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AleSmith YuleSmith (Winter) Imperial Red Ale

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 1263   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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.
Original Gravity 1.085, Alcohol by volume 9.5%


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmohno (1139) - Iowa, USA - DEC 28, 2014
2014 winter 8.5%. Murky color of reddish brown heady foam, good lace. Aroma is sweet vinious planty musty malty dry toast a bit of alcohol. Not real impressive and kind of a musty old nutty modly aroma. TAste is smooth creamy, caramel malts,somewhat sweet but not overly, some roast mildly and some planty hops with some mint character. From what I remember I like the summer version better, this tastes a bit old but maltier.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (2564) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2014
22 oz bottle shared from Applejack, into a pint glass. Lacy orange-red appearance with a beige head. Resinous and spicy hops, pine, light caramel, toffee. Medium plus bitterness balanced by moderate sweetness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (896) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Pours a burnt red color with a khaki head. Hop, resin, citrus, pine, caramel, biscuit and malt aroma and flavors. Medium body and carbonation with a smooth hop and caramel finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (3554) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Keg at BrewDog Birmingham; dark red pour with a thin off white head, hint of spice and malt on the aroma, taste has pine, spice, very autumnal, caramel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (994) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Deep red pour, aroma of maple syrup, flavor is syrup, caramel, spices and hops. Pretty tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayg1 (568) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Gald to have AleSmith in North Carolina! Pours out a dark red color with a light tan colored head. Smell is hoppy, grapefruit, caramel malts, and pine needles. Taste is sweet and rich, slightly bitter with a touch of salt, but not too much. Very creamy mouthfeel. Great beer wonderful stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tonypreto (128) - Akron, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2014
22 oz bottle poured into glass. Aroma is slightly hoppy with a ton of caramel maltiness. Pours a gorgeous redish brown with a light tan head that slowly dissipates. Very smooth up front with a decent amount of hops, great watery mouthfeel with slight carbonation and a very malty finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bookman10 (663) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Pours a clear reddish-amber, with medium sized head. Strong malt and hop aromas. Flavor is an almost equal mix of hop and malt, some grassiness complemented by quite a bit of malty sweetness, making for one very satisfying brew overall.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bphicks123 (13) - - DEC 14, 2014
Favorite seasonal beer I have tried all winter. Good mix of alesmiths traditional IPA with a subtle grass spice that is distinctly different

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gramity (1463) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
Bomber into snifter. Poured a beautiful dark red amber with a fluffy off-white head. It’s a really lovely balance between the caramel sweetness of the malts and the resinous hops.


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