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RATINGS: 1369   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Bottle. Pours with an orange to copper color with a nice head. Aromas of fruit and psices, flavors of maltiness and toffee, combined with floral hops, spices and some orange peel. Very complex and smooth. Just enough alcohol hotness to warm you up. Excellent

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Pours a hazy deep red, with a thick lacy off white head. Very nice looking. Smells of sweet malts, cinnamon, hops, and caramel. Very intriguing. Taste is very complex, pretty nice grapefruit hops taste, but mixed with some brown sugar and caramel. Some sweet malts balance out the flavor. I love the mixture to this beer. Its not overpowering in any form. The 9.5% is hidden just enough, but reveals itself towards the finish. A treat for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (3509) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Bomber thanks to notalush, Brandon you just opened up my eyes. I never thought or had an IIPA that is so malty. So when I smell it first, it is not the hops that intrigue me but the sweet brown sugar filled caramel malt aroma. Its strong and equally balanced with the great hearty hops which are like sourish and really citrus-y tangerines. The taste is similarly great where the malt sweetness really counterbalances the hop bitterness. Its pretty hefty to boot with a good heavy body thats also offset by an above average carbonation. Magnofic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2007
bottle. deep red and semitranslucent. half inch thick brown head. i actually got a lot of apple cinnamon in the aroma. some tropical fruits hops too, but quite a bit of spice. tremendous body and flavor. i actually do detect a fair amount of alcohol, but the flavor is pretty balanced. syrupy finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2007
I enjoyed a bottle of this wonderful sweet hop nectar the other day for my 23rd birthday. The bottle is from the 2005 winter release. This beer is phenomenal!! It is much thicker and stickier than the summer version of this beer. It is very apparent that it is an imperial red as compared to the west coast double ipa that is the summer edition of this beer. Lots of great sweet malts shine through on this beer with some great piney resiney hops still making their presence known a year later down the road. Alcohol is not noticeable at all, and this beer is very enjoyable. Another great beer brought to us by Alesmith!!! They rarely disappoint.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
Big thanks to notalush for this treat. Deep red colour with a huge sticky off-white head. Massive hoppy aroma, pine, dank wet leaves along with some other fruity notes (orange, mango, and grapefruit) over a sweet cookie dough, toast and caramel backbone. Very juicy and fruity tasting, but there is more than enough sweet maltiness to make this a well-balanced, full-bodied sweetish DIPA. The flavour is hoppy and fruity with sticky resins and chewy caramel/toasted malts. As it warms the resin/pine notes are amplified. Great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
decaturstevo (5770) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Sampled at the Knoxville tasting courtesy of Shigadeyo, thanks Craig. An almost borwn pour with a light tan head and excellent lacing. A clen aroma of grapefruity hops. Swet malty flavor with hops and apples and an all over bitter that is an excellent example of hop bitter. A slight carbonation thing kept this from being a 5 on the palate. And excellent palate. flavor, mouthfeel overall excellent. Thanks Craig for the opportunity to try this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAR 21, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2008 Poured a dark copper with a a fizzy/fluffy off-white head. Aroma is nearly perfect pine, grapefruit, some sweet toffee, some attic mustiness. Flavor is sweet and hoppy, with big notes of ruby red grapefruit and some grass and piney hops. This is balanced against a body of sweet toffeeish and biscuity malt and some refreshingly dry alcohol. An excellent imperial red as only Alesmith can do.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2007
bomber courtesy of Saarlander, thanks Aaron. my second bottle of this yummy treat, the first was before the two Yulesmiths were separated. I wish I could rate the appearance even higher, one of the most amazingly fluffly, rocky heads I’ve ever seen. flavor is malty with a bit of spice and plenty of hops to add balance to a strong brew with well hidden alcohol. well done

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Pours orange, with a large, tan head. Aroma is citrusy hops, fruit, and spices. Flavor is hops, both citrus and pine. malt, caramel, and fruit, too. Pretty good balance. Body on the heavy side. Thanks to WeeHeavySD for this bottle.

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