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RATINGS: 1274   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 3, 2006
22 oz bottle (Rozi’s Wine and Liquor House, Lakewood OH October 2006) served at cellar temperature from a Corsendonk glass. Big puffy light cream-colored head dies slowly atop the luminous, hazy and yeast-flecked dark gold-amber body.....pretty big PNW hop aroma, lots of typical citrus and pine but also nice hints of maraschino cherries, light creamy caramel, vanilla and lavender, fairly complex and quite enticing.....on the tongue, my first thought is "barley wine", this is quite hoppy but the malt balance is there and it’s immediately warming and a bit sherry-like (though fresh) with a slightly oily, juicy mouthfeel and rough fresh hops increasing continuously to the long bitter finish....burnt almonds and light pepper also show up, giving this yuletide confection a lovely complexity, a slightly different mood with every sip, almost....tingly carbonation might be a little on the high side but I can find very little to complain about this, and I’m plenty pleased as many W coast hop bombs haven’t been doing it for me lately. This does, in spades, and is the equal of any Alesmith bottle I’ve had yet. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2377) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2006
22 oz bomber. Hop Heads, rejoice at this offering !!! Pours a coppery golden color with a thick creamy beige head. Smells of intense hops, pines,citrus, vanilla, and butterscotch. Taste is similar to the smell. Very thick piney taste with hints of vanilla, butterscotch and citrus. A powerful imperial/double ipa. One of the best of its kind, however, not as good as the Three Floyds Dreadnaught. Superb, regardless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (21730) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
Bottle. Hazy orange coloured with an off white head. Aroma of caramel, hops and pine needles. Flavour of caramel, hops and pine needles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10480) - 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 (2587) - 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 (5103) - 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 (1682) - 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.

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