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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,538
Reviews: 896
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 243
Gots: 67 | 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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Pittsburgh

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Great pour, tons of suds, murky yellow color, smells fruity.

Very bitter and tart, strong hop presence, very powerful, torching the tastebuds. Malty backbone, not very noticeable, tastes more like a hop bomb to me, but in a good way. Down the path of the hoppy and bitter great IPAs that I've had.

Well done, my first beer from Alesmith, and I like what I am tasting, definitely holds it's own with any other DIPA and the west coast versions I have had.

Lovely.

08-22-2010 20:24:16 | More by Pittsburgh
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -8.1%

22oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with over an inch of frothy meringue-like white foam (with a sublt yellowish tint). the beer is moderately cloudy, golden in color. sticky lacing covering the glass.

S - full of candied pineapple, pears, grapefruit, melon, and lemon zest. very fragrant. almost picking up some light peanut-buttery sweetness near the end. a little odd but not bad.

T - sharp bitter earthy, pine hops...slowly melds into some more fruit: notably pineapple, apricot, and bitter oranges. a fiar amount of alcohol makes an appearence during the second half. pine(sol) really begins to take over before the massive carbonation (read below) rips everything to shreds. lingering piney bitterness.

M - light body with sharp and prickly carbonation...almost to the point of being distracting. a bit conerned now that something about this bottle may not be right as I'm completely missing the oily slick feel that others are reviewing.

D - again, concerns over a possibly "weird" bottle. would have been much more enjoyable with about half the carbonation and/or a thicker body to carry. the flavors dont really get a chance to sink in and develop.

08-21-2010 22:51:29 | More by Stigs
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%

I recently had an 08 that got put back out on the shelves when this beer was late coming to Oh. It held up quite well. This is a new bottle, Independence Day 2010.

A- Moderately hazed and pale gold with a lacy white head.

S- The malt bill is quite strong here. Its closing in on a barleywine like many IIPA/DIPAs do. Lots of pale malt, pine, oranges and grapefruit.

T- Quite bitter but the malts are big here too. Starts out crackery and malty and then gets damn bitter and piney. A slight medicinal bitterness on the finish.

M- Super dry and resinous. Get a glass of water to go with this one.

08-21-2010 18:37:00 | More by MbpBugeye
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to piclee and psiweaver for this.

4.5 A: Hazy yellow orange color. Three fingers of creamy/frothy hybrid with excellent retention and plenty of lacing.

4.5 S: Piney, floral, and citrusy. At first it has an uncomfortable resemblance to Pine-Sol, but then an underlying layer of bitterness brings it back to the realm of beer. Pine and orange are the strongest aromas, with lemon zest and pineapple following. Really nice. I wish I could give it a 4.75.

4.5 T: Orange and pineapple are beating my tongue senseless. Tropical fruits, pine, grapefruit, and herbalness underneath. Lots of flavor hops, in fact maybe the most flavor hops I've encountered, but there's an annoying bready/doughiness getting in the way. I usually like a barleywine-esque DIPA, but in this case the hops are the star and the malts are just distracting. Still, this is a very tasty brew.

4.0 M: Thicker medium body. Again, the malts are pissing me off. This falls into the middle ground between dry, bitter DIPAs and barleywine DIPAs. If this picked a side, I'd be happier. Still, good creaminess and smooth.

4.5 D: This is a great brew. If the malts were a bit cleaner, this would be a 5 for sure. AleSmith knows there shit, I learned that a while ago.

08-21-2010 01:20:05 | More by DavoleBomb
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rand

California

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

2010 Alesmith Summer Yulesmith
Poured slowly from bomber to tulip

A: Pours a cloudy, yellow-tan with lots of carbonation that forms a sudsy, sea-foam head. Lots of retention here, leaving sticky lacing everywhere. Even though the bottle was chilled upright and poured slowly, there's plenty of suspended yeast.

S: Clean, strong pine scent with a lemony citrus backdrop. The alcohol pokes through and tingles your nose.

