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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 mickeymac
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The '03 Yuletide has arrived! Poured from a bomber with festive red and green lettering, mistletoe, and a wreath, it pours a deep, dark orange with a hint of brown. The head is a monster. Although it fades just a bit after the initial onslaught, it remains a strong presence on the side of the glass and the top of the beer until the glass is dry. At first, the smell of hops seems almost overwhelming, but a nice sweetness comes through after a second or two. The taste at first seems mouth-puckering in its bitterness but, again, it presents a nice surprise when a malty sweetness balances out the hops. On top of that, a bit of grapefruit-like flavor mixes in with just a touch of spice. It's wonderfully creamy. Although the alcohol content has been knocked back slightly, it's still high octane at 8.5%. With complex flavors, the creamy mouthfeel, and the well-hidden alcohol, this is a dangerously drinkable beer. This is further proof that Alesmith can do no wrong.

Photo of EROCK75
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of lpayette
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is for a winter release 2006 edition, provided by fellow BA dbalsock. 22 oz. bomber. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Pours with a huge head as a good celebratory beer should. Somewhat cloudy amber red. Tons and Tons of lacing. Very, very nice.

Smell- Very good floral hop aroma. Citrus, some grapefruit, but mostly floral. Underneath it all is a delicate layer of malt.

Taste- A good balance of sweet malt and bitterness. Somewhat similar to a DFH 90-minute IPA, but not so intense. The malt is almost honey-like, but not quite. Just a bit piney. Citrusy, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel- full and rich-bodied. Could it be fuller? perhaps, but it's at a good level right where it is. Somewhat dry in the finish.

Drinkability- Overall a very good beer. Perhaps the best balanced Imperial IPA that I've had. Highly recommended.

Photo of burnstar
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I purchased this in late summer of 2006 but it has red and green lettering so I believe this is the winter 05/06 release. Nice dark golden color with a cream colored head that leaves lacing the whole way down. Aroma is floral and citrusy hops, malt sweetness. Taste is spicy hops mellowed quite a bit by the ample malt base. Somewhat sweet but pretty balanced. Hint of alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy with moderate to low carbonation- very nice for this particular beer. Almost chewy. Substantial feeling. Pretty drinkable for something this big. This tastes very nice but it's not overpowering. A most drinkable of double IPA's

Photo of rhinos00
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winter Yule Smith, green and red lettering.

A- Very nice amber color with an off-white head.

S- Smell of fruit was at the forefront, followed by a hint a hops. Very surprised at the distinct smell of the pineapple.

T- Sweet taste of fruit and pineapples are the first to hit the mouth. This was followed by the bitterness of the hops. Extremely balanced beer as compared to other in this style.

M- Medium bodied. At points, the beer became almost too sweet and syrupy in complexion when it warmed up.

D- Well balanced beer. I'm not sure if it was the carbonation, but for some reason this beer gave me a huge buzz, even after a full dinner. Only this would prevent me from drinking this all night.

Overall, a very interesting beer. The smell and initial taste were exceptional. However, when the beer warmed up, the taste almost became too sweet and took on a syrup like texture. Definitely worth a try!

Photo of jackorain
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this green and red labeled version at Charles Street Liquors in Boston while there at the Extreme Beerfest in Feb, finally decided to open it today for New Beer Sunday.

Poured this DIPA into my Duvel tulip.

Pours a sort of ruddy brown with a bit of orange hue. It is also quite hazy. When I hold it up to the light, it turns a beautiful glowing orange. The large bubbled head was about three fingers from a moderately aggressive pour. It stayed around for a while, while I admired the beverage. It slowly fell to a thick bubbly, coat of varied depth. It left really nice lace down the glass.

Smells of caramel malt, and dried fruits up front. I smell some dried apricots and maybe some papaya. The citrus hops are present in the middle as well like sweetened grapefruit juice.

Tastes of caramel malt and citrus and green hops. the middle to end is very malty, biscuit and fruity, as with the nose there are some dried apricots and bit tropical fruits here. The finish is long and quite pleasantly bitter, like grapefruit zest and bitter greens. The alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium to full body creamy but also with a prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is very high; I will definitely finish this bomber and wish I had another. With the well hidden alcohol, this could sneak up though, even it is on the bottom edge for "modern: DIPA.

Photo of jordanimal
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of fsck
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Stockfan42
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange body with a huge, chunky head. The foam itself is very sweet.

Smells very floral, fruity, hoppy and a bit malty. Very nice.

Taste is pretty good for what I beleive to be a little bit of an aged bottle. Grapefruit and passion fruit comes to mind, a nice touch of sweet malt, and a great hoppy bitterness. A little bit of heat but wow this beer is great! I need to get me some FRESH!

Mouthfeel is pretty satisfying too. Nice and creamy, not too carbonated though. Goes down easy and leaves a nice bitter/fruity after taste. Man is this a good beer.

Overall very pleased with a summer bottle (now in winter) and can't wait to get some fresh. A must buy IMO.

