YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.53/5 rDev +7.3%
Yulesmith 2002 ...tasted one year later. A hazy, deep amber-copper body reveals very fine bubbles rising slowly towards a huge, rocky head of ivory colored foam. The head retention is impressive, and it maintains an island of rocky foam throughout the pint. The lacing initially leaves wide, creamy rings and sheets of lace; but they eventually die down to lesser-but-still-thick rings of lace! It gives a very impressive appearance despite its cloudiness (which can be somewhat excused as it's bottle conditioned). The nose is bold and resinous with clear notes of sappy pine, grapefruit rind, flowers and grassy hops over a sweetish, bready, caramelish, and biscuity malt. It's creamy and smooth across the palate with just a mild tingle on the tongue at the outset due to its full body and exceptionally fine, moderate, and natural carbonation. The flavor, however is what's really important, and this brings the 3 already on-base home!!! Its rich, caramel-soaked malt offers enough doughy and bready sweetness to stand up to it's bold hop flavor (which reflects the aroma). It's exceptionally well-balanced, satisfying and efficient with a dry finish that leaves it surprisingly drinkable considering its bold character. Certainly worth trying!
11-28-2003 04:15:44 | More by NeroFiddled
3.93/5 rDev -6.9%
Pours a slightly fogged, ruby hued amber with a sizeable crème head. Lots of lace on the way down. Nose is very full hops. Flavor is very hoppy. Almost seems more like an hopheads IPA with a very minor amber ale edge to it. Mellows out over time and grows into a more sweet edged concoction. Feel is nice on the liquid and the carbonation is good too. This was nice, but it seems a bit too bright. I have a second bottle that I am going to let sit for a while to see what happens.
01-01-2008 07:14:48 | More by RblWthACoz
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
Summer 2006 release poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light amber with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is very rich with hops, caramelized malt & citrus.
T: The taste brings an initial burst of hops bitterness, then the balance of caramelized malt and citrus sweetness. The hops return in the finish and linger in a mildly bitter after-taste. This is one of those beers that achieves balance by having the different flavors battle each other for dominance rather than other beers that try to achieve balance through harmony among the different flavors. While harmony can be nice, the battle is a good thing in this case, as it causes each flavor to rotate in being prevalent in a given sip.
M: Very crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.
D: The complexity of the taste makes this one very drinkable. Its not very filling and has a good kick. This one is well-worth drinking for a long time. I could certainly go for another bomber after polishing off the one that I had.
09-10-2006 22:01:36 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.9/5 rDev +16.1%
First off this has been a holy grail ale for me one of those beers that you've come close to attempted to order off line but it was sold out made it to the beer store just to have the last few bottles grabbed. Now here I sit contemplating drinking something with so much hype behind it, I know it's time. The appearance is amazing deep ruby red body with hop and yeast particles flowing around in the stream of bubbles arising toward the head. Thicket of beige head sits righteously above the rim of my Gulden Draak glass sculpted so well with projectiles hanging off the side of my glass reaching for me. Chunky and cloudy residual proteins were good for this beers head. Aroma is big on wintergreen mint and pine cone hop accents I detect earthy herbal and dirt like hop overtones within it's festive bowels. The winter green Christmas tree effect is crazy it actually burns nose hairs and sweet deep caramel or spiced Christmas bread like warmth rises up as well. Flavors collide with hops as you take the first sip it actually stings the palate with hop bitterness, think of a group of bees attacking your palate after just landing on a hop plant. Sturdy effervescent carbonation really takes over with each sip and the hop oils engrave their name right on your palate it's awesome. After pouring in the last bits of yeast sediment into the glass the flavor balances into this unique West Coast poetry in motion DIPA, it's a one of a kind experience. Mouthfeel is huge textured with hop oils full bodied with ample carbonation bringing out the best of the best for this particular beer. Drinkabability is off the charts as far as I'm concerned this is a beer I could crave and possibly attempt to drink all day and this could probably be the reason that they only release it as a limited release once a year.
03-04-2008 03:26:00 | More by WVbeergeek
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
Summer 2008 Edition.
Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of poofy off-white head. A near ½ finger of solid creamy retention flairs up magnificently, leaving massive swathes of sticky hop lacing behind. The aroma is a straight up West Coast Hop Bomb with piney hops, fresh citrus, an underlying beefy smelling grainy sweetness, and a tingle of heat that runs throughout.
The taste is sticky resinous hop bitterness and juicy notes of grapefruit, orange, and mango that are well balanced out by a hefty backbone of grainy malts and caramel sweetness. Nice, long lasting hop bitterness that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium to full with a slick oily feel that intermingles in with a somewhat prickly carbonation. There is definitely some alcohol beef present but it's not noticeable enough to become distracting at all.
Alesmith doesn't disappoint at all with a summer version of their Yulesmith seasonal, an easy drinking and flavor packed version of a San Diego Pale Ale. This makes me want to go hang out at the beach.
Holiday 2007 22oz bottle into a Stone IPA flute. I had originally bought this back in December and for the life of me, I don't know why it's taken me this long to get to it. It seems I need to clean out the ole' beer fridge more often.
Pours a clear dark amber but "Uh oh Houston. We've got a carbonation problem!" I get about 2 oz of liquid into the glass and the rest is filled with foam. After awhile, I finally get enough in there for a proper review. To its credit, the frothy off-white head retains just beautifully, with creamy wisps around the edges and big dollop right in the middle that stays there. The lace is just massive with hop stickiness that literally just coats the sides of the glass. Carbonation problems aside, this is beer is just awesome to look at! The aroma is Ahhh, that familiar West Coast magic, right up my nose! Notes of pine and spruce needles right off the bat mixed with grapefruit character and just the wonderful scent of thick, sweet, bready malts in the background. I'm also picking up accents of spices, dark fruits, and even mint. Quite the festive aroma!
The taste is more of same. That resinous hop assertiveness pops right out and wraps itself around all the other flavors. Unfortunately it seems a little more subdued than the aroma and makes me think that I did indeed wait a little too long to enjoy this. This is all nicely supported by that big, thick, blanket of bready malt that perfectly balances it out. It almost feels like a Christmas cookie back there, as much like the aroma, I'm picking up notes of cherries, various holiday spices, and that minty taste again (although they could be from the hops as well). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a wonderful creamy ride that is thick with hop oils and a bready yeast feel. That nearly 9% ABV is present but I hardly notice it, as it just adds a bigger feel and sense of warmth to the surroundings that helps cap off this Wintertime trip.
Wow, even with a little hop fade, this beer is still absolutely awesome! It's just like the other fantastic West Coast DIPAs that we know and love but with a complete twist for the Christmas holidays. Even though it's big, drinkibility was never an issue. It went down fast and I enjoyed every minute of it. Next year, I'll definitely try to get this one as soon as it comes out. In the meantime, I'll have the Summertime edition to look forward to!
03-13-2008 17:56:22 | More by Kegatron
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
Will do a separate review for the summer version I just acquired! Review date 11-13-08
5.0 Pours honey colored with 3+ fingers of chunky beige colored head. Superior lacing & head retention
3.5 S: Citrus hops, breadyness
5.0 T: Grapefruit, breadyness, pineapple, honey malt & pine sap up front. Grapefruit, earthy hops, more honey malt as this warms, plus leafy hops & passion fruit. Finishes with tropical fruits, honey, & much grapefruit
4.5 MF: Chewy, moderate carbonation. warming sensation kicks in half-way through the bottle, good balance
4.5 Super drinkability, I liked this version a bit more than the winter version! This seems for fruitty/hop assertive. Different beers easily. Superior DIPA
2007 version pours an orange hued amber with 4+ fingers of billowing sand colored head into my La Chouffe snifter. Crazy lacing & super head retention
s: Bourbon barrel & herbal hops as this warms
T: Herbal & leafy hops, plus huge breadyness up front. Fruittyness, boozeyness, piney and grapefruitty hops as this warms. Finishes piney with cakeyness, brown sugar, dryness & a bit of booze hotness
MF: Chewy as all hell, skews a little hoppy, minimal carbonation
Drinks fair for the abv, not one to session on, a bit too hoppy & chewy, but a great holiday treat. Wish I could get this around here
01-03-2008 03:49:27 | More by russpowell
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
Consumed from my Kuhnhenn tulip.
