YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,674
Reviews: 916
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 254
Gots: 90 | FT: 3
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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 OutlawJoseyWales
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

app: dark caramel color, 1 inch of off white head.

smell/taste: deep sweet caramel; hop bite in the finish; sweet bread, banana nut, cinnamon notes. incredible sticky sweetness beautifully balanced with the hops. a treat for the palate.

mouthfeel: smooth, velvety, carbonation was just right

drinkabilty: very good for the style

Photo of ncvbc
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Summer '07 courtesy of Zorro...big thanks!

Possibly my favorite DIPA thus far...shit, definitely. There are a few that compare but even less that stand up to this magnificent creation.

The pour produces an enormous head of suds. Kind of foamy and unattractive, however. Good and steady carbonation. A deep dark amber in color.

Smell was amazing. The freshest citrus hops imaginable. A pssst! type of opening of the cap which led to an assault of the nasal senses. Grapefruit, orange, just tons of juicy citrus hops abound. Georgia Peach...yum!

Taste is awesome. It doesn't flaunt the hop presence of a Ruination to me but still represents with authority. A bold and citrus hop character with incredible malt character to make this perfect. They don't battle one another for supremacy although the hops are obviously the winner here. What a perfect combination.

Mouthfeel. Medium. Good and somewhat tingly carbonation. Doesn't meet others but great either way. Near perfect.

Drinkability? Are you serious? One of the best in its class. It doesn't need ownership, it owns.

1/15/08 - Big thanks to tayner for a few bottles of this (winter version)!

Pours a gorgeous looking deep amber reddish color. Slightly hazy. Steady and persistent carbonation that actually creates more head after the initial pour. Light lacing down the glass, too. Smell is fresh candied citrus fruits. Tangerine, orange, grapefruit. More sugared and definitely more of a malt backbone. Taste is much of the same and done to perfection. A hoppy Imperial Red is what this winter version is and it lives up to that. Great hops, again sugared and lightly sweet. Caramel malt backbone. Some brown sugar in there. Crisp and somewhat bitter mouthfeel, near full. Not quite as dry a finish as the summer version. I really don't know which I like better. This one is damn good either way.

Same final score but: 4.5, 4.5, 5, 4.5, 5 instead.

Photo of 0110x011
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Winter 2007

Pours a deep amber with a thick, frothy head that just won't quit. Nose is caramelly, malty sweet, with strong citrus and a touch of pine. Flavour starts with sweet malts, with hints of tangerine, orange & plum. Definite hoppy bitter kick, but not till the end, and a fairly short, sweet finish. medium to full bodied, but so drinkable it's dangerous.

it should be noted that this review is a 3-month aged bottle, so much of the review is in comparison to a totally fresh bottle. If my memory serves me well, the hop kick has subsided a bit, making for a much more balanced brew. I'm new to the whole aging thing, so it might just be all in my head (it seems to me like 3 months isn't a very long time when it comes to aging), but this has gone from one very tasty brew to one of my all-time favorites.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I've never met an AleSmith i didn't like!

Photo of Dmann
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003:

What a top notch brew! I had this one on tap at O'Briens and it was my first experience with YuleSmith. The color was a medium red with a nice head that left good lace. The smell was all about hops and spice, very inviting. The flavor was that of a hopped out barleywine more than a Double IPA. The big malt backbone anchored the brew while the bitter hops and the dose of spices kept the beer from being too sweet. Great balance and the aging must have factored in as well. Great stuff!

2004:
What a superb brew! This one definantly had more of an Double IPA flavor to it compaired to last years. The smell was more hoppy and the taste was more hoppy as well, but still retained enough balance in the malt section to make it all work. Kudos to AleSmith once again!

