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RATINGS: 1282   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Welcome to the holidays! Winter YuleSmith arrives each year as the weather turns cool and our cravings for winter warmers begin. This Imperial Red Ale has an intense hop aroma with well-balanced caramel malt sweetness. The intense American hoppiness builds on the substantial malt backbone to deliver a full-flavored beer with a ton of complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2007
heavy grain hop aroma dominates, pretty much overwhelming the backing malt aromas, flavor is also hop dominated,tangy hops with a touch of carmel malt in background,also has a zing to it very much like rye,hop bittering finish is lip smacking,tasty as can be

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LinusStick (3002) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2007
A beautiful American Strong by the #1 brewer around. Got at Vintage Estates in Ohio...the pour was a hazy burnt orange with a thin white head. Aroma and taste is all malt with a hoppy aftertaste that doesnít interfere. There are definite caramel undertones as well. This is a beer I have been waiting for 3 months for and worth every second!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JAN 13, 2007
light amber mostly clear color, yellow gold at edges. big tall rocky light tan head. nice deep piney hop aroma, very pure. resiny pine cones too. flavor is deep and sweet caramel malty hop, both well balanced at the same time on the palate. aroma of super-dark fresh honey, carmelized hop buds too. lots of lively carbonation. hop bitterness comes in strong through the finish but not too powerful. thanks MoeJuck for this in trade!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JAN 12, 2007
this was quite a treat for me here in ark. and it didnt dissapoint. big hoppy and malty. very smooth and sweet with good amount of grapefruit in there. very tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Hazy dark amber, not quite red, coloured beer with a poofy cream coloured fine and beautiful head. Hops fill my nose with grapefruit, notes of sweetness with lots of citrus and a dash of vanilla. The body was wonderful, the perfect almost chewy but very drinkable weight. At first it doesnít seem very complex, very strong feeling despite the alcohol being hidden. Its got a bunch of sweet malts to balance out the IIPA like hops. After more careful contemplation while drinking, there really is more to this, a bit of a peppery spice with quite a bit of PNW hop bitterness,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Bottle, special thanks to CMUBEERMAN for flying this all the way to Tokyo!!! Pours red caramel, thin white head. Apricot, pineapple floral, vanilla, hops. Flavor is earth, citrus, hops, pine, vanilla. Quite complex and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bgburdman9 (859) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Pours a light brown or maybe a dark amber color with a v light tan colored head. Aroma was very hoppy and you could smell the bitterness. Citrusy and piney in the aroma. Flavor was sweet but it was so balanced with malt and hops. I like this better than the summer i think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jake65 (2885) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Bottle: Pours a darker amber that remains a bit hazy with a huge, frothy off-white head. Solid lacing. Aroma is mostly hops, citrus and pine, even a bit fruity. Taste is sweet up front with lots of citrus hops, florals, grapefruit, and overall fruitiness. Some alcohol was detected, but remained smooth. A bit like an IIPA, but very pleasant to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
demitriustown (1134) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2007
2005 bomber via trade with WeeHeavySD (Thanks!). Poured it a Trappist style glass. Pours an apple cider brownish/red with a medium sized tan head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is a light dry fruitiness almost wine-like, with a nicely blended hop note, some pine, As I take another whiff I get more of the fruit in the aroma. As I take my first sip, It still has the wonderful dry fruitiness backed with a nice hop character. Ever so lightly sweet by a nice hop bitterness intermingled. Palate is surprisingly dry, somewhat sweet, and long lasting. Overall, this a subtle very well crafted beer. It just taste good and thatís all I need. Thanks WeeHeavySD.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Bottle thanks to bentley78. Tons of tropical fruit. Reminds me of a jolly rancher with that intense fruit flavor. Reminds me of Brian Boru and Cane and Ebel. Summit hops? Pineapple, passionfruit, intense strawerry. Should be incredibly cloying with all this sweetness, but itís well balanced by a monstrous bitterness in the back. Malt is hugely overshadowed by all the hops, although there is a solid backbone giving it body, sweethess and balance for the hops. Unlike a beer like Hop Wallop, the hops have a leg to stand on. Iíd like to be able to get this more often.

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