A - Much lighter than winter Yulesmith, almost the color of pineapple/peach juice. Off-white creamy head - just as much as winter. Definitely bottle-conditioned.
S - More citrus - very tropical with hints of pineapple, ripe tangerine, mango, passion fruit. Nowhere near as much pine or malt.
T - Very similar to the smell. Much more hop bitterness and refreshing tropical flavors. Again, the floral/pine/candy elements of the Winter version are not present.
M - Creamy, smooth - viscosity is one of my big sticking points, but this one is spot on in that regard. Carbonation is there, but not overwhelming. There's a definite hop resin character that stays in your mouth and complements the bitter aftertaste.
D - Even though this clocks in at a hefty 8.8% it drinks just as well as some lighter IPAs and red ales.
Another fine Alesmith brew.
12-08-2008 20:40:29 | More by MasterSki
4.72/5 rDev +11.8%
Is there any finer thing than Christmas in August? I'm sure there isn't...
Peeled off the red foil wrapping, like a present on Christmas morning, and I'm ready to pop the cap...Appearance is murky, even violently carbonated at first, then settles to reveal a bright orange, topped with a thick, luscious layer of creamy, off-white froth. Looks very, very good!
Aroma: sweet and fruity, plenty of citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, apricot, lemon, orange, and more, a bit of pine, too...awfully nice.
Taste....mmmm, mmmm, mmmm! Full mouthfeel, tangible, firm presence on the palate from the first sip, graps the senses from the lips and the tongue and the throat, and coats all areas with this great, citric, juicy hop flavor, just slaps it up and down, until no section is left unfelt by this feeling. Lush, majestic dominion over the mouth, perfectly dominates, and there's no denying, and I have to admire it, in fact, I outright adore it!
Every sip thereafter sends another wave of this delicious vibrant hoptastic taste washing over the tongue and every other inch of the cavern called the mouth, tart, yet still very fruity, and a touch sweet, though never considerably.Malt is solid and sure, and where hops are felt in full on the palate, the backbone is still considrable and adds much to the pleasure of the brew and to it's ease of drinkability.
This truly ranks in a class of it's own.
08-29-2004 10:56:42 | More by feloniousmonk
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
Breweries really should avoid naming two different beers the same thing and hope that seasons will remove any confusion, because it doesn't. This is the firework one (the photo should be changed on this website to clear up any additional confusion). Received as an extra in a trade with stawn. Thanks. Beer poured into a snifter.
Beer is orangish to yellow and has a slight haze to tit. Forms a two fingered white head of small to medium bubbles. Head completely coats the sides of the glass with lacing. Carbonation is moderate and steady. Feeds the head well.
I'm sitting about a foot from the beer and I can smell it from here. Big hop aroma, a slight yeast funk, the yeast did not completely settle out of the beer and when I popped it they floated back up into the beer. Oh well. There is some malt sweetness in this beer as well. Very strong, citrus hop aroma.
Beer is medium bodied and has a good hop flavor in the mid-palate, definitely citrus hops. The bitterness is not bad. This beer is less malty than many DIPAs I've been trying lately and this is good. Drinkability is really high. Beer is not overly sweet. I fear that the hops may have diminished in this beer, I should try and get one of these more fresh than this but there still is significant bitterness. The reason why I think it may have faded is there is a slight sulfur aftertaste to this beer that I attribute to fallen hops. Overall its a great beer and this sulfur flavor is mild and not distracting. There is basically no aftertaste but the bitterness does grow the more you drink. I think the body and feel of this IPA a lot.
02-03-2010 01:29:16 | More by drabmuh
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
Got this as an extra in a great trade from Imperialbeachbrw. Didn't realize it was the summer DIPA release otherwise I would have drank it right away. I thought it was the red ale, which I could age a little more. Oh well, time makes fools of us all. I'll assume the hops would be blasting me more had this been fresher.
