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

WINTER EDITION: What a fantastic seasonal IPA. Got this badboy from Sideswipe in trade. Thanks buddy. Outstanding blend and should be considered a must try.
A-Poured from 22 oz bomber into pint glass. Poured a darker amber with thick foamy head.
S-Smell was fabulous, I would call this Great Lake Crhistmas Ale on Steroids.
T-Excellent and well rounded flavor. Hints of a strong ale seasonal like cinnamon and malt and hops, hint of pine and grapefruit
M-Faboulous, nice thick with wet finish
D-Very high. This is a must try.

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Photo of tboom29
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a Winter '06 beer.

It poured a very appetizing amber that was slightly opaque. Fluffy frothy head sat on top, one of my favorite things on a beer.

The nose was very citrusy and spicy, and really entices you to drink the beer.

You definitely will notice the hops, because there are a lot. I thought it was nicely balanced though. Slight carmel from the malt. Mellow, but quite full bodied with a full mouthfeel. There is a slight acidic flavor. I also noticed a spicy notes, with hints of cinnamon or nutmeg. Some orange as well.

Overall a really great, full flavored IPA. Definitely worth picking up.

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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 dhchatfield
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Last of a batch of 4 I got from Liquid Solutions a few months back.
It says: Holiday Ale...what the hell.

Stuck in the fridge for about ten minutes after bringing it up from the cellar. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

A - Beautiful light coppery red. Very clear, nice carbonation. great head with wonderful lacing.

S - Very nice West Coast hop assault. Piney, but with a floral back. Jasmine?

T - The first hit sneaks past the tastebuds and makes a b-line for the gullet. Only after it's raced through do the tire marks show their presence on the tongue and back of the throat. Strong tastebud numbing bitterness, but with an oily sweet finish. Fantastic.

M - As above, starts thin and then expands into an effervescent thick creamy tongue and roof of the mouth coating slice of heaven. Just flat out super!

D - All day. Lower ABV than say, Dreadnaught or UnEarthy makes this a DIPA that I can actually enjoy two bombers of in a sitting without fear of falling. Just such a wonderfully balanced DIPA.

My wife has forbidden any beer purchases until after Christmas. I guess drinking out of ones' cellar isn't so bad after all. I really love this beer.


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

First - thanks to Drewbage for sending this one my way.

I must say, although I very much enjoyed the bottle, it wasn't quite up to the hype I had formed in my mind. Shame I did so, as I think the beer is very good, perhaps excellent and I am struggling with reality versus my lofty expectations as I write this review...

Copper with red notes - very high level of carbonation and a soft, lacy head, that never goes away completely, leaving lacing all the way down the glass.

So much citrus! WOW! Amarillo-like orange scents seem to come forward the most. Can smell a sweet malt backbone, but the malt smells different than anything I can recall before - maybe marshmellows?

Hops hops hops - citrus/orange with pine and earthy tang, peppery spicy flavors as well. Malt is in there, but it is pretty well masked by a lingering multi-layered hops taste throughout the sip. Not much alchohol taste in here, and a dry, almost tart, finish.

Drinkability is good for a beer of this SIZE...in complexity, as well as bomber-ness. I'd have a second (if I had a second to have.)

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Photo of bridgetowhophead
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been dying to drink this beer and I finally snatched one up at the hollywood portland whole foods. score!

A: Pale yellowish orange. Visible bubbles, HUGE head. Cloudy due to the bottle conditioning. Beautiful!

S: Balance of strong citric/floral hops and strong malt, as expected in a IIPA. Surprisingly not as aromatic as their IPA, but got better as it warmed.

T: Good lord, this is a complex beer. Tons of citrus and floral hops mix with the caramel malts to create a perfectly balanced beer. There are tastes in here I've never found in an IPA, and I worship at the altar of hop bombs.

M: This beer dances in your mouth. No flaws at all in texture, body, etc.

D: This is an IIPA? So smooth and drinkable, the 8.8% ABV hardly registers. Wow. I need another.

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Photo of Simont
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Supremely well made beer, provided you like big alcohol malt and hop notes. I definitely do. This is a big beer but comes across with a lot more body, heat and complexity than it's 8.5 abv suggests. Bitterness and malt complexity balance incredibly well, and such a lot of both. Under the mandarin/ pine/ grapefruit/ tropical fruit hop characters, there's a floral, spicy flavor that wonderfully connects to the toffee and caramel sweet malt. Masterful.

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Photo of ASymon13
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the winter release.

It pours a cloudy dark amber, and despite a fairly easy pour, an excessively large head that recedes very slowly. The aroma is about as enticing as a beer gets. There is a wonderful balance between grapefruit, floral, and some citrus hops and the sweet malts. In fact, it's hard to tell where the hop aromas end and the malt begins. The head recedes slowly, and I've become very impatient for it to drop to a more drinkable level.

