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RATINGS: 1281   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%


4.5
   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.

4.7
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (11870) - 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!

4.4
   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.

4.1
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1432) - 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.

4.3
   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

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2008 Massive all around. Reddish copper-brown, but golden as the sunlight hits it. Chewy malts and massive hoppiness, expertly balanced, bending both arms of the scale. Piney and caramelly, citrusy and thick, warming and fulfilling. This is near perfect to me, a massive thick, chewy, wonderful treat. Thanks to herbjones!!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jaymobrown (1714) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2003
A style that Alesmith does well because of the massive hops that are added to the beer. Bright floral and citrus hops play around in the middle and settle to a cloying bitterness in the end. A bit o'yeast and cookie in the front. Very huge beer; a fabulous beer all the way around.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2003 Nice looking ale, deep amber and hazy with a tint of orange. Head is thick and rocky that clings. Big hoppy pine and citrus aroma with a fresh malt grain in the distance that's so nice I can't keep my nose out of it. Extremely smooth medium to full body that tingles your tongue. Flavor is oily resiny hops and a bitter finish with malt playing second fiddle. This is not for the weak, it bites back and I like that. Fantastic double IPA!


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