A: A nice big thick 1.5 finger head rises up the glass leaving the big bubbles in the middle where the pour went through. and a thick fluffy head where it did not. A pale golden orange color dazzles me, being very light golden color at the bottom where it thins, and a nice amber orange color towards the top where it thickens (in the tulip glass that is). Lots of little bubbles rise up the top through the semi hazy but mostly clear liquid. The loads of particulate at the bottom of the glass make me wonder if that will add to it or it went too long before drinking. I stir it up in a tornado of fury and watch the haze it adds to the glass. Big chunks of yeast now dance around the glass but don't change the aromatic or taste qualities.
N: If this has lost any hop aroma, then Alesmith are crazy people (although they are). Huge heavy hop aromas smash my nose. Some nice piney, citrus, and floral juicy hops come right out first. It's followed closely with some sweet malts, but those are pretty light, mostly its the kind of sweet malts that come with heavy abv DIPAs, with hints of alcohol. Hints of grapefruit make their way out, but remain pretty light. I can see that the grapefruit and citrus was probably stronger in the aromas when it first came out, but it's still pretty damn good!
T: The hop taste hits even harder. It has a pretty strong wet hop taste with troves of pine, citrus, and even more juicy hops than that. A nice backbone of lightly sweet malts, crystal and the like, stand up. It adds a slight spicy hop taste. Waves of bitterness hit in a few rhythms. The malts are accompanied by hints of alcohol. The hops get semi thick and chewy mid palate.
M: Pretty thick, lots of carbonation (opposite of a Tomme'd bottle), and touches of alcohol warmth and tingly. It also has a slight oily feel, but very slight.
F: It finishes even more bitter than it started. The bitterness just weighs down the tongue, which is helped with the sweet malty backbone that seems to linger with it. It dries out a bit with help from the heavy spicy bitterness. A slight hop oil and sweet malt stick around for quite some time after the swallow. Due to the heavy malt sweetness and crazy bitterness, as well as higher abv, it is a definite sipper beer, and takes a little time to finish.
12-03-2009 00:24:44 | More by jlindros
4.23/5 rDev +0.2%
bottled on may first, and while people say these must be consumed real fresh, this certainly doesnt seem to have deteriorated in the slightest. in fact, its a big and juicy as ever, dripping with tangerine hops and radiant pale orange malt. tall white head on it too, looks just beautiful in the glass, erupting with the bright citrus hop profile, as oily a any west coast example of the style, but with an attention to detail uncommon to these beers. its flavor is layers of tropical and citrusy hops. oranges and orange mellon are dominant, but more tart and even close to acrid kumquat type fruits are present in the alpha acid makeup of this hop bill. i dig that hard, all this fruit, very little bitter. still real true to style though, with a robust grain bill that gives a fleshy middle to it, and a very clean finishing ale yeast that has cleaned up most of the sugar required to get this thing up over 8% abv. carbonation is popping off like champagne, and the dryer finish to a real oily hoppy beer is welcomed and foreign to me. age hasn't hurt this a bit. i think i like it better than the winter edition, although its been awhile now...
08-03-2014 21:55:56 | More by StonedTrippin
4.05/5 rDev -4%
The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a smooth, malty aroma that boasts of pale and bisquit malts as well as a nice hop presence. It has a wonderful breadlike character. The taste is good. It has a well balanced taste. The malt bill offers up an elevated abv. as well as a nice bisquity feel. The hops add layers of bitterness that reach well into the finish and beyond. It's not over the top, but it's well done. The mouthfeel is excellent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good double IPA. It's not as good as I thought it would be, but it drinks well nonetheless.
08-25-2007 21:05:29 | More by WesWes
3.78/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
05-28-2012 03:58:14 | More by Rifugium
2.9/5 rDev -31.3%
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.
