YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 912
Hads: 1,721
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 257
Gots: 101 | 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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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love me some Yulesmith

A-big head with a golden color, looks tasty. Nice lacing

S-Smells real nice. Floral hops, sticky sweetness. Fruity and appetizing. Lemme get my lips on this.

T-Floral, fruity hopbomb followed by a well balanced malt that makes me happy. Could bang this beer back all night. Reminds me of Ballast Point's Sculpin. It is similar in hop profile and drinkability.

M-Stays on the tongue for a while and thats a positive. Delicious.

D-8.8% and the alcohol is almost a nonfactor. Very drinkable.

Distributed for the summertime; would love to drink it year-round. (586 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RomanW70 for sharing. Winter vintage served in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured orange with a half inch, tight, off-white head; some yeast particles evident in solution. Sheets of lacing revealed as the brew receded. Nose was grapefuit and floral hops. Taste follows nose, but some lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, lightly effervescent, but also somewhat creamy in texture at the same time. A solid DIPA. Abv is well-hidden and brew is style consistent, but my prefernce for DIPAs tends towards the sweeter side of the style. (553 characters)

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

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. (618 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New bottle, definitely this year, great extra from JonnyJ.

A-pours a transparent hazy bright gorange color with tons of a fulffy white head.

S-a good balance with stronger hop presence, the caramel malt sets the foundation, lots of spicy grassy hops, notes of citrus, touch of pine and some kind of medicinal phenol.

T-balanced malt presence, notes of caramel, tons of pine in the flavor, hoppy pine, light citrus notes, a good bit of spice with strong grassy herbal hop back.

M-syrupy and resignous, medium to full body, thick and chewy, good carbonation, almost a dry finish.

D-much better, solid imperial IPA, light balance with great hop flavors and a huge spicy profile which is quite intersting and nice.

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A-pours a clear golden orange color with particles floating around. a tight creamy off white head with a thick lace left all over the glass.

S-the nose is huge and mostly a mix of pine, caramel, and burnt brown sugar.

T-the taste follows the nose, tons of brown sugar, slightly burnt, lots of caramel, and a touch of pine. very faint bitterness and hint of booze in the back.

M-smooth, good carbonation on a medium body with a syrupy feel that coats the mouth.

D-imperial IPA? huge malt base, more like a barleywine. could this be last years??? (1,270 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A highly anticipated forray into the world of Alesmith and my expectations are met..

Pours a burnt orange..big frothy white head...great fruity nose..big on the citrus fruits...grapefruits, oranges, pinneaples, but also a very strong "peach" aroma..smells sweet....body is creamy and smooth....medium to full..the 'peach" fruitiness is evident on the taste as is a much stronger bitterness than the nose foreshadowed..tobbacco, cannibus...and finishes with a raw rough piney bitterness....not to say this is overly bitter...it almost feels as if there is candy sugar added..It is uniquely sweet (as in sweet fruits) at the start and then the hops jump up and smack you in the mouth nicely..

Lived up to my expectations...the bittrness really emerges as you sip on this and it warms...blows away Stone in the hop bite category but I enjoy the stone brews a tich more... (874 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to enelson for this one! Served from bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Pours a hazy yellow orange with a three finger fluffy white head that remains for quite awhile and subside to a one finger upon sitting for quite some time. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of pineapple, pine, citrus, and mild hops. The flavor was of tropical fruit, malt, with a nice citrus/fruity hop followthrough. It was light on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was quite a nice IIPA. The aroma of this one was quite nice and refreshing and told you what you were about to get yourself into. The pine flavor in this brew was kind of powerful to me so drinker beware... However I did not find it overwhelming and rather a welcomed change in my past lineups. This is a great IIPA and a must try for the true hopheads out there. (863 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pretty, somehow shining with a vibrant brightness despite a certain muddled quality. It does have a beautiful head, yellow-tinted billowing froth that sits solidly over a finger tall, nearly two, and that full height for a good length of the session. Otherwise, it barely drops to under a finger, that leaving behind a thick ring and some chunking behind it.
The aroma offers a rich bouquet that speaks to this beer's heavy hopping and the skill of the brewer in achieving balance with it. This is West Coast all the way, with all kinds of resinous pine and juicy citrus, some perfume and grass to round it out offset and complemented by rich malts, bready and doughy with lots of caramel to cut through the bitterness. Some fusel notes cut in here and there, and it's all that mars this beer at all.
The taste is much the same, altogether delicious, with some tropical fruits in the bitterness in addition to some rind and zest. It's a big, hoppy beer that doesn't take the hops to the point of astringency or chalkiness but shows delicacy and skill in balance. The alcohol comes into play, no question, but it eases up on the harshness.
The fusel alcohol does play a small role in the feel of this beer, which maintains a full body, thick and rich but still pretty crisp and plenty bright. What surprises me is the smoothness of this beer considering the alcoholic sting and the heft, but it works very well. (1,424 characters)

