YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by BlurryVisi0n:
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Served in a snifter glass. Vintage 22oz. bottle from 2011 holiday season, poured on 01/04/2013. Bottle labeled 8.5% ABV.
Appearance: A dark hazy amber, off-white head that is thick at first almost a finger's length but settles very quickly before taking a sip.
Smell: Let's put it this way, this brew has aroma, not smell. A strong caramelly feel of raw sugar, with a strong hops aroma to go with.
Taste: A caramelly pine feel that is very robust. Might be very bitter to some to me it's just right. I love the complexity of this beer, it is definitely not for beginners considering the extra hop to it. Not to mention how malty this brew is.
Mouth: Stickiness, i mean it sticks to you. Medium all the way, it feels almost like a lighter carbonation but I factor this bottle is just over a year old.
Overall: A beer that is almost if not an imperial IPA. Has every quality of it that makes this beer a true gem. Not only does it improve with every sip it becomes more addicting. I thank a very special person for this brew and you should be thanking yourself just for having it. Salud!
Serving type: bottle
01-04-2013 05:49:47 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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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.