T: The hops immediately overwhelm the palate with a pleasantly bitter pine resin and a slightly sour lemon-citrus. These flavors aggressively sweep over your tongue, but the honey-like malt backbone provides ample support and rewards your mouth with a layered give-and-take of bitter and sweet. The alcohol steps in to break things up and brew finishes a slightly bitter orange, where the unfiltered yeast likely contributes.

M: Rich, oily, chewy. Nicely full bodied. Alesmith's super-slick mouthfeel is always satisfying.

D: Another West Coast (and specifically San Diego) example of a DIPA that goes down dangerously fast. Unfortunately, I didn't take notes on the last couple of years Alesmith put this out, but I remember this being a lot better than the 2 or 3 bottles of 2009 Summer Yulesmith I had (which might speak to some of the bad, soapy bottles other BA's are noting - Alesmith is relatively small and the bottle-conditioning may increase the error potential). The bottle-conditioning adds that extra layer of complexity, but ultimately the brew is incredibly balanced.

2011 re-review: Pretty much the same thing, tastes like Alesmith has gotten pretty consistent with this brew. There was stronger diacetyl in the nose, but that's about it. Still delicious.

08-20-2010 07:23:32 | More by rand
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

This is a damn fine DIPA, I feel bad for those who got the soapy bottles. Pours a beautiful tawny golden color with a big dense cap of foam. Smell is just the way I like my DIPAs, full of hops with a bit of malt backing. In any case, the hops are at the forefront here with some big pine and citrus notes. This follows through in the taste, with a bit of bready malt providing some backing. Very delicious and drinkable. A bit sticky, could potentially use a bit more carbonation. Good overall drinkability, would buy it again for sure.

08-20-2010 02:47:21 | More by LordAdmNelson
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -19.4%

Reviewed from notes
Consumed 8/1 poured in to my Portsmouth Tulip

A: This beer pours a hazy, lighter gold color with a big 3 finger of white sudsy head. Head recedes at a slow pace leaving tones of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is chalk full of pine and citrus hops. Nice bitter nose on this one.

T: Taste starts with a big burst of grapefruit and orange/tangerine flavoring. A piney earthy flavor comes in before a rather surprisingly hearty sweet caramel malt presence.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp body

D: Goes down somewhat easily, a little bit of heat, not too filling, a bit too malty from what I was expecting from a DIPA but a decent beer.

08-19-2010 09:02:55 | More by Jayli
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +5%

Thanks to kaiser81 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma is piney and resiny hops and not too much else. Definitely a DIPA. The flavor is an incredible and varied mix of hops. In addition to a little bit of bready malt, I get hop flavors of pine, resin, pineapple, papaya and oranges. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great beer that lived up to the hype.

08-17-2010 02:35:02 | More by Mora2000
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a hazed golden oranage color with full cap of soapy white head, good retention and lacing. First whiffs are of piney and earthy hops, gradually giving way to some tropical and citrus notes and a slightly sweet grahmn crackery background. First sips are of bitter hops, that lean a touch more towards pine, full floral, tropical and citrus flavors take over as the beer sits and the tounge gets used to the bitterness. A nice grahmn crackery sweet backbone again present. Medium bodied, slightly oily, semi dry finnish. A very nice dIPA that falls just short of spectacular due to some slightly muddled hop notes.

08-16-2010 14:43:32 | More by rfgetz
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fastsrt

New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

22 ounce bottle in pint glass

A: hazy, golden, thick white head.

S: floral hops, the malts still shine through

T: hops just Pop, then a subtle sweetness balance things out. this is a IIPA, Hops at the forefront, balanced by malts and alcohol

M: high carbonation, gives allot to summer beer.

D: smooth drinking ipa

08-16-2010 00:19:35 | More by fastsrt
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

Poured from a 2010 vintage 22oz. bomber into a Red Stripe pint glass.

A: Perfect. Golden wheat yellow with nice carbonation and great lacing.

S: Unfortunately the hop aroma has worn off quite a bit. I still get a little pine note, and some sharp cheese.

