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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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2007
Pours amber with a large head. Aroma is citrus with a big malt backbone, some spices. A sugary sweetness balanced by a solid bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 21, 2007
22 oz bottle, poured a huge head, dark orange red. Smells of citrus and pine, and left a nice lacing. Taste the fruit, citrus and pine. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2007
22 oz sampled with thanks to drewbeerme. Pours a clear amber with a tall white head with orange tints. Aroma is abundant and interesting, citrus, orange lemon, vanilla, cream, and sweet. Sweet flavors, citrus, orange, and a bit of alcohol going into a piney citrus bitter finish. I enjoyed this one but the orange and really malty sweet flavors became a little old as I drank on. Tasty though, Id like to try it fresh from the tap.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2007
22 oz. bottle, poured a deep amber color with a thick white head. Copious aromas of floral and citrus hops penetrating through the thick malty curtain. Very heavy flavor, lots going on, nice balance between hops and malt. A bomber was tough to drink in one sitting just because it was so thick. A nice beer but I enjoy the summer version much better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 22oz, about 6months of age on it so ill have to re-rate fresh. pours reddish brown with big off-white head. nose has big caramelly malts with healthy hop kick in the background. flavor is still pretty bitter but definetly on the malty side of ASA. big caramel and toffee malts combined with PNW hops. alcohol is well hidden. carbination is medium. a tasty brew indeed but i think id like to have this fresh or aged 2 years.3.9.

11/08 - 2006 vintage aged 2 years and wow this aged so poorly! cooked vegetables with nothing really left over. gross.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2007
Dark bronze/copper color. Big aroma, balanced with malt & hops. Tremendous big, rich and coating mouth feel, which seems to elevate the flavors. Fantastic flavor, which is more malt accented. The malt is so decadent and provides an astounding flavor of caramel and big fruit. Then come the hops, which deliver underlying pine, exceptional bitterness and a great citrusy finish. This is one hell of a beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2007 22 oz bomber...nice offering from Alesmith...had to re-rate, last time I had this was about 9 months ago. A lot better this time around, weird how that palate changes huh? Reminds me of the Dead by Dawn 2006 but with a little more bitter hop character and a great level of overall balance. I tad on the sweet side - so if that isnt your thing, it def wont be your favorite

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2007
big thanks to dirty_martini for this beauty. crystal clear dark copper.....almost light brown. visible sparkling carbonation. great creamy fluffy off white head. great lacing. it just looks great. nicely balanced toasted almost oak like malt and piney hop aroma with a hint of orange and vanilla. flavor just as balanced. sweet sugar cane toasted malt oak with great bitter spicy piney hop undertones. finish sweet sugar cane spicy black pepper just as balanced. lively carbonation. full body. very nice beer. great balance. Thanks again Larry!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2007 22oz bottle, pours a decidedly reddish copper color, bottle is well balanced with a nice long finish, nice and solid from Alesmith, cant wait to get my hands on the summer version. Aged Version: Meh, the hops have faded and melded into a nice balanced beer with little to no resemblance of a IIPA the malts are really shining here.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2007
Bomber from the brewery. Copper color with strong off-white head. Powerful beer all around. Complex aroma of sharp hops, cinnamon, caramel, dark fruit. Aroma starts with cinnamon and caramel malts, then grapefruit hop bitterness. Well balanced, alcohol is hidden well. Excellent.


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