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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,484
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 242
Gots: 57 | FT: 2
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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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JamisonM

Arizona

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

notes from 4th of July

A: Cloudy orange good lace good head good head retention carbonation screaming from the top a creamy looking head

S: Orange grapefruit mango pineapple a bit of sweetness coming through from malt and fresh hop

T: Citrus tropical fruit slight amount of pine malt backs up the strong hops but is an afterthought no alcohol detected in smell or taste

M: med mouth high carbonation

D: Very refreshing summer IPA very drinkable

Overall: very good brew for hop heads and even non hop heads would enjoy this I think. The beer has a good fresh hop kick that does not overwhelm. Refreshing summer IPA cheers to Alesmith for this one!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 15:14:53 | More by JamisonM
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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

22oz bottle poured into my trusty Berwick Brewing pint glass. Got this one at Whole Foods for a whopping $8.99 a great price in these here parts. The last one on the shelf. Celebrating 4th of July with this one.

Yulesmith Summer goes into the pint glass looking a hazy orange with some gold trimmings in between, on par for a DIPA from out west. The head on this is magnificent, it really looks magical. It is a bright off white color with foamy bubbly appearance. It condenses into a creamy head with a rocky appearance. Billowy and glass coating, perfect!!

Smells leap out with vigor including a plethora of hop juice and sweet malts backing that huge hop bill. Getting a load of grapefruit with slight tangerine/orange and some papaya to go along. No real pine up in here. Citrusy but also sweet smelling. You can just smell the sweet malt backing, it does take 2nd place though. No sign of alcohol.

Yulesmith summer while very citrusy in taste does not contain any of those piney tastes often found in west coast DIPA's, no pine at all. A great mix of hops and malts. Citrus squeezed grapefruit with some papaya and mango although the mango is quite light. Sweet malt with semi caramel. The sweetness is big but not cloying. Not really all that bittering. A touch of alc. in the finish, small potatoes though. Great stuff.

The body is above medium with a semi coating feel that goes away in time. Im not bombarded by a bittering feel more like hop juice coating the mouth. I would not mind just a bit more bitterness, it ain't no thang. This is carbed fine and ample but it sort of gets lost under the body, not overly crisp. My tounge does not hurt after this. I could drink more beer after this and actually taste it, not a palate destroyer. This is a fresh bottle by the way.

All in all this is a great DIPA. I think some classify this as a imperial red ale and I can see that with the assload of sweet malt packed in here, but the tropical fruit screams WEST COAST DOUBLE. I drank a bomber of this and I felt the effects with 8.5% and I would do it again. Im on the prowl for more bottles. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 05:52:25 | More by BARFLYB
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zoso1967

Michigan

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

Pours a light amber with an amazing frothy head that seems to defy physics with its staying power. The aroma is wonderful. Full of grapefruit, orange and pine with just a touch of malt sweetness. The flavor is wonderfully hoppy and in your face. Pine, gapefruit citrus rind, lemon and some pinapple. The malt seems pretty subdued. It a little bit of a toasty chracter but overall it is just helping hold up a tounge bruising bitterness. There is a definite sense of heat in this double, but it seems to work well with the overall presentation. Medium bodied with a mouthfeel that seems fairly sharp and finishes nice and dry. Very drinkable and a great beer to kick back with on this 4th of July. Another superb beer from AleSmith.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 18:13:54 | More by zoso1967
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Axic10

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter.

Appearance: Pours a medium hazy golden color with about 2 fingers of fluffy foam.

Smell: Very fresh and clean aroma of pineapple, mango and tangerine.

Taste: Taste mirrors the nose. Heavy flavors of pineapple, mango, tangerine, slight hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Wish this was a year round beer, but very enjoyable in the summer months. Will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 22:33:22 | More by Axic10
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

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

22 oz bottle from smokepot23, thanks! Drank this with Surly Abrasive because, well, they were both cold.

