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YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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306 Reviews
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Reviews: 306
Hads: 758
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 80
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Photo of illidurit
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Winter release.

Poured into a snifter, this beer takes a dark auburn color with a fluffy, dense, off white head of 3 fingers. The retention and lacing are absolutely insane here, the glass is nearly covered with sheets and streaks of foam and the head maintains a half finger of height the whole way through. It looks like a beer that was left out during a tan snowstorm.

Aroma explodes out of the glass: plum, honeydew, caramel, earthy and floral hops, grapefruit, sap, spice, everything you can think of. Amazing and intriguing.

The taste here just reinforces the perfection of the aroma. Delicious caramel/brown sugar malt contends with an interesting floral hop flavor for dominance but this fight ends in a draw. The balance is impeccable; the sweet malt is never cloying and the hop presence is never too bitter. Each sip demands the next. Perfection.

Mouthfeel is exemplary. The carbonation and body are so perfect you don't even notice them. Everything is precisely engineered in such a way that it allows the flavor and aroma to shine through without distraction. Unbelievably smooth.

My only regret about this beer is that I didn't buy every one the store had. This is a beautiful beer. I could drink these until I collapsed. Bravo, AleSmith. (1,262 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle. Pours clear ruby amber with a huge fluffy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts with piney, fruity hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and some fruit with a lot of piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an amazing well balanced DIPA with sweet caramel malt, fruit and a ton of piney hops. (393 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Tawny orange color with a slightly below average size head which has decent retention and nice lacing.

S - Malt and some hops with citrus/grapefruit and pine scent.

T - Really nice balance of malt and hop. The base is a sweet caramel malt that is fairly rich. On top of that is a healthy dose of pine and grapefruit hops. Lots of Christmasy spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, etc.) Alcohol isn't overly present, but it does provide a warming effect.

M - Rich and creamy with a medium to full body. Fairly chewy as well.

D - Really drinkable. With the multitude of flavors, but without one being dominant, each sip brings a new taste. The body and creaminess also helps.

Notes: Really nice beer that definitely has a winter/Christmas feel to it, but would be wonderful anytime of the year. So many flavors that mix and mingle so well together. (859 characters)

Photo of SDtastentune
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice red and mahogany color, great cling lace that looks sticky. Head was smaller but I pour really slow.

S - Earthy pine/some fresh grapefruit like hops, little bit of orange back in there. Hops overpower it but there is some Munich/amber malts back in there too. Smells great!

T - Hops mainly, but backed by some great malty caramel. A darker tasting ipa, with that sorta red malt taste going on. Grapefruit, some pine, and some great aftertaste of bitter hops and dark caramel.

M - Great more on the dry side of things, but leaves you wanting more. Smaller carbonation bubbles but ample enough to be a little fizzy. Great aftertaste.

O - Overall this is a great style! Go Imperial Red IPA's! I am actually brewing one right now, so this was interesting. More a hop forward brew, but somehow it got balanced out with malts. Great sipper and would be great for the holidays. Will buy more. Bought fresh straight from the brewery! (938 characters)

Photo of PhiloPsych
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[2006 Winter] This is a very nice, high-quality beer. It tastes fairly similar to Arrogant Bastard; it's appearance is a little cloudier and more orange (less red) than Arrogant Bastard, though. It is malty, hoppy, a little nutty, and slightly spicy. The aroma is quite strong--stronger than the taste. The head was very thick and lasted forever. At 8.5%, one bottle (22 oz.) leaves you feeling perfectly buzzed without being really drunk. I will look forward to this every holiday season from now on. Enjoy it if you can find it. (530 characters)

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.81/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep red color with dense head. Nice mild hop aroma. Taste was fantastic. Smooth, malty, hoppy with a bit of sweetness. Heavyish mouth feel for a red. Enjoyed every drop of the 22oz bottle. (189 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yeasty orange-bronze with a beautiful roseate glow when backlit. AleSmith YuleSmith is a gorgeous tropical sunset of a beer. The orangish, pale caramel crown is thick, creamy and sticky in consistency. Amazingly intricate, filagreed lace decorates the glass like frost on a Christmas morning windowpane. Outstanding!

