YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 912
Hads: 1,713
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 257
Gots: 100 | FT: 2
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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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Reviews: 912 | Hads: 1,713
Photo of cracker
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic and a top of the line double IPA. Pours an amber-golden hue with a lovely thick aromatic head. Smells like freshly peeled citrus fruit rinds and pine thistles. For a bottled beer the smell is as fresh as draft beer straight from the brewery! Amazing...
Lovely sweet malty taste that is finely well balanced with a pronounced dry hoppy bite. Definitely one to savor and enjoy. Thanks to FitzIPAtrick for this one. (433 characters)

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

650ml bottle from Bevmo.

Summer - Pours a slightly cloudy copper orange, with a frothy-sudsy head that dissapates slowly. Aroma was all citrus with grapefruit, oranges and lemons. Flavor was hops forward with oranges, thyme, walnuts, and grapefruit. Mouthfeel was creamy, silky and smooth with good carbonation. Finish is short and dry and very clean, just a slight biter hoppy aftertatse. Overall this is superbly well crafted beer that quenches thirst well. Recomended

Winter - Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a big clumpy beige head that stuck around foreverand provided plenty of lacing. The aroma was rich with biter walnuts and roasted malts. The taste was hops forward with a good nutty bitterness and plenty of complex roasted barley. The mouthfeel was full, smooth and satisfying. The finish was long and biter. D: Very good--a bit of a sipper. I loved it, this is a quality brew. (898 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle into Russian River tulip glass.

Beautiful color but very carbonated; good 3-4 finger head that slowly died down.

S - Like many WC IPA's - Citrus, pine, peaches, nectarines. Bit of caramel.

T - Nice mix of the above flavors plus an added hop bite. A very bitter offering from Alesmith.

M - Very carbonated; perhaps too much so. Little bit of that medicinal booziness.

This was a GOOD DIPA, but I've had better. (435 characters)

Photo of Graham21
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light orange in appearance, with great lacing that sticks to the glass.

Smells wonderful; It's very nice and spicy with a pungent smell of hops and earthy nutty undertones with a hint of molasses from the malts.

The hops and malt are very well balanced. Nutmeg, sugar, citrus fruits, and spices are present. This is an amazingly well balanced beer.

The mouthfeel is great, with good carbonation, and a little more thickness than traditional style, this makes for a nice beer for the holidays. (501 characters)

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

Winter 2006 version poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass

Pour left a fluffy off-white two finger head. The liquid beneath is a slightly hazy amber-orange-brown color. Wonderful aroma of grapefruit and pine with a mild sweet caramel behind. The taste is amazing. Huge, bright hops take over with just the right amount of malt sweetness for balance. This beer has that mouthwatering flavor that all hopheads crave. Medium bodied with a slick feel make this a very drinkable beverage. I have a slight preference for this winter version over the summer for its increased malt flavors and added balance, although both are superb. This is one of the very best DIPAs out there and I highly recommend it to all. (714 characters)

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

This is a lovely rich golden color with a full thick chunky white head. The aroma is rich with grapefruits and tangerines. An earthy pine is also very prevalent in the nose balanced with deep caramel malts. Soft sweet fruity flavors of tangerines and grapefruits wash over the palate. There seems to be a bit of passion fruit as well. The finish begins sweet and ends very bitter. The balance in this beer is marvelous. Overall, an absolutely outstanding beer. (460 characters)

Photo of beavers
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[review from Jan of this year]
22 oz. Winter version

Pours a chesnut brown, with a good inch of tan bubbly head. Great retention with sticky lacing. Pungent malt notes fill the air even w/out bringing my nose to the glass. Wonderful hop aroma. Floral/piney hop aroma meets the powerful, sweet and spicy malt (not overwhelming though). Taste follows suit. Piney, bittering hops in the front with strong malty sweetness (hint of fruit, toffee, caramel). Medium (towards full) bodied and moderately carbonated. Leaves a dry finish. Amazing drinkability for the style. Wonderful balance. (584 characters)

