YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by PhiloPsych:
4.83/5 rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
[2006 Winter] This is a very nice, high-quality beer. It tastes fairly similar to Arrogant Bastard; it's appearance is a little cloudier and more orange (less red) than Arrogant Bastard, though. It is malty, hoppy, a little nutty, and slightly spicy. The aroma is quite strong--stronger than the taste. The head was very thick and lasted forever. At 8.5%, one bottle (22 oz.) leaves you feeling perfectly buzzed without being really drunk. I will look forward to this every holiday season from now on. Enjoy it if you can find it.
Serving type: bottle
08-03-2011 19:44:42 | More by PhiloPsych
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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 646 ratings.