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YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

684 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 80
Gots: 51 | 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  rDev -2.2%

blguillen, Jun 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

pisano, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of chinchill
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle of Yule Smith "Winter Holiday Ale", 8.5% ABV, believed to be 2012 vintage served in a pint glass.
Pours a deep, dark reddish brown color, clear, with a large, frothy, creamy and durable head.
Very hoppy aroma, with some pine. Hoppy flavor too, but with a load of rich malts nearly counterbalancing the hops bitterness and adding a rich, sweet roasted grain flavor.

M: Full bodied, with ample and soft carbonation.

O: this exceptional beer may be as good as Imperial Reds get.

chinchill, May 27, 2013
Photo of McD0uche
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a beautiful crimson orange with coppery bubbles. Retention isn't pronounced, but lacing becomes apparent after a couples minutes. A nice looking beer. Festive.

S: Initial whiff reveals hops and a vague sweetness (licorice?). Curiosity sets in.

T: Smoky malts and toffee. Hops are there too. And wait, there it is! Black licorice! Heavy black licorice aftertaste. Crazy. That's a first for me.

M: Light-bodied, which is unexpected for something with flavor this powerful. Carbonation seems a tad too high. Finishes bitter and crisp.

O: Pretty good. A nice little holiday piece. I normally don't like black licorice, but it worked well in this beer. Recommended.

McD0uche, May 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Dirksen, May 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

paulys55, May 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

megamass, May 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Shogun730, May 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

largadeer, May 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Zbeetleman, May 15, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden-amber with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet caramel and bready malts, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and grassy hops.

T - Sweet caramel, bready, and biscuit malts, grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, resiny bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, lightly sweet finish.

D - Good hoppy red ale. Good hop profile and bitterness.

ngeunit1, May 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

IPeteA91, May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

caverog, May 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

BillRoth, Apr 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

artoolemomo, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

retry4z, Mar 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

MadScientist, Mar 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

TheBishopco, Mar 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

KidsDoc, Mar 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

VaporDome, Mar 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

kingmaker, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

spycow, Mar 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Chetti, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle from Bristol Farms Palm Desert CA for 10$

Appearance - Clear dark copper with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, earthiness, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste sugary caramel, malts, and earthy hops. There is also some pineapple and a touch of something along the lines of all-spice. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a medium amount of hop bitterness.

Overall – A good seasonally flavoured beer. A little too earthy for me but still nice nonetheless. Just a bit overpriced for what you get in my opinion. Nice to have tried but not something I'd buy again.

spinrsx, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

SocalKicks, Mar 03, 2013
YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 684 ratings.