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RATINGS: 1240   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%


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2007 Pours a dark amber color w/ a full, semi creamy froth. The froth reduces slowly leaving behind a full canopy w/ sticky snail tracks. Aroma of Buick sized caramel malts amidst a hoppy floral arrangement. Very nice! Full nectar w/ soft residual effers. The texture is thick and chewy. Big caramel malts meets the parents. Beautiful use of hops to balance. Very mild sweetness factor. Chewy nuggot, citrus rind, leather. The finish is bittered just enough to keep me coming back for more. Highly recommended.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
illidurit (2114) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Winter release. Poured into a snifter, this beer takes a dark auburn color with a fluffy, dense, off white head of 3 fingers. The retention and lacing are absolutely insane here, the glass is nearly covered with sheets and streaks of foam and the head maintains a half finger of height the whole way through. It looks like a beer that was left out during a tan snowstorm. Aroma explodes out of the glass: plum, honeydew, caramel, earthy and floral hops, grapefruit, sap, spice, everything you can think of. Amazing and intriguing. The taste here just reinforces the perfection of the aroma. Delicious caramel/brown sugar malt contends with an interesting floral hop flavor for dominance but this fight ends in a draw. The balance is impeccable; the sweet malt is never cloying and the hop presence is never too bitter. Each sip demands the next. Perfection. Mouthfeel is exemplary. The carbonation and body are so perfect you don’t even notice them. Everything is precisely engineered in such a way that it allows the flavor and aroma to shine through without distraction. Unbelievably smooth. My only regret about this beer is that I didn’t buy every one the store had. This is a beautiful beer. I could drink these until I collapsed. Bravo, AleSmith.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ghawener (1453) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle: Bought in San Diego, drank with fellow RateBeerians rcasta & ramenen during an Ale testing session in El Salvador. This was the highlight of the day, my first perfect rating! Aroma, body, balance, alcohol level, nose, color, head, all incredible. There even lacing INSIDE the bottle after pouring!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MHOSKINS (72) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2013
My new favorite beer. Period. Wow. If you like/love American Strong Ales, look no further!! Merry Christmas to this seasonal fav!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Aries (14) - Verona, ITALY - FEB 28, 2014
Faced with this masterpiece there are a few things to say, aroma and flavor in perfect balance, hints of tropical fruit, caramel, pine resin and light but essential hints of custard. One of the masterpieces of Alesmith and the U.S., the highest grade.

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.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrockLanders (771) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 Deep hazy amber. Nice white head, a bit rocky that diminished as I drank the glass, but never fully vanished. Huge c-hops abundance. Lots of orange, flowers, grapefruit, pinneaple, and a hint of walnuts in the nose, wow, what a combo. Of course very hoppy palate, with the alcohol definitely detectable and an assertive bitterness. A nice malt profile backs it all. Well hidden 9.5%. Medium-thick body, creamy, smooth body. Terrific double red/IIPA. The question remains...Can I fight off killing the remaining bottles too fast? Probably not. Beautiful brew.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2003
2002...very much a copper color (little lighter than the lost coast i just tried), but i wouldnt call this IPA ’clear’. head is not light beige and creamy and not to thick, but what is there lingers and leaves some great sheeting. aroma is initially pure pine, but as it warms the malty sweet notes come through along with some citrus. flavor is big on grapefruit qualities with a very strong bitter finish and aftertaste..develops an oh so slight metallic quality in the finish as it warms and the nose develops a buttery caramel sweetness. this is probably one of the most complex IPAs i"ve tried. thanks to SpaceMonkey for this gem!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 22, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2004 Rerate (2004 Summer Release): Same Yulesmith I remember...wonderfully balanced. Great head retention and carbonation. It's a little young...Glad I bought a case of this! Original Rating: 2003 (looks like I'm the first to rate this vintage): Bought directly from the brewery on Oct 20th. Color is a wonderful radiant deep orange with a medium sized off-white head. It almost glows! Aroma is heavy citrus, and pine with interesting floral notes...everything you could want in an IPA. Wow, does this taste excellent. At first you are hit with tons of hops, grapefruit and piney, then it mellows out perfectly when swallowed. Nice malty, alcoholic finish. The body is surprisingly creamy and full, with a dry finish. This is my first Yulesmith experience but I find it difficult to believe any of the other vintages could be better. Truely a great beer!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2004
This poured a darker red color almost like Celebration Ale. Little head was present and aroma filled the room with hops. The taste was very hoppy, yet balanced, with a nice clean finish that makes this beer stand out as one of the better IPA's on the market.


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