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RATINGS: 1369   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.


4.2
   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 (4903) - 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, Id 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 22oz, about 6months of age on it so ill have to re-rate fresh. pours reddish brown with big off-white head. nose has big caramelly malts with healthy hop kick in the background. flavor is still pretty bitter but definetly on the malty side of ASA. big caramel and toffee malts combined with PNW hops. alcohol is well hidden. carbination is medium. a tasty brew indeed but i think id like to have this fresh or aged 2 years.3.9.

11/08 - 2006 vintage aged 2 years and wow this aged so poorly! cooked vegetables with nothing really left over. gross.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2007
Dark bronze/copper color. Big aroma, balanced with malt & hops. Tremendous big, rich and coating mouth feel, which seems to elevate the flavors. Fantastic flavor, which is more malt accented. The malt is so decadent and provides an astounding flavor of caramel and big fruit. Then come the hops, which deliver underlying pine, exceptional bitterness and a great citrusy finish. This is one hell of a beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2007 22 oz bomber...nice offering from Alesmith...had to re-rate, last time I had this was about 9 months ago. A lot better this time around, weird how that palate changes huh? Reminds me of the Dead by Dawn 2006 but with a little more bitter hop character and a great level of overall balance. I tad on the sweet side - so if that isnt your thing, it def wont be your favorite


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