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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,624
Reviews: 905
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 246
Gots: 69 | FT: 1
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lucky find while on vacation in MA late this summer. Sequestered in the back of the beer fridge since then.

Hazy, dirty light gold pour with 1-finger of pale cream dense head. No retention. Decent, but light, lace rings.

Big earthy nose. Herbal hops with a touch of grapefruit. Lots of malt underneath, more bread than biscuit. Just a faint suggestion of the abv.

Very grainy taste. Light grapefruit notes up front. Big bready malt flavor backs that up. Nice shot of grapefruit in the finish, complementing the dry, near arid, finale. Getting a touch of apricot and mango later in the bottle.

Heavy body. Very heavy. Tough to finish the whole 22 by myself, but somehow I muddled through. Syrup and heavy cream. Not much fizz.

Very well done.

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Summer '06 release

A - this ale pours a pale yellow brown, with 3/4 of a finger of creamed coffe colored head, tons of carbonation and moderate sediment

S - this ale smells hops dominant, but those yuletime spices are quite evident

T - similar to the aroma, the taste is also hops dominant, but the hops intensity melts away into a sweet spicy aftertaste, which is very persistent, in fact the aftertaste is the strength, the spiciness is a seeming amalgamation of nutmeg, ginger, citrus and coriander, very nice

M&D - a greatly balanced and bodied beer, smooth down and spicy kick, i love it, would be great in its context, coming in from sledding on a cold winter day next to a warm woodstove

mmm... New England winters

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YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,624 ratings.