Photo of chrisafari
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light amber orange with thin white head. Floral aroma of hops, very nice! (Not too overwhelming or weak) Flavor begins with a nice and smooth citrus profile and then finishes with an intense kick of hops. Finishes dry with a smooth and medium weight body. This double IPA is really lacking in roasty flavor. Kind of suprising, but nice. A great beer for a hop-head in Southern California during summer! (408 characters)

Photo of nicefix
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summer release

Poured into a pint glass. Wow, the head is huge, hard to control. Maybe I should have used my snifter for less agitation. The appearance is quite awesome, cloudy medium amber and as mentioned earlier, a huge head, fluffy off white with big bubbles and wicked lace. The nose is really nice, sweet fruity malts with a huge hoppy prescence. Taste is big malty yet big hoppy and a some alcohol burn in the nose but oh so smooth.

There's so much flavor in this brew. It's really awesome. (504 characters)

Photo of MVassar
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Red and Green version.

Poured into a pint glass. Enormously impressive (and somewhat wild) head that stubbornly clings to the glass. Gorgeous raw-honey appearance, with a little sediment.

Smells slightly sweet, some spice and citrus, and plenty of hops.

A rich sweetness with a nice backbone of bitter hops. Almost over-ripe fruit, caramel, honey, and a hint of bitter chocolate. Amazingly well-balanced for a beer with so much flavor.

Just the right amount of carbonation to keep it honest. An incredibly intense experience, yet somehow I could drink this amazing stuff all night. (593 characters)

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

Summer Edition

A: A semi-transparent cloudy honey color with a substantial off-white head that holds its own.

S: WOW! HOPS! And lots of them. Very citrusy and piney. My god am I excited.

T: The smell carries right on over to the taste. This beer is jam-packed with hops. Interestingly enough, I can't put my finger on any particular hop except perhaps cascade hops. The taste becomes bitter yet not too dry at the end with the malt coming through. This much hops may be hazardous to your health. The alcohol is disguised quite nicely.

M: Brilliant!! The mouthfeel is substantial with the CO2 nicely balanced. The hoppy overload prevents the dryness from sapping the body of the beer. Even though many different and strong flavors present themselves, the body of the beer stays consistent throughout.

D: I want to attack this beer full throttle but I just can't. The hops and alcohol prevent that. In between a sipper and a chugger. For what it is, very drinkable.

Ale Smith comes through again with a world class beer. Maybe they should put this on the shelves in winter too because I am drinking a Christmas tree (at least that's what it tastes like)! (1,158 characters)

Photo of TeddyBG
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into pint glass. Last years Winter version ('07).

A: burnt orange with a slightly cloudy tint. Pillowy creme colored head with great lacing. However, super carbonated tough to pour since you get overflow very easily.

S: Very caramelly with figs. Cannot pick up much hops, but that might be due to the age of this bottle.

T: Caramel up front with a hop bitterness, but no other hop flavors to pick up.

M: Way too carbonated, overwhelming at times. Other than that good body, certainly not thin.

D: Tasty brew but the carbonation leaves you feeling it pretty quickly. I will have to try this again, and edit this review, because I have a feeling this has a bottle conditioning issue. (708 characters)

Photo of SteveTheDog
2.29/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

It's not often I pour out of beer but I was very unimpressed with this one. It really didn't have much smell to speak of. There were some weak hops And citrus trickling out of the top of the mug. The taste was actually terrible. It was the first time in recent memory that I actually made a bitter beer face. I don't know if I just got a bad bottle or what because I see it ranked so highly but I was thoroughly unimpressed and won't be taking another chance on it. (465 characters)

Photo of Intimidtor
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WINTER EDITION: What a fantastic seasonal IPA. Got this badboy from Sideswipe in trade. Thanks buddy. Outstanding blend and should be considered a must try.
A-Poured from 22 oz bomber into pint glass. Poured a darker amber with thick foamy head.
S-Smell was fabulous, I would call this Great Lake Crhistmas Ale on Steroids.
T-Excellent and well rounded flavor. Hints of a strong ale seasonal like cinnamon and malt and hops, hint of pine and grapefruit
M-Faboulous, nice thick with wet finish
D-Very high. This is a must try. (525 characters)

Photo of tboom29
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a Winter '06 beer.