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

"Christmas in July" version: I hear that the patriotic-themed summer release of this beer is a little different. Maybe it is and maybe it isn't, but this did seem slightly "softer" than the one I had last winter. The beer is a luminous amber color with a very thick and foamy beige head so dense it almost has a membrane on the top. Thick, sticky lacing too. The aroma consists of resinous hops, citrus and spice. Rich and smooth body, and as before this brew is by far the most subtlely-hopped Double IPA I have had, almost to a fault this time around. Lots of citrusy fruit and spice, as well as a very sweet malt backbone. The finish is spicy and lingering. Still very enjoyable in the summer heat but I wouldn't mind a little more bitterness. (746 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip pint; Summer 09 version

Pours a pretty deep red amber with a huge, fluffy ecru cap. Head sticks around forever and leaves loads of spider web lacing all over my glass. A large amount of yeast is suspended in my glass.

Huge aroma of resiny pine, grapefruit, and pineapples wallop the olfactory's off the bat. The malt bill is earthy and sweet; mainly sweet, sticky, caramel.

Gooey pine resin and hop oil coat the mouth right off the bat with a rush of earthy, slightly sweet caramel and biscuit malt that fills the void briefly before a bitter punch really assaults the palate. A larger bitterness would have been more welcome. Everything is in pretty good balance up to the bitterness, hence why I wanted a little more on the back end.

A very wet, resiny, and oily mouthfeel that finishes slightly bitter. There is a decent amount of heat that lingers amongst the bitterness.

Considering how well-balanced this is and a do-able 8.8% abv, I would have to rate this pretty high. However, I was not in love with how balanced this was. (1,069 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with aan off-white head. Aromas of a citrusy, grapefruity hop. In the taste, big grapefruity hops and a great balance of malt in taste as well. A bittersweet mouthfeel and a sticky sweet grapefruity hop aftertaste. A great double IPA, big hops and balanced. This is one of the better beers I have had in a while. (351 characters)

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

I let this bottle warm a bit out of the fridge and then poured aggressively to get a huge, off-white, thick, foamy, fluffy, billowy head that slowly subsides and some lace. Color is a very slightly hazy, orange amber with a few slow bubble trails. Aroma is hugely hop, citrus, malt, oak, vanilla, resin. Flavor's pretty much like nose with the citrus/hop on top with bittersweetness right under followed by those other things. Body is full with hop points and slightly soft carbonation. Finish is like flavor giving way to resin, very long, and has some alcoholic warmth. Well crafted beer, but too much hop for me. (615 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2002 bomber - Gorgeous cloudy glowing caramel amber color with a monsterious two inch head that grew fast from the pour to a thick, billowy, lumpyness of dark ivory color, faded down very slowly to one big lump of cookie dough. A solid thick wave of foam always present during the entire glass worth; lace all over in webby sheets.

Aroma is deep dark citrus and nice juicy piney-woodish sense with very nice caramel and biscuit dough backing. Notes of chocolate, nuts and light spice, kinda like the smell of a Mrs. Fields cookie store and a candy store all at once.

Taste is subtle complex layers of malts lending lots of smooth sweet caramal with a touch of chocolate, very soft and bready, light airy buttery biscuit feel lending a bit of chewyness. Hops appear about midway with excellent balance, handled very nicely with dark citrus and pine thats kinda juicy but easy all at once, quite amazing with a nice soft approach as well. Finishes with awesome clean, soft bitterness and drying.

Medium body feel; smooth and lightly creamy/buttery with just the right amount of carb. grab that fuzzes the tongue and soothes the throat. The alcohol is masked very well, but as it warms it makes a bit of an appearance in smell and taste.

One hell of an excellent IPA, soft and subtle in its character with just enough zaz to wake you up and notice that its worth every f*ckin' sip, gulp, and ahhh...

Big Ol' thanks to Gusler for the bottle! (1,452 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to domtronzero for tossing this one in as an extra!

(A)- Pours a crystal clear yellow color. Produced a massive white frothy head with some serious retention behind it. It is just clinging to the glass with lots of bubbly lacing.

(S)- A nice woody pine and creamy citrus of pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon. Crisp.

