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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

YuleSmith (Summer)YuleSmith (Summer)

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Ratings: 1361
Reviews: 882
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.17%

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 dvsbizzyb


4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2011 06:20:12 | More by dvsbizzyb
Photo of spazaru


4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another outstanding Alesmith brew. The only issue I have is that it doesn't offer enough more than their regular IPA to justify the cost.

I guess it's a compliment that all of their beers are so good, that this one just lives up to those, rather than exceeding it, but at $5.49 for a bomber, I expected more. Sorry.

Great beer, but there are plenty more as good.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 13:49:16 | More by spazaru
Photo of jaymirage


5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brought to you by OldSock, who procured his 22 oz. bomber, by way of San Diego and fiascos unknown.

Pros: Super-creamy, super-impressive head. Carbonated perfectly. The appearance is spot-on, and the flavor's just right. So true to style.

Cons: Not surprising or innovative. Purely refined. Built solidly on a foundation of everything everyone else has been doing right for the past 15 years. It's so perfect that it's boring.

This beer blows away everything else in its class, boring or not.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2005 23:18:45 | More by jaymirage
Photo of foxbat2500


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09 Summer Version in a bottle from BevMo.

Looks awesome. Orange/dark golden with a nice foamy head that really sticks. Wonderful carbonation

In a word pine I guess. Not as big as one might think. There is a sweetness in the smell.

Sweet, bitter, orange, others say Pine, but I've never had a pine cone to drink.

Great balance shows in the mouthfeel. Its big, but its all there in balance.

You know what's drinkable? Water! This has taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 02:51:43 | More by foxbat2500
Photo of acoatley


4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma: nice warm alcohol, heavy malty sweetness hists you in the nose first though, definatley American Hops (Crystal?) both citrius and floral

App: Rich amber translucent with golden edges

Taste: Nice hop flavour well balanced (possibley a little light for the style) , smoothe buttery malty sweet finish

Mouth: Rich feals like chocolate milk on the palate, pleasently frothw a bit when I coat the palate

Overall: Excelent well balanced maybe under hopped for the style but sooo good

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 01:24:32 | More by acoatley
Photo of AAxsom


4.4/5  rDev +4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 02:39:38 | More by AAxsom
Photo of ressletr


4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yulesmith, my favorite beer of all time, I have tried hundreds of beers, then I found Alesmith. I used to do my own home brewing but after living just 1 mile from Alesmith stopped, why bother when the best brewed beer is within walking distance. Yulesmith, the Ipa is outstanding. This one is the Double Ipa. The smell is that of fresh flowers, the taste that of heaven, with tastes of a smooth malt followed by a hop sensation, found no where else. Every time Alesmith releases yulesmith, I absolutely go crazy for it. I usually like to buy at least 1 case of it for enjoyment. I wouldn't do this with any other beer, even Hop Rod Rye which is also very good, but nothing in comparison to Yulesmith. Peter, you guys rock. I recently gave one to a friend of mine and asked him how he liked it. He said it was the best beer he has ever had. I think it should be a crime not to be able to buy Yulesmith every month. But at least I get it two times a year. I stocked I think I am one of the last ones to buy the summer release by the case in San Diego. This beer sells out within 2 weeks of release. I talked to the lady at the counter, and she said she was surprised they still have it. If you want to try the best beer, then try a Yulesmith.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 02:12:50 | More by ressletr
Photo of guinness310


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pouring this winter release into an oversized wine glass...

A: A mild-thick pour creates a lightly yellowish one finger head with good retention that sits atop a burnt-orange almost ruby body.

S: Piney grass, and citrus notes give this a very earthy nose. malty hints are nicely blended in it as well. Cloves?

T&M: This mild bodied beer is nicely carbonated with a heavy introduction to the piney flavour in the beginning, bittering hops in the middle and a malty-smooth dry finish at the end; with the 8% evident yet never overwhealming in the beer. Great lacing.

D: Overall drinkability was very good as the ethyl alcohol was not too overpowering. A definite great beer worth recommending.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 22:33:13 | More by guinness310
Photo of Gregorious


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Huge pillowy head. Heavy retention on the sides of the glass.