Pours a light, mostly clear deep golden color with a massive, rocky airy white head that settles into a thick foamy layer with bubbly rings of lacing. Aroma is exceptionally sticky and sweet, tons of tropical citrus fruits, primarily pineapple and grapefruit. Also a slight solventy alcohol tinge is in the nose. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation producing a pleasant clean, dry finish. Flavor is dominated by bitter piney and citrus hops, more pineapple sweet than anything else like the aroma with a fairly strong and mild spicy bready malt body providing some balance. I think I enjoyed the smoothness and balance of the Abrasive slightly more than this, but these beers have very little in common other than a category. Regardless, there was a very drinkable, bitter and citrus sweet west coast DIPA that is highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 19:42:42 | More by yourefragile
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regspeir

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 0z bottle into a snifter.
Pours a lemon-orange with a huge pure white head. This head retention was as good as I have seen on an IPA and the lacing was extraordinary as well. Aroma is a wonderful nose of floral, pine, grapefruit, orange. The taste begins with some pineapple, grapefruit, peach and orange and some sweet malt (caramel/honey). This gives way to a little spice, some light bready notes and ends with a nice hop bite. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium with moderate carbonation. This beer has such a nice balance - nice edge/graininess and hops perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the malts both as you drink it and after. This is a great beer and one I will aggressively seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 21:04:06 | More by regspeir
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vertigelt1

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica. This is the Summer Yule.

A: bright orange marmelade colour in a goblet. Finger of nitrous-y white head that Leaves gloriously delicate lacing as the glass empties.

S: I can smell the pine and floral aromas from three feet away. Right at the nose, it's intense. Like laying down in a redwood glade and smelling the dirt. A little spice and tiniest hint of biscuity malts for balance.

T: oh, I almost have found beer heaven in a glass. The pine and flowers are right there, playing the roof of the mouth. Malts are present with the slightest candied green raisins. Prototypical grapefruit bitterness that lingers and mixes with the resiny mouthfeel.

M: full bodied, slightly sticky with a lip-licking resin that compliments the finish ver well. Excellent delicate carbonation makes t feel like spring water despite it's full body and bitter finish. Like champaigne and strawberries.

D: the aromas keep ke comng back. Think I like it's smell more than it's taste, but I can't stop sipping it. And that's it: it's a sipper, but one you could do glass after glas.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2010 03:48:11 | More by vertigelt1
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billshmeinke

California

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

Finally trying this right after it is released. Poured into my Iron Man pint glass.

Golden in color. A pretty hard pour produces a finger white head that resides to a substantial layer of foam on top. Very clear with big bubbles floating to the top. The second half of the bottle is much hazier. Exceptional retention and great lacing left behind.

A very clean and bright tropical fruit hop aroma of tropical fruits (pineapple), and orange rind.

The flavor is of orange rind up front, peppery spiciness, floral, and a hint of grapefruit. Strong bitter finish and a nice malt backbone. Reminds me of Mikkeller 10 a little bit.

High end of medium bodied. Medium carbonation with a nice hop bite at the end.

Very nice DIPA. Probably gonna have to stock up for the fourth.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 22:18:35 | More by billshmeinke
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Gobzilla

California

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

A: poured a golden light orange with yellow highlights with a finger of head and left great sticky lacing on the glass.

S: big on the citrus grapefruit with nice piney hop aromas with a good malt presence with bready notes and hints of pineapple.

T: citrus grapefruit and hop bitterness up front like the nose with good sweet malts to balance out the hops and a some booze that mixes quite well but still accents the overall flavor. It is also slight pineapple notes.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a sweet and nice hop bite.

D: very drinkable IPA with great citrus grapefruit bitterness that does have plenty of booze as well but is well blanaced by the malts. I'm glad I can have more of this beer whenever I want.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 04:26:39 | More by Gobzilla
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squaremile

Oregon

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

Had on tap at the AleSmith taproom in San Diego. Pours a crystal gold with a fluffy white head. Very nice. Smell is moderate pine-y hops and some grasses. Taste is more of the same, pine that creates a brightness. Nice for the summer time. Light mouthfeel and very drinkable especially at nearly 9%.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2010 23:24:42 | More by squaremile
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klikger

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured gradually into a standard pint glass

A - Light amber in color, this beer produced a massive, billowy head when poured and left behind a nice trail of foam as it was consumed. Quite a bit of sedimentary yeast was present at the bottom of the bottle.

