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YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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YuleSmith (Winter)YuleSmith (Winter)

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Ratings: 646
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 75
Gots: 50 | 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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-20-2012 07:49:24 | More by Pecan
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

12-19-2012 21:07:51 | More by grahamboudreaux
Photo of 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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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

12-17-2012 04:11:18 | More by Honus1
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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


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
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3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 02:37:50 | More by ThePorterSorter
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-15-2012 20:11:37 | More by aztraz
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-15-2012 16:50:50 | More by InfernoBoss
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5/5  rDev +22%

12-13-2012 22:58:34 | More by BoRaeCho
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-08-2012 08:19:16 | More by strongaf
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-06-2012 12:02:35 | More by muletrane
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-06-2012 01:54:50 | More by funkel81
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

12-03-2012 03:27:44 | More by poopsmitherson
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

11-30-2012 08:59:49 | More by khall
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-30-2012 03:13:32 | More by Nightrain87
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

11-29-2012 02:47:47 | More by ucsbmullet
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-26-2012 15:16:44 | More by cburns48
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District of Columbia

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 01:22:59 | More by Chaney
Photo of CEDAMA


5/5  rDev +22%

11-21-2012 17:58:14 | More by CEDAMA
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a pint glass.

Pours a wonderful translucent chestnut brown. About half an inch of light tan head that slowly recedes and then glues itself to the sides of the glass.

Aromas of orange marmalade and a slight hint of strawberries.

The taste surprised me with how hoppy it is, but with enough malty sweetness to balance it out. Hop bitterness lingers for quite a while.

Moderate to heavy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

All around just an excellent beer. Have another bottle I'm saving for it's namesake holiday.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 23:32:59 | More by srhoadsy
Photo of smakawhat


4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass as directed between 50-55 degrees.

Out of the bottle pours like liquid brown gold, hitting the glass with a deep red, crystal clear and almost ruby colored luminous. Head forms thick and strong, four fingers and tan with mostly tiny bubbles. Huge retention and practically frozen in place, it will not budge. This beer is very pretty looking.

Nose is a wonderful mix of caramel and chocolate milk smells. Fresh ripping grain, a mild hop sense. Simple solid and appetizing smelling, great nose.

Palate hits with a nice subdued caramel malt richness. Bread whole wheat finish, hop angle really opens up. Mix of citrus fruits, pear and apple too, maybe even some herbal tea like orange sensations also. Mouthfeel hits with an almost creamy palate. Rich and coating without a syrup edge, very mild and low carbonation. Big palate, but does not feel anywhere close to 8.5% ABV.

Overall one real great tasting amber. I would love to have this every Christmas.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 00:28:30 | More by smakawhat
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4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a deep red, clear, with a big, two finger rocky tan head. Lacing is impressive. Big cascade grapefruit aroma with some nectarine and pine to back it up. The malt is easily noticeable with caramel, almond, and slight cinnamon/candied sugar. Flavor starts with cane sugar and a very smooth nutty, mealy, almost doughy taste. The normal amber ale flavors are present: slight copper, mostly almond and cashew nuts, and caramel. The feel is great. Smooth an creamy, slightly watery. 

This is a great hoppy beer. The alcohol isn't even noticeable. A great winter beer for the hop head.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 01:16:09 | More by Philousa
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice thick solid head, amber red with some slight shades of brown showing up, able to see through the glass, lots of really small bubbles showing good carbonation

S: smooth yet getting a slight alcohol scent coming out follwed by the burnt winter spices

T: initially a malty brew, fading off into a good selection of hops slightly bittter with aftertones of holiday spices

M: malty, lots of flavor,good amount of carbonation, dry burnt finish

O: a very good holidday brew, great flavors without getting to fancy and overdoing it with added spices and such. good balance of hops

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 05:20:48 | More by ejhansen7
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

11-14-2012 21:26:55 | More by sneaks2210
YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 646 ratings.