JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2005 Cloudy and the color of cider, and it really does have a thick head. Big citrus aroma. Warm, creamy feel, with a citrus taste. I really like this beer. It’s a good reason to look forward to the Yule season. Hoppyholidays, Thanks Herbjones!
lowner (19) - astoria, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2003 2003: Version
Just got a case from Alesmith (Thanks Bill!!!). Very different than last year. While this version is a lot more maltier than last years it still has the creamy, smooth (ESB style yeast, small bubbles, nice hop flavor and aroma(!!!). While I found last years to be unlike any double IPA I've ever had this years version is closer to its competitors.........but better. A top, top beer. Plus it was the closest I've ever tasted a bottled beer to taste like a PERFECTLY drawn real ale!!!!
This is a very unique beer. It has the definite qualities of Alesmith that I adore: unbelievably smooth, very creamy, very quaffable. The Hops are very tastefully done. They're are a lot of hops but they are recessed almost enough to hide them. The malt is difficult to taste. This is not like a Rogue I2PA or Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA where the malt is sweet with hops ta boot. This beer almost seems to be trying to hide that it is a double IPA and when you combine the fact that it is creamy, smooth, and quaffable it makes it the session beer of Double IPA's.
Crit (3228) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2009 Light brown,lasting off white head.Piney nose. Light smooth malt foretaste finishing with huge hops.
BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This was one damn fine brew, I was throughly impressed it is a true west coast treat. I enjoyed the cascade hoppy floralness and it finished smooth and crisp. Excellent.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This one had hops out of its mind. A great beer. There was a good citrus element as well as a good sense of the christmas spirtit with the pine flavor. The coolest thing about this beer is that I was actually at the alesmith brewery talking with Peter as he showed us the big tank in which this very brew was turning itself into the great product it is today. Can you really beat that?
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2003 2001 edition: Didn't expect to find this one today...dark orange glow...speckled off-white head...aroma was Insane!..creamy hop buds surrounded in a fruity display of grapefruits and cherries sitting in liquid carmel...flavor was grapefruit rinds surrounded by cherry ice cream, carmel maltiness always present but slightly off-balanced by the hops...alcohol well hidden but not invisible...gets better as it warms...
Re-rate 8/5/2002 edition draught: This stuff glows and is pure hop juice, it was amazing Re-Rate Bottled 2002 : There something so creamy about this IPA in the bottle that it surpasses its san diego cousins..
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ok, I swear, taking a sniff of this beer is about as close as you can get to snorting a fresh bag of hops, which I’ve done quite a few times, so I can relate. It pours a solid golden orange, although a bit murky and cloudy. The lacy solid white head is quite wonderful, etching stained glass mystical patterns in my glass. This is a very big, yet balanced, West coast style IPA. However, the smoothness of the taste is very impressive. It’s almost as if the sweetness of the malt hangs just long enough in the mouth to dance final twirl with the hoppy bitterness toward the end. A big fine IPA, and a wonderful holiday brew. Beware though, it packs a wicked alcohol punch that takes you by surprise, so go easy, sip gently, and enjoy the Yule. [2002, on tap]
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 29, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Re-rate 11/24.On Tap 2002. Had to kick it up a couple cuz this is just friggin hop nirvana.Huge pine aroma. Murky orange pour with a big tan head. Flavor was piney with big citrusy notes all with with a very resiny mouthfeel. This is pure hop juice at its finest.Try it you wont regret it.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Im growing weary of having ratebeer reject my numerous attempts to post AleSmith YuleSmiths 2002 version as a new beer so im just going to give up and conform, even though this is a double IPA and an 8.8% ABV, not an 8.5..but why would ratebeer listen to me? Anyhow, there’s nothing like a beer tasting straight from the source at AleSmith’s unveiling of their YuleSmith on Friday. This was another impressive brew from another great brewery. The aroma was wild with hops and citrus with a milky white head that danced circles around our glasses. The taste was mildly hoppy, but much smoother than many double IPA’s. The taste was very bitter with extra citrusy goodness...had a good bite to it.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 Batch-Great piney aroma, lots of hop punch. fairly sturdy tan colored head lasted right to the bottom of the pint. nice thick body, farely resiny. lots of pine hop flavors, a touch of citrus here and there. good caramel malt base in the middle of the tongue. lots of wonderful hoppy bitterness. definitely a great brew.