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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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
This is the winter version
A- This beer pours a dense body of brown that glows reddish-brown in the light. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that support a thick lumpy head of light tan that last for most of the beer.

S- The full smell of green hops pellets right out of the bag has a nice pine quality to it that even comes through during the pour. There is a softer caramel malt sweetness to it that has a faint cinnamon quality in the background.

T- The caramel malt flavor is sweet but not sugary with a soft biscuit note to it. There is a green herbal hop flavor that is a big finish to this beer. There is a piney-cinnamon hint to the hops that has a nice twist.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a big fizz at the finish and a soft alcohol heat that increases as the beer warms a bit.

D- This beer has a nice big piney hop flavor with some good depth and a sweet malt support to it. The alcohol has a nice soft presets that gives a little boost to the hops.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden with good clarity and a creamy head. Balanced pine and citrus in both aroma and taste. A bit of sweetness takes the edge off the bitterness in the finish. Solid DIPA.

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

A 22 oz bomber, Red/Blue Summer 2006 version courtesy of Boolshot.

A: The ale is a hazy copper-brown color, showing off more orange colors than not. The ale is hazy, thick with ultrafine particles that do no stand out as you look at it. The head neared a finger and was generally average.

S: The nose is thick with hoppy fruits and resins. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, pine, the aromas run the gamut of the hop spectrum and don't hide the hot alcohol scent.

T: The age has taking a toll on the hop profile. The result is a much stronger biscuit and caramel malt that emerges mid-palate, leaving a graininess that I don't recall existing earlier. The hops are still strong but have changed, still exuding a grapefruit element but now a bitter, earthy dirty hop flavor scars the tastebuds, having completely crowded out the sweet aromatic citrus elements.

M: The aroma sets you up for a taste that falls short of expectations. The hops remain a force to be reckoned with though, its just that they have taken on a new identity.

D: Fresh, this beer floored me. With a year under its belt, the hops have dropped off and muddled the taste a bit. Don't age this baby, hit it fresh and hit it hard.

Previous Reviews:
8-Jul-07, Bottle, Winter, 4.0, 4.5, 4.5,4.5, 4.0, 4.35
16-Dec-06, Bottle, Winter, 4.0, 4.5, 4.5,4.0, 4.5, 4.35
11-Sep-06, Bottle, Summer, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0,4.5, 4.5, 4.60

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Photo of cjgator3
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle
Summer Version

A- Pours a nice amber color with a thick and creamy off-white head that leaves an insane amount of lacing around the glass and also possesses very good retention as well.

S- The aroma is some malt and hints of caramel but the hops clearly steal the show in the aroma. Very nice aroma, but I feel that this is really the only area that could be improved upon. Some of the other top DIPAs possess a stronger aroma.

T- The taste like the aroma is filled with bitter citric hops in the finish. However, I like that there is a solid amount of malt in the background as well. I tend to lean towards DIPAs that have a good amount of malt to back up the insane amount of hops and are a little more than one dimensional. This one certainly fits the bill, delicious!

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a very drinkable DIPA. Despite the high ABV, this one drinks very well and the alcohol is pretty well hidden behind the extreme flavors.

Overall, this is one hell of a DIPA that lives up to it's name. YuleSmith is yet another solid brew from AleSmith that is highly recommended and worth seeking out.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish amber hue. IT has a foamy white head of about 1 inch. Has a nice malty smell with some tropical notes. Taste: Nice malty backbone with balanced hop finish. Really good IPA

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now for the Summer 2008 version:

It pours a hazy orange amber with a 1 finger head of foam. There's some good lacing and the head retention is, once again, excellant.

The nose is big on the hops! Lots of floral and some citrus along with some fruitiness and there's a nice sweetish smell in the background from the malt.

The taste has the floral and citrus up front with some spiciness and a solid malt backbone. Very tasty and very smooth and it isn't exactly lax when it comes to drinkability... almost no warming after the swallow so the alcohol is well hidden.

Good thick mouthfeel and the carbonation is just a tad below medium. Overall, a great counter brew for the Winter version though for me, I prefer the Winter version. Both are great though and well worth seeking out again.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love me some Yulesmith

A-big head with a golden color, looks tasty. Nice lacing

S-Smells real nice. Floral hops, sticky sweetness. Fruity and appetizing. Lemme get my lips on this.

T-Floral, fruity hopbomb followed by a well balanced malt that makes me happy. Could bang this beer back all night. Reminds me of Ballast Point's Sculpin. It is similar in hop profile and drinkability.

M-Stays on the tongue for a while and thats a positive. Delicious.

D-8.8% and the alcohol is almost a nonfactor. Very drinkable.