Photo of ressletr
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yulesmith, my favorite beer of all time, I have tried hundreds of beers, then I found Alesmith. I used to do my own home brewing but after living just 1 mile from Alesmith stopped, why bother when the best brewed beer is within walking distance. Yulesmith, the Ipa is outstanding. This one is the Double Ipa. The smell is that of fresh flowers, the taste that of heaven, with tastes of a smooth malt followed by a hop sensation, found no where else. Every time Alesmith releases yulesmith, I absolutely go crazy for it. I usually like to buy at least 1 case of it for enjoyment. I wouldn't do this with any other beer, even Hop Rod Rye which is also very good, but nothing in comparison to Yulesmith. Peter, you guys rock. I recently gave one to a friend of mine and asked him how he liked it. He said it was the best beer he has ever had. I think it should be a crime not to be able to buy Yulesmith every month. But at least I get it two times a year. I stocked I think I am one of the last ones to buy the summer release by the case in San Diego. This beer sells out within 2 weeks of release. I talked to the lady at the counter, and she said she was surprised they still have it. If you want to try the best beer, then try a Yulesmith.

Photo of peabody
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice clear reddish amber with two fingers of white/off white suds. Looks really nice in the tulip glass. Nice lacing too.
Smell is yeasty and fruity. Grapefruit hints with tangerine peel.
Lemony freshness. This is a great smelling beer.
Taste is citrus and sweet malt with an alcohol overtone. Caramel and alcohol combine to make the first flavor sweet and warm then the hops kick in and bring a wonderfull bitterness that stays on the tounge. I like this one a lot. Too bad it has to come from California in a Fed Ex box.
Mouthfeel is excellent. Great carbonation and the resin film stays with the tounge. Mellow excitedness.
Drinkability would be high if I could get this brew everyday. Also the 8.8%abv could be a small deterent.

Photo of Habanero58
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first ever review of an American beer!

This was the Winter, the green and red, version of Alesmith Yulesmith. Anyway... it was love at first sip.

First up it had the rich, warming, alcoholic maltiness that I would associate with an English beer such as Fuller's Vintage Ale. That is good enough in itself but then it gets better still as I realise it also has some of the delightful uber-hoppy profile of the American IPA's I am growing to know and love, such as PtE and DFH 90 min.

Coupled together this adds up to a delightful complexity and I am really glad I have one more bottle of this to enjoy at a later date. I hope I can source more of these for the Festive season proper!

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to wolfsblood for this beer I've wanted for a long time.

Poured from the bottle a hazy copper gold with two fingers of foamy white head.

Beautiful aroma of rich malts and citrus hops. Big notes of pine sap, pineapple, tangerine, caramel, and some earthiness.

The taste is much like the aroma. With a big hit of piney and citrus hops along with a nice caramel maltiness. Great balance. The almost 9% is well hidden.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with a nice hit of carbonation.

I love this IIPA with it's nice mix of big hops and rich malts. So good!

Photo of hopdog
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottles.

(Summer Version) Poured a deeper and slightly cloudy amber color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of juicy oranges, pine, caramel, citrus, and some melons. Tastes of pine, grapefruit, caramel, melons, and lightly spicy. Nice balance. Light alcohol in the finish.

(Winter Versin) Poured a slightly hazy, medium copper color with a smaller off white head. Aromas of citrus (oranges) and some malts. Starts out sweet and ends in a nice hoppy bite (but not over the edge). Well balanced. Some pine.

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer '07 release, with fireworks on the bottle. Poured into my new Sam Adams glass, and a frothy ivory head quickly rushed up to the rim. I slowed the orangy/golden pour and she ended up with a nice 2 fingers. Aroma of a sour apple hop fruit medley. The hop nose didn't smack me in the face, as expected. I got an exceptional balance, very smooth with a tasty hop finish. Well made brew, for sure! And I am a big fan of the SA glass.

Fall 2008 release. Striking beauty in a glass...clearish chesnut amber with a frothy, creamy head. Aroma of spruce, lovely hops, & strawberry rhubarb pie. I could smell this all night.
Piney hops flavor in the first sip, with a nice sidewinder of 8.5% current. So smooth for so much flavor going on. Hops, malt and spice playing together so nicely. Spicy malt backbone, touch of nuts, with some noticeable carbonation bite on the tongue. Lingering hop finish but cut with graham cracker flavor. Just delicious...this Imperial Red style is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

Photo of rabidawg
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: First pour from the bomber is a crystal clear and gleaming copper with heavy carbonation and a soft, hilly head that sticks like meringue. Lacing grips the side of my shaker pint in sheets.

