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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: 109 | FT: 3
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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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Reviews: 922 | Hads: 1,762
Photo of flagmantho
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden-yellow hue with a haze-free body and a moderate effervescence. Head pours several fingers of creamy ivory foam which dissipates slowly leaving a chunky lace on the glass. Quite beautiful indeed.

Smell: herbal and citrusy hop aroma; surprisingly light and refreshing-smelling. Despite the huge ABV, the malt is not heavy or cloying or anything, something I really like. There's almost a lemon or grains of paradise aroma here, too, but it's very subtle. I like it.

Taste: citrusy and refreshing right up front; the malt comes in later with a nice earthiness and sweetness. Bitterness is strong, and there's a bit of an astringent acidity here, but I think it complements the citrusy hops very well. A very well-composed beer!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess, especially for a DIPA.

Overall: I like this beer quite a lot, although drinking a lot of it would be a bit of a task. While I like the refreshing qualities of the lemon/grains-of-paradise flavors, I feel like these add a little harshness that impact drinkability.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Stone Ruination pint glass

A-pours a nice, haze free golden orange hue with a frothy stable head that lingers, very inviting

S- dank, grassy earthy hops upfront with a grapefruit citrus finish, nice hop profile

T- Not as diverse as the nose, little more grapefruit, little less grass and dank, finishes with a dry bready malt touch, no sign of the 8.5% abv

M- crisp, dry, thirst quenching

O- Very drinkable, nice hop profile, good west coast IPA

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

We crack the top and pour a brew of shining golden yellows. It holds a creamy three finger head of egg white colored bubbles that billows out of the glass. This retains very nicely, leaving cratered cheesecloth lacing sticking around the glass. No haze or sediment is noted whatsoever, and carbonation appears to be lazy. The nose is fruity and sweet, with clean notes of honey, bubblegum esters, crisp pale malts, floral, citric, and nectary hop oils, light boozy stings, sprigs of vanilla, tangerine flesh and rind, lavender, tannins, lemon rind, plastic chemicals, black pepper spiciness, and pine cones with warmth. Our first impression is that the flavoring offers brightly fresh West coast hop bitters, but in general is surprisingly heavy and syrupy. As we sip, the taste opens with pale and caramel malts, poppy seed, fusel booze, strawberry jam, biting phenolic clove, fresh lemon tea tannins, light biscuity butters, and bitterly piney, soapy, and nectary sweet hops. The middle pushes to the peak with bitter herbal hops, green twig, sap resins, phenolic plastics, peach syrups, basement mustiness, mineral water, aspirin chemicals, pale and light corny malts, and alcohol. The end washes with boozy bite, green grass and oily hop resins, honeysuckle florals, toasty pale malt bitterness, light rye, and straw grassiness, brown grain sours, malted milk ball candies, moss and musk, mint tea, and creamy lactic sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of pencil shavings and lead, pale and chalky malts, raw powdered barley, fusel booze, aluminum foil, light toffee sweetness, burnt wheat bread crust, bitterly grassy, soapy, resiny, and floral hops, eucalyptus, and gravel. The body is to the thick side, while carbonation is light to medium. Each sip is full, giving hearty slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is cooled and thickly coated, dripping into decent astringency puck, with little dryness otherwise. The mouth is actually left a bit airy and icy, as if brushed by menthol. The abv is appropriate, and the beer is more of a sipper for the style.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was its aroma and its appearance. At first whiff you get a beautiful balance between the clean, crisp malt profile and the hops, which remain sweet, fresh, and quite juicy throughout. This certainly makes the beer enticing to this point. Upon the sip, however, the taste muddles, giving darker malts that you would expect, and all the hop bitterness without any of that sweet aromatic fruitiness to balance. With warmth the boozes becomes overly accentuated in both the nose and the mouth, further muddying the waters and taking away further from any balance there is to be had. The feel is otherwise nicely contributory in its thick creaminess, but this is not enough to overcome the gaps in flavor. Perhaps we are just lost to the heavy West coastedness that this beer exudes, but if big, boozy, bitter, and syrupy DIPAs are your thing, it’s worth a sip or two.

