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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%


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3359) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
UPDATED: APR 26, 2009 Light brown,lasting off white head.Piney nose. Light smooth malt foretaste finishing with huge hops.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2002
This was one damn fine brew, I was throughly impressed it is a true west coast treat. I enjoyed the cascade hoppy floralness and it finished smooth and crisp. Excellent.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2002
This one had hops out of its mind. A great beer. There was a good citrus element as well as a good sense of the christmas spirtit with the pine flavor. The coolest thing about this beer is that I was actually at the alesmith brewery talking with Peter as he showed us the big tank in which this very brew was turning itself into the great product it is today. Can you really beat that?

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2003 2001 edition: Didn't expect to find this one today...dark orange glow...speckled off-white head...aroma was Insane!..creamy hop buds surrounded in a fruity display of grapefruits and cherries sitting in liquid carmel...flavor was grapefruit rinds surrounded by cherry ice cream, carmel maltiness always present but slightly off-balanced by the hops...alcohol well hidden but not invisible...gets better as it warms... Re-rate 8/5/2002 edition draught: This stuff glows and is pure hop juice, it was amazing Re-Rate Bottled 2002 : There something so creamy about this IPA in the bottle that it surpasses its san diego cousins..

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2002
Ok, I swear, taking a sniff of this beer is about as close as you can get to snorting a fresh bag of hops, which I’ve done quite a few times, so I can relate. It pours a solid golden orange, although a bit murky and cloudy. The lacy solid white head is quite wonderful, etching stained glass mystical patterns in my glass. This is a very big, yet balanced, West coast style IPA. However, the smoothness of the taste is very impressive. It’s almost as if the sweetness of the malt hangs just long enough in the mouth to dance final twirl with the hoppy bitterness toward the end. A big fine IPA, and a wonderful holiday brew. Beware though, it packs a wicked alcohol punch that takes you by surprise, so go easy, sip gently, and enjoy the Yule. [2002, on tap]

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Re-rate 11/24.On Tap 2002. Had to kick it up a couple cuz this is just friggin hop nirvana.Huge pine aroma. Murky orange pour with a big tan head. Flavor was piney with big citrusy notes all with with a very resiny mouthfeel. This is pure hop juice at its finest.Try it you wont regret it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2002
Im growing weary of having ratebeer reject my numerous attempts to post AleSmith YuleSmiths 2002 version as a new beer so im just going to give up and conform, even though this is a double IPA and an 8.8% ABV, not an 8.5..but why would ratebeer listen to me? Anyhow, there’s nothing like a beer tasting straight from the source at AleSmith’s unveiling of their YuleSmith on Friday. This was another impressive brew from another great brewery. The aroma was wild with hops and citrus with a milky white head that danced circles around our glasses. The taste was mildly hoppy, but much smoother than many double IPA’s. The taste was very bitter with extra citrusy goodness...had a good bite to it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2002
2002 Batch-Great piney aroma, lots of hop punch. fairly sturdy tan colored head lasted right to the bottom of the pint. nice thick body, farely resiny. lots of pine hop flavors, a touch of citrus here and there. good caramel malt base in the middle of the tongue. lots of wonderful hoppy bitterness. definitely a great brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 23, 2002
2002 Brewing: Had on tap at Alesmith on Friday, Nov. 22, 2002 - Unveiling day of the new Yulesmith!
Head was medium - not too big, but enough to notice (also lasted from top to bottom). The color was slightly opaque with an orange tint. Aroma was slightly hoppy, very fruity. The clear, creamy appearance translates well to a taste that makes this bear easy to drink with a slightly dry aftertaste. A great treat for the holiday season!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2004 2004 bottle- Pours a hazy amber in hue with a fluffy slight-off-white head with aromas of flowers and citrus. Flavors of the same with a bitterness that attacks your tongue after swalling. One of the best IIPAS out there. 2001 edition--This may be the best IPA ive had yet. Very tastey, not to hoppy, fruity yet creamy almost.


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