05-16-2012 05:43:47 | More by mactrail
4.43/5 rDev +5%
Thanks to kaiser81 for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma is piney and resiny hops and not too much else. Definitely a DIPA. The flavor is an incredible and varied mix of hops. In addition to a little bit of bready malt, I get hop flavors of pine, resin, pineapple, papaya and oranges. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great beer that lived up to the hype.
08-17-2010 02:35:02 | More by Mora2000
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottle is a 2010 Summer version.
a - Pours a murky orange-golden color with two fingers of fluffy off white head that lasts for several minutes and high carbonation evident. Nice lacing on the glass as well.
s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, fruity malts, and bready malts. Lots of hops in the smell, smells great.
t - Tastes of bitter citrus hops, fruity malts, bitter pine hops, tropical fruit, and pale malts. Bitter up front but then goes down easy.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth going down and easy to drink for 8.5% ABV.
d - A pretty nice IPA. I thought there were a lot of citrus and pine hops in the smell, which was great. Would definitely have again.
10-21-2010 00:21:08 | More by mdfb79
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
This is the "winter" (Green with red):
Thanks to PhxHorn for this!
22 oz. bottle, poured into snifter (that I accidentally broke when just about finished - and almost cried over the couple of ounces that were left :( )
Pours reddish amber with a very large rocky off-white head. Trailing lace sticks. A fluffy, turning rocky, head is almost too much. Eventually it falls to a lasting frothy cover.
The smell is very piney with citrus notes. It has a strong caramel/toffee backing with some bread and even a hint of plum.
The taste is of pine with caramel and toffee. There is plenty of hop spicing (even in June) with some breadiness and fruitcake. A "holiday" DIPA for sure! Sweet maltiness as big as the bitter hop presence with a fruitcake "Holiday" twist! These guys really show brewing as an art-form! Alcohol barely shows, with just a hint of welcomed warmth (again - even in June!) The sweetness that intertwined with the bitterness gives way to a dry finish.
The feel is just about full-bodied with lively carbonation that keeps it from being thick. Things are bubbly and moving, but not at all fizzy.
A "holiday" ale the way I like it. Very hoppy and malty, but not syrupy or thick. This is truly a DIPA that doesn't cross over into BW as some do (BW is a great style, too, but I'm thankful for DIPA's such as this that stick to the style it promises to be!)
Another winner from AleSmith, a brewery that really knows how to use malts and hops to the fullest without being overbearing! I wish this were available in my area, and will be seeking the "summer" version, for sure!
06-25-2009 03:21:28 | More by jwc215
4.7/5 rDev +11.4%
Summer 2005 release, Sampled July 26th, 2005
This beer is brilliantly clear and pours a full reddish copper color and is topped by a frothy, light tan head. The aroma is full and hoppy with notes of fresh cut herbs, pine, grapefruit, and bergamot. The beer is sweet up front with a hint of cinnamon mixed in with the abundant hop notes. There is also a good maltiness to this beer, which really helps to hold the hops in check and provide some sort of balance. The hops are sharp and biting from finish to end. As the beer leaves my mouth a slow spicy sharp astringency begins to build for a good half minute span. This beer is still just damn good, so well balanced between the aggressive over the top hoppiness and a solid maltiness, which while definitely playing second fiddle, is still present enough to contribute and tame some of the hop notes.
07-27-2005 04:41:46 | More by Gueuzedude
4.43/5 rDev +5%
Extraordinary head: poured more than five fingers thick. It is slowly retreating--still three fingers thick at 3 minutes. It's leaving some spotty lace. The color is reddish amber. Frankly, I can't find any flaws.
Strong hop aromas--fresh. One minute later (as the head recedes), some amber malt notes come through. Still, this is a hoppy brew.
First impression is creaminess. The hop is not nearly as pronounced as the smell would indicate. Lots of crystal malt. The hop grows during the tasting culminating at the swallow. It leaves a long trailing aftertaste; spicy. Not a harsh brew. Very full body with very good carbonation.
A wonderful offering. One of the superior double IPA's. I'd love to compare this to Stone's. What's happening in San Diego? It's blowing out the competition in Seattle, Portland, Denver and Boston!
12-24-2006 00:15:20 | More by smcolw
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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