believe it was brewed for the 4th of July. I really can't think of what more I'd want from the aroma of this beer - it's right up there with my favorites of the style, and is decidedly better than the Dreadnaught I had last week.
T: Quite good here as well, although the malts assert themselves much more than in the aroma, and the alcohol really creeps in on the finish. Maybe the couple months on it are starting to show themselves, but I'm a bit let down after the divine aroma. Still, the initial shot of grapefruit flavor is extremely enjoyable.
M: Rather non-descript medium body with moderate, smooth carbonation. Not bad, but not great.
D: Perhaps I started expecting too much after initially inhaling this one, but the rather astringent, boozy finish is keeping me from wholeheartedly rushing through the bomber. While hardly a difficult DIPA to drink, it doesn't compare well in this category to Dreadnaught of (especially) the fresh Gandhi-Bot I had this past weekend, even though both of those are stronger.
Notes: The more I think about it, the more this beer reminds me of Hopslam with a couple months on it - still an absolutely incredible aroma, but the hops just don't quite stand up to the malt and alcohol anymore. I bet I would have scored this one an A+ just over a month ago, but right now it's nowhere close. Still, a great beer and one I feel lucky to have gotten to try.
08-26-2010 01:19:13 | More by woosterbill
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
A: Pale cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head.
S: I get a tarty citrus nose. Hints of bananna. Not what I was expecting at all.
T: Doesnt really taste much like it smells. I do get citrus flavors, some clove, a little hoplike grass, mild spice, and maybe a pinch of butter. Bitter finish with the hops giving you a nudge. The flavors are not as bold as I anticipated, but its well balanced and very drinkable for a DIPA.
M: Not very thick and syrupy. Usually DIPA have that oily feel. Not getting that here. Pretty crisp and goes down really easy. I guess I was hoping for something a little thicker in a DIPA.
D: Very drinkable. Maybe too drinkable!
Thoughts: Yea its a good beer, just not a very big DIPA. Still good though. I need to learn to appreciate more subtle beers instead of always looking for the big and crazy. Bigger does not always mean better.
08-26-2010 00:45:58 | More by GOGRANDE
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.
Pours a very pale yellow orange color with some hop haze and a huge, 4 finger head with everlasting retention. Had to pour it very slow. The aroma is sweet sticky piney and mango aromas topped with dried pineapple and lots of orange peel and juice. Flavors are bitter oranges, grapefruit and honey comb. Cerealmlike malts are apparent, but not overwhelming. Really west coast. Simply delicious and inviting. A little sweet, but bitterness somewhat balances that out. The mouthfeel is just a touch thinner than I expected but it makes it a lighter style with big flavors. Drinkability is good as well because it's so delicious. Worth trading for if you can't find it.
08-25-2010 00:50:07 | More by Augustiner719
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to pretzelcity for including this in my box for the Support Your Team BIF.
Appearance: Pours a hazy tangerine / orange color with a slight tinge of pink. A monster white head forms upon pouring. Great retention, and lace sticks all over this glass.
Smell: Light sweetness, but I enjoy the strong hop profile. Mostly fruity grapefruit and tangerine, with a hint of floral notes as well.
Taste: The taste starts with a light, slightly sweet malt presence, but it not close to balanced. The pale malt contributes more to the sweetness than to the flavor. Strong and slightly varied hops provide most of the muscle. Juicy grapefruit, pineapple, and a bit of tangerine bitterness are the true focus. Finishes a bit bitter, with a hint of alcohol.
Mouthfeel: The high level of carbonation leads to such a soft feel the beer sits upon the tongue like a pillow, with active bubbles creating a vibrating sensation as well. Light hop oil residue remains after each sip. Fuller than medium bodied, but it retains a light feel.
Drinkability: My personal preference is for a DIPA that wraps up clean, but the light amount of malt presence here really allows the hops to shine through. A solid brew that holds its own in a style full of great beers.
08-23-2010 01:38:55 | More by KickInTheChalice
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
Great pour, tons of suds, murky yellow color, smells fruity.
Very bitter and tart, strong hop presence, very powerful, torching the tastebuds. Malty backbone, not very noticeable, tastes more like a hop bomb to me, but in a good way. Down the path of the hoppy and bitter great IPAs that I've had.
Well done, my first beer from Alesmith, and I like what I am tasting, definitely holds it's own with any other DIPA and the west coast versions I have had.
08-22-2010 20:24:16 | More by Pittsburgh
3.88/5 rDev -8.1%
22oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass
A - pours with over an inch of frothy meringue-like white foam (with a sublt yellowish tint). the beer is moderately cloudy, golden in color. sticky lacing covering the glass.
S - full of candied pineapple, pears, grapefruit, melon, and lemon zest. very fragrant. almost picking up some light peanut-buttery sweetness near the end. a little odd but not bad.
T - sharp bitter earthy, pine hops...slowly melds into some more fruit: notably pineapple, apricot, and bitter oranges. a fiar amount of alcohol makes an appearence during the second half. pine(sol) really begins to take over before the massive carbonation (read below) rips everything to shreds. lingering piney bitterness.