T: The hop aroma may have worn off, but the taste is still there! Perfect mix of sweet and bitter - do we call that bittersweet?

M: Just as the appearance suggests, there is the perfect amount of carbonation in this bad boy. Also has a pleasant not-too-bitter finish.

D: I didn't have a problem taking down the bomber myself, but the beer seems a little "meatier" than 8.5% ABV.

Overall, a tremendous DIPA/IIPA - right up my alley!

08-15-2010 22:32:11 | More by hoppymcgee
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DoctorDog

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz. bottle into a snifter. Bottle supplied by a generous, beer-minded friend.

**Bottle shows ABV @ 8.5%, AleSmith's website currently lists it @ 9.5% ABV, and listed here at 8.8% ABV.

A- Orange / amber, and a bit hazy. 2+ fingers frothy white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap. Nice retention, and a fair amount of sticky lacing.

S- Oranges/grapefruit/citrus, and a bit of piney hop aroma. Solid backing of sweet caramel malt notes.

T- Citrus flavors and grapefruit/citrus peel hop bitterness. Hefty backing of malty sweetness provides some balance.

M- Moderate carbonation, with a medium-full feel. A touch syrupy.

D- Good. Solid across the board, goes down easy...a pleasure.

Future outlook: An excellent, fairly uncomplicated beer that was great to get to try for free, and worthy of parting with a few of my own dollars to have again.

08-15-2010 03:23:53 | More by DoctorDog
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Got this from the exalted Sideswipe-- a most generous Ba if there ever was one. I have been blessed with three amazing trading partners-- huge thanks to John though-- this was just 1 of a dozen awesome bottles that he threw in-- along with some great schwag!

I poured this into a standard pint glass.

Wow. Even with a careful pour I ended up with 3 fingers of head that nearly bubbled itself right out the top of my glass! The head is thick and creamy like meringue. It sticks hard and fast to the sides of the glass and lingers over a pale golden body. The head is bone white, the body shows signs of copper when held up just right. This really looks great.

A bright and prickly mouthfeel bruises my tongue as it pop-rocks its way across. Huge hop notes are the focus on this one-- a light clean malt bill provides some sweetness and enough of a base to support the breadth of hoppy goodness. The smells of citrus and tropical fruits fills my olfactory sense with child-like wonder. Nice grapefruit and orange and pineapple... Very well mingled with the bitterness as I drink. The bitterness isn't harsh or astringent, it feels more like a slight scrubbing of my tastebuds, readying them for the next sip!

The body is of a nice medium build with ample carbonation-- very nice. This is an excellent example of a west-coast DIPA. Great flavor, excellent feel, crazy hops, and a true pleasure to drink. The finish presents with a bittersweet note... It starts sweet before turning delightfully bitter. But I'm saddened by each passing sip because I am nearing the end of my bomber. The 8% ABV makes this an amazing beer to enjoy. I am finishing this bomber seemingly without effort.

Pick this beer up! Enjoy it while it is available.
Big thanks again to John!

08-14-2010 02:58:54 | More by AleWatcher
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 - what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a bright golden orange, mild haze, with an abundant white head akin to whipped egg whites. The carbonation is VERY active in this one.

Smell -- Picking up citrus and tropical fruit notes. There's a little bit of resin in the nose, not pronounced. Caramel malts also present.

Taste -- Up front is pine resin hop bitterness with apricot, peach, grapefruit, and pineapple. Following up are some dry and husky malt notes as well as a moderate amount of caramel and cane juice sweetness that makes those fruity hop notes really stand out. Finish is fairly clean.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with mild prickly carbonation, nearly spot-on.

Drinkability -- Wow, this was a welcomed surprise. Everything was just really nice. Great fruity notes from the hops, but not enough to be overpowering, as with the bitterness. The malt bill brought in just enough sweetness to make the fruity notes in the hops *pop* without getting anywhere near cloying. Well thought, well executed, just good on all counts.

