YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 912
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rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: xlperro on 11-24-2002

Lots of hops with a nice malty backbone on this one. It is released twice yearly; once in the Summer and once in the late Fall / early Winter. Winter bottles have green & red ink, Summer is blue & red. There is a variation in the malt bill for each version.
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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours an orange amber color with a finger and a half of white head. Solid head retention with lacing.

S- rich hops on the nose with orange and floral notes. Hop oils and and leafy fresh hop characteristics in the middle with a subtle biscuity malt bringing another dimension and balance to the beer.

T- citrusy hop flavor with orange and grapefruit peel hit the palate at first. Spicy white pepper notes with a resiny hop oil hit mid palate with a continued aggressive hop bitterness. Subtle biscuity malt for a touch of balance on the finish with a lingering floral hop flavor in the aftertaste.

MF- slick resiny mouthfeel with a medium body. Average carbonation.

D- great drinkability (694 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep gold; fat head settles into a filmy lid with laces draped along the glass' interior

S: pine, lemony citrus, bitter hops, bright yeasts

T: follows nose: pine and citrus up front, buttery, bitter

M: fat and bold, bitter and rich, but with a sharp, crisp finish

O: bias alert! I love DIPAs and AleSmith - thought this was a great beer - great tasting and finishing. Absolutely give it a try. (400 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a clean light golden pour with 2 fingers of frothy white head and great amounts of lacing. smells of toffee, pine, soap, honey, frosted flakes. piney bitterness up front followed by a spicy, earthy bitterness.. finished off by a nicely balanced sweet malty backbone. this is a very bitter, yet very tasty iipa. medium body, spicy feeling on cheeks from the alcohol warmth, creamyness makes this one a nice sipper, but it tastes so good you cant help but gulp in between!
overall this is an excellent iipa. spicy, sweet, hoppy, boozy. (533 characters)

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

pours a mostly transparent but slightly unfiltered light orange. a silky white head that froths and leaves good lacing.
smells very citrusy, perfect for the summer refreshing pine smell.
the taste matches the aroma, and it is quite a hopped up beer. very fresh tasting and refreshing. The mouthfeel is very well carbonated and smooth. its a great version of a double ipa; its a very hoppy flavorful beer, but is not overdone. (426 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Sammy, 650ml into a tulip.

Gold, with some sediment in the body upon later pours. Big, dense white head that doesn't quit - great retention and sheeted lacing. Great citrus nose as expected, some orange, citrus zest, clementine and juicy fruit notes all around. Sweet malt and some pine. Just yummy. Taste is just as awesome, soft orange/clementine/tangerine/mango fruits just melt over the palate, accompanied by a mild pine and sweet cookie-ish malt character. Light alcohol, but not unwarranted. Medium full body, with quite low carbonation. An awesome DIPA, Alesmith continues to impress me. (609 characters)

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

Bomber from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. I was all set to check out, but then the guy working the growler taps pulled me aside Peter Lorre-style and told me they just got some AleSmith in that week. My arm still hurts from all the twisting.

Poured into a tulip - a holiday La Chouffe glass in spirit of the (non) season. Light amber golden, great colour, with a sturdy half-inch of lead and lots of Christmas icicle lacing.

Nose is mango, pineapple, citrus hops, pine, and sugar. Very pleasant.

Not what I was expecting, but that is definitely a good thing. The taste is quite different from the nose - it is still certainly a hop bomb, but with strong pine, spice and grain flavours, with the citrus taking a bit of a back seat. No matter, it still tastes pretty damned good. I'm not exactly sure where the "holiday" comes in, other than the fact that it's humid and sunny and I'm drinking a DIPA with a Christmas wreath on the bottle, but I must admit it is a lighter, more refreshing DIPA - if that makes any sense - so it isn't a heavy brew by any stretch. Citrus creeps in when it pleases, with orange peel and lemon.

Light carbonation, medium body, slighly oily, but good feel. Bitterness lingers for quite some time.

Great DIPA, took some getting used to, but by the end of the bottle I was hooked. In this heat wave, any excuse to think about Christmas has got my vote, and this brew did the trick. (1,414 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a small white head that has decent retention and lacing. The aroma is big grapefruit, light pine, light sugar cookie, and a bit of caramel . The taste is sweet caramel, grapefruit, light pine, and a bit of sugar cookie. The finish has a decent bitterness with some lingering pine. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Quite good. Not as good as the regular IPA, but still pretty tasty. (436 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden-orange color from a 22 oz bottle (2012 summer version).
One finger foamy sticky head that dissipates slowly. Lots of sticky, oily lace along the insides of the glass.
Aroma is an explosion of tropical fruits; lots of peach, mango, pineapple, citrus and some hints of pine. This DIPA definitely has an inviting aroma.
Taste likewise is like a hop explosion, so much hop flavor on the palate the moment the beer touches the tip of the tongue. Just a little sweetness right upfront which gets completely drowned in a wave of bitterness. Sharp, crisp, dry finish that makes you want to have one more sip.
Easy drinking DIPA that is packed with loads of flavor and aroma.
Alcohol is also very well-masked.
This is a winner from Alesmith, a very good example of a classic west-coast hop bomb.
Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended. Cool bottle label too...Cheers !!! (900 characters)

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

22 oz bomber, no bottled on date, 2012 version that I picked up at the brewery a couple weeks ago, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden honey color, produces an inch of creamy white head, great retention, leaves really awesome, thick and also delicate lacing.