M - light body with sharp and prickly carbonation...almost to the point of being distracting. a bit conerned now that something about this bottle may not be right as I'm completely missing the oily slick feel that others are reviewing.
D - again, concerns over a possibly "weird" bottle. would have been much more enjoyable with about half the carbonation and/or a thicker body to carry. the flavors dont really get a chance to sink in and develop.
08-21-2010 22:51:29 | More by Stigs
3.78/5 rDev -10.4%
I recently had an 08 that got put back out on the shelves when this beer was late coming to Oh. It held up quite well. This is a new bottle, Independence Day 2010.
A- Moderately hazed and pale gold with a lacy white head.
S- The malt bill is quite strong here. Its closing in on a barleywine like many IIPA/DIPAs do. Lots of pale malt, pine, oranges and grapefruit.
T- Quite bitter but the malts are big here too. Starts out crackery and malty and then gets damn bitter and piney. A slight medicinal bitterness on the finish.
M- Super dry and resinous. Get a glass of water to go with this one.
08-21-2010 18:37:00 | More by MbpBugeye
4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to piclee and psiweaver for this.
4.5 A: Hazy yellow orange color. Three fingers of creamy/frothy hybrid with excellent retention and plenty of lacing.
4.5 S: Piney, floral, and citrusy. At first it has an uncomfortable resemblance to Pine-Sol, but then an underlying layer of bitterness brings it back to the realm of beer. Pine and orange are the strongest aromas, with lemon zest and pineapple following. Really nice. I wish I could give it a 4.75.
4.5 T: Orange and pineapple are beating my tongue senseless. Tropical fruits, pine, grapefruit, and herbalness underneath. Lots of flavor hops, in fact maybe the most flavor hops I've encountered, but there's an annoying bready/doughiness getting in the way. I usually like a barleywine-esque DIPA, but in this case the hops are the star and the malts are just distracting. Still, this is a very tasty brew.
4.0 M: Thicker medium body. Again, the malts are pissing me off. This falls into the middle ground between dry, bitter DIPAs and barleywine DIPAs. If this picked a side, I'd be happier. Still, good creaminess and smooth.
4.5 D: This is a great brew. If the malts were a bit cleaner, this would be a 5 for sure. AleSmith knows there shit, I learned that a while ago.
08-21-2010 01:20:05 | More by DavoleBomb
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
2010 Alesmith Summer Yulesmith
Poured slowly from bomber to tulip
A: Pours a cloudy, yellow-tan with lots of carbonation that forms a sudsy, sea-foam head. Lots of retention here, leaving sticky lacing everywhere. Even though the bottle was chilled upright and poured slowly, there's plenty of suspended yeast.
S: Clean, strong pine scent with a lemony citrus backdrop. The alcohol pokes through and tingles your nose.
T: The hops immediately overwhelm the palate with a pleasantly bitter pine resin and a slightly sour lemon-citrus. These flavors aggressively sweep over your tongue, but the honey-like malt backbone provides ample support and rewards your mouth with a layered give-and-take of bitter and sweet. The alcohol steps in to break things up and brew finishes a slightly bitter orange, where the unfiltered yeast likely contributes.
M: Rich, oily, chewy. Nicely full bodied. Alesmith's super-slick mouthfeel is always satisfying.
D: Another West Coast (and specifically San Diego) example of a DIPA that goes down dangerously fast. Unfortunately, I didn't take notes on the last couple of years Alesmith put this out, but I remember this being a lot better than the 2 or 3 bottles of 2009 Summer Yulesmith I had (which might speak to some of the bad, soapy bottles other BA's are noting - Alesmith is relatively small and the bottle-conditioning may increase the error potential). The bottle-conditioning adds that extra layer of complexity, but ultimately the brew is incredibly balanced.
2011 re-review: Pretty much the same thing, tastes like Alesmith has gotten pretty consistent with this brew. There was stronger diacetyl in the nose, but that's about it. Still delicious.
08-20-2010 07:23:32 | More by rand
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
This is a damn fine DIPA, I feel bad for those who got the soapy bottles. Pours a beautiful tawny golden color with a big dense cap of foam. Smell is just the way I like my DIPAs, full of hops with a bit of malt backing. In any case, the hops are at the forefront here with some big pine and citrus notes. This follows through in the taste, with a bit of bready malt providing some backing. Very delicious and drinkable. A bit sticky, could potentially use a bit more carbonation. Good overall drinkability, would buy it again for sure.
08-20-2010 02:47:21 | More by LordAdmNelson
3.4/5 rDev -19.4%
Reviewed from notes
Consumed 8/1 poured in to my Portsmouth Tulip
A: This beer pours a hazy, lighter gold color with a big 3 finger of white sudsy head. Head recedes at a slow pace leaving tones of sticky lacing on the glass.
S: Nose is chalk full of pine and citrus hops. Nice bitter nose on this one.
