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RATINGS: 1374   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Previously known as Winter YuleSmith.

Welcome to the holidays! Double Red IPA 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2007
22 oz purchased at Julio’s in MA - Deep crimsony amber, huge foamy off-white head. Nose held rich hoppy tones of spruce, pine, peach and mango, with a well integrated toasty brown sugar and caramel backbone. Mega west coast hop flavors are well balanced with a rich toffee and caramel malt addition from start to finish. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, bittersweet finish. Typical Alesmith excellence. Minor flaw was the overcarbonation, but I’ll certainly live....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2007
From trade with WeeHeavySD. Dark amber in color with slight orange tints. Light tan head. Crisp hoppy aroma with some malt and a bit of alcohol. Moderate grapefruit hop flavor that plays over some sweetness and malt. Nice medium hop finish. A nice refreshing red, would like to try a fresh bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAY 27, 2007
smells malty and syrupy sweet. flavor is suprisingly more malt than hops. it is honey sweet and piney with a definate scotch character. alcohol is hidden only by the abundance of sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2008 Bottle. Aroma of pine hops, citrus hops, and malt. Flavor is the same, but very well done and enjoyable. Lots of malt and lots of hops. Some candy sugar also.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2007
Big dense off-white head on top of a cloudy golden body. Heavy nose of grapefruit and pine with malts displaying notes of caramel and sugars. Sweet flavour behind heavy bitterness. Medium to full body with a nice, creamy texture. The bitterness continues into the long finish. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
A bit too cloying here for me. Overall, an intense beer and certainly deserving of an "imperial" status. Other highlights were an aggresive mouthfeel and body, and good pleasant hop profile. Just not enough, however, to balance out the syrupy finish. Not as well done as the winter version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2007
bottle....appearance: amber-brown, slightly opaque with with medium ivory head....aroma: sweet, fruity, citrus backed up by what it seems to be a lot of malt....taste: non-bitter citrus hop profile with a very nice, sweet malt balance. excellent mouthfeel and very tasty all around.....a well made and received american strong ale. i would def. drink this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3853) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2007
Bottle. Thanx to Marsiblursi. Hazy dark orange colour, creamy head. Mandarine and almonds in aroma, orangey sweet. Sweet bitter in flavour at first, then the sweetness takes over, then its bitter again and very much so. Alcohol shows off way too much in my opinion. Mouthfeel is syrupy. Okay, it’s an American Strong Ale, but here’s to a bit more of flavouring hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2007
(Bottle, thanks to hopscotch) Pours hazy red orange. Hoppy aroma with fruity notes, almost jelly beans like. Apricots, pine, grapefruit, flowers - mostly roses - and some citrus in the background. Malt brings caramel and toffee. Spicy, hoppy flavour with apricots, citrus and pine. Decent caramelly and syrupy malt backdrop. Soft and round mouthfeel with a medium to full dry finish. Medium sweet and medium to full bitterness. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nejhleader (1460) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2007
very nice brew, has a malty/nutmeg/spice aroma to it, dark brown colour with a bit of a fluffy head, nice body, very smooth, sweet, spicy, very nice brew. Thanks to vac for the bottle.

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