YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 912
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rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
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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 marikoangel
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a bell glass at Amsterdam in San Francisco, it pours a hazy caramel orange with nice carbonation and about a quarter inch of white head that dissipated quickly leaving very spotty lacing.

S: The nose on this one is very floral with great notes of citrus tucked in there. Kinda like grapefruit and maybe some orange. It has a great hop nose with notes of pine and a really nice caramel malts backbone to hold those hops up. There is also a good sweetness in there, almost with a touch of booziness.

T: The flavors are really nice and hoppy. Strong notes of pine, grapefruit rind, and floral hops. It is very hoppy and that definitely comes out more in the flavors than it did in the nose. Resinous hop bitter that really sticks around. The malts are caramel and a bit sweet with touches of honey. Its light and easy drinking still under all of that.

M&O: This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with light carbonation. There is a smooth feeling to it. Overall it is a really nice beer, very well done and very drinkable, although I can feel the alcohol. I definitely would recommend this to hoppy loving drinkers. (1,129 characters)

Photo of mltobin
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dug up from some notes from this past summer.

Appearance is yellow, golden, two fingers of head. Its` nose has flowers, citrus hops and some toffee malt. Taking a sip out of this snifter and I taste pine, apricots and hops. Mouthfeel is medium, quite a bit of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish. Overall, a tasty dipa, worth checking out. (353 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip- poured a very bright orange that's slightly hazy and has a bubbly one and a half finger head with good retention and a few streaks of lacing.

Smells of piney hops, a little bit of sweetness, a hint of alcohol, and maybe a little grapefruit and cloves.

Has a very unique and complex flavor. Initially you get a little malty sweetness which is followed by some spice (the aforementioned cloves) and an earthy quality that must come from the malts. After that there's a little bit of warmth from the alcohol and a slightly dry finish that's both citrusy and earthy.

I let my friend try a bit and he said "Wow this has a great feel in your mouth". It is medium bodied and is medium to well carbonated. This is a great brew and one I would definitely get again, but perhaps not at ten dollars a bottle... (845 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.
Picked up a bomber of this on clearance from Trenton Road Takeout in Levittown, PA for $3.95. Originally priced at around $12. Thanks SMAS!

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a very short white head that vanishes quickly. Has moderate carbonation and spotty lacing.

N: Resinous pine, tangerine, lemon, subtle caramel, fruity esters, navel orange and papaya. Orange citrus and pine come through the most.

T: Pineapple, papaya and tangerine upfront. Mid-palate brings in lemon, fruity esters, very subtle toffee notes, candy sugar, navel orange and grapefruit. Finishes with bitter citrus zest, resinous pine and some grassy floral notes.

M: Medium bodied, a little chewy, creamy, smooth, bitter and dry.

O: I’m honestly very surprised at all the hop action going on while this DIPA is nearly 4 months past its prime (and that’s being generous.) Tangy tropical fruits start on the front of the palate transforming into a more Americanized citrus profile and then finishes grassy, piney and bitter. I couldn’t even imagine how good this must have been fresh. (1,082 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this when I visited the brewery back in mid-September. Being that it's now January 2012, I waited way too long to pop open this one. The hop freshness I fear has faded. Anyway, I'm still reviewing it after having poured into a Bruery snifter.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy gold color with ample white head that eventually fades to a few lonely bubbles at the top. No freshness date or bottled on date on the bottle.

S: Smells purely American pine & citrus hops. I imagine this would be in your face when fresh, but mine is still nice and refined. Smells like a great IPA after 6+ months time, but not DIPA fresh. Has a sweet hop residue scent going on - you can tell this one was highly hopped.

T: Hoppy & bitter. Piney & citrus hop showcase. Malts are nice & light to backup and showcase the hops obviously.

M: Bitter and sticky sweet which makes it feel a little medium full. Refreshing beer. Can see why they make this around the 4th of July. Would be a great hop treat in warmer weather.

O: AleSmith doesn't do a bad IPA. Really like this beer; however, I'm kicking myself for not having this earlier (and fresher)! AleSmith should really do their customers some justice by dating their bottles one way or the other, otherwise I could have been in for a real treat.

