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RATINGS: 1288   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Note-reviewing the Winter release:This beer pours a delicious copper color and leaves a thick vanilla lace head that clings to the glass. The smell of this beer is crisp, hoppy, lemon, grapefruit, gummi candy. As I taste this beer the hop bitterness hits you with a candied lemon rind flavor followed by a taste of grapefruit. This beer is so smooth I can’t believe it is almost 9%. The alcohal is absolutely hidden, this is a fantastic double.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2007 Thanks to shigadeyo & sliffy for this. Pours a dark clear copper with fairly large lasting head. Nice sticky lacing also. A beautriful pour. Aroma and flavor is out of this world. Big pineapple and hop aroma. Flavor is a awesome mix of malts, bitter hops and strong pine notes. Ooohhh mama!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2006
I’ve had this many times, but this rating is based on a recent tap serving at Stuffed Sandwich. Aroma is of piney and grassy hops. Flavor is well balanced, but more malty than I remember. Finish has a nice present bitterness that couldn’t be improved. This is a great, well balanced brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Caramel malts and citrus hops stand out in the aroma.Pours amber with a thick head.Lots of malt in the flavor.good mouthfeel with some bitter hops in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Deep mahogany color and a big thick head. Much maltier than the summer version and slightly less hoppy - prefer the summer overall but still another solid entry (as always) from Alesmith.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2006
22 oz. Deep copper coloring. Thick, three inch head that evaporates very slowly, begging me to drink before it’s ready. Buttery smell, nearly butterscotch like. Complex taste, at times malty and at times hoppy. Alcohol content readily apparent, pleasing, welcome. A top beer in my book.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Another great Alesmith product. The Yulesmith pours a orange-brown sort of color with a nice head that leaves tons of lacing on the glass--maybe the most I’ve ever had. The aroma is along the lines of Great Divide Hercules or Stone Ruination--pine, citrus, with a hint of caramel. The taste is very nice. Plenty of hoppines in there, but backed up by a solid wall of malt flavor. The balance is what makes this one smooth and refreshing. "

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2006
(Bottle, 2006 vintage) Pours a clear amber body with a huge long-lasting beige head. Aroma of fresh citrus, breadiness, and caramel. Flavor of caramel, chocolate, hops, and an abundance of malt presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2006
A crossbreed of an amber and a IIPA, hence the imperial red-ness. More malty than an IIPA, but much of the same flavors. Lighter than the summer and more malty. actually tastes a lot like big hoppy monster but with a creamier mouthfeel and different types of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2006
(Bottle 65 cl) Pours a slightly hazy amber with a creamy, off-white head. Aroma of citrus and caramel. A great, full body with plenty of caramel and distinct aroma hops also leaving a solid dose of bitterness. 011206

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