S - Invigorating aroma of hops followed with a plesant citrus smell very much like grapefruit (yum...i love grapefruit). A heavy/dank aroma.

T - A clean taste with a complex hop flavor of hops which is battled with a warm malt... The malt goes down but puts up a good fight. After the malt taste dissapates, the hop flavor clings to your mouth and makes you want another sip. The hops have both a piney and citrus flavor to them, yet leaning more towards citrus like gapefruit.

M - Ever so nice. Carbonation isn't obtrusive as to let the mellow flavors of the beer shine for all to taste.

D - This is an excellent Double IPA. Delicious from start to end. I'd get another and enjoy it with a sharp and nutty cheese plate with a lot of grapes to clean the palatte. Drink on!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 08:08:22 | More by Gregorious
Photo of 3frog


4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle--available in summer (lighter color) and winter (darker and more piney) versions.

Appearance: Summer medium amber, Winter almost red amber; almost opaque when properly mixed. Smallish head that stays awhile.

Smell: Both versions are heavy on the hop, with the summer being spicier than the winter, which is far more resinous. Fair amount of sweet fruit--pineapple?

Taste: heavenly for hop heads; heavy on the centennial family, though the summer continues the spicy note from the aroma. Very sweet, and the tropical fruit is prominently there again. The alcohol lies in wait to pounce mid-drink.

Mouthfeel: thick but not viscous; balanced by the carbonation.

Drinkability: hop-lover's nectar. High level of all the 'important' ingredients makes for a very pleasant experience. The alcohol is there, but it doesn't overwhelm. Part of me wants to give it a 5, but I'll hold-off for now.

Objectivity note: this is my favoritest beer, but I'll stand by the ratings measured against the DIPA style.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 21:47:55 | More by 3frog
Photo of Habanero58

United Kingdom (England)

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first ever review of an American beer!

This was the Winter, the green and red, version of Alesmith Yulesmith. Anyway... it was love at first sip.

First up it had the rich, warming, alcoholic maltiness that I would associate with an English beer such as Fuller's Vintage Ale. That is good enough in itself but then it gets better still as I realise it also has some of the delightful uber-hoppy profile of the American IPA's I am growing to know and love, such as PtE and DFH 90 min.

Coupled together this adds up to a delightful complexity and I am really glad I have one more bottle of this to enjoy at a later date. I hope I can source more of these for the Festive season proper!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 18:55:36 | More by Habanero58
Photo of swhite11


3.15/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Winter release. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

[Appearance] - Pours dark amber with an orange hue. Head pours creamy/foamy off white with 3 fingers. Retains/laces well.

[Aroma] - Bready malt with caramel sweetness upfront. Citrus hop character follows with notes of lime/orange/tangerine. Alcohol is slightly apparent.

[Taste] - Sweet malt dominates upfront. Alcohol follows with a slightly dry, fusel feel. Hop taste is underdeveloped and restrained. Bitterness sets in back palate and is prominant but does not fully balance this beer as an Imperial IPA.

[Mouthfeel] - Spritzy carbonation and dominant malt sweetness detract from the beer. Alchohol and hop bitterness dry the feel but only back palate.

[Drinkability] - 1 1/2 pints was a job. Too sweet and cloying upfront for my tastes.

[Overall] - Reminds me of a junior 120 Minute IPA with more hop bitterness. A big Imperial IPA that is a bit to sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 06:20:16 | More by swhite11
Photo of gradergator


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber. Nice hazy orange with a decent one finger head. Aroma is sweet and piney with a fresh hops smell rising from the gass. Taste is more balaced than I thoutht it would be and has lots of citrus flavors. Bready on the backside with a very nice finish. An outstanding adult beverage. Others out there that I would grab first but still a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 22:20:41 | More by gradergator
Photo of vertigelt1


4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica. This is the Summer Yule.

A: bright orange marmelade colour in a goblet. Finger of nitrous-y white head that Leaves gloriously delicate lacing as the glass empties.

S: I can smell the pine and floral aromas from three feet away. Right at the nose, it's intense. Like laying down in a redwood glade and smelling the dirt. A little spice and tiniest hint of biscuity malts for balance.

