YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by micromaniac129:
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Drink this on Christmas eve and was the perfect beer.
The beer has a nice ruby copper amber color with a beige white head on top. Tall and dense and long lasting leaving a glass coated with lacing. Decent carbonation also.
Wonderfully intense aromatics. Thick and oily hops are heaven with a bold malt base in which to carry the hoppy load.
Taste is equally rich and satisfying with a big hop presence and a sweet malty bill. As hoppy as it is I'm having a rather difficult time sorting out just what kind of hop I'm tasting.
Drinks smooth with a bitterness thats not overpowering.
Drink's easy even with an almost 10 ABV.
I'll definitly will not hesitate for the summer version.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2012 16:51:07 | More by micromaniac129
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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.