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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15119) - 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.

4
   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!

4.1
   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.

4
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2007
Bottle. A bit like the summer version, only more dark coloured and tastes a bit more like winter ;-) Quite malty with notes if caramel, winter spices, molasses and a bit of alcobite in the end.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2007
Så kom juleversionen. Ja den smagte næsten ligesom sommerversionen, bare mere julet. Tilføj citrusskal og brun sukker. Ikke så støvet og lige en tak bedre. Tak til sune.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sunevdj (3938) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 Thanks to AXILLA. Pours a clear brown with a small off-white head and lacings. Quite sweet and bitter. Strong hoppy aromas of resin and a hint of grapefruit. Some alcohold too. Fizzy soft carboantion. Also metallic hints in the finish. Full bodied. Quite long bitter finish with a hint of perfume.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - OCT 29, 2007
A nice "warming" ale. Much like some of the old stock ales I’ve tried; goes down soft and smooth on the palate, with some mild spiciness throughout. Didn’t really look like a "red" to me -- more of a dark amberish orange.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 27, 2007
(22 oz. bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/massachusetts/w target=blank>Julio’s Liquors, cellared for 10 mos. after purchase) Really quite a hop bomb...Pours cloudy amber with a very large lightly amberish biege head. Large foamy head takes a while to die down. Aroma is big pine and grapefruit rind with some soft vanilla and caramel underneath. Mouthfeel pretty thick, fairly smooth. Sticky finish. Lacing is big foamy rings and sheets. Taste is big, fairly sharp hoppy pine and grapefruit overtop of sweet candy maltiness with notes of caramel and vanilla. Slight alcoholic finish. Medium-high bitterness. A little too much of everything. Although there’s alot of malt there’s even more hops. If I thought this was too hoppy wonder how I’d like the summer version!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Deep orange-brown body, thick puffy cream head. Crisp piney, citrusy hops aroma, backed by bready malts. Toasty body, potent with citrusy, piney hops and a bitter, peppery finish. Bready. Solid, but not entering my Top 50. If an I2PA/ASA isn’t going to deliver creatively, it had better knock the presentation out of the park to reach elite status.


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