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RATINGS: 1257   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2003
Nice, hoppy IPA with a sweetness and bitterness. Good stuff. Delicious brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2003
Great blast of hop aroma from the start. Nice subtle malt flavor overpowered by tons of bitterbess...my knid of brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2003
A very solid strong aroma of cascade hops. Great lasting head on a clear coppery body. Wonderful fruity flavors blended with the bitterness and balancing malt. A really nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2003
Big hoppy beer. Just a touch of spice that seperates it from their IPA. Nice slice of malt that like Alesmith's IPA balances out the beer. Lacks a bit of the flash of thier IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (843) - 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.

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