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YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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660 Ratings
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Ratings: 660
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 77
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2009)
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

alamode, Dec 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

bkny27, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

jophish17, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. 2011 edition. Served in a tulip at 45 degrees.

Pours a clear copper red. Big two finger head of yellow foam. Sticks around a long time and leaves a lot of chunky lacing. Bottom of the bottle reveals some yeast and clouds things up.

Smells very balanced with an equal amount of malt and hops coming through the aroma. Malt has a bready quality, and hops are orangey citrus and pine. There is a touch of a vinous quality and a definite presence of spicy alcohol.

Flavor really reflects the nose. Very balanced, with a big rich flavor that doesn't tilt towards overly sweet malt or super citrusy hops. There is significant, and nice bitterness in the finish however, and alcohol emerges a bit but doesn't ruin the flavor.

Body is medium-low and slick with medium but spritzy carbonation. Goes down dangerously easy for this big of an ABV.

No real gimmicks here for a Holiday ale, just a very well crafted and big amber ale.

brotherloco, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

kenzak, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

imyourhero21, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of grover37
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Vintage Estate for $9.99 poured into a New Belgium snifter.

Appearance (4.5): A clear-ish dark red or light brown with bright orange around the edges. Pours with a finger of cream colored head which reduces to a medium thick layer which persists until the end. A wide swath of lacing at the top with specks all around the rest of the glass.

Aroma (4): Resinous, sticky caramel mixed with fresh pine and tangerine and grapefruit citrus notes. A touch of toasty, bready malt and a bit of ethanol. Nearly perfect if not for the sweet booziness.

Taste (4.5): Orange and grapefruit up front with the caramel and breadiness. A touch of sweetness in the middle and even more so in the finish. Strong caramel and toffee throughout that lingers in the finish. Pine also sticks around. Great finish to the beer.

Mouthfeel (5): Fairly smooth and very creamy. Medium side of full bodied and medium carbonation. Slightly coating and sticky. Very enjoyable.

Overall (4.5): I was not let down by this one. Perfectly hoppy with a great caramel backbone. I will seek this one out again.

grover37, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

drewone, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

pperez38, Dec 01, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark ruby-amber with a finger of eggshell head. Big aroma of grapefruit and sticky caramel with some sharp pine and a hint of dark fruit.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Huge grapefruit and biscuity caramel up front with dark fruit, earthy spice, and a good dose of pine on the finish.

Very balanced and tasty. Big malt, big hops, and a good dose of booze that stays pretty well hidden.

grittybrews, Nov 30, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is a deep amber with a think white head when poured into a tulip glass.

S: The smell is an aroma that is very malty and has a lot of caramel to it. In the background, once you get past the malt and caramel there is hops and citrus.

T: The taste is very good. Very sweet with malt and caramel. There is a sharp finish from some spices, hops, and citrus. The high alcohol is hidden well by the complexity of this beer. This is the perfect beer to have on Christmas.

M: Very think and creamy with a perfect carbonation level.

O: One of the better red ales I have ever had AleSmith did an amazing job. I definitely recommend this beer.

jvillefan, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

tbeq00, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

Manoftyr, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to PatrickSullivan for the nice extra!

Pours a deep copper with a massive tan head that leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

Aroma is sweet caramel malt with a little bit of citrus hop character.

Taste is fairly complex. Just a bit of citrus and lots of earthy hops. Good caramel presence with a little bit of a spicy tangy kick. Malt shines through, but still a good hop presence for a hophead like myself. Barely any hint of booze and hidden very well for an almost 10% beer. I'd definitely drink this by the fireside during Christmas.

Mouthfeel is good and creamy without ever approaching cloying and carb levels are good.

Incredibly good beer. Hoppy reds are my favorite and this one is only beat by a handful of others I've had before. I liked it better than the Summer edition.

jmarsh123, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

beerman999999, Nov 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

touchmeimsac, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

IpeeA, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

sponch51, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

rbrefbeerman, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

corby112, Nov 21, 2011
YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 660 ratings.