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YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 752
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 84
Gots: 64 | 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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Ratings: 752 | Reviews: 307
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4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.
2013 Vintage

Pours a nice dark caramel colored liquid. There is a nice 1 inch tight and dense ecru head that forms. The head retention is very nice and it is sticky as well.

Aroma is delicious. I love these Imperial Reds. Piney notes, Christmas in a bottle. Notes of resinous and oily hop juice. Delicious caramel notes are on the background and balance the resinous and hoppy notes really well. Herbal and grassy hop notes are also perceived in the nose.

Starts off with bready biscuit notes followed by some mild hints of caramel sweetness that balance the brew out. Then the hop grassyness and piney notes come in. Well balanced and not too intense. A perfect balance of piney, resinous and dank hops with some amazing rich caramel malt notes. The body in this brew is great. Medium-light body with nice sticky notes. Overall this brew is delicious. One of the better Imperial Reds out there. The balance between yummy caramel malts and the resinous and dank pine hops is pretty amazing.

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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: medium amber and clear, with orange-red highlights; tan head of foam left lace all down the glass

S: wet and woodsy pine resins, hints of sweet fruit and honeyed bread

T: sweet chewy caramel fruits, resinous sugar and fruit cake, herbs and spices, suggestions of oak and toffee, slight booziness

M: medium-bodied, slick but dries a little on the finish; pleasant, mild aftercoat on the palate; bitterness is mild and mellow

O: a very nice seasonal offering - reminiscent of Celebration ale but with a stronger malt bill and higher gravity. Classic seasonal/winter warmer-kinda flavors. No reason not to check this out.

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4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/7/13

A - bright coppery red with an off white head quickly fading to few strands of lace.

S - sweet caramel, candied citrus, orange marmalade, pine resin.

T - sweet caramel malt, toast, candied oranges, piney hops in the finish, orange marmalade.

M - smooth and creamy with medium to low carbonation.

D - tasty, hoppy red ale. Had this in 07 and don't remember it being this hoppy. Must have been an older bottle. Definitely drink this one fresh.

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 10/04/13

Served in a tumbler glass, quick review from written notes.
Thanks to Joe for sharing!

Bright reddish copper, creamy textured surface foam that dissipates slowly to a patchy surface skim. Densely layered drippy lace around the edges of the glass.

Sticky rich malt aroma with light hoppy traces of orange marmalade.

Malty sweetness up front, some light spiciness adds complexity, bitter citrus notes of marmalade again. Dry earthy finish, toasty malt, pine resin, full bodied and sticky on the lips, low to medium carbonation level. Overall this more of an imperial red ale verging on Double IPA territory. Definitely best fresh to get the hop complexity.

Review #3400

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage. There was a bottled on date clearly on the bottle, but it smeared off. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a clear copper with a slight haze; fluffy off-white head that fades and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of sweet caramel malts. There are hints of pine along with grapefruit and some orange. There's a nice amount of citrus. The flavors are sharp and crisp. It has a strong malt backbone, but the hops still shine. It's slightly resinous with a nice amount of pine. More citrus. It's bitter, but not over the top. Mouthfeel is full-bodied. It's slightly slick, but smooth with active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's easy drinking, but makes a nice beer to just chill with.

This is a pretty solid offering from AleSmith. It's not too flashy and it's pretty traditional for a hopped up red ale. It's fitting for the cold weather. It was nice to revisit this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of CA_brewster
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a 22oz bomber. This is an amber colored brew with a nice off white head.
First things first; nice hoppy aroma coming off of this one. Some sweet malt, caramel and alcohol in the nose but the hops really dominate the aroma. This is not the case at all with the taste profile. This is an amazingly balanced beer with a really terrific mouthfeel. There’s just the perfect amount of sweetness to the beer. The alcoholic bitterness hits mid-palate and quickly subsides. I found this to be a surprisingly tame beer given the high ABV but I really enjoyed it. It goes down smooth, nice and easy but it's definitely got some real substance to it. I'm really digging it.

A perfect warmer for the harsh unforgiving winter weather of Southern California.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
Liquid Solutions

Winter Edition/Imperial Red

Yulesmith Winter pours a slightly hazed over deep garnet. Big streams of carbonation bubbles rise along the side of the glass to the two finger khaki head. Leaves great sticky lacing after each sip.

Wonderful aromas leap from this beer. Toasty malts and raw grains lead the big maltiness of this brew. Slight doughiness as well. There is a strong malt presence but the hop profile might edge it out. sweetened grapefruit over the top of a forrest full of pine needles. Slightly sweet. Smells excellent.

Flavor is right in line with the aroma. Strong malty presence kick things off but the hops do manage to push it aside. Toastiness and a mild raw graininess are the first flavors to hit. Even getting some caramel as it warms. Mid palate the flavor just explodes. Grapefruit and a pine needle hoppiness jump forward and last throughout the finish. Throw in a nice spicy alcohol warmth and you got yourself one hell of a beer with good balance.

Medium bodied with an airy, creamy mouthfeel when this beer hits your tongue. No skimping on the use of hops as they coat your mouth with a solid lingering bitterness.

Easy drinker with good somewhat balanced flavors keep this one drinking easy.

Another great beer from Alesmith. This is my second offering from them along with their IPA and they are both top notch examples. I would love to get a fresh bottle of Yulesmith.

Reviewed: 7/29/07

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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