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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,630
Reviews: 906
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 247
Gots: 72 | FT: 2
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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 inlimbo77
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

AleSmith YuleSmith (July 2011) bomber poured into a white wine glass. No bottle date, but 2011 version from Pinocchio's in Media, PA

A: This one pours a really cloudy orange amber color. Basically no head. Faint white stuff.

S: This smells like it has drifted from fresh a little bit, upsettingly. I get some hop character, but lots of sweet maltiness.

T: Really sweet beer! The malts have really taken over this one. It gets better as it warms. You get a smooth hop bite on front of the tongue, malts really smooth on middle of tongue, and solid finish. Its a powerful beer. I wish I drank fresher.

M: Medium leading to full bodied. Big beer.

O: Overall this is good stuff, but not great. I think extremely fresh it would have been great, but I much prefer their regular IPA over this double.

Photo of bashiba
3.15/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy golden orange with a light soap ring of a head.

The smell is a bit piney and lemony with a light bit of bready malt sneaking through.

The flavor is a bit sweet and malty up front following quickly buy a resiny orange peel hoppyness, very chinooky. Not much in hop complexity here, I'm kind of suprised by the lack of complexity here.

The mouthfeel is oily and thick.

A pretty average Double IPA.

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

Pours hazy golden with a crisp white head that hangs around awhile and leaves globs of lacing.

Aroma is bready caramel malt with a good bit of light citrus. Sweet, then mild resinous hop.

Taste is exactly what the nose lead me to expect. More of the bready caramel malt and tropical fruit citrus - notably pineapple, grapefruit, and orange. Then a resinous hop quality takes over. The finish is dry and clean, with aromatic orange rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Surprisingly smooth and balanced. Very easy to drink. Malt has a presence up front then the generous hop dominates and builds the more you drink.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Carl for this one... can't believe I still haven't had it

Pours a clear orange. A yellowish brown tint. Not much head. A tough of white. nice lacing. Smells pretty nice. Hoppy, piney, a bit rough. Tastes bitter and piney. Hops are a bit abrasive and don't meld well with the malt profile. I'm quite disappointed with this one. Overall not impressive but still drinkable

Photo of divineaudio
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber into a tulip. 2011 batch.

a - pours a light amber color, yellow around the edges and slightly hazy. two fingers worth of rocky, pale yellow head eventually calms to a thin cap and sticks around. got some chunky lacing and a few streams of bubbles.

s - grapefruit, tangerine, toasted bread, honey, pine.

t - same as nose, really, minus the tangerine, and in the same order. flavors play off of each other extremely well and the bitterness hangs on the tongue for a while. no trace of the 8.5% in the taste.

m - lighter side of medium bodied with just enough carbonation to make the flavors pop. has a bit of mouth coating action and the abv eventually show up as a slight warming sensation.

o - a damn fine beer and represents the style well. a bomber of this seems to be about right for a night, but i'd still love to have more. i think i enjoyed this more than pliny (gasp!)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy honey color.

S: Candied peach (exactly like those Haribo peach rings), citrus hops, grapefruit and a bit of cantaloupe.

T: There's a gradual build of pine hops that crescendo in a peppery bite. A touch of caramel malts with some grapefruit pith and aspirin on the finish. Very smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (2011) poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours golden yellow, hazy, with just over a finger of foamy white head. Fairly good lacing.

S: Grapefruit, pine, a little lemon zest, some floral notes as well. Pretty pungent.

T: Somewhat faded hop profile, there's the remnants of grapefruit, citrus, and pine. It's definitely a shell what I imagine it was fresh. There's a little astringency/bitterness on the backend and just a little bit of alcohol (taste and warmth) in the finish. Sizable malt base with a good bit of caramel sweetness. Probably a little too sweet (has that candied fruit taste). Finish is semi-dry.
M: Medium body, light carbonation. Stick and resinous, but not all that smooth and certainly not crisp.

