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RATINGS: 1248   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%


4.2
   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.

4.1
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6319) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3138) - 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.

4.6
   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 :)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2003
Very hazy,oarnge, caramel, colored ale with a sizeable,creamy,foam. Aromas are intense-pine,citric/orange rind, little caramel and alcohol. Mouthfeel cold was sharp.Warm it was creamy,oily, and only slightly sharp. Flavors offer more than aroma leads to believe. There is a extremely piney,finish but before that,are many delicious malt flavors. Cold and warm this was a different beer. Cold it was totally bitter,period.Warm, malts,do exisist, in a big way too. THis isn't just a hop monster.But it is a monster.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2517) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2005 Caramel color. Dirty white, sticky, whipped foam. Boisterous, balanced aroma chock full of pine cone, spruce, hop oils, and caramel. Underlying notes of fresh soil, shades of spicy hops, figs, floral tones, sweet red apple, and a kiss of phenols. Alcoholic vapors are its only detraction. Mind boggling soft, oily, and chewy palate. Astonishing manifold of flavors and complexity: The initial flavors exert tamed hop flavors, which quickly turn to pine sap. Complex finish with lemon zest, rich, gooey caramel, and piney goodness. So marvelously balanced, it’s hardly imagineable. Hop belches yield plethoras of piney goodness for hours. A thorough beauty in her creation. Easily one of the most complex IPA’s I have tasted. Summer release is much more subdued and lacking the thick caramel richness of the Skip V. version, which was also more sappy/piney and much more aromatic. More like a beefier IPA than a Double, ala Midnight Cohoho and Smutty Big A. All in all, still quite good and what a wonderful bottle-conditioned mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Somewhere on the vague continuum between Stone's IPA (an IPA) and Dreadnaught IPA (an American Strong) lies this beauty of a beer. It will absolutely ruin your palate in it's excesses. Incredibly piney hop blast coupled with powerful sweetness from the malt just is beyond the pale. In a good way. Thick and cloudy and with a deep yeasty component as well. Wow! Thanks to Marc for this one!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Damn, this is one hell of a hoppy beer! Full hop blast in aroma, flavor, and bitterness. Big citric C-hop presence with a nice earthiness in the middle. Strong malt presence that attempts to back up the hop assault but fails to provide the backbone that this level of alpha acids needs. Dare I say unbalanced? And I'm a hophead! Still, quite a tasty beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 13, 2003
Clouded (bottle conditioned) orangey amber, moderate head formation. Aromas of fresh tangerine, accompanied by pineapple and pink grapefruit. Gains a little spice as it opens up. Sweet medley of fruit juices on the palate with tangerine and apricot most prominent, like a tropical breakfast juice blend. Makes a great forerunner to the hoppy citiric grapefruit in the second half.


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