I went to bevmo a few weeks back and picked up a couple of bottles of Alesmith's Yulesmith seasonal ale. The sign said that it was so popular that Alesmith bottled a batch in July. It was odd seeing the XMas bottle decorations in late summer. Anyway, I remembered being blown away by this beer last winter when I had it on tap, so i grabbed the bottles greedily. They did not disappoint.
Yulesmith is a double ipa w/ a fairly high alcohol content 8% or so. It is a big beer with a full compliment of extra hops and malt, comparable to a stone arrogant bastard, but as i taste it, a little less agressively malted. Its good to know that this is available more than once a year.
Other interesting finds on this trip:
Hebrew - Lenny Bruce RIPA
North Coast - Brother Thelonious Belgian style
Stone 10th anniversary IPA
ok, did some research; according to the alesmith website:
"During the summer, YuleSmith is transformed into a big, hoppy, Double IPA. The enormous load of hops requires a substantial malt background to create just the right balance for a Double IPA. Lighter in color, summer YuleSmith is available around the 4th of July and is packaged in a red, white, and blue bottle.
"For the winter season, YuleSmith is brewed as an Imperial Red Ale. This version is maltier, more balanced, and darker in color than the summer version. Although quite malty, big hop flavors and aromas are abundant making this an unforgettable winter warmer. Winter YuleSmith is packaged in traditional holiday red and green."