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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,592
Reviews: 901
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 244
Gots: 68 | 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 DrJay
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow/gold colour with a generous white cap. Great head retention with tons of lacing - spotty and streaky, with rings marking each sip, super sticky - it doesn't get much better than this for a big IPA. Intense hop aroma - grapefruit and pine dominate, citrus zest - plus a rich maltiness that provides more of a toasty and biscuity character than a straight-up caramel sweetness. Nice. Powerful bitterness, reigned in by considerable malt presence, a great balance of citrusy hops and toasted malt sweetness. Mild caramel and pine, some alcohol towards the end. Creamy texture with very smooth carbonation, warming alcohol, full bodied, slight astringent dryness that actually balances some of the sweetness. Truly an exceptional beer. Alesmith really are masters of the brewing arts. I could drink this non-stop, all day, every day, liver willing. Delicious.

DrJay, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of liamt07
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

liamt07, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

PEIhop, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -5.2%

ShanePB, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer Yulesmith 2009. Moonlight pint glass. The beer is saffron with an enormous soapy and frothy white head. The head leaves sporadic caverns as it slowly recedes. Lacing is all over my glass. A small fly has found its way to the beer and is buzzing around. Not this time, pal!

The aroma has a lot of bitter grapefruit, as well as some lemon notes. There's a good deal of pine, but grapefruit seems to be the dominating hop characteristic. The malt backbone is crackery and bready with some sugar, and though it provides a little balance to the hops, the nose ultimately belongs to the duet of grapefruit and pine. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

The flavor is very bitter, with strong grapefruit and pine notes, as well as apricot and lemon. I'd liken drinking this beer to tossing a few unripe grapefruits and a bag (that should be enough) full of pine needles into a blender and drinking it. Oh, add a lot of hops too. In other words, it's really bitter and delicious. There's a pretty decent malt backbone that is bready and sugary. The sugar is almost honey-like. The finish is very, very bitter, and it leaves some sugar on my palate to accompany the lingering citrus and pine. This is one of the more bitter beers I've had in a while.

Light medium bodied with good carbonation and sticky, dry mouthfeel.

HopHead84, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presumably the last of the winter release.

A: Copper with a light tan head; excellent retention & lace.

S: Big Piny hop aroma with grass, toffee & light fruity esters.

T: Piny hops, assertive bitterness, toffee, fruit, pale malt & a hint of minerals. Alcohol is very subtle.

M: Moderate to full body is fairly smooth with some residual sugar & plenty of hop acidity.

D: Great for its strength.

Derek, Apr 25, 2008
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 Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. My quest for a 2011 bottle of this has finally paid off. I accidentally drank two 2010s that were well over a year old and didn't particularly like them.

Appearance - Super hazy bright orange body with a nice white head. You can't see through it at all. Retention is good but the lacing is better. Looks like Sunny D with a head.

Smell - Very hoppy smell. Bright lemon flavors and some pine. Super citrusy, though. It's so lemony it verges on smelling like Pine-Sol, though. The combination of lemon, pine, and a bit of alcohol just combines to remind me of lemon floor cleaner. In the 2010 bottle, this was far more prominent.

Taste - The sweetness is far more prevalent in the taste, but it's still very much about the hops. The same flavors come through, but the sweetness puts off the chemical element. I have to say, the sweetness is too much. Hardly any bitterness at all in the finish. Nice, but a little sweet.

Mouthfeel - It could be lighter. That's me being nitpicky, but it's just a bit heavier than I like. Even for 8.5%, there's a lot of unfermented sugars in this. Not cloying, just not as dry as I'd like it.

Overall - So much better fresh than aged (duh). The old one was pretty bad. Much more chemical flavors came through. This one reminds me of Hellhound. Perhaps that's an unfair comparison, since this is nowhere near a DFH malt bill, but still, it reminded me of it.

Alieniloquium, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer version had on-tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head sticks around for a good while before settling into a thin pancake on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of tropical and citrus hops with a just enough pale malt aromas to balance things out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The hops aren't quite as intense as they are in the aroma, but they're certainly still there. Pale malt flavors give way to lots of citrus - grapefruits with small amount of oranges - and a bit of tropical fruit flavors. Near the end of the sip there's a hint of vanilla right before the moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a very good and very fresh DIPA and one that I recommend seeking out.

glid02, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -5.2%

tobelerone, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Gusler
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

July 2004 Release
The beer after its evacuation from the 22-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a nebulous deep copper to almost brown color with the head stupendous in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a toothsome light tan, as it slowly erodes a thick and sticky blanket of lace conceals the glass. Nose is dominated by the aroma of hops and sweet malt, citrus crisp and clean, caramel, a hint of pine or is that just my imagination, start is rich in malt and somewhat sweet with the top moderate to full in its feel. Finish has a strong acidity, the hops potent in their spiciness, very dry and long lasting aftertaste, a great treat, “Christmas In July”!

Release 2003:
The color on the pour a beclouded burnished copper color with the head Bunyanesque in size, creamy in consistency and the color a toothsome light tan, as it ever so slowly decays the lace left behind forms a tight sheet to smother the glass. Hops citrus crisp dominate the nose, lying underneath is the sweetness from the malt, hints of caramel, pine, lime like crispness, fresh, a hodgepodge of aromas to entrance the senses. Start is sweet, full of malt, top is fair to middling in feel with the finish biting in its acidity, but the hops power their way thought to the taste buds, they spring to life with the biting spiciness, the bitterness is quite refreshing and the 8.5 percent ABV causes a nice warming sensation, as good as it is now, I always buy enough so I can sample for several years to come as with the 2002 release, reminds me I need to break one out and put it in the DBF for sampling soon.

