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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,546
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 245
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

09-15-2013 20:51:56 | More by VaporDome
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4.7/5  rDev +11.4%

Yulesmith, Summer Edition. Re tasting with a fresher bottle.

Very clean aroma with a moderate amount of aromatic floral herbacous hops. All along a nice earthy/caramel malt base.

Amazingly crafted from the first second it hits your lips. Beautiful layerings of hop flavored characteristics. Goes from a bit sweet and malty up front, to a pure on hop assault. Gigantic flowery hops. Huge bittering hops. Piney and sappy resinous hops. All while maintaining perfect balance, with an incredible mouthfeel and drinkability.

A nearly perfect DIPA.

11-03-2007 22:36:31 | More by HoustonTX
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-08-2014 21:54:43 | More by DCLAguy11
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-26-2013 19:10:48 | More by Seaba
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

If I could pick one brewery who's beer I can't get local that I wish I could, it would be Alesmith. Speedway may be my favorite beer, and their IPA and barley wine are the best of their respective styles, IMO. The Yulesmith is no exception. A darker, maltier IPA (really more like a barley wine to me). Probably the heaviest IPA I've had. The one beer this reminds me of is Indiga (but smoother and with more body). A very good and unique IPA from a great brewery. Get it while you can (thanks, Ron!).

12-28-2006 06:02:32 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured from. 22oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a nice clear crisp golden with a touch of amber, a nice fat finger of head that dissapates nicley and leavs a ton of sticky lacing. A very nice looking beer.

S: very nice citrus hop aroma. Pinneapple with a touch of piney grass. A slight note of malt sweetness, but the hops deffinatly dominate the aroma.

T: loads and loads of hops, Much like the nose there is a lot of. Items up front, pinneapple, mango, grapefruit, the finish is loaded with piney bitterness rounded out by a touch of caramely malt sweetness. There are some earthy hop notes and touches of toasty grain in there as well.... Great hop profile overall and a not too sweet malt backbone.

M: medium bodied with medium carbination, a bit on the slightly slick mouthfeel with a dry bitter resinous finish.

O: a very good dipa that I look forward to every year... Delicious.

07-04-2012 05:21:36 | More by PeterIngemi
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-10-2013 01:26:29 | More by midnitesun11
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Reviewing a nicely aged (1 year) bottle of the Winter (Red & Green) Yulesmith. Sampled out of my trusty Beer Odyssey Imperial Tulip Pint Glass.

Pours into the glass with a rocky light beige head that just hangs out for the length of drinking.

Aroma is a muted, but pleasant citric and piney hop that is more balanced now in age with a caramel malt.

Flavor is a large malty chocolate bar of goodness that is initially broken by a sharp burst of carbonic acid. The finish is of course driven by a pine cone bite.

Overall the beer is easy to throw down and unlike a number of other DIPAs (or.. ok Imperial Red Ale, bah!), this holds up over the year.

02-01-2007 09:25:08 | More by drewbage
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Finally decided after years of looking at this one on store shelves I should give it a try.

This is a beautiful beer. Pours a nice golden color with lovely apricot highlights. It has a nice bit of haze to it, but the clarity still preserves the vision of light carbonation rising throughout. The initial 2 finger rocky white head fades to a nice soft skim and leaves behind tons of tremendous lacing.

Aromas of nice, sweet honey rise from the beer and couple with the bright and clean citrusy hops. There's a great sense of dry malts in here, too - not quite biscuity, but definitely dry and crunchy.

Very tasty DIPA here. There's a great balanced yet bold presence overall. The grains are crisp and the hops are bright. The bitterness is not overpowering at all, and the honeyed sweetness gives just enough to the taste without being cloying. The feel is somewhat sticky, carbonated and full, lending an overall soft feel to the beer. The stickiness coating my palate at the finish is very pleasing, holding the tastiness on for quite some time. My only complaint is that the 8.8% starts to creep out not only in the feeling, but also in the taste as the beer warms. It comes across a little too isopropyly, if you get what I'm saying. Either way, I'll definitely not pass this one up on the shelf during my next trip to the beer store.

07-30-2010 04:21:28 | More by kels
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4.72/5  rDev +11.8%

The pour is red with a large topographical tan head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. Massive hop aroma. The nose has tons of oily hops and citrusy hops along with caramel and biscuity malts. The taste is dominated by fresh hops; a malt backbone is present, but only to keep this beer from tipping over, figuratively speaking. I don't know what excessive hops have to do with Christmas, but there's never a bad time to make a big IPA.

05-15-2006 06:13:29 | More by goschool
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Red and green 22oz bottle - Winter 2007 edition. Big thanks to stewdawg for sending this my way in Beer Powerball.

Pours a beautiful copper-red with big off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent.

The aroma is hops all the way. Citrusy with pineapple and grapefruit, spicy, and loads of pine. A hint of caramel malt lingers behind all the hoppiness.

Taste is similar to the aroma with the pine dominating the other hop flavors. Citrus and spice are present, and mix well with the burnt caramel malt backbone. Notes of pepper are present as well. Not as malty in my experience as others for the same vintage and time of consumption. Still had some mouth-puckering bitterness and a solid malt foundation that let the hops shine. Finishes with lingering bitterness and pine flavors.

Medium-full in body, rich, smooth, and slick. A little too much carbonation im my opinion, but not enough to take away from enjoying.

Drinkability is pretty good - alcohol gets a little noticeable, but not overpowering. Could finish a bottle (22oz), but wouldn't reach for another. A great beer all-around.

