YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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3.08/5 rDev -27%
22 ounce bomber, $5.75 at Plaza Liquors, Tucson, AZ. Not entirely clear what vintage, since the bottle bears no date, but I'd assume 2008. Bottle states 8.5% ABV. It's the red and green screen-printed winter bottle, and AleSmith identifies it as an "Imperial Red Ale" on their website.
Appearance: Pours with a massive, vigorous off-white head, fairly rocky, that leaves significant lacing. (Notably, the bottle looked overfilled to me: it was filled to within an inch of the cap.)
Aroma: some piney hops, but somewhat muted. Sweet malt, slightly earthy.
Taste: sweet and piney hops, slightly sweet and tangy malt backbone. Deep malty sweetness. Well balanced. Hints of sharp/crisp malt, rye maybe?
Mouth: moderately slick, and quite full. Muted alcohol warmth given the high gravity. Light carbonation.
Overall: Drinkable, and kind of interesting, but not great, and definitely not all that AleSmith can do. I prefer the summer DIPA version, and had to remind myself while reviewing that I had to judge this as an imperial red, not a DIPA. Even so, it's just not that impressive to me, and I probably won't bother buying it again.
02-08-2008 00:47:56 | More by warmstorage
3.1/5 rDev -26.5%
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.
12-21-2010 14:31:21 | More by Jeffo
3.13/5 rDev -25.8%
Poured a hazy golden orange with a light soap ring of a head.
The smell is a bit piney and lemony with a light bit of bready malt sneaking through.
The flavor is a bit sweet and malty up front following quickly buy a resiny orange peel hoppyness, very chinooky. Not much in hop complexity here, I'm kind of suprised by the lack of complexity here.
The mouthfeel is oily and thick.
A pretty average Double IPA.
08-23-2011 00:57:08 | More by bashiba
3.13/5 rDev -25.8%
The bottom of the glass appears to read 1/08 that would make this bottle 15 months old. So this review may be a result of this beer not aging well even though its bottle conditioned.
A- Deep ruby/amber in color. Large head that fades to a small head. Nice thick lacing on the glass. Looks yummy.
S- Well balanced. Subtle skunky wet hops and a almost dominant malt backbone.
T- The 8.8%ABV unpleasantly burns on the front of every sip. The hops are very bitter not welcoming as well. The beer is creamy and sappy. Bready finish. There is way to much alcohol and spice presence here to enjoy this.
M- Thick bodied, medium carbonation, sappy, sticky and has a dry finish.
D- This beer looks great and thats about it. It was a struggle to get through and lacked complexity.
04-19-2009 01:33:03 | More by Yesac
3.15/5 rDev -25.4%
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.
A: Murky, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a small amount of sediment pools at the bottom.
S: Bready malt is backlit by very bright hops that suggest pine and grapefruit citrus--but in moderation. Very clean otherwise, with no alcohol detected.
T: Begins fairly sweet, with malt that seems underwhelming and simplistic, yet is left to fend for itself. Hops seem muted early, with some floral and citrus that start weak and fade quickly. Malt deepens in the middle, becoming bready and also drier as hops struggle to keep up. Astringency surges in the finish to the detriment of the hops which, although bitter, try to represent with some late pine. Alcohol emerges late, but is then slow to volatilize.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, astringent and warming on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: This DIPA is an odd one, seeming to possess a host of features that are satisfactory or better, yet is apparently put together with no vision. It really struggles with a lack of continuity, like a puzzle whose pieces were pressed together with brute force regardless of correct fit. It does not speak to the quality of Alesmith's other beers--perhaps that is why this is such a letdown. It can be tolerated, but fails to cultivate any passion whatsoever.
08-26-2011 03:19:00 | More by beagle75
3.15/5 rDev -25.4%
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.
01-04-2010 06:20:16 | More by swhite11
3.23/5 rDev -23.5%
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..
12-29-2009 00:06:21 | More by hrking
3.28/5 rDev -22.3%
As much winter beer as double india pale ale. This was the first Alesmith to be available on the east coast. Not too strong but also not the best double ipa around. this is worth while if you, like me, only have access to this brand. Alesmith also has a lot of good low alcoholic beers of a european style which is refreshing for that part of the country.
06-20-2009 21:08:08 | More by david18
3.28/5 rDev -22.3%
22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to domtronzero for tossing this one in as an extra!
(A)- Pours a crystal clear yellow color. Produced a massive white frothy head with some serious retention behind it. It is just clinging to the glass with lots of bubbly lacing.
