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RATINGS: 1282   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2003
2002 bomber - Gorgeous cloudy glowing caramel amber color with a monsterious two inch head that grew fast from the pour to a thick, billowy, lumpyness of dark ivory color, faded down very slowly to one big lump of cookie dough. A solid thick wave of foam always present during the entire glass worth; lace all over in webby sheets. Aroma is deep dark citrus and nice juicy piney-woodish sense with very nice caramel and biscuit dough backing. Notes of chocolate, nuts and light spice, kinda like the smell of a Mrs. Fields cookie store and a candy store all at once. Taste is subtle complex layers of malts lending lots of smooth sweet caramal with a touch of chocolate, very soft and bready, light airy buttery biscuit feel lending a bit of chewyness. Hops appear about midway with excellent balance, handled very nicely with dark citrus and pine thats kinda juicy but easy all at once, quite amazing with a nice soft approach as well. Finishes with awesome clean, soft bitterness and drying. Medium body feel; smooth and lightly creamy/buttery with just the right amount of carb. grab that fuzzes the tongue and soothes the throat. The alcohol is masked very well, but as it warms it makes a bit of an appearance in smell and taste. One hell of an excellent IPA, soft and subtle in its character with just enough zaz to wake you up and notice that its worth every f*ckin' sip, gulp, and ahhh...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jsquire (3736) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2003
2002 edition - Huge fresh, clean hop nose. Red/orange color with a thin white head. Huge IPA with sweet grapefruit and spicey pine flavors. Very well balanced for such a big beer. Great beer and thanks to hopsrus for sharing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 29, 2003
2002:Hazy amber with lots of sediment. Very nice evergreen and bay laurel aromas leap out, not subtle. Palate is juicyfruit malt, rich, yet hop flavored and with an iron girder backbone of bitterness. Is there British ale malt at work here? Has a Golden Promise/Maris Otter rich flavor without the cracker like taste that some atribute to British grain. Warms wonderfully on the way down with smoooth alcohol...great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2003
This beer rocks! Hazy mohogany hue with medium-sized particles of sediment floating in the glass. Huge, white frothy head. Mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aromas of honey, pine, citrus fruit, flowers, milk chocolate and alcohol. The flavor is very malty with a blast of caramel... for just a moment. The hops quickly kick in with flavors of pine and spruce. Nice black pepper and warm alcohol with a final earthy, straw flavor. Great I.P.A. Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale on steriods. Christmas in April. Thanks go out to hoprus for this excellent, world-class beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2003
2002: Big beige head, creamy and leaving tons of lace. Floral, piney nose, all hops. Copper-amber hue. Very seductive beer. Crisp hops, supported by a nice malt backbone, medium bodied, citrus, finishes smooth with big, bitter, resinous, juicy hops. This is very drinkable, almost addictive with its terribly huge hops, and balancing malts. Get yourself a bottle! This is the first AleSmith I get the pleasure of tasting thanks to CaptainCougar! Woohoo!

   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 (909) - 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.

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