Release 2002: - 4.60
it’s been close to two years since I had this beer, and I know that is way to long, finally the Alesmith brews are trickling over one style at a time, but at least their on the way.

The beer pours a murky amber color, tons of dross floating in suspension and resting on the bottom of the bottle, “Yummy”. The head is Herculean in size, the structure creamy, the color a beauteous light tan and as it evanesces, the lace forms a glutinous sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is dominated by the hop floral tones, sweet malt, fresh, crisp and clean, a real treat for the nose as well as the eyes. Start is ambrosial, loaded with malt, the top middling in its feel, finish is delicately acidic, and the hops slam your palate, like the “Cubs” pounding out the “Homers”, on their way to the “World Series”!

Quite dry and lingering aftertaste with a bit of belly warming to boot, oh how I love these big old bad boys, once of the beers not meant for the weak or infirm, as it will take the hide off an Armadillo!

Gusler, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First ever AleSmith release that I've reviewed. I also have a bottle of Speedway Stout in my fridge.

Pours a light yellowish gold with a huge head and lots of lacing around the rim of the glass.

There's a good dose of citrus on the nose with nary a hint of the malt backbone.

Ditto for flavor. Lots of citrus and unfortunately, lots of alcohol burn with it. It's not too boozy but the alcohol does take away from the hops themselves.

Lingering bready malt and citrusy hops. I can dig the mouthfeel as the alcohol quickly fades, leaving the flavor I was seeking.

Worth a try. I would probably age it at least 1-2 months top to mellow the alcohol some more.

Brad007, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Naja's in Redondo Beach. Golden color, mostly clear, thin white head.

I've been eyeing this beer for a long time, looking forward to trying it. When I saw it on tap I jumped at it. Unfortunately I tried it alongside Pliny the Elder. This simply can't compare. It's good, and might have been really good if I had nothing else to compare it with. But the Pliny rocks and this was mediocre in comparison.

Too bad, the Horny Devil is extremely good.

TurdFurgison, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a huge, long lasting white head and nice carbonation. Hoppy citrus aroma. Flavor is aromatic hops and citrus balanced by a nice malt base and interesting fruit backbone not often notable in big IPAs. I like this quite a bit. Nice job

LiquidAmber, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/11/2011

A: some citrus, some maltiness, getting a hint of sourness

Ap: golden yellow with a very large, very frothy white head, nice lacing down the whole glass

B/T: mild carbonation, medium body

Af: tastes stale, no punch of hops like i was expecting, some although limited floral hop notes, slight maltiness, slight fruitiness

O: left us wanting something more, proof that fresh is best!

Cheers!
The CPJ

THECPJ, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from lou91, opened in honor of the bears beating the hated panthers

appearance: deep murky copper , lovely off white/beige head forms with some lacing...certainly looks the part, tons of sediment at the bottom of the bottle

smell: floral hops...oily and fresh hop profile, definite acohol on the nose, biscuity smelling, thick caramel malts

taste: intense and powerful...very bitter floral and oily hops complimented by a strong malt backbon, biscuitesque, alcohol immediately present, caramel, juicy and citrusy...complex and quite tasty

mouthfeel: medium-full body, hop bitterness, alcohol burn, juicy hops and thick malts

drinkability: pretty drinkable

dirtylou, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of flagmantho
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

flagmantho, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -5.2%

drummermattie02, May 14, 2013
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 chippo33
1.75/5  rDev -58.5%

chippo33, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

xnicknj, May 19, 2012
Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now for the Summer 2008 version:

It pours a hazy orange amber with a 1 finger head of foam. There's some good lacing and the head retention is, once again, excellant.

The nose is big on the hops! Lots of floral and some citrus along with some fruitiness and there's a nice sweetish smell in the background from the malt.

The taste has the floral and citrus up front with some spiciness and a solid malt backbone. Very tasty and very smooth and it isn't exactly lax when it comes to drinkability... almost no warming after the swallow so the alcohol is well hidden.

Good thick mouthfeel and the carbonation is just a tad below medium. Overall, a great counter brew for the Winter version though for me, I prefer the Winter version. Both are great though and well worth seeking out again.

Bitterbill, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

GraduatedCashew, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of jrallen34
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 22 oz bottle (winter version) into a rochefort chalice.

The beer pours medium brown with a very light tan head that has no head, retention or lacing.

The aroma is very hoppy with a muted maltiness.

The taste is very interesting, but not sure if that's a good thing. There is lots of hoppiness here but there is something else to, that just brings a weirdness to the beer.

jrallen34, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of ccrida
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, Summer 07 DIPA. Poured into a nonic, Yulesmith is a hazy, pale burnt orange with a thick, olive tinged egg-shell colored head. Slow to to subside, it leaves thick foamy lace.

The aroma is a strong blast of american hops of the cascade varieties, lots of bright, flowery citrus, with a sweet brown sugar and gingerbread malt base. Reminds me of some of the Lagunitas brews, which I really love.

The taste is heavy on the floral and citrus aspects of the hops, with sweet caramel malts and just enough bitterness on the finish to rein it in. This is how I prefer my IPAs, sweeter, with more flavor then bittering hops. Pretty good, maybe a bit to sugary and soapy though to be exceptional, but very good. Reminds me a lot of Lagunitas Lucky 13!

The mouthfeel is not as thick as it tastes, and is very creamy.

While I really enjoyed this beer, it's richness and high ABV prevents it from being to highly drinkable. Nevertheless, enjoyable.

ccrida, Sep 03, 2007
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,592 ratings.