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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2006
Bottled. Gorgeous amber red pour with a huge creamy white head. Aroma is of silky smooth lemon rind and caramely sweet, sticky apricot. The hops present themselves in a subdued fashion, allowing the fruity raisin aromas to comfortably waft from beneath their hoppy partnerís stately presence of sweet red grapefruit. Texture is smooth and far less carbonated than expected, while the flavors contain a pleasing amount of malt. The hops are ideally reserved until the final smack, which brings the main attention to the fruity goodness of the beer in the first mouthfull. As the beer finishes its descent, the trademark sweet pine of the hops shines through. Final smack of freshly grated parmesan cheese. Overall, an exquisite beer, featuring a wonderful balance between hoppy notes and fruity flavors.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2007 Pours a dark amber color w/ a full, semi creamy froth. The froth reduces slowly leaving behind a full canopy w/ sticky snail tracks. Aroma of Buick sized caramel malts amidst a hoppy floral arrangement. Very nice! Full nectar w/ soft residual effers. The texture is thick and chewy. Big caramel malts meets the parents. Beautiful use of hops to balance. Very mild sweetness factor. Chewy nuggot, citrus rind, leather. The finish is bittered just enough to keep me coming back for more. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2006
Originally rated on January 30, 2005

Bottle at Fall Beerfest In Toronto 2004. Copper/amber in colour. Huge hop nose, lots of pine and grapefruit, very citrusy with some malt. Flavour was very hoppy (lots of cirtus, pine), some caramel malt, large body, high carbonation. Finishes long and hoppy. Very good, glad I just got more of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Hazy rusty-brown body, silky beige head, and significant lacing. Floral, hoppy aroma with both candy and savory elements, the latter being reminiscent of AleSmith IPA. Also has notes of grapefruit, wood, and alcohol. Great flavor with exquisite balance of all key elements. This beer is subdued yet full-flavored and complex. Soft, subdued palate. Although a definite belly warmer, this beer is remarkably fine and delicate for a big beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2006 Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle. Poured murky deep brownish-red with an average tan foamy-creamy head. Aroma - thatís the sh... stuff! Rich, juicy, fresh, slightly resiny hops, solid amount of malt present - simple, elegant and balanced, just as it should be. Taste is basically the same - solid fresh hops perfectly balanced with malt, a long linger. Mouthfeel is creamy, pleasantly astringent and full-bodied. This is a terific IIPA with a long, balanced sprucey finish, and the IBU level is simply not overpowering. Another killer beer from AleSmith - thanks again to my sister for bringing this back from California!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GregClow (3187) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2006
(Originally rated in 2004 - moved during the Great Yulesmith Split Of 2006.) Dark golden-amber colour with a tan head. Rich, sweet & hoppy aroma. Warm and complex flavour of brown sugar, toffee, orangey hops & spices. Hides that 8.5% extremely & dangerously well. A fantastic beer. [Toronto Christmas Party í04]

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Originally rated on 3/22/2006, but I have to move my rating now that YuleSmith has split.

Pours a thick, deep copper, mostly flat, topped with a rocky, ecru head that lasts and laces. Amazingly delicious, multi-layered aromas, starting with baked bread, becoming sweet muffins with citrusy tangerine & prune, coriander & clove, lily & pine, ending with alcohol as it warms. Incredible. Big malts temper big hops. Thick & syrupy, I wished for a bit of carbonation to help liven the mouth and further spread the flavors of rich caramel, sweet citrics, raisin and milk chocolate. I could only find two things wrong with YuleSmith... an effervescent kick would complexify the palate; and better availability in the Chicagoland area would be a big plus!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2006
22 oz. bottle - Color as described: clear and copper. Light off white head that lasts. Has a sweet floral hop aroma with some malt in the background. Flavor is well balanced. Has a very smooth bitterness. This beer is so smooth. Medium body. No alcohol warming. An excellent beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Big hop aroma with lots of grapefruit and pine and slight chocolatiness. Pours is nice orange with a smooth, silky head. Flavor is pretty balanced between the up front hops and late malts... it doesnít work in its favor though because the malts are too thin to really back up the intense hopping. When going for balance in an IIPA I feel you need very rich malting, otherwise just donít bother at all and go all out hops, which is fine too. The palate is pretty thick with nice tongue scraping bitterness but not quite as syrupy and rich as I would like. Still, a fabulous beer, especially for the price ($4 for a bomber, compared to 10 for a dreadnaught).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Thanks to doulos31 for scoring this one! Poured a nice amber color with a very pillowy head. Lots of sedimentation. Aroma was of light pines, citrus, resinous, light grapefruits, and a bready scent. The flavor was much of the same, supported by a malty base and alcohol that wasnít hiding. Mouthfeel was somewhat heavy and carbonated. I dunno, not all that impressive, given the hype. Flavor was somewhat straight forward and indistinguishable from other good but not great samples of the style.

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