(T)- Has a rather tart profile with some serious pineapple & grapefruit citrus up front. Tons of citrus in this that really borderlines on tartness level. Some minimal woody pine.

(M)- A tad higher carbonation level than you would expect from the style, but it really is not too bothersome. Really crisp because of it though, with really potent citrus. Some bitterness.

(D)- Slightly different, yet interesting take on a massively over-made style these days. Huge citrus, with ever present bitterness. Good, but I prefer their regular IPA. (903 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of the summer version (Blue and Red) so this has some time on it already. I shared this with two friends and the initial assessment was that the smell was that of Purina Dog Food. Seriously. There is a Purina factory in town and when you pass it the smell is unmistakable. Very malty smell with a little fruit. The color was lighter than the Alesmith IPA we drank just prior. The taste had some caramel and some tropical fruit (simcoe hops?) and was very satisfying. It reminded me of Stone 10th and I remember people saying Yulesmith was better when 10th was released. I disagree. I'd like to have this again fresh.

12/13/07
A:4 S:4 T:4.5 M:4 D:4

Winter version-Awesome hoppy smell, tastes like piney hops, oranges, tangerines, some malts, very good. Dry finish as noted on the bottle and a prickly mouthfeel. (824 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.28/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to milwaukeeclassic & bu11zeye for sending bombers of this IIPA my way. Always up for a new IIPA any way, every day.

Well. The first one I inadvertently lost & it was a year old before I noticed, so I took it up to a Canadian island with no electricity in February figuring any beer would taste good, & it did, just fine, but the hops were gone. Didn't review it then (lacking electricity, heat, & any hint of civilization other than a few tip-ups on the ice!), but wanted to try it fresh. That time is now.

And I find that, again, the hops are MIA. The nose is all malt, & the taste follows suit. The brew is malty malty sweet, with just a coloring of hop bitterness at the end of the sip. Not nearly enough for an IIPA in my book.

It's not bad. The malt is strong enough that it doesn't lack taste or flavor, but malt isn't what I was expecting. I'm a bit baffled. Perhaps I've had two very old bottles in a row? Where are the hops?

Pretty good beer, but not at all to my taste of a IIPA. (1,005 characters)

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

Appearance – This fella’ gave off a huge, monstrous head that was thick and unrelenting, sinking slowly on top of the hazy orange liquid. This just looks serious.

Smell – The big, fruity hops are out in force here. They are very complex and can keep the drinker busy for hours just smelling this bouquet. I think I took a whiff with every sip.

The malts are thick as well and full of caramel. They are very rich and epitomize the ADIPA style.

Taste – Yes, this is a heavy-hitter. It’s probably the fruitiest of the ADIPAs that I’ve had the privilege to sample. The malts are big and rich and form a terrific backbone, but it’s the giant fruity hop profile that sets this one apart from the pack.

Mouthfeel – This is a big medium-bodied ale with an effective combination of super-sweet fruitiness and a strong, finishing dryness.

Drinkability – I thought this lacked the malt depth of some of my favorite Double IPAs, but the big fruity hops and great “alcohol mask” made this one the life of the party.

Comments – BuckeyeNation is in da house! This is just one of many wonderful beers that I picked up on trade from him. BA rules!!

Update – I popped a fresh one in Nov 2007 and found a bit more malty bitterness here than before but otherwise it is right on point. As I said in my original review, the striking thing about this beer is the head. It is so stubborn and so lacing. This is a real looker with bite to back up its bark. I’m bumping the Drinkability up half a notch and raising my glass to the AleSmith crew. (1,540 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review reflects the 2007 Summer Yulesmith courtesy of Jeager poured into my trusty Terrapin snifter. Enjoyed on 7-3-08.

A: This one pours a hazy golden yellow with a big fluffy white head that lingers forever leaving big globs of lacing. This is a beautiful looking beer.

S: The aroma is big on citrus hops up front with grapefruit and oranges but also a noticeable pine hop scent as well. There is a faint caramel malt scent as well but the hops are the star in this one.

T: The taste mirrors the aroma with a huge citrus hop kick up front, mainly grapefruit. This gives way temporarily to a more bready malt backbone before the pine hops kick in and give a nice bitter finish that lingers for a while.

M: Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and sticky with hop oils. It just coats the mouth with hoppy goodness.

D: This is an extremely drinkable DIPA and is another great offering from AleSmith who rarely, if ever, disappoint. Probably a top 5 DIPA in my book.

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2008 Winter bomber poured into a tulip. Enjoyed on 12-16-08.

First off, this is one of the best looking beers I have ever seen. It pours a deep, clear copper with a huge creamy head that lingers as a cap for the duration. Sheets of lacing coat the glass from top to bottom. Beautiful.

