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YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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YuleSmith (Winter)YuleSmith (Winter)

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Ratings: 711
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 83
Gots: 57 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of zaphodchak
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fluffy tan head, about one finger. Reddish brown body.

Nose is sticky hop-malt coalescence, basically an American Barleywine.

Taste follows the nose, the finish is grassy, piney (resiny?) hops. Large amount of malt to balance, but ultimately this is hoppy. Not too rough, but not exactly balanced.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard.

Decent beer, but it drinks like an American Barleywine, not an amber/red.

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloud copper, with a big fluffy light tan head that leaves a ton of lacing.

The beer gives off an aroma of caramel malt, plenty of piney hops, and a hint of booze. Just about right for a big hoppy imperial red.

Taste follows the aroma closely, lots of malt and hop. Very pleasing.

Texture is good, only a light sting on the front of the tongue, but otherwise, it drinks rather well.

Been looking at this for awhile, though it's 3 months past Yule, the hops don't disappoint, and with the malt, a good balance is made.


Photo of tenacioustomato
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a coppery color with a half inch tan head that recedes fairly quickly
S: smells caramelly sweet with some piney and slightly citrusy hop aroma
T: malty and caramel flavor up front with plenty of pine flavor and some spice. piney on the swallow with some redsidual caramel sweetness
M: smooth and full in the mouth with solid carbonation
O: A solid beer. it tastes kind of familiar but in a good way.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle sampled in late 2011. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a deep, somewhat murky red brown amber. Thin off-white head leaves a little lacing. Aroma is herbal hops, caramel malt, some citrus. Flavor follows, with citrus and piney hops, sweet and caramel malt. Alcohol is quite noticeable. The hops are somewhat muted, perhaps because this is six month old bottle. Medium to heavy bodied and creamy. Nicely made, but the hops seem tired and aged. Worth checking a newer bottle.

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large, slowly settling head. Very lumpy. Deep amber color and very clear. Chunky lace on the glass.

Interesting blend of crystal malt and bittering hops to the nose. I note a touch of sweet chocolate in the background.

Strong malt flavor upfront--lots of crystal. Is there such a thing as semi-sweet caramel? That's what the initial taste is to me: little sweetness, but still some buttery flavors. The swallow features the hop, lightly bitter. There is a unique balance of caramel and pepper in the aftertaste. The body is rich and slightly oily from the high alcohol content.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of John11486
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Beezee
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Thanks to BeerSociety for the trade. Served in my old faithful snifter. Bottle indicates this is the 2010 holiday edition. 

Pours cloudy ruby tinged brown. A heavy pour produces a quickly receding dark manilla head, then vigorous swirls produce a thin layer of bubbles. No lacing to speak of either, but an occasional bubble or two clings to the side of the glass. 

A delightfully fruity hop nose. Mango-like citrus, pine & strawberries (strange, I know but it was there). 

Despite being over a year old there is still a great hop bite. Bitter piney and citris hops. An almost pineapple and berry flavor. Fairly dry finish but it still has a moderatly drawn out bitter hop aftertaste. 

Medium thick body. Faint carbonation. Pleasantly sticky. 

I was initially dissappointed to see that I'd traded for the 2010 version but this turned out to be mighty nice indeed. Smooth and highly drinkable. The 8.5% abv is only barely noticable. I'd planned to drink half tonight & finish tomorrow but it was too good to stop drinking! If it's this good 14 months old, I'm sure the hop character in a fresh bottle would be absolutely phenominal. This is my second experience with Alesmith (the other being Speedway Stout) and I am thouroughly impressed. This comes highly reccomended & I hope to get my hands on more Alesmith brews in the future. Anyone out there want to send some to Georgia?..

Photo of mcallister
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of tjkinate
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely loved this beer!

A: Large 2+ finger, off-white colored head that exhibits solid retention atop this completely transparent red bodied brew. Loads of lacing and the most I have seen from a beer in quite awhile.

S: Caramel and toffee are the most dominant scents, some grains poke through along with cherry notes. Hops are present, but not overwhelming.

T: Toffee, vanilla, fairly solid hop profile with great, albeit subtle, cherry and strawberry notes. Hops really begin to strengthen as the beer warms.

M: Medium/heavy bodied, creamy, moderate carbonation.

O: This tasted like a Barleywine brewed with cherries. I really need to get my hands on another bottle, just great and everyone who is a fan of Barleywine's should give this a try.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark amber to brown with little visible carbonation and a finger tall tan head. There is good head retention in this beer and decent amounts of lacing.

S: The aroma of this beer includes hints of pepper, piney hops, citrus hops, and sweet malts.

T: The flavors are much more in the piney hops and citrus hops up front followed by a nice maltiness. There is some bitterness but it is not overpowering.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation and a little dry on the finish.

O: A nice beer on a cold day but not something that I would put in my regular rotation of favorites. Pleasant but not fantastic...

Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jeffmart22
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber color with a one and a half finger head that dissipates. Light lacing and a little alcohol clinging to the side of the glass.

A - Smells a little hot. Pungent spicy hop aroma and alcohol with some sweet malt undertones. Hard to find any holiday spice type of aroma.

T - Starts with a sweet caramel flavor. A slight hop bitterness come in but it taken over quickly by a warming feeling from the alcohol.

M - Medium body. Flavor duration is medium . Finishes dry.

O - A good warming beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.