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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 jrallen34
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 22 oz bottle (winter version) into a rochefort chalice.

The beer pours medium brown with a very light tan head that has no head, retention or lacing.

The aroma is very hoppy with a muted maltiness.

The taste is very interesting, but not sure if that's a good thing. There is lots of hoppiness here but there is something else to, that just brings a weirdness to the beer.

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Photo of claspada
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas are quite citrusy and fruity, I'm guessing from the NW hops. Some oranges, grapefruit, citrus and a bit of piney hops mixed in there as well. Solid but not overwhelming sweet pale and caramel maltiness.

Taste is crazy good. What this is 8.5% ABV, no way, I don't believe it. I would have guessed 7 max. Dangerously delicious. Citrus flavors and sour fruit peel hop bitterness. Hefty backing of malty sweetness, but no where close to cloying, provide excellent balance but the hops still own this show.

Solid across the board, goes down easy...a pleasure. An excellent, fairly uncomplicated beer that was great to try, look forward to trying the Yule Smith Winter version in December. Seek out this gem if you can.

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Photo of dgilks
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very slightly hazy golden colour with a creamy and thick off-white head. Nice lacing. Good head retention.

Non-sweet malty aroma with a line of citrussy hop running through it. Simple but effective.

Slightly sweet malt with a moderately-high bitter edge on the back end. Lots of cohumulone. Some earthy, citrussy hops. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid IIPA. Lots of hoppy flavour and an appropriate malt backbone.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RomanW70 for sharing. Winter vintage served in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured orange with a half inch, tight, off-white head; some yeast particles evident in solution. Sheets of lacing revealed as the brew receded. Nose was grapefuit and floral hops. Taste follows nose, but some lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, lightly effervescent, but also somewhat creamy in texture at the same time. A solid DIPA. Abv is well-hidden and brew is style consistent, but my prefernce for DIPAs tends towards the sweeter side of the style.

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Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, the Winter version has made me very excited to try this.

A- Slightly hazy yellow-orange with a massive white, foamy head. Instant lace and a very nice full coat of it, massive pillow atop the ale.

S- Very tropical and fruity. Peach. Some earthy notes and a slight malt backbone. Great use of aroma hops.

T- The aroma misleads you on this one. Ends up being more piney, grassy and earthy than anything. The citrus and fruit are in the background but do not satisfy like they do in the aroma. Light caramel malt backbone, some alcohol. Still a good IPA.

MF- Good creamy, light-ish body with smooth moderate carbonation. Fairly high level of bitters, some warmth.

DB- Good beer but not as good as the regular Alesmith IPA or the Winter Yulesmith. The fruit from a great aroma was lost but still a good hop flavor. Strong towards the end.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared with a friend,
A - tangerine with a slight haze; tall, fluffy, off-white head, incredible retention leaving lacing as it fades
S - nice pleasant aroma with floral hops, citrus and pine
T - bold flavors, bitter citrus: grapefruit and lemon; pine, caramel, nutty/spicy, yeast, more bitter than balanced, but still acceptable for the west coast style DIPA
M - fuller body, nice carbonation, finishes pungently bitter, yet fairly clean
O -' another exceptional beer from Alesmith, I'll be looking forward to it next year again! So glad they are now available in some parts of Illinois. Much easier than ordering it from California.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Naja's in Redondo Beach. Golden color, mostly clear, thin white head.

I've been eyeing this beer for a long time, looking forward to trying it. When I saw it on tap I jumped at it. Unfortunately I tried it alongside Pliny the Elder. This simply can't compare. It's good, and might have been really good if I had nothing else to compare it with. But the Pliny rocks and this was mediocre in comparison.

Too bad, the Horny Devil is extremely good.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a translucent light gold/yellow with one full finger of pure white head. The foam doesn't last long,leaving a tiny ring of bubbles along the edges of the glass. There is no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is huge pine, some grapefruit, and just a touch of sweet malt. This is a super pine bomb. Nice.

T: The beer starts off sweet for a fraction of a second, and then the piney hops really shine. They hit the palate hard, coat, and slide off. As the pine fades the grapefruit takes control. The beer gets super stinging and biting in the back end. The finish is lingering citrus rind.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet to stinging, coating to dry, and pine to citrus. It's oily to start but finishes a little dry. Solid.

O: Nice beer. I'm a big fan of pine forward beers, and this delivers. I'm already writing this down on my to-buy beer list.