(S)- A nice woody pine and creamy citrus of pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon. Crisp.
(T)- Has a rather tart profile with some serious pineapple & grapefruit citrus up front. Tons of citrus in this that really borderlines on tartness level. Some minimal woody pine.
(M)- A tad higher carbonation level than you would expect from the style, but it really is not too bothersome. Really crisp because of it though, with really potent citrus. Some bitterness.
(D)- Slightly different, yet interesting take on a massively over-made style these days. Huge citrus, with ever present bitterness. Good, but I prefer their regular IPA.
10-25-2010 17:51:48 | More by sweemzander
3.3/5 rDev -21.8%
Thanks to milwaukeeclassic & bu11zeye for sending bombers of this IIPA my way. Always up for a new IIPA any way, every day.
Well. The first one I inadvertently lost & it was a year old before I noticed, so I took it up to a Canadian island with no electricity in February figuring any beer would taste good, & it did, just fine, but the hops were gone. Didn't review it then (lacking electricity, heat, & any hint of civilization other than a few tip-ups on the ice!), but wanted to try it fresh. That time is now.
And I find that, again, the hops are MIA. The nose is all malt, & the taste follows suit. The brew is malty malty sweet, with just a coloring of hop bitterness at the end of the sip. Not nearly enough for an IIPA in my book.
It's not bad. The malt is strong enough that it doesn't lack taste or flavor, but malt isn't what I was expecting. I'm a bit baffled. Perhaps I've had two very old bottles in a row? Where are the hops?
Pretty good beer, but not at all to my taste of a IIPA.
05-14-2009 02:27:44 | More by maximum12
3.35/5 rDev -20.6%
TrebleStauter sent me this one, thanks again!
A- Hazy, bright yellow in color with a finger of thick, creamy white head. Good head retention and good lacing. Relatively thick lacing actually, very nice.
S- Big doses of earthy hops and slightly boozy. I don't usually expect much complexity from DIPA's, but this one really doesn't have much to it.
T- Earthy hops, and once again the booziness shows up. No malt backbone to really speak of, pretty dry and bitter. Very average IMO.
M- Medium bodied, about what I expect from a DIPA. Well carbonated at least, not syrupy like other DIPA's.
D- The booziness gets to me after a while. I'd also have love to seen a better blend of hops. The sheer earthiness got to me, maybe I'm more of a citrus type of guy. Not the best DIPA in the world, but most certainly not the worst.
09-18-2010 00:35:46 | More by kbeals
3.35/5 rDev -20.6%
YuleSmith Holiday Ale Summer 2008 version. 22oz bomber purchased from Hi-Time in Costa Mesa.
Definitely better than the Holiday '06 YuleSmith from a while back, which was a goopy, syrupy-sweet hoppy mess. Apparently the winter version is a "Double Red Ale" while these summer versions are Double IPAs.
But as Double IPAs go, this one is still on the sweeter, more viscous side. Not my preference. Pours a very clear medium-orange, hard to see any yeast haze (although it's bottle-conditioned). Nicely persistent white head. Smell is half American citrus/pine hops, half sweet malt. No dough or bread.
Taste about what you would expect from the nose, tons of hops and tons of sweet malt, not as well integrated as you would hope. Hefty on the ABV (8.5%), so not exactly a quaffer.
In the middle tier of California DIPAs. There are lots of folks who love the Alesmith IPA style, but it's a little too close to cloying sweet viscosity of Stone for my taste.
07-13-2008 21:44:51 | More by Talisker
District of Columbia
3.38/5 rDev -19.9%
I got this bottle from MaxStout in a trade. Thanks dude!
A: Very cloudy, light orange color with very generous carbonation and huge mammoth, almost ridiculous head. The retention is so great that it is almost stretching my patience.
S: This thing is going to be a huge citrus bomb!
T: This thing is pretty boozy. I taste the hops, citrus, and some semblance of a malt backbone, but the beer in front of me is not a very balance brew.
M: Foamy and the some! Is this thing unfiltered? The carbonation is pleasant, but the ABV is DEFINITELY detectable. The sweetness is just right for the style.
D: If I ever travel to San Diego, Alesmith is on the top of my list. If I were to travel there, I'm sure it will be in the summer due to my wife's job, so I will order this one (the seasonal) first. Then, I will get a healthy, fresh, on tap taste of this stuff
10-12-2010 18:41:07 | More by Chaney
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
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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