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YuleSmith (Summer) | AleSmith Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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.

Added by xlperro on 11-24-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
926
Ratings:
1,779
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
13.48%
 
 
Wants:
260
Gots:
106
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 926 | Ratings: 1,779
Photo of Dontlikebud
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour from the tap into a pint glass was incredibly cloudy. The beermeister offered to dump it and get us something else. Glad we said no. Nose is full of sweet and bitter fruit with just the right amount of malt. Complex taste was a bit of a surprise. Wonderful blend of malt and hops. This beer's a winner!

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden orange with a thick, frothy white head. The nose is bursting with citrus notes. Grapefruit, orange, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, papaya, mango, and a little malt sweetness. The flavor is bitter upfront, but that is quickly followed by a tropical sweetness. It finishes slightly sweet, but with a lingering bitterness. This is my favorite Alesmith, next to Speedway. I wish it were year round.

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Photo of brap
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful apricot color with nice head and lacing.

Really hoppy some pine notes. Super fresh tasting and had a nice tartness to it. I wasn't nuts about it but I think I would really go well paired with a rich or fatty food like duck. It is a wonder IPA I think I might just be hopped out. Also this is one of those beers that gets better toward the bottom of the glass, I could see this growing on me.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, orange beer with a three finger high, fluffy, whithe, head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Orange marmelade, apricot, pine, resin, grapefruit, pineapple, a lot of tropical fruit! Caramel malt and grass.
Taste: Soft, smooth taste of orange, pine, resin, grapefruit and honey.
Body: Full body. Thick and creamy. Complex structure. A great bitterness at the end. Medium to low, soft carbonation.

This is an outstanding beer! I'm so glad I got hold of this. Really good!

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Photo of KYGunner
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The nose has a nice summer tropical scent of pineapple, apricot and oranges. I catch some yeast like aromas with some floral hop cone.

This is very light crisp and refreshing but has very little malt back. I mostly catch oranges and nectarines on the tongue with some hop cone, pine and lupilin.

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Photo of pagriley
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

A bit old. Bottled about 6 months ago

A- pours hazy orange thin head with good legs
S- Sweet malt with big hops
T- Good balance of hop and sweet
M - rich and thick. A bit more than I was expecting.

Fresh hops have faded but still a super solid double IPA.

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Photo of FLima
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber yellow color with a thick head with good retention.
Aroma of pineapple, oranges, booze and pine.
Citrusy flavor with notes of pepper, caramels, grapefruit, pine, mango and tangerines. Finishing with a mint note.
Dry and bitter aftertaste. Alcohol of 8.5% has a warming effect.
Full body with appropriate carbonation.
Sticky and very hoppy DIPA and quite alcoholic. Maybe for a colder day during summertime.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured bottle into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours a beautiful clear golden color with a three finger white head. Great lacing.

S-Aromas of grapefruit and orange.

T-Very complex flavors with the Initial flavor of orange and grapefruit with a nice bitterness of the hops in the middle, and then sweetness of the malt.

M-Mouthfeel is well balanced with great carbonation.

O-This was one of my ISO after I had their IPA and they didn't disappoint me. I must try more of their brews especially speedway.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

This has got to be one of the best dipas I've had in a while now, the last really great one having been chillwave... Not that I ever get access to really good fresh dipas, considering the fact that I live in Virginia. The hop presence is very juicy and smooth, as opposed to resinous or bitter. There is plenty of orange and tangerine on the nose and in the flavor. All of the citrus notes are on the much sweeter, mellow side of things. The appearance is absolutely beautiful. There is a big, fluffy white head that leaves plenty of lacing and recedes to a full fluffy island of foam floating in the middle of the glass. The only complaint I have is that there is a little bit of sulfur poking through but HOLY SHIT this beer was bottled in may. I wonder what it would have tasted like fresh? It still tastes like a world-class dipa almost 4 months later. Very good, highly recommended, and totally worth seeking out.

