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YuleSmith (Summer)YuleSmith (Summer)

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Photo of BuckyFresh
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank to zoso1967 for this traded-for beer.

Appearance: Split two ways with TCHopCraver and poured into a large wine glass. This beer has the largest head ever! The head was probably three or four fingers at its apex, and left a good inch or two of sticky lacing. Once the head dissipated, there remained a foamy structure in the shape of a pig's nose floating in the middle of the glass. The color of the beer is a clear golden and quite a bit of carbonation can be seen rising in the glass.

Smell: Lots of pineapple. Sweet grainy malt and tons of hop aroma. There isn't much bitterness to the smell, just a lot of grassy notes. There's also a bit of mineral funkiness playing in the background.

Taste: Surprisingly mellow for an imperial. It almost kind of tastes like a mojito. There is a bit of spicy Belgian influence going on here, and a bit of a hot finish. The beer is really not too hoppy, nor is it too malty; I feel like it needs to decide to go one way or the other.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, pretty creamy, with a slightly metallic aftertaste.

Drinkability: Not a difficult drinker for a double. I would definitely come back to this one.

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Photo of sfprint
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 batch

A: Like a slightly dark natural orange soda. Not much ofa head but fast rising carbonation.
S: Smells delicious, Sweet sappy hops, Reminds me of hop stoopid. Piney.
T: Definitely hop bitterness which is a bit too much, suggesting sourness, subtle sappy sweetness.. A hair creamy.
M: Dry, mild carbonation, tart.
O: Too bitter, but other characteristics are decent.

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Photo of Jree261
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Interesting Color for an Imperial IPA. Much lighter, golden almost straw with a white foam.

S-Red fruit, grassy hops, nutty

T-Much more typical of an IPA. Hefty dark grassy flavors dominate.

M-Heavy, full body. Good finish with a hint of vanilla at the end.

O-The finish and the vanilla really bump it up away from the 'just average' category for me. Not bad, but that's definitely the stand out.

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Photo of marcpal
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber (Summer YuleSmith) sent my way from abankovich. Thanks for the try.

Poured into large tulip glass, split part of bomber.

A: Light peach color, hazy with a beige head. Thick lacing that grabbed hold.

N: Citrus and more citrus. Grapefruit was through the roof, some pine but not as much as in the taste.

T: There you have it- intensely strong pine flavors with the grapefruit that was in the smell. There is a sweet maltiness and roastiness but this one leaves just resinous pine and citrus coating your mouth.

M: Oily slick like. Dry with a hoppy aftertaste and the alcohol feel is clearly left to play a part.

D: Not the must drinkable alesmith, probably would have been tough to get through the full bomber after a long night of other beers but still worth a try. Looking forward to the winter version. Thanks again Adam.

This one has some legs to it for sure, but not my favorite from what is probably my favorite west coast craft brewer.

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Photo of glazeman
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Split with airohead2001.

A: I am shocked at the level of carbonation in this beer. A cautious pour yields a 4 finger head white head. Golden straw colored with excellent retention and, moderate lacing.

S: Pure citrus. This is the most intense citrus smelling beer that I have ever had. Lots of oranges and pineapples with a little bit of lime.

T: Some citrus up front but this beer is dominated by the bitter finish and aftertaste. I noticed a little bit of pineapple to start and some alcohol heat, then a lot of bitterness to finish this one off.

M: Over carbonated in my opinion, but nice viscosity.

D: The drinkability is limited by the carbonation in my opinion as I feel like if I drank this at all quickly or in too great of quantity that I would be belching up a storm or get nauseous.

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Photo of blakesell
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is the winter, red and blue release. I think from 2007, maybe 2006, aged in cellar conditions, poured from the 22oz bottle into a Belgian goblet.

Appearance- Beer doesn't pour all that red really. But it is a gusher just like it's summer partner. It's reddish orange with a thick cloudyness that I would say looks more like a wheat beer than an imperial red. It looks as if milk was added it's so cloudy and creamy. The head rises fully to about two fingers, then dies down to a lovely murk across the top. Lacing clings well to the sides.

