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RATINGS: 1243   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (826) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2003
A nice spicy brew from Ale Smith. Very hoppy, well balanced. I wish there was a little more complexity going on in the malt, it is sweet but fairly one dimensional...the hops steal the show in this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 12, 2003
2002 vintage. Great subdued orange color with cream colored head. Very woodsy smelling blended with some very flowery hops. Citrusy and hoppy to taste. Didn't get much fruit flavoring out of it but it remained very woody tasting. Not a bad brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 11, 2003
2002 bottle: Dark caramel coloured. Generous head that diminishes into a spattering of small bubbles inside of a thin white layer. Whisps of alcohol tickle the nose, while pine cones, grapefruit rinds, and caramel make a more forceful entrance. Juicy palate dripping with complexity. . . tart green apples, pears, chewy hops, and some balancing caramel. Finish has more going on that the common IPA hop slam dunk. . . the hops becomes gooey and sweet sticking to the tongue and mouth like honey. A fabulous creation. Cheers Jake Barnes!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2003
2002. Pours with a generous off-white, pillowy head. The body is orange red with plenty of floating sediment. The aroma is strongly hoppy, with citrus, pine and perfume, a touch of sweet spice and plenty of bitterness. A nice balance exists between the malt and hops. The beer starts with a bready malt character with a nice caramel topping. Quickly, it moves to a bitter, hoppy finish that leaves a puckering sensation that yearns for more. Sap and citrus dominate the hop profile and it really is enjoyable. A wonderfully crafted IPA that really pleases. Thanks to Jake Barnes for bringing this back to Illinois.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2003
Very nice Cascade hop aroma. Similar to the Hop 15 and the Two Hearted. Quite sweet with bitterness finishing on the palate. Nice citrus sweetness, pine also present. Balance between hop flavors/aroma and the bitterness. Great malt backbone and a well supported IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2003
A bottle of 2002 Yulesmith. It poured a dense brownish-orange (I left the yeast in) with a rocky head reminiscent of whipping creme. Smells like citrus, hops and pine. The taste is hoppy but not overly so. Smooth and silky to the palate. Citrus flavors and a touch piney with some yeast. Very good IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2003
2002 bottle. Golden brown in color. Poured with a frothy large head. Bitter and fruity flavor. The warmer it got the sweeter it got.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6264) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2003
2002 bottle. Head is initially large, creamy, rocky, off-white, fully lasting. Body is hazy dark amber, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly malty (cookie). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, creamy and velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent, lightly alcoholic. Pretty good, but unlike the standard AleSmith IPA, the hops pretty much obliterate the malt in the aroma. Lots of citric acidity here too. The mouthfeel and appearance are phenomenal, but otherwise this doesn't really add anything unique to this overworked style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3094) - Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2003
Nice appearance. Good head that leaves nice lacing on the glass, sometimes sheeting. The piney hops overpower the malt but if you pay really close attention you'll notice a nice malt background but it's hard to tell if there's much complexity although I did seem to pick up some creamy fruitiness. The alcohol is just barely noticeable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2003
2002- I set it next to a Hop Devil and the Yule Smith was noticeably more deep robust with colors of burgandy orange.Aroma is piney hops similar to Ruination though a lesser sharp than the latter. Nice lace work, First sip is strong hops, very similar to Ruination, less tart though.Reminds me of our yearly fresh cut Indiana Fir Christmas Tree ,malty backbone, something SR IPA lacks,balanced, complex, let it warm a little and the flavours bloom (Explode) like flowers in Springtime. Unbelieveable palate, perfect feel in your mouth, piney,cedary,and wonderfully complex. This beer gets better with each sip, I am glad it is a 22 0z Bomber,man I wish this was available where I live. San Diego overall has got to be the town for IPA's,Extermely Recommended a real winner ! Thanks Hopsrus, you did it again :)

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