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RATINGS: 1260   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%


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HomelessDrew (26) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Got this thanks to bytemesis. Pours deep red with a white head. Aroma is strong piney hops with some citrus and sweet maltiness. Taste is a well balanced bitterness of pine and citrus hops to malty sweetness. Medium body and carbonation to back up it’s strength. A solid well balanced example of an Imperial Red.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (3545) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Keg at BrewDog Birmingham; dark red pour with a thin off white head, hint of spice and malt on the aroma, taste has pine, spice, very autumnal, caramel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (994) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Deep red pour, aroma of maple syrup, flavor is syrup, caramel, spices and hops. Pretty tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayg1 (567) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Gald to have AleSmith in North Carolina! Pours out a dark red color with a light tan colored head. Smell is hoppy, grapefruit, caramel malts, and pine needles. Taste is sweet and rich, slightly bitter with a touch of salt, but not too much. Very creamy mouthfeel. Great beer wonderful stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tonypreto (128) - Akron, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2014
22 oz bottle poured into glass. Aroma is slightly hoppy with a ton of caramel maltiness. Pours a gorgeous redish brown with a light tan head that slowly dissipates. Very smooth up front with a decent amount of hops, great watery mouthfeel with slight carbonation and a very malty finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bookman10 (663) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Pours a clear reddish-amber, with medium sized head. Strong malt and hop aromas. Flavor is an almost equal mix of hop and malt, some grassiness complemented by quite a bit of malty sweetness, making for one very satisfying brew overall.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bphicks123 (9) - - DEC 14, 2014 does not count
Favorite seasonal beer I have tried all winter. Good mix of alesmiths traditional IPA with a subtle grass spice that is distinctly different

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gramity (1462) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
Bomber into snifter. Poured a beautiful dark red amber with a fluffy off-white head. It’s a really lovely balance between the caramel sweetness of the malts and the resinous hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (935) - 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 (1115) - 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 (352) - 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!


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