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer version had on-tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head sticks around for a good while before settling into a thin pancake on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of tropical and citrus hops with a just enough pale malt aromas to balance things out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The hops aren't quite as intense as they are in the aroma, but they're certainly still there. Pale malt flavors give way to lots of citrus - grapefruits with small amount of oranges - and a bit of tropical fruit flavors. Near the end of the sip there's a hint of vanilla right before the moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a very good and very fresh DIPA and one that I recommend seeking out.

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Photo of maximum12
3.28/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to milwaukeeclassic & bu11zeye for sending bombers of this IIPA my way. Always up for a new IIPA any way, every day.

Well. The first one I inadvertently lost & it was a year old before I noticed, so I took it up to a Canadian island with no electricity in February figuring any beer would taste good, & it did, just fine, but the hops were gone. Didn't review it then (lacking electricity, heat, & any hint of civilization other than a few tip-ups on the ice!), but wanted to try it fresh. That time is now.

And I find that, again, the hops are MIA. The nose is all malt, & the taste follows suit. The brew is malty malty sweet, with just a coloring of hop bitterness at the end of the sip. Not nearly enough for an IIPA in my book.

It's not bad. The malt is strong enough that it doesn't lack taste or flavor, but malt isn't what I was expecting. I'm a bit baffled. Perhaps I've had two very old bottles in a row? Where are the hops?

Pretty good beer, but not at all to my taste of a IIPA.

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Photo of Gusler
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

July 2004 Release
The beer after its evacuation from the 22-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a nebulous deep copper to almost brown color with the head stupendous in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a toothsome light tan, as it slowly erodes a thick and sticky blanket of lace conceals the glass. Nose is dominated by the aroma of hops and sweet malt, citrus crisp and clean, caramel, a hint of pine or is that just my imagination, start is rich in malt and somewhat sweet with the top moderate to full in its feel. Finish has a strong acidity, the hops potent in their spiciness, very dry and long lasting aftertaste, a great treat, “Christmas In July”!

Release 2003:
The color on the pour a beclouded burnished copper color with the head Bunyanesque in size, creamy in consistency and the color a toothsome light tan, as it ever so slowly decays the lace left behind forms a tight sheet to smother the glass. Hops citrus crisp dominate the nose, lying underneath is the sweetness from the malt, hints of caramel, pine, lime like crispness, fresh, a hodgepodge of aromas to entrance the senses. Start is sweet, full of malt, top is fair to middling in feel with the finish biting in its acidity, but the hops power their way thought to the taste buds, they spring to life with the biting spiciness, the bitterness is quite refreshing and the 8.5 percent ABV causes a nice warming sensation, as good as it is now, I always buy enough so I can sample for several years to come as with the 2002 release, reminds me I need to break one out and put it in the DBF for sampling soon.

Release 2002: - 4.60
it’s been close to two years since I had this beer, and I know that is way to long, finally the Alesmith brews are trickling over one style at a time, but at least their on the way.

The beer pours a murky amber color, tons of dross floating in suspension and resting on the bottom of the bottle, “Yummy”. The head is Herculean in size, the structure creamy, the color a beauteous light tan and as it evanesces, the lace forms a glutinous sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is dominated by the hop floral tones, sweet malt, fresh, crisp and clean, a real treat for the nose as well as the eyes. Start is ambrosial, loaded with malt, the top middling in its feel, finish is delicately acidic, and the hops slam your palate, like the “Cubs” pounding out the “Homers”, on their way to the “World Series”!

Quite dry and lingering aftertaste with a bit of belly warming to boot, oh how I love these big old bad boys, once of the beers not meant for the weak or infirm, as it will take the hide off an Armadillo!

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Photo of THECPJ
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/11/2011

A: some citrus, some maltiness, getting a hint of sourness

Ap: golden yellow with a very large, very frothy white head, nice lacing down the whole glass

B/T: mild carbonation, medium body

Af: tastes stale, no punch of hops like i was expecting, some although limited floral hop notes, slight maltiness, slight fruitiness

O: left us wanting something more, proof that fresh is best!