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Photo of SteveTheDog
2.29/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

It's not often I pour out of beer but I was very unimpressed with this one. It really didn't have much smell to speak of. There were some weak hops And citrus trickling out of the top of the mug. The taste was actually terrible. It was the first time in recent memory that I actually made a bitter beer face. I don't know if I just got a bad bottle or what because I see it ranked so highly but I was thoroughly unimpressed and won't be taking another chance on it.

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Photo of cvm4
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear copper/orangey color with a frothy two finger eggshell head. Nice lacing as well.

S - Big tropical fruit nose... Pineapple, orange rind and mango. Lots of hoppiness. Good malt backbone to bring it all together.

T - For such a citrus bomb of a nose, it's all piney goodness on the taste. Sweet, bready malts with a nice hop bite. Seems like the citrus comes back for a faint visit at the end. Very well put together.

M - Medium bodied/carbonation. Very smooth body with a wet finish.

O - Very balanced DIPA here. Just enough malts and hops that don't overpower the palette, IMO.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from Belmont Station.

A: Clear copper color with a firm, pillowy white head. Bubbles drift in straight lines through the body. Looks beautiful.

N: Big pineapple and papaya nose. Mandarin orange and pine. Crystallized sugar. Some cheddar and floral elements.

T: Power hour of the bitterness. The hops are completely dominating, to the point where there’s so little sweetness it becomes astringent. However, this starts to clear as the beer gets warmer. Pine and earth and a kind of burnt tobacco.

M: Tons of alcohol and very dry. Stinging and resinous.

O: An assaulting DIPA that does not let up. So aggressive it can be tiring, but at the same time, I continue to reach for it. Then the booze hits. I think I need a break.

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Photo of dar482
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out in a clear golden yellow with a quick dissipating head.

The aroma has tons of fresh hop aroma with tangerine, that Citra citrus and tropical fruit, and also some pine in the back. Some caramel sweetness as well. A very exciting and inviting aroma.

The flavor follows with a caramel malt sweetness backed with tangerine, orange with a pine and grapefruit pith bitterness.

Just a wonderfully done DIPA. Fantastic stuff. For those who like citrus and pine forward beers.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Bottled 2013/05/21
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

A classic, solid American DIPA, if not a bit standard and bringing little innovation to the style. Hop-heavy, little emphasis on malts, fairly noticeable ethanol, particularly when warm. Better somewhat cold (5-10 minutes out of refrigeration) than warm, probably due to noticeability of said ethanol. This was pretty good for the style, but at $9 per 22oz bottle, not one I'd likely revisit more than once a year.

Pours a 2cm tall head of slightly off-white foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, fairly dense and sponge-like appearance. Retention is slightly above average at roughly one and a half minutes, fading to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is good, an interesting, if sparse, pattern of thin squiggle-shapes, bubbles, and lines adorn the insides of the glass. The beer's body is a medium-dark golden orange, with light bringing out bright yellow-orange hues. Carbonation is readily visible through the primarily transparent body, streaming heavily from the center and along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is bright and fruity, of grapefruit, peach, mango, with slight hints of pale malt, and generic "earthiness." Spicy ethanol appears as the beer warms.

Overall, this is a strongly hoppy beer, with plenty of pine, grapefruit, and bitterness along with faint traces of tropical fruits, earthiness, and malts. Front of palate finds subdued pale malt sweetness with a bit of apple and pear fruit ester character, nearly being drowned out by oily hops that contribute a grapefruit flavor. Mid-palate of dank grapefruit, pine resin, substantial hop bitterness and subdued apple/pear esters and pale malt base. Back of palate experiences solid bitterness with tones of grapefruit, lemon, pine, and occasional mango-like fruit flavors; spiciness and ethanol itself also apparent, increasingly so as the beer warms. Aftertaste is of clean, medium intensity bitterness with grapefruit, grass, hints of pine, and ethanol.