O: It's unfortunate that this bottle just hit shelves in MA, yet it's already 2+ months old and in a nose dive. I can see how this might be fantastic fresh, but right now it's just a notch above mediocre.

Photo of robbrandes
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz bomber.

clear, light orange; very nice head, good layer of foam and lacing that hung around through the 9th inning. aroma is a blend of spicy hops, some pine resin as well. alcohol is quite apparent on the nose, but the big hops more than keep it in check.

taste - great full palate of hoppy wonderment. i'm a sucker for west coast pine bombs, and yulesmith has it in spades. the carbonation is spot-on, allowing this brew to keep sliding across the tongue, begging follow-up sips (gulps!).

really dug this, wish southern oregon had it more readily available!

Photo of Gosox8787
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. No bottling date on this. Served chilled. Big thanks to Brewpaab for this.

Appearance: Bright pale orange in color. Not cloudy at all. Vibrant. Pours a three finger, fluffy white head with good retention. Really a nice looking beer.

Aroma: Big west coast hops in the form of pine and citrus notes. Some nice candied hop sweetness as well. Very hop forward aroma.

Taste: The pine notes hit very hard. Really nice balance of hop bitterness and sweet citrus notes. Very light malt sweetness to balance. The hops really are the main attraction here. They really capture the strong pine note well. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium bodied. Very refreshing, but with a nice underlying creaminess that works well.

Overall, a top notch IPA and a really pleasant surprise. I was afraid with no bottling dat about how well this might hold up, but it was spectacular. The huge pine hop notes with balanced citrus really made this for me. Definitely will pick up again.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BIG thank you to ren for tracking a couple bottles of this deliciousness down for me.

APPEARANCE: This is easily one of the best, if not THE best looking beer I've seen. This beer looked alive. A gorgeous, golden yellow in color with a stark white head on top that did not completely recede for the entire glass. Lacing began about a quarter of the way down the glass and covered a good 70% of the back side of the glass.

SMELL: Pine. I took a quick sniff when I popped the bottle open and it smelled like a big, classic, West Coast IPA with a ton of pine. Upon the first pour the aroma opened up and I did not even need to put my nose to the glass to smell it. Intense and delicious aroma.

TASTE: Bold, piney and very hoppy. The pine hits the palate up front followed by grapefruit and a touch of anise to wash away the pine and bring a strong, bitter finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Outstanding mouthfeel that only served to add to the enjoyment of this beer. Well carbonated and playful are the best terms to describe the mouthfeel.

OVERALL: Many others have said that this beer is a spot-on example of what a DIPA is supposed to be and they are correct. I was blown away by how technically perfect this beer was. At the same time, unlike Pliny the Elder, which I can recognize as a nearly technically perfect beer, the YuleSmith has some soul to it where Pliny lacked. This is outstanding beer that I cannot wait to try again. Thanks a ton for the bottles ren!

Photo of MADhombrewer
2.45/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

No bottle date that I can see, but picked this up right after Belmont Station reported that they got some in. Poured into a Laurelwood wine glass.

Appearance- Hazy honey color with no head. I thought it wasn't carbonated at first. Big soap bubbles left in the bottle. 2.5/5

Smell- Honey malt smell. Hops are there, but only in the back. They do lend a pineapple aroma to this. Very sweet aroma 2.5/5

Taste- Very sweet pineapple. Too sweet if you ask me. Alcohol is prominent as well. Very slick tasting. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel- The worst part. Way to thick for me. 2/5

Overall- I have had this before and rather enjoyed it. I don't know what the deal is with it now. Can't figure out if it is my taste that has changed or if it is this particular bottle. Way too much malt. 2.5/5

Photo of Dope
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super fresh bottle, can't find a date but it just hit the state last week.

A: Cloudy golden orange pour. Very small head that quickly turns into nothing. Almost no retention but a little lacing.

S: Quite subtle considering this is a DIPA. Most tend to have huge floral aromas. Surprising. Some tropical fruit, pineapple mostly I think. A little pine. I believe I smell the distinctive Simcoe smell too. Sweet caramel malt is apparent.