It poured a very appetizing amber that was slightly opaque. Fluffy frothy head sat on top, one of my favorite things on a beer.

The nose was very citrusy and spicy, and really entices you to drink the beer.

You definitely will notice the hops, because there are a lot. I thought it was nicely balanced though. Slight carmel from the malt. Mellow, but quite full bodied with a full mouthfeel. There is a slight acidic flavor. I also noticed a spicy notes, with hints of cinnamon or nutmeg. Some orange as well.

Overall a really great, full flavored IPA. Definitely worth picking up. (623 characters)

Photo of dhchatfield
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Last of a batch of 4 I got from Liquid Solutions a few months back.
It says: Holiday Ale...what the hell.

Stuck in the fridge for about ten minutes after bringing it up from the cellar. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

A - Beautiful light coppery red. Very clear, nice carbonation. great head with wonderful lacing.

S - Very nice West Coast hop assault. Piney, but with a floral back. Jasmine?

T - The first hit sneaks past the tastebuds and makes a b-line for the gullet. Only after it's raced through do the tire marks show their presence on the tongue and back of the throat. Strong tastebud numbing bitterness, but with an oily sweet finish. Fantastic.

M - As above, starts thin and then expands into an effervescent thick creamy tongue and roof of the mouth coating slice of heaven. Just flat out super!

D - All day. Lower ABV than say, Dreadnaught or UnEarthy makes this a DIPA that I can actually enjoy two bombers of in a sitting without fear of falling. Just such a wonderfully balanced DIPA.

My wife has forbidden any beer purchases until after Christmas. I guess drinking out of ones' cellar isn't so bad after all. I really love this beer.

Cheers (1,179 characters)

Photo of explosivebeer
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lots of citrusy hop aroma with some pine and maybe even a hint of peach. It is a clear light golden color with a decent malt body. It finished a little bitter. Overall it's good but not as great as I'd hoped. The winter Yulesmith is clearly better, at least from the two most-recent releases. (292 characters)

Photo of lostbearbrew
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First - thanks to Drewbage for sending this one my way.

I must say, although I very much enjoyed the bottle, it wasn't quite up to the hype I had formed in my mind. Shame I did so, as I think the beer is very good, perhaps excellent and I am struggling with reality versus my lofty expectations as I write this review...

Copper with red notes - very high level of carbonation and a soft, lacy head, that never goes away completely, leaving lacing all the way down the glass.

So much citrus! WOW! Amarillo-like orange scents seem to come forward the most. Can smell a sweet malt backbone, but the malt smells different than anything I can recall before - maybe marshmellows?

Hops hops hops - citrus/orange with pine and earthy tang, peppery spicy flavors as well. Malt is in there, but it is pretty well masked by a lingering multi-layered hops taste throughout the sip. Not much alchohol taste in here, and a dry, almost tart, finish.

Drinkability is good for a beer of this SIZE...in complexity, as well as bomber-ness. I'd have a second (if I had a second to have.) (1,083 characters)

Photo of bridgetowhophead
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been dying to drink this beer and I finally snatched one up at the hollywood portland whole foods. score!

A: Pale yellowish orange. Visible bubbles, HUGE head. Cloudy due to the bottle conditioning. Beautiful!

S: Balance of strong citric/floral hops and strong malt, as expected in a IIPA. Surprisingly not as aromatic as their IPA, but got better as it warmed.

