YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by philbe311:
4/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - A fingers worth of tightly packed creamy khaki colored head that has some large chunky bubbles mixed in... Modest retention gives way to a similar type lacing... Much darker than expected, a reddish copper color... Some very sluggish carbonation bubbles can be seen climbing along the sides of the snifter...
S - A subdued but inviting hop presence... Mostly piney with a touch of citrus... Orange zest... Loaded with warm inviting bready malts... Perhaps some bubblegum... Also present is a vague spice component...
T - Very true to the nose... Overflowing with warm bready malts... The hops are a close second and take on a mix that is mostly piney with some touches of citrus... Some very subtle nuanced touches of caramel, toffee, and candied sugars... A bit of spice on the finish...
M - Medium bodied... A touch of stickiness... Moderate carbonation... Sleek... Consistent... It may sound odd, but this one is both a little delicate and a little dense, both at the same time...
D - A very solid American Amber / Red Ale and a nice departure from the typical winter / Christmas seasonal... I had no problem putting a bottle down by myself and would gladly partake in on occasion is this were a year round offering... Another fine job by the fine folks at Alesmith...
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2010 03:41:39 | More by philbe311
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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.