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RATINGS: 1241   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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10144) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
Bottled. Orange/amber coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Soapy, piney, flowery and herbal aroma. Citric. Flavour of caramel, pines, herbs and flowers. Light fruity. Quite complex and balanced. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a warming dry and acidic bitterness. Excellence at its best, Alesmith is one hell of a brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Forgot whether I got this from a trade or a purchase....anyway it pours out a slightly hazy copper color with a nice white creamy head. Aroma of grapefruit and citrus hops. Flavor is complex with a good balance of hops and malt with some spice and sweet flavors here and there, but still with the nice hop flavor of the summer version. This brewery never fails to impress me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2006
Bottled. Hazy amber coloured. Grapefruits and hops in the aroma. Sweetish hoppy and fruity flavourMedium to full bodied. Bitter aftertaste. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Golden body with a thin white head. Great pine hop aroma, light honey. Excellent taste, hoppy pine again with nice spices. Smooth ending.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Bottle - immediate huge hop nose. Grassy, piney and somewhat citrusy - and amazing. If it weren’t for the whole "I wouldn’t get to drink it" thing, I could just sit and take in the aroma. A beautiful orange body and a beige head that was gone with surprising speed. A smooth drinker for 9.5%, this brew is malty enough to balance the ton of grassy hops. This is a sweet spot beer for me, for sure! I was a bit afraid seeing the "holiday" label on the beer, thinking it may be a Belgian with spices, etc. A very happy surpise. My very first Alesmith beer and now I understand the hype revolving around them on the site. Amazing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle at BeerDig 2011 on 03/06/2011. Clear amber body with a small tan head. Sweet floral and citrus hop aroma with some caramel. Sweet fruit and floral hop flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/3/8/3/16 3.7 Sampled at the Richmond Beer Industry Gathering 2006. Slightly hazy amber body with a medium off-white head. Sweet caramel and floral hops aroma. Sweet strong floral hops flavor with a caramel background. 8/3/9/3/18 - 4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1680) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 Bottle from Cbkschubert, Thanks craig. Shared with for Thanksgiving. Good aroma and awesome appearance. Looked great in the glass. Flavor is well balanced with a somewhat grape flavor hitting near the end. Good flavor left over in the mouth. Hoppy but rough. Good ale. Cheers!

Update: This is a rating for a 2006 bottle. The sweet malty flavor was exceptional. This has turned into a great beer. Light hops are present and overall thi beer is smooth and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhiloPsych (15) - California, USA - NOV 24, 2006
This is a nice, fun, flavorful beer. If you like Arrogant Bastard, you will like this too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexanderj (3311) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle. Color is a dark, rich amber. Big frothy head, soapy. Aroma was fantastic. Aromas of malt and hops. Citrus, yeast and spice hints. Taste was much of the same. Great palate. Rich and complex. Fruit tastes. Really great, especially during the holidays.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3166) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Aroma is a crisp sating lemon peel and coriander flowing with resins and ample citrus. Yet, from the depths rises a submarine of considerable malty heft. Pour of basketball orange, clear with a fringe perfect soapy ivory head, with stellar lacing. Flavor is a rich, sweet spicy lemon and bold alcohol warmth that isn’t disconcerting. Rich creamy malt follow of raisins pan fried in butter, mellowed by a field of savory wheat. The blinding bite of the acidic hop juices has transformed itself into that glorious warm spicy yeasty quality, that blends in harmony with the terrific body of malt and sugars, taking the beer to a new level. Admittedly, my tounge is used to hop abusive beers now and I don’t think that any level of hops could really blow me away any more, but what I mark int is beer is the fantastic balance that this beer achieves, something that for me, is the most important marker of quality. Right up there with the best! Thanks Andy!

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