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YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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YuleSmith (Winter)YuleSmith (Winter)

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645 Ratings
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Ratings: 645
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2009)
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mpenske

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-25-2014 22:30:13 | More by mpenske
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charliebuckeye

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

01-25-2014 15:34:28 | More by charliebuckeye
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MrBuckHigh

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

01-25-2014 15:05:59 | More by MrBuckHigh
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Beaver13

Colorado

4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 06:08:03 | More by Beaver13
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oldvines

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-18-2014 23:11:57 | More by oldvines
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nreynoso90

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-15-2014 06:39:04 | More by nreynoso90
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farrago

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 02:50:39 | More by farrago
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

01-13-2014 18:24:20 | More by mattmarka1
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bnewms87

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-08-2014 04:59:37 | More by bnewms87
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Slats89

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +22%

01-07-2014 05:35:59 | More by Slats89
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Nugganooch

California

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 21:09:30 | More by Nugganooch
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fellowrs

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-06-2014 20:00:36 | More by fellowrs
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champ103

Texas

3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark and hazed reddish/copper color. A two finger, tightly packed beige head forms with good retention and plenty of lace.
S: Orange rind, oily/soapy hops. Resinous and slightly bitter. A toasted malt aroma. Sugary, caramel/toffee like sweetness.
T: Again, big hops and big malts all intermingle here. Orange and grapefruit rind, bitter and resinous. Toasted malts and burnt sugar. Big sticky caramel sweetness.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. Sticky, oily, and resinous. Much more viscous than I was thinking. Big alcohol, big malt, big hops, makes for a slower sipper. Still not something that is particularly hard to sip on.

While this is exactly what the brewers wanted to make, it is just a bit to big for me. Really not bad for what it is, just the large bitterness mixed with the big burnt sugary character are not really for me. I want something a bit cleaner, for me to drink this more often. Still, at least worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 21:16:18 | More by champ103
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SimonTja

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-05-2014 19:40:20 | More by SimonTja
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evanforbeer

California

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber, bottle date disappeared but it was somtime in October- pours a lovely thicker lighter auburn with a powerful off-white head.

nose- bright zesty orange and berries, caramel, florals and vanilla

taste- big dose of citrusy hops and lush caramel and sticky grains and toffee, musty pineapple and pine and a trace of vanilla in there, finishes clean with malty sweetness and hop bitterness

feel- big, heavy for a red (though it is an imperial red i suppose), sticky, effervescent

love this beer. Alesmith's under-the-radar expertise is their red ales- Yulesmith, Evil Dead Red, and Bloody Valentine- I love how they blend hops and caramel malts

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 06:14:53 | More by evanforbeer
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allstar255

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-03-2014 17:49:38 | More by allstar255
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Eweber

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-02-2014 03:19:28 | More by Eweber
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Los1324

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-02-2014 02:12:00 | More by Los1324
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/8/2013. Pours lightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, pineapple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, pine, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and dark malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, pineapple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, grass, slight pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Slight floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest/ring, tangerine, pineapple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and well balanced hop and dark malt flavors; with a moderately crisp bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and fairly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent imperial red! All around awesome balance and complexity of hop and dark malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 00:30:08 | More by superspak
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jw1978

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-29-2013 20:44:07 | More by jw1978
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Peter1977

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-29-2013 20:43:42 | More by Peter1977
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jayhunter357

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12-29-2013 20:40:00 | More by jayhunter357
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle 8.5% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a wine glass and a snifter.
Bottled on 01/26/2013

Drunk on Christmas 2013 and reviewd from notes.

Appearance: The beer pours a beautiful crystal clear amber/red, with a rough pour yielding a large beige coloured head. The head lasts fantastically well and coats the glass in thick rings of lacing as it slowly recedes.

Smell: The initial nose is fantastic, offering a ton of citric and piney hops swimming in a river of sweet caramel malt. Closer inspection yields notes of: sweet orange, grapefruit, some pith, caramel, honey, an odd note of vanilla, toffee and light pine resin. As the beer warms, pineapple and a touch of granadilla become apparent. Even at room temperature, there is not trace of alcohol.

Taste: The flavour is quite a lot more bitter and hop than I expected - there must be an absolute mountain of hops in here to dominate the massive malt body like this!
Orange, grapefruit pith and a little pine dominate the flavour, but the sweet caramel malt base is still present and does a great job in balancing the massive hop character. As the beer warms the flavour becomes somewhat sweeter with more caramel/toffee maltiness and some tropical fruit hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a little high for my liking at a high level, but it is not overly obtrusive. The body is medium-full and offers a light stickiness.

Overall: YuleSmith Winter is a fantastic beer, with a perfect balance between the malt and hops. There is absolutely no trace of alcohol, making this one dangerous drink for a hot South African Christmas!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 20:05:25 | More by Thehuntmaster
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gbrill

Arizona

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-29-2013 03:19:18 | More by gbrill
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chadski

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

12-29-2013 02:48:37 | More by chadski
YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.