Will revisit when I have a sample again fresher. (1,330 characters)

Photo of sfprint
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 batch

A: Like a slightly dark natural orange soda. Not much ofa head but fast rising carbonation.
S: Smells delicious, Sweet sappy hops, Reminds me of hop stoopid. Piney.
T: Definitely hop bitterness which is a bit too much, suggesting sourness, subtle sappy sweetness.. A hair creamy.
M: Dry, mild carbonation, tart.
O: Too bitter, but other characteristics are decent. (377 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
1.62/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bomber, no date. Purchased at DeCicco's Brewster. Assuming Summer 2011 batch.

Pours a hazy amber with a very small head. Poor retention, not much lacing.

Wet dog and cardboard on the nose. Can you say oxidized?!

Flavor is malty and woody, not much hops going on. Totally and utterly oxidized. Oh well. Carbonation is low. This is bad.

Dear Alesmith: CODE YOUR BOTTLES PLEASE! I have no idea of knowing how old this stuff is.

Dear Decicco's: How old is this beer-- 1-2 years? Why is it on the shelves? (506 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep golden, slightly hazed body with few slowly rising bubble-trails, capped by thin yet well formed white head that sticks to walls as slowly retreats.
Aroma exhibits citrusy, floral and even spicy hops intermingling with sweet, caramel and biscuity malt. There is a pleasant pineapple-like fruity aspect to the aroma, and faint alcohol.
This is one of the better-balanced IIPA I've ever came across (or is it just hops died down to some degree to provide equilibrium?): zesty grapefruit-like citrusy hops give their way to the malt that gives impression of attenuation, then take front stage again towards the medium-dry finish when exhibit just the right amount of pungency. Aftertaste is lingering bitterness with woodsy notes verging on astringency.

Body is nearly medium with soft carbonation.

In short: a well balanced IIPA with dominant zesty citrus-like hops and well attenuated malt. (Bomber, no bottling date indication, into tulip.) (957 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with about one finger of white creamy head.

The scent was of brown sugar, citrus, and some piney hop presence.

The taste was citrus at first, then there was a nice bitter piney hop taste, some notes of the brown sugar, and a noticeable alcohol presence.

Medium body, it has a pretty smooth and somewhat creamy feel, moderate carbonation.

This was definitely a tasty beer, lots to taste and very easy to drink. (441 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy honey orange with a towering head. The big chunky off- white head dissipates to islands of floating gobs of foam and leaves lace that coats the side of the glass. Even a gentle topping off results in a head. Pretty amazing.

Booze, some toasted malt, and big bitter grapefruit rind in the nose.

Boozy, and tons of hops bitterness. A very resinous brew. Some booze soaked fruit, toasted malt. But this one stays hop-bitter from the beginning to end. And this is the summer version, and probably lost some of its punch.

Tingly on the tongue -- good carbonation to clear the palate. A little sticky, and actually a little bit of a pucker as your mouth clears. But the hop oil lasts and lasts.

A very good version of the style. Not something I'd drink every day. This is an aggressive brew. No sharp edges. Great job. (832 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of THE CPJ. Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a cloudy gold with a soapy white head that settles to a thin cap and slight ring, leaving behind sheets of lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Big hop aromas of orange peel, pineapple, and pine resin with a substantial caramel malt backbone. Definitely a more malt-forward DIPA, but there's plenty of hops, too!
T - Big, resinous hop flavors of grapefruit peel, orange, pineapple, and pine resin dominate but the heavy malt profile does a nice job of trying to tame it.
M - Big and sticky, with a medium-full mouthfeel and good carbonation.
O - Just a big, nasty DIPA, another solid brew from AleSmith. If I had to choose I'd probably go with the Winter version, though. (739 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I let this bottle warm a bit out of the fridge and then poured aggressively to get a huge, off-white, thick, foamy, fluffy, billowy head that slowly subsides and some lace. Color is a very slightly hazy, orange amber with a few slow bubble trails. Aroma is hugely hop, citrus, malt, oak, vanilla, resin. Flavor's pretty much like nose with the citrus/hop on top with bittersweetness right under followed by those other things. Body is full with hop points and slightly soft carbonation. Finish is like flavor giving way to resin, very long, and has some alcoholic warmth. Well crafted beer, but too much hop for me. (615 characters)

Photo of uustal
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange with a slight white head. Nice grapefruit and orange aroma. Nice sweet grapefruit hops. A bit more citrus hops join the party, but the taste of sugared up grapefruit owns the hop profile. A pleasant bready malt and a rare tasty buttery malt profile balances this one nicely. Booze was present when fresh, but after sitting on another bottle for a few months, went away without disrupting the flavor profile. (427 characters)

Photo of YouSkeete
3.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very cloudy and opaque golden/yellow tinted brew. Short, mildly off-white head with some moderate lacing.

