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RATINGS: 1410   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.

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nimbleprop (8949) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Looks like what you expect, translucent hazy orange, frothy lacing white head. Smells a little different than what you’d expect, hay, yeast, and barnyard accompany the traditional hop aromas. Flavor is slight citrus (oranges and tangerines) with sweet malts, also touches of yeast and biscuit. Finish is really smooth, slightly sweet and also slightly bitter. Heavy alcohol sneaks up on you because of the sweetness. Very nice, complex flavors, but also very drinkable which I appreciate.

TaktikMTL (8014) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2007
Bouteille de 22 oz dégustée en compagnie de Dmac621, Dickinsonbeer, Cathschlag, MartinT, Beerbuzzmontreal et Glouglouburp. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde (présence de lie). Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’houblons et de noix grillées. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence d’houblon en arrière goût. (Rating #1253)

Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Huge thanks to Secret Santa crizay for this one! I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time, and it didn’t disappoint. Orange and ruby tinted amber, nice compact pillow head that left tails of lace. Aroma is thick caramel and a burst of juicy citric and pine hops. Flavor is rich caramel accented malts, resinous pine, pineapple, citrus, and something tropical that really reminded me of mango. Everything balanced perfectly, the transition from malt sweetness to hop bitterness is seemless. Awesome beer.

temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2007
2006 bottle. Deep orange color. It’s pretty malty overall, aroma and flavor. This bottle is about 9 months old I’d say, so the hops in it have faded, but still have a presence. Feels like a barley wine. Would like to have it fresh to see what it’s like.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Name: Yulesmith (Winter)
Date: November 29, 2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Stuffed Sandwich
Appearance: clear dark red, huge lasting creamy beige head, nice lace
Aroma: huge citrus hop aroma
Flavor: lots of hop flavor, tons of citrus, sweet caramel and pine, long bitter finish

Name: Yulesmith (Winter)
Date: December 06, 2006
Mode: bottle
Source: hi times
very creamy body, spicy hop flavor as well, picking up a bit of alcohol in the finish,

Name: Yulesmith (Winter)
Date: May 26, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: roadtrip
Words: summer vs. winter tasteoff
Appearance: clear dark ruby red
Aroma: oxidized earthy hop aroma with a spicy edge
Flavor: sweet dark caramel malt flavor with lots of balancing earthy hops, winter comes off heaver and stronger than summer making it a good winter warmer

Name: Yulesmith (Winter)
Date: December 04, 2007
Mode: draft
Source: O’Brien’s
Aroma: strong dark caramel malt aroma with lots of earthy hops and a touch of alcohol
Flavor: rich dark caramel malt flavor, sticky caramel sweetness, tons of earthy hops, long bitter finish

Name: Yulesmith (Winter)
Date: November 17, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: let’s pour
as great as it ever was, rich dark caramel malt, lots of hops, earthy, touch of citrus, well balanced bitterness, light caramel sweetness keeps the hops in check,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

MrBunn (2867) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2007
What a wonderful way to start off! Aromas of orange and pine burst out of the bottle and are detectable as I’m pouring. On closer examination I can pick up some caramel/vanilla type malt and a touch of pineapple. Appearance is a beautiful dark amber with a subtantial frothy head. Some lacing is detectable right off the bat. Flavor is sweeter than I expected, at least before the hoppy kick at the end. Sweet caramel malt flavors give way to a burst of crisp pine hops with a bit of a citrus interlude as a transition. Really nice! My only slight complaint is that the malt is a bit overbearing up front and it comes off a bit syrupy for a split second before the transition to hoppy bliss.

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 IPA’s I’ve had. The carbonation is really nice: full, yet very, very smooth.

bb (9790) - 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.

zach8270 (4021) - 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.

Brigadier (3780) - 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. I’m 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 wasn’t 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.

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