08-12-2010 21:34:47 | More by yeahnatenelson
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Split with airohead2001.

A: I am shocked at the level of carbonation in this beer. A cautious pour yields a 4 finger head white head. Golden straw colored with excellent retention and, moderate lacing.

S: Pure citrus. This is the most intense citrus smelling beer that I have ever had. Lots of oranges and pineapples with a little bit of lime.

T: Some citrus up front but this beer is dominated by the bitter finish and aftertaste. I noticed a little bit of pineapple to start and some alcohol heat, then a lot of bitterness to finish this one off.

M: Over carbonated in my opinion, but nice viscosity.

D: The drinkability is limited by the carbonation in my opinion as I feel like if I drank this at all quickly or in too great of quantity that I would be belching up a storm or get nauseous.

08-12-2010 15:35:32 | More by glazeman
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airohead2001

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Huge thanks to glazeman for giving me a beer that I thought I would never have a chance to try.

A - Crazy looking beer. Hazy yellow with the biggest head that I've ever seen. It was literally at least 5 fingers and overflowed out of my pint glass. Great lacing and nice head retention.

S - Citrus hops and sugary, syrupy maltiness. No bitters and not much bite - more of just an array of juicy apricots and tangerines.

T - Similar to the appearance, the taste is strange and entirely unique. Up front is similar to the smell with fresh juicy citrus hops and rich, sugary malts. This is the sweetest DIPA I have ever had - almost tastes as sweet as an imperial pilsner. The finish is a nice surprise of harsh, bitter hops.

M - I was afraid that this one would be way too carbonated based on the pour, but really the mouthfeel turned out to be quite nice. Still a little too bubbly, but not much.

D - Superb. I can easily drink a bomber of this on my own.

08-11-2010 20:39:18 | More by airohead2001
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DovaliHops

California

4.43/5  rDev +5%

Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with a nice white head. The smell is strong with apricots and sweet hoppiness. A light bit of booziness as well. The taste is very fruity with some nice apricots, melons, and a little bit of grapefruit. Mango as well. Very sweet malts with a nice bit of booziness. The mouthfeel is nice with a bit of a syrupy finish. The drinkability is very high.

08-11-2010 05:17:12 | More by DovaliHops
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uturn

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%

22 oz capped bomber poured into a Bruery tulip glass.

A: This beer had a huge head, even with a slow pour. The head lasted to the very end and left a mild lacing on the glass. The second glass had just as much head and after that pour you could see a huge head form inside the bottle = to half the volume of what was left in the bottle. This was by far the largest head I've seen from an Imperial IPA.

S: The nose was typical of a great California IPA or DIPA as in "Wow", lots of citrus, grapefruit and a mild pine aroma with a tad of malt sweetness.

T: taste of the brew was made for the "hop head" with its big grapefruit and citrusy hop blast up front then nicely balanced by the malt near the end.

M: The mouthfeel was huge as this is a big beer with a lot of carbonation. Maybe a tad too much carbonation for the style. If this was a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, the carbonation was perfect, but with an Imperial IPA & I don't want this much. If not for the extreme level of carbonation this would have been a "5", but I've knocked it down a notch.

D: Drinkability is just about perfect for the style.

This is a 1st class beer and I will be looking forward to have this brew in my stock on a yearly basis each and every July.

08-11-2010 02:57:57 | More by uturn
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Eldalonde

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev 0%

This is a lovely rich golden color with a full thick chunky white head. The aroma is rich with grapefruits and tangerines. An earthy pine is also very prevalent in the nose balanced with deep caramel malts. Soft sweet fruity flavors of tangerines and grapefruits wash over the palate. There seems to be a bit of passion fruit as well. The finish begins sweet and ends very bitter. The balance in this beer is marvelous. Overall, an absolutely outstanding beer.

08-10-2010 02:42:40 | More by Eldalonde
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

Reviewed from notes, the Winter version has made me very excited to try this.

A- Slightly hazy yellow-orange with a massive white, foamy head. Instant lace and a very nice full coat of it, massive pillow atop the ale.