Beer is medium-bodied with substantial light, mildly effervescent carbonation that is never harshly fizzy. The result is a pleasantly light and foamy mouthfeel. Ethanol felt, primarily in nostrils, but somewhat on the throat with increasing ease as the beer warms. Closes fairly dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate after each sip.

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Photo of Mdog
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Gold, huge head.

Smell: Big piney aroma.

Taste: Nice caramel sweetness then piney bitterness. Relatively balanced. Not too bitter. A little more citrus comes through as it warms up.

Overall: Picked up a bottle in Illinois, excited to try my first Alesmith. A good DIPA, a little more balanced than I expected, I thought it would be a tongue bruiser in bitterness. But it was moderate in body and feel with a nice hoppy taste.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a translucent light gold/yellow with one full finger of pure white head. The foam doesn't last long,leaving a tiny ring of bubbles along the edges of the glass. There is no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is huge pine, some grapefruit, and just a touch of sweet malt. This is a super pine bomb. Nice.

T: The beer starts off sweet for a fraction of a second, and then the piney hops really shine. They hit the palate hard, coat, and slide off. As the pine fades the grapefruit takes control. The beer gets super stinging and biting in the back end. The finish is lingering citrus rind.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet to stinging, coating to dry, and pine to citrus. It's oily to start but finishes a little dry. Solid.

O: Nice beer. I'm a big fan of pine forward beers, and this delivers. I'm already writing this down on my to-buy beer list.

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Photo of rawfish
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden brassy hue with a moderate finger high, stark white head. Good retention leaving an attractive ring of lacing on the glass.

Sweet malt, slightly bready and doughy with overtones of tropical fruit and orange citrus. Overall floral with some dankness provided by the pine hops and malt.

Even balanced between bready malt with some cookie dough and a grapefruit and resiny and earthy pine hop character. The hops begin to take on some spicy notes in the middle of the drink and the bitterness is moderate but pinching. Alcohol feel is moderate.

It takes some getting used to but all Alesmith beers have this velvety soft carbonation that make the feel of their beers nearly creamy across the palate and this one is no exception. The bitterness is slightly sharp and alcohol could be more well hidden, otherwise perfect.

Seasonal big brother to Alesmith IPA, it's a well balanced treat that has some aspects that stand out in the crowd. Get it fresh and enjoy the zesty bitter burn.

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Photo of McStagger
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yeah buddy! Bottled on 5/25/13.

A: Nice brassy light amber. One finger head. Appropriate khaki color. Moderate retention. Very good clarity. Not hazy like many DIPA's. Carbonation appears minimal, with tiny little bubbles making their way to the surface.

S: Hoppy, yes. Very fruity hops, with some grapefruit bitterness (rind) being pulled out. Mainly tropical fruit here. Malt plays a nearly equal role. Lot of sweet breadiness coming from the glass. Bit of baking spice and that yeasty doughiness.

T: Malt dominant taste. Round tropical fruit intermingled with zesty spiciness. Sweet, bready malts bring up the mid. Finish is moderately bitter, with the malt doing most of the talking. Aftertaste of pine needles and grapefruit peel.

T: Silky smooth. Alesmith's bottle conditioning is top notch and their beers are always pleasant on the tongue.

O: Good, but lil brother (Alesmith IPA) does it better.

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Photo of Jree261
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Interesting Color for an Imperial IPA. Much lighter, golden almost straw with a white foam.

S-Red fruit, grassy hops, nutty

T-Much more typical of an IPA. Hefty dark grassy flavors dominate.

M-Heavy, full body. Good finish with a hint of vanilla at the end.

O-The finish and the vanilla really bump it up away from the 'just average' category for me. Not bad, but that's definitely the stand out.

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Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Joe for sharing! Served in a mini pint taster.
Bright saturated orange, super sharp clarity. Lasting surface coverage for the rest of the glass. A halo of lace around the edges.