Photo of Atron67
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

winter version, assuming its 2008, thanks to pimpp for the trade

a- poured a huge tan almost brown head, loads of tiny little bubbles almost filling the duvel tulip. copper red color body, clear and pretty highly carbonated

S- cinnamon and spice on top of lots of hops. definitely a strong winter warmer character to it. slightly grassy character on the hops

T- big strong maltiness to start and then a big hop character. bitter floral and pretty delicious. once the hops have come out the spices start to meld in. its a ton of spice which ends up melding pretty nicely with the hops. lingering bitterness on the tongue

M- high carbonation, full body, sticks around on the tongue for a long while

D- pretty damn good,

Photo of switzer
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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

Appearance- Pours a deep, translucent amber/red that is only slightly opaque. The head is truly spectacular. About 4 fingers of what starts out as a very tight, creamy, light tan head. Has a lot of staying power, turning positively 3-diminsional. Leaves quite a bit of layered lacing to. Very interesting looking beer.

Aroma- Nice blend of malt sweetness and floral hops. hints of pine and citris. Some caremel in the background to.

Taste- Flavoring hops meld nicely with the malt sweetness, but it's just a tad syrupy. Nice variety of well-balanced hop flavors. You can taste the fusils and alcohol if you concentrate. Some citrus in there 2. Great tasting double IPA.

Mouthfeel: Nice CO2 bite. Body is just a wee bit syrupy (even for a DIPA). Clings to the mouth very nicely.

Drinkability: Very good. Most of my friends would hate it, but I love this stuff. You definately know you have a mouth full of hops, but it isn't as overwhelming as some IPAs. You can taste the malt and other flavors come through very nicely.

Photo of malcontent
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter 2007

Pours a somewhat hazy, ruby hue with an above average amount of head.

Hints of gingerbread and rye bread accompany a lovely citrus/floral hop aroma. Completely reflects the season and is a delight to the senses.

Spicy-sweet body is, once again, remeniscent of gingerbread. Candied fruit and mandarin oranges are the precusor to a highly hopped, but excellently controlled, finish. Rye whiskey creeps up on the long finish. Lovely beer.

Creamy and full-bodied with balanced carbonation. This is a clinic on how to do a holiday ale. Spices that evoke the season are highlighted but not rammed down my throat (hello, Anchor). Bold and subtle all at once.

Thanks to kryptic for the trade

Photo of McAndrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of marshmeli
4/5  rDev -5%

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

winter '07

A- copper brew under a never ending, ridiculously bubble bath like , off white head. soapy lacing, though does do Belgian lacing

S- toffee, caramel, fruit, spicy, vanilla, pine

T- toasted malts, cookie, toffee, and some fruity esters. Spicy pine hops, subtle alcohol, balanced sweet pine after

M- almost creamy, well carbonated, hop feel

D- well crafted and a delicious brew, really quite amazing. I prefer this to the summer version, highly recommended

Photo of StoneTSR
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BIG thank you to ren for tracking a couple bottles of this deliciousness down for me.

APPEARANCE: This is easily one of the best, if not THE best looking beer I've seen. This beer looked alive. A gorgeous, golden yellow in color with a stark white head on top that did not completely recede for the entire glass. Lacing began about a quarter of the way down the glass and covered a good 70% of the back side of the glass.

SMELL: Pine. I took a quick sniff when I popped the bottle open and it smelled like a big, classic, West Coast IPA with a ton of pine. Upon the first pour the aroma opened up and I did not even need to put my nose to the glass to smell it. Intense and delicious aroma.

TASTE: Bold, piney and very hoppy. The pine hits the palate up front followed by grapefruit and a touch of anise to wash away the pine and bring a strong, bitter finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Outstanding mouthfeel that only served to add to the enjoyment of this beer. Well carbonated and playful are the best terms to describe the mouthfeel.

OVERALL: Many others have said that this beer is a spot-on example of what a DIPA is supposed to be and they are correct. I was blown away by how technically perfect this beer was. At the same time, unlike Pliny the Elder, which I can recognize as a nearly technically perfect beer, the YuleSmith has some soul to it where Pliny lacked. This is outstanding beer that I cannot wait to try again. Thanks a ton for the bottles ren!

Photo of Jmamay22
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter Holiday release as determined by the red and green colors.

Pours a dark copper that approaches ruby in color. The head is a very light tan that fades to only a thin collar. No lacing.

The scent is filled with a pine and orange hop. Beneath the hops there is a substantial caramel and burnt sugar aroma.

The taste is a building force of citrus hops, but what makes this beer shine is the malt backing it up. The malt provides a strong base of dark sugar. Dry bitter finish that comes off lightly spiced.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium with a smooth enjoyable level of carbonation. Alcohol? Where? Oh wait here it comes. Highly drinkable and balanced despite the huge hop presence. Careful the content could catch up with you.

Photo of Skye1024
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of erha2
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Gold, yellowish. Definitely a lighter color than most double IPAs. Pours with a good inch of head.

Smell: Pine, tropical fruits.

Taste: Grapefruit. Intense pine needle bitter finish. Definitely a palate wrecker. My tongue is still buzzing. Definitely taste some alcohol too.

Mouthfeel: Medium but oddly on the lighter side for this style. Good carbonation.

One of the good west coast style double IPAs. A bit too much alcohol knocks this down a bit. I'd prefer AleSmith IPA over this but still tasty.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of mbw314
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of markcp
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Swaino
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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