YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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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!
12-23-2012 04:10:09 | More by lovindahops
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.
12-18-2012 03:31:52 | More by CloudStrife
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.
12-16-2012 21:39:43 | More by flagmantho
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
12-16-2012 02:37:50 | More by ThePorterSorter
District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
Currently, this is the #5 ranked American Amber/Red Ale here on BA.
Served in a paper cup because that's all I have in my hotel room in NYC, the night before performing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
A: Lots of suds no doubt, ridiculously frothy even! I'd say that vanilla head was about 2 fingers or so.
S: Fresh red velvet cake batter, citrus, cocoa, and quite a bit of yeast. Pretty awesome!
T: Actually, I got more fruit than I got hop bitterness which was totally surprising to me. I got some booze, but it was of the candy-coast variety.
M: Smooth as silk, and not as "West Coast hop bomb-like" as I thought it would be. This teetered the line between the sweet and boozy quite remarkably.
O: Great beer, for sure, but my heart is still with Nugget Nectar.
11-22-2012 01:22:59 | More by Chaney
YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.