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RATINGS: 1284   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
ChazMania (659) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Bomber. Nice thick head on this brewski. Definitely a good DIPA. Hints of all the good fruit flavors, but not necesarily a fruity tasting beer. Big Hops with a little sizzle on the tongue as it goes down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Originally rated 1 Jan 06. Moved over to the Winter due to the separation. Bottle. Poured a gorgeous reddish amber with a small off-white head. Huge IPA aroma, pine and grapefruit. Great hop flavor with some caramel and butterscotch in the background. Medium body and dry texture. Simply wonderful and hard to put the glass down to write some notes! This topped off the end to a great holiday season for me and my #200. Thanks to my brother (Vac) and zug4abby for sending me this one for Christmas!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7805) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
This reddish/orange ale poured with no head, just a few bubbles, eliciting a flowery aroma. The malt is overwhelmed by the hop flavors. However, that does not detract from the overall flavor, which is crisp, bitter and spicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Pours with a huge white head, with huge hops in the aroma. Flavor is strong, hoppy. Very good beer. Just a note, I have the red and green bottle (winter release), but it states on the bottle it is 8.5% alcohol. It also tastes more like an IPA to me. Still a great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Pours an orange amber color with fluffy white head. Aroma is of bitter hops with hint of fruityness. Big malts with lots of hops to back it up. Hint of a kind of fruityness. Good Beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2006
OHH delicious hops, iím delighted to see you again. Itís strange how living in the PNW we get overdosed with hops, I had begun to feel as though I was "hopped out", bored with all the IIPAs and overhopped brews, then comes along a reminder of when they are done well. This beer is just made with care, the hops arenít aggressive, just welcoming and warming. So many of Portlands "winter IPAs" are harsh, with no real malts to balance, not sweetness to work with the floral hops. Yulesmith really works well, the soft caramel and bready malts work with the pine and citrus hops. Never do I feel overwhelmed with bitterness, more just hop flavor and floral aromas. Slight tropical notes show in the hops giving hints of dried pineapple. Very smooth on the palate, never showing its 9.5% devil of a soul.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Note-reviewing the Winter release:This beer pours a delicious copper color and leaves a thick vanilla lace head that clings to the glass. The smell of this beer is crisp, hoppy, lemon, grapefruit, gummi candy. As I taste this beer the hop bitterness hits you with a candied lemon rind flavor followed by a taste of grapefruit. This beer is so smooth I canít believe it is almost 9%. The alcohal is absolutely hidden, this is a fantastic double.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2007 Thanks to shigadeyo & sliffy for this. Pours a dark clear copper with fairly large lasting head. Nice sticky lacing also. A beautriful pour. Aroma and flavor is out of this world. Big pineapple and hop aroma. Flavor is a awesome mix of malts, bitter hops and strong pine notes. Ooohhh mama!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2006
Iíve had this many times, but this rating is based on a recent tap serving at Stuffed Sandwich. Aroma is of piney and grassy hops. Flavor is well balanced, but more malty than I remember. Finish has a nice present bitterness that couldnít be improved. This is a great, well balanced brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Caramel malts and citrus hops stand out in the aroma.Pours amber with a thick head.Lots of malt in the flavor.good mouthfeel with some bitter hops in the finish.

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