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RATINGS: 1406   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle at BeerDig 2011 on 03/06/2011. Clear amber body with a small tan head. Sweet floral and citrus hop aroma with some caramel. Sweet fruit and floral hop flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/3/8/3/16 3.7 Sampled at the Richmond Beer Industry Gathering 2006. Slightly hazy amber body with a medium off-white head. Sweet caramel and floral hops aroma. Sweet strong floral hops flavor with a caramel background. 8/3/9/3/18 - 4.1

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 Bottle from Cbkschubert, Thanks craig. Shared with for Thanksgiving. Good aroma and awesome appearance. Looked great in the glass. Flavor is well balanced with a somewhat grape flavor hitting near the end. Good flavor left over in the mouth. Hoppy but rough. Good ale. Cheers!

Update: This is a rating for a 2006 bottle. The sweet malty flavor was exceptional. This has turned into a great beer. Light hops are present and overall thi beer is smooth and delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhiloPsych (15) - California, USA - NOV 24, 2006
This is a nice, fun, flavorful beer. If you like Arrogant Bastard, you will like this too.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle. Color is a dark, rich amber. Big frothy head, soapy. Aroma was fantastic. Aromas of malt and hops. Citrus, yeast and spice hints. Taste was much of the same. Great palate. Rich and complex. Fruit tastes. Really great, especially during the holidays.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Aroma is a crisp sating lemon peel and coriander flowing with resins and ample citrus. Yet, from the depths rises a submarine of considerable malty heft. Pour of basketball orange, clear with a fringe perfect soapy ivory head, with stellar lacing. Flavor is a rich, sweet spicy lemon and bold alcohol warmth that isnt disconcerting. Rich creamy malt follow of raisins pan fried in butter, mellowed by a field of savory wheat. The blinding bite of the acidic hop juices has transformed itself into that glorious warm spicy yeasty quality, that blends in harmony with the terrific body of malt and sugars, taking the beer to a new level. Admittedly, my tounge is used to hop abusive beers now and I dont think that any level of hops could really blow me away any more, but what I mark int is beer is the fantastic balance that this beer achieves, something that for me, is the most important marker of quality. Right up there with the best! Thanks Andy!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CMUBEERMAN (427) - - NOV 22, 2006
This beer is remarkable...easily my favorite dipa. color orange with a big cake-y head. aroma is huge citrusy hops and a hint of sweet spice and yeast. flavor is similar, but huge and balanced and creamy...perfect.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2006
2006 bottle pours a clear copper body topped by a huge beige head. Lacing is sticky and extravagant. Grapefruit and orange citrusy aromas with hints of pine and honeyed caramel underneath. Creamy and full bodied, with brisk carbonation. Dry and bitter, with juicy citrusy hops. Orange pulp and pink grapefruit to the taste. Subtle, but respectable, malt bill adds a pleasant balancing sweetness. Exceptional!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Fresh 2006 bottle. Lots of fruity hop aromas. apricoty and citrusy. Huge head on this light orange pour. I had to pour the next glass really really slow. Head is wow creamy. Flavors are wonderfully sweet with lots of citrusy hops. Delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle marked "21 01 05" Huge rocky beige head with amazing durability and gorgeous lace all floating above a clear amber gold liquid. This is as good as a beer can look. Big hoppy nose of citrus, pine, and spice over a background of light toffee and vanilla. For a beer that is apparently almost 2 years old, this smells as though hops were thrwon in it yesterday. Smooth on the palate with light carbonation and a resinous astringency that turns to a slight chewiness. Caramel sweetness quickly takes a back seat to a peppery bitterness for a long dry finish. This is a phenomenal beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (6273) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2006
Bottle (Courtesy of FlacoAlto): Poured a deep copper color ale with huge white head with pretty good retention. Aroma of deep citrus hops with a strong presence of semi-sweet malt. Taste is totally dominated by the mix of citrus hops and strong caramel malt. Body is just above average and carbonation is medium. Alcohol is well hidden. While this is not a bad beer, I feel that it is a bit too one-dimensional and would probably have been happier drinking their regular IPA.


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