Smell- Sweet river water with pine and floral hops. Usually I would bash river water, but with these hop additions pairing with the munich and base malts I'm catching here, it really comes together well. A lot of citrus as well on the nose with a grapefruit and blood orange zest. Imperial red? Seems more like an Imperial IPA to me, but we'll see.

Taste- Creamy, yet a husky grainyness comes through firstly, then the wave upon wave of hops that I suppose is more expected from the Alesmith brand. The sweetness and tongue numbing really screams Imperial IPA over here to me than Imperial Red, but I have to give this a passing grade as a beer overall because the flavor is great. Warming alcohol drifts through the beer and I really don't believe this 8.8% claim.

Mouthfeel- Slightly sticky, husky, not quite cloying with bitterness, warming, full bodied, and medium in carbonation.

Drinkability- I like it. I would revisit this one above the summer any day. This along with a revisit to Speedway Stout has revitalized my diminished faith in Alesmith.

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Photo of Avryle
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Winter 2007 version

A- hazy orange in color. A little on the pale side to be perfection. Massive thick 4-finger tan head. The top of which looks like Seal's face.

S- Sweet malty-hop nose. Almost barley wine in quality. Subtle spiciness lingering in the nose.

T- Very good, though it has lost a lot of the hoppiness since the last time I had it (as a much fresher) bottle. Citrus hop & spice (nutmeg & all spice) up front with a hop-burn finish. A lot of barley wine character.

M- Thick. Not as creamy as I like my DIPAs. Carbonation is a bit too active as well.

D- Not really feeling this one.

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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 Satchboogie
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (2011) poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours golden yellow, hazy, with just over a finger of foamy white head. Fairly good lacing.

S: Grapefruit, pine, a little lemon zest, some floral notes as well. Pretty pungent.

T: Somewhat faded hop profile, there's the remnants of grapefruit, citrus, and pine. It's definitely a shell what I imagine it was fresh. There's a little astringency/bitterness on the backend and just a little bit of alcohol (taste and warmth) in the finish. Sizable malt base with a good bit of caramel sweetness. Probably a little too sweet (has that candied fruit taste). Finish is semi-dry.
M: Medium body, light carbonation. Stick and resinous, but not all that smooth and certainly not crisp.

O: It's unfortunate that this bottle just hit shelves in MA, yet it's already 2+ months old and in a nose dive. I can see how this might be fantastic fresh, but right now it's just a notch above mediocre.

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Photo of explosivebeer
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lots of citrusy hop aroma with some pine and maybe even a hint of peach. It is a clear light golden color with a decent malt body. It finished a little bitter. Overall it's good but not as great as I'd hoped. The winter Yulesmith is clearly better, at least from the two most-recent releases.

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Photo of racer2k
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bomber into 20oz glass

A - Dark amber color which creates a fat frothy cake batter colored head about 2 inches thick. Lots of lacing around my glass. Plenty of carbonation is observed as well.

S - Pine, citrus, grapefruit and hops are predominate but there is a hint of malty flavor as well. Smells like a spicy high powered IPA.

T - Initially there is a tangy grapefruit citrus like flavor that is quickly followed by a moderate malt blast. This creates a nice balance in the beer which creates a dry clean finish.

M - Moderate carbonation with a viscous sticky mouth feel. Plenty of carbonation to keep the beer alive in my mouth.

D - Very drinkable and the high alcohol in the beer is hardly noticeable. This is a dangerously drinkable beer indeed.

O - A perfect holiday beer to change up the pace. A nice complex DIPA with a balanced hoppy and malty profile. Love the dark amber color as well.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summer Yulesmith, 2009.

Pours a hazy and frosted golden/deep straw in color with an inch of mountainous and sticky white head. Strong retention and decent lacing follow, yet rather light and translucent for the style.

Smells like SNPA initially. Citric and with a bit of smoke. Light hops and a touch of alcohol on the nose. Pine and resiny hops reveal themselves after some air. Spice and depth improve with warming.