Smell: An incredible orange citrus aroma wafts from my glass. Peppery from the alcohol, but not overwhelmingly so. Slightly piney, but the big juicy citrus dominates. Sweetness is apparent.

Taste: Amazingly complexity to the hop structure. Flavor hops abound, with layer upon layer of orange, then pine, then a spicy and somewhat woody or stalky character. The brief hint of the malt structure I glimpsed between waves of the hop onslaught is very nice, with a slight cherry skin flavor. I'd love to see what an aged bottle of this vintage would be like. Seems mildly sweet while in the mouth, but any hint of residual sugar is erased after the swallow, finishing with a dry, almost drawing, hop greenness. Only slightly hot, with the alcohol level apparent mostly in a slight numbing of the inner cheeks. Carbonation is a bit fizzy, but not distracting. The dryness helps immensely with drinkability, which is incredible for a beer of this size.

Excellent, excellent beer. This has to be in my top ten. A HUGE thanks to cmaruschak for sending this beauty my way!

Photo of SwillBilly
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yulesmith Summer Edition, 22oz bottle with blue writing.

Appearance: Pours a rich amber with hues of orange topped by an impressive 2" tightly foamed head. Head retention is excellent as dissipation is slow to come. Just a touch of chill haze takes away from the otherwise impressive appearance.

Smell: Big and fruity hints of ripe apricots with an underlying sweetness reminicent of brown sugar and caramel, has a raisin bread like quality to it. Citrusy/piney hops are also at play in the aroma profile.

Taste: Starts with a fruity bang, plenty of those ripe apricots backed up by more a brown sugar like quality, the middle is very smooth and transitions to a big hoppy finish that is all citrusy and piney hops. Bittering hops linger long on the tongue after the swallow leaving my mouth dry and asking for more. Very well balanced and delicious. Alcohol very well hidden for 8.8% abv but its warming effects do take notice

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation to make things lively.

Drinkability/Notes: I've been saving this beer for Christmas day and I'm definitely not dissappointed. A fantastic DIPA that is so well balanced. Plenty for fruity sweetness with hints of raisin bread followed by a big, citrusy hop finish. I wish this stuff was distributed to the east coast. Mouthfeel is smooth and luxurious, it almost melts in your mouth. This is what a DIPA should be like, one that would find a permanent place in my DBF if I could get it on a regular basis. Alcohol very well hidden and the appearance is very impressive with a super, long last head and sheets of lacing. Highly recommended. Seek, drink and enjoy. Merry Christmas !

Photo of 3frog
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle--available in summer (lighter color) and winter (darker and more piney) versions.

Appearance: Summer medium amber, Winter almost red amber; almost opaque when properly mixed. Smallish head that stays awhile.

Smell: Both versions are heavy on the hop, with the summer being spicier than the winter, which is far more resinous. Fair amount of sweet fruit--pineapple?

Taste: heavenly for hop heads; heavy on the centennial family, though the summer continues the spicy note from the aroma. Very sweet, and the tropical fruit is prominently there again. The alcohol lies in wait to pounce mid-drink.

Mouthfeel: thick but not viscous; balanced by the carbonation.

Drinkability: hop-lover's nectar. High level of all the 'important' ingredients makes for a very pleasant experience. The alcohol is there, but it doesn't overwhelm. Part of me wants to give it a 5, but I'll hold-off for now.

Objectivity note: this is my favoritest beer, but I'll stand by the ratings measured against the DIPA style.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber (2007 summer version) into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden color with a massive white foamy head. A careful pour still results in a huge head. Tons of thick lacing and a nice head remains throughout.

S: Lots of juicy fruit; orange and grapefruit. A bit of pine as well.

T: An absolutely delicious DIPA, one of the better ones I've ever had. A big wallop of juicy hops hits the palate. It is constantly balanced with a perfect sweet pale malt backbone. A pleasantly bitter hop aftertaste lingers on the tongue. An outstanding beer and a hop lovers dream.

M: Very nice mouthfeel, medium bodied, not at all syrupy and highly carbonated.

