Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 21: YuleSmith Holiday Ale

AleSmith Brewing's YuleSmith Holiday AleToday’s pick is YuleSmith Holiday Ale, brought to you by AleSmith Brewing. AleSmith actually makes two versions of this beer: one in winter, and one in summer (strangely enough). Of their winter version, they say:

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.

This is a big beer, at 9.5% alcohol. This is also one of the highest-scoring beers on BeerAdvocate, with 93/100 and 100% approval, which is no mean feat with 288 reviews.