RATINGS: 1384   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2006
A thicker, hoppier red than anticipated. Hazy copper-red with a buzz-cut for a head. Lots of hops and resin, but very obvious malt. Slick mouthfeel. Piney taste up front that moves turns into a long citrus-hop flavor. The malt is prevalent throughout this one, sweetening everything out and making it different from its summer cousin. Love it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (11774) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Poured a slightly hazy, medium copper color with a smaller off white head. Aromas of citrus (oranges) and some malts. Starts out sweet and ends in a nice hoppy bite (but not over the edge). Well balanced. Some pine. Very good beer and I glad I picked this up while on vacation!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (6496) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Bottle: Excellent grapefruit aroma with some malt sneaking thru too. Pours a transparent copper with a little sediment floating around. Nice creamy white head with excellent retention. Great lacing. Some orange sweetness up front which lasts throughout the flavor with a very nice hop finish. Very well balanced. Moderate hop aftertaste. Very smooth. No real alcohol flavor is detectable. Thanks to wolhfs for this one. Just as good as Dreadnaught but gets a higher appearance score making it a 0.1 better overall score. Excellent beer. **** Had another and really think this is much better fresh. 5 months later this really got big on the citrus and even became acidic. A high 3 after a few months but a mid 4 fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Pours a rich brown with a nice white head. Aroma is much hoppier than I expected, like the summer version (yes, this came from a red/green bottle). In the mouth, though, its definitely the red ale. While the hops are definitely still present, especially in the bitter finish, lovely malty flavors rise up in the middle to balance. I think I prefer summer (in many ways), but this is definitely worth drinking!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
Wow, big thanks to hogtown harry for sharing yet another alesmith - I dont know how I would have ever tried these beers without your connections, cheers harry, it is much appreciated. Shared with harry and blankboy. Dark hazy orange/brown, small white head. Wonderful hoppy aroma. Incredible balanced sweet malt, full mouthfeel, and hop taste. Not as much hops as aroma suggests, which is good, and they weave perfectly into this near perfect beer. Full flavoured, full mouthfeel and a joy to drink, this beer has earned its high standing here on the site. A true beer drinking delight, not bad as I kick off my next 1000!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattdmb (5) - Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2006 does not count
Pours golden, aroma of citrus. Alcohol finish. Not crazy about this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Bottle thanks to DarkElf! Poured a beautiful medium copper/orange with a fingers worth of off-white head. Warm, powerfully hoppy aroma (fresh grapefruit and pine tar, dried flower and grass)... held in check by soothing caramel and a subtle spiciness. Very smooth and tingly mouthfeel with some hoppy oiliness to it. Grapefruit and pine bite the tip of the tongue, transitioning to smooth malty caramels and sweet pine notes. Floral hoppage and spices complement the grapefruit and caramel on the warming finish. This was just fantastic!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 29, 2006
22 oz bomber from Liquid Solutions. Pours a golden copper color with a small white head. Nose is of butterscotch, pine and earhy/grassy hops. Taste is the same with a bitter pine oily alcohol finish. Cardboard and metallic aftertaste. Sorry, i dont get what the big deal is over this, i find it WAYoff the mark and am pouring the rest of the bottle down the drain...did i get a bad bottle?! will end the night on a DFH 90 minute....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Poured orange with a white head. Aroma was citrus hops, orange peel, and floral notes. The flavor reminded me of a barley wine. The alcohol was very noticable, and again this just tasted like a poorly made BW. Finishes alcoholic and really dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Whoa, take a look at that head! Big, billowy and NEVER goes away. Not like your typical IPA. Kinda like the offspring of an IPA and a barley wine. Lots of sweet, malty flavor in here, very reminiscent of a barley wine, but plenty of dry, grassy hop bite and a hint of citrus. Very nice.

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