It’s beginning to look a lot like Drinkmas: Alesmith – Yulesmith – 93
Winter warmer season is upon us in November. Well, it started hitting shelves in October but that’s okay. The brewers have done a bang-up job honing in the recipe of their Big Red known as Yulesmith (winter; yes they do a summer brew with the same name). Served in a festive holiday-themed bomber, it will no doubt help you forget you are locked in someone’s uncomfortable house with your relatives for a painfully long visit.
The aroma smells of sweet malt, noticeable hops, and some alcohol. It pours a deep amber with a dirty beige head, moderate retention, and a little bit of lacing. First sip gives a great robust red malt flavor with a noticeably boozy finish. It weighs in at an admirable 9.5% ABV (OG 1.085) so it shouldn’t come as a surprise. I don’t detect much in the way of traditional holiday spices which I’m totally okay with. It does have a nice medium body that leaves a creamy with some tingling residual carbonation. After a few sips it goes down very smoothly.
I cracked this one open just after putting down a Bell’s This one goes to 11Ale which actually provided a great comparison as they are very similar. The 11 is another imperial red but kicks the ABV up two more notches. Similar to the Yulesmith it has a solid malt backbone, high ABV, but finishes very smooth. I think I have to rate them both equally as they are excellent examples of double red ales. This is a style I could drink all winter and spring.
Definitely grab one if you see it, very reasonable $9 bomber. Tis the season to give – so feel free to shoot some my way!