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YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2009)
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Photo of tmzl
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of threedaggers
4/5  rDev -2.4%

threedaggers, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Knoxrb12
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Knoxrb12, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Fcip78
5/5  rDev +22%

Fcip78, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

outoffocus, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of tom10101
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

tom10101, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of bostonryan
4/5  rDev -2.4%

bostonryan, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of 510a
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

510a, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of Swaino
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Swaino, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of Jah_Json
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Jah_Json, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of ssgunbond
4/5  rDev -2.4%

ssgunbond, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of GraduatedCashew
4/5  rDev -2.4%

GraduatedCashew, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of chaint
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

chaint, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of ricecracker420
4/5  rDev -2.4%

ricecracker420, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of vermilcj
4/5  rDev -2.4%

vermilcj, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of mpenske
4/5  rDev -2.4%

mpenske, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of charliebuckeye
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

charliebuckeye, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of MrBuckHigh
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

MrBuckHigh, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle. Pours clear ruby amber with a huge fluffy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts with piney, fruity hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and some fruit with a lot of piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an amazing well balanced DIPA with sweet caramel malt, fruit and a ton of piney hops.

Beaver13, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

oldvines, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of nreynoso90
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

nreynoso90, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of farrago
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich, creamy head, close to three fingers, tan in color with an orange tint, for as fluffy as it is has wonderful retention and the lacing is strong too, long, thick streaks form every time the glass is turned. Dark, if clear, amber red color, kind of has a metallic sheen to it, not quite beads but lots of large, healthy bubbles swirling upwards inside the glass. Excellent balance between malts and hops in the nose, cocoa, hard coffee candy and malted milk balls interplay with sweet pink grapefruit, pine sap, lemongrass and a pinch of white pepper, basic apricot, peach to pineapple fruit yet restrained, as it gets warmer the damp herbal matter element becomes more pronounced. Full-bodied, the buoyant carbonation frames the attack and makes it less blockish and more apt to settle gently on the tongue. While the texture is dry and after 4-5 sips you start to feel a tacky residue building up, the flavors are all ripe sweetness, especially that pink grapefruit to tangelo citrus. Floral, piney, sweet and sour enough to play up papaya and pineapple over the apricot and peach. Some biscuit notes among the caramel and molasses, as in the nose saves the more bitter or leafy herbaceousness for last. Given the multitude of things going on, stays balanced and integrated and, even better, highly drinkable.

farrago, Jan 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

bnewms87, Jan 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22%

Slats89, Jan 07, 2014
YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 660 ratings.