YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by beagle75:
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.
A: Hazy, reddish medium amber color with a thin, patchy residue of cinnamon-tinted foam. Light lacing remains on the glass.
S: Intense, juicy orange and grapefruit citrus backed up by sugary candy, pine foliage, and a touch of fruity esters. These combine to be suggestive of plasticky resin at times--making the smell slightly less appealing than it otherwise would have been. No alcohol is detected in the smell.
T: Begins off-dry and acidic, with toffee and citrusy hop aromatics up front. These flavors give way to toast as dryness builds in the middle. Rising bitterness becomes robust by the finish, while retaining some grapefruit aromatics. No alcohol is detected in the taste.
M: Medium viscosity, resinous and sticky yet remaining fluid on the palate, with low carbonation. The sensory qualities found here really bring something noteworthy and succeed in elevating this beer.
D: Considering this is an Alesmith seasonal, it should be this good. It is a fine example of style--more nuanced than Oskar Blues' Gordon and very much the imperial successor to Green Flash's Hop Head Red. That said, its potency is high even if not really detectable, limiting enjoyment somewhat.
Serving type: bottle
12-01-2010 05:38:56 | More by beagle75
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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.