T: Good lord, this is a complex beer. Tons of citrus and floral hops mix with the caramel malts to create a perfectly balanced beer. There are tastes in here I've never found in an IPA, and I worship at the altar of hop bombs.

M: This beer dances in your mouth. No flaws at all in texture, body, etc.

D: This is an IIPA? So smooth and drinkable, the 8.8% ABV hardly registers. Wow. I need another. (771 characters)

Photo of ASymon13
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the winter release.

It pours a cloudy dark amber, and despite a fairly easy pour, an excessively large head that recedes very slowly. The aroma is about as enticing as a beer gets. There is a wonderful balance between grapefruit, floral, and some citrus hops and the sweet malts. In fact, it's hard to tell where the hop aromas end and the malt begins. The head recedes slowly, and I've become very impatient for it to drop to a more drinkable level.

The taste is also extremely balanced. The hop flavors are up front, but not at all overpowering. At a colder temperature (~45F) there are a lot of citrus and grapefruit flavors to it, and the sweet malts once again, are difficult to distinguish from the hops, but it's so balanced that you know they are there. The finish is a bit boozy, but very dry. As it warms up the malt profile becomes slightly more distinguishable (at no cost to the great hop character!). Hints of Rye, light caramel, and some light spicing give it an excellent complexity. The body is medium and the carbonation is very pleasant. This is an excellent offering that left me wanting more. (1,124 characters)

Photo of marikoangel
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a bell glass at Amsterdam in San Francisco, it pours a hazy caramel orange with nice carbonation and about a quarter inch of white head that dissipated quickly leaving very spotty lacing.

S: The nose on this one is very floral with great notes of citrus tucked in there. Kinda like grapefruit and maybe some orange. It has a great hop nose with notes of pine and a really nice caramel malts backbone to hold those hops up. There is also a good sweetness in there, almost with a touch of booziness.

T: The flavors are really nice and hoppy. Strong notes of pine, grapefruit rind, and floral hops. It is very hoppy and that definitely comes out more in the flavors than it did in the nose. Resinous hop bitter that really sticks around. The malts are caramel and a bit sweet with touches of honey. Its light and easy drinking still under all of that.

M&O: This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with light carbonation. There is a smooth feeling to it. Overall it is a really nice beer, very well done and very drinkable, although I can feel the alcohol. I definitely would recommend this to hoppy loving drinkers. (1,129 characters)

Photo of korndog
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007

Pours a beautiful amber color with the best head I have seen on an DIPA. Lacing is particularly long-lasting and beautiful tan high up the glass.
Aroma was sweet orange juice with piney hops. Taste is heavenly malty backbone laying a great foundation for the hops. I really appreciate the contrast of sugar with my grapefruit. MF is slightly cloying, but not unpleasant in the least. This is a top notch ale that I will miss when it's gone. By far, my favorite Alesmith. Congrats on this one.

Edit: Still getting used to new rating system. Trust me, there is nothing "minus" about this beer. It's an "A". (611 characters)

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

Summer version 22oz bomber into standard pint glass.

Very drinkable dIPA- not a big, huge malt profile as the hops come forward in both aroma (big Pacific Northwest citrus and pine in the nose) and taste (grapefruity aftertaste). A bit dry in the finish but all in all a solid beer from an outstanding brewery. (311 characters)

Photo of avaulteriam
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer '05. Nose is very similar to 90 minute. I catch chocolate, pine, guava, and mango in the nose. Awesome stuff. Color is a deep, cloudy amber with a lasting thin off-yellow head. Mouthfeel is very full with the taste of crushing bitterness. Mangos come out, along with oranges and pine needles. The taste is a little overly-understated, could use a bit more malt to bring it up to par. Still, an awesome experience.

Winter '05. This is quite comparable to the summer version, a bit more balaced, distinct red character coming through in the sweetness and body. decent, though I prefer the Summer. (602 characters)

Photo of AAxsom
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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! (639 characters)

YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 912 ratings.