YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
11-29-2011 22:10:04 | More by jvillefan
4.47/5 rDev +9%
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.
11-23-2011 22:51:22 | More by jmarsh123
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
Thanks to ADZA for this bottle in a trade. Bomber poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.
Has a brown-amber appearance with the odd bit of red shining through. Hazy, muddy, but the head is creamy and enticing and laces ok.
Smell is of fruity citrus and piney hops, some caramel as well. Plenty there, especially for a beer that i'm guessing is heading towards 12 months old.
Taste has plenty of hops in the mix, lots of citrus that blends in well with the solid malt backbone in this one. Some caramel as well comes through to work well with the hop flavour.
Mouthfeel is creamy to start with and then the hops take over adding bitterness with increasing levels as you swallow. The high ABV is very well hidden while sipping though mid-way through you get a bit of a buzz and realise that this is no low-ABV beer.
Nice amber ale, plenty of hops, that's for sure. Easy to drink, consistent and no scrimping on ingredients.
11-20-2011 10:36:23 | More by MrKennedy
4.45/5 rDev +8.5%
I missed out on the summer version of Yulesmith due to some procrastination on my part, so I was happy to see the winter version hitting the shelves. This beer is so good...
A: deep amber red, like Eucalyptus sap with dense off-white head.
S: Rich bready malts, tangerine, grapefruit, cherry, watermelon rind.
T: Great grain profile, rich malts with a tough of tangy sourdough, lots of hops citrus, with a very slight powdered aspirin and alcohol bitterness in the finish.
M: A lot like a cask-conditioned ale, fine carbonation, lush thickness that's not oily. The mouthfeel on Alesmith beers sets them apart from so many other breweries, this one is perfect.
Just a great beer. I thought I liked the summer version better, but this is certainly giving it a run for it's money. The beefier malt presence makes this the perfect beer for cold winter nights.
Get it while you can!
11-19-2011 04:12:22 | More by loving44
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
On tap at Ritual Tavern, 11/11/11.
A-Pours a clear amber with reddish hues and great lacing.
S-Malty with some nice bold citrus notes.
T-Caramel malt sweetness, earthy and citrus hops. Delicious.
M-Medium bodied, a bit slick.
O-A tasty beverage. What a treat to get this one fresh on draft.
11-18-2011 20:20:58 | More by sholland119
YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.