YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by hoptrip619:
4.43/5 rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
My love affair with YuleSmith began on a brisk December night in 2004. My then roommate bought it for me as a gift because he was intrigued by the promise of holiday cheer in a bottle.
A- Poured into a Duff pint glass, this beer has a brownish/auburn color with a fluffy/sticky 1.5" head.
S- This beer has an excellent aroma of sweet caramelized malts with an assertive resinous and zesty hop aroma.
T- The full and complex flavor of YuleSmith makes one forget about not getting what they wanted from Santa. After a few sips, the firm pine and grapefruit-like hop flavors mingle nicely with the caramelized malts and fruity esters; making a sack of coal and a bag of sticks look like the gift of the decade.
M/D - With a full body and warming finish, YuleSmith is the ideal accompaniment to any and all family gatherings. This festival ale will provide balance and peace of mind to the most unsavory situations.
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2009 17:55:24 | More by hoptrip619
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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 642 ratings.