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RATINGS: 1281   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Deep mahogany color and a big thick head. Much maltier than the summer version and slightly less hoppy - prefer the summer overall but still another solid entry (as always) from Alesmith.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2006
22 oz. Deep copper coloring. Thick, three inch head that evaporates very slowly, begging me to drink before itís ready. Buttery smell, nearly butterscotch like. Complex taste, at times malty and at times hoppy. Alcohol content readily apparent, pleasing, welcome. A top beer in my book.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Another great Alesmith product. The Yulesmith pours a orange-brown sort of color with a nice head that leaves tons of lacing on the glass--maybe the most Iíve ever had. The aroma is along the lines of Great Divide Hercules or Stone Ruination--pine, citrus, with a hint of caramel. The taste is very nice. Plenty of hoppines in there, but backed up by a solid wall of malt flavor. The balance is what makes this one smooth and refreshing. "

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