The taste is also extremely balanced. The hop flavors are up front, but not at all overpowering. At a colder temperature (~45F) there are a lot of citrus and grapefruit flavors to it, and the sweet malts once again, are difficult to distinguish from the hops, but it's so balanced that you know they are there. The finish is a bit boozy, but very dry. As it warms up the malt profile becomes slightly more distinguishable (at no cost to the great hop character!). Hints of Rye, light caramel, and some light spicing give it an excellent complexity. The body is medium and the carbonation is very pleasant. This is an excellent offering that left me wanting more.

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

A: poured into a bell glass at Amsterdam in San Francisco, it pours a hazy caramel orange with nice carbonation and about a quarter inch of white head that dissipated quickly leaving very spotty lacing.

S: The nose on this one is very floral with great notes of citrus tucked in there. Kinda like grapefruit and maybe some orange. It has a great hop nose with notes of pine and a really nice caramel malts backbone to hold those hops up. There is also a good sweetness in there, almost with a touch of booziness.

T: The flavors are really nice and hoppy. Strong notes of pine, grapefruit rind, and floral hops. It is very hoppy and that definitely comes out more in the flavors than it did in the nose. Resinous hop bitter that really sticks around. The malts are caramel and a bit sweet with touches of honey. Its light and easy drinking still under all of that.

M&O: This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with light carbonation. There is a smooth feeling to it. Overall it is a really nice beer, very well done and very drinkable, although I can feel the alcohol. I definitely would recommend this to hoppy loving drinkers.

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Photo of korndog
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours a beautiful amber color with the best head I have seen on an DIPA. Lacing is particularly long-lasting and beautiful tan high up the glass.
Aroma was sweet orange juice with piney hops. Taste is heavenly malty backbone laying a great foundation for the hops. I really appreciate the contrast of sugar with my grapefruit. MF is slightly cloying, but not unpleasant in the least. This is a top notch ale that I will miss when it's gone. By far, my favorite Alesmith. Congrats on this one.

Edit: Still getting used to new rating system. Trust me, there is nothing "minus" about this beer. It's an "A".

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

Summer version 22oz bomber into standard pint glass.

Very drinkable dIPA- not a big, huge malt profile as the hops come forward in both aroma (big Pacific Northwest citrus and pine in the nose) and taste (grapefruity aftertaste). A bit dry in the finish but all in all a solid beer from an outstanding brewery.

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

Summer '05. Nose is very similar to 90 minute. I catch chocolate, pine, guava, and mango in the nose. Awesome stuff. Color is a deep, cloudy amber with a lasting thin off-yellow head. Mouthfeel is very full with the taste of crushing bitterness. Mangos come out, along with oranges and pine needles. The taste is a little overly-understated, could use a bit more malt to bring it up to par. Still, an awesome experience.

Winter '05. This is quite comparable to the summer version, a bit more balaced, distinct red character coming through in the sweetness and body. decent, though I prefer the Summer.

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

Thanks to metallitone1 for this great bottle!

A- very excellent, golden, straw color with great lacing and head. This looks very enticing!

S- unfortunately, this is the least overwhelming aspect of this beer. Not much to the nose, except for a bit of hops.

T- really great balance of hops and malts. I get some great fruit on the end - both pineapple and even a bit of sour apple. Amazing, amazing taste.

M- very light and refreshing. This is super easy to drink and I instantly want more. Just a bit of hops on the finish and as this warms, the alcohol comes out some.

O- great, great bottle. I would drink this again in a heartbeat!

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Photo of sawbones420
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never heard of AleSmith before. Talking to the beer manager at my local liquor store, Yulesmith is brewed twice a year. Once in the summer, once in the winter. Each release is unique, which makes me think there ought to be two separate BA entries, but whatever. This is a review of the Summer 2007 release. It's not exactly summer conditions at this point in the year (October), but in my third floor loft bedroom, it feels summery enough.

It's worth noting that the bottle I picked up was sitting in the distributor's storage space since they received it, so it has had some time to age and mellow out. They had to clear out space to make room for the upcoming winter release, so my liquor store got a couple cases for a discounted price (only $4 a bomber at the consumer end!) I've not had the benefit of trying a newly released bomber, so that very well could affect my take on things (for better or worse).

Into a chalice pours a murky/cloudy apricot brew with a beauty/beast of a white head. This is a nice tight foam that doesn't die down and remains through and through, lacing the side of the glass all the way down (nice!). This is a very sexy glass of beer.

Smells like hops and high alcohol, or basically any American Double IPA you've ever smelled. Any nuances that might be found in the nose are lost to that sharp aroma.

The head is still there...

