YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheSarge:
3.88/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Happy 2010 Holidays!
This brew poured a bit displeasing in my opinion: produced very little dark tan head that dissipated in a second, and had too much haze (could be my fault for not following the directions on the bottle). Color wise it was a copper/caramel color.
Nuances of fragrance qualities are of pine, buttery toffee, and floral notes.
In the taste caramel upfront from a decent malt bill, and a lot of sprucy hops to kick the sweetness to the curb in the end.
Feel wise this brew is not carbonated much, has a very oily slick feel from beginning to the warming end.
I feel this brew has a lot of good qualities, but I just don't see much hype in this one.
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2010 03:43:06 | More by TheSarge
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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.