This is an unusual beer â€“ it pours from a 22oz. bottle a dark, coppery, reddish brown; on the pour, it smells hoppy and has a creamy head like a stout. On the initial taste, you get that dark red ale/stout like creamy, roasted malt flavor with an almost, but not quite, nutmeg flavor â€“ but there is a slight spice. The middle of the beer is a bit fizzy with some bitterness and the creamy flavor gives way to more of a fizzy IPA taste. The finish shows a lot of hops but with a significant malt backbone. This is like a RedStoutIPA. Have no idea what to call it. It is not to my liking particularly since Iâ€™m an hop head, but it is an excellent beer â€“ I have never tasted a combination Red Ale, Stout, Newcastle Brown Ale like (but much better) with India Pale Ale hopping before. An odd combination.
Price: $8.00 Served In: Pint Glass
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.
Price: $6.95 Served In: Pint Glass
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 12-04-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*
This review is for a 2007 Winter YuleSmith. Last time I had this one it was not as fresh as it could have been so I’m anxious to try this one fresh since the summer edition is one of my favorite beers.
Pours a rusty brown color with hints of red and nearly three inches of foam that almost overflowed in my pint glass. Sure takes its time to settle down to a thick, almost half inch of foam, and leaves little traces of lacing on the glass.
Great hop aroma. Lots of citrus and grapefruit, pine, caramel, and toasted malts. The aroma gets less intense as it sits in the glass, and I’m wondering if a pint glass—as the bottle recommends—is the appropriate glass for this type of beer.
The taste, oh so good! This one has a bigger malt presence than the summer edition, bread and toast flavors followed by some bitter grapefruit and citrus zest and finally finishes with some pine needles. As it warms up the pine flavors and huge malt bill take the stage. Hints of toffee detected as well. Real good taste but had to knock off half a point because the pine does get to be a bit too much after a while.
The beer is very well carbonated and even though it’s a big beer the mouthfeel is quite refreshing.
As good as this one is I’m not sure if I like it more than the summer version. Still, this is one fine crafted beer.
Served In: Tulip
This is actually an Imperial Red/Amber Ale. Guess we have to add another style. :shrug:
Poured from bomber into a tulip.
A - Bright orange colored body with a bit of a chill haze to it. Bright beige head starts at about half inch and is thick and fluffy. Good retention.
S - You can smell the big, resiny hops as soon as you pour it from the bottle. Earthy, hoppy, and slightly citric, hops are all over the place. Big bready and caramel malt backbone.
T - Starts off with the sweet malt notes. Caramel, red fruits are abundant. Bittering hops come in, working within a orangy citric note. Resiny, earthy hops come in. Aftertaste is all hop notes.
M - Full bodied, resiny and sticky. Carbonation is fine(small bubbles) that are a bit prickly.
Overall - It seems that I am getting out of the big red thing lately, but this one still hits the spot. Great brew that comes recommended.
Served In: Tulip
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