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Photo of -steve-
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

A - Cloudy, slight red hue. Generous lasting head.
S - Citrus (orange) notes. Apparent as soon as you pop the cap. Nice underlying grapefruit smell.
T - Hint of carmal, with citrus and anise tastes. Hops tartness but not abundant.
M - Tastes slide easily from one to another.
O - With the anise spiceness and the high alcohol content (8.5%) it seems less of a summer ale and more of a winter warmer.Not that that matters. There's lots to like in this brew.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising slowly form the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a large sized finger thick cap in the center of the glass with a very thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly heavier than moderate aromas citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit zest, and tropical/pineapple hops with a light amount of pine hops. Underneath that there is a light to moderate aroma of slightly sweet grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel and grainy malts which contribute a moderate amount of initial sweetness to the beer. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit and citrus/grapefruit zest hops with a light to moderate flavor of tropical/pineapple and pine hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness are present which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: A pretty hop aggressive DIPA and a fairly enjoyable one. Definitely a beer that takes a while to consume but paired very nicely with some homemade indian curry - really worked well with the sweetness of the beer and the spiciness of the food.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottled on may first, and while people say these must be consumed real fresh, this certainly doesnt seem to have deteriorated in the slightest. in fact, its a big and juicy as ever, dripping with tangerine hops and radiant pale orange malt. tall white head on it too, looks just beautiful in the glass, erupting with the bright citrus hop profile, as oily a any west coast example of the style, but with an attention to detail uncommon to these beers. its flavor is layers of tropical and citrusy hops. oranges and orange mellon are dominant, but more tart and even close to acrid kumquat type fruits are present in the alpha acid makeup of this hop bill. i dig that hard, all this fruit, very little bitter. still real true to style though, with a robust grain bill that gives a fleshy middle to it, and a very clean finishing ale yeast that has cleaned up most of the sugar required to get this thing up over 8% abv. carbonation is popping off like champagne, and the dryer finish to a real oily hoppy beer is welcomed and foreign to me. age hasn't hurt this a bit. i think i like it better than the winter edition, although its been awhile now...

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden tan, mellow yellow with a killer 3 inch thick, foamy head. Tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Nice upfront citric, piney, grapefruit hops. Orange, some lemon, mild malt backbone. Sweet added sugars, along with some spices like coriander, lemon peel.

Taste - Right on par with aroma, big amounts of citric fruits featuring pine, grapefruit and orange. A bitter kick with some minor spices add a little zest behind tangerine and mango. A nice sugary note along with a caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - Sweet tropical fruits along with some sugars coat the tongue. Palate gets more citric fruits, along with the caramel backbone. Aftertaste is minor bitter, tropical fruity.

Overall - Awesome. This should be a regular release. Really flavorful, nice amounts of hops and sweet sugars to create a nice smooth drink. Alcohol is hidden well and just adds to making this really pleasurable to drink.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back at the Whole Foods on Houston St. in New York City. The reviews for this were great and although I've had a zillion beers of this style, there's something about a good Imperial/Double IPA that I can't resist. That was the case here as the balance, recessed alcohol, and wonderful mouthfeel all combined to make this extremely enjoyable and about as easygoing as a beer of this style could be, while still packing enough of a punch to remind me that this was indeed an IPA!

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Photo of 57md
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light copper with over two fingers of head. The head maintained its frothiness for a long time and left thick lacing on the glass. The nose is delightfully hoppy with a touch of citrus. The flavor profile follows the nose but malt also comes through very strong. The finish has a good strong bitterness to it.

This is a top shelf DIPA.

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Photo of hardy008
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark gold color, with a two finger white head with very good retention and lacing. the aroma has grapefruit, pine, pineapple, and mango. Has that classic West Coast IPA aroma.

