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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,574
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 244
Gots: 70 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of Satchboogie
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (2011) poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours golden yellow, hazy, with just over a finger of foamy white head. Fairly good lacing.

S: Grapefruit, pine, a little lemon zest, some floral notes as well. Pretty pungent.

T: Somewhat faded hop profile, there's the remnants of grapefruit, citrus, and pine. It's definitely a shell what I imagine it was fresh. There's a little astringency/bitterness on the backend and just a little bit of alcohol (taste and warmth) in the finish. Sizable malt base with a good bit of caramel sweetness. Probably a little too sweet (has that candied fruit taste). Finish is semi-dry.
M: Medium body, light carbonation. Stick and resinous, but not all that smooth and certainly not crisp.

O: It's unfortunate that this bottle just hit shelves in MA, yet it's already 2+ months old and in a nose dive. I can see how this might be fantastic fresh, but right now it's just a notch above mediocre.

Satchboogie, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of robbrandes
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz bomber.

clear, light orange; very nice head, good layer of foam and lacing that hung around through the 9th inning. aroma is a blend of spicy hops, some pine resin as well. alcohol is quite apparent on the nose, but the big hops more than keep it in check.

taste - great full palate of hoppy wonderment. i'm a sucker for west coast pine bombs, and yulesmith has it in spades. the carbonation is spot-on, allowing this brew to keep sliding across the tongue, begging follow-up sips (gulps!).

really dug this, wish southern oregon had it more readily available!

robbrandes, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of Gosox8787
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. No bottling date on this. Served chilled. Big thanks to Brewpaab for this.

Appearance: Bright pale orange in color. Not cloudy at all. Vibrant. Pours a three finger, fluffy white head with good retention. Really a nice looking beer.

Aroma: Big west coast hops in the form of pine and citrus notes. Some nice candied hop sweetness as well. Very hop forward aroma.

Taste: The pine notes hit very hard. Really nice balance of hop bitterness and sweet citrus notes. Very light malt sweetness to balance. The hops really are the main attraction here. They really capture the strong pine note well. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium bodied. Very refreshing, but with a nice underlying creaminess that works well.

Overall, a top notch IPA and a really pleasant surprise. I was afraid with no bottling dat about how well this might hold up, but it was spectacular. The huge pine hop notes with balanced citrus really made this for me. Definitely will pick up again.

Gosox8787, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of StoneTSR
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BIG thank you to ren for tracking a couple bottles of this deliciousness down for me.

APPEARANCE: This is easily one of the best, if not THE best looking beer I've seen. This beer looked alive. A gorgeous, golden yellow in color with a stark white head on top that did not completely recede for the entire glass. Lacing began about a quarter of the way down the glass and covered a good 70% of the back side of the glass.

SMELL: Pine. I took a quick sniff when I popped the bottle open and it smelled like a big, classic, West Coast IPA with a ton of pine. Upon the first pour the aroma opened up and I did not even need to put my nose to the glass to smell it. Intense and delicious aroma.

TASTE: Bold, piney and very hoppy. The pine hits the palate up front followed by grapefruit and a touch of anise to wash away the pine and bring a strong, bitter finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Outstanding mouthfeel that only served to add to the enjoyment of this beer. Well carbonated and playful are the best terms to describe the mouthfeel.

OVERALL: Many others have said that this beer is a spot-on example of what a DIPA is supposed to be and they are correct. I was blown away by how technically perfect this beer was. At the same time, unlike Pliny the Elder, which I can recognize as a nearly technically perfect beer, the YuleSmith has some soul to it where Pliny lacked. This is outstanding beer that I cannot wait to try again. Thanks a ton for the bottles ren!

StoneTSR, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of MADhombrewer
2.45/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

No bottle date that I can see, but picked this up right after Belmont Station reported that they got some in. Poured into a Laurelwood wine glass.

