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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 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, Iíd like to try it fresh from the tap.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 22oz, about 6months of age on it so iíll 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 iíd 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.

   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.

   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 isnít your thing, it def wonít be your favorite

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2007
big thanks to dirty_martini for this beauty. crystal clear dark copper.....almost light brown. visible sparkling carbonation. great creamy fluffy off white head. great lacing. it just looks great. nicely balanced toasted almost oak like malt and piney hop aroma with a hint of orange and vanilla. flavor just as balanced. sweet sugar cane toasted malt oak with great bitter spicy piney hop undertones. finish sweet sugar cane spicy black pepper just as balanced. lively carbonation. full body. very nice beer. great balance. Thanks again Larry!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2007 22oz bottle, pours a decidedly reddish copper color, bottle is well balanced with a nice long finish, nice and solid from Alesmith, cant wait to get my hands on the summer version. Aged Version: Meh, the hops have faded and melded into a nice balanced beer with little to no resemblance of a IIPA the malts are really shining here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2007
Bomber from the brewery. Copper color with strong off-white head. Powerful beer all around. Complex aroma of sharp hops, cinnamon, caramel, dark fruit. Aroma starts with cinnamon and caramel malts, then grapefruit hop bitterness. Well balanced, alcohol is hidden well. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2007
Duane shared a bottle of this with me. Thanks Dad! Iíd been looking forward to trying this one and actually didnít know what I was drinking when I started tasting it. It wasnít until I was partially done that Duane told me what it was! I got excited just looking at this one though. Big, fluffy head and a great dark copper hue. Strong hoppy and slightly spicy aroma. Very malty and well balanced flavor with just a hint of spices. Another solid brew from Alesmith. Even though I enjoyed the summer version even more than this one, this was still a treat to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmartin08 (12) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2007
Pours a nice amber with a frothy white head. Smells of hops and citrus. I am getting a very nice grapefruit kick on the palate. A bit carbonated to start but changes quickly and softens out as it warms. Very much a west coast tasting beer. I really enjoyed this one.

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