YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by dwilson01:
4.38/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
poured from a bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass, a dark tan to light brown faded brick color. A thick creamy off white light tan colored head, about 2 fingers worth which dissipates and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is piney and citrus hopping, smells much like an ipa to me, the scent is strong and has some power to it, I enjoy it thoroughly. not much maltiness in the scent but you can definitely discern it's presence from the thick look of the brew.
The flavor is as full and potent as the smell, it's bitter pine hops with some citrus which puts it in the ipa flavor profile. BUT at the same time the spices present impart the wintertime blend of a nice amber ale; lots of cinnamon bark, nutmeg, coriander, some vanilla bite in the alcohol presence. The malt backs all this up quite well with a toasty sweet nut profile to it, almonds and pine nuts, and as it warms in the glass the alcohol asserts itself a bit more as well as this maltiness which is not sweet, and I like it that way.
Mouthfeel is great, the malt is the part to do it and it does its job, you need a lot of it to back up the massive hop and spice blend and they do it very well without too much flavor imparted from it, keeps the taste focused on the elements they wanted to emphasize. I would guess lots of crystal malt, it imparts a nice crisp freshness to the brew, but the thick quality of the feel lets you know your drinking something solid.
Quite drinkable, although this is probably mood dependent, if you don't want a huge flavor impact on your palate then definitely don't even consider this brew. I think it would go great with a hot stew, it's too thick a brew to compliment chili or any thicker/creamier soups but a nice piping hot spicey vegetable stew would be great!
Serving type: bottle
05-16-2010 06:06:56 | More by dwilson01
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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.