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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,592
Reviews: 901
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 244
Gots: 68 | FT: 2
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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thedjbear, Jun 16, 2013
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Chingringo, Jun 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Updated. Fresh (er) bottle received from CA... This is much better. Comments below clearly speak to older bottle.. (not my issue, it was on the shelf)

Scores updated (lace is unreal)

I like sitting to review a beer like this, because I really don't know what to expect.

Pours from the bomber with a finger of beige head with rather large bubbles. The head shows some decent retention and later there are perfect rings of lacing. Very nice. The beer itself is a bit darker than I had anticipated. A deep/dark amber with some reddish tones. Quite a bit of visible carbonation.

The nose has some ripe pineapple, pine and a sense of the alcohol. Also you can sense there is an assertive malt backbone. You definitely get some notes from the toasted malts.

Flavor is a very nice and yet also a bit boozy. My beer fridge is at 46 degrees, so I'm not thinking this is being served too cold. Let's see what develops. There is a strong and fruity nature to this that I like. A touch chalky as well. Definitely drinks like a DPA, which is good news as it's listed as one.. Big hop lingering bitterness with pine notes.

Mouth feel is a bit sticky and just shy of syrup like. A touch dry and chalky.

I'd have to say that this is my least favorite of the Alesmith products. It's good, but I just don't think it's great.

Reagan1984, Dec 28, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

DrFunkenstein, Dec 30, 2013
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2GOOFY, Jun 27, 2013
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ksimons, Aug 15, 2013
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Poured bottle into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours a beautiful clear golden color with a three finger white head. Great lacing.

S-Aromas of grapefruit and orange.

T-Very complex flavors with the Initial flavor of orange and grapefruit with a nice bitterness of the hops in the middle, and then sweetness of the malt.

M-Mouthfeel is well balanced with great carbonation.

O-This was one of my ISO after I had their IPA and they didn't disappoint me. I must try more of their brews especially speedway.

reebtaerG, Aug 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

DarthGuitarHero, Aug 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - pours a hazy deep yellow, dense fluffy head of white tight bubbles. Dissipates slowly with decent lacing.

S - a deep, malty sweet resinous pine aroma. Actually SMELLS chewy hehe.

T - piney, resinous, spicy. Very UNwest-coast which is interesting. Booze is pronounced but not overpowering. Almost a nutty aftertaste that accompanies the bitterness from the hops. The AleSmith yeast is present as well. Complex and interesting.

M - medium. the yeast and chewiness stick with you but are not a bad thing. Aftertaste is there for sure but not unwelcome either.

O - Not your typical west-coast DIPA at all. The AleSmith yeast is in full effect here and it does itself well because of it. Sweetness is subdued and hops are a nice balance. I honestly dont think I would have liked this as much if I had been expecting it...hard to explain. This is far greater than the sum of its parts. I really enjoyed drinking this offering and have yet to be let down by AleSmith. Wish they were easier to find.

Momar42, Aug 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite DIPA's. It pours with the typical DIPA look, but with viscious head that laces the glass agressively. The smell is of grapefruit, pineapple, and other citrus fruits. There is a huge hop profile here.

The taste again demostrates what has been smelled- hops, and lots of them. Citrus grapefruit, pineapple, and piney flavors. There is a surprisingly pleasant malt backbone as well. The hops are certainly front and center, but it's not entirely one dimensional.

This is a great DIPA. Wish I could find it more often.

gotbeer, Aug 10, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summer release

Poured into a pint glass. Wow, the head is huge, hard to control. Maybe I should have used my snifter for less agitation. The appearance is quite awesome, cloudy medium amber and as mentioned earlier, a huge head, fluffy off white with big bubbles and wicked lace. The nose is really nice, sweet fruity malts with a huge hoppy prescence. Taste is big malty yet big hoppy and a some alcohol burn in the nose but oh so smooth.

There's so much flavor in this brew. It's really awesome.

nicefix, Nov 15, 2006
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OldPenguinHunter, Jun 13, 2012
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mjw1200, Apr 05, 2013
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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A late night bottle split with onix1agr at the hulmeville inn. A summer version.

A- a massive light tan rocky head from a steady pour that lasts forever and leaves loads of sticky lace all the way down. Hazy orange yellow in color with a nice glow.

S- juicy sticky hop resin and citrus fruits. Sweetness reminding me of simple syrup. Touches of pine and honey.

T- slightly bitter orange, grapefruit, and some tropical fruits from the hops with just a touch of pine. Decently sweet with honey and powdered sugar. Some bready doughy malts.

M- a few steps above medium in body with a bit of sticky sappy hit. Mid level carb that works well with the body to keep the brew around a while.

D- I would have had to problem killing a whole bomber. This one a had a few months on it and was still holding up well being that my boy had it fresh as well. Ill have to snag a freshy when I get the next chance.

oglmcdgl, Oct 13, 2010
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YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,592 ratings.