The aroma has tons of pine resin up front with hints of grass and citrus as well. The malts aren't messing around either with lots of caramel sweetness underneath the dominant pine hops.

The taste has lots of complexity with a very strong caramel malt base with tons of hops on top. There is a citrus hop kick up front but with a lot of pine hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is sticky with sweetness and pine hop resin and has lots of carbonation that tickles the palate.

This is another great beer from AleSmith and very, very drinkable. I'd rate the Winter Alesmith a half point lower on taste than the Summer but otherwise they're both damn fine. (1,913 characters)

Photo of mltobin
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dug up from some notes from this past summer.

Appearance is yellow, golden, two fingers of head. Its` nose has flowers, citrus hops and some toffee malt. Taking a sip out of this snifter and I taste pine, apricots and hops. Mouthfeel is medium, quite a bit of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish. Overall, a tasty dipa, worth checking out. (353 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal head, orange-brown in color, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: big pine hops, small citrus hops, and a bit of caramel

Taste: sweet caramel start, then a nice dose of pine hops, followed by citrus hops

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium bodied, sweet start with a bitter middle and an increasingly bitter finish

Overall: A nice hoppy, bitter monster. A good beer to sit with, especially if you are a hop head. I have had some amazing hoppy beer lately, and while this one is not quite on that level, it is still very good. This is one I would not turn down, but am not likely to go back to right away. (627 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark golden with a good, retentive head.

Smells like chewy bread dough and pine needle hos. Lots of biscuity yeast, very nice. The scent jumps out at you like an icepick to the forehead.

Tastes very much like it smells, very firm, and with much more pine up front. Big blast of hops like tree sap, getting a bit floral, and then lauching into sweet and sour yeast dough, getting chewy, and then a finish of rich, bitter hops.

An excellent beer. (459 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden colour with white fluffy head, sinking in this wonderful deflation effect, but clinging here and there to the glass. Lots of carbonation, quite strong and prolific. Not bad overall; love that head, too.

Smells quite tasty. An odd mustiness to it but plenty of fresh fruit as well. Citrus and passionfruit and some nice caramel notes underlying. Could use more, need to sniff quite strongly to get much aroma, but what's there is nice.

Taste is wow, interesting. Lots of fruit and tang on the front, with passionfruit and pineapple mostly, descends into mid-palate that is quite malty and caramelly, like peanut brittle with a richness to the sweet flavours. Back is bitter in an IPA way, but it has more funk characters reminiscent of a saison. Very rubery with a strong ascerbic bent, but a nice touch of passionfruit as well and a soothing kiss of boozey warmth. Yeah, strong and bitter on the back but a pleasant sensation, and quite unique even among double IPAs.

Drinks alright, quite full but too much texture on the back, over-carbonated maybe? Not too bad though.

Yeah, don't know if I could handle too much of this at once. Good for a taste, but not every day drinking. (1,202 characters)

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Poured gently and got huge fluffy head that swelled out of the glass but didn't overflow. The head stuck around for about 10 mins and left a real nice lacing. One of the best heads I've seen on an IPA.

S: Citrusy and tropical aromas. Definitely lots of grapefruit and some pineapple. SOme malt is present also.

T: Strong citrus hop taste followed by sweet malty/bitter hop finish. I like the balance.

M: Well carbonated, full bodied.

It has a lot going on but everything balances out perfectly! I really like this beer. Its by far my favorite Alesmith offering! (613 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (860 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Summer version. Golden amber color with an absurdly sticky head that leaves unparalleled lacing on the glass. Aroma is floral and citrusy hops with a very sweet maltiness. Flavor follows the aroma, with a nice dose of fruity hops and a sumptuous caramel malt profile that melts into a solid hop bitterness. Rich and luxurious on the palate. (340 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Alesmith - Yulesmith 2003 Edition - Served at Cellar Temperature. This liquid is a dark red colour, that approcahes maroon in shading. The head is big and white, but does not last too long. However, this beer shows off some incredible, thick, white lacing, and a little skim of a head that lasts for the entire glass. The head is also easily brought back with some gentle swirling. Aromas are all heavy hops, super, duper deep balanced malts, and spices of some sort. The taste is a lovely blend of heavy hopping and lovely, deep malting. The mouthfeel is very thick but not at all cloying or "too much". The drinkability at cask serving temperature is absolutely unbelievably good! This stuff produces lovely, malty hop burps and I could easily drink this brew all night long. This is some damn-fine classic stuff!

Francis. (827 characters)

YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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