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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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkgrenwel (611) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Bottle thanks to bentley78. Tons of tropical fruit. Reminds me of a jolly rancher with that intense fruit flavor. Reminds me of Brian Boru and Cane and Ebel. Summit hops? Pineapple, passionfruit, intense strawerry. Should be incredibly cloying with all this sweetness, but its well balanced by a monstrous bitterness in the back. Malt is hugely overshadowed by all the hops, although there is a solid backbone giving it body, sweethess and balance for the hops. Unlike a beer like Hop Wallop, the hops have a leg to stand on. Id like to be able to get this more often.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Bottle: Pours a nice dark brown color with a nice tan head. The smell is not overpowering, but I do note some pine smell in there. I also note a little spice in the back, but I cant place it. This is very balanced, but I do catch the hops on this one. Definitely not overpowering. Easy to drink, but still enjoyable. Definitely a bit sticky in the background.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Bomber pour was a red, really, reddish orange with a large creamy tan head. Immediate nose of grapefruit and pine. Real pungent pine, grapefruit, orange citrus and touch of spice here too, maybe cinnamon and also a small bit of pepper. Taste was a typical pine, floral IPAness, with a real peppery finish. This was a very juicy, but dry finish, that left a great pucker. Thanks Secret Santa, I really liked this, enjoyed this a lot.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a creamy yellowed off white head. Awesome aroma of pine, some mellow grapefruit, some light caramel malt, and a bit of fresh cut grass...spicy-resiny hops all around. THe flavor is a bit more subtle than the aroma but the resiny hops are still pretty prominent especially torwards the back and through the finish. The front also has a nice hit of citrus followed by bready sweet malts that balance out the hops until they start to let them loose again torwards the back. Spicy flavors and smooth carbonation with a nice amount of sweetness...finishes bittersweet somewhat sticky. Overall a great winter-warmer for hop-heads like myself with a great amount of balance.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Cloudy amber with a gigantic fluffy head. Hops and spice in the nose. Cinnamon, nutmeg, citrusy hops in the flavor with a bitter finish. Could have mistaken this for a holiday barleywine. Very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Reddish amber pour. Nice head and lace. Great hop presence with a little spice. Slight bitter finish. Very good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2007
#200! Bottle. Pours a clear dark coppery color with a substantial, rocky, beige colored head, beautiful lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine, floral hops. Flavor is pine, grapefruit, orange, strong malt backbone. Palate is full bodied, sticky, resionus, bitter, yet sweet, creamy, yet crisp finish. This is quite a mouthful! Works for me!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (14189) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Bomber bottle at 42 F. Poured clear dark amber color with medium frothy off-white head that was that lasted with excellent lacing. Solid complex sour citrus and pine hop aroma. Medium to full body with smooth texture with soft carbonation. Full citrus, malt and spice flavor with a sharp bittersweet finish. Good brew that is a standout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2007
22oz bottle pours dark copper with a thick rocky tan head that stays very well and laces in big sheets. Aromas of nice pine and grapefruit hops over some good caramel malts with a touch of sourdough bread. Flavor is good pine and grapefruit but also a lot of pineapple and orange flavors as well. Some caramel backbone to hold it all together. Palate is very barleywine like.. Good body and smooth. I couldnt find any alcohol in this one... Another fantastic brew by Alesmith.. This brewer never disappoints!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2007 Wow, fantastic. A very nice malty and hoppy beer with a dry finish. A great bittering essence to the beer. I really cannot put into words how satisfying this beer is. Caramel-sweet malt, huge hop complexity. God freaking hell damn fuck.... not astringent bitter, just smooth bitter- if thats possible.


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