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RATINGS: 1374   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Bomber shared with kleyland, courtesy of alexanderj. Pours a murky amber with a medium sized, off-white head. Aroma of citrus hops, some spices (cinnamon, nutmeg). Full size body, a treat to drink. Initial citrus hops taste fantastic and the sweet, caramel malts really dominate the finish of the beer. Nice warming alcohol flavor as the beer opens up. Perfect for a crisp UGA tailgate!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Bottle in trade. Pours a nice dark amber with a dash of foam. This is clearly going to be a treat as I can smell this from 2 feet away. This has more of a fruit profile than the Summer version. Kiwi or something. Loads of hops tho, no questioning what this is all about. Strong citrusy hop flavors with some bitterness and still a great fruity background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5886) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Pours copper with a fairly dark tan head. The aroma is very malty with bready caramel. It is fairly musty with dark toffee and obvious abv. Medium / full body with fairly gentle carbonation. The flavor starts with barleywine like maltiness, a good amount of caramel and a welcoming alcohol burn. the finish has some woodiness, toffee, vanilla, sharp bitterness, cream and an increase in the alcohol. This is very good, but the summer version wins out for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2007
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 Update Rating 4/11/09: 22 oz. bottle - thanks to padrefan98 for the bonus brew and opportunity to revisit;same appearance, etc; hop syrup & dose of spice; raw, malty, syrupy; not so sure this time around; i love a hop bomb, but this has a little much in the syrupy & spice side of things

Original Rating 11/19/07 (4.4 overall) 22 oz. bottle (tasting hosted by after4ever) - dark amber with white head upon pouring; big aromas of malts and hops; malt flavors are thick as well and mixed in with some spice; hop kick is mild; slightly bitter aftertaste; my first AleSmith brew did not disappoint

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2007
bottle. it has a dark golden color with a large head. the aroma is pleasant and hoppy. it tastes slightly bitter and slightly hoppy. more sweetness and more xmassy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2007
22oz. Pours dark red with a huge, rocky, off-white head. Tremendous lacing - some of the thickest I’ve ever seen. Aroma is piney hops and caramel malt sweetness. Taste is bitter with a tingly mouthfeel. Earthy. Caramel. Sweet and malty. This has a strong sweetness to it that is the least cloying I’ve ever experienced. Really nice malty flavor with enough hop bitterness to even it out. I’m not really a fan of red ales or imperial reds but this is fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2007
Bottle (Sune) at ØLklubben (2006 edition). Clear nutbrown - offwhite head. Nu med mere winter - more winther than the summer edition. Peach, grasst, light roasted, sweetness, light spicy, light cookie. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2007
Bottle from Pantanap. Pours amber colored with thin tan head. strong pine and citrus hop aroma with some malts hints. Citrus and grapefruit hop flavors come at first which mellows well with the sweeetness and the caramel and biscuit malt flavors. Pleasant bitterness and mouthfeel. This Imperial red ale with its nice malt backbone offers more balance than the usual double IPAs which I prefer. Thank you Kan!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 Yes! A great wintertime ale. This Yule shifts a profound IPA just enough into other flavors of orangepeel, malts and very understated spice. On tap a sweet creaminess really takes over the body and makes it refreshing as all hell - like Dec 06 as a spritzer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
posikyle (165) - Alabama, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Pours amber color, great citucy/hoppy aroma. Head was a weird yellowish color. Great beer, kinda fruity, dry finish.

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