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RATINGS: 1408   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.

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4.6
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
jazz88 (2679) - 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.

4
SpringsLicker (3638) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Thanks to Shigadeyo for sharing this bottle with us at the Tennessee Spring(ish) Tasting! Pours with a lasting tan head over a clear, light brown body. Big juicy malt aroma with a touch of hops. Bitter flavor with plenty of underlying malt. Smooth and full mouthfeel. Very nice beer.

4.7
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2007
20061006 Bomber. Well, I’ve had this numerous times. In fact, it’s one of the beers I have traded for multiple times just to stock up for the long haul. Green-tinged amber reminds of motor oil in its color and obvious viscosity. Huge, thick, and lasting tan head fades to piles of dirty sea foam. Aroma is piney, pithy, and yeasty. Very nice to encounter some yeastiness come forward in a big US style strong ale. Palate is sticky, full, and thick. This stuff is obviously mellowed a bit it’s just delicious. Mild oxidation, mellowed hops, and juicy malts. Amazing beer.

4
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2007
22 oz purchased at Julio’s in MA - Deep crimsony amber, huge foamy off-white head. Nose held rich hoppy tones of spruce, pine, peach and mango, with a well integrated toasty brown sugar and caramel backbone. Mega west coast hop flavors are well balanced with a rich toffee and caramel malt addition from start to finish. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, bittersweet finish. Typical Alesmith excellence. Minor flaw was the overcarbonation, but I’ll certainly live....

4
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2007
From trade with WeeHeavySD. Dark amber in color with slight orange tints. Light tan head. Crisp hoppy aroma with some malt and a bit of alcohol. Moderate grapefruit hop flavor that plays over some sweetness and malt. Nice medium hop finish. A nice refreshing red, would like to try a fresh bottle.

3.9
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAY 27, 2007
smells malty and syrupy sweet. flavor is suprisingly more malt than hops. it is honey sweet and piney with a definate scotch character. alcohol is hidden only by the abundance of sugar.

4
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2008 Bottle. Aroma of pine hops, citrus hops, and malt. Flavor is the same, but very well done and enjoyable. Lots of malt and lots of hops. Some candy sugar also.

4.2
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2007
Big dense off-white head on top of a cloudy golden body. Heavy nose of grapefruit and pine with malts displaying notes of caramel and sugars. Sweet flavour behind heavy bitterness. Medium to full body with a nice, creamy texture. The bitterness continues into the long finish. Dry finish.

3.7
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
A bit too cloying here for me. Overall, an intense beer and certainly deserving of an "imperial" status. Other highlights were an aggresive mouthfeel and body, and good pleasant hop profile. Just not enough, however, to balance out the syrupy finish. Not as well done as the winter version.


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