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RATINGS: 1282   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (1082) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Type: 22-oz. bottle Glass: Manzanita pint glass From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif. Price: $2.99 Purchased: Dec. 8, 2014 Consumed: Dec. 8, 2014 Misc.: Bottled on Oct. 3, 2014 Poured a caramel, amber, mostly clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of rocky, khaki head. Good deal of bubbly streams coming up from the bottom. Very good amount of uneven, thick, spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention all the way down. (Sight - 4.38) Smelled a good mix of malts and hops. Got caramel, toffee, nuts, floral hops, citrus zest, herbal hops, honey, menthol and light Cascade hops. Some booziness late. (Smell - 3.75) Tasted a lot like the nose, maybe slightly better. Cascade hops, caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, pretty boozy, herbal hops, light woody malts, honey, menthol, lemon citrus zest and toasty nuts. (Taste - 3.88) Medium body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, rather boozy finish. (Feel - 3.75) A really good beer and almost perfect for the price ($2.99 at Trader Joe’s!). A bit boozy overall, but I’d have again for sure. (Overall - 3.88) 3.87 87 B+

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymurgeist2 (1280) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 7, 2014
From bomber to pint glass. Rich caramel and subdued floral hop aroma. Beautiful clear amber with slight tan head that lingers throughout and leaves full webbing down the sides. Taste is massive malt with rich bread and slight deep fruit flavors. A little one dimensional. Alcohol warming is present.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsekouratos (480) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - DEC 5, 2014
650 ml bottle from beer-shop.gr, Athens Greece. Dark red hazy color, 1 finger beige head. Aromas of caramel, hops, grass. Taste is sweet with caramel, bread, malts, biscuit, some spices. Aftertaste is really bitter (!!!). Medium to full body with medium carbonation. Nice!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (910) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2014
650ml 2013 bottle. Pours a clear, caramel/ruby with a creamy, one finger head that hangs around. Aroma nice big notes of resin, bread, pine, orange citrus, and caramel. Taste is bitter but balanced. Starts out with resin and pine, then moves to bread, citrus, and caramel, then ends with a drawn out finish. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Resiny texture in the mouth with a mild alcohol warmth. Overall very tasty. Nice flavours of resin, pine, and caramel. I bet a fresher bottle would be even better.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kirarockrocks (10) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
The beer pours a murky amber color, tons of dross floating in suspension and resting on the bottom of the bottle, “Yummy”. The head is Herculean in size, the structure creamy, the color a beauteous light tan and as it evanesces, the lace forms a glutinous sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is dominated by the hop floral tones, sweet malt, fresh, crisp and clean, a real treat for the nose as well as the eyes.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BOSSbrewer (2707) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Had on tap at Monkey Paw in San Diego. Pours a clear Amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is spicy and malty. Flavor is sweet toffee and caramel. Really smooth. Wow. Just a wonderful beer. Fantastic. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorm (1726) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2014
Dunkel mørk brun farve med kremet beige skum. Lukt røstet malt, rosin, karamell og frukt. Smak av røstet malt, karamell, frukt og furu. Fyldig fruktig og lett bitter. Melkebaren.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (2353) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
On tap. Pours a deep dark mahogany with light but retentive head. Aromas of orange rinds, resin, toffee, and pine. Flavors of brown sugar, resin, malt extract, dark raisins, and piney hops. Light bitter finish. A little metallic but still great. Listed as an Imperial Red on the menu. Strong Ale or Barley Wine - no matter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jehoesefat (337) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Malty caramel and cereal aroma. Pours clear red with a white head. Good balanced flavors, lots of malt and good bittering with a caramel finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (7100) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Yulesmith is a DBL. IPA for July 4th, and an Imperial Red Ale for the winter holiday season. I’d forgotten which was which til I poured this one a beautiful ruby color with a big white fluffy head. Definitely better as it warms, it has a huge malt background (lots of carmel?) and an immense hop nose and flavor profile as well. Quite smilar to Gordon ale from Oskar Blues (another awesome beer) but with a slightly heavier body. I may have to try those two side by side to see which is king..."


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