T: oh, I almost have found beer heaven in a glass. The pine and flowers are right there, playing the roof of the mouth. Malts are present with the slightest candied green raisins. Prototypical grapefruit bitterness that lingers and mixes with the resiny mouthfeel.

M: full bodied, slightly sticky with a lip-licking resin that compliments the finish ver well. Excellent delicate carbonation makes t feel like spring water despite it's full body and bitter finish. Like champaigne and strawberries.

D: the aromas keep ke comng back. Think I like it's smell more than it's taste, but I can't stop sipping it. And that's it: it's a sipper, but one you could do glass after glas.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2010 03:48:11 | More by vertigelt1
Photo of yodaseo


4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

green/red winter bottling

poured a hazy dark brown color, with the sumptuous creamy head topping the glass nicely. the initial smell had plenty of hop character and a bit of tart fruity goodness, but surprisingly it had a whopping portion of sweet malts. i was taken aback at first and checked to see that this is indeed listed as a double ipa. nonetheless, this mold breaking scent was heavenly and instantly fired all the nerves in my brain related to the process of imbibing. the taste was one of incredible balance. a burst of hops in upfront led way to a smoldering crescendo of smoky malts, followed by a lasting dry and bitter finish. it all came together in a warming yet smooth mouthfeel. the 9% alcohol was hidden almost to a fault, hidden behind the mountains of flavor. though it is a holiday ale, there is absolutely no time of the year when you should ever turn down a yulesmith. tis the season every day for this wonderful brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 04:23:44 | More by yodaseo
Photo of Raugupatis


3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The fine people at AleSmith decided to give their seasonal offering a little more wood.

Personally, I feel that the pine/cedar overtones actually detracted from this otherwise fine effort by AleSmith.

Otherwise, it is a good example of the artisan brewery we have come to expect from Northen San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 06:44:16 | More by Raugupatis
Photo of lincoln44


4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, great beer. I love big hop beers but didn't expect this from a Christmas beer.

Appearance- Shallow yet dense head, beige in color but quick to fall back to a narrow layer of head. Copper in color; matches the style. The bottle could be more impressive as I almost passed this up while shopping for my Christmas beers. Head left a mark in the glass with every swig, stuck around through the 22oz. bottle.

Smell- What can I say, I love this style. Big citrus/slight piney aroma with a balanced malt aroma to balance. To be honest I got very excited after opening this bottle and taking the first whiff. I have tried many holiday ales this season and this may be the best thus far. Not necessarily what many may expect in a holiday ale but us hop heads will have a very merry Christmas with this one in the stocking.

Taste- Big taste of hops, citrusy at first followed by pine and then a spicy malt finish. Not sure if it is the ETOH level that gives it the spice or the yeast but it rolls off the tongue quite easy leaving me grabbing for another swig.

Mouth feel- Like I said there is a bit of spice or hotness but it is balanced out with the malt and hops. Carbonation may be a bit higher than expected but I did buy it off a room temp. shelf and it is a bottle conditioned beer.

D- Great holiday beer, wish more brewers would take this route. Good brew for any time of year but this will keep you warm through the cold winter months.


Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 02:09:29 | More by lincoln44
Photo of RaulMatisse


2.78/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A 4th of July beer seemed fitting for a rainy winter night. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Telegraph tulip.

A :: A fiery, golden-orange glow is consistent throughout, with a fine balance that lies partway between translucency and opacity. Very exciting indeed. Soapy bubbles form a collar around the glass with flings of lace scattered about. Streams of carbonation line the glass. Towards the end of the bottle, a gentle pour yields a cottony head that, upon recession, leaves thick, fluffy lace behind. Definitely worth a second look.

S :: Yikes, a little sweeter than expected. Yes, piney hops hum in the background, but the main chorus consists of an aria of overripe pineapple and doughy malt. Blind tastings between AS IPA and YuleSmith Summer would be inconclusive--save for slightly more funk in the Yule. Frankly, in the realm of scent, this one can be classified as a GIPA (generic IPA).

T :: The Yule is the prodigal son of the AS IPA--it insisted on wandering into the land of the Imperial IPA, never quite made it, but got really boozy along the way. After a momentary flash of what may be a discernable hop or malt presence, I am broadsided by what tastes like a bitter orange peel soaked in alcohol. It makes your head cock to the side at best, your face grimace at worst.