D: This could easily be my "go to" beer if only Alesmith delivered to NorCal. One of the finest DIPA's that I have had the pleasure of sampling.

Photo of goschool
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is red with a large topographical tan head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. Massive hop aroma. The nose has tons of oily hops and citrusy hops along with caramel and biscuity malts. The taste is dominated by fresh hops; a malt backbone is present, but only to keep this beer from tipping over, figuratively speaking. I don't know what excessive hops have to do with Christmas, but there's never a bad time to make a big IPA.

Photo of mcowgill
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very nice amberish/orange color with a beautiful creamy head that lasts throughout. A very hoppy citrousy smell is evident. The taste is amazing, easily one of the best DIPA's I've ever had. There is a very strong hop flavor with a nice malty balance. The drinkability is excellent. Goes down very smoothly (to me at least) for such a powerful, high alcohol beer. Damn, this is my last one. Must try to get more before it's gone this season.

Photo of khiasmus
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green edition.

Pours an almost clear amber with a thick pillow of off-white head that laces all the way down the glass.
The smell is of caramel and toasted malt, with an intense amount of resiny American hops- well balanced in the nose with the hopping coming out extremely well. The hopping, even in the nose, doesn't seem too harsh, just seems strong and RIGHT.
The flavor could not be more perfect. Balance is perfect, the malt is sweet, caramelly and biscuity, while the hops are overwhelming in the middle and the finish has a slight lingering bitterness. The hops tend more toward resiny in flavor, but also have a bit of citrus character. The balance between hop flavor and hop bitterness is excellent, as this beer doesn't overwhelm with any one element, but leaves a deep satisfactory finish that is well-balanced but strong, assertive, and superb.
Mouthfeel is smooth and almost chewy, with a surprisingly full body atop medium carbonation. Finish is the lingering of the thick malt on the back of the tongue while astringency assaults the sides of the tongue with a bit of bitterness, and an ever-so-slight warming of alcohol.
This is one of the finest examples of this style that I have experienced. I highly recommend everyone to give it a try. delicious.

Photo of alexgash
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dipping into my Hi-Times booty from my Thanksgiving California beer raid...

Very excited to try this holiday ale. Pours a very rich, mostly-clear amber with dark orange highlights and a creamy, whipped light tan head.

Very nice. Lacing is excellent too.
Smells mmm....brown sugar and gooey caramel malts drizzled over a freshly-cut spruce bough. Big, juicy, resiny, piney hop aroma. Yes indeed.

The hops hold off up front and let the big, caramel-maple syrupy malts take over. Sweet, but not too sweet. Ahh, the hops come in to balance mid-palalte anyways. Numbing, resiny bitterness starts small but builds in a hurry. Coniferous sap, herbal, spicy, and bitter all the way into the long, novocaine finish. Hints of sugary butterscotch malts linger and poke through as well. Big-bodied, and a big, mouth-coating feel. Creamy to just chewy enough. One of my favorite double IPAs. Wish I would have bought more than two bottles of this!

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is there any finer thing than Christmas in August? I'm sure there isn't...
Peeled off the red foil wrapping, like a present on Christmas morning, and I'm ready to pop the cap...Appearance is murky, even violently carbonated at first, then settles to reveal a bright orange, topped with a thick, luscious layer of creamy, off-white froth. Looks very, very good!
Aroma: sweet and fruity, plenty of citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, apricot, lemon, orange, and more, a bit of pine, too...awfully nice.
Taste....mmmm, mmmm, mmmm! Full mouthfeel, tangible, firm presence on the palate from the first sip, graps the senses from the lips and the tongue and the throat, and coats all areas with this great, citric, juicy hop flavor, just slaps it up and down, until no section is left unfelt by this feeling. Lush, majestic dominion over the mouth, perfectly dominates, and there's no denying, and I have to admire it, in fact, I outright adore it!
Every sip thereafter sends another wave of this delicious vibrant hoptastic taste washing over the tongue and every other inch of the cavern called the mouth, tart, yet still very fruity, and a touch sweet, though never considerably.Malt is solid and sure, and where hops are felt in full on the palate, the backbone is still considrable and adds much to the pleasure of the brew and to it's ease of drinkability.
Wow.
This truly ranks in a class of it's own.

