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RATINGS: 1403   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Nice looking, with a reddish-copperish body and a pretty, dainty head. Cloudy, with floaties. Great aroma: juicy cherries, plums and caramelized hops. The flavor is crisp, with nicely balanced bitterness. A good helping of sweetness, but not syrupy like some other double IPAs Ive had. The carbonation is really nice: full, yet very, very smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8971) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Bottle. Dark amber color with a big off-white head. Big citrus hop aroma. Big malt backing with huge hops. LIngering hop and sweetness. Hides alcohol well and is easy to drink. This is sort of like a more mellowed version of an arogant bastard - not as assertive and easier to drink.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2007
(bottle - 22 oz) Clear copper in color with a very puffy tan head. Aroma is hoppy and floral with hints of pine, resin, malt, and caramel. Flavor is very sweet and resiny with strong malt characteristics and a finish a little reminiscent of toasted almonds. Finishes very clean.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3635) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2007
650 ml bottle

Thanks to whomever sent a bottle of this in a trade a few months ago. It has been resting on a fridge awaiting consumption for a few months now. Im not sure it was quite a personal Top 50 beer but I can see why people would think so. It is a blend of west coast hops and other things that can either punch your in the mouth or, if mellowed out, provide a malty experience.

Aroma / Appearance - A burnt orange body is graced by the huge pillowy head that forms quickly. Chunky lacing clings to the sides forming a cloudy window through which to gaze on the liquid inside. Caramel, butterscotch and hops are balanced by malts, peat and berries. I can immediately detect the west coast influences at work.

Flavor / Palate - Cherries, caramel and resin greet the senses a few seconds after the first sip. Next comes a hoppy bitterness which dries out the throat. The smooth creamy mouthfeel made it easy to finish the bottle by myself. It wasnt cloying at all; for an imperial red (whatever that is) I found it perfect. It might not be a personal Top 50 but I would certainly enjoy a bottle of this every now and again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raphael (1220) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2007
what a nice surprise. Ive had some confusion between a couple yulesmiths. color-coded, and was expecting an IPA. pours cherstnut with am oprange tan head. full spectrum aroma with oak. pine, citrus, and caramel. gets the mouth all tingly while only bruising part of the tongue, good carbonation. the hops seem smaller than they are because of the ample malt and alcohol. tannen, grapefruit rind, brown sugar, slightly over-baked white bread. the hops dont want to stop.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Bottle from Zinister. Thanks, Mike! Gigem!
Pours a thick, viscous, almost jello-like amber with a head that rises faster than one of NASAs finest. Aroma of bread, roasted nut, and hops with grapefruit rinds. Flavor is nicely balance mixture of hops, grapefruit, bread, and roasted nuts. Thick, coating mouthfeel. Outstanding. N e e d m o r e...

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - AUG 4, 2007
Thanks to Juancho. Defintely out of this world. Pours a perfect dark copper color with a light brown ever lasitng head. Taste of citrus , grapefruit because of the bittirness, but the the sweet malty flavor balances it out, however, the hop will follow you for a good time, delicious, if you like hops......

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2007
22oz Bomber $6.95 Liquid Solutions Winter Edition/Imperial Red Yulesmith Winter pours a slightly hazed over deep garnet. Big streams of carbonation bubbles rise along the side of the glass to the two finger khaki head. Leaves great sticky lacing after each sip. Wonderful aromas leap from this beer. Toasty malts and raw grains lead the big maltiness of this brew. Slight doughiness as well. There is a strong malt presence but the hop profile might edge it out. sweetened grapefruit over the top of a forrest full of pine needles. Slightly sweet. Smells excellent. Flavor is right in line with the aroma. Strong malty presence kick things off but the hops do manage to push it aside. Toastiness and a mild raw graininess are the first flavors to hit. Even getting some caramel as it warms. Mid palate the flavor just explodes. Grapefruit and a pine needle hoppiness jump forward and last throughout the finish. Throw in a nice spicy alcohol warmth and you got yourself one hell of a beer with good balance. Medium bodied with an airy, creamy mouthfeel when this beer hits your tongue. No skimping on the use of hops coat your mouth with a solid lingering bitterness. Easy drinker with good somewhat balanced flavors keep this one drinking easy. Another great beer from Alesmith. This is my second offering from them along with their IPA and they are both top notch examples. I would love to get a fresh bottle of Yulesmith. 7/29/07

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Deep red/brown with foamy & persistant head, nice lacing. Hoppy grapefruit flavors are balanced by warming caramel, toasted chocolate, coffee, toffee malts. The malts do a good job of quieting the piney hop presence and provide balance for the brew. There is a slight taste and warming effect produced by the alcohol, but considering the high abv, the alcohol is masked wonderfully. Sticky, syrupy bodied at the end. Nice brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2007 22 oz bottle, from Wine Gallery in Boston, shared with ArcaneApollo. Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a fluffy white head. Aroma is caramel, spice, and cinnamon, with a slight hop characteristic as well. Flavor is a smooth blend of the above, with a nice hop/rye aftertaste. A great companion for cold winters nights and another fabulous brew from AleSmith. I wish we could get more of these on the right coast.


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