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YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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YuleSmith (Winter)YuleSmith (Winter)

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640 Ratings
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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 73
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a slightly hazy amber/orange color with two fingers of beige head, good retention and beautiful thick lacing. Excellent looking brew.

Nose is pretty thick and piney- some orange zest in there as well as some caramel malt. Really thick and resiny though.

Taste is great- smooth, sweet caramel malt up front, followed by some orange tasting hops then the piney resin hops, though not as resinous as the nose. Finishes pretty dry but fruity as well. Becomes smoother as it warms.

Mouthfeel is decent- medium to fuller bodied, moderate carbonation, as I mentioned above pretty resiny but smoothes out as it warms. I would definitely recommend drinking this one closer to room temperature. Good hoppy amber beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 23:34:34 | More by Hopdaemon39
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-02-2013 06:24:35 | More by RoryOMoore
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Bnoise11

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12-31-2012 23:34:54 | More by Bnoise11
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-31-2012 19:53:53 | More by Evil_Pidde
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Fresh

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-30-2012 21:52:19 | More by Fresh
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hpthebull

California

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

12-30-2012 02:11:57 | More by hpthebull
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12-28-2012 16:10:33 | More by TXhomebrewer
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bold winter beer, possibly my favorite of the season so far. pours rich red in color, and appears to be an irish red all the way. huge lacey tan head and a nose of clove and nutmeg, dry red malt, alcohol, and a majorly aggressive hopping. i taste hops first, and i taste hops last. this might as well be a red ipa rather than a holiday beer, because to me this is very very hoppy for a christmas brew, which i appreciate greatly. the spice doesnt come in until the end, and is relaxed compared to so many winter warmers and the like. the spice also seems to be tamed by the addition of something a little sweet, vanilla, brown sugar, maybe some belgian candy sugar in small dose. it really rounds out the beer nicely, and are nice materials over the red malt foundation. theres a nice full body, enough bubbles, and a warming alcohol sting. a nice bomber to share, or to drink alone on a cold winters night. i enjoyed this as much as any winter seasonal this year.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 18:24:24 | More by StonedTrippin
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

12-26-2012 23:59:20 | More by tedho21
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BeerBucks

New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-26-2012 20:16:47 | More by BeerBucks
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drink this on Christmas eve and was the perfect beer.
The beer has a nice ruby copper amber color with a beige white head on top. Tall and dense and long lasting leaving a glass coated with lacing. Decent carbonation also.
Wonderfully intense aromatics. Thick and oily hops are heaven with a bold malt base in which to carry the hoppy load.
Taste is equally rich and satisfying with a big hop presence and a sweet malty bill. As hoppy as it is I'm having a rather difficult time sorting out just what kind of hop I'm tasting.
Drinks smooth with a bitterness thats not overpowering.
Drink's easy even with an almost 10 ABV.
I'll definitly will not hesitate for the summer version.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 16:51:07 | More by micromaniac129
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laxer8811

New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-26-2012 01:01:03 | More by laxer8811
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sloelco

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-26-2012 00:02:43 | More by sloelco
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pocat91619

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

12-25-2012 04:41:35 | More by pocat91619
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-24-2012 13:23:16 | More by bacher468
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lovindahops

New York

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- completely dark amber body with massive tan foam. Very frothy head recides leaving sticky lacing all over

S- spice, pine, massive caramel malt scent. About as malt forward of a brew as I have had in a while

T- delicious red amber properties with the piney hop presence balancing with the malt that is oh so dominate. Very coating flavors and warming as well.

M- medium bodied and good coating flavor. Real leaves a good taste

O- a desert beer no doubt. Good Carmel flavor that I really enjoyed. Give this some citrus hop flavors and it would be wicked!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 04:10:09 | More by lovindahops
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fox227

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-21-2012 14:28:40 | More by fox227
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tleifj


4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

12-21-2012 05:01:25 | More by tleifj
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notdriving

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-21-2012 00:49:11 | More by notdriving
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Pecan

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-20-2012 07:49:24 | More by Pecan
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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

12-19-2012 21:07:51 | More by grahamboudreaux
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CloudStrife

New York

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split and poured into a tulip.

A: Pours an opaque ruby with a full 2 finger head. Can see a good amount of carbonation when you hold it up to the light. Head sticks around for quite a while and leaves a solid lacing.

S: Has a fruity hop aroma, loads of grapefruit and citrus. A sweet malt backing and a hint of booze.

T: Much maltier than I anticipated, but certainly not in a bad way. Hops balance it out nicely and linger in the aftertaste. Malts come through as a sweet and carmel

M: Fairly full bodied with ample carbonation. Isn't too sticky instead rather clean. Is certainly a warming brew.

Overall certainly a beer that would be great paired with a meal. Has the malt and body to combine with meats and cheeses but also a pleasant hop that makes it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 03:31:52 | More by CloudStrife
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Honus1

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

12-17-2012 04:11:18 | More by Honus1
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Zach136

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12-16-2012 23:30:52 | More by Zach136
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flagmantho

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice medium-amber hue with a little bit of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of frothy light-tan foam. Quite attractive.

Smell: strong malty aroma with a prickly and sweet character, rather like an American Strong Ale (into which category this beer could also easily be placed). A big earthy, citrusy hop aroma is also present. Not bad at all.

Taste: big sweet malt with lots of caramel character. Strong citrusy hops are present right up front and toward the end, although bitterness is quite low considering the huge hop presence here. Good, but it could be smoother.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice, satisfying creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: a tasty and interesting amber ale, this could probably be better classified as a strong ale. Still, pretty tasty and, while not particularly smooth, is surprisingly drinkable for a beer clocking in at near 10% alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 21:39:43 | More by flagmantho
YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.