gripweed57 (2800) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2017 CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a deep amber color with a solid layer of tan foam and bubbles. Aroma is a blend of caramel, citrus peel, pine resin and toasted malts. The flavor opens up with lots of caramel malt, grapefruit rind and pine along with some brown sugar, tropical fruit and citrusy alcohol notes. The body is mildly creamy with moderate carbonation and more caramel, malt and booze in the finish. Overall, an enjoyably well-rounded Holiday Ale.
12 ounce bottle. Hazy copper red color. Large rocky beige head. Rich roasted malt nose. Notes of caramel and brown sugar. Flavor follows nose. Smooth and malty with a roasted, nutty malt flavor. Alcohol is well hidden. Chewy, malty finish. Earthy notes. zbyszek_cz (153) - POLAND - JUL 18, 2017
Lekko mętne, złote, z dość fajną, kremową pianą, niezbyt trwałą. Zapach mocno amerykański ale w kierunku owoców tropikalnych. Słodko, lekko alkoholowo. Jest ananas, winogrono, morela, mango. Trochę żywicy. Wyraźny i całkiem miły chociaż trochę za słodki. Smak klasycznie imperialna IPA. Czuć moc ale alkohol nie wychodzi. Jest bardzo pełne, owocowe. Głównie owoce tropikalne, dojrzałe jabłko, morela, winogrono. Goryczka średnio wysoka, trochę zalegająca i taninowa. Nie przeszkadza to jednak bo fajnie to kontruje mocną słodowość. Trochę ta goryczka robi się gryząca z czasem, alkohol gdzieś w końcówce języka szczypie. Nasycenie idealne. ehaak26 (654) - - JUN 13, 2017
Bottle from Beers of the World. Aroma of bread and caramel malt, floral and citrus hops. Surprisingly well balanced in my opinion. BeerRenter76 (1029) - Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2017
Originally rated on 2/7/09. Aroma of pine, citrus, and some floral overtones to go along with the sweet malts. Appearance was a heavy looking deep red body with yeast floaters that were suspended. Mouthfeel was nice it was hearty,and chewy but smooth. Flavor started with the pine hoppiness but the caramel malts quickly came in and complimented the hops. The alcohol was slightly noticeable, and it had a nice mellow aftertaste. Overall this was a pretty nice winter brew, thats worth a try. beerlover503a (25) - Alabama, USA - MAY 9, 2017
Everything about this Ale Smith IPA is almost perfect. Great Aroma and Taste!
rumore (704) - Rimini, ITALY - MAY 4, 2017
From the bottle. Pours red/brown with cream foam. Aroma is dry fruits, nuts, figs, citrus. Body is medium-dense. Taste is sweet at first, then bitter. Finish is short. garroch (75) - New York, USA - APR 21, 2017
Not that much going on with the aroma; had to stick my nose so deep in it that I snorted a gulp's worth. Once expelled, a pleasant sweet smell remained. Nice thick body, aggressive bitterness that lingers and fades to a warm toasty malt finish. Might supplant Nosferatu as my favorite red.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone balloonbuffoon (533) - - APR 19, 2017
Paid ~$2.75 for a single 12floz bottle (BOD 10.04.2016), and poured into a tulip glass. Appears murky, copper-brown in color, and aroma consists of dried fruits (raisin and apricot - malty and hoppy). This is an American strong ale comparable to Stone’s Arrogant Bastard. A filling beer with tempered hop bitterness. Toffee, fig, dried cherries, and oily resin complete the palate. It has been about ten years since I had Yulesmith, and it is similar to what I remember. salvaticas (933) - - APR 15, 2017
Bottle pour. Pours a cloudy red brown amber. Heavy bitterness. Subtle mix of malt and hops. Strong alcohol.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone b3shine (9076) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2017
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a transparent lighter amberish caramel with foamy very light caramel head. Smells of caramel, piney and bitter hops, and a bit of toast. Mouthfeel is medium full-bodied, moderately bitter, and mildly warming. An enjoyable sipper, but a full pour would be plenty.