T: Taste starts with a big burst of grapefruit and orange/tangerine flavoring. A piney earthy flavor comes in before a rather surprisingly hearty sweet caramel malt presence.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp body
D: Goes down somewhat easily, a little bit of heat, not too filling, a bit too malty from what I was expecting from a DIPA but a decent beer.
08-19-2010 09:02:55 | More by Jayli
4.43/5 rDev +5%
Thanks to kaiser81 for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma is piney and resiny hops and not too much else. Definitely a DIPA. The flavor is an incredible and varied mix of hops. In addition to a little bit of bready malt, I get hop flavors of pine, resin, pineapple, papaya and oranges. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great beer that lived up to the hype.
08-17-2010 02:35:02 | More by Mora2000
4/5 rDev -5.2%
Pours a hazed golden oranage color with full cap of soapy white head, good retention and lacing. First whiffs are of piney and earthy hops, gradually giving way to some tropical and citrus notes and a slightly sweet grahmn crackery background. First sips are of bitter hops, that lean a touch more towards pine, full floral, tropical and citrus flavors take over as the beer sits and the tounge gets used to the bitterness. A nice grahmn crackery sweet backbone again present. Medium bodied, slightly oily, semi dry finnish. A very nice dIPA that falls just short of spectacular due to some slightly muddled hop notes.
08-16-2010 14:43:32 | More by rfgetz
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
22 ounce bottle in pint glass
A: hazy, golden, thick white head.
S: floral hops, the malts still shine through
T: hops just Pop, then a subtle sweetness balance things out. this is a IIPA, Hops at the forefront, balanced by malts and alcohol
M: high carbonation, gives allot to summer beer.
D: smooth drinking ipa
08-16-2010 00:19:35 | More by fastsrt
3.9/5 rDev -7.6%
Poured from a 2010 vintage 22oz. bomber into a Red Stripe pint glass.
A: Perfect. Golden wheat yellow with nice carbonation and great lacing.
S: Unfortunately the hop aroma has worn off quite a bit. I still get a little pine note, and some sharp cheese.
T: The hop aroma may have worn off, but the taste is still there! Perfect mix of sweet and bitter - do we call that bittersweet?
M: Just as the appearance suggests, there is the perfect amount of carbonation in this bad boy. Also has a pleasant not-too-bitter finish.
D: I didn't have a problem taking down the bomber myself, but the beer seems a little "meatier" than 8.5% ABV.
Overall, a tremendous DIPA/IIPA - right up my alley!
08-15-2010 22:32:11 | More by hoppymcgee
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz. bottle into a snifter. Bottle supplied by a generous, beer-minded friend.
**Bottle shows ABV @ 8.5%, AleSmith's website currently lists it @ 9.5% ABV, and listed here at 8.8% ABV.
A- Orange / amber, and a bit hazy. 2+ fingers frothy white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap. Nice retention, and a fair amount of sticky lacing.
S- Oranges/grapefruit/citrus, and a bit of piney hop aroma. Solid backing of sweet caramel malt notes.
T- Citrus flavors and grapefruit/citrus peel hop bitterness. Hefty backing of malty sweetness provides some balance.
M- Moderate carbonation, with a medium-full feel. A touch syrupy.
D- Good. Solid across the board, goes down easy...a pleasure.
Future outlook: An excellent, fairly uncomplicated beer that was great to get to try for free, and worthy of parting with a few of my own dollars to have again.
08-15-2010 03:23:53 | More by DoctorDog
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
Got this from the exalted Sideswipe-- a most generous Ba if there ever was one. I have been blessed with three amazing trading partners-- huge thanks to John though-- this was just 1 of a dozen awesome bottles that he threw in-- along with some great schwag!
I poured this into a standard pint glass.
Wow. Even with a careful pour I ended up with 3 fingers of head that nearly bubbled itself right out the top of my glass! The head is thick and creamy like meringue. It sticks hard and fast to the sides of the glass and lingers over a pale golden body. The head is bone white, the body shows signs of copper when held up just right. This really looks great.
A bright and prickly mouthfeel bruises my tongue as it pop-rocks its way across. Huge hop notes are the focus on this one-- a light clean malt bill provides some sweetness and enough of a base to support the breadth of hoppy goodness. The smells of citrus and tropical fruits fills my olfactory sense with child-like wonder. Nice grapefruit and orange and pineapple... Very well mingled with the bitterness as I drink. The bitterness isn't harsh or astringent, it feels more like a slight scrubbing of my tastebuds, readying them for the next sip!
The body is of a nice medium build with ample carbonation-- very nice. This is an excellent example of a west-coast DIPA. Great flavor, excellent feel, crazy hops, and a true pleasure to drink. The finish presents with a bittersweet note... It starts sweet before turning delightfully bitter. But I'm saddened by each passing sip because I am nearing the end of my bomber. The 8% ABV makes this an amazing beer to enjoy. I am finishing this bomber seemingly without effort.
Pick this beer up! Enjoy it while it is available.
Big thanks again to John!
08-14-2010 02:58:54 | More by AleWatcher
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,550 ratings.