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RATINGS: 1240   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%


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Pours a copper/reddish/orange color. Aroma and flavor is pretty much all hops, but they are very well-balanced and not overpowering. A "hopbomb" if you will. Very, very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Aroma was very grassy and hoppy. Color was a crisp orange. I like how it had a defined malt presence throughout the storm of citrusy hops. Nice spiciness to the finish. I liked it, but I dont feel it deserves top 50 status.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Aroma: smelled like a cross between a pine forest and a grapefruit grove. Appearance: copper red-orange Flavor: Very hoppy, dry, piney, with acidic flavors thrown in (like drinking a glass of grapefruit juice). Made me pucker up! Palate: Dry and very hoppy Overall, prefer a more smooth and more mellow holiday ale, but good for the style I suppose.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Soft amber appearance. Smells of pine, "west coast" hops and very strong. The aroma you would expect from an IIPA. Thick as hell, dry with the requisite hops present everywhere. Sweet apple, tangerine and pineapple flavors. Nice woody aftertaste with some smaller tones of citrus.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Bottle. Pale hazy amber. Thick holiday spice aroma, but it could be a bit stronger. Crisp, bold, and flavorful. Not as overbearing as many west-coast IPAs.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 Poured a cloudy orange amber color with a small tan head, and some lacing. Strong citrus hop aroma. Very well balanced, with a grapefruit hop, then resiny pine taste and then a superb malt finish. Full / creamy mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2003
My second beer from this great brewery was this one, and it was excellent. They brew huge beers, but with balance and finesse. This was big and piney with a little fruit. I wonder if I need any new IPAs, though.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2003
This would be my number 300, except for the seahorse fiasco. But it is still a monumental treat. Bountiful aroma of hop flowers, pine and a slight hint of cherries. Slightly cloudy, deep auburn brown. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. The taste explodes with malt and pines and a hint of creaminess, like a swirl of vanilla ice cream.. A slight touch of alcohol reminds you of the season. This ale is a pleasure. Thanks to EyeDrinkAle - I am glad I have two more.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2003
My 100th rating and I could not have made a better choice. Another great example in the category. A deep amber beer with a thin white head. Teh hops present the signature citrus notes offset by a deep malt backbone that was thin and refreshing for 8.5. Nicely done! Thanks Captain Cougar

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2004 Had this on cask last night and it was awesome. Citrus flavor along with a perfect hops/malt balance. 2004 version not as hoppy with a bit more malt.


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