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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 921
Hads: 1,760
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 260
Gots: 109 | FT: 3
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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
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 macrosmatic
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to millerbuffoon for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a pale gold that is quite hazy. Forms a one-finger white head that fades fairly quickly to a ring of foam, with mild visible carbonation.

S: Grassy, spicy, melon and tropical fruit hops, but not overly sweet. A bit of cracker malt sweetness.

T: Follows the nose at first, especially melon, dank, and tropical fruit hops, and just a touch of malt sweetness. But then there's a harsh, alcohol flavor before the swallow. Hop bitterness and alcohol in the hang. The alcohol heat does seem to fade a little as the beer warms, or perhaps as my palate adjusts to it.

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation. The alcohol flavor at the end is mouth-puckering.

O: Overall, this is pretty good, but that flavor at the end really took it down a few notches. I don't know that i'd actively seek it out again.

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Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left sudsy patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus, and bubblegum. A toasty aroma in the background, too.

T - It tasted of strong pine flavors with spicy bitterness. Good toasty malt backbone with sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very tasty double IPA. I'm glad I finally got to try one.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gold body with light sediment. Stellar foamy white head with sheets of lace and great retention.

S - Nice soft hop-forward nose. Big floral notes, honey, bready malt, orange rind.

T - Bitter up front. Plant stems, marmalade, resiny bitters, flour, honey, and white bread. Lingering bitterness clings to your palate.

M - Full for the style. Ok carbonation.

O - Big alpha oil bitterness and relatively dry; an uncommon combination in a DIPA.

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Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First ever AleSmith release that I've reviewed. I also have a bottle of Speedway Stout in my fridge.

Pours a light yellowish gold with a huge head and lots of lacing around the rim of the glass.

There's a good dose of citrus on the nose with nary a hint of the malt backbone.

Ditto for flavor. Lots of citrus and unfortunately, lots of alcohol burn with it. It's not too boozy but the alcohol does take away from the hops themselves.

Lingering bready malt and citrusy hops. I can dig the mouthfeel as the alcohol quickly fades, leaving the flavor I was seeking.

Worth a try. I would probably age it at least 1-2 months top to mellow the alcohol some more.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light orange in color with a light lacing head.

S - A nice floral and citrus aroma overwhelms the senses and a rich light caramel malt backbone pulls the beer together. Not very dynamic but very aromatic.

T - Similar to the aroma except a 3rd dimension of an Earth sap flavor is added to the flowery and citric aromatics. It is not very tonal from start to finish and the flavor doesn't shift but is tasty. Hops taste fresh and not too aggressive.

M/O - Medium body with a slight syrup-like texture. Nicely carbonated and lightly chewy. Finishes semi-dry and sticky but not a hop bomb by any means. A great beer from AleSmith (most beers are) but for the same, if not lower price, I'll stick with the regular IPA.

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Photo of IronLover
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange in color and hazy. Poured with a thick, bright, white foam that slowly reduced to a soapy cap that leaves random sticky lacings on the glass. Lightly pungent citrus orange and ripe pineapple aroma with hints of sweet malt and alcohol. Lighter bodied feel that’s boosted by assertive, foamy carbonation that tends to rush the flavors through a bit. This is like biting into a juicy orange slice that’s been dipped in pineapple juice. Citrus hop flavors ride atop a malty backbone from beginning to end. The middle has a a tangy bite and the finish is semi dry and fairly clean with a lingering citrus and pine hop bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of zac16125
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
no born on date, but 2012 summer bottle (usually released around the 4th of July but I believe this batch was a little early so this bottle is probably about 6 weeks old)

A big thanks to Redbeeron for sending over a pair of these in a trade.

A: Pours a clear dark straw yellow with a huge 2.5 fingers width of bright snow white colored head, which takes forever to dissipate down to a drinkable level.  Sheets of lacing coat the glass all the way down.  A touch light in color, otherwise it would have been a perfect 5.  

