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RATINGS: 1362   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Pours an attractive slightly reddish brown color with a good sized lasting head. Aroma of some citrus and pine, caramel, gingerbread, and a slightly planty mint. Mellow-yet-bold flavor of caramel, nuts, toffee and some pine/wood and butterscotch. Very smooth, but even smoother on the finish. Well blended finish of hop bitterness, butterscotch, dry wood. Effortless transition from upfront, to finish and through the aftertaste. The most awesome thing about this beer was just how smooth it was. Flavor is good and all, but the smoothness! Man...

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2007
65 cl bottle. Reddish brown colour with a nice light brown head. Lovely aroma of hops, such as citrus, flower and freshness combined with a caramel touch. Lovely flavour of bitter hops, caramel, malt, alcohol and with a very soft bit of hops, but plenty of it. A very lovely Christmas beer, I think it will be nice to serve it to "Risengrød".

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Pours dark amber, medium almond head. Big aroma of sweet malts and christmas spices. Big sweet malts and great christmas like spiciness balanced with all sorts o f hops flavors citrus,floral, leafy, but none being bitter, the bitterness was actually very low. This really was just like Great Lakes Christmas Ale without the spices and more malts and alcohol. Very complex and seriously hard to describe, just every aspect kicked ass and was awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Amber color with a medium tan head. Nice aroma of sweet caramel malt and hints of hops. Smooth and velvety on the palate. Deep malt and balanced hop notes without a trace of overpowering alcohol even though 9.5%. Nice sweet and bitter finish. Superb brew

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 25, 2007
Big bottle from San Diego. I have had a couple of these in trade and always sent them on when I felt I was short in a trade. Nice to finally open a bottle. Huge lasting light brown head. Dirty red copper beer. Big grapefruit IPA hop nose. Plenty of malt in a woody base. Alcohol yes but not dominant, felt more in the effect than in the taste. Nicely balanced IIPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2007
Bomber courtesy of JCB (thanks!). Poured reddish-amber with sizeable head. Aroma of citrus and pine, along with some malty sweetness. Upon tasting, got a bit of caramel sweetness and some barleywine fruitiness and hop bitterness in the back. Finished bitter, and somewhat thick. Took me a while to get through the whole thing. Certainly a good beer, but I felt like something was missing; perhaps a bit more hoppiness at the end

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2007
Pours amber with a large head. Aroma is citrus with a big malt backbone, some spices. A sugary sweetness balanced by a solid bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 21, 2007
22 oz bottle, poured a huge head, dark orange red. Smells of citrus and pine, and left a nice lacing. Taste the fruit, citrus and pine. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2007
22 oz sampled with thanks to drewbeerme. Pours a clear amber with a tall white head with orange tints. Aroma is abundant and interesting, citrus, orange lemon, vanilla, cream, and sweet. Sweet flavors, citrus, orange, and a bit of alcohol going into a piney citrus bitter finish. I enjoyed this one but the orange and really malty sweet flavors became a little old as I drank on. Tasty though, I’d like to try it fresh from the tap.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2007
22 oz. bottle, poured a deep amber color with a thick white head. Copious aromas of floral and citrus hops penetrating through the thick malty curtain. Very heavy flavor, lots going on, nice balance between hops and malt. A bomber was tough to drink in one sitting just because it was so thick. A nice beer but I enjoy the summer version much better.


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