The aroma is superb. A supernova-like hop explosion greets even a passing sniff. Deeper inhales threaten to blow the top off my head with twin cannons named 'Mr. Hop' and 'Mr. Malt'. There's a perfect melding of caramel and candied grapefruit peel, with a modicum of passionfruit for good measure. These guys are more than alesmiths, they're alemagicians.

YuleSmith is bliss in a glass. To approximate the flavor, melt a hug slab of caramel... The rich, sweet, caramel-toffee backbone is mastadon-sized, with big, meaty ribs. Without all that malt running interference, this sucker would be a tongue-shredding hop bomb of the highest order. Each side of the malt-hop dyad continually ups the ante throughout each mouthful.

This AleSmith ale is the quintessential balanced DIPA. That is, malt is given at least as much attention and respect as hops. Only my undying love for unbalanced hop bombs keeps the flavor score from perfection. Each sip delivers a mouthfilling, controlled explosion of sweet, sticky, hop-flecked, syrupy, fruity, bitter, caramel-drizzled pleasure. How in the world can four simple ingredients result in such an amazing elixir?

I don't know if there are any adjectives left to describe what this beer feels like in the mouth. How about full, chewy, syrupy, sticky, velvety... perfect. Any less wouldn't be enough and any more would be too much. I hate to use the word 'sensuous', but it fits.

I respect those who adore subtlety. I respect those who appreciate the nuances that different strains of yeast can provide. I respect those who like funk and those who like complexity. I'm with them on all counts. But if I can open only one present on Christmas morning, make mine a YuleSmith.

Originally reviewed on 9-11-2007. (2,066 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(transfered on 3/20/10, originally reviewed on 4/9/07)

This is the winter release.

Before I go on, let me just say I thought their single IPA was great. I heard some people thought THAT was a DIPA, so I had to see how they strengthen that up. And here it is, one of the last bottles I found at Vendome, costing me $5.99 for a bomber. I can't wait for this moment, so let's get it on:

Dark orange in appearance, blended in with some red hues. The head is incredible and wouldn't stop rising; it was so thick I had to shovel some of it out of my glass. The smell is very hoppy, but the malt profile keeps it from being overpowering. Nice sweet citrus flavors arise too.

The taste is so awesome that I'm giving it its own paragraph. How much smoother can you make this beer? So this is the kind of brew that brings me to BA. Malts and hops are blendeed together perfectly, not one profile dominates the other. They go together like cookies and cream. A big dose of tropical fruit and hops makes the meat and potatoes of the beer. It's then chased by semi-sweet chocolate. Alcohol is faint and creates a third dimension of flavor: spicy. Sweet, bitter, and spicy. My tongue is in bliss! Feels very thick and syrupy.

Notes: I now know what my purpose for living in SoCal is, to drink YuleSmith Holiday Ale! Drink it with pride, and spread it with joy to friends. After all, the back label states, 'tis the season.

UPDATE: I popped another winter release as of July 1, and it still kicks ass! Anyway, supposedly the winter version is an Imperial Red style. But I don't care, I love this stuff.

Originally reviewed on: 04-09-2007 18:49:18 (1,639 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Xmas '05. Placed into the wrong category when summer and winter were split.

Dull orange topped by a dense, cream coloured head. The fine bubbles formed sheets that clung to the sides of the glass. Juicy grapefruit smell initially, followed by a warm pine resin aroma. There's some toasted character in there, but it's overshadowed by the hops. Great balance between big hop flavour and malt sweetness -- pine and orange/grapefruit on one side, malty sweetness and a bit of caramel and graham cracker on the other. Bitterness is controlled throughout and alcohol is just apparent at the finish. Medium to full bodied with very well integrated carbonation -- the fine bubbles create an exceptionally creamy texture. Slight warmth as well. At first, it seems like it'll end up syrupy and palate-coating, but ends up being surprisingly clean and balanced slightly towards dryness. Big hops, big malts, and great balance makes this a winner. (937 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From my notes of March 1, 2008 moved from the Yulesmith beer before it was split between Summer and Winter.