As I poured it fresh from the fridge, the first sip is probably a bit on the cold side, but a strong, crisp hop character stands boldly at the forefront. After letting it sit and warm for a while (the head is still there...), hops are still prominent, but are offset by a flatter flavor that lands on the middle/back of the tongue.

Throughout the bottle, this is a very enjoyable drinking experience. While not quite matching the quality/balance of Southern Tier's Unearthly Imp. IPA, I could see myself putting down another one (or two) of these without a problem. I can't claim to be as big a fan of the style as I once was (hop heads die young), but if you're into American Doubles, this is certainly a beer you want to try. I'm now interested to see what the winter release is like...

At the end of the day, this is a tasty, well-balanced American DIPA. I'm not sure if this balance comes as a result of the few months aging it had, or if this is simply just a well-made Imperial IPA. I suspect it's a bit of both.

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Photo of scbrew
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep golden-orange with a nice slightly off-white head. Aroma is mainly hop citrus and floral. Great combination of hops over malt in the flavor. Very well balanced and not too sweet. Good amount of carbonation and mouthfeel. Outstanding example of West Coast DIPA.

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Photo of beeritron
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the 2007-08 winter release.

Tawny copper color with a thick tan head. Lots of small bubbles in the head create a thick, creamy foam similar to meringue. Lots of lacing. A big hoppy smell gets in the nostrils immediately followed by a pine aroma. Malt smell is sweet and full roasted spiciness. The taste has some vanilla and orange flavors right away. As the beer floats around the palate you're hit with alot malt sweetness, hop taste, and bitterness on the back of the tongue, and all balanced very well. Hop taste is full of grapefruit and piney notes that are a hopheads treasure. The fairly thick mouthfeel has a velvety texture making this beer very easy to drink. I look forward to the summer release.

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Photo of OutlawJoseyWales
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

app: dark caramel color, 1 inch of off white head.

smell/taste: deep sweet caramel; hop bite in the finish; sweet bread, banana nut, cinnamon notes. incredible sticky sweetness beautifully balanced with the hops. a treat for the palate.

mouthfeel: smooth, velvety, carbonation was just right

drinkabilty: very good for the style

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

*This was the Summer Yulesmith, red and blue*

Pours nicely, very fine bubbles. An average orange color, clear.

Smells of hoppiness, pine and light citrus. Has a nice, enjoyable mild creaminess of malt on the back end. Very drinkable. I enjoyed this beer, it isn't the best DIPA available, but it is very very good. I am taking into consideration though that this DIPA is already at least 5 months old. Looking forward to trying an even fresher version next year!

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Photo of spazaru
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another outstanding Alesmith brew. The only issue I have is that it doesn't offer enough more than their regular IPA to justify the cost.

I guess it's a compliment that all of their beers are so good, that this one just lives up to those, rather than exceeding it, but at $5.49 for a bomber, I expected more. Sorry.

Great beer, but there are plenty more as good.

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Photo of jaymirage
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brought to you by OldSock, who procured his 22 oz. bomber, by way of San Diego and fiascos unknown.

Pros: Super-creamy, super-impressive head. Carbonated perfectly. The appearance is spot-on, and the flavor's just right. So true to style.

Cons: Not surprising or innovative. Purely refined. Built solidly on a foundation of everything everyone else has been doing right for the past 15 years. It's so perfect that it's boring.

This beer blows away everything else in its class, boring or not.

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Photo of foxbat2500
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09 Summer Version in a bottle from BevMo.

Looks awesome. Orange/dark golden with a nice foamy head that really sticks. Wonderful carbonation

In a word pine I guess. Not as big as one might think. There is a sweetness in the smell.

Sweet, bitter, orange, others say Pine, but I've never had a pine cone to drink.

Great balance shows in the mouthfeel. Its big, but its all there in balance.

You know what's drinkable? Water! This has taste.

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Photo of 3frog
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle--available in summer (lighter color) and winter (darker and more piney) versions.

Appearance: Summer medium amber, Winter almost red amber; almost opaque when properly mixed. Smallish head that stays awhile.

Smell: Both versions are heavy on the hop, with the summer being spicier than the winter, which is far more resinous. Fair amount of sweet fruit--pineapple?

Taste: heavenly for hop heads; heavy on the centennial family, though the summer continues the spicy note from the aroma. Very sweet, and the tropical fruit is prominently there again. The alcohol lies in wait to pounce mid-drink.

Mouthfeel: thick but not viscous; balanced by the carbonation.

Drinkability: hop-lover's nectar. High level of all the 'important' ingredients makes for a very pleasant experience. The alcohol is there, but it doesn't overwhelm. Part of me wants to give it a 5, but I'll hold-off for now.

Objectivity note: this is my favoritest beer, but I'll stand by the ratings measured against the DIPA style.

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YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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