YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheStove:
4.1/5 rDev 0%
Picked this up on sale from a liquor store awhile back. Was in a cooler boozy so I figured it would hold. Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass.
Has an awesome deep ruby brown red color. Looks hazy up to the light. Foam is faint and leaves quickly though lacing remains on glass.
Intense malt nose with a slight bit of booze and some maple syrup aromas. This smells like it might have the body of a proper winter warmer though the lack of spices lead me to guess otherwise. Some very light dark fruit flavors come through.
We've got a live one here. Insanely complex with tons of malty goodness that fluctuates anywhere from sweet to slight bitter chocolate to maple and molasses flavors again. Maybe it's the booze but i think it tastes barrel aged. Finishes with a pleasant mix of slight hop tang mixing with some enjoyable hop bitterness. A dryness lingers on the tongue between sips.
Found the mouthfeel interesting. It can get a bit soupy and even a bit like syrupy but the lingering hope dryness brings this one back to being good.
As a Red/Amber ale this one shines but I can see this one being tough to have a lot of. Works well as a winter warmer as it's a nice big meal of a beer that makes you not mind being holed up in a warm house on a cold night.
08-27-2011 08:20:08 | More by TheStove
More User Reviews:
4.28/5 rDev +4.4%
In a pint glass this beer was a hazy red/brown color with a medium-sized tan head. It had a fruity aroma, as well as some biscuit. Cherry/dark fruit taste, bread, and a bunch of hops. Nice balance, sweet up front and hops bitterness at the end. Great beer.
04-05-2010 01:56:03 | More by lordofthewiens
4.85/5 rDev +18.3%
22 oz bottle. Pours clear ruby amber with a huge fluffy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet caramel malts with piney, fruity hops.
The flavor is sweet caramel malts and some fruit with a lot of piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, an amazing well balanced DIPA with sweet caramel malt, fruit and a ton of piney hops.
01-22-2014 06:08:03 | More by Beaver13
3.98/5 rDev -2.9%
A very interesting balance of malt and hop flavor. Usually, a beer has one or the other, but the Winter Yulesmith has both. Orange/Red/Brown color is interesting. Awesome mouthfeel. Hoppy and dry aftertaste. Spicy aroma.
I would recommend this beer to beer enthusiasts that have never drank it before. But if you're thinking about getting it for someone else, ask if they have already had it. You'd be better off spending your money on a Founder's six-pack, but it's worth a shot.
12-09-2010 23:35:26 | More by stevegerl
3.4/5 rDev -17.1%
Appearance: one inch head, medium/high carbonation, hazy, amber in color
Smell: caramel and floral hops
Taste: floral hops and sweet caramel malt--some toffee on the finish-and alcohol
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium/light carbonation, nice mix of bitter and sweet
Drinkability: An above average amber where the alcohol hits hard. This is the first AleSmith offering that has not totally blown me away however. Not a bad beer, just one that I am not likely to pick up again.
04-02-2010 14:02:26 | More by tigg924
4/5 rDev -2.4%
Thanks to kaiser81 for sending this bottle to me.
The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is strong orange and citrus with some caramel malts. The flavor is bitter orange peel with a nice caramel malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
03-25-2010 02:55:11 | More by Mora2000
3.9/5 rDev -4.9%
San Marcos, CA
A deep orange and amber with a huge, growing, stiff, persistent off-white head. One of the larger heads I've seen on a beer. There's also large chunks of sediment floating throughout the beer.
Relatively sweet aroma with some piney hop elements as well. Brown sugar sweetness and caramel mixed with the pine make for an above average aroma.
A tasty, relatively bitter amber ale. Lots of pine flavors from the hops as well as some candied, burnt sugar sweetness. Pleasant.
Medium to thick mouthfeel. Feels right.
A tasty, somewhat bitter and piney amber ale. A wonderful holiday treat.
07-07-2011 01:34:37 | More by ehammond1
4.24/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 10/07/13.
