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RATINGS: 1362   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


4
   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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (3229) - 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.

4.6
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2007 Thanks to Naven for the bottle. Hazy ruby/orange color with a huge head. Spare lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, oily resin and a great amount of caramel hops. Taste is big caramel malt with some hoppy-type spice. The alcohol is well hidden. Full body. Oily texture. Bitter finish. Pretty good, but is it a 100 percentile?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2007
22oz Bottle. Mix of aromas with bread, malt and most noticable Citrus. Amber body good off white head left ring of lacing around upper part of pint glass. Good citrus hop flavor blended with camamel malt and some alcohol warming. Havnít seen this one in my area since joining rate beer glad I finally got one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lagomswedish (213) - UmeŚ, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2007
Bottle (thanks ClarkVV). My first imperial red ale! Popping the cap the typically American hop aromas came flooding out, with citrus, pine and a decent dash of tinned pineapple juice. This is an attractive beer, living up to itís red ale label. The fantastic aroma is this beerís most likeable feature for me, as the taste fails to live up to the aromatic hype. A very viscous, syrupy mouthfeel and a lingering, dry biiterness surround this perfumed and spicy beer. Itís nicely balanced, with minimal alcohol heat, and a great beer to have in the depths of a Swedish winter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2007
22 oz bottle. Amber in color with a medium off white head. Aroma is alot of citrus, as well as caramel malts. Taste is alot of fresh citrus hops with a really big malt backbone, caramel, and bready/toasty malt. notes of berries/plums. extremely well balanced. Moderate bitterness in the finish. Alcohol completely hidden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2007
11/06. Very nice sweet grapefruit aroma. Pleasant malty creamy taste with ending hop bitterness. Somewhat refreshing. Better than the summer version which is too bitter and unbalanced. one of the better alesmith beers. Most are over the top and unbalanced.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Pours coper red with a thick dark yellow head. Smells of crazy fresh citric hops: I love it. Flavor has a very hoppy nature with a sweet balancing malt. Hop flavor lingers in your mouth with lemon, pineapple, and a sharp bitterness. Palate is fairly thick and there is an alcoholic backend but enforcing not overpowering. I would like to sample this next to the summer Yulesmith, since this is much more pleasurable to me than the other.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Cold 22oz bottle: Pours a clear pale copper color with a huge fluffy persistent tan head. Aroma is of grass, earth and malt with berry notes. Taste is of rich malts and aromatic hops with notes of citrus and berry. Alcohol is well hidden. Full bodied, smooth and well carbonated. Ending is dry and bittersweet with floral notes.


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