Appearance- Hazy honey color with no head. I thought it wasn't carbonated at first. Big soap bubbles left in the bottle. 2.5/5

Smell- Honey malt smell. Hops are there, but only in the back. They do lend a pineapple aroma to this. Very sweet aroma 2.5/5

Taste- Very sweet pineapple. Too sweet if you ask me. Alcohol is prominent as well. Very slick tasting. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel- The worst part. Way to thick for me. 2/5

Overall- I have had this before and rather enjoyed it. I don't know what the deal is with it now. Can't figure out if it is my taste that has changed or if it is this particular bottle. Way too much malt. 2.5/5

MADhombrewer, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Dope
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super fresh bottle, can't find a date but it just hit the state last week.

A: Cloudy golden orange pour. Very small head that quickly turns into nothing. Almost no retention but a little lacing.

S: Quite subtle considering this is a DIPA. Most tend to have huge floral aromas. Surprising. Some tropical fruit, pineapple mostly I think. A little pine. I believe I smell the distinctive Simcoe smell too. Sweet caramel malt is apparent.

T: Wow, big hop flavor surprised me given the mild smell. I taste pineapple, grapefruit, orange and lemon perhaps? Very sweet caramel balances it out in the middle but can barely make a dent in the bitterness. Big pine bite on the back end along with a little hit from the alcohol.

M: Pretty slick/oily coating sensation from all the hops. Quite drying aftertaste with the bitterness and the alcohol punch.

O: Very interesting. I was a little bit let down by the appearance and the smell but the taste came out of no where.

Dope, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a hazy honey gold with minimal head that quickly turns to a film.

Nose is light citrus hops - not a whole lot going on there, but pleasant.

A sip is resinous with fruity citrus. A nice balance with caramel malt that isn't too sweet. A shade under-carbonated for my preference. Finishes pleasantly bitter with a bit of warmth from the alcohol blending nicely.

Was excited for this one, and it's definitely a well-balanced, not-too-sweet IIPA, but a few shades away from outstanding.

OldIronLungs, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light golden amber

Aroma: piney hop aroma, with some malty sweetness(reminded me of syrup on waffles)

Taste: hops come through in the front followed my the strong malt backbone, nice subtle dry finish balanced

Mouthfeel: could use a little more carbonation in my opinion but it works, medium to light body

Nice decent beer from Alesmith, I prefer the IPA but this is nice.

Cmack15, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of dvsbizzyb
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Beautiful golden yellow with a white head that leaves a great lacing.

Smell - Doesn't leave much to the nose. Small hop aroma with a faint citrus smell that lingers in the background. Pretty weak altogether.

Taste - Great balance of earthy hops, pineapple, and citrus fruits.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and leaves a nice delightful bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Exceptional beer here. Very drinkable!

dvsbizzyb, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a bright orange, but only a few tan bubbles form on one side.

S - Citrus, sweet malts, and some pine.

T - Sweet carmely malts, and a touch of citrus.

D - Low carbonations.

O - Really dissapointed here. This is a low carbonated sweet mess. I believe it is a new bottle also.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of tripelhops
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

recieved via trade from Big Dub - poured into a tulip glass, color is slightly hazy golden yellow, with a thin finger of head that sticks to the sode of the glass as it drops. Aroma is vry good, citrus and apricot, hint of pine. Taste is the same with bitterness hitting on the tail end along with a touch of heat from the alcohol. Malt backbone seems balanced if a bit on the light and sweet side. Overall a tasty IIPA, but not outstanding.

tripelhops, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from Randy. Thanks! Poured into a tulip. Pours a solid honey color with a finger of lasting white head.

Lots of tropical fruits in the aroma like mango and pineapple with a little bit of a bitter hop finish. Taste simmilar to the aroma. A little less of a hop flavor than I would like. Caramel malts come to mind but it has a pretty delightful tropical fruit flavor to it. Just leaves me wanting a little more of a hop character on the pallet.

Light body with good carbonation here. Overall seems to be a run of the mill DIPA. But I'm not complaining here. Just a little more hops and this would be world class.

Bendurgin, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky gold with awesome white head and lacing. The head is amazing and stays with it for an hour.

The smell is very floral. Citrus hops and flowers.

The taste is bitter and citrus but as it warms you pickup much more caramel and alcohol.

This is an amazing IPA. I've failed buying it before as I usually see it off times of the year but I'm glad I did!

