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YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 658
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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle. Pours clear ruby amber with a huge fluffy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts with piney, fruity hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and some fruit with a lot of piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an amazing well balanced DIPA with sweet caramel malt, fruit and a ton of piney hops.

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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich, creamy head, close to three fingers, tan in color with an orange tint, for as fluffy as it is has wonderful retention and the lacing is strong too, long, thick streaks form every time the glass is turned. Dark, if clear, amber red color, kind of has a metallic sheen to it, not quite beads but lots of large, healthy bubbles swirling upwards inside the glass. Excellent balance between malts and hops in the nose, cocoa, hard coffee candy and malted milk balls interplay with sweet pink grapefruit, pine sap, lemongrass and a pinch of white pepper, basic apricot, peach to pineapple fruit yet restrained, as it gets warmer the damp herbal matter element becomes more pronounced. Full-bodied, the buoyant carbonation frames the attack and makes it less blockish and more apt to settle gently on the tongue. While the texture is dry and after 4-5 sips you start to feel a tacky residue building up, the flavors are all ripe sweetness, especially that pink grapefruit to tangelo citrus. Floral, piney, sweet and sour enough to play up papaya and pineapple over the apricot and peach. Some biscuit notes among the caramel and molasses, as in the nose saves the more bitter or leafy herbaceousness for last. Given the multitude of things going on, stays balanced and integrated and, even better, highly drinkable.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yule Smith – Winter 2013
Notes taken from 12/28/13 - Standard pint glass

A: Thick and dense khaki mass of utterly stubborn foam head rests over a perfect amber body. A few garnet tones and some brilliant clarity. Looks fantastically amazing really with incredible stay power on the head and some thick crusty patch work of lace left clinging to my glass.

S: Smells like malty biscuit with a soft toffee like sweetness and big citrus hop presence. Grapefruit flesh mostly with some complementing pine resins and a dash of dank herbals. Very fresh aromas with a good mix of malt to hoppy pine and citrus.

T: Toasted bready malts impart dry biscuit with a light toffee sweetness. Hops bring in tangerine, grapefruit, and sappy pine resins. Juicy and in unison with both the malt and the hops. It has a good dose of caramel flavor but the beer is not really sweet. Very hoppy actually with a restrained bitterness and some really great ABV balance. So smooth with just a whisper of alcohol noted there. The finish is dry and resinous and brings a touch of herbal dank weed on the back end. A great display of craftsmanship this is incredibly well balanced and delicious.

M: Moderately filling body and even a touch on the lighter side. Nice fair bubbly consistency and a very dry resinous finish to the beer with lingering hop oils.

D: This is a great amber with near perfect balance between the biscuit malts and fresh American hops. Quintessential when I think of in terms of the style and my kind of Holiday Ale.

I am pretty confident AleSmith does not make a single bad beer but they sure have the Reds nailed down between this and Evil Dead/Bloody Valentine.

Nugganooch, Jan 06, 2014
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YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.