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RATINGS: 1358   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.

Nephilium's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nephilium (1644) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Nice hop aroma with a strong malt backbone (biscuits and caramel). Dark red pour with a huge light tan head that leaves strong lacing behind. The hops are more subdued in the taste, leaving some caramel and sugar notes to peak through. Fairly syrupy mouthfeel, very little alcohol noticeable in the taste. Overall, a very fine beer. (As a side note, my bottle said it was 8.5% ABV).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (4254) - BELGIUM - JUN 27, 2016
The new incarnation of the famed Winter Yulesmith. At BeerTemple, shared by Jasper of Arendsnest, cheers! Cobweb lacing, pale greyish white head over a hazy burgundy coloured beer with deep vermillion red glow. Aroma of pink grapefruit, candied orange, hazelnut, sweet onion, pink pepper, biscuit, wormwood. Restrained and well-placed sweetishness in the mouth surrounded by a light umami edge, spritzy carbo, smooth and resinous caramelly and nutty malt body, long hoppy finish providing gentle bitterness as well as pleasant piney and grapefruit effects retronasally. Another AleSmith beauty, not far removed from their My Bloody Valentine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (3747) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 25, 2016
bottle @ Jungle Jims / Cincinnati OH --- Aroma of pine hops and malt. Clear brown color, beige head that doesn’t give up, bands of lace. Taste is sweet dark malt that grows into medium fizz and somewhat reserved hops that are tinged with pine. A huge brew, quite heavy, but very good anyway. It is difficult to finish the bomber by myself. I could have it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricksta_p (3148) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2016
From tap at BeerTemple, Amsterdam. Aroma is malty, resinous hops, some caramel, big pine resin, dried fruits, tropical notes. Flavour is moderate sweet and medium bitter. Body is above medium. Rich and smooth excellent piney malty fruity Imperial Red IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Echon (306) - Århus, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2016
Dark red and full-bodied. Rich aroma and flavour of spicy hops on top of a solid malt profile. Moderately sweet taste with high bitterness. Overall, a great DIPA. Full taste and great balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
melush (2576) - SPAIN - JUN 17, 2016
As AleSmith YuleSmith Winter Holiday Ale Bottle 65cl. @ Central Liquor & Deli, Coronado, USA A: Hazy amber. T: Malt, caramel, fruity, hops, resinous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alusmamuts (1425) - LATVIA - JUN 16, 2016
Amber/red with medium yellow head. Sweet malty and hops aroma. Strong bitterness mixed with strong malty sweetness, but in just right balance. Bread notes. Slight bitter and malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomekboniek (454) - Warsaw, POLAND - JUN 15, 2016
Beczka. Barwa w odcieniach czerwieni. Piana wysoka, średnio trwała. Ładnie zdobi szkło. Aromat intensywny, chmielowy. Można wyczuć truskawki, winogrona, biszkopty. Smak bardzo zbliżony do aromatu, przyjemny, pół słodki. Wysycenie średnie, goryczka średnia do wysokiej, niezalegająca punktowa. Alkohol drażni gardło bardzo delikatnie. Wydaje się, że jest to celowy zabieg niż nie oczekiwany. Bardzo dobre piwo, mocno chmielone, smaczne, mega pijalne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
llkc (1379) - århus, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2016
Fra fad duft citrus lime malt sødme humle Kick frisk smag malt karamel humle amrikans humle bid

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (5421) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Pronounced caramel nose, toffee on the edges. Clear chestnut, huge orange head, excellent retention, good lacing. Caramel, chestnut, wood. Subtle coffee finish. Rich, but somewhat quaffable. Grass and orange peel bitterness is there but it’s dominated by the bold maltiness. Medium body, soft carbonation, mild alcohol warmth appears upon warming. Not terribly hop forward, drinks more like an ESB on steroids, but falls short of being an old ale or barleywine. An older bottle to be sure with little hop presence to warrant an Imperial IPA classification, but still a delight to drink. It’s probably amazing fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Achel (349) - Ioannina, GREECE - JUN 9, 2016
Pours tawny with a large, frothy, light brown head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, bread, caramel), heavy hops (flowers, perfume, pine), average yeast (leather, dough) with notes of alcohol, apple, and wood. Full bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.

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