Tastes much like it smells with grapefruit, orange, pine, pineapple, mango, and their is a sweet malt backbone. The alcohol is well hidden, and isn't even noticeable on a 8.5 % abv beer.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation. Extremely smooth an easy to drink. A must try if you get the chance.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down rather quickly, leaving some patches on the surface, a collar around the edge, a thin layer of bubbles in between, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some notes of pine resin hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of citrusy hops and then transitions to flavors of pine resin hops, the latter of which linger into the finish. The hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness. Slight hints of tropical fruits are also perceptible in the initial taste along with bits of the underlying caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a fairly aggressive IPA that has a good amount of hop aromas and flavors but isn't that bitter or sticky.

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled on 5/1/14. Pours clear golden orange with a huge frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet sugary fruits and some resiny piney peppery hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some fruit and a big piney, resiny hop bitterness that lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid DIPA. I remember liking the winter version better.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle.
2014 Version

Pours a nice clear bright golden color with some slight orange hues. Nice thin white head props up with some nice dense bubbles. As it recedes quickly it leaves some nice lacing which sticks to the glass as the beer goes down.

Aroma is dank. Typical awesome West Coast IPA nose. Resinous and piney with some great spicy and herbal character. Hop juice sweetness with some nice caramel malt notes. Nice strong citrus character is also perceived in the nose. Notes of grapefruit rind and tangerine.

Flavor is pretty delicious also just like the nose. Starts off with resinous piney and citrus notes. Some nice carmel sweetness try to balance out the hop intensity. Nice delicious grassy hop spice is present. Nice dank middle with some herbal and grassy notes. The body is nice and medium with some sweet underlying notes and some nice resinous and sticky finish.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 YuleSmith Bottled on 05/07/14

22oz bottle into my FW snifter glass
Notes taken from 05/24/14

A: Sunburst caramel orange body with some significant hop haziness across the glass. Three finger thick khaki cake of perma-suds develops over top. Remarkable hang time with some lovely sheets of stick that cover the entire drink down.

S: Redolent with sappy pine and grapefruit hop aromas. Has a backdrop of floral blooms and some more sugary citrus. Like a damn grapefruit spritzer this one. Light touch of alcohol coming through with minimal traces of malt there. Smells incredibly fresh with hop goodness.

T: A bittered pine and tangerine explosion hits the palate with complimentary notes of peach, apricot, bright florals, and zesty grapefruit. The base has a touch of doughy bread to it providing some mild sugary sweetness to an otherwise onslaught of resinous hops. Alcohol is quite noticeable in the dry finish but it’s very well integrated amongst all the other components. A real hop zinger with a trailer of tropical pineapple spice detected. Outstanding balance of flavors considering the intensity of this brew. Lots of grapefruit, citrus, and pine resins that linger on and on.

M: Middle range filling body with an upper moderate amount of frothy carbonation to lend a smooth texture. Big bitterness hits midway and lingers on through the drying efforts in the finish. Modest alcohol warming and a ton of sticky residuals.

D: This is A-1 grade IPA right here and without having to rely on all the fancy new hop varieties these days. Outstanding stuff. I wish they brewed this one year round. Ridiculously fresh and just incredibly delicious with great balance to it overall. I wish all Summer Seasonals could be this great.

AleSmith can do no wrong.

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Photo of lochef81
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This imperial ipa pours a handsome copper color with a generous white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The nose is a spectacular blend of bitter west coast hops and sweet malt. Notes range from tangerine and grapefruit to pine and light caramel. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly sticky with a pleasant resiny coating quality. Flavor is a bit more bitter and hoppy than the nose. All the wonderful qualities are still present but not as balanced as in the aroma. This is quite well done. Not perfect but damb goid and worth trying.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big orange peel on the nose and taste. Slight pineapple after a few sips. Nice balance of hops and malt. Not a hop bomb by any means, but a nice clean tasting Double IPA. Tangerine flavoring is the backbone of this IPA. Don't get big hints of grapefruit, but nice impact overall.