S: Yeast, fresh bitter hops, lemon zest and pepper right away in the nose. Milder hints of orange peel, grapefruit and some pineapple. fruity sweetness follows through.

T/M: Big tart grapefruit and lemony flavors, big full-flavored hop bitterness, smooth citrusy malts. Odd flat bitter flavor towards the end. Smooth caramel-apple-like sweetness throughout the flavor. Not much else to the overall flavor. On the high side of carbonation with a medium-fitted body. moderately rich, moderately bitter.

D: Pretty average, definitely a great easy summer brew. (668 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my pint glass, this IIPA pours a haystack murky yellow with a white capped head that leaves little lace.

S: The aroma smells more malty than hoppy. Still, I sense a good amount of grapefruit mixed with a sweet, bready pale malt aroma. I wish this IIPA was fresher...I know this beer has to be phenomenal when fresh.

T: Sweet, balanced flavor. A good hoppy bitterness, with a refreshing sweet malt. More hops are surely dominate when fresh, but the malt in this brew is extremely tasty. A precise amount of caramel malt must provide the balance.

MF: Mouthfeel is crisp, yet with a full body. Carbonation is spot on. Finish is clean and doesn't wreck the pallet.

Overall, I'm sure this beer when fresh is a notch above, however, I am glad just to have had a taste of this brew. Thanks to Chris for showing me around Philly and making this possible. (865 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Light golden with 1 finger of thick white foam and good amount of lacing.

S- Some sweet malts and citrus (more lemon and some orange).

T- Sweet malts followed by lemon citrus. Finishes with spicy pine hop bitterness. Pick up on the abv a little at the finish, but does not overpower the beer.

M- Medium bodied, again some heat from the abv present but still fairly easy to drink for 8.5%.

O- Have wanted to try this for over a year, and enjoyed this for sure. A little different with the more lemon citrus flavors compared to the more orange, pineapple dominated DIPA's. Would enjoy this every summer if I could. (648 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. 2011 Summer edition. Served in a tulip at fridge temperature and allowed to slowly warm.

Pours a cloudy medium gold with a finger of beige foam. Some thick lacing.

Aroma is all about west coast hops. Orange, lemon, and grapefruit citrus dominate, some tropical fruit and pine, some floral notes. With a good swirl I get caramel malt and some booze in the background.

Hoppy bitterness is big in this one. Hits you right from the start along with a nice amount of sweet malt. That malt fades away though and you're left with a big mouth-filling and lingering hoppy bitterness. Much like the nose, it's mostly citrus flavor, but earthy floral notes are there too. Perfect ABV for this style, bracing but well blended.

Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation from the bottle conditioning. Gets a touch sticky, but appropriate for an Imperial.

If not in my top 5, this beer is easily in my top 10 of Double IPA's. (929 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. My quest for a 2011 bottle of this has finally paid off. I accidentally drank two 2010s that were well over a year old and didn't particularly like them.

Appearance - Super hazy bright orange body with a nice white head. You can't see through it at all. Retention is good but the lacing is better. Looks like Sunny D with a head.

Smell - Very hoppy smell. Bright lemon flavors and some pine. Super citrusy, though. It's so lemony it verges on smelling like Pine-Sol, though. The combination of lemon, pine, and a bit of alcohol just combines to remind me of lemon floor cleaner. In the 2010 bottle, this was far more prominent.

Taste - The sweetness is far more prevalent in the taste, but it's still very much about the hops. The same flavors come through, but the sweetness puts off the chemical element. I have to say, the sweetness is too much. Hardly any bitterness at all in the finish. Nice, but a little sweet.

Mouthfeel - It could be lighter. That's me being nitpicky, but it's just a bit heavier than I like. Even for 8.5%, there's a lot of unfermented sugars in this. Not cloying, just not as dry as I'd like it.

Overall - So much better fresh than aged (duh). The old one was pretty bad. Much more chemical flavors came through. This one reminds me of Hellhound. Perhaps that's an unfair comparison, since this is nowhere near a DFH malt bill, but still, it reminded me of it. (1,428 characters)

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yulesmith Summer (Alesmith, DIPA) Reviewed Sept 2011 A-

Source/Serving: 750 mL bottle

S: Rich and oily with nice depth. Piney apricot-blood orange honey. Oily citrus. Carmel malts find a way to peek through.

