YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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YuleSmith (Winter)YuleSmith (Winter)

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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 84
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

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2009)
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Shared this with my Brother In-Law and his buddy, both of them really enjoyed it.

A – Pours a nice dark mahogany color, there is a nice clearness to this beer it’s not hazy or murky at all, small little light red almost pink colored head and this leave some nice lacing.

S – Fresh pine hops and sweet caramel malt just make this beer something the nose just enjoys.

T – Similar, very similar to the nose. Fresh full pine and grass hops mingled with some caramel and sweet malt. A good warm earth flavor also, this isn’t too abrasive its very well balanced.

M – Carbonation was higher than expected, but it’s also pretty fresh, but it wasn’t off putting. Mouth feel was on the thinner side of medium but very enjoyable.

O – Of the style (Imperial Red, not just Red Ale) this is one of my top 5 favorite, I look forward to it every year! Alesmith just makes good quality brews!

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YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.