Caramelized malts, candied orange, firmly bitter in the finish. Smells subdued and malty though this just showed up in downstate IL. Clean with a piney bitterness, lots of caramel malt. Medium bodied, kind of heavy. Overall pretty meh, not bad but it comes off like an old DIPA.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear and sunny, with a bright white head dissipating to a foamy cap. Plenty lacing on the one. Big citrus and pine notes, indicative of a great west coast ipa. It's back by plenty pale malt sweetness and bready notes. Medium bitterness, with more of a citrusy finish, sweet malts, pine and resins, all pretty well balanced. Some hints of alcohol. It's full body, slighty rich and oily, creamy with good carbonation still.

Props to LSUPT!

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Photo of KidsDoc
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

32 oz "grumbler" gifted to me from my good buddy Greg after the birth of my son. I only had a single pint pour this sitting.

Appearance was a soft orange and completely clear with minimal white head and lacing.

Aroma was intensely resinous and herbal, pine with a very faint apple and citrus (orange/tangerine) scent sneaking in every once in a while. Mostly this was all earthy.

Taste was similar with huge hops. Predominant pine and grass/floral hop. A spicy herbal comination mixed well. Only true citrus I could get was some peach sweetness. Alcohol was a non-factor - didn't notice at all.

Mouthfeel was fairly light to medium body. The start was a slick, OILY light feel that then bit hard with a bittering dryness that sucked any remaining moisture out of your mouth for you to start clean with the next sip.

Overall: not at all the stereotypical west coast DIPA. This is a resinous, floral hop lover's beer. The hops were quite intense. A sipping, puckering beer that had a lot of surprising characteristics.

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Photo of KevT
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on-tap at Original Gravity in San Jose California. $8 for a 12 oz pour served in a tulip glass. Beer appears a clear, darkish yellow color with a well-formed head and nice streaming carbonation bubbles. Nose is mostly pine and grapefruit. Very pronounced hop flavor with a decent malt backbone tying it al together. They should make this a year round offering!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber - new batch.

A: Pours clear golden yellow with a one-inch white head which leaves rings and spots.

N: Grapefruit, orange, tangerine, some tropical fruits. Very floral with some dankness and faint sweet malts.

T: Citrus and pine with mild bready malts for a good balance.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sticky, dry, and bitter finish. Lingering pine resins.

O: Pretty classic and enjoyable. Best fresh.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Surprised to find this bottle today at a local shop. Quite pricey though at $9 for 22oz.
Bottled date 5/21/2013 - consumed on 6/4/2013. Super fresh!

A: Clear yellow body with 2 finger white head. Great retention. It looks quite refreshing. I love IPAs with lighter color body like this.

S: Grass, orange zest, citrus, sweet malt. It's quite awesome. The moment you open the bottle aroma bursts out and fills up the room.

T: Grassy, piney, spicy, citrus, some sweet malt in the middle. Quite nice but not as nice as it smells. I cannot tell this beer is 8.5 ABV at all. Quite refreshing - although I wouldn't say it's easy drinking. Bitterness throughout but definitely kicks in towards the end.

M: Tad bit on the light side for a DIPA and decent amount of carbonation.

O: Very very good DIPA. Very west coast. I prefer Enjoy by IPA by Stone but it's quite comparable in terms of the style except that this one is spicier and slightly less fruity.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 5/21/13 (SCORE)
Pours a crystal clean strawy strawberry blonde, clean white head

Smell- dank fruit, citrus rind, tangerines and oranges, pineapple, hop zest

Taste- hop bitterness with fruit up front- orange, and sweet tangerine/tangelo, touch of pineapple, some floral notes, a touch of mango, bitter grapefruit with some Earthy and spicy hop zest. Finishes dry with some pine, earthy hop resin, and tangerine

Feel- fairly light on the palate, juicy and dry and way drinkable

Another fine DIPA from San Diego County (maybe one of the best), has a similar distinct dry characteristic (hay note) that Alesmith IPA has, which is really nice.