S: Ton of sweet, juicy citrus hops including massive pineapple aroma along with mango and tangerine.  There is also a significant dank, resinous hop aroma, some malt sweetness, the faintest hint of booze, and a grassy/herbacious character.   Awesome.

T: Tons of hop spice on the tongue, which I didn't get much of on the nose.  A solid, sweet malt backbone.  Citrus, but in the taste the citrus character is  more lemon and grapefruit, and unfortunately the juicy pineapple notes dont come out.  Lots of piney bitter characteristics do though, and this remains very tasty even with the citrus profile that falls short of the nose.  

M/D: Pretty heavily carbonated, which when mixed with the bitterness, give it a biting quality.  Medium bodied with a big, quick drying finish.  ABV is exceptionally masked, and drinkability it great.  This one doesn't have to be a sipper, in fact, you have to make a conscious effort to slow down.  Drinks much lighter than its ABV.  

O:  Overall, a fine DIPA indeed!  A DIPA that drinks like a (great) single IPA.  This is one of those beers that would certainly make my regular rotation if it were available locally and year round.  Needless to say, Im glad I got to try it, and I highly recommend.  This is only my 3rd Alesmith offering (Speedway Stout and regular IPA being the other two), but all 3 were home runs.  Id like to try a fresh one of these side by side with the fresh standard Alesmith IPA.  From what I remember I think I like the regular IPA better, but its close.  Great beer.

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Photo of Momar42
4.23/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a huge, long lasting white head and nice carbonation. Hoppy citrus aroma. Flavor is aromatic hops and citrus balanced by a nice malt base and interesting fruit backbone not often notable in big IPAs. I like this quite a bit. Nice job

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours an orange amber color with a finger and a half of white head. Solid head retention with lacing.

S- rich hops on the nose with orange and floral notes. Hop oils and and leafy fresh hop characteristics in the middle with a subtle biscuity malt bringing another dimension and balance to the beer.

T- citrusy hop flavor with orange and grapefruit peel hit the palate at first. Spicy white pepper notes with a resiny hop oil hit mid palate with a continued aggressive hop bitterness. Subtle biscuity malt for a touch of balance on the finish with a lingering floral hop flavor in the aftertaste.

MF- slick resiny mouthfeel with a medium body. Average carbonation.

D- great drinkability

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep gold; fat head settles into a filmy lid with laces draped along the glass' interior

S: pine, lemony citrus, bitter hops, bright yeasts

T: follows nose: pine and citrus up front, buttery, bitter

M: fat and bold, bitter and rich, but with a sharp, crisp finish

O: bias alert! I love DIPAs and AleSmith - thought this was a great beer - great tasting and finishing. Absolutely give it a try.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a clean light golden pour with 2 fingers of frothy white head and great amounts of lacing. smells of toffee, pine, soap, honey, frosted flakes. piney bitterness up front followed by a spicy, earthy bitterness.. finished off by a nicely balanced sweet malty backbone. this is a very bitter, yet very tasty iipa. medium body, spicy feeling on cheeks from the alcohol warmth, creamyness makes this one a nice sipper, but it tastes so good you cant help but gulp in between!
overall this is an excellent iipa. spicy, sweet, hoppy, boozy.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a mostly transparent but slightly unfiltered light orange. a silky white head that froths and leaves good lacing.
smells very citrusy, perfect for the summer refreshing pine smell.
the taste matches the aroma, and it is quite a hopped up beer. very fresh tasting and refreshing. The mouthfeel is very well carbonated and smooth. its a great version of a double ipa; its a very hoppy flavorful beer, but is not overdone.

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Photo of liamt07
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Sammy, 650ml into a tulip.

