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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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922 Reviews
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Reviews: 922
Hads: 1,762
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 258
Gots: 110 | 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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Reviews: 922 | Hads: 1,762
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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Photo of gradergator
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber. Nice hazy orange with a decent one finger head. Aroma is sweet and piney with a fresh hops smell rising from the gass. Taste is more balaced than I thoutht it would be and has lots of citrus flavors. Bready on the backside with a very nice finish. An outstanding adult beverage. Others out there that I would grab first but still a great beer.

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Photo of pearljam118
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip.

A - pours a really hazy pumpkin orange with minimal head

S - Malty, really no hops to speak of

T - Decently balanced with malt dominating more. Really not hoppy as I expected. Very sweet and grapefruit is present.

M - Light carbonation for the style, dry finish that is a little boozy

O - I'm pretty dissapointed. I was expecting a bigger brother to Alesmith IPA but this is really malty. I don't know if it has faded since Alesmith doesn't use dates but I'm not getting any old hop taste. For $10+/bomber I wouldn't grab this again.

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Photo of erha2
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Gold, yellowish. Definitely a lighter color than most double IPAs. Pours with a good inch of head.

Smell: Pine, tropical fruits.

Taste: Grapefruit. Intense pine needle bitter finish. Definitely a palate wrecker. My tongue is still buzzing. Definitely taste some alcohol too.

Mouthfeel: Medium but oddly on the lighter side for this style. Good carbonation.

One of the good west coast style double IPAs. A bit too much alcohol knocks this down a bit. I'd prefer AleSmith IPA over this but still tasty.

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Photo of mrtripod
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a golden orange with plenty of head. Standard color for a double IPA.

S: Huge notes of pine trees, pineapple and just a touch of sweetness in the nostrils so you know they put some malt in it

T: Taste is citrus and pine - finishing with some lightly toasted caramel sweetness. On the swallow there is a light bitterness that quickly fades to a lingering soft bitter pine flavor

M: Very good carbonation from bottle conditioning and very smooth and silky on the palate which is a Great West Coast DIPA given the IBU and alcohol content

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Nice to see TJ's getting some AleSmith brews on tap lately. This one poured a crystal clear amber color with a small white head that left a bit of soapy lacing on the snifter it was served in. Nice clean aroma rich with citrus and piney hops. Taste was actually a bit subdued, surprisingly; not quite bland, but pretty lack-luster, compared to what I got in the nose. Caramel malts, crisp hops--citrus, pine, tropical fruit--nice and dry in the finish. All the typical qualities were there, but it just felt a little thinned down to me. Otherwise, body was light-medium, slightly sticky, and while it may have been a tad lacking in the flavor department, the tamer amount of palate-recking hop flavor/intensity made it that much more drinkable. So it pretty much balanced out, for a good quality beer in the end.

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Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big inch tall dense foamed head on a murky dark yellow.
Awesome head retention with splotchy lacing.

Juicy floral hoppy goodness.

Omnomnom. "Pineapples." Bright hops and actually a big malty caramel background. Different.

Properly carbonated, perhaps heavy on it. Medium mouthfeel.

More malty than huge hops for a DIPA. Huge thanks to TATURBO for a beer I never thought I'd get to.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a hazy golden color with some straw yellow hues. Thicker crop of white head rests on top and retains for a while before leaving copious amounts of lacing ringed around the glass.

Bitter and hoppy in the nose with some fruit tones and slight warmth. Touches of citrus and pineapple with a thinner malt presence.

Citrusy hops burst forward with touches of orange and grapefruit. Notes of pineapple with soft sweetness in between the bitterness, which runs throughout the profile. Milder malt backbone with some bready and biscuit-like tendencies. Finishes a little warm and bitter.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. Definitely a nice DIPA with plenty of pleasant fruit and hops. I had this once before and it was way past its prime, but this was definitely a fresh keg.

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Photo of mactrail
2.97/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A winey and bitter sort of DIPA. Nothing festive about it. Rather thin and extremely sharp. Malt seems to disappear into the hoppy tangle. Foam is quite decent. Aroma of pine and pollen is rather pleasant.

Hazy light amber, touch of orange. Quite a bit of sediment, I discover on pouring another glass. Some aromatics but mostly the grapefruit pith with a touch of resins. I say again, so sharp, and so light bodied. Bitter from start to finish.

From the 22 oz bottle. There must be a hundred better DIPAs, if that's what this is supposed to be.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.66/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2010 vintage 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Hi-Time Liquor in Costa Mesa, California, and served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer stemflute in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Cost was $9.99 plus tax. Reviewed live.

Expectations are high as I have a very high regard for the brewery (which I've visited), and it's aged. I know I had the winter version but I don't remember what rating I gave it (and I'm too lazy to look it up). However, I'm very skeptical of aged IPAs. Hop death seems like it would be devastating to an IPA. But hey, this is Alesmith, and I trust Hi-Time.

I normally hate the style for its usual imbalance, but if anyone can do it right (after Russian River), it's Alesmith.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice cream, decent thickness, and great retention for the relatively high ABV. Colour is a hazy nontransparent (but not opaque) yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Hoppy - but sadly more on the bittering end. Some pine and citrus, but not enough to turn me on to it. A bit stale. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Hoppy, with citrus and slight pine. Overall, hop balances tips largely toward the bitterness end, but the citrus and pine do a decent job of evening it out. It's a bit floral. Overall, it's rather simple for Alesmith. I suspect there was a great deal of hop death. It's gone off to some extent. The finish is particularly problematic, with the bitterness emerging to unfavorable effect. Horribly balanced, both in terms of structure and flavour. It might have been built decently back when it was brewed, but now the built comes off as bad, especially in the case of the hops; even the strain could have issues. Maybe summit hops were used? I hope not.

Mf: Coarse, too thick, and decently wet. Strange for the style, and not apt. Likely suffers from the age like the flavour profile (though again, I want to emphasize this is merely an assertion). Doesn't really complement the flavours all that well.

Dr: I wouldn't get this again, but I can't emphasize enough that I suspect hop death is a factor here. I'd try it on draught just to make sure this was indeed a fluke. I do think this review is valuable for educational purposes. Hides its ABV well. Of limited quality. A disappointment from Alesmith.


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Photo of marikoangel
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of mltobin
4.02/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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...

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Photo of justintcoons
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of sfprint
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of dasenebler
1.62/5  rDev -61.7%
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?

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Photo of crnipeter
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
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.)

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of uustal
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.51/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of beer2day
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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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YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 922 ratings.