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RATINGS: 1241   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD! Pours a dark amber color with a nice foamy off-white head on top that is not going anywhere. Aroma is definitely more balanced when comparing with the Summer YuleSmith. Definitely smelling more of a malt profile in this version. Sweet malt, fruit, toffee, cake, hops, and citrus are in the aroma. Flavor is sweet malts, fruit, caramel, and toffee up front. The malt profile is accompanied by a wonder hop profile full of citrus. This beer defines what a christmas tree smells like and what it might taste like! A wonderful seasonal winter beer. Absolutely delicious!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slabonator (29) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Burnt Orange color with a soft fruity aroma. Spicy heat in the palate with some pineapple. Dry finish that fades quick.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1490) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Bomber pours out to a hazy chestnut red that light barely penetrates. Aromas rise from my glass in well-defined stages: first, cinnamon and woods, followed by mandarin orange and bright citrus hoppiness, finished with rich caramel malt. Tastes of brown sugar cake and toffee, some leather and outdoorsy hops as it finishes. Rich and complex, intensely concetrated, and very amiable. Cheers!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - JAN 28, 2007
I was really hoping for something exceptional, and this really wasn’t, though it was good. It poured with a huge beige head and was quite coppery. To me it was too sweet and cloying and I certainly didn’t get the hops as promised. I’ll skip this in the future. Thanks to Andrew Crawford for bringing this back from CA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Cloudy amber. Smell of hops, malt, alcohol, pine, rye, caramel, toffee, spice and sugar. Taste the same but better. Also could taste some salt and just a slight hint of coffee??? Great beer! Thanks Brewblackhole

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle from trade with hopdog. Thanks! Pours a dark amber color with average off-white head. Aroma is sweet of apricots, plums and caramel. Flavor is lightly citrus hops with lots of caramel and sweet fruits. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Quite refreshing... hides alcohol very well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle from Marcus. Amber body with medium sized off-white head. The aroma is heavy caramel, some citrus and pine. The flavor is moderately sweet, toffee, caramel and resinous piney hops. Medium/full body with soft carbonation and a slightly astringent, bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Clear amber color with a big beige head. Aroma of piney hops and sweetness. Flavor is very bitter and hoppy with sweet malt in the background.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2007
Bottle from trade with WeeHeavySD. Pours an amber color with a big fluffy off white head. Aroma of hops, pine and more hops. Taste is of caramel and bitter sweet hops. Has a strong grapefruit flavor that finishes very dry. Nice IIPA!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 25, 2007
Great beer. This is almost like red ale concentrate. There is so much beer flavor per sip that it is almost overwhelming, which is not a bad thing. Worth it.


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