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Photo of bambam2517
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the bomber to the pint, served cold at 40F. Scored a bottle thats been on the shelf for 8months, so bearing that in mind...

A - Caught me off-guard, its very cloudy with a strong off-white froth. Straw-gold in color. The froth ring stays around and really leaves nice lacing all the way down the glass. arbonation is tight and lasting too, thought this would blow up during the pour, but it came out nicely. Looks more like a top-notch Belgian quad than a IIPA to me.

S - Sweet breads, warm spices, something fruity I can't think of a way to describe. Really complementary to the taste and very unique.

T - Malty and grassy at the same time. Some hop character on the back end but the malt is the star for sure. Taste that fruit ester as well, maybe its mango-like? Still cant quite place it.

M - Great. It has 3 distinct characters to me. Its initially very creamy, then settles down and really lets the flavors shine, and lastly quickly dissipates leaving almost no aftertaste. Alcohol presence is well-hidden, just warms the face and belly as I go through the bottle.

O - This is my first AleSmith offering and it holds up to everything I've heard. I really enjoyed this one, really unique.

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Photo of Phelps
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a tulip.

Pale almond orange with perfect clarity. The one inch head of pure white froth settles atop the beer soft as goose down and leaves thick, feathery trails on the glass as it recedes.

Bright. A smash of citrusy tangerine and grass before a potent smack of sugar and caramel. A touch of biscuit. Alcohol.

Grassier in the flavor, and more tropical. A little mango, lots of grass and orange pith, a touch of dank weed. Sweet and more malty up front; the swallow delivers the big pithy bitterness and a snap-clean finish. It clears the nostrils. A touch of biscuits. Alcohol flavor is evident but not unappealing.

High, near painful carbonation. Light body, mild fizz. Super bitter. Alcohol heat is like heartburn. This is an attack on the tongue. Spears of bitterness, tongue numbing booze.

A bitter, biting version of a double IPA. Very West Coast.

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

Beer is hazy golden in colour with a good-sized white head. Dissipates quickly. Good lacing.

Scent is a nice mix of toasty, bready malt and grassy, floral, citrusy hops. Hops are the focus but the malt is present and good. Very nice.

Flavour is similar to the nose- hop focused but not without a malt presence. Pine, grass and citrus (orange) flavours are all present. Bready, caramel malt providing backbone.

Full bodied, moderate to high carbonation. A bit oily.

Overall, very good. I was quite impressed.

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Photo of dgilks
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very slightly hazy golden colour with a creamy and thick off-white head. Nice lacing. Good head retention.

Non-sweet malty aroma with a line of citrussy hop running through it. Simple but effective.

Slightly sweet malt with a moderately-high bitter edge on the back end. Lots of cohumulone. Some earthy, citrussy hops. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid IIPA. Lots of hoppy flavour and an appropriate malt backbone.

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

beautiful color for a beer. neat little head. 'wet' lacing down the sides and 'spotty'. a bit hazy.
smell: pure hops
taste: pure hops; some malt in there also. i'm beginning a journey here in IPAs, slowly.... never liked hoppy brew, but since a co-worker brought a bag of hops in to work and it smelled amazingly similar to something else i USED to enjoy in a previous life . . . but still prefer the malty-er versions. very bitter. i remember 'bitter' was what miller lite tasted like when i was a kid secretly sipping it from my dad's can. today i wonder what my taste buds would have delivered if i had actually tasted THIS.... i might never have tried another beer in my life.
mouthfeel is full and bitter.
overall.... geez, i guess i can rest assured knowing the other BA'ers gave it such high scores and that at least i am trying a sample of something superior. i am still finding hoppy beers to be a bit like licking a baseball bat (you know, the pine tar?) and i dont much prefer the bitter hops to the sweet doppels, but i can appreciate this and compared to the other 'hoppy' brews i've sampled, i can drink this and taste the stuff inside. i wouldnt drink more than two of these together, but i appreciate what i have just experienced.

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YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 922 ratings.