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YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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YuleSmith (Winter)YuleSmith (Winter)

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657 Ratings
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Ratings: 657
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 78
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2009)
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LuauLarry, Jun 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

jim_carignan, May 29, 2014
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Latarnik, May 29, 2014
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robear, May 24, 2014
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Zachtheporter, May 07, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

lacqueredmouse, May 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

zestar, May 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

terpinsd, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

mpenning13, Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

DeanMoriarty, Apr 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

user785335, Apr 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

afsdan, Apr 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

jdkitchi, Apr 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

SkinniePost, Mar 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Hoggo, Mar 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

ramrod666, Mar 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

vma, Mar 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

King_KongDCO93, Mar 11, 2014
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4.49/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

tmzl, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

threedaggers, Mar 07, 2014
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YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 657 ratings.