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

22oz bomber from lou91, opened in honor of the bears beating the hated panthers

appearance: deep murky copper , lovely off white/beige head forms with some lacing...certainly looks the part, tons of sediment at the bottom of the bottle

smell: floral hops...oily and fresh hop profile, definite acohol on the nose, biscuity smelling, thick caramel malts

taste: intense and powerful...very bitter floral and oily hops complimented by a strong malt backbon, biscuitesque, alcohol immediately present, caramel, juicy and citrusy...complex and quite tasty

mouthfeel: medium-full body, hop bitterness, alcohol burn, juicy hops and thick malts

drinkability: pretty drinkable

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

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 8.5% ABV, no date.

Thanks to sweemzander for bringing this to the table for the top 100 tasting the other night!

A - Brilliantly clear for a double IPA and insanely carbonated, YuleSmith pours with a massive bone head. Low retention and not a whole lot of lace left over either.

S - Citrusy woman's body lotion/ sun-tan lotion aroma. It's got that beach tan lotion smell all the way through it with grapefruit and lemon citrus. Caramel malts have a nice background. I like the aroma, it's different.

T - Very citrus-full, I still get those sun-tan lotion notes but there's a lot of hoppy citrus and pine notes going on still. Lots of caramel and crystal malts give it a balancing sweetness.

M - Medium-bodied and sharp in flavor and carbonation. Moderate to high bitterness on the finish.

D - Interesting double IPA, it's unlike any I've ever had before. Good drinkability, I enjoy it but it's something I'd split if I had the chance to drink it again.

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Photo of ccrida
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, Summer 07 DIPA. Poured into a nonic, Yulesmith is a hazy, pale burnt orange with a thick, olive tinged egg-shell colored head. Slow to to subside, it leaves thick foamy lace.

The aroma is a strong blast of american hops of the cascade varieties, lots of bright, flowery citrus, with a sweet brown sugar and gingerbread malt base. Reminds me of some of the Lagunitas brews, which I really love.

The taste is heavy on the floral and citrus aspects of the hops, with sweet caramel malts and just enough bitterness on the finish to rein it in. This is how I prefer my IPAs, sweeter, with more flavor then bittering hops. Pretty good, maybe a bit to sugary and soapy though to be exceptional, but very good. Reminds me a lot of Lagunitas Lucky 13!

The mouthfeel is not as thick as it tastes, and is very creamy.

While I really enjoyed this beer, it's richness and high ABV prevents it from being to highly drinkable. Nevertheless, enjoyable.

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

A highly anticipated forray into the world of Alesmith and my expectations are met..

Pours a burnt orange..big frothy white head...great fruity nose..big on the citrus fruits...grapefruits, oranges, pinneaples, but also a very strong "peach" aroma..smells sweet....body is creamy and smooth....medium to full..the 'peach" fruitiness is evident on the taste as is a much stronger bitterness than the nose foreshadowed..tobbacco, cannibus...and finishes with a raw rough piney bitterness....not to say this is overly bitter...it almost feels as if there is candy sugar added..It is uniquely sweet (as in sweet fruits) at the start and then the hops jump up and smack you in the mouth nicely..

Lived up to my expectations...the bittrness really emerges as you sip on this and it warms...blows away Stone in the hop bite category but I enjoy the stone brews a tich more...

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of the summer version (Blue and Red) so this has some time on it already. I shared this with two friends and the initial assessment was that the smell was that of Purina Dog Food. Seriously. There is a Purina factory in town and when you pass it the smell is unmistakable. Very malty smell with a little fruit. The color was lighter than the Alesmith IPA we drank just prior. The taste had some caramel and some tropical fruit (simcoe hops?) and was very satisfying. It reminded me of Stone 10th and I remember people saying Yulesmith was better when 10th was released. I disagree. I'd like to have this again fresh.

A:4 S:4 T:4.5 M:4 D:4

Winter version-Awesome hoppy smell, tastes like piney hops, oranges, tangerines, some malts, very good. Dry finish as noted on the bottle and a prickly mouthfeel.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter '08 discounted from Half Time, Poughkeepsie.

Pours opaque rusty red with a clumpy yellow cream head that thins fast but holds. Orange musky nose. Sweet fruits - papaya and grapefruit - dominated by big pine, ginger, birch hops. Sticky feel, ABV sting, long linger.

Sitting on a shelf for 6 months sure hasn't toned this one down. Lots of great flavors, but heat and lack of balance hurt it overall.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a hazy golden color with some straw yellow hues. Thicker crop of white head rests on top and retains for a while before leaving copious amounts of lacing ringed around the glass.

Bitter and hoppy in the nose with some fruit tones and slight warmth. Touches of citrus and pineapple with a thinner malt presence.

