AleSmith YuleSmith (Winter)

Posted: March 14, 2015 in AleSmith Brewing Company, American Amber/Red Ale, Reviews

This is another beer that I picked up at Half Time and yes, obviously I had this way after the holidays. Hopefully the higher ABV preserved this one without any issues with the taste. Let’s see how this one was.


ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Welcome to the holidays! Winter YuleSmith arrives each year as the weather turns cool and our cravings for winter warmers begin. This Imperial Red Ale has an intense hop aroma with well-balanced caramel malt sweetness. The intense American hoppiness builds on the substantial malt backbone to deliver a full-flavored beer with a ton of complexity.”

Random: The one bad thing about home ownership has been shoveling the driveway. I can see why most people do not like moving in the winter.

This beer poured with a one finger, cream colored head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, reddish color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had notes of pine resin, toffee and caramel with some booze. The taste was big with lots of pine resin and then went into very sweet caramel and toffee malt. It was really hoppy for the style, which was very nice. There was some booze to it, but it was relatively well integrated. The finish was long and hoppy with some caramel malt. This beer was $10.99 a bomber, which broke down to $.50 per ounce, which was on the more expensive side, but I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


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