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RATINGS: 1345   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Pours a medium amber with a huge fluffy tan head. Great lacing on the glass. Aromas of Berries and grapefruit. Flavors of dark fruits, citrus fruits, spices, and hops. Very well balance with a nice alcohol warming. Mouth feel is full and dry. Awesome ale. Thank you AleSmith.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2007
This is an amazingly well balanced BIG BEER. Bright copper in color with a Huge, rocky beige head that coats the glass rather than laces it, it has a strong grapefruit/pine/floral hop aroma countered by caramel and toffee from the malts. The first taste is a serious bitterness, kind of like chewing on a hop flower, but this is quickly followed by a rush of caramel and bready malt flavors. Add to this a hit of citric fruitiness and a mild alcohol burn, and you have an artful blending of flavors sure to satisfy most serious beer drinkers... especially the hopheads in the crowd. The finish is dry and lingeringly bitter. We need AleSmith distributed in Chicago!

Moved from the YuleSmith (Summer) where it was egregiously placed at the time of the split. I just picked up a YuleSmith Summer Imperial Pale Ale, so Iíll be "re-rating" that anon.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter (3037) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2007 22oz Bottle: Pours a beautiful deep hazy amber/purplish with a consistant creamy tan head. Very fruity aroma, itís full of fruity hops. Lemony, sherbert like with smooth and sweet resins. Loads of hops in the flavor also. Has a smooth lemony fruityness. In the beginning itís slightly sweet and sherbert like fruityness, with subtle apricot notes. Chewy malts, with a roasty rye bread hint hold the body up perfectly. Tons of pine needles, with more grapefruity hop flavors coming out in the later flavors. Long, piney bitter dry finish. Everything is perfectly balanced. The loads of West-coast hops blend harmoniously with the chewy, delicious malts. Alcohol is masked completely (My bottle was labeled at 8.5% ABV). Great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Bomber split with NachlamSie. Pours a goldish red with bubbly off-white head. The aroma is well, hops: lemon, grapefruit, a little bit of pine. I suggest letting it get up close to room temperature to let some malt aromas come out, too: toast, a little bit of caramel. The flavor is lemon and grapefruit up front, working its way to a general bitterness in the finish. A pleasant toasty malt holds it all up. The alcohol is barely detectable. The finish is bitter and sticky, but leaves a clean aftertaste. This is pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (3187) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Bottle split with Tronraner. The pour on this is extra deep red with a long lasting whitish head. The nose has loads of hops. Quite lemony and piney with hints of hickory and sticky caramel. Plenty of lemon notes abound in the flavor along with a pine forest. To balance, hints of wood, biscuits, tobacco, and earth are present. This is a quintessential American strong:sticky, hoppy, decent malt complexity. Very well done, I canít decide which Yulesmith I like better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Whoa! What a GIGANTIC amount of flavor in this 22. Everything is MORE in this brew, more hops, more malt, more carbonation, more haze in color, more pizazz. Would drink again and again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2007 Thanks to Naven for the bottle. Hazy ruby/orange color with a huge head. Spare lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, oily resin and a great amount of caramel hops. Taste is big caramel malt with some hoppy-type spice. The alcohol is well hidden. Full body. Oily texture. Bitter finish. Pretty good, but is it a 100 percentile?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2007
22oz Bottle. Mix of aromas with bread, malt and most noticable Citrus. Amber body good off white head left ring of lacing around upper part of pint glass. Good citrus hop flavor blended with camamel malt and some alcohol warming. Havnít seen this one in my area since joining rate beer glad I finally got one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lagomswedish (213) - UmeŚ, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2007
Bottle (thanks ClarkVV). My first imperial red ale! Popping the cap the typically American hop aromas came flooding out, with citrus, pine and a decent dash of tinned pineapple juice. This is an attractive beer, living up to itís red ale label. The fantastic aroma is this beerís most likeable feature for me, as the taste fails to live up to the aromatic hype. A very viscous, syrupy mouthfeel and a lingering, dry biiterness surround this perfumed and spicy beer. Itís nicely balanced, with minimal alcohol heat, and a great beer to have in the depths of a Swedish winter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2007
22 oz bottle. Amber in color with a medium off white head. Aroma is alot of citrus, as well as caramel malts. Taste is alot of fresh citrus hops with a really big malt backbone, caramel, and bready/toasty malt. notes of berries/plums. extremely well balanced. Moderate bitterness in the finish. Alcohol completely hidden.

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