YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +22%
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.
11-12-2009 11:54:23 | More by illidurit
4.88/5 rDev +19%
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.
02-17-2010 00:03:46 | More by FreshHawk
YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.