YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by AndyAvalanche:
4.58/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
22 oz. bottle poured several times into a Duvel Tulip Style glass. The bottle is very festive looking for the Christmas Season being all green and red with holly on the sides. The bottle itself says the beer is 8.5% ABV, but BA and the AleSmith website both say 9.5%, not sure who has the misprint, maybe it just changed this year.
The beer comes out a dark apple cider brown, slight orange glow when held up to the light. There is an insanely big off white colored head. Crazy big lacing on this beer. There's about an entire sheet of lacing foam that clings to the glass. The beer is clearly unfiltered, various sized particles float throughout.
Smell is top notch, easily the best smelling Amber Ale I've ever sampled. Extremely well hopped, extremely well malted, and most of all extremely well balanced. The hops immediately jump out at you. I get primarily citrus flavors with some slight pine. There is a slight sweetness to it with a strange tickle and warmth to it as well. Nothing too complex, just big and well balanced.
It really takes several sips, almost a full glass to start to appreciate the flavor of this beer in my opinion. At first I thought it was good, but nothing special, until I let it warm up a bit and saw that it was more than just your average beer. The citrus and pine flavors from the hops are big and strong much like the smell. Even though it's a dominant feature, it never tastes too bitter. Much like the smell well balanced. The malts provide an excellent level of sweetness. Huge notes of caramel and butterscotch. Almost like a nectar/honey taste and an earthy hop finish at the end.
Complex mouthfeel, really as a lot going on. Overall I'd have to say full bodied. Rich, big, thick, and I'd even say a little chewy. It's got a bitter finish, could be a little more clean. Overall just really big. The drinkability is really good, a nice long sipper. Been nursing the bottle for about an hour and a half now. This is the 2nd time I've tried this beer and the first AleSmith beer I've had. Needless to say, I'll be back for more.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2011 01:38:51 | More by AndyAvalanche
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4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22oz brown bomber purchased from Ales Unlimited in San Francisco.
Pours a pleasant clear amber hue, with a thick and frothy head of yellowish-white. This stays around for a while, eventually maintaining itself as a very fine film with islands of larger bubbles. Lacing is minimal but fine. The body certainly has some heft to it as well, looking very nice overall.
Smell is also good: pleasant bright hoppy characters encapsulated by a robust malt structure that seems to assert its dominance. The result is a pithy melange of the two: bright and fragrant, but deep, with sweet/savoury malt as well. The combination is almost spicy as a result. Nice stuff.
Taste is also good. Here the malt provides roundness and cushioning, but the hops provide the flavour, especially on the back, where they give a pleasant resiny bite. Slight almond characters develop from the malt notes when the hops become more dominant. Finish is long and smooth, which really helps mask the alcohol, which is genuinely fairly high. Feel is great. Languid and thick, but with a crispness from the hops.
Overall, this is genuinely cracking stuff, and I guess I'd expect no less from AleSmith. It's fragrant and bright, but with depth and gravitas. A really well-crafted beer.
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2014 00:07:26 | More by lacqueredmouse
YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.