Gold, with some sediment in the body upon later pours. Big, dense white head that doesn't quit - great retention and sheeted lacing. Great citrus nose as expected, some orange, citrus zest, clementine and juicy fruit notes all around. Sweet malt and some pine. Just yummy. Taste is just as awesome, soft orange/clementine/tangerine/mango fruits just melt over the palate, accompanied by a mild pine and sweet cookie-ish malt character. Light alcohol, but not unwarranted. Medium full body, with quite low carbonation. An awesome DIPA, Alesmith continues to impress me.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. I was all set to check out, but then the guy working the growler taps pulled me aside Peter Lorre-style and told me they just got some AleSmith in that week. My arm still hurts from all the twisting.

Poured into a tulip - a holiday La Chouffe glass in spirit of the (non) season. Light amber golden, great colour, with a sturdy half-inch of lead and lots of Christmas icicle lacing.

Nose is mango, pineapple, citrus hops, pine, and sugar. Very pleasant.

Not what I was expecting, but that is definitely a good thing. The taste is quite different from the nose - it is still certainly a hop bomb, but with strong pine, spice and grain flavours, with the citrus taking a bit of a back seat. No matter, it still tastes pretty damned good. I'm not exactly sure where the "holiday" comes in, other than the fact that it's humid and sunny and I'm drinking a DIPA with a Christmas wreath on the bottle, but I must admit it is a lighter, more refreshing DIPA - if that makes any sense - so it isn't a heavy brew by any stretch. Citrus creeps in when it pleases, with orange peel and lemon.

Light carbonation, medium body, slighly oily, but good feel. Bitterness lingers for quite some time.

Great DIPA, took some getting used to, but by the end of the bottle I was hooked. In this heat wave, any excuse to think about Christmas has got my vote, and this brew did the trick.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a small white head that has decent retention and lacing. The aroma is big grapefruit, light pine, light sugar cookie, and a bit of caramel . The taste is sweet caramel, grapefruit, light pine, and a bit of sugar cookie. The finish has a decent bitterness with some lingering pine. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Quite good. Not as good as the regular IPA, but still pretty tasty.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden-orange color from a 22 oz bottle (2012 summer version).
One finger foamy sticky head that dissipates slowly. Lots of sticky, oily lace along the insides of the glass.
Aroma is an explosion of tropical fruits; lots of peach, mango, pineapple, citrus and some hints of pine. This DIPA definitely has an inviting aroma.
Taste likewise is like a hop explosion, so much hop flavor on the palate the moment the beer touches the tip of the tongue. Just a little sweetness right upfront which gets completely drowned in a wave of bitterness. Sharp, crisp, dry finish that makes you want to have one more sip.
Easy drinking DIPA that is packed with loads of flavor and aroma.
Alcohol is also very well-masked.
This is a winner from Alesmith, a very good example of a classic west-coast hop bomb.
Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended. Cool bottle label too...Cheers !!!

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, no bottled on date, 2012 version that I picked up at the brewery a couple weeks ago, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden honey color, produces an inch of creamy white head, great retention, leaves really awesome, thick and also delicate lacing.

S- Very fruity, orange and tangerine, also some perfume-like floral aroma with some honey-like malt aroma.

T- Loads of orange, grapefruit and pine are more subtle. Bitterness is grassy and a bit piney and persistent, less than I was expecting, it eventually gives way to a sweet malt flavor. Some hints of spice and booze round things out.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, crisp feel.

O- A solid DIPA, flavors are well rounded and not too aggressive, an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy golden straw, with a huge off white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of oranges, grapefruit pith, floral hops, a hint of the malts, and a boozy astringency.

Taste opens with a huge citrus, is bitter throughout, hints of the malt, and a super bitter earthy finish.

Texture is punchy, bitey, and astringently boozy. Almost bubbly, and definitely shouldn't drink too many of these.

A big hop bomb, I had this last year, but far removed from summer, so the beer wasn't it's freshest, but even then, it was hoppy, and now, it's just better.


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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from. 22oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a nice clear crisp golden with a touch of amber, a nice fat finger of head that dissapates nicley and leavs a ton of sticky lacing. A very nice looking beer.

