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YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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YuleSmith (Winter)YuleSmith (Winter)

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

654 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 77
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2009)
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Reviews by Thehuntmaster:
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.54/5  rDev +10.7%

650ml bottle 8.5% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a wine glass and a snifter.
Bottled on 01/26/2013

Drunk on Christmas 2013 and reviewd from notes.

Appearance: The beer pours a beautiful crystal clear amber/red, with a rough pour yielding a large beige coloured head. The head lasts fantastically well and coats the glass in thick rings of lacing as it slowly recedes.

Smell: The initial nose is fantastic, offering a ton of citric and piney hops swimming in a river of sweet caramel malt. Closer inspection yields notes of: sweet orange, grapefruit, some pith, caramel, honey, an odd note of vanilla, toffee and light pine resin. As the beer warms, pineapple and a touch of granadilla become apparent. Even at room temperature, there is not trace of alcohol.

Taste: The flavour is quite a lot more bitter and hop than I expected - there must be an absolute mountain of hops in here to dominate the massive malt body like this!
Orange, grapefruit pith and a little pine dominate the flavour, but the sweet caramel malt base is still present and does a great job in balancing the massive hop character. As the beer warms the flavour becomes somewhat sweeter with more caramel/toffee maltiness and some tropical fruit hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a little high for my liking at a high level, but it is not overly obtrusive. The body is medium-full and offers a light stickiness.

Overall: YuleSmith Winter is a fantastic beer, with a perfect balance between the malt and hops. There is absolutely no trace of alcohol, making this one dangerous drink for a hot South African Christmas!

12-29-2013 20:05:25 | More by Thehuntmaster
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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.

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The aroma is sweet caramel malts with piney, fruity hops.

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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

11-24-2013 16:57:08 | More by SuperbikeShaun
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tigg924

Massachusetts

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.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Thanks to kaiser81 for sending this bottle to me.

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MattyG85

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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.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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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.

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O: this exceptional beer may be as good as Imperial Reds get.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.18/5  rDev +2%

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S: Has a fruity hop aroma, loads of grapefruit and citrus. A sweet malt backing and a hint of booze.

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Thanks to Gabor of Penn Station for this rare (at least here on the East Coast) nugget.

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YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.