YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a glass from a 22oz bomber. This is an amber colored brew with a nice off white head.
First things first; nice hoppy aroma coming off of this one. Some sweet malt, caramel and alcohol in the nose but the hops really dominate the aroma. This is not the case at all with the taste profile. This is an amazingly balanced beer with a really terrific mouthfeel. There’s just the perfect amount of sweetness to the beer. The alcoholic bitterness hits mid-palate and quickly subsides. I found this to be a surprisingly tame beer given the high ABV but I really enjoyed it. It goes down smooth, nice and easy but it's definitely got some real substance to it. I'm really digging it.
A perfect warmer for the harsh unforgiving winter weather of Southern California.
Serving type: bottle
10-31-2013 02:10:30 | More by CA_brewster
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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 645 ratings.