S - Very fragrant, with sweet notes of honey and caramel tempered by floral hops.

T - This tasted very citrusy from the get-go, but malty sweetness soon followed. Flavors of peaches and oranges were readily detectable, as were those of nasturtium and rose. Although this is very fruity and floral, it's not overly sweet. Despite the lack of a blistering grapefruit aftertaste which could have put this over the top, there is enough bite and bitter to pacify this hop addict. I wish I could rate the taste 4.75; this is just shy of perfection for me.

M - Feels right for a DIPA; slightly heavy, maybe even bordering on syrupy at moments, but this doesn't detract.

D - The bomber went down easily and left me wanting more. Perhaps not another 22 oz., however.

This was my first YuleSmith, and I can't wait for my next. Although a lot of DIPAs have the sweet/bitter thing going on, this beer stands out from the crowd due to the myriad of flavors present as well as its superb bouquet. AleSmith has yet to let me down...

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 21:24:55 | More by klikger
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ricke

Sweden

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange with a white head lacing some lacings.

The smell is hoppy with a nice grapefruit/pine-needle character with hints of tobacco. Quite a lot of malts are shining through.

The flavor is fairly sweet with a pleasant caramel malty backbone with notes of vanilla. Decent amount of aroma hops (pine-needles and grapefruit). Ends bitter with peppery and citric hops, and hints of warming alcohol.

Medium to full body, easy on the palate and very easy to drink.

An enjoyable double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 22:42:31 | More by ricke
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kegger22

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AleSmith YuleSmith Holiday Summer Ale was a cloudy copper color with a thickass, two finger beige head that displayed excellent retention.

The aroma was magnificent! I would eat/drink this because of the scent; be it beer, bread or blonde. The aroma is rich, full, sweet and the essence of the holiday spirit. I may not be able to describe great aroma, but I know it when I smell it.

The taste was a let down after that wonderful aroma (sniff). It definitely blended sweet malt and citrus hops, but not to it's advantage. While I raved about YuleSmith Holiday Winter Ale, Summer left me cold, just sweet and bitter mixed with no real purpose in mind. I am amazed that this is rated so high, I find it rather pedestrian, but there is no accounting for taste (mine or anyone else's).

The mouth feel was medium bodied, oily and modestly carbonated.

Drinkability was good.

Despite my negative comments about the taste, this was not a bad beer at all. Just not up to the usual AleSmith high standards, or the high BA rating IMO.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 22:16:22 | More by kegger22
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femALEist

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at City Beer's Alesmith event during SF Beer week.
Yulesmith, which is an Imperial IPA and 8.5%. It wasn't that floral and I didn't get much nose out of it- a hint of hops. It tasted like citrus hops- it had a great bitterness to it and was a bit dry. It left a dry grapefruit skin bitterness on your tongue and throat. Someone next to me at the bar said it was reminiscent of a greyhound- in a good way. It was pretty drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2010 19:48:44 | More by femALEist
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JerryBullfrog

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer version.

Golden orange color with an off-white, slightly yellow head that sticks around for a while. A bit of lacing sticks to the side of the glass while some sediment sinks to the bottom.

The grapefruit jumps out first, followed by aromas of orange, pineapple, pine, and malt.

Good carbonation leads to a nice mouthfeel... a little burnt toast comes through at first, followed by flavors of citrus, pine, and a bit of booziness and sulfur. The bitterness at the end isn't overpowering.

It's good, but since I've had this stored in the fridge since summer I feel like I'm missing out on what it can be. I'll get a fresh one when it's released again and re-review.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 17:49:14 | More by JerryBullfrog
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punkrkr27

Michigan

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

Summer:
Clear gold in color with a huge, meringue like white head that really hangs around for a while. The aroma is lush with evergreen and bright zesty citrus notes. The malt lends a subtly sweet toffee and biscuit layer to the aroma. Evergreen and juniper flavors jump out at first and quickly blend in with lots of fresh grapefruit and orange notes. Toasty and sweet caramel malt flavor rounds it out with some lingering honey and bitterness on the finish. The body is creamy with a medium viscosity and soft but plentiful carbonation.