S: very nice citrus hop aroma. Pinneapple with a touch of piney grass. A slight note of malt sweetness, but the hops deffinatly dominate the aroma.

T: loads and loads of hops, Much like the nose there is a lot of. Items up front, pinneapple, mango, grapefruit, the finish is loaded with piney bitterness rounded out by a touch of caramely malt sweetness. There are some earthy hop notes and touches of toasty grain in there as well.... Great hop profile overall and a not too sweet malt backbone.

M: medium bodied with medium carbination, a bit on the slightly slick mouthfeel with a dry bitter resinous finish.

O: a very good dipa that I look forward to every year... Delicious.

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Photo of Philousa
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great clarity in this tawny, sunny yellow beer. Looks like a Pils, but the two finger dense head tells you otherwise. Lots of active carbonation beneath. Good, steady layers of lacing. Very piney with lots of grapefruit. Hop aroma is strong and obviously unbalanced, but it's refreshing and effervescent. Malt is there behind the hops: orange and biscuit, mainly. You can tell it's light in nature. The taste is surprisingly mild at first. Light biscuit malt is prevalent, but the grassy bitterness lingers and is more memorable overall. Some orange flavor is there in the malt, but it's subdued. I'm averse to an IPA malt bill that leans too far towards the orange flavor, so this is a relief and really showcases the hop flavors. I mentioned grassy, but it's also nectary and honey kissed. Not too heavy handed with the sweetness; yields to hops well, knowing who the headliner is. Balanced feel, tending towards light. Slightly dry finish.

This is a great beer, if uncomplex. But sometimes that's needed and welcome. This is a stage for great hops that aren't too heavy handed. I could drink this all year.

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Photo of B33R501
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

different from last year, seem to remember big caramel malt that's not present this year? no carbonation issue this time.

dull lemon yellow pale color, not my favorite, if you look like this you better bring it. better in my convenience store coffee cup, i dont have to see the paleness.

big pineapple aroma, leading to an earthy aroma.
big pineapple taste follows, nicely bitter, some soap, pine sap. big bitter pineapple finish that lingers for a bit, very nice.

pricey. $10 at whole foods plymouth meeting (cheapest around) is too much, and i needed a 12oz samuel smith's imperial stout to complete the evening. if im not satisfied with 22oz, your dipa is not good enough at that price point.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Summer 2012 vintage.

Pours a slightly hazy honey yellow with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some grassy/hay hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly funky flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a snifter at Hamilton’s Tavern in San Diego, Calif. Two fingers of head when I got it. Color was hazy orange. Thick white head with good retention throughout the pour.

Smelled citrus hops, mainly grapefruit and a bit of lemon or lime. Some sweet floral notes as well.

Tasted pretty close to the smell, only with more spices. Citrus hops - grapefruit and lemon going 1-2. Spicy bitter finish, couldn’t quite put my finger on it.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter long ending finish. Crisp and refreshing.

Definitely a good beer. I think I need to try it again as this was after two darker beers. Definitely want to try it again.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me begin this review by saying I've had this beer over the last 3-4 years, and IF I were reviewing 2010 or 2011, this would be considered at or near World Class. This years is missing something which is the specimen in review here...

A - lemon zest color, lighter than the vibrant sunshine orange color I look for in this style but good nevertheless. Solid 2 finger head and retention in the 13oz Tulip it's poured in.

S - A bit muted, Heaviest on the dry lemon citrus, then oranges and light pine.

T - See nose but the beer is muted, even upon semi-aggressive swirls and drinking. This is not packed full of tropical citrus as it was last year. Maybe palate has changed but I don't think enough for this beer's hops not to shine, especially for a 8.5% DIPA. Much more Bready than I ever remember this beer being which was not off-putting but not at all preferred.

M - Light and crisp for 8.5%ABV. Easily sessioned. Very good.

O - Over-priced DIPA with all the other great selections out there. Not a bad beer by any means, was just underwhelmed this year whereas I've never been with this beer in previous years.

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YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 921 ratings.