Distributed for the summertime; would love to drink it year-round.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with meathookjones. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of beige head over the dark amber brew. Dense head lasts, and lacing is great. Aroma is all about the piney hops, but there is more than ample malt character to support it. Taste is similar to the nose, with biting piney hops upfront, which are smoothed by the hearty malt, and then ends dry with some slight fruit and alcohol character. Mouthfeel is superb, and drinkability is great as well. This is my kind of holiday brew. Ho ho ho!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, Summer 2010 YuleSmith. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops (tropical fruit, grapefruit, oranges), with some pine hops and sweet malt noticable too. It tastes like citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit, orange peel) and floral hops, peppery spice, and some peaches and bready malt. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy, a bit slick, and has high carbonation. I thought it was easy enough to drink. This is definitely a brew for the hopheads out there! I'd certainly buy this again.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the YuleSmith 2009 Holiday/Christmas Ale.
Pours an opaque amber color with a one finger head that eventually settles to a thin creamy layer that stays on top, has a little bit of carbonation. Swirl the glass and the creamy lacing sticks to the glass and then some, it eventually settles back to the glass but takes awhile, looks thick. Smells of carmel/toffee and bready malts, pine, citrus, a little grassy earthiness. Taste or carmel, toffee, pine, has a strong malt backing while the hops come into play at the end of the sip. Finishes boozy and dry with lingering bitterness. There's a slight warming in the throat but the booze bite isn't as bad as what one would expect judging from the smell and the initial sip. Is a lighter side of heavy in body, nice carbonation comes through on the tongue. The malt and hops play well together and complement each other nicely with one not overpowering the other. Overall, is an enjoyable brew but not one I'd want too often, it is a filling beer.

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Photo of DrJay
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow/gold colour with a generous white cap. Great head retention with tons of lacing - spotty and streaky, with rings marking each sip, super sticky - it doesn't get much better than this for a big IPA. Intense hop aroma - grapefruit and pine dominate, citrus zest - plus a rich maltiness that provides more of a toasty and biscuity character than a straight-up caramel sweetness. Nice. Powerful bitterness, reigned in by considerable malt presence, a great balance of citrusy hops and toasted malt sweetness. Mild caramel and pine, some alcohol towards the end. Creamy texture with very smooth carbonation, warming alcohol, full bodied, slight astringent dryness that actually balances some of the sweetness. Truly an exceptional beer. Alesmith really are masters of the brewing arts. I could drink this non-stop, all day, every day, liver willing. Delicious.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal head, orange-brown in color, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: big pine hops, small citrus hops, and a bit of caramel

Taste: sweet caramel start, then a nice dose of pine hops, followed by citrus hops

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium bodied, sweet start with a bitter middle and an increasingly bitter finish

Overall: A nice hoppy, bitter monster. A good beer to sit with, especially if you are a hop head. I have had some amazing hoppy beer lately, and while this one is not quite on that level, it is still very good. This is one I would not turn down, but am not likely to go back to right away.

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

Pours a hazed golden oranage color with full cap of soapy white head, good retention and lacing. First whiffs are of piney and earthy hops, gradually giving way to some tropical and citrus notes and a slightly sweet grahmn crackery background. First sips are of bitter hops, that lean a touch more towards pine, full floral, tropical and citrus flavors take over as the beer sits and the tounge gets used to the bitterness. A nice grahmn crackery sweet backbone again present. Medium bodied, slightly oily, semi dry finnish. A very nice dIPA that falls just short of spectacular due to some slightly muddled hop notes.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to domtronzero for tossing this one in as an extra!

(A)- Pours a crystal clear yellow color. Produced a massive white frothy head with some serious retention behind it. It is just clinging to the glass with lots of bubbly lacing.

(S)- A nice woody pine and creamy citrus of pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon. Crisp.

(T)- Has a rather tart profile with some serious pineapple & grapefruit citrus up front. Tons of citrus in this that really borderlines on tartness level. Some minimal woody pine.

(M)- A tad higher carbonation level than you would expect from the style, but it really is not too bothersome. Really crisp because of it though, with really potent citrus. Some bitterness.

(D)- Slightly different, yet interesting take on a massively over-made style these days. Huge citrus, with ever present bitterness. Good, but I prefer their regular IPA.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, Summer 2008 edition, into my Duvel tulip

A: Clear copper with a pretty two-finger off-white head that's frothy and has great retention and as I drink, it leaves some lace.

S: Tons of pine with some citrus. There's orange and tangerine with a little floral character, beautifully expressed. Bitterness seems reserved with a lot of aromatic hop character. Very minor malt presence. Excellent stuff. If I'm not wrong, this is dry hopped with centennial?

T: Starts off intensely bitter with lots of pine and a hint of honey and orange. Bright and vibrant, there's a lot of flavor as well, with pine needles, ripe oranges and a noticeably floral character as well. Malt sweetness? Who needs that! There's barely enough to balance out the bitterness. The finish is bitter and pretty dry, almost too bitter for my liking. Long and flavorful.

M: Pretty darned good. Great carbonation, nice dry finish with a good amount of bitterness in there with a mildly resiny feel.

D: This one's going down quick and easy! While not the best hoppy beer from Alesmith (that would be the IPA), this is one I look forward to drinking two bottles of every year.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Poured gently and got huge fluffy head that swelled out of the glass but didn't overflow. The head stuck around for about 10 mins and left a real nice lacing. One of the best heads I've seen on an IPA.