Appearance: Pours a deep and somewhat hazy amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing clinging to the glass.
Smell: An earthy and fairly hoppy red aroma with a big caramel malt balance. Upfront earthy, floral, and herbal hops with hints of wet grass and spicy pine resin. Subtle citrus hop hints of orange peel, lemon, and grapefruit. Big balance of toasty bready malts with hints of sweet caramel, biscuit, grains, toast, toffee, yeast, and subtle roast. Also some sweet hints of brown sugar. A pretty solid and balanced red ale aroma.
Taste: Like the aroma hints, a big and balanced taste of earthy hops and sweet caramel malt. Upfront taste of earthy hops with notes of wet grass. Floral notes and spicy herbal notes of pine resin. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, and lemon. Solid balancing presence of bready malts with notes of sweet caramel, biscuit, toasted bread, toffee, yeast, and a little roast. Sweet taste of brown sugar as well. A well balanced and good imperial red taste.
Mouthfeel: Body is on the fuller side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Very chewy and oily. A little booze heat is felt but it still goes down fairly smooth.
Overall: A very solid imperial Red Ale. Big oily mix of earthy hops with a big sweet malt presence.
12-25-2013 07:43:11 | More by MattyG85
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
22 oz bottle of Yule Smith "Winter Holiday Ale", 8.5% ABV, believed to be 2012 vintage served in a pint glass.
Pours a deep, dark reddish brown color, clear, with a large, frothy, creamy and durable head.
Very hoppy aroma, with some pine. Hoppy flavor too, but with a load of rich malts nearly counterbalancing the hops bitterness and adding a rich, sweet roasted grain flavor.
M: Full bodied, with ample and soft carbonation.
O: this exceptional beer may be as good as Imperial Reds get.
05-27-2013 04:26:04 | More by chinchill
4.18/5 rDev +2%
22oz bottle split and poured into a tulip.
A: Pours an opaque ruby with a full 2 finger head. Can see a good amount of carbonation when you hold it up to the light. Head sticks around for quite a while and leaves a solid lacing.
S: Has a fruity hop aroma, loads of grapefruit and citrus. A sweet malt backing and a hint of booze.
T: Much maltier than I anticipated, but certainly not in a bad way. Hops balance it out nicely and linger in the aftertaste. Malts come through as a sweet and carmel
M: Fairly full bodied with ample carbonation. Isn't too sticky instead rather clean. Is certainly a warming brew.
Overall certainly a beer that would be great paired with a meal. Has the malt and body to combine with meats and cheeses but also a pleasant hop that makes it very drinkable.
12-18-2012 03:31:52 | More by CloudStrife
4.72/5 rDev +15.1%
Thanks to Gabor of Penn Station for this rare (at least here on the East Coast) nugget.
A-Bright veiled cherry copper pour with an AMAZING dark eggshell head. You could shave with this head, rocky, creamy, clumpy, lacy...and the coloring is exceptional.
S-Huge c-hop and malt presence here. Sugar coated pink grapefruit and rich caramel malts.
T-Delicious slighly resinous grapefruit c-hops begin the palate, and are quickly balanced by the creamy toffee and caramel malt backbone. Clean dry, slightly astringent finish. This packs a powerful hop and malt punch, and is remarkably well balanced. 9.5% ABV? You would never know.
M-Smooth, creamy, and a bit slick in the finish. Well balanced carbonation. Utterly superb.
D-Hands down, the best beer I have been introduced to in the past 6 months. I'm not sure what an "Imperial Amber" is. I'd call this a fine DIPA with an extra push in the malt department, but it in no way kills the hop fix that it delivers in spades.
While there is nothing particularly "Yule-like" about this, it certainly is one exceptional beer. I wish this were more widely distributed on the East Coast and I am tempted to rate this with 5's across the board.
A truly outstanding brew...I can't wait to try the summer version.
01-27-2011 01:30:02 | More by caddybuyer
YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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