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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,477
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 241
Gots: 57 | 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:
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 Drinkerofales


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy golden straw, with a huge off white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of oranges, grapefruit pith, floral hops, a hint of the malts, and a boozy astringency.

Taste opens with a huge citrus, is bitter throughout, hints of the malt, and a super bitter earthy finish.

Texture is punchy, bitey, and astringently boozy. Almost bubbly, and definitely shouldn't drink too many of these.

A big hop bomb, I had this last year, but far removed from summer, so the beer wasn't it's freshest, but even then, it was hoppy, and now, it's just better.


Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 19:50:55 | More by Drinkerofales
Photo of rudylaw


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight from my bottle into a snifter, it exudes a reddish/amber with a huge foam that leaves a sticky lacing.

The nose is citrus, grapefruit and pine wreath.

I taste the the grapefruit and pine right away but there is a good deal of caramel here as well.

Most everything else has been said... especially the good carbonation. The alcohol content is rather high for me to give this a great drinkability score, but all you need is one.

This beer should be ingested slowly to maximize full enjoyment. AleSmith knocks another one out of the park!

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2008 00:14:18 | More by rudylaw
Photo of fsck


4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-05-2013 23:21:30 | More by fsck
Photo of Honus1


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-17-2012 04:11:08 | More by Honus1
Photo of bleeps


4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-21-2013 02:13:36 | More by bleeps
Photo of BeerNDoggerel


4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

06-08-2013 20:59:32 | More by BeerNDoggerel
Photo of bulletrain76


3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draught at the brewery. The last Alesmith bottle release that I have yet to have, and irony-of-ironies, I have it on-tap at the brewery. Warmed up with a sampler of the regular IPA to get my palate in order. Came with an orange color and sticky head. Fruity and somewhat yeasty aroma with grapefruit, mint, and peach. There is also some nutty malt. The flavor has soft, fruity hops and more bready malt sweetness than I was expecting. Lower on the bitterness scale, with a good balance that is almost too malty. Nice, though not the dry hop bomb that I had come to love after a day and a half of local IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2009 04:45:19 | More by bulletrain76
Photo of gafferjohn


3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-17-2012 19:11:44 | More by gafferjohn
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2006 release.

Once again I fall victim to BA top 100. At 7.50 a bomber, I will not be trying this one again. What is all the fuss with west coast beers? Good, charismatic, but all to often hyped beyond belief.

Poured overly carbonated, leaving a flat, non-existent body. Dry tongue and a band-aide like aftertaste. Up front, it is slightly piney, with a tremendous malt skeleton. IMO, no hops, and I am not sure if the poor pour, or the overpowering of the malt is keeping it from coming through.

A very nice, not too messy DIPA. In fact, it is quiet good, but for what I paid...forget about it.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 23:19:13 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of abrand


4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter glass. Been wanting to try this beer the last few summers and finally get the opportunity.

The Yulesmith DIPA pours a golden orange color with a HUGE frothy lacey head that never fully dissolves. An amazing pour. Nose is citrusy, malty, and hoppy. Not as huge aromas as other Cali brews but still a great smelling beer. Taste is extremely fruity with a nice hop finish. I am in love with the taste of this. Some piney notes as well as caramel malts. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Drinkability is great for this beer. An easy drinking style and a delicious tasting beer. I would love to have this accessible to me every summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 04:02:57 | More by abrand
Photo of ricke


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange with a white head lacing some lacings.

The smell is hoppy with a nice grapefruit/pine-needle character with hints of tobacco. Quite a lot of malts are shining through.

The flavor is fairly sweet with a pleasant caramel malty backbone with notes of vanilla. Decent amount of aroma hops (pine-needles and grapefruit). Ends bitter with peppery and citric hops, and hints of warming alcohol.

Medium to full body, easy on the palate and very easy to drink.

An enjoyable double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 22:42:31 | More by ricke
Photo of C_S


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-22-2013 17:10:26 | More by C_S
Photo of mater


3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

11-14-2011 08:54:01 | More by mater
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a very pale yellow orange color with some hop haze and a huge, 4 finger head with everlasting retention. Had to pour it very slow. The aroma is sweet sticky piney and mango aromas topped with dried pineapple and lots of orange peel and juice. Flavors are bitter oranges, grapefruit and honey comb. Cerealmlike malts are apparent, but not overwhelming. Really west coast. Simply delicious and inviting. A little sweet, but bitterness somewhat balances that out. The mouthfeel is just a touch thinner than I expected but it makes it a lighter style with big flavors. Drinkability is good as well because it's so delicious. Worth trading for if you can't find it.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 00:50:07 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of MickeyHops