S- Very tropical and fruity. Peach. Some earthy notes and a slight malt backbone. Great use of aroma hops.

T- The aroma misleads you on this one. Ends up being more piney, grassy and earthy than anything. The citrus and fruit are in the background but do not satisfy like they do in the aroma. Light caramel malt backbone, some alcohol. Still a good IPA.

MF- Good creamy, light-ish body with smooth moderate carbonation. Fairly high level of bitters, some warmth.

DB- Good beer but not as good as the regular Alesmith IPA or the Winter Yulesmith. The fruit from a great aroma was lost but still a good hop flavor. Strong towards the end.

08-09-2010 23:15:40 | More by cbutova
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Schmaltzy

California

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%

A- Nice light amber/orange color with darker amber hues, this seemed to be on on nitro due to the light fluffy foam usually seen on guiness, because it was on nitro it left loads of clumpy lacing each time I stopped drinking.

S- Loads of mango fruit not to mention other tropical flavors but mango really stands out followed by light citrus and faint floral hop scents, very nice caramel malt backbone.

T- Nice Mango and pine hops with more tropical fruit following as well as some bitter citrus hops, not to mention the nice balance with the caramel malt backbone that I didn't pay much attention to. Wish it lived up to the scent.

M- Medium resiny body that had light creamy carbontation due to the nitro tap, gonna have to crack a bottle to bring the real carbonation out.

D- Very easy for me to finish the pint at Churchill's and still ask for another, as well as 2 more Bear Republic XPA's... Seek out and drink fast.

08-09-2010 03:45:25 | More by Schmaltzy
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -4%

Thanks Cam!

Hazy light orange, 3-finger creamy white head. Crazy retention and lacing, looks like Duvel in IPA form. Alesmith beers always look so good.

Great scent, lots of tropical fruit notes and earthy smells.

Earth and resin really come out more in the taste, but still some nice fruit tastes of citrus, grapefruit and some lemon and pineapple. A little bit of malt presence but quite more hops. The tropical-ness in the smell doesn't quite match the taste, as usual.

The mouthfeel is nicely creamy and carbonated, alcohol taste is a bit high it seems.

The smell was better than the taste but this was very good, I liked it better than the Winter version.

08-07-2010 06:53:11 | More by Chico1985
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Beerenauslese

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Having the YuleSmith Summer ale, 2010.

Pours clear gold with an ample off-white head, dissipating to a quarter inch of foam layer and lots of lacing.

Aromas of golden wet hay, brown sugar, and green hops.

Taste follows the nose, with sweet malt and some tropical fruit notes upfront, then very dry green hop flavor with a slight lingering bitterness.

Body is light, with ample carbonation creating a creamy, sudsy, cleansing mouthfeel, followed by a dry hoppy finish.

This is a very nice DIPA, in the Belgian rather than American IPA style.

08-07-2010 03:03:45 | More by Beerenauslese
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muttyd

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Hazy orange/amber with a thick white head.

S - Very hoppy aroma. Loads of grapefruity/citrusy/piney hops. Some toffee/caramel notes in the nose as well.

T - Pretty much what I expected. Follows the nose. Very hoppy and bitter. Piney, earthy, and citrusy. Big double IPA flavor. Very west coast. Not as aggressively bitter/astringent in the finish as I thought it would be from the nose.

M - Creamy and sticky on the palate. Moderate carbonation.

D - One of the more memorable double IPAs I have had recently. Very good beer.

08-07-2010 01:32:56 | More by muttyd
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

22 ounce bottle, Summer 2010 YuleSmith. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops (tropical fruit, grapefruit, oranges), with some pine hops and sweet malt noticable too. It tastes like citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit, orange peel) and floral hops, peppery spice, and some peaches and bready malt. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy, a bit slick, and has high carbonation. I thought it was easy enough to drink. This is definitely a brew for the hopheads out there! I'd certainly buy this again.

08-06-2010 22:13:16 | More by bluejacket74
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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