Another Alesmith brew to try. :^) This is the Winter 2007 version.

It pours a clear copper with a 2 finger head of billowy foam that grows in my glass but, happily, no over flow. Hey, it looks like a mini version of Devil's Tower. Fact is, the head retention has to be seen to be believed and there's no shortage of lacing.

The smell has notes of caramel malt, pine, fruit,...smells very holiday-ish.

The taste is yummy. Beautiful caramel malt hits my palate the same time as a very nicely done (not overly done)batch of piney hoppy goodness. Talk about a smooth but very tasty brew, this one epitamizes that and the alcohol is no where to be seen err...tasted.

Further sips in and I'm getting some citrus flavour that adds just a bit more bitterness but the overall flavours are still working in perfect harmony. It has a pretty fullish mouthfeel because of the perfect amount of carbonation and it finishes both sweet and bitter with the edge going to the malty sweetness. Man, the malt is working some magic here and *really* makes this brew stand out and the end result is a really outstanding DIPA that deserves nothing but praise. I love it!!

Bottom line: An exceptional DIPA that I hope every BA gets to try. Get it any way you can!! (1,356 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Thick looking one finger off-white head with good retention. Color is a deep burnt umber brown with very little carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a decent film with a thick ring. Splotchy film remains until the end and leaves some good lacing down the sides. Nice color as well.

SMELL: Decent strength nose of pale and toasted malt, biscuit, with hints of caramel and toffee notes. A good hop presence with hints of grapefruit, pine, and some sweet citrus fruits as well. Nice.

TASTE: Taste follows the nose very nicely. Pale and toasted malt again, caramel and toffee notes with the same hop profile; grapefruit and pine flavors. Some really nice spiciness at the end, clove, coriander, and tyme perhaps, as well as some spicy alcohol at the finish. A bitter ending to the story, leading into a long and bold aftertaste of bitter and spicy hops, and a sweet and malty biscuit finish. Just fantastic.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness on the palate. No bite at the end and the ABV is not noticeable. Good here.

OVERALL: An outstanding beer. I've only had a couple from Alesmith, but they've been very impressive to say the least. Like the bottle says, this really is deliciously malty and hoppy; a very drinkable and enjoyable balanced brew. One of the better beers I've ever had. Recommended. (1,488 characters)

Photo of caddybuyer
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gabor of Penn Station for this rare (at least here on the East Coast) nugget.

A-Bright veiled cherry copper pour with an AMAZING dark eggshell head. You could shave with this head, rocky, creamy, clumpy, lacy...and the coloring is exceptional.

S-Huge c-hop and malt presence here. Sugar coated pink grapefruit and rich caramel malts.

T-Delicious slighly resinous grapefruit c-hops begin the palate, and are quickly balanced by the creamy toffee and caramel malt backbone. Clean dry, slightly astringent finish. This packs a powerful hop and malt punch, and is remarkably well balanced. 9.5% ABV? You would never know.

M-Smooth, creamy, and a bit slick in the finish. Well balanced carbonation. Utterly superb.

D-Hands down, the best beer I have been introduced to in the past 6 months. I'm not sure what an "Imperial Amber" is. I'd call this a fine DIPA with an extra push in the malt department, but it in no way kills the hop fix that it delivers in spades.

While there is nothing particularly "Yule-like" about this, it certainly is one exceptional beer. I wish this were more widely distributed on the East Coast and I am tempted to rate this with 5's across the board.

A truly outstanding brew...I can't wait to try the summer version. (1,258 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

[Note: Just this week I bought a bottle of the summer edition for the first time, and discovered that this prior review - of the winter edition - had been entered in the wrong place in March of 2007. So I'm moving it now. ~ Kendo, 10/25/10.]

The 2006 Christmas Red & Green edition, poured from a bomber. . . .

