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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2331) - 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 isnít 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 (2141) - 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 (6052) - 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 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 (3045) - 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 (3256) - 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.

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