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YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 657
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 78
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 tedho21
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

tedho21, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of BeerBucks
4/5  rDev -2.4%

BeerBucks, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of micromaniac129
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

micromaniac129, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of laxer8811
4/5  rDev -2.4%

laxer8811, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of sloelco
4/5  rDev -2.4%

sloelco, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of pocat91619
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

pocat91619, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of bacher468
4/5  rDev -2.4%

bacher468, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of lovindahops
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

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!

lovindahops, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of fox227
4/5  rDev -2.4%

fox227, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of tleifj
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

tleifj, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of notdriving
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

notdriving, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Pecan
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Pecan, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

grahamboudreaux, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
4.18/5  rDev +2%

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.

CloudStrife, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Honus1
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Honus1, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Zach136, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

flagmantho, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

the beer pours a dark red, rusty brown with a fluffy tan head that settles down to a thin blanketing. the nose has a generous amount of caramel with some piney hops, but nothing special...not the "intense hop aroma" I was expecting. the taste brings a hearty amount of caramelized sugar and piney hops. the mouthfeel is medium pushing heavy with a good amount of sweetness and bitterness to balance the 8.5%abv. the beer drinks well and is a good winter sipper. I would have liked a bit
more citrus.

ThePorterSorter, Dec 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

aztraz, Dec 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

InfernoBoss, Dec 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22%

BoRaeCho, Dec 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

strongaf, Dec 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

muletrane, Dec 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

funkel81, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of poopsmitherson
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

poopsmitherson, Dec 03, 2012
YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 657 ratings.