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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,624
Reviews: 905
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 246
Gots: 69 | 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:
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 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 BeerNDoggerel
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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 switzer
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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 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 Skye1024
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of metalgdog
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Luk13
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of fsck
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of BierReise
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2003 Vintage. Nice looking ale, deep amber and hazy with a tint of orange. Head is thick and rocky that clings. Big hoppy pine and citrus aroma with a fresh malt grain in the distance that's so nice I can't keep my nose out of it. Extremely smooth medium to full body that tingles your tongue. Flavor is oily resiny hops and a bitter finish with malt playing second fiddle. This is not for the weak, it bites back and I like that. Fantastic double IPA!

Photo of photomike
5/5  rDev +18.8%

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.

Photo of rpstevens
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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 demcorhip
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bennetj17, a great trader, for this tasty red and blue labelled gem of a DIPA. Enjoyed in a tasty hoppy session with raider and chonyr. Was my favorite a big lineup of IPAs and a few DIPAs.

A hazy, deep amber colour with an off--white head that wants to stick around. Finely carbonated and finely laced, with lacings that want to linger.

Big malty aromas with some tasty caramel complimented by big fruity hop aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, and pine.

A delicious big beer. Malty with toasted biscuit and caramel sweetness. This big malt backbone is married to delicious citrusy (grapefruit, orange, tangerine) hop flavours along with some pine.

A creamy, very well balanced (not a bitter hop bomb) malty and hoppy brew. Sweet malts have the perfect counterpoint in big, floral, fruity, and bitter hoppiness.

This is a big beer. Too big and tasty for all but the most decadent of sessions, and also too big, bitter and complex for hop newbies. A very tasty treat that i would be honoured to experience again. Thanks again Bennet!

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip- poured a very bright orange that's slightly hazy and has a bubbly one and a half finger head with good retention and a few streaks of lacing.

Smells of piney hops, a little bit of sweetness, a hint of alcohol, and maybe a little grapefruit and cloves.

Has a very unique and complex flavor. Initially you get a little malty sweetness which is followed by some spice (the aforementioned cloves) and an earthy quality that must come from the malts. After that there's a little bit of warmth from the alcohol and a slightly dry finish that's both citrusy and earthy.

I let my friend try a bit and he said "Wow this has a great feel in your mouth". It is medium bodied and is medium to well carbonated. This is a great brew and one I would definitely get again, but perhaps not at ten dollars a bottle...

Photo of Travcofarms
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of CraftFan5
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Gyle41386
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Bright orange pour, with a monster of a head. Three plus fingers of foam sit atop. Head retention is outstanding, and there's some very nice lacing left on the glass.

Deliciously hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, pineapple, maybe even some green apple, and pine, with a light hint of sweet malt.

Flavor follows the aroma. Loads and loads of tasty hops. There's practically no trace of alcohol. This one isn't full of caramel malt sweetness like the Winter version, and it's even more drinkable.

Medium-full body. Carbonation level is perfect, as this one is smooth, smooth, smooth. Unbelievably easy drinker.

Note: After going back to look at my YuleSmith Winter review, I see the score is exactly the same in each category. Wow, can't beat that.

YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,624 ratings.