Beer #51 YuleSmith


YuleSmith Holiday Ale


Name: YuleSmith 

Style: Imperial Red Ale 

Brewery: AleSmith Brewing Company website 

Country: USA 

Region:  San Diego, California 

ABV: 8.50% 

How served: 22oz capped bottle poured into a La Chouffe glass.      

My Overall Opinion: Very Good  

I paired this beer with: a 2009 Abyss & 2009 Dark Lord, what a great combination. 

Tasted on: Tuesday December 15, 2009. 

Note:  This was the Winter version, keeping with my Christmas/winter theme.  Their summer versions label is Red & Blue while the winter version the label is Red & Green. 

 From their website:  Yulesmith Holiday Ale (Summer & Winter Seasonal) 

Our most popular seasonal ale, YuleSmith is brewed twice a year in two different, yet similar, styles: An Imperial / Double IPA and an Imperial / Double Red Ale. 

During the summer, YuleSmith is transformed into a big, hoppy, Double IPA. The enormous load of hops requires a substantial malt background to create just the right balance for a Double IPA. Lighter in color, summer YuleSmith is available around the 4th of July and is packaged in a red, white, and blue bottle.

For the winter season, YuleSmith is brewed as an Imperial Red Ale. This version is maltier, more balanced, and darker in color than the summer version. Although quite malty, big hop flavors and aromas are abundant making this an unforgettable winter warmer.   Winter YuleSmith is packaged in traditional holiday red and green.

2009 Abyss, Dark Lord and YuleSmith


This is the 20th of my daily Christmas beer, on my quest for a Christmas beer a day from Thanksgiving to Christmas.  There are now only 9 more beers until Christmas!

2 Responses

  1. Holy crap.. so jealous you found some dark lord.

    I got my hands on two bottles of abyss though. Plan on letting one age 6 months, and the other 2 years before drinking.

    • I would definitely wait at least 6 months before you open your bottle of abyss (that is if it is the 2009). Bottle says it’s best after 11/1/2010. The 2009 I had was way too “young” and had a heavy hop profile, too much for the style, so with age it will mellow. However it did greatly improve as it warmed. The 2007 & 2008 are drinking great now & is my favorite RIS.

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