A: Into a Duvel tulip it pours a clear dark orange/copper -- when backlit it looks more ruby-colored or mahogany -- with a BIG light tan head that settles like meringue. Tremendous head retention; it settles very slowly to a pillowy head that leaves good clumps and rings of lacing the whole way down the glass.

S: Very pleasant on the nose -- grapefruit and pineapple hops are the first impressions, but it's quickly clear that there's a solid malt backbone as well, with scents of caramel and even toffee present. As I sniff more deeply, I get hints of spicy spruce or pine as well.

T: Very balanced between the malt and hop juice. Sappy pine and grapefruit juice from the hops, sweet caramel from the malts. Finishes with a dry bitterness and an ever-so-slight alcohol warmth on the way down. As it warms the caramel malt sweetness becomes more prevalent; there's even a slightly nutty flavor to it.

M: Smooth is the word. So smooth, in fact, that it makes the body feel lighter than it really is. Juicy, sticky and even a tad bit oily at atimes, but not in a bad way.

D: For a DIPA the drinkability is over the top. The 8.8% ABV is completely masked in the taste and it's so smooth and balanced that it goes down remarkably easily.

Notes: This beer is VERY close to perfection. My personal preference would be for a tad bit more strength in the hoppy flavors, but that's just my personal preference for hops. I gave a friend a sip and she said "wow, that's a dessert" and that sums up my reluctance to give it a 5 in taste -- it was just a little bit sweeter than I like in my DIPAs. But "balance" really is the word to describe this beer -- balanced and smooth. Highly, highly recommended. (2,018 characters)

Photo of Gyle41386
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a 24 oz mug.

Pours a dark copper color with 3+ fingers of plush, rocky foam. Head retention is outstanding, and there's beautiful lacing stuck to the glass.

Bold citrusy hop aroma. Sweet and lightly fruity, with a touch of pine. Very nice.

Flavor is outstanding. Huge caramel malt balances the hops nicely. Pleasant ending bitterness. Despite its simplicity, there's still a pretty complex flavor...each flavor component shines equally and blends together perfectly.

YuleSmith's mouthfeel is perfect. If the body isn't full, it's damn close. Smooth, ridiculously easy drinker. ABV is never noticeable. Just a phenomenal beer. (655 characters)

Photo of sdderek
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:
Got this on cask from Blind Lady Ale House on Christmas Eve.

Such a lovely piney hops aroma that has me thinking about how perfect this is at Christmas. Also getting some caramel malts in the aroma. Overwhelming hoppy pine flavor that seems to be a perfect combination of hops and malt. Hints of nutmeg - is that just because it's Christmas Eve? Every sip has me wanting more! Highly recommended! (409 characters)

Photo of abuliarose
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It confuses me to no end that this beer has two entries. Looks like an amber/red ale, but smells like an imperial IPA...

Poured into a pint glass. Modest dense custard-colored head over red amber body with nice bubble action. Smells very fragrant and like floral hops with grapefruit (from across the table even), notes of fresh-cut pine sap. Very good smelling. Decent lacing.

Tastes fresh and sweet. Carbonation is nice: a little piercing at first, very filling, but gives way to a great malt profile and some serious fresh citrus character. Sort of like sweet grapefruit juice. Bitterness is not at all overwhelming, just enough to be present. More acidic than bitter, really, and that at the beginning where the carbonation is nucleating all over the tongue. Mouthfeel is also nice with a medium-bodied creaminess and slight chewiness. Highly, highly drinkable. Very well-balanced. If this is a red ale, it's my favorite. The finish is not too dry, but that makes it more thirst-quenching.

Good deal. I'd try this one again. (1,031 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured several times into a Duvel Tulip Style glass. The bottle is very festive looking for the Christmas Season being all green and red with holly on the sides. The bottle itself says the beer is 8.5% ABV, but BA and the AleSmith website both say 9.5%, not sure who has the misprint, maybe it just changed this year.

