On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Yulesmith Holiday Ale, Alesmith Brewing Company, 8.5% ABV
It’s the home stretch! Only 2 more holiday beers to review, including this one. This holiday beer comes to us from San Diego craft brewer Alesmith Brewing Company. I’ve been to their brewery several times and they’re always doing interesting things. Let’s see how interesting their holiday ale is.
Yulesmith Holiday Ale pours out reddish brown with rosé colored highlights and a beige head. The aroma is a hoppy combination of pine, floral and citrus. There’s a perfumy alcohol character as well. The malt aroma is caramel like with some toffee notes. The flavor is a balance between caramel malts and resiny hops. The hop bitterness is medium. This is a full bodied beer with medium-high carbonation and a balanced finish with slight alcohol astringency.
While there is a substantial hop character to this beer, it is balanced by an equally robust malt character. In a season of typically malty beers, it’s nice to see some balance and a slight return to hops.