YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by sweetbrew82:
4.38/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
22 oz. bottle into a tulip; Winter version reviewed December 25th, 2008
P: Pours deep copper from the bottle, and looks to be a deep amber color with a deep burgundy tint in the glass. Tall, healthy tan head is thick and rocky with the bubbles tightly packed together. Showed good retention, settling to form a halo on top and left rings of lace while doing so.
A: Freshly toasted biscuity malts, citrusy and piney hops, yeast, and some caramel. Deliciously appetizing aroma!
T: Clean, toasted malts and caramel start things out on the sweet side. But, hop heads rejoice, here comes a cavalry of our citrus and pine-flavored buddies soon afterward to put things on an even keel. The awesome balance that is achieved as a result is magnificent! There is a bit of a spicy kick on the back end. The finish is dry and leaves my whole mouth tingling from the barrage of flavors, while the sneaky alcohol warms the chest on the way down. The best Imperial Red I've had yet!
M: Medium-full bodied, smooth, slightly sticky, and carbonated to perfection.
D: Hell yeah! Perfect beer to snuggle up with on Christmas night.
Notes: Tremendously well balanced DIPA that hits all the right notes for me. Great holiday beer to enjoy while basking in the glory of such a magical season. Damn, I love the holidays...and Alesmith! Highly recommended
Serving type: bottle
09-07-2009 22:39:38 | More by sweetbrew82
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4.49/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Look: Pours with large, creamy top, big bubbles, off-white (light brown/mocha hue) head. Good, sticky, slow retention, leaves a thick, creamy top layer, good amount of lacing. Clear, dark, brown, bloody amber. Looks good.
Smell: Fruity, mostly citrus (dissected parts of grapefruit and tangerine) and pine. Caramel, toast, pale malt sweetness - godly combination with fruity hops, makes it a very juicy fresh. Also some floral and sea algae notes.
Taste: Dissected citrus (from the zest to the body of grapefruits and tangerines) go into lovely, smooth, medium sweet caramel, biscuit malt backbone (with very light toast, roast, burned sugar). Ends with clear medium bitterness, mostly grapefruit, zest and some pine. Also some malt backbone sweetness comes back into play at the end. The bitterness stays for a while in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, good smooth carbonation, very drinkable. Leaves a dry finish. Alcohol is nowhere to detect.
Overall: It's the balanced play with strong malty backbone and fruity hops that does it - brings out the fresh succulent flavor and feeling. Not too complex, but rich enough to enjoy throughout. Well done.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 21:51:11 | More by tmzl
YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.