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RATINGS: 1373   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
decaturstevo (5784) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2339) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Well after hearing about the summer YuleSmith over a year ago and buying a bottle i thought all along it was the same brew as the winter ale. When did they start to classify them as seperate beers? Anyways, this winter bottle produces a dark burnt orange with very fluffy topping of head. Aroma is a stinky socks type of smell that Fat Tire has but this ale isn’t as stinky. Has minimum amount of hop scent and big background of malt and sweets. The drink is a rich flavor of sweet sugars used and semi dark malt and just the right touch of hop. Very heavy and well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Sampled at the Knoxville tasting courtesy of Shigadeyo, thanks Craig. I have been wanting to try this one for a really long time, ever since it got split into new ratings. I never knew this was a different beer until then. Pours out a dark redish color with a light yellow colored head. Smell is hoppy, fruity, sweet, and pine needles. Taste is smooth and rich and slightly bitter, but not too much. Very rich and flavorful. Reminds me of a double bastard quite a bit, but smoother. Great shit here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Suttree (6075) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Brownish orange. Very sweet, caramelly aroma, mixed ith a woodys, resiny smell. Very smooth. The first flavor is juicy, sweet malts, with big citrusy notes - oranges, lemons - then a sticky, resiny finish. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopicide (11) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Clear reddish-amber color topped by rich, frothy head. Nose of bubble gum, cotton candy, citrus rind, and resiny pine needles. Full-bodied maltiness and warming alcohol balanced by lingering bitterness. Slick caramel and citrusy hops. Minerally, dry finish. A maltier take on the San Diego Pale Ale.

   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 I’ll be "re-rating" that anon.

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