T: Wow, big hop flavor surprised me given the mild smell. I taste pineapple, grapefruit, orange and lemon perhaps? Very sweet caramel balances it out in the middle but can barely make a dent in the bitterness. Big pine bite on the back end along with a little hit from the alcohol.

M: Pretty slick/oily coating sensation from all the hops. Quite drying aftertaste with the bitterness and the alcohol punch.

O: Very interesting. I was a little bit let down by the appearance and the smell but the taste came out of no where.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a hazy honey gold with minimal head that quickly turns to a film.

Nose is light citrus hops - not a whole lot going on there, but pleasant.

A sip is resinous with fruity citrus. A nice balance with caramel malt that isn't too sweet. A shade under-carbonated for my preference. Finishes pleasantly bitter with a bit of warmth from the alcohol blending nicely.

Was excited for this one, and it's definitely a well-balanced, not-too-sweet IIPA, but a few shades away from outstanding.

Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light golden amber

Aroma: piney hop aroma, with some malty sweetness(reminded me of syrup on waffles)

Taste: hops come through in the front followed my the strong malt backbone, nice subtle dry finish balanced

Mouthfeel: could use a little more carbonation in my opinion but it works, medium to light body

Nice decent beer from Alesmith, I prefer the IPA but this is nice.

Photo of dvsbizzyb
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Beautiful golden yellow with a white head that leaves a great lacing.

Smell - Doesn't leave much to the nose. Small hop aroma with a faint citrus smell that lingers in the background. Pretty weak altogether.

Taste - Great balance of earthy hops, pineapple, and citrus fruits.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and leaves a nice delightful bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Exceptional beer here. Very drinkable!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.01/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a bright orange, but only a few tan bubbles form on one side.

S - Citrus, sweet malts, and some pine.

T - Sweet carmely malts, and a touch of citrus.

D - Low carbonations.

O - Really dissapointed here. This is a low carbonated sweet mess. I believe it is a new bottle also.

Photo of tripelhops
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

recieved via trade from Big Dub - poured into a tulip glass, color is slightly hazy golden yellow, with a thin finger of head that sticks to the sode of the glass as it drops. Aroma is vry good, citrus and apricot, hint of pine. Taste is the same with bitterness hitting on the tail end along with a touch of heat from the alcohol. Malt backbone seems balanced if a bit on the light and sweet side. Overall a tasty IIPA, but not outstanding.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from Randy. Thanks! Poured into a tulip. Pours a solid honey color with a finger of lasting white head.

Lots of tropical fruits in the aroma like mango and pineapple with a little bit of a bitter hop finish. Taste simmilar to the aroma. A little less of a hop flavor than I would like. Caramel malts come to mind but it has a pretty delightful tropical fruit flavor to it. Just leaves me wanting a little more of a hop character on the pallet.

Light body with good carbonation here. Overall seems to be a run of the mill DIPA. But I'm not complaining here. Just a little more hops and this would be world class.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky gold with awesome white head and lacing. The head is amazing and stays with it for an hour.

The smell is very floral. Citrus hops and flowers.

The taste is bitter and citrus but as it warms you pickup much more caramel and alcohol.

This is an amazing IPA. I've failed buying it before as I usually see it off times of the year but I'm glad I did!

Photo of SDDanC
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a beautiful thick white 2 inch head which holds firm for quite a while, decent lacing. On the nose it is super piney, hoppy, with sweet pineapple hint, and roasted malts.Taste is great, tons of hops up front but it settles in with the sweet malt and citrus fruits. The roasty malts and sweeter fruit notes come through towards the end. Overall, this is a great iipa. Rivals most heavy ipa's, Exponential watch out!

Reviewed from notes 7/15 from bottle

Photo of amphion1065
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to DearthVader for including a bottle of this in our recent trade. Bomber into a tulip.

