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RATINGS: 1368   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Bottle thanks to DarkElf! Poured a beautiful medium copper/orange with a fingerís worth of off-white head. Warm, powerfully hoppy aroma (fresh grapefruit and pine tar, dried flower and grass)... held in check by soothing caramel and a subtle spiciness. Very smooth and tingly mouthfeel with some hoppy oiliness to it. Grapefruit and pine bite the tip of the tongue, transitioning to smooth malty caramels and sweet pine notes. Floral hoppage and spices complement the grapefruit and caramel on the warming finish. This was just fantastic!

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 29, 2006
22 oz bomber from Liquid Solutions. Pours a golden copper color with a small white head. Nose is of butterscotch, pine and earhy/grassy hops. Taste is the same with a bitter pine oily alcohol finish. Cardboard and metallic aftertaste. Sorry, i donít get what the big deal is over this, i find it WAYoff the mark and am pouring the rest of the bottle down the drain...did i get a bad bottle?! will end the night on a DFH 90 minute....

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Poured orange with a white head. Aroma was citrus hops, orange peel, and floral notes. The flavor reminded me of a barley wine. The alcohol was very noticable, and again this just tasted like a poorly made BW. Finishes alcoholic and really dry.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Whoa, take a look at that head! Big, billowy and NEVER goes away. Not like your typical IPA. Kinda like the offspring of an IPA and a barley wine. Lots of sweet, malty flavor in here, very reminiscent of a barley wine, but plenty of dry, grassy hop bite and a hint of citrus. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2006
2003 bottle. Poured a nice amber color, with a Huge head, nice lacing. Alot of citrus, resin, Tons of hops, Great flavor. Not too noticable alcohol, could have mellowed from age, but not much.. Awesome

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2006
This is good stuff. Surprising amount of malt. Nice baking spices, quite thick mouthfeel. Donít know if it quite lives up to the hype, but it is pretty good beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours a crystal clear medium amber color. Beautiful off-white to tan head. Head is long lived, lacing is phenominal!! The entire Christmas tree must have been wrung into this beer!!! Just a huge pine aroma. Exquisitely balanced with malt and hop. Sweet malt and piney/floral hop in flavor. Medium bodied with smooth mouthfeel. Truly delightful.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (4043) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2006
(from previous rating when I thought there was only one Yulesmith) bottle. beautiful orange-amber color with a small white head. nose of piny íwest coastí hops with a nice balance of malt. taste The best balnced double ipa i have tasted makes this very drinkable. I want a case of this...make it available in western mass!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one from Julioís liquors in Mass. Pours orange\amber with a large beige head. aroma of citrus, hops, fruit, and orange peel galore. The flavor is loaded with citrus, moderate hoppy bitterness, smooth alcohol, caramel, fruit, and leaves you with a great mouth feel. Excellent malty body, great brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3633) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Tasted with OhioGuzzler and side-by-side with YuleSmith (Summer)... The Winter YuleSmith is deep copper/amber in color with a big off white head (definitely darker than the Summer YuleSmith). It has a wonderful caramelized sugar aroma that wafts all around you. it has something else deep in the aroma that I canít pinpoint. Flavor is very malty with a hefty amount of warming alcohol to back it up. The finish as a nice bitterness to round out the overall flavor - not too much, but just right. Overall, it is quite balanced as the alcohol doesnít really blow you away, but it is there. It also has a creamy mouthfeel that Iím really digging. Unfortunately for this beer, Arrogant Bastard is *almost* as good and half the price. 22 oz bottle (2005, 8.5% alcohol), $8.99 at From the Vine.


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