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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2004 Vintage 2003 (4.2) Holiday Yule: Nice malty spicey nose. Big foamy head on the amber brew. Great barley, malt and spice taste. MMMMHHHH - Thanks DaSilky! Vintage 2002 (4.6)Nice medium foamy head. Hazy dark orange. Bubble gum like nose. Hops a gogo, spicey, hoppy but smooth - suprisingly. Chocolate notes also. Cloves. Lonk kick on the back of the Tongue. Again Tanks a lot DaSilky!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2004 Slightly hazed copper pour with a smaller, but dense and stable light tan head. Grapefruit and pine tree grove aroma, undertones of sweet malt. Initial caramel flavors mingle with pine sap. Malt flavors continue throughout the quaff. Light smooth and a touch oily in feel. Small Amount of resin and Later in the brew. Seems to thin out and lose a touch of luster as it warms. Still a very good winter warmer. The finish is a touch odd, it seems thin at first, then there is wood element, followed by pine, a mellow malt and back to a dry wood. Interesting! Thanks again to Secretsanta cquiroga.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gfb108 (4) - USA - DEC 30, 2003 does not count
A million thanks to Eyedrinkale for this rare treat to us on the east coast. Pours autumn brown with a thin tannish-white head. Hops give off that "grassy" flavor profile that us hopheads adore. Hops are stingly warming. Sticky, oily, resiny, and just overall well put together. I haven't had DFH 90 Minute in small bottles, but I did have the first batch in 750's. This beer takes me back to those memories. What a wonderful beer. I'm looking forward to sampling more of Alesmith's line.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sloth (2688) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Medium sized tan head, good retention. Hazy, honey/amber color. Fatass, piney, citrusy nose. Medium/full body. Just another total friggin oily, resiny, kick in yer teeth, burn your nostril hairs, face distorting, lip puckering, hot razors on yer tongue goddamn hop assault of a beer! I love it! Finish is dry, sticky, hop gob stoppin juicy! MMMMMDAMMMMNNNN, YUM! Thanks bierbauch! SCHMACK!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Aroma at first seems to most closely resemble a pine cone. Hint of orange is also present. Appearance is coppery-red-orange. Flavor is veyr citrusy, orangey up front with a bitter, hoppy finish. Depth of palate isn't as much as I was expecting - seems a bit thin. Had this one at the Southern Ratebeer Gathering in Austin, TX on December 6, 2003.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a small off white head that diminishes rapidly but left some lacing. Aroma is bursting with hops - pine, citrus - along with some malt sweetness. Flavor starts oh so briefly with fruity malts, then gives way to the hop blast. It’s almost like sweet orange juice up front with a bitter and tart grapefruit finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body and lightly carbonated. Wow, this is a hop monster and a nice treat from Alesmith.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kyzr (1189) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Big alive head, great forest pine smell with citrus. Flavors of roasted malt blened so well with the hops. Terrific balance between the two. Creamy finish that makes you want more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3910) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Good loose foaming head. Copper-red-orange color. Orange grove aroma, as if walking in Florida, plus pine cones. I was loving the first two sips, with such bursts of orange. Then I was unimpressed by the bitter end. Good palate, sweet with some life, but ugh, what an ending. (Sampled at Southern Ratebeer Gathering, Austin, TX, December 6, 2003)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Pours a copper/reddish/orange color. Aroma and flavor is pretty much all hops, but they are very well-balanced and not overpowering. A "hopbomb" if you will. Very, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andrew196 (1155) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Aroma was very grassy and hoppy. Color was a crisp orange. I like how it had a defined malt presence throughout the storm of citrusy hops. Nice spiciness to the finish. I liked it, but I dont feel it deserves top 50 status.

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