Pours tangerine orange, with yellow highlights. The body is clear, almost translucent. One finger white head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

The smell is fantastic. Tons of grapefruit, grass, and lemons come through in the aroma. The hops are incredibly potent (thanks for the fresh bottle Brian!), and there is a load of citrus in the nose. All of these smells are balanced with a perceptible sweetness that really evens things out. Tantalizing.

There's sweetness up front in the taste, with bitterness in the back. Quite a bit of orange, accompanied by candied lemon peel. Some crystallized pineapple, too - my first thought upon trying this beer was that it reminded my of dried fruit. There's a touch of alcohol, but it's minimal.

Nice mouthfeel here - the carbonation is spot on. It's a very drinkable beer, and although not terribly high in ABV it nonetheless does a good job hiding the alcohol.

There's a store by me that has had bottles of this sitting around on a display shelf since last summer, and I've been reticent about picking up a bottle. Given the benefit of a fresh sample, I've found a DIPA that I would love to revisit again. A little touch of Christmas in July.

Photo of Sideswipe
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Opaque golden, orange color topped by two fingers of dense white foam. Beautifully thick, gauzy lacing coats the glass as the head recedes.

S- Citrus, pine and pale malt aromas. Smells great!

T- Starts out with big citrus notes. Orange and tangerine predominate. Pine follows the citrus and a nice bitterness comes along with it. Sweet, pale malt does a very nice job of balancing things out mid-palate. The finish is dry with a pleasant bitter, orangey aftertaste which lingers.

M- Feel is medium bodied with a corresponding medium level of carbonation. ABV is quite well hidden in the melange of fruity, hoppy flavors.

O- This is one of my favorite DIPAs. I anxiously await it's release every summer. This batch does not disappoint, and is much better than last year's. Extremely well balanced with excellent citrus and pine characteristics. Refreshing and not overly bitter, just a great summer brew. Recommended.

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

Thanks to metallitone1 for this great bottle!

A- very excellent, golden, straw color with great lacing and head. This looks very enticing!

S- unfortunately, this is the least overwhelming aspect of this beer. Not much to the nose, except for a bit of hops.

T- really great balance of hops and malts. I get some great fruit on the end - both pineapple and even a bit of sour apple. Amazing, amazing taste.

M- very light and refreshing. This is super easy to drink and I instantly want more. Just a bit of hops on the finish and as this warms, the alcohol comes out some.

O- great, great bottle. I would drink this again in a heartbeat!

Photo of Klym
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Pours a murky tangerine color with a small but lasting white head composed of very micro bubbles. Lacing is definitely there but most of it slides off quickly.

S: Pine and sharp citrus definitely from the hops, but also mostly just a very sweet fruity flavor, very much to me like pineapple soaked in orange juice. Smells really tasty.

T: Starts off a little sweet with a tropical fruit/juicy citrus, the taste mellows and almost disappears before the hops kick in with sharper pine and citrus notes and finally as you swallow a strong rind bitterness takes over, which is both refreshing but also borderline medicinal/bad. If I take a big enough swig it seems it can definitely just hit that aspirin level. I think a secret to really enjoying this beer is taking small sips at a time.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, slick, crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is plentiful but really spread out in the feel. Really like the way this beer moves in my mouth. Only complaint would be the awkwardness, probably caused in large by the bitterness, experience in the throat during the swallow.

O: I can see why this beer has a reputation. This is definitely much better than your average DIPA. That being said, the bitterness is probably a bit excessive and could use being toned down. I don't mind hop burn, but I do mind aspirin. Regardless, I look forward to trying this again next year!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Neighbourhood in San Diego on 7/4/11

A - Light to medium yellow colour; slightly hazy. One finger of thick, foamy white head.

S - Bitter citrus hops and a noticeable caramel sweetness. Grapefruit, orange rind.

T - Sticky, oily hops. Very bitter. Grapefruit, orange zest. A decent caramel sweetness in the backbone.

M - Medium body. Oily and sticky. Light carbonation. Chewy.

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YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,630 ratings.