AleSmith Summer YuleSmith IPA
Brewed by: AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: IPA
- Variation: Imperial (Double)
- Seasonal: Summer
- ABV: 8.5%
- IBU: 105
Awards: Gold World Beer Championships 2003, 2004, 2005
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Every year we anxiously await the warmer months to unleash this Double IPA, the summer edition of our YuleSmith seasonals. The flavor imparts orange, grapefruit, and tangerine hop notes with earthy, spicy, and resinous pine undertones. A sturdy malt backbone balances out the profound hop bitterness to create a refreshingly assertive and vibrant beer that offers an unapologetically bold expression of fresh American hops.
Hops: American (unspecified varieties)
More AleSmith YuleSmith Summer Images
Artwork: “YuleSmith” in large red font, with exploding red and blue summer fireworks.
Color: Shimmery golden to copper, really adaptive to lighting. Looks beautiful.
Aroma: Pleasing blend of floral and citrus.
Arrived in: 22 oz. Bottle
Served in: Goblet
AleSmith offers a handful of seasonals throughout the year, with their winter and summer offerings both titled “YuleSmith”. They might be named the same, but both YuleSmiths are distinctly different — “Winter” is an Imperial Red Ale, and “Summer” is an Imperial India Pale Ale.
Is it called YuleSmith (Summer), YuleSmith Summer, or Summer YuleSmith? According to AleSmith’s recently re-designed website, the official name of this delicious seasonal double IPA is Summer YuleSmith.
Summer YuleSmith was extremely carbonated to the eye. It poured 1-2 fingers thick of smooth, silky head. The foamy goodness died down shortly after a few drinks, preserving a lasting thin layer of suds for the remainder of the beer.
The bubbly froth you got with each sip, and its moderately medium body (for a double IPA), is what made the mouthfeel of this beer so creamy and smooth. The head on this IPA left slow, droopy cobwebs down the entire length of the glass.
Summer YuleSmith began with a floral taste, and a tinge of carbonation on the tongue, and quickly transitioned to a bitter citrus grapefruit finish. Where this IPA excelled was in its leveling between both flavor profiles, where neither character overpowered the other.
We don’t mean to make this IPA sound overly simplified — because it is most certainly not. Its refined balance was like a yin and yang of flora and citrus, suitable for summer, or any occasion for that matter…
“Yule” is an age-old term for Christmas, and this IPA is a perfect halfway marker to the winter holiday season.
Final Score: 4.5/5
Yulesmith Summer was a well-crafted balancing act between floral and citrus hop flavor. It was not overly hopped for a double IPA, which made for an easy drinking, creamy India Pale Ale with a well-cloaked ABV.