Perky and citric on the tongue. Touch of spice. Offers a smooth feel and drink yet not a whole lot of character. A certain pepper spice and some cloaking sweet notes are present but subtle. Well balanced given the hop structure, yet overly so for a hophead. Decent drinkability but a bit too sweet to encompass. Nice but surely not stellar...

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Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First ever AleSmith release that I've reviewed. I also have a bottle of Speedway Stout in my fridge.

Pours a light yellowish gold with a huge head and lots of lacing around the rim of the glass.

There's a good dose of citrus on the nose with nary a hint of the malt backbone.

Ditto for flavor. Lots of citrus and unfortunately, lots of alcohol burn with it. It's not too boozy but the alcohol does take away from the hops themselves.

Lingering bready malt and citrusy hops. I can dig the mouthfeel as the alcohol quickly fades, leaving the flavor I was seeking.

Worth a try. I would probably age it at least 1-2 months top to mellow the alcohol some more.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden colour with white fluffy head, sinking in this wonderful deflation effect, but clinging here and there to the glass. Lots of carbonation, quite strong and prolific. Not bad overall; love that head, too.

Smells quite tasty. An odd mustiness to it but plenty of fresh fruit as well. Citrus and passionfruit and some nice caramel notes underlying. Could use more, need to sniff quite strongly to get much aroma, but what's there is nice.

Taste is wow, interesting. Lots of fruit and tang on the front, with passionfruit and pineapple mostly, descends into mid-palate that is quite malty and caramelly, like peanut brittle with a richness to the sweet flavours. Back is bitter in an IPA way, but it has more funk characters reminiscent of a saison. Very rubery with a strong ascerbic bent, but a nice touch of passionfruit as well and a soothing kiss of boozey warmth. Yeah, strong and bitter on the back but a pleasant sensation, and quite unique even among double IPAs.

Drinks alright, quite full but too much texture on the back, over-carbonated maybe? Not too bad though.

Yeah, don't know if I could handle too much of this at once. Good for a taste, but not every day drinking.

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Photo of wimpasaurus
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this from a 22oz bomber.
Appearance: very nice deep brown. Good thick head which laced the glass quite nicely.
Nose: A good nose. Not phenomenal by any means, but good. Bore hop characteristics of orange and lemon but not as effervescently as I might have hoped.
Taste: In my opinion too malty. This hid the hop flavors to some extent and did not let them shine through to their fullest. While I enjoyed the malty flavors, I feel this distracted from fruity characteristics that I most enjoy in a Double IPA.
Mouthfeel: Good. Not as thick and rich as I might have hoped but still good.
Drinkability: I easily consumed the entire bottle but can't honestly say it left me lusting for more.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, Yulesmith Summer. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of lots of caramel malt and some citrusy hops. Flavor is also quite malty with citrus and a dry finish. Very refreshing on a hot summer day. A touch heavy but that's really my only complaint. Nice beer!

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Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Joe for sharing! Served in a mini pint taster.
Bright saturated orange, super sharp clarity. Lasting surface coverage for the rest of the glass. A halo of lace around the edges.

Caramelized malts, candied orange, firmly bitter in the finish. Smells subdued and malty though this just showed up in downstate IL. Clean with a piney bitterness, lots of caramel malt. Medium bodied, kind of heavy. Overall pretty meh, not bad but it comes off like an old DIPA.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Winter version that I got in a trade with alovesupreme
A= pours a darker looving amber color with a small thin off white head that doesn't last long before falling to a thin layer on top of the glass and it has some spotty lacing.
S= there is definitilly a hop bite but I notice the huge malt odor as well. It sort of reminds me of DFH 90 min. A little chocolaty at times even. Smells quite interesting.
T= big hop bite on the tongue but its taken back very quickly by a good malty sweetness. Maybe a hint of chocolate in it and it finishes with huge hop bitterness. Not too flavorful as far as hops go just bitter bite to finish it. There's also a slight alcohol burn to it.
M= feels like it should be dry by the flavor but its not. Quite silky on the tounge actually and a little harsh in the back.
D= decent. I was actually quite let down by this beer to tell you the truth. I don't know what I was expecting but this isn't quite it. Its still good but I'm not gonna be looking for it again.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a hazy honey gold with minimal head that quickly turns to a film.