10-24-2008 19:51:20 | More by Lupe
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-18-2013 22:42:24 | More by fellowrs
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

06-14-2013 22:29:49 | More by ACB
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Tried the "winter version" (assuming they still do a summer and winter release, hadnt heard of that before). This is a holiday beer to me in the sense of appearance alone. It's a beautiful clear ruby/bright read color with a creamy beige head. Great retention an lacing. A great looking beer. Smell is strong of those west cosst hop bombs, a nice mix of piney hops, some citrus and grapefruit and a bit of a caramel maltiness to it. Taste was good I thought but not necessiarly memorable. A very balanced blend of that caramel malt backbone with some nice bittering piney hops with some citrus kick. I really dont notice anything too "holiday" about this beer, but it is a great Double IPA. Mouthfeel was medium to full with a a nice oil after feeling thanks to the generous amount of seemingly fresh hops. Overall, give the style and ABV, a very drinkable beer. While I dont konw if its the best Double IPA I've had, its certainly a standout.

12-26-2008 04:01:43 | More by bunnyhustle
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

2009 Summer Release, purchased online from South Bay Drugs

A- Crystal clear gold with maybe a hint of orange. Looks almost like a pilsner. A nice half-inch of head forms on the pour and sticks around for quite some time, leaving behind tons of lace.

S- Tons of leafy, piney hops in the nose. Perhaps a bit one-dimensional, but I can't say I really care. This is clearly an unapologetic hop bomb.

T- Actually a lot more balanced than the smell would suggest. The emphasis is still heavily on the hops, but the malt comes through just a bit with a nice caramel sweetness to back the massive hop onslaught. The huge leafy hop flavors carry over into the taste and coat the mouth with lupulin goodness. The finish is dry and very bitter, although not overwhelmingly so.

M- Nice medium body with a good dose of tongue-tingling carbonation to keep things lively.

D- The alcohol isn't particularly high for the style and isn't noticeable at all. I'll finish the bomber with ease. This is an extremely drinkable DIPA.

This is another fantastic DIPA from the West Coast, right up there with Pliny in my opinion. I really wish I could try some of these beers on tap but I suppose I'll have to make due with the occasional online purchase. Anyway, this is a great beer and a must-try for any hophead. Highly recommended.

07-28-2009 20:51:40 | More by vtfan77
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4.68/5  rDev +10.9%

Very hoppy aroma (kind of SNCA like but more fresh) Some malt backbone. No fermentation aromas. very clean and hoppy in the spice-type of hops, not citrussy or wood.

Somewhere between deep gold and amber. Perfectly clear with a big head that fades to a solid layer of delicate foam. Very active rising carbonation but bubbles are very fine (like good champagne.)

Very hoppy start. There's enough malt to sweeten it out in mid palate and the aftertaste is all west coast hops. Not overly bitter but tons of hop flavor especially in the aftertaste. Again, spicey varieties with a touch of citrus. But with each sip I notice more of the malt play, base and crystal I think. It's a hop monster to be sure, but there's great malt balance too.

Not quite full but way beyond medium body. Creamy and the carbonation is like it looks, delicate and plays around in your mouth.

For a beer this big, it goes down very easy. The big hops are just enough to hied the strength but the fact that something this hoppy has so much malt profile gives it away.

Yumm!!! IMO this is the best of all of Alesmith products. Some are partial to Speedway Stout but year-in year-out this is one of the best SoCal holiday beers.

01-01-2006 03:41:18 | More by czechsaaz
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-05-2012 00:32:57 | More by roblund
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Sampled from a 22oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 45 degrees. 2006 bottling.

A - Beautiful, thick, red color with an explosive caramel head. Strong carbonation and head retention.

S - Powerful aroma of orange, honey, and alcohol.

T - Extremely well-balanced for the complexities of the brew. Strong hops begin the taste, but are quickly met by a honey flavor, finally ending with a solid malt backbone and a residual taste of alcohol. Interesting combination of hops and malt, because neither flavor is overpowering, with a strong hoppy start and a strong malt finish. Delicious.

M - After letting it settle for a minute, a semi-sweet/dry taste remains on my tongue. Strong alcohol presence, but not overbearing.

D - I couldn't drink more than one in a setting, but that's not the purpose of this beer. This makes for a perfect holiday after-dinner or dessert beer. I will definitely try to get my hands on another for next year.

12-30-2007 15:57:52 | More by JohnnyM2002
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

Winter version poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Medium copper color, great clarity. Thin off-white head with good stability and retention.

S - Citrus and mango hop aroma, alcohol. Alcohol a bit dominant over the rest of the components.

T - Lots of citrus hop flavor with a supportive malt backbone providing flavors of cracker and caramel. Piney.

M - Medium-bodied with a moderately high level of carbonation. Smooth.

D - Lots of flavor but surprising drinkability for the depth. Credit this to a dry finish and enough complexity to make you thirsty for a second pint.

01-11-2009 07:20:43 | More by BrewerB
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

A deep amber color, almost brown. It has a cream colored head, that is tow fingers thick and laces slowly down the glass. The strong scent of pine is apparent several inches from the glass. This scent, along with a robust citrus fragrance, blend to a mild malty aroma. The malt starts out first in the flavor and then blends to a hoppy biterness; consisting mostly of grapefruit and a grass/earthy flavor that dominates till the end. A medium bodied feel at the front end and it gradually gains weight as it reaches the back of the palate. A very strong double IPA, strong flavor and aroma are the backbone of great beer this has both and then some. Alesmith truly makes some outstanding beers.

09-05-2008 03:30:10 | More by cameraman
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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