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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 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.

   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.

   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

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2003
I have waited eagerly for this wonderful brew to arrive from my brother via FedEx. Today as I watched college football (GT vs UGA) a knock came on the door, there it was, finally, my YuleSmith! Hazy orange color with a small tan head and very nice glass lacing. The citrusy grapefruit aroma hits you the minute the cap comes off of the bottle. More malty spiciness comes through as you breathe the aromas in deeply. The flavor is a wallop of hoppy grapefruit with some piney flavors. A slight pleasing sourness develops after the swallow. Very smooth medium body. This is a seriously good Imperial IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (12428) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2003
(draft 2003) Opaque copper with big beige head. Aroma is sharp grapefruit. Taste is sweet, big hoppy -- grapefruit with some pine and orange. Thick/chewy full body. Yummy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Pours dark amber, decent head with good lacing. Aroma is very very hoppy, all citrus and pine needles. The flavor is quite balanced in light of the aroma, hops coming out at in the finish, nice malt backbone. Very nice mouthfeel, this is a thick warming beer. Alcohol is very masked for the 8.5%ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Deep brown/copper appearance with a very small head. Nice balance and mouthfeel, with a slightly dry finish. The alcohol is incredibly masked, and the flavor is maltier than most IPAs. Should be on just about everybody's top 5 list for the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Wonderful aroma of pine and citrus. Fantastic anticipation of HOPS!! Appearance is terrific. Color is amber brown with big off white head that is retained. There will be massive lacing with this fine brew. Flavor is initially malty followed by a very nice dose of hops. Finish is tasty and very long lasting. I have to agree with the other lobbying for the imperial IPA designation. The high alcohol and presence of a malt backbone argue for the imperial status. I love this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Super thick - like pine sap mixed with a shot of grapefruit juice. This spicey wonder is for the hop heads, but is also wonderfully balanced with a caramel sweet bready malt. Extremely smooth body, long lingering resiny finish. Great - Thanks Jcalabre

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