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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,630
Reviews: 906
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 247
Gots: 72 | FT: 2
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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
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 kojevergas
2.66/5  rDev -36.8%
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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Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of smcolw
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/06/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2005 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Copper colored pour with a 3/4 inch solid nice white head. Lacing is very patchy and nice.

Smell- Lots of hops as expected. Pine and grapefruit as is the norm in most qulaity DIPA's. Maybe even some melon scents? Not much malt to sniff.

Taste- Pretty tasty. Heavy doses of pine sap and fresh squeezed grapefruit domintate the pallete. The sweeter caramel malt does come into play to make it a pretty decent balanced brew. The hops are king here though.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation level and bitter mouthfeel.

Drinkability- No sign of ABV when drinking this...could be dangerous. Pretty yummy brew. Recommended.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/4/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, floral, pine, grass, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, floral, grass, pine, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance behind the hops and zero cloying bitterness after the finish. Hop flavors are extremely smooth and non-astringent here. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible DIPA style! Big complexity of citrus hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; and extremely smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy dark orange in color with a one finger head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Some light lace develops.

Smell: caramel, pine, and grapefruits are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, big pine tones, grapefruit, and alcohol are most noticeable. Somewhat hidden fruit sweetness lingers in the background. The biting hop bitterness is showcased here.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp throughout. Very long lasting bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: a nice slow sipping big beer where a few glasses are doable but will hit you in a single session.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising slowly form the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a large sized finger thick cap in the center of the glass with a very thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly heavier than moderate aromas citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit zest, and tropical/pineapple hops with a light amount of pine hops. Underneath that there is a light to moderate aroma of slightly sweet grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel and grainy malts which contribute a moderate amount of initial sweetness to the beer. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit and citrus/grapefruit zest hops with a light to moderate flavor of tropical/pineapple and pine hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness are present which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: A pretty hop aggressive DIPA and a fairly enjoyable one. Definitely a beer that takes a while to consume but paired very nicely with some homemade indian curry - really worked well with the sweetness of the beer and the spiciness of the food.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, 2007 summer edition, procured at the BevMo Irvine.

A: Dark amber, almost red, with an extremely large billowy head which surprised me at first, but then really enjoyed it, almost like a bottle of Duvel.

S: A beautiful soft citrus, this really dominates the smell, but it is heavenly, a beautiful brisk fragrant scent.

T: The taste is very good, citrus hops dominate, with tangerine and grapefruit, some malt in the back, metallic at times, but quite tasty.

M: Smooth, could be called hop juice, chewy hop bitterness, nothing is over the top, it is really well balanced for a Double IPA.

D: A great production, immensely drinkable for its size, I just wish it wasn't so damn expensive, even in California, it's $5.69 a bottle, if you're lucky.

Photo of mothman
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summer 2009

Poured into Surly Pint Glass

Pours 1 finger of beige head. Poured a little yeast into the bottle, oops. Color is a golden orange copper. Good retention and nice lace walls.

Aroma: Big fresh hop aroma. Floral and earthy smells. Big grapefruit citrus. Not to strong, but good.

Taste: Wow, this is pretty hoppy and very fresh. It is too hoppy. Very bready. This is like shoving a handful of flowers in your mouth. Has some grapefruit citrus. A little caramel. Some spices at the end.

Mouthfeel: Very, very bitter. A little boozy. Ends with a super dry, hoppy flavor. Medium bodied. Lower level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good west coast IPA, but nothing stellar. Just too many hops for me. Half a bomber was good enough.

Photo of yourefragile
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from smokepot23, thanks! Drank this with Surly Abrasive because, well, they were both cold.

