KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Bottle from Zinister. Thanks, Mike! Gig’em!Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - AUG 4, 2007
Pours a thick, viscous, almost jello-like amber with a head that rises faster than one of NASA’s finest. Aroma of bread, roasted nut, and hops with grapefruit rinds. Flavor is nicely balance mixture of hops, grapefruit, bread, and roasted nuts. Thick, coating mouthfeel. Outstanding. N e e d m o r e...
Thanks to Juancho. Defintely out of this world. Pours a perfect dark copper color with a light brown ever lasitng head. Taste of citrus , grapefruit because of the bittirness, but the the sweet malty flavor balances it out, however, the hop will follow you for a good time, delicious, if you like hops...... joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2007
Winter Edition/Imperial Red
Yulesmith Winter pours a slightly hazed over deep garnet. Big streams of carbonation bubbles rise along the side of the glass to the two finger khaki head. Leaves great sticky lacing after each sip.
Wonderful aromas leap from this beer. Toasty malts and raw grains lead the big maltiness of this brew. Slight doughiness as well. There is a strong malt presence but the hop profile might edge it out. sweetened grapefruit over the top of a forrest full of pine needles. Slightly sweet. Smells excellent.
Flavor is right in line with the aroma. Strong malty presence kick things off but the hops do manage to push it aside. Toastiness and a mild raw graininess are the first flavors to hit. Even getting some caramel as it warms. Mid palate the flavor just explodes. Grapefruit and a pine needle hoppiness jump forward and last throughout the finish. Throw in a nice spicy alcohol warmth and you got yourself one hell of a beer with good balance.
Medium bodied with an airy, creamy mouthfeel when this beer hits your tongue. No skimping on the use of hops coat your mouth with a solid lingering bitterness.
Easy drinker with good somewhat balanced flavors keep this one drinking easy.
Another great beer from Alesmith. This is my second offering from them along with their IPA and they are both top notch examples. I would love to get a fresh bottle of Yulesmith.
7/29/07 cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Deep red/brown with foamy & persistant head, nice lacing. Hoppy grapefruit flavors are balanced by warming caramel, toasted chocolate, coffee, toffee malts. The malts do a good job of quieting the piney hop presence and provide balance for the brew. There is a slight taste and warming effect produced by the alcohol, but considering the high abv, the alcohol is masked wonderfully. Sticky, syrupy bodied at the end. Nice brew. thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2007 22 oz bottle, from Wine Gallery in Boston, shared with ArcaneApollo. Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a fluffy white head. Aroma is caramel, spice, and cinnamon, with a slight hop characteristic as well. Flavor is a smooth blend of the above, with a nice hop/rye aftertaste. A great companion for cold winter’s nights and another fabulous brew from AleSmith. I wish we could get more of these on the right coast.
hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2008 Alesmith totally delivers the goods every Holiday Season with this bad boy. It ultra-loaded with sweet warming malty goodness. Huge vanilla covered head that cascades with the carbonation, making a picture-perfect appearance for this style. Pretty well hopped, with notes of tree sap and pine resin in the aroma. Typical flavor for a warming beer crafted for cold winter nights. Caramel, pepper and spice, with cinnamon and nutmeg. I’d take the summer IPA, but this is very impressive. Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2008 Reddish copper pour with some sweet malty rich goodness oozing out of the nose and flavor. This beer above all Alesmith makes me want to live in SD. I want this to be a staple in the fridge, both in the summer and winter.
2nd rate: newer edition, wasnt sure which one transfered fromthe summer/winter switchover. And wow what a difference. Chewy and sticky on the mouthfeel. Big strange hop in your face right away, but it quickly gets overtaken by the flowery notes which dominate this beer as soon as you dig in. Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Bottle shared by mreusch at the csbosox tasting 7/3. Pours a cloudy caramel brown with a small tan head. Sweet candied hops and caramel on the nose; quite nice. Medium-bodied and creamy with a nice sweet/bitter finish. The flavor follows the nose with caramel and sweet, candied hops leading to a mildly dry and bitter finish. This is a very tasty beer. Thanks again for sharing this one, Matt! theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - JUL 6, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2009 Enjoyed at the csbosox tasting 7/3 courtesy of mreusch. Pour is reddish orange with a quickly fading tan head. Aroma is orange citrus, malt and flowers. Taste is a nice hoppy-malt blend. Really nice citrus with flavors of spiciness. Very drinkable - great body with a wonderful finish. This beer was the highlight of my night. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Thick sheets of off-white lace cascade down the sides of the glass after a tall, moderately creamy head slowly recedes. the body is a cloudy, rustic brown/red blend, very pretty and earthy. The aroma is absolutely toplling over with pineapple and mandarin orange notes, closely followed by sweet salted grapefruit, peppermint, pine, copious caramel malts and a dash of acidic lemon. The flavor just expands on these notions. Moderate to heavy malt sweetness is quickly laid to rest by tremendous bitterness that’s never too acidic, just pleasant and wrought with ripe tropical fruits and fresh bundles of pine needles. In this particular case, the pine has a minty character that seems to replace an all-too-often encountered cleaning product association I’ve encountered when pine is a force to be reckoned with. The finish is very smooth, bitter and drying, complex, satisfying and of great length. Mouthfeel is quite full bodied, soft, well carbonated(though never too much so), relaxing and warming. Very good, though I remain adamant in my preference of the summer version of this offering.