Nose is light citrus hops - not a whole lot going on there, but pleasant.

A sip is resinous with fruity citrus. A nice balance with caramel malt that isn't too sweet. A shade under-carbonated for my preference. Finishes pleasantly bitter with a bit of warmth from the alcohol blending nicely.

Was excited for this one, and it's definitely a well-balanced, not-too-sweet IIPA, but a few shades away from outstanding.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter '06.

Lots of head on this one. Darker eggshell on top of a nicely clear reddish amber, and being fed by lots of bubbles.
Wonderfully hoppy nose with a malty backbone. A touch of fruit and alcohol.
Good malty backbone. Hop flavor and bitterness lean toward the grapefruit side, but not overwhelmingly. Toasty.
Medium bodied with high but fun carbonation... Kinda dances around throughout the palate. Alcohol warming and a slight kick to go with it.
This one's good, and nothing against the alcohol, but the kick in this one makes it less of a quaffer. I bet this would age beautifully.

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Photo of SQNfan
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summer version: Deep golden in color with a nice head of fine white bubbles. The nose shows off citrus and floral hops along with balancing caramel malt and an herbaceousness (from the hops). In the mouth it is medium-bodied and concentrated with nice balancing sweetness in the mid-palate which gives way to a dry/bitter finish.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winter Holiday Verison

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color, in my Sam Adams glass the color actually goes light to darker from bottom to top, really nice with big head

Smell: Huge caramel malt and piney hop aroma; the alcohol is well-disguised, but with this aroma, you can tell it's there

Taste: Assaults the palate with a blast of piney bitterness with a strong caramel malt presence underneath; after the swallow, the sweet flavors build and balance the pine into a long-lasting finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation, sweet sticky feeling

Drinkability: Not a bad DIPA, but didn't stand out to me, a lot better DIPA's out there on both coast, this beer didn't live up to the hype

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Photo of TeddyBG
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into pint glass. Last years Winter version ('07).

A: burnt orange with a slightly cloudy tint. Pillowy creme colored head with great lacing. However, super carbonated tough to pour since you get overflow very easily.

S: Very caramelly with figs. Cannot pick up much hops, but that might be due to the age of this bottle.

T: Caramel up front with a hop bitterness, but no other hop flavors to pick up.

M: Way too carbonated, overwhelming at times. Other than that good body, certainly not thin.

D: Tasty brew but the carbonation leaves you feeling it pretty quickly. I will have to try this again, and edit this review, because I have a feeling this has a bottle conditioning issue.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a 2005 winter release at room temp poured into a tulip glass.
The brew pours a bright clear chestnut color with a huge fluffy beige head of 3cm that fades slowly to a 1 cm lingering layer of foam.
Aroma is hop dominant with pine and grapefruit and some grassy notes.
Not much malt counter balance.
First sip reveals a sticky body with very fine rolling carbonation.
Flavor is sweet for a second with a bit of caramel but rolls quickly to all hops with pine sap and grapefruit rind busting forth.
This is a hop head brew and is an easy drinker with no hint of ABV.
A decent brew but like I said hop lovers rejoice others, not so much.

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Photo of mikey711
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade from aewinte. Thanks alex

A nice golden yellow hue with a big fluffy white head on top. The head is very lacing and is taking its sweet time to settle. It is slightly cloudy as well.

Very nice hop aromas, both lemony citrus and a floral soapy note. The malt sweetness comes through in a mildly to add a nice toasted biscuity note in the background.

Nice taste of bread/biscuits malt sweetness in here. Not as big on the hops as I had hoped. It finishes piney and bitter.

The mouthfeel just seems to be lacking something. Not sure what but its just average.

An easy one to drink, but I will be fine with the bomber

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