RATINGS: 1399   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 9, 2006
KSBF 2006 RB after party. Rating #1,000. Much thanks to Slob for sharing this one from my wants list. Pours a hazy golden amber with a creamy off white head that laced and sustained. Aroma of caramel, toffee and kind of an organe/pine hops hidden in there. Flavors of the same but I think oxidation has set in and kind of has burried everything a bit. I need to get ahold of another bottle to re-rate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blankboy (7506) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2006
Originally rated 1/9/2006.
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Woohoo, another beer to rate from my favourite brewery -- thanks Harry! Pours a hazy dark orangey-brown with a large dissipating fizzy white head. The aroma, well if I quote my notes I wrote "Holy $h!t thats awesome!" A wonderful fresh hops explosion -- I love it! I dont know how the flavour can top the aroma but it does -- its sooo flavourful its ridiculous. Again, fresh juicy hops balanced just right with some sweet malt. Youd never know this was 8.5%. Creamy, full bodied and smooth. Excellent, I dont know if IPAs get better then this!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11749) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2006
A big beer. Very hoppy and lots of alcohol and some spices such as nutmeg and cinammon in there. Maybe Im not such a big fan of double IPAs or more likely they are as a group overrated by the hopheads. Well malted to take the edge off the bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Winter 2005 Version- Tasted on draft @ the brewery. By the brewers admission and by my tasting, this is not a IIPA (atleast this version is not). This is definitely a dbl red ale. Nice beer, but didnt have the hop bite I was expecting. If you like this one, youd love Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Bomber shared with and courtesy of gputty. This is the winter imperial red version. Murky golden brown with red highlights. Beige head. Big, sweet tart orange nose. Thick foamy lace. Nice, crisp, bitter orange flavor. Lively, crisp mouthfeel. Lovely, spicy citrus bitter finish. The perfect end to a very up-and-down tasting day!

   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 (12083) - 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 (6539) - 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!

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