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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Aroma at first seems to most closely resemble a pine cone. Hint of orange is also present. Appearance is coppery-red-orange. Flavor is veyr citrusy, orangey up front with a bitter, hoppy finish. Depth of palate isn't as much as I was expecting - seems a bit thin. Had this one at the Southern Ratebeer Gathering in Austin, TX on December 6, 2003.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a small off white head that diminishes rapidly but left some lacing. Aroma is bursting with hops - pine, citrus - along with some malt sweetness. Flavor starts oh so briefly with fruity malts, then gives way to the hop blast. It’s almost like sweet orange juice up front with a bitter and tart grapefruit finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body and lightly carbonated. Wow, this is a hop monster and a nice treat from Alesmith.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kyzr (1168) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Big alive head, great forest pine smell with citrus. Flavors of roasted malt blened so well with the hops. Terrific balance between the two. Creamy finish that makes you want more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3900) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Good loose foaming head. Copper-red-orange color. Orange grove aroma, as if walking in Florida, plus pine cones. I was loving the first two sips, with such bursts of orange. Then I was unimpressed by the bitter end. Good palate, sweet with some life, but ugh, what an ending. (Sampled at Southern Ratebeer Gathering, Austin, TX, December 6, 2003)

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andrew196 (1134) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8701) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5653) - Pennsburg, 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.

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