The beer comes out a dark apple cider brown, slight orange glow when held up to the light. There is an insanely big off white colored head. Crazy big lacing on this beer. There's about an entire sheet of lacing foam that clings to the glass. The beer is clearly unfiltered, various sized particles float throughout.

Smell is top notch, easily the best smelling Amber Ale I've ever sampled. Extremely well hopped, extremely well malted, and most of all extremely well balanced. The hops immediately jump out at you. I get primarily citrus flavors with some slight pine. There is a slight sweetness to it with a strange tickle and warmth to it as well. Nothing too complex, just big and well balanced.

It really takes several sips, almost a full glass to start to appreciate the flavor of this beer in my opinion. At first I thought it was good, but nothing special, until I let it warm up a bit and saw that it was more than just your average beer. The citrus and pine flavors from the hops are big and strong much like the smell. Even though it's a dominant feature, it never tastes too bitter. Much like the smell well balanced. The malts provide an excellent level of sweetness. Huge notes of caramel and butterscotch. Almost like a nectar/honey taste and an earthy hop finish at the end.

Complex mouthfeel, really as a lot going on. Overall I'd have to say full bodied. Rich, big, thick, and I'd even say a little chewy. It's got a bitter finish, could be a little more clean. Overall just really big. The drinkability is really good, a nice long sipper. Been nursing the bottle for about an hour and a half now. This is the 2nd time I've tried this beer and the first AleSmith beer I've had. Needless to say, I'll be back for more. (2,072 characters)

Photo of jdskinns
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy amber color with thin offwhite head. Smelled sweet and like dark fruits, plums and raisins. Tasted much like it smelled, dark fruits and sweet malts. Not a huge alcohol taste, but definitely present. This was an excellent beer. Did not have it fresh, but with a few months on it and it is still very enjoyable. A little syrupy as I get to the end of the bomber but nothing unpleasant going on. Very good and highly recommended. (452 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Mrbubbler!

Appearance. Pours a hazy burnt-orange with almost 2 fingers of pale orange head.

Smell. Sweet caramelt and thick, resinous hops. Lots of tropical fruits and citrus with some oily pine sap.

Taste. Big sweet malts (but not at all syrupy), Nice sweet citrus fruits and some bitter rinds in the finish, maybe a little wood too. This is pretty frickin' awesome tasting (...way better than the smell leads on).

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with just below medium carbonation. Slick and easy drinking.

Overall. I was all "Okay, old hoppy beer...". I know people say this ages nice, but man, this was amazing tasting. I fucking love it when a beer blows me away like this!! (688 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2008 release from my old notes before they seperated out winter and summer:

A - Clear, amber-brown color. Incredibly huge head with ridiculous retention. Big chunks of lace all over the glass.

S - Big piney hop aroma dominates the nose. Hints of juniper as well. Incredible aroma on this here beer.

T - Sweet and bitter all at the same time, straight out of the gate. Incredible mix of caramel, toffee, and big piney hops. Often times DIPA's are huge one one side of the hop/malt duo while only being adequate on the other, these guys managed to make it huge on both.

M/D - Full boided and incredibly oily. The hop resins coat your mouth and the sweetnes from the caramel provides the perfect balance to drink this one for a long time. (747 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012, hit shelves only a few days ago.

A - Rich ruby/amber red colored with a huge foamy white head that lasts. Very clear and no visible carbonation. What I imagine a red/amber ale should look like.

S - Simply amazing. It reeks of ultra fresh hops, very citrusy and slightly floral. Just a wonderful bouquet of aromas coming from this one even though it's mostly hop aromas. Fantastic.

T - The malts kick in a lot more in the flavor to take away from the hops, but in a good way. The hops are Earthy and mellow while the malt lends a rich caramel flavor, great balance. The bitterness is way up there but well hidden. Leaves a semi-sweet taste on the palate, very enjoyable.

M/O - Medium body that is very well carbonated. The aftertaste doesn't last long and is mostly alpha acid bittering and some malt, finishes semi-dry on the palate. Overall this beer is wonderful, one of the best amber/red ales IMO. If you can find it fresh, drink it and drink it often! The only gripe I have is that it comes out too early to be a "holiday" ale. (1,050 characters)

Photo of chumba526
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears brownish red with a light tan head.