S: Citrusy and tropical aromas. Definitely lots of grapefruit and some pineapple. SOme malt is present also.

T: Strong citrus hop taste followed by sweet malty/bitter hop finish. I like the balance.

M: Well carbonated, full bodied.

It has a lot going on but everything balances out perfectly! I really like this beer. Its by far my favorite Alesmith offering!

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

22oz bomber poured into a tulip pint; Summer 09 version

Pours a pretty deep red amber with a huge, fluffy ecru cap. Head sticks around forever and leaves loads of spider web lacing all over my glass. A large amount of yeast is suspended in my glass.

Huge aroma of resiny pine, grapefruit, and pineapples wallop the olfactory's off the bat. The malt bill is earthy and sweet; mainly sweet, sticky, caramel.

Gooey pine resin and hop oil coat the mouth right off the bat with a rush of earthy, slightly sweet caramel and biscuit malt that fills the void briefly before a bitter punch really assaults the palate. A larger bitterness would have been more welcome. Everything is in pretty good balance up to the bitterness, hence why I wanted a little more on the back end.

A very wet, resiny, and oily mouthfeel that finishes slightly bitter. There is a decent amount of heat that lingers amongst the bitterness.

Considering how well-balanced this is and a do-able 8.8% abv, I would have to rate this pretty high. However, I was not in love with how balanced this was.

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

This one has an orange colored appearance, and a 3/4" off white head. The aroma drops tons of pine. An immense amount.

Taste is both citrus and pine, not excessively bitter. I don't like the bomber format, its expensive. No bottle dating. Some inconsistency between the minor malt variation from summer and winter. I dunno, its a good beer, but its not that usual dry west coast malt bill, this has crystal and its sticky. The hops are on point though. Lush.

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Photo of mltobin
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dug up from some notes from this past summer.

Appearance is yellow, golden, two fingers of head. Its` nose has flowers, citrus hops and some toffee malt. Taking a sip out of this snifter and I taste pine, apricots and hops. Mouthfeel is medium, quite a bit of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish. Overall, a tasty dipa, worth checking out.

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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 Viggo
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty clear amber brown, big off white head forms, stays around for ever, really nice lacing on the glass. Smell is tons of caramel, very malty, some chocolate, then some nice pine/citrus hopping, smells more like a barleywine than DIPA. Taste is very caramel/toffee as well, grainy, some roasted character, pine hops, some citrus/grapefruit, more toffee, slightly bitter finish. Medium bodied, low carbonation, significant alcohol warming as it goes down, just as a Christmas/winter warmer type ale should do. Very tasty, thanks DrJay!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got a hold of this special "summer release" edition thanks to the Bum from Long Beach.

Hazy, glowing scarlet red/orange appearance. One finger sized bone white head. Recedes in a timely fashion to a bubbly collar that leaves moderate lace. Nose is piney, resiny and citric. Big time PacNW feel to it. A little Mary Jane as well. Caramel and toffee notes add some balance on the nose. Juicy hop tones are upfront on the buds. They are followed by a bitter, high alpha acid hop bite. Then a little ethanol. Then some malt finally. Caramel seems to be the frontrunner and also a little toasted malt comes to mind. Some smoky tones accent lightly. And a little pine resin comes into the mix. The body is damn near full and the carbonation appropriately prickly. This is a damn good DIPA.

Thanks again Bum.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.01/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a bright orange, but only a few tan bubbles form on one side.

S - Citrus, sweet malts, and some pine.

T - Sweet carmely malts, and a touch of citrus.

D - Low carbonations.

O - Really dissapointed here. This is a low carbonated sweet mess. I believe it is a new bottle also.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Whoa, someone tell Celebration Ale they've got competition (quality wise, not cost/quality wise, as this Yulesmith is expensive).

Pours a craggy orange. Doesn't look like a holiday beer for the most part. Aroma, whoa, this might be the piniest aroma I've ever experienced in a beer. Maybe one of the best smelling beers ever.

Taste, come to flavor country. The perfect mix of holiday, pine, citrus hoppiness. But seems to derive much of this through dry hopping v. boil, as the bitterness stays very well in check.

Can just drink and drink this bad boy. Bring the cost down, this could be a frequent favorite, instead of an only one 22oz a year purchase.

EDIT: Had a stale one of these, a little too pricey to not have some guaranteed age dating on this one. No bottle dates suck.

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

I let this bottle warm a bit out of the fridge and then poured aggressively to get a huge, off-white, thick, foamy, fluffy, billowy head that slowly subsides and some lace. Color is a very slightly hazy, orange amber with a few slow bubble trails. Aroma is hugely hop, citrus, malt, oak, vanilla, resin. Flavor's pretty much like nose with the citrus/hop on top with bittersweetness right under followed by those other things. Body is full with hop points and slightly soft carbonation. Finish is like flavor giving way to resin, very long, and has some alcoholic warmth. Well crafted beer, but too much hop for me.

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