M :: Up front, mouthfeel is notable; however, the initial sparkle of bottle conditioning is quickly sloshed away by an alcohol-warmed mouth.

D :: Mischievously drinkable 9-, 10-, and even 12-percent ABV beers are not hard to happen upon these days, so why should I be caught without an umbrella in alcoholic rain with an 8.5-percent IPA? A certain crispness and a firmer hop snap could whip this beer into good standing amongst the great West Coast DIPA's.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 03:36:23 | More by RaulMatisse
Photo of dogfishlove120


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter edition.

A: redish deep amber rust in coloration, much darker than the summer edition.

S: Smells of pine, grapefruit, sweet malt, and alcohol. The Malt aroma makes it much different in smell than the summer version.

T: Sweet Malt, grapefruit, pine and alcohol. The alcohol is much more present in this edition compared to the summer one. Much richer and more malty as well.

M: very well balanced, not over hopped leaving my enamal in tact.

D: well D in this case stands not only for drinkable, but for highly delicous.

Serving type: cask

11-06-2008 00:16:23 | More by dogfishlove120
Photo of nramsburg

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to an orange amber color with a good sized head. In terms of aroma there's a good deal of alcohol and yeast on the nose and, for the holiday style, surprisingly less spice than I'd, perhaps mistakenly, assumed.
OIt's not terribly thick, reasonably creamy without overpowering.
A bit of caramel, perhaps pine as well, I didn't register the citrus as much, but perhaps that's just my palate.
Smooth finish, refreshingly balanced hops and malt.
This beer really stands out for its steadfast commitment to balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 03:03:42 | More by nramsburg
Photo of turnblom79


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Tan and cloudy, nice head.

S- Fruity hop smell with a nice undertone of pine to bring that sense of Christmas to the brew.

T- Nice and fruity. Not quite as good as the smell let on, and the pine is a lot more underplayed than you would think from smell. Still, different and good.

M- Nice texture, pretty standard.

D- Not too bitter, unique flavor, nice fruity finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 03:52:43 | More by turnblom79
Photo of beerdweeb


4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft @ Beachwood

Poured a godly copper color with a nice lacy head

Aromatics are out of this world. Intense fresh greeny hop scents explode for the glass. Slightly fruity and citrusy

Tastes backup the smell. Grassy, piney, citrusy, a hint of alcohol, and a nice hoppy finish. The freshness lingers in your mouth after swallowing.

Mouthfeel was as expected. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall an outstanding beer and would recommend to any hop heads. The freshness just blew me away.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 18:13:15 | More by beerdweeb
Photo of Scorpious


2.5/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is somewhat disappointing to me (and I usually LOVE IPA's) The mouthfeel just seemed off along with the smell, the entire encounter was a dismal failure in my book. The taste was highly unliked and the color was just plain "funky" i.e. just not a color you would associate with IPA's

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 22:40:32 | More by Scorpious
Photo of JerryBullfrog


3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer version.

Golden orange color with an off-white, slightly yellow head that sticks around for a while. A bit of lacing sticks to the side of the glass while some sediment sinks to the bottom.

The grapefruit jumps out first, followed by aromas of orange, pineapple, pine, and malt.

Good carbonation leads to a nice mouthfeel... a little burnt toast comes through at first, followed by flavors of citrus, pine, and a bit of booziness and sulfur. The bitterness at the end isn't overpowering.

It's good, but since I've had this stored in the fridge since summer I feel like I'm missing out on what it can be. I'll get a fresh one when it's released again and re-review.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 17:49:14 | More by JerryBullfrog
Photo of mrtripod

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a golden orange with plenty of head. Standard color for a double IPA.

S: Huge notes of pine trees, pineapple and just a touch of sweetness in the nostrils so you know they put some malt in it

T: Taste is citrus and pine - finishing with some lightly toasted caramel sweetness. On the swallow there is a light bitterness that quickly fades to a lingering soft bitter pine flavor

M: Very good carbonation from bottle conditioning and very smooth and silky on the palate which is a Great West Coast DIPA given the IBU and alcohol content

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 02:54:44 | More by mrtripod
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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