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RATINGS: 1396   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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmac (5827) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2007
22 oz bomber shared with willblake and Dickinsonbeer thanks to Pardefan98. Poured a great looking reddish/bownish/amber with a big frothy white head. Aroma was piney hops with just a slight hint of the 9.5% alcohol. Palate was very smooth with a medium body that had just the right touch of carbonation. Flavor was very hop forward that became moe apparent upon warming with just the right amount of malt balance. This was one great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2007
I love me some spice and this brew doesnt disappoint. Sure its a double IPA and wildly bitter, but there is some strong substance here and a smooth taste. This was better than the summer ale and will certainly warm you up on a cold winters night.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2007
thanks mgumby! Super malty aroma, molasses, caramel, some citrus and berries hiding in there, a subtle spiciness. Pours a dark amber reddish color. Hefty dose of malt and hops in the flavor, malty caramel and brown sugar, with spicy citrus hops, sharp hop bite, with a smooth sweet finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 25, 2007
650 mL bottle. Clear orange red with a fizzy white head. Aroma of malt, sugar, and yeast. Silky palate. Big sweet malty taste, molasses, brown sugar, and hints of fruit and alcohol in the slightly bitter finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - JUN 17, 2007
God, I waited for this one for a long time in Portland. Poured from a bottle and lets face it, you cant EVER go wrong with Alesmith! Very dark color for an Impy IPA. Wicked levels of piney/hoppy in the aroma. Huge mouthfeel right off the bat. I am not a hop head by any standards, but I can clearly see how this was rated so high. Lots of complexity in the flavor between bitter and deeper sweets, keeps it interesting. Thats why I think its great. Great balance for a 8.5%er. But.............Hercules is a far superior IPA imo. If you can find this double ipa, find Great Divides and compare...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Medium amber color with a reddish hue - cirtrusy aroma with notes of cherry, hops and pine. Malty flavor with smooth sweetness. Alcohol is rather mild. Some hoppiness throughout and a clean, dry finish. Terrific.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2007 2006 Bottle (also have an 05 via trade with WeeHeavySD that Im gonna let sit for awhile). Reddish-amber color with a med-lg. and persistent off-white head. Big hop aroma with lots of citrus and pine plus some sugary-dark candy detectable. Taste is big, sticky, and well-hopped. Citra-pine dominates upfront with plenty of big, sugary malts. Really nice. Ill still opt for the Double Bastard if given the choice though, as the "red" malts are not my favorite. Still a really nice and well hopped ASA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Blam, this is a good one. I worried that Id sat on this bottle for too long, but the thing still tastes fairly crisp but with much smoother malting than the first bottle I had (some time ago now). Its by no means a heavy red, but rather has a very silky feel with a nicely integrated palate of mild butterscotch, some cardamom, and a trace of pine. Excellent stuff as usual from this brewery.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2008 Bottle from sickboy 282- wow. Sweet brew. Dark amber brown in appearence. Smelled of piney, nutty hops. Tasted terrific, nuttyness really came through when this beer warmed. Another awesome beer from this great brewer. rerate, 3/2008- this beer finally came to buffalo. feel the same way about it: possibly, the perfect beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jazz88 (2674) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Bottle. A deep reddish brown color with a big thick foamy tan head. A hop filled sweet malty aroma with pine, and citrus. A rich and malty sweet flavor with a pine hops, caramel, and pepper. Robust and well balanced.


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