Winter:
Dark copper pour with a big, lasting, frothy, off-white head and good lacing. Resinous pine aroma with citrus, toasty caramel and hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Slightly sweet caramel flavor with a slight gingerbread note and lots of piny, citrusy and peppery hops on the finish. The body is sticky, medium-full with lots of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 17:39:05 | More by punkrkr27
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hophead247

California

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

I really liked this DIPA from Alesmith. Truly amazing appearance! Deep golden color, and a head that was produced upon pouring that nearly exploded out of my glass, very pillowy, vanilla colored. Great floral aroma of pine, grapefruit, butterscotch and tons o' hops. Sweet and syrupy caramel is in the initial flavor, fading into spicier, earthy tones that finishes with nice hops bitterness. Lots of citrus nose in this one. Crisp finish, with long-lasting flavor. One of my favorite summertime IPA's. Great!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 06:09:37 | More by hophead247
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green and red label.
Very opaque amber, with a thick, white head that gradually diminishes but remains full. Leaves a lot of lacing as it goes down.
Strong hops presence on the nose. Citrus, malts, pineapple. Smells very much like an IPA.
Taste is definitely hoppy as well, though very well-balanced and by no means overwhelming. A little bit of spice that is typically found in winter warmers, and just the right amount. Nice, malty backbone.
Mouthfeel is good; crisp with a good level of carbonation.
Drinkability is good as well. Little to no alcohol presence combined with the great taste of this beer leaves me wishing I had another.
Excellent beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 03:04:25 | More by Parrotbeak
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RaulMatisse

California

2.78/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A 4th of July beer seemed fitting for a rainy winter night. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Telegraph tulip.

A :: A fiery, golden-orange glow is consistent throughout, with a fine balance that lies partway between translucency and opacity. Very exciting indeed. Soapy bubbles form a collar around the glass with flings of lace scattered about. Streams of carbonation line the glass. Towards the end of the bottle, a gentle pour yields a cottony head that, upon recession, leaves thick, fluffy lace behind. Definitely worth a second look.

S :: Yikes, a little sweeter than expected. Yes, piney hops hum in the background, but the main chorus consists of an aria of overripe pineapple and doughy malt. Blind tastings between AS IPA and YuleSmith Summer would be inconclusive--save for slightly more funk in the Yule. Frankly, in the realm of scent, this one can be classified as a GIPA (generic IPA).

T :: The Yule is the prodigal son of the AS IPA--it insisted on wandering into the land of the Imperial IPA, never quite made it, but got really boozy along the way. After a momentary flash of what may be a discernable hop or malt presence, I am broadsided by what tastes like a bitter orange peel soaked in alcohol. It makes your head cock to the side at best, your face grimace at worst.

M :: Up front, mouthfeel is notable; however, the initial sparkle of bottle conditioning is quickly sloshed away by an alcohol-warmed mouth.

D :: Mischievously drinkable 9-, 10-, and even 12-percent ABV beers are not hard to happen upon these days, so why should I be caught without an umbrella in alcoholic rain with an 8.5-percent IPA? A certain crispness and a firmer hop snap could whip this beer into good standing amongst the great West Coast DIPA's.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 03:36:23 | More by RaulMatisse
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cvaypai

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to large snifter.

Appearance - Pours a very pale yellow orange, very transparent, but with lots of floaters, pourn with a 2 and a half finger white FROTHY head that leaves an amazing lacing.

Smell - Smells of grapefruit, other citrus, maybe a hint of orange. Very grassy with hints of pine, these are the secondary smells. On the end the sweet malts can be smelled.

Taste - Nice citrusy bitterness right up front, lots of grapefruit and pine in the taste. This is a very dry and bitter beer, I can only imagine what it was like last summer. Not extremely complex but just tastes great. Hints of the sweet malt sneaking up on the end, standard caramel, sweet malts.

Mouthfeel - Feels good for the style. Not too heavy and not too light. Has a nice smooth and dry finish despite all the bitter tongue biting. Nice carbonation all the way through.