T: Nice subtlety and spot-on dryness for a DIPA. Citrus oils and nice caramel maltiness at first with pleasant, but formative, bitterness. Nice balance of flavors that are intense all around. Hop-derived fruitiness blazes out in the middle with apricots, lime, kiwi, pineapple and only a touch of pine. Only as heavy and oily as it needs to be, no more with carbonation that is soft and spot on. Faint breadiness peeks through. While its a wallop of flavor, its quite delicate with a honey-esque character. Finish is nice and dry but super smooth with a firm, pleasant bitterness that lingers nicely and is reminiscent of coffee. Again, nicely balanced for such an intense beer.

Notes: A standout DIPA that gets high marks for finesse and drinkability. (965 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a golden orange with almost no head. Standard color for a double IPA.
S: Huge notes of pine trees, pineapple, a little herbaceous and just a kiss of sweetness in the nostrils so you know they put some malt in it
T: Taste starts off with a bit of tropical fruits, transitioning to pine, and finishing with some lightly toasted caramel sweetness. On the swallow there is a sharp bitterness that quickly fades to a lingering soft bitter pine flavor
M: soft carbonation from bottle conditioning and very smooth and silky on the palate which is phenomenal given the IBU and alcohol content
O: very tasty and I'm going to enjoy the whole bottle. (648 characters)

Photo of rdickey
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I always feel a little lucky to get one of these, given the geographic distance. It purs a nice, somewhat orange-tinged, cloudy gold into a goblet. Citrus, mostly citrus in the nose. A big one-finger head leaves significant lacing as it drops.

Smell: A punch in the nose by classic big American hops: pine and citrus. I wonder if “big American hops” could become shorthand. In any event, it doesn’t put me off from this beer.

Taste: The bigness described above continues in the mouth, as you would expect, and the hops continue their good work. It’s big and American aggressive, but it’s not crazy if you have any interest in hoppy beers; in fact, it’s fairly balanced compared to some offerings.

Mouthfeel: Sort of middle of the road. Obviously it’s a big ABV, but aside from the hoppiness it’s not terribly “hot”, so the uninformed drinker needs to take very careful care.

Drinkability: It’s a huge IPA, and I know some people [salute] drink them day in and day out, before and after breakfast, lunch and dinner, but I think the rest of us probably need to recognize that a bomber of this caliber will significantly affect afternoon productivity. (1,186 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy orange (I don't mind a bit o' yeast in my brew) with an inch of head and some pretty sweet lace.

The smell has some pineapple, white bread, honey and (as it warms) a hint of pine sap.

This beer is almost all hops in the taste. I ain't complaining, just not much balance. Citrus, apricot, fresh cut grass, lemon peel and a touch of white bread. There is a noticeable alcohol spice that could be worked on. 8.5% isn't too big to hide it better AleSmith. Mouth is smooth with a little heat.

I love AleSmith, but this brew needs just a touch of tweaking in the alcohol taste (and price) department. I'm glad I got to grab one. (642 characters)

Photo of mdvatab
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into snifter.
Courtesy of Barfwin!

Aroma: Sweet, spicy orange zest, apricot, and honey sweetness.

Appearance: Golden-orange body. One finger falls slowly to thin layer of fine foam. Minimal lacing.

Flavor: Well-balanced citrus and pine with sweet honey. Sweetness is well-balanced by hop flavor and bitterness. Bitterness is not overpowering, or one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation, medium-full body, and slightly drying hop tannins

Overall: A very enjoyable and well-balanced IIPA. Citrusy sweetness is is not syrupy, and at the same time, prevents this brew from being a hop bomb. Thanks Mike! (641 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely hazy golden-orange body, topped by a level finger of dense white foam. Good lacing.

Aroma of pine backed by juicy oranges. Inviting yet warning.

Deep caramelly malt foundation slathers the tongue. Sense of alcohol, but no burn in the belly, its all in the mouth and head. Huge burst of juicy oranges. Uncurrent of pine. Lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel seems a little wimpy considering the size of everything else.

Overall, a highly enjoyable big Imperial IPA. (473 characters)

YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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