S- Very fruity, orange and tangerine, also some perfume-like floral aroma with some honey-like malt aroma.

T- Loads of orange, grapefruit and pine are more subtle. Bitterness is grassy and a bit piney and persistent, less than I was expecting, it eventually gives way to a sweet malt flavor. Some hints of spice and booze round things out.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, crisp feel.

O- A solid DIPA, flavors are well rounded and not too aggressive, an enjoyable beer. (771 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy golden straw, with a huge off white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of oranges, grapefruit pith, floral hops, a hint of the malts, and a boozy astringency.

Taste opens with a huge citrus, is bitter throughout, hints of the malt, and a super bitter earthy finish.

Texture is punchy, bitey, and astringently boozy. Almost bubbly, and definitely shouldn't drink too many of these.

A big hop bomb, I had this last year, but far removed from summer, so the beer wasn't it's freshest, but even then, it was hoppy, and now, it's just better.

DOA (571 characters)

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

Poured from. 22oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a nice clear crisp golden with a touch of amber, a nice fat finger of head that dissapates nicley and leavs a ton of sticky lacing. A very nice looking beer.

S: very nice citrus hop aroma. Pinneapple with a touch of piney grass. A slight note of malt sweetness, but the hops deffinatly dominate the aroma.

T: loads and loads of hops, Much like the nose there is a lot of. Items up front, pinneapple, mango, grapefruit, the finish is loaded with piney bitterness rounded out by a touch of caramely malt sweetness. There are some earthy hop notes and touches of toasty grain in there as well.... Great hop profile overall and a not too sweet malt backbone.

M: medium bodied with medium carbination, a bit on the slightly slick mouthfeel with a dry bitter resinous finish.

O: a very good dipa that I look forward to every year... Delicious. (896 characters)

Photo of Philousa
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great clarity in this tawny, sunny yellow beer. Looks like a Pils, but the two finger dense head tells you otherwise. Lots of active carbonation beneath. Good, steady layers of lacing. Very piney with lots of grapefruit. Hop aroma is strong and obviously unbalanced, but it's refreshing and effervescent. Malt is there behind the hops: orange and biscuit, mainly. You can tell it's light in nature. The taste is surprisingly mild at first. Light biscuit malt is prevalent, but the grassy bitterness lingers and is more memorable overall. Some orange flavor is there in the malt, but it's subdued. I'm averse to an IPA malt bill that leans too far towards the orange flavor, so this is a relief and really showcases the hop flavors. I mentioned grassy, but it's also nectary and honey kissed. Not too heavy handed with the sweetness; yields to hops well, knowing who the headliner is. Balanced feel, tending towards light. Slightly dry finish.

This is a great beer, if uncomplex. But sometimes that's needed and welcome. This is a stage for great hops that aren't too heavy handed. I could drink this all year. (1,110 characters)

Photo of B33R501
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

different from last year, seem to remember big caramel malt that's not present this year? no carbonation issue this time.

dull lemon yellow pale color, not my favorite, if you look like this you better bring it. better in my convenience store coffee cup, i dont have to see the paleness.

big pineapple aroma, leading to an earthy aroma.
big pineapple taste follows, nicely bitter, some soap, pine sap. big bitter pineapple finish that lingers for a bit, very nice.

pricey. $10 at whole foods plymouth meeting (cheapest around) is too much, and i needed a 12oz samuel smith's imperial stout to complete the evening. if im not satisfied with 22oz, your dipa is not good enough at that price point. (698 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Summer 2012 vintage.

Pours a slightly hazy honey yellow with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some grassy/hay hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly funky flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion. (624 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a snifter at Hamilton’s Tavern in San Diego, Calif. Two fingers of head when I got it. Color was hazy orange. Thick white head with good retention throughout the pour.

Smelled citrus hops, mainly grapefruit and a bit of lemon or lime. Some sweet floral notes as well.

Tasted pretty close to the smell, only with more spices. Citrus hops - grapefruit and lemon going 1-2. Spicy bitter finish, couldn’t quite put my finger on it.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter long ending finish. Crisp and refreshing.

Definitely a good beer. I think I need to try it again as this was after two darker beers. Definitely want to try it again. (684 characters)

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (1,123 characters)

Photo of gradergator
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of pearljam118
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of erha2
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (518 characters)

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

A: pours a golden orange with 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 (546 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (385 characters)

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

850TH REVIEW

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. (856 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.97/5  rDev -30.1%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.66/5  rDev -37.4%
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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YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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