Drinkability - One bomber will be plenty of me, this is a hell of a beer and one I could see buying every summer if I lived in their distro area. Nice for a summer day I am sure.

My first from alesmith.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 20:35:39 | More by cvaypai
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Breweries really should avoid naming two different beers the same thing and hope that seasons will remove any confusion, because it doesn't. This is the firework one (the photo should be changed on this website to clear up any additional confusion). Received as an extra in a trade with stawn. Thanks. Beer poured into a snifter.

Beer is orangish to yellow and has a slight haze to tit. Forms a two fingered white head of small to medium bubbles. Head completely coats the sides of the glass with lacing. Carbonation is moderate and steady. Feeds the head well.

I'm sitting about a foot from the beer and I can smell it from here. Big hop aroma, a slight yeast funk, the yeast did not completely settle out of the beer and when I popped it they floated back up into the beer. Oh well. There is some malt sweetness in this beer as well. Very strong, citrus hop aroma.

Beer is medium bodied and has a good hop flavor in the mid-palate, definitely citrus hops. The bitterness is not bad. This beer is less malty than many DIPAs I've been trying lately and this is good. Drinkability is really high. Beer is not overly sweet. I fear that the hops may have diminished in this beer, I should try and get one of these more fresh than this but there still is significant bitterness. The reason why I think it may have faded is there is a slight sulfur aftertaste to this beer that I attribute to fallen hops. Overall its a great beer and this sulfur flavor is mild and not distracting. There is basically no aftertaste but the bitterness does grow the more you drink. I think the body and feel of this IPA a lot.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 01:29:16 | More by drabmuh
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kwakwhore

North Carolina

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

A fresh 2009 winter Yulesmith courtesy of jlindros, an extremely generous trader.
Deep reddish brown pour with a beige, light tan head. Retention lasts forever and leaves gobs of lace on the glass.
citrus hops and malt on the nose.
Hop bitterness is upfront with a malt underpinning. The malt is there with a hint of dark dried fruits but because this is a recent bottling the hops are dominant. Malts become more prominent as the beer warms up and hints of bitter chocolate appear as well.
Velvet mouthfeel with plenty of hop oils coating the tongue.
Pretty easy to drink, especially for its strength.
A worthy representative from an excellent west coast brewer. I'll have to keep an eye out for the summer version as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 03:17:51 | More by kwakwhore
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FrognutUnl

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bring for forking over the bottle.

This is the winter version.

A - Cloudy copper in color with about 2 fingers of off white head with some decent staying power (20 minutes later and I am still looking at it).

S - Lots of citrusy hops and sweet malt with a faint aroma of resin.

T - Well balanced hop bitterness and malts. The hop profile is very piney and resinous with a nice grapefruit and pineapple kick. The finish is fairly dry, which is impressive considering the amount of sweet caramel like malt flavors.

M - Creamy and quite sticky. Full bodied.

D - This is certainly a well crafted brew which I will enjoy to the bitter end.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 06:29:56 | More by FrognutUnl
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theghost3

Louisiana

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

I had the Winter version of this on New Year's Eve.

Pours a hazy deep amber with a 3-finger, frothy orange-beige head. Lots of lacing.

The smell is slightly pine & citrus hops with some dried fruits, spices such as coriander, and a little sweet maltiness. The taste is citrusy hops, which are not overpowering. There are also spices and caramel malts. Mouthfeel is carbonated, medium-bodied, and sticky.

This is a drinkable Imperial IPA. It's not a hop bomb but is well balanced instead.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 03:03:09 | More by theghost3
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Popkas

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice deep amber with a frothy head that leaves a ton of residual. So far so good.

S: Pine and citrus nose with some balance of malt.

T: Starts with a mild bitterness immediately followed with a mellow sugary malt. But that's not it...the citrus and hops come through strong in the end.

M: Mounthfeel is a little bit thinner that I was expecting. Thin, carbonated and slippery/oily.

D: Balanced and hides the alcohol well.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 01:53:52 | More by Popkas
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,484 ratings.