It smells very grapefruit orange and lemon like. There is a nice herbal grassy earthy hoppy, and honey smell as well. There is a nice spice and pine like and floral smell as well.

It tastes initially of pine and grapefruit. There is a nice bit of a spice almost cinnamon like flavor as well. There is a mild bit of a caramel flavor as well. There is a pollen like flavor as well. The beer finishes with a subdued bitterness. Hops are strong in this beer but different flavors of hops are highlighted. There is a bitter, citrus, grassy and floral hop flavor. There is enough malt to balance the hop flavor though.

The carbonation is moderate and the mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy.

The drinkability is really good. The beer has a nice balance to it. It goes down smooth yet the flavors are interesting and complex.

Overall a great red ale one of the best red ales I have had. (934 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark amber color with a foamy beige head. The aroma is full of fresh hops. The taste is amazing with a bold yet not overpowering taste of hops and hidden citrus. It finishes with a lingering malt and dry hop after taste. A very well made double IPA. (262 characters)

Photo of popery
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Winter, 2008. Well, let's see what all the fuss is about. The beer looks great. It glows amber with hints of red-orange around the edges. This version is definitely a Double Amber Ale, and I'm not quite sure why BA doesn't split the Summer and Winter into separate entries but what's done is done. The head clings to the sides of the glass in great gobs. Even a sip of beer leaves enough lacing to make me a bit confused as to where I'm drinking from on the glass. The aroma could be a touch stronger, but I enjoy the subtlety and the depth of malt balancing out the enormous hops. The hops are more orange than grapefruit and slightly piney, as well. The flavor shows off the enormous amount of sweet, caramel malt used. It gets a perfect score more for balance than any particular incredible flavor. Alesmith manages subtlety in an enormously hoppy beer, which is quite a feat and deserves its recognition. Neither the hops nor the malt are the best in the world, however the balance and subtlety are striking with such enormous flavors. This beer is not what I expected. It is distinct in a world crowded by nearly indistinguishable enormously hopped San Diego-style hoppy beers. I dearly love many of these beers, but very few of them possess YuleSmith's subtlety. I'm thankful that I've had a chance to sample many big California DIPAs because, without that experience, I'm not sure that I would appreciate AleSmith's efforts. That said, experience is also a detriment; this beer would receive a perfect taste score if Russian River and Port didn't exist. The hops are excellent but could be slightly more complex. I lean towards the floral side of hops, like those in Pliny the Elder, over these citric-pine hops. I know little about the technical side of these beers, so I'm probably misstating things. On the other hand, YuleSmith has one of the best malt characters of a hop-bomb style beer that I've ever tried. It's a truly great beer and deserves the fuss, but living in California has made me enormously nit picky about hops. Ultimately, this is great, great beer and a must for all hop lovers. (2,107 characters)

Photo of davod23
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Happy holidays, everyone. Poured from the bottle into my Bruery tulip.

The beer pours a medium-bodied, deep orange honey color into the glass. A two-finger light khaki head develops and sticks around a while... in truth, it never completely disappears, and is easily roused with a swirl of the glass. Sticky lacing. Beautiful.

Smell is excellent. You can tell that this won't be a tongue-shredding hop bomb (though I love that kind of beer too). Sweet caramel and toffee play with a strong citrus and moderately floral hop component. Very nice.

Taste is similarly good. A bit of sweetness up-front, mostly caramel and toffee goodness. In the middle and finish, the hops make their presence known. Both sides are amped up pretty well, so it winds up being a very flavorful, yet balanced, brew.

Mouthfeel on this is as good as it gets. Syrupy, between medium- and full-bodied, sticky, with ample carbonation... this is just about perfect.

I could drink a lot of this. And I just might.

Another great beer from Alesmith. There's very little these guys don't do well. So glad to live in SoCal. (1,096 characters)

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YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.