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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,614
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 246
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 Chaney
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of david131
3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Jayli
3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 summer version

Cloudy pale orange color with a thin head that leaves some ok lacing. Not very apealing in appearance.

Smell is a burst of citrusy hops that turns musty and a little earthy. Citrus smell leans toward grapefruit but can't quite overpower the musty smell to really kick into that really appealing range.

Taste is obviously hoppy but struggles with the problem a lot of double IPA's have, the sweetness is a little overpowering and becomes cloying. High ABV shows itself too.

Hard to get a take on the mouthfeel, the hops burns out my taste buds and then the sweetness overpowers and then to finish it off there is the alcohol burn.

Overall this one was a letdown. It is certainly better than the average beer but it dosn't live up to the rep that AleSmith has. I'd give it another try but I won't send my wife to Ohio to pick this one up again.

Photo of jrallen34
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 22 oz bottle (winter version) into a rochefort chalice.

The beer pours medium brown with a very light tan head that has no head, retention or lacing.

The aroma is very hoppy with a muted maltiness.

The taste is very interesting, but not sure if that's a good thing. There is lots of hoppiness here but there is something else to, that just brings a weirdness to the beer.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very cloudy and opaque golden/yellow tinted brew. Short, mildly off-white head with some moderate lacing.

S: Yeast, fresh bitter hops, lemon zest and pepper right away in the nose. Milder hints of orange peel, grapefruit and some pineapple. fruity sweetness follows through.

T/M: Big tart grapefruit and lemony flavors, big full-flavored hop bitterness, smooth citrusy malts. Odd flat bitter flavor towards the end. Smooth caramel-apple-like sweetness throughout the flavor. Not much else to the overall flavor. On the high side of carbonation with a medium-fitted body. moderately rich, moderately bitter.

D: Pretty average, definitely a great easy summer brew.

YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,614 ratings.