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Photo of AxMad
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- orange/copper hue. Unique in that most IIPAs I've had are darker than this, closer to amber. White head that sticks around for awhile. Leaves some thin, lacy remnants as it dissipates.

S- very botanical. Pine, grass, floral scents are really present here. Underneath those you can smell the citrus and tropical fruits.

T- the taste comes in the same order as the smell. You get a big rush of resiny pine and grassiness, followed by orange and grapefruit citrus flavors and then pineapple/mango and other tropical fruits. I don't detect much in the way of maltiness here, but that's not a bad thing. The complexity of this IIPA is immense. Flavors linger on the palate for a long time between sips and you can detect something slightly different in each taste.

M- the flavors leave your mouth watering afterwards, with a tingly sensation after each sip. Good amount of carbonation.

O- really unique IIPA. Incredible combination of floral hop aromas and flavors and citrus and tropical flavors. Thoroughly enjoyed this.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills a Dogfish Head snifter almost clear on initial pour, glowing orange (SRM 8-10). Cascading gold builds a one-half inch, creamy white head that dissipates slowly, leaving thick lacing. Crystal clear after the chill haze reveals occasional columns of carbonation.

Aroma is strong orange peel with grapefruit. General hop aromas and dried grass in the background.

Quite bitter upon entry, just short of enamel peeling and lingers through to the finish. Middle has pine resin and grapefruit with a hint of sweetness and earthiness. The finish is very dry. This IIPA stands up to some warming but is best at proper temperature.

A full body with soft texture and light, prickly carbonation. Alcohol is as expected, but residual sugar was a surprise.

YuleSmith Summer is not quite the refreshing beverage one expects for the season, but is still quite enjoyable while sitting in the shade on a hot, late-summer afternoon.

Too bad the neighbor’s air conditioner is so loud and ALWAYS running :-). I enjoyed the entire bottle while reading philosophy.

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Photo of CHickman
4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Summer Holiday version bottled on 6/4/13. Pours a hazy yellow gold color with a 2 finger foamy off white head that was full of little bubbles, fading very slowly leaving and forming canyons as it sinks, then leaving great foamy lacing and rings as it went down; solid looking IPA.

Smells like pineapple, mango and orange from a few inches away and just assaults your nose with citrus hops; the smell is a wonderful combo of citrus fruit like lemon, pineapple, mango, orange and all things citrus hops, as well as strong piney hops, mild spices, floral hops, caramel, sweet malt and more fruity sweetness – it’s astonishing how fresh and fruity this smells since it was bottled over 6 months ago. Hop heaven, and almost unbelievably great smelling.

The flavor is as good or maybe better than the smell with a combo of citrus fruit like pineapple, mango, orange, lemon, and maybe something crazy like starfruit or papaya since it’s so fruity, so then of course you have fresh citrus hops, strong piney hops, caramel, grains, brown sugar, floral hops, graham cracker, tea leaf, herbs, wet grass and very mild spices that are offset by the malt backbone. The malt comes through but lets the fresh, juicy citrus flavor dominate and dazzle with complexity as the resinous hop juice seems to be wrung from the cone and into the bottle. I expected a good beer when I picked this bomber up and it blew me away, far exceeding my expectations and becoming a top 10 beer IMO.

Mouthfeel is near perfection for a DIPA with this ABV; mild ABV burn, mild bitterness, a medium chewy body with light carbonation and an overall hop sweetness that is kept in check by a nice malt backing that has fine accents to make it a perfectly balanced and easy drinking IPA.

Very few flaws here as the bitterness and aftertaste are enjoyable, while the balance and combination of flavor elements keeps it interesting and delicious at the same time. This bomber cost $10 and was worth every penny tenfold; a world class beer that I highly recommend and will seek out as often as possible. I’m going to buy another bottle(s) of this ASAP as it was a great beer and great drinking experience. This beer kicks ass, go drink some.

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YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.
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