Pours a light, mostly clear deep golden color with a massive, rocky airy white head that settles into a thick foamy layer with bubbly rings of lacing. Aroma is exceptionally sticky and sweet, tons of tropical citrus fruits, primarily pineapple and grapefruit. Also a slight solventy alcohol tinge is in the nose. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation producing a pleasant clean, dry finish. Flavor is dominated by bitter piney and citrus hops, more pineapple sweet than anything else like the aroma with a fairly strong and mild spicy bready malt body providing some balance. I think I enjoyed the smoothness and balance of the Abrasive slightly more than this, but these beers have very little in common other than a category. Regardless, there was a very drinkable, bitter and citrus sweet west coast DIPA that is highly recommended.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Billolick
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

we were happy to find this one on tap at Pizza Port in Carlsbad, Ca. Poured a nice radiant orangy almond amber. Head was white/eggshell and lasted forever. Very fine lacing. The nose had a hint of nutmeg and of course hops. Nice honey, malty, marmalade, rich and bold brew. Oily hops o'pleanty. Great depth of hoppy flavor that carries thru to the finish. World class creation from Alesmith. A treat on tap in its home state.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 2/25/11.

A: Pours a cloudy light orange with a 1.5 finger head that has decent retention and spotty lacing.

S: A little bit of alcohol, very sweet though. Nice aromas of pineapple and passion fruit.

T: A little booze presence. Nice combination of pine and citrus flavors. The grapefruit returns and there is a nice sweetness from some caramel malts on the finish.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation and a clean finish. Besides the slight alcohol presence, a nice beer. I know I probably had it sitting a bit too long, so will definitely give this one another shot in the summer when I can get a super fresh bottle.

Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kroggdawg for bringing this one (the Red and Blue) back from the coast. It's beautiful with big American hops, making it seem like an appropriate 4th of July beer (too bad it's winter now). There's a sweet malt background that provides a wonderful balance and backbone.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my trusty Berwick Brewing pint glass. Got this one at Whole Foods for a whopping $8.99 a great price in these here parts. The last one on the shelf. Celebrating 4th of July with this one.

Yulesmith Summer goes into the pint glass looking a hazy orange with some gold trimmings in between, on par for a DIPA from out west. The head on this is magnificent, it really looks magical. It is a bright off white color with foamy bubbly appearance. It condenses into a creamy head with a rocky appearance. Billowy and glass coating, perfect!!

Smells leap out with vigor including a plethora of hop juice and sweet malts backing that huge hop bill. Getting a load of grapefruit with slight tangerine/orange and some papaya to go along. No real pine up in here. Citrusy but also sweet smelling. You can just smell the sweet malt backing, it does take 2nd place though. No sign of alcohol.

Yulesmith summer while very citrusy in taste does not contain any of those piney tastes often found in west coast DIPA's, no pine at all. A great mix of hops and malts. Citrus squeezed grapefruit with some papaya and mango although the mango is quite light. Sweet malt with semi caramel. The sweetness is big but not cloying. Not really all that bittering. A touch of alc. in the finish, small potatoes though. Great stuff.

The body is above medium with a semi coating feel that goes away in time. Im not bombarded by a bittering feel more like hop juice coating the mouth. I would not mind just a bit more bitterness, it ain't no thang. This is carbed fine and ample but it sort of gets lost under the body, not overly crisp. My tounge does not hurt after this. I could drink more beer after this and actually taste it, not a palate destroyer. This is a fresh bottle by the way.

All in all this is a great DIPA. I think some classify this as a imperial red ale and I can see that with the assload of sweet malt packed in here, but the tropical fruit screams WEST COAST DOUBLE. I drank a bomber of this and I felt the effects with 8.5% and I would do it again. Im on the prowl for more bottles. Great stuff.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled acquired in a trade with hophead247. Thanks! Shared with drabmuh at my house recently. Review from notes.

This DIPA is clear and has a golden color with a good-sized head and nice lacing throughout the glass.

The aromas are a nice bouquet of hops, followed by a sturdy malt presence. I would prefer more hop aromas and flavors and less malt in this beer. There is a slight burn in the finish, though I don't find it to be overly harsh. Overall, this was a nice tasting brew and I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it.

Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,630 ratings.