Eriktheipaman, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of SDDanC
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a beautiful thick white 2 inch head which holds firm for quite a while, decent lacing. On the nose it is super piney, hoppy, with sweet pineapple hint, and roasted malts.Taste is great, tons of hops up front but it settles in with the sweet malt and citrus fruits. The roasty malts and sweeter fruit notes come through towards the end. Overall, this is a great iipa. Rivals most heavy ipa's, Exponential watch out!

Reviewed from notes 7/15 from bottle

SDDanC, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of amphion1065
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to DearthVader for including a bottle of this in our recent trade. Bomber into a tulip.

Pours tangerine orange, with yellow highlights. The body is clear, almost translucent. One finger white head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

The smell is fantastic. Tons of grapefruit, grass, and lemons come through in the aroma. The hops are incredibly potent (thanks for the fresh bottle Brian!), and there is a load of citrus in the nose. All of these smells are balanced with a perceptible sweetness that really evens things out. Tantalizing.

There's sweetness up front in the taste, with bitterness in the back. Quite a bit of orange, accompanied by candied lemon peel. Some crystallized pineapple, too - my first thought upon trying this beer was that it reminded my of dried fruit. There's a touch of alcohol, but it's minimal.

Nice mouthfeel here - the carbonation is spot on. It's a very drinkable beer, and although not terribly high in ABV it nonetheless does a good job hiding the alcohol.

There's a store by me that has had bottles of this sitting around on a display shelf since last summer, and I've been reticent about picking up a bottle. Given the benefit of a fresh sample, I've found a DIPA that I would love to revisit again. A little touch of Christmas in July.

amphion1065, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Sideswipe
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Opaque golden, orange color topped by two fingers of dense white foam. Beautifully thick, gauzy lacing coats the glass as the head recedes.

S- Citrus, pine and pale malt aromas. Smells great!

T- Starts out with big citrus notes. Orange and tangerine predominate. Pine follows the citrus and a nice bitterness comes along with it. Sweet, pale malt does a very nice job of balancing things out mid-palate. The finish is dry with a pleasant bitter, orangey aftertaste which lingers.

M- Feel is medium bodied with a corresponding medium level of carbonation. ABV is quite well hidden in the melange of fruity, hoppy flavors.

O- This is one of my favorite DIPAs. I anxiously await it's release every summer. This batch does not disappoint, and is much better than last year's. Extremely well balanced with excellent citrus and pine characteristics. Refreshing and not overly bitter, just a great summer brew. Recommended.

Sideswipe, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of AAxsom
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to metallitone1 for this great bottle!

A- very excellent, golden, straw color with great lacing and head. This looks very enticing!

S- unfortunately, this is the least overwhelming aspect of this beer. Not much to the nose, except for a bit of hops.

T- really great balance of hops and malts. I get some great fruit on the end - both pineapple and even a bit of sour apple. Amazing, amazing taste.

M- very light and refreshing. This is super easy to drink and I instantly want more. Just a bit of hops on the finish and as this warms, the alcohol comes out some.

O- great, great bottle. I would drink this again in a heartbeat!

AAxsom, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Klym
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Pours a murky tangerine color with a small but lasting white head composed of very micro bubbles. Lacing is definitely there but most of it slides off quickly.

S: Pine and sharp citrus definitely from the hops, but also mostly just a very sweet fruity flavor, very much to me like pineapple soaked in orange juice. Smells really tasty.

T: Starts off a little sweet with a tropical fruit/juicy citrus, the taste mellows and almost disappears before the hops kick in with sharper pine and citrus notes and finally as you swallow a strong rind bitterness takes over, which is both refreshing but also borderline medicinal/bad. If I take a big enough swig it seems it can definitely just hit that aspirin level. I think a secret to really enjoying this beer is taking small sips at a time.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, slick, crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is plentiful but really spread out in the feel. Really like the way this beer moves in my mouth. Only complaint would be the awkwardness, probably caused in large by the bitterness, experience in the throat during the swallow.

O: I can see why this beer has a reputation. This is definitely much better than your average DIPA. That being said, the bitterness is probably a bit excessive and could use being toned down. I don't mind hop burn, but I do mind aspirin. Regardless, I look forward to trying this again next year!

