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RATINGS: 1242   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3358) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2006
22 oz bottle. Deep amber with a puffy whitish head; blankets of lace. Right from the pour rum banana wafts up. Spicy toffee closer. After 9 months this has aged beautifully. Warm and inviting. Grapefruit sorbet then roasted citrus with a drizzle of sage honey. Dries with chewed green grass. As elegant as it is extreme.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2006
2004, 22oz bottle. Beautiful amber-mahogany pour with solid carbonation and a nice looking head. Heavy caramel and nougat aroma predominate. Big malty sweetness. The taste is powerful! Potent sweet caramel with heavy pine and citrus running all through it. Wow! The mouth feel starts out creamy and finishes dry. I thought the carbonation could have been a bit less. This is a real kick in the mouth. Iíll drink it any time. Perhaps a younger sample will also be worth rating! Good thing Christmas is not far away!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Thanks to KenB for this one. I really wanted another IIPA tonight, so I decided to open this one up. 22oz bottle served in a NB worthy glass straight from the beer fridge which is probably 40-45į. Light orange color with a small head. Plenty of haze, looks like a dry-hop haze to me. Aroma is honey, citrus, resiny hops as well as pine and some alcohol. Smells pretty damn good to me. The initial taste is orange blossom honey, tagerine and vanilla. The middle is piney, resinish hops with plenty of citrus in the background. This is very good and isnít really all that balanced for an IIPA, I have had the regular Yulesmith and I donít remember it being way out of balance, but if this has lots more malt, the regular version would have to be. This has got the rough, abrasive hops bitterness to go along with the huge orange/citrus taste and piney finish. This is an IIPA, ASA is just BS. It is not as malty as other IIPAís I have had (Free State C3IPA) but possibly moreso than other SoCal IIPAís. Maybe the SoCal brewers need to haev their own categories...Mouthreel is very full. This is a tasty IIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4477) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 9, 2006
KSBF 2006 RB after party. Rating #1,000. Much thanks to Slob for sharing this one from my wants list. Pours a hazy golden amber with a creamy off white head that laced and sustained. Aroma of caramel, toffee and kind of an organe/pine hops hidden in there. Flavors of the same but I think oxidation has set in and kind of has burried everything a bit. I need to get ahold of another bottle to re-rate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blankboy (6052) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2006
Originally rated 1/9/2006.
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Woohoo, another beer to rate from my favourite brewery -- thanks Harry! Pours a hazy dark orangey-brown with a large dissipating fizzy white head. The aroma, well if I quote my notes I wrote "Holy $h!t thatís awesome!" A wonderful fresh hops explosion -- I love it! I dont know how the flavour can top the aroma but it does -- itís sooo flavourful itís ridiculous. Again, fresh juicy hops balanced just right with some sweet malt. Youíd never know this was 8.5%. Creamy, full bodied and smooth. Excellent, I donít know if IPAs get better then this!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8660) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2006
A big beer. Very hoppy and lots of alcohol and some spices such as nutmeg and cinammon in there. Maybe Iím not such a big fan of double IPAís or more likely they are as a group overrated by the hopheads. Well malted to take the edge off the bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Winter 2005 Version- Tasted on draft @ the brewery. By the brewerís admission and by my tasting, this is not a IIPA (atleast this version is not). This is definitely a dbl red ale. Nice beer, but didnít have the hop bite I was expecting. If you like this one, youíd love Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Bomber shared with and courtesy of gputty. This is the winter imperial red version. Murky golden brown with red highlights. Beige head. Big, sweet tart orange nose. Thick foamy lace. Nice, crisp, bitter orange flavor. Lively, crisp mouthfeel. Lovely, spicy citrus bitter finish. The perfect end to a very up-and-down tasting day!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2006
A thicker, hoppier red than anticipated. Hazy copper-red with a buzz-cut for a head. Lots of hops and resin, but very obvious malt. Slick mouthfeel. Piney taste up front that moves turns into a long citrus-hop flavor. The malt is prevalent throughout this one, sweetening everything out and making it different from its summer cousin. Love it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Poured a slightly hazy, medium copper color with a smaller off white head. Aromas of citrus (oranges) and some malts. Starts out sweet and ends in a nice hoppy bite (but not over the edge). Well balanced. Some pine. Very good beer and I glad I picked this up while on vacation!

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