4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

06-28-2012 00:15:08 | More by MickeyHops
Photo of hyuga

North Carolina

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

2002 batch. A hazy orange brew topped by a slightly off-white head, which foams massively on the pour into my nonik pint glass and leaves more lace than you'd find on an upper-class Victorian maiden's dress. Massive hop aroma with a huge malt backbone. Floral, citrusy, piney, you name it. Sweet caramel and grainy malt. Alcohol notes here and there. On the palate, rind-like and leafy hops cling to the edges as sweet caramel malt takes the middle, with some graininess following. A bit floral with retro-olfaction. Near the back the malt and hops get into a fight and create a great bittersweet mix. At the end, the hops finally win and take over for a wonderfully dry and leafy finish. Some alcohol is detectable here and there. Massive alcohol warmth kicks in after a bit. I now understand why this is a Christmas beer. This is an excellent kicked up and well-balanced IPA, but I still prefer Stone's Ruination over it. However, that doesn't mean it's not a must-try for anyone who loves the hop as I do.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2003 09:55:39 | More by hyuga
Photo of Mister_Joshy


4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-02-2012 05:29:49 | More by Mister_Joshy
Photo of uustal

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange with a slight white head. Nice grapefruit and orange aroma. Nice sweet grapefruit hops. A bit more citrus hops join the party, but the taste of sugared up grapefruit owns the hop profile. A pleasant bready malt and a rare tasty buttery malt profile balances this one nicely. Booze was present when fresh, but after sitting on another bottle for a few months, went away without disrupting the flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 02:21:25 | More by uustal
Photo of jsilva


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-09-2012 02:01:59 | More by jsilva
Photo of whatthehull


4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted June 25th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

A - deep copper, one finger off white head and some lacing

S - lots of alcohol, very hoppy, pineapple, pine, grass, very yeasty, sweet malt, sugar, high octane everything, flowers, grass and tons of everything awesome

T - really sweet up front and than a wall of bitter. Nice yeast, lots of citrus and/or tropical fruits, sugar, sweet and complex malts, alcohol, pine and what seems like earth and/or wood/oak

M - big, carbonation, somewhat chewy, medium acidity, full bodied, nice balance and long finish

D - huge, complex, full bodied IPA. Copious amounts of hops malt and awesomeness. This is a great IPA. I am starting to be a big fan of yulesmith

Final thought - 8%+ ABV and only $7 a bottle. This one is worth it and if you find this on tap somewhere, please email me

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 16:38:34 | More by whatthehull
Photo of Parrotbeak


4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green and red label.
Very opaque amber, with a thick, white head that gradually diminishes but remains full. Leaves a lot of lacing as it goes down.
Strong hops presence on the nose. Citrus, malts, pineapple. Smells very much like an IPA.
Taste is definitely hoppy as well, though very well-balanced and by no means overwhelming. A little bit of spice that is typically found in winter warmers, and just the right amount. Nice, malty backbone.
Mouthfeel is good; crisp with a good level of carbonation.
Drinkability is good as well. Little to no alcohol presence combined with the great taste of this beer leaves me wishing I had another.
Excellent beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 03:04:25 | More by Parrotbeak
Photo of sloejams


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Winter 05 edition

Alesmith has been strong in it's stance that this beer is an Imperial Red. This version seems to be most along that terminology.

It pours a burnt red color with a consistent head that retains with slight lacing. It packs the hop punch - pine scent mostly. The taste is more complex than just the hops - there's a nice caramel maltiness. It has a medium to full body with plenty of warming and a slightly bitter finish. The alcohol was definitely apparent and it wasn't as easy making it through the bottle as I anticipated.

This is a fine beer, but the Winter 04 edition was markedly better.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 22:11:32 | More by sloejams
Photo of bbothen


4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tangerine/copper color with a nice lasting 2 finger head. The head forms a meringue like top that lasts. Plenty of sticky lacing on glass.

Smells of terrific hop aromas. Pine, spruce, grapefruit, lime zest, earth. Wonderful.

The taste. Hops. Tidal waves of all things hoppy. Malt stands strong, but hops let you know that they're in charge here. Tongue surfs through piney, resiny, sticky, citrus, earthy, flowery hops. The sweet malt comes out as the brew warms. This is no one trick pony here. Awesome.

Feels lush & smooth. Moderate carbonation.

Gimme more. Wish they came in 12oz bottles.

I wish this was a year round brew. I want it all the time. My breath smells like hops.

Standing ovation for Alesmith.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 01:02:36 | More by bbothen
Photo of RustyDiamond


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

Summer '07 release, with fireworks on the bottle. Poured into my new Sam Adams glass, and a frothy ivory head quickly rushed up to the rim. I slowed the orangy/golden pour and she ended up with a nice 2 fingers. Aroma of a sour apple hop fruit medley. The hop nose didn't smack me in the face, as expected. I got an exceptional balance, very smooth with a tasty hop finish. Well made brew, for sure! And I am a big fan of the SA glass.

Fall 2008 release. Striking beauty in a glass...clearish chesnut amber with a frothy, creamy head. Aroma of spruce, lovely hops, & strawberry rhubarb pie. I could smell this all night.
Piney hops flavor in the first sip, with a nice sidewinder of 8.5% current. So smooth for so much flavor going on. Hops, malt and spice playing together so nicely. Spicy malt backbone, touch of nuts, with some noticeable carbonation bite on the tongue. Lingering hop finish but cut with graham cracker flavor. Just delicious...this Imperial Red style is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 19:06:12 | More by RustyDiamond
Photo of dan027


5/5  rDev +18.2%

01-28-2013 21:40:36 | More by dan027
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,477 ratings.