Klym, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Neighbourhood in San Diego on 7/4/11

A - Light to medium yellow colour; slightly hazy. One finger of thick, foamy white head.

S - Bitter citrus hops and a noticeable caramel sweetness. Grapefruit, orange rind.

T - Sticky, oily hops. Very bitter. Grapefruit, orange zest. A decent caramel sweetness in the backbone.

M - Medium body. Oily and sticky. Light carbonation. Chewy.

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got one of the first pints off the hand pump tap at Toronado.

Pours a light straw with a ton of lacing and head.

Smell consists of heaping quantities of pineapple and other tropical fruits. Taste contains a lot of the same with some citrus thrown in as well. Not a lot of malt to this one.

Carbonation was medium-low and this is a very easy drinking beer especially for the relatively high ABV the alcohol is masked quite efficiently.

jmarsh123, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of badboyrsl84
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden brown with a beautiful thick white 2 inch head.

Smell- super piney, hoppy, with sweet pineapple hint, and roasted malts.

Taste- tons of hops up front but it settles in with the sweet malt to balance this beer out. There roasted malts and pineapple come trough in the finish.

Overall- alesmith sets the standard in most of the beer styles and this one is no different.

badboyrsl84, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of whatthehull
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted June 25th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

A - deep copper, one finger off white head and some lacing

S - lots of alcohol, very hoppy, pineapple, pine, grass, very yeasty, sweet malt, sugar, high octane everything, flowers, grass and tons of everything awesome

T - really sweet up front and than a wall of bitter. Nice yeast, lots of citrus and/or tropical fruits, sugar, sweet and complex malts, alcohol, pine and what seems like earth and/or wood/oak

M - big, carbonation, somewhat chewy, medium acidity, full bodied, nice balance and long finish

D - huge, complex, full bodied IPA. Copious amounts of hops malt and awesomeness. This is a great IPA. I am starting to be a big fan of yulesmith

Final thought - 8%+ ABV and only $7 a bottle. This one is worth it and if you find this on tap somewhere, please email me

whatthehull, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle (no dates or codes), appropriately enjoyed on Independence Day. Thanks sleepyhead for sending this one!

Perfectly clear copper pour into a tulip w/ minimal white head.

Nose is pure citrus and pine.

Taste follows nose: citrus, pine, and some booze as it warms. Hoppy, but no metallic bitterness. Just a clean, hop-forward DIPA. Mouthfeel is slick and creamy.

This is a very drinkable beer, a classic West Coast IPA.

draheim, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of tjkinate
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been counting down the days to try my summer YuleSmith and now I finally am! Thought today would be the perfect day since it is a holiday ale and today is the holiday is was crafted for.

A: Golden appearance with an abundance of beautiful bubbles leading to a finger and half head that laces evenly around the glass.

S: Great robust aroma, the traditional notes of an IPA are present, but the addition of sweet scents was an added bonus, almost citrusy like and orange or tangerine.

T: I can say I was not disappointed, solid IPA from AleSmith and really enjoyed the undertones of citrus accompanied with the bitterness from the hops.

M: Typical medium bodied, lower carbonated IPA. No complaints.

O: I did enjoy this beer and it was a great start to my Independence Day celebrations. Been so satisfied with AleSmith beers in the past and this one is a worth addition to their already solid line-up.

tjkinate, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

K&B Wine Cellars
San Diego, CA

Bright golden orange. Not as much haze and/or sediment as I remember in year's past, which I think actually makes the beer more attractive as a whole. Spotted and ringed lacing down the glass.

Wonderful hoppy, citrus aroma. A lot of orange, mango, grapefruit in the nose. This beer fills the room with it's aroma as soon as the cap is popped. As the beer warms, it takes on a pleasant melon aroma as well.

A lot of flavors similar to the aromas. I would say the melon component is a bit more forward, with a decent amount of biting hop bitterness, and a touch of, almost honey like, sweetness. A delicious 4th of July DIPA.

Medium mouthfeel. No alcohol presence. A dangerous beer on a hot July day.

A very good annual offering from AleSmith. Happy to pick this one up every year. A terrific and consistent offering.

ehammond1, Jul 05, 2011
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,574 ratings.