Photo of acoatley
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma: nice warm alcohol, heavy malty sweetness hists you in the nose first though, definatley American Hops (Crystal?) both citrius and floral

App: Rich amber translucent with golden edges

Taste: Nice hop flavour well balanced (possibley a little light for the style) , smoothe buttery malty sweet finish

Mouth: Rich feals like chocolate milk on the palate, pleasently frothw a bit when I coat the palate

Overall: Excelent well balanced maybe under hopped for the style but sooo good

Photo of garymuchow
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Gueuzedude for this fine sample.

Starts with a really pleasing hop aroma (grass, citrus) with a nice fruity sweetness. Not so intense as others of style. I find this enjoyable. Wonderful blending. Malt increases in intensity and takes on more character in time.
Head is rather thin. Cramy color with tan, biege hues and becomes a solid ring. Some lacing. Great amber color with orange, reds and gold. Clear on first pour then cloudy towards the bottom.
Both malts and hops impress immediately. Again wonderful blending. Rich matled and hopped, yet somehow not overly intense or unsettling. Hops are grassy and citrus with a fairly high level of bitterness. Malt adds bulk and support. A nice little sweetness up front. Hints of chocolate from somewhere.
Amazingly rich, thick and creamy. Smooth like heavy cream and leaves a thick coating of goodness on the tongue (which helps with the enjoyable long yet mild finish). I'm impressed with its smoothness in spite of the intense hop load.
This is a substantial beer. Warm in stomach from alcohol and heaviness from a full grain bill. I think that other Am. lager style I'm drinking a truly unique American beer, i.e., it's based upon a little that precedes it. Considering it's heft it's probably best to heed the advice on the bottle of sharing it with a "friend" or "loved one." Smoother, softer and less intense of others in style. I prefer this one.
Yulesmith 2004, 500th batch marked on bottle.

Photo of orfeu
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber hand delivered from Tucson, AZ, by my fine brother-in-law. Big ups!

Hazy, honeyed amber. Thick, rocky, ecru head -- craterey meringue with millions of microscopic bubbles, excellent lacing, rings all the way down the imperial pint glass. Smells of caramel corn with candied orange peels. Vanilla malt with slight whiffs of pine sap. This is the sweetest, maltiest DIPA (if style designation means anything) I've ever tasted. Hops are almost an afterthought. They're present, though: candied citrus rind and forest floor pine needles. Alcohol is totally and completely hidden by lip-smacking tastiness. 8.5 % ABV?!? No freekin' way. Hops are most noticeable in the deliciously bitter and dry finish. Medium body, juicy and satisfying mouthfeel. Since the alcohol is more or less MIA, this is insanely dangerously drinkable. I'd drink this all the time if I could get it out here in WNY. I'm so glad I have another bottle...Man, I've gotta ask my brother-in-law to score me some more for when I see him at xmas...

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Summer 2005 release, Sampled July 26th, 2005
This beer is brilliantly clear and pours a full reddish copper color and is topped by a frothy, light tan head. The aroma is full and hoppy with notes of fresh cut herbs, pine, grapefruit, and bergamot. The beer is sweet up front with a hint of cinnamon mixed in with the abundant hop notes. There is also a good maltiness to this beer, which really helps to hold the hops in check and provide some sort of balance. The hops are sharp and biting from finish to end. As the beer leaves my mouth a slow spicy sharp astringency begins to build for a good half minute span. This beer is still just damn good, so well balanced between the aggressive over the top hoppiness and a solid maltiness, which while definitely playing second fiddle, is still present enough to contribute and tame some of the hop notes.

Photo of bridgetowhophead
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I now have a new reason to like the month of July besided my birthday! Big thick head that retains for a long time with great lacing. The nose has huge floral lavender smell with fresh pine tree aroma. The taste hits you with a zing of citrus quickly into orange/mango fruits then the malty carmelized apple backbone balances this huge IPA. The final flavor starts to turn dry with a sting of white pepper and lemon zest. The alcohol level could be masked better if the malt content was just a little more. Very good a must try for all hop heads.

YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,674 ratings.