RATINGS: 1381   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2006
(from previous rating when I thought there was only one Yulesmith) bottle. beautiful orange-amber color with a small white head. nose of piny west coast hops with a nice balance of malt. taste The best balnced double ipa i have tasted makes this very drinkable. I want a case of this...make it available in western mass!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one from Julios liquors in Mass. Pours orange\amber with a large beige head. aroma of citrus, hops, fruit, and orange peel galore. The flavor is loaded with citrus, moderate hoppy bitterness, smooth alcohol, caramel, fruit, and leaves you with a great mouth feel. Excellent malty body, great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3637) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Tasted with OhioGuzzler and side-by-side with YuleSmith (Summer)... The Winter YuleSmith is deep copper/amber in color with a big off white head (definitely darker than the Summer YuleSmith). It has a wonderful caramelized sugar aroma that wafts all around you. it has something else deep in the aroma that I cant pinpoint. Flavor is very malty with a hefty amount of warming alcohol to back it up. The finish as a nice bitterness to round out the overall flavor - not too much, but just right. Overall, it is quite balanced as the alcohol doesnt really blow you away, but it is there. It also has a creamy mouthfeel that Im really digging. Unfortunately for this beer, Arrogant Bastard is *almost* as good and half the price. 22 oz bottle (2005, 8.5% alcohol), $8.99 at From the Vine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioGuzzler (40) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2006
This guy poors a nice auburn color with a complementary tan head. I tend to find amber ales mediocre at best but this one is a man amongst boys. It tastes like a red ale only where youd usually say blah, here you say, mmmm. Malt and carmel lord over this guy, with just enough hops to make sure everyone plays nice. There are some rich, buttery notes to this that translate into the mouthfeel which I found enjoyable. I do think there are more reasonably priced alternatives in this category

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Aug 15, 2005, Christmas 2004 batch, courtesy of JCapriotti.
Translucent copper with a high tide like foaminess for the tan head. Honey dough, starch, nectar, garden variety hop bouquet and orange scrapings summarize aroma. Smooth on the palate with a nice backdoor bitterness that leans on sweet malt support enveloping flavors of caramel, butterscotch and toffee. Modestly resonates.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Wonderful dark hops aroma with some sweetness. Has a nice creamy head and a rich, dark bronze color. Possesses great sustained hops high notes with a substantial malt backbone. Nice and crisp at first which quickly transitions into a superb, well-rounded malt-driven mouth feel with very well-balanced alcohol. A great beer all around.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 Deep hazy amber. Nice white head, a bit rocky that diminished as I drank the glass, but never fully vanished. Huge c-hops abundance. Lots of orange, flowers, grapefruit, pinneaple, and a hint of walnuts in the nose, wow, what a combo. Of course very hoppy palate, with the alcohol definitely detectable and an assertive bitterness. A nice malt profile backs it all. Well hidden 9.5%. Medium-thick body, creamy, smooth body. Terrific double red/IIPA. The question remains...Can I fight off killing the remaining bottles too fast? Probably not. Beautiful brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (2130) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 11, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2010 22oz bomber: This one is a clear amber color. There was a huge head on mine. The aroma has both notes of pine and citrus hops. Also some floral, fruit and caramel malt notes. A bit of a bitter bite to the beer (predominately citric), but nicely balanced by the presence of a slightly more than medium malt body. Some caramel malts and fruits peeking out from under the hops. It has a creamy texture to it. Extremely nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2006
Bottled. Gorgeous amber red pour with a huge creamy white head. Aroma is of silky smooth lemon rind and caramely sweet, sticky apricot. The hops present themselves in a subdued fashion, allowing the fruity raisin aromas to comfortably waft from beneath their hoppy partners stately presence of sweet red grapefruit. Texture is smooth and far less carbonated than expected, while the flavors contain a pleasing amount of malt. The hops are ideally reserved until the final smack, which brings the main attention to the fruity goodness of the beer in the first mouthfull. As the beer finishes its descent, the trademark sweet pine of the hops shines through. Final smack of freshly grated parmesan cheese. Overall, an exquisite beer, featuring a wonderful balance between hoppy notes and fruity flavors.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2007 Pours a dark amber color w/ a full, semi creamy froth. The froth reduces slowly leaving behind a full canopy w/ sticky snail tracks. Aroma of Buick sized caramel malts amidst a hoppy floral arrangement. Very nice! Full nectar w/ soft residual effers. The texture is thick and chewy. Big caramel malts meets the parents. Beautiful use of hops to balance. Very mild sweetness factor. Chewy nuggot, citrus rind, leather. The finish is bittered just enough to keep me coming back for more. Highly recommended.

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