YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
4.45/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Brent (Swimsum) brought this one up from Long Beach to share with Trevor (lynx1245) and I. Late fall/early winter 2008 edition.
Poured into a tulip.
Appearance: Pours out thick and oily (for the style anyway). A creamy tan head forms on top of a cloudy, red-clay body. Fantastic retention and very nice spotty lacing. "Yeasties" float about within the body.
Smell: Pine, metallic hops, handfuls of toasted grains, spice, and caramel.
Taste: Toasted grains, lots of oily hops, caramel, honey, toasted bread. Really wish this review would've been more in-depth, but I was pretty buzzed at the time. Very smooth.
Mouthfeel: Great carbonation produces a cool rolling effect across the palate. Creamy, oily, and medium-bodied. Delicious. Very smooth. Aftertaste is long lasting.
Drinkability: Awesome. What a gorgeous beer!
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2010 04:34:22 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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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.