Citrusy hops burst forward with touches of orange and grapefruit. Notes of pineapple with soft sweetness in between the bitterness, which runs throughout the profile. Milder malt backbone with some bready and biscuit-like tendencies. Finishes a little warm and bitter.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. Definitely a nice DIPA with plenty of pleasant fruit and hops. I had this once before and it was way past its prime, but this was definitely a fresh keg.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New bottle, definitely this year, great extra from JonnyJ.

A-pours a transparent hazy bright gorange color with tons of a fulffy white head.

S-a good balance with stronger hop presence, the caramel malt sets the foundation, lots of spicy grassy hops, notes of citrus, touch of pine and some kind of medicinal phenol.

T-balanced malt presence, notes of caramel, tons of pine in the flavor, hoppy pine, light citrus notes, a good bit of spice with strong grassy herbal hop back.

M-syrupy and resignous, medium to full body, thick and chewy, good carbonation, almost a dry finish.

D-much better, solid imperial IPA, light balance with great hop flavors and a huge spicy profile which is quite intersting and nice.


A-pours a clear golden orange color with particles floating around. a tight creamy off white head with a thick lace left all over the glass.

S-the nose is huge and mostly a mix of pine, caramel, and burnt brown sugar.

T-the taste follows the nose, tons of brown sugar, slightly burnt, lots of caramel, and a touch of pine. very faint bitterness and hint of booze in the back.

M-smooth, good carbonation on a medium body with a syrupy feel that coats the mouth.

D-imperial IPA? huge malt base, more like a barleywine. could this be last years???

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Photo of mynie
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark golden with a good, retentive head.

Smells like chewy bread dough and pine needle hos. Lots of biscuity yeast, very nice. The scent jumps out at you like an icepick to the forehead.

Tastes very much like it smells, very firm, and with much more pine up front. Big blast of hops like tree sap, getting a bit floral, and then lauching into sweet and sour yeast dough, getting chewy, and then a finish of rich, bitter hops.

An excellent beer.

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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 warnerry
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 9/15/10

A - Beautiful pour into a Duvel tulip. Straw/orange slightly cloudy liquid with 3 fingers of head at least. Head is off white and thick/pillowy, reminds me of the foam generated iin a root beer float.

S - Very sweet smell with a lot of fruit coming through; nectarines maybe, along with some pineapple and grapefruit. A bit of caramel malt as well.

T - Unfortunately, taste doesn't live up to the smell. Hops have faded leaving more malt presence than I was expecting (sampled in mid-September; I think it is bottled in June?); still, a nice blend of piney and fruity hops to go with the caramel malt; finished somewhat dry and bitter, but not overwhelmingly so.

M - Mouthfeel is medium, actually a bit creamy (probably from the faded hops); slightly astringent finish.

D - Seems to be going down pretty easily; probably even better fresh.

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

This beer is pretty, somehow shining with a vibrant brightness despite a certain muddled quality. It does have a beautiful head, yellow-tinted billowing froth that sits solidly over a finger tall, nearly two, and that full height for a good length of the session. Otherwise, it barely drops to under a finger, that leaving behind a thick ring and some chunking behind it.
The aroma offers a rich bouquet that speaks to this beer's heavy hopping and the skill of the brewer in achieving balance with it. This is West Coast all the way, with all kinds of resinous pine and juicy citrus, some perfume and grass to round it out offset and complemented by rich malts, bready and doughy with lots of caramel to cut through the bitterness. Some fusel notes cut in here and there, and it's all that mars this beer at all.
The taste is much the same, altogether delicious, with some tropical fruits in the bitterness in addition to some rind and zest. It's a big, hoppy beer that doesn't take the hops to the point of astringency or chalkiness but shows delicacy and skill in balance. The alcohol comes into play, no question, but it eases up on the harshness.
The fusel alcohol does play a small role in the feel of this beer, which maintains a full body, thick and rich but still pretty crisp and plenty bright. What surprises me is the smoothness of this beer considering the alcoholic sting and the heft, but it works very well.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Greggy for this one. This beer pours a semi-cloudy pale orange color. The head is a billowy pale orange color, and recedes very slowly into thick, chunky lacing. The aroma is of brash pine, citrus. The taste is like the aroma, with the addition of a nice bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy texture, and light carbonation. Overall, this is a nice DIPA. I could easily drink this beer again.

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YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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