RATINGS: 1398   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 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Its christmas, figured that is a perfect time to break one of the out. Poured a thick red with a nice sized head. Aroma of hops and grapefruit, but also sweet fruits and spicy goodness. Transfered well into the flavor. A blast of hops is followed up with the fruit and a nice malt balance kicks in on the finish. Spicy alcohol finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (12886) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2007
Reddish brown color, frothy head. Oily hops, grapefruit and red berries in the aroma. Hoppy oily earthy flavor with red berries and grapefruit. Raisin, some warming alcohol. Long oily peppery hopbitter aftertaste. Big in flavor, satisfyingly well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Bomber. Slightly hazed orange/copper pour with a thick lumpy almond colored head. Craggy lacing. Bright aromatic hop aroma--pineapple, peach, floral, tangerine, apricot. Flavor marked by zesty grapefruit-twist hops--the kind that seem to pop in your mouth--above a smooth caramel malt body. Very well balanced though. As it warms it takes on more of a candied orangey sweetness, with a warming, mildly spicy alcohol note on the finish. Ive been waiting to see something, indeed anything from this brewery come to the NY area, and now its here (woo hoo!). Very nice work in this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
glennmastrange (2763) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle. Well, this is the top rated beer for me. Perfect aromas of moderate straw and roasted for the malts, heavy to harsh smells of perfume, pine (juniper) and orange for the hops, light notes of leather and broth for the yeast, with raspberry in the background. Head is large and frothy, off-white with excellent lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy red/brown. Flavor starts moderatetly sweet and acidic, then finishes moderately sweet, acidic and bitter. Palate is medium bodied, creamy textured and it has a carbonation between lively and soft. It finishes lightly astringent. Ive never experienced such a complex yet balanced hop character from any beer. The pine smell reminded me of the woods I was hunting in a day ago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a murky apricot with a finger of white head that doesnt go away at all. Smells of grapefruit and big caramel malt. Tastes like the DIPA hop explosion at the start but a rediculous amount of malt balances everything out. Alesmith is definitly all about balance. Almost barleywinish in its balance and flavor. Full in the mouth with great carbonation. More than a sipper but still demands a patient consumption.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Bottle shared with Fly, Dewbrewer, Humulone_Red and others. Thanks guys!
Other bottle courtesy of WeeheavySD! Rich deep amber pour with a big lasting creamy head. Big hoppy nose with "red" malt as well. Rich sharp hoppy flavor with a creamy balanced maltiness to it. A touch of alcohol is noticeable, but still nice. Carbonation is a tad high, but I find that to be the case with most of Alesmiths beers. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2007
22oz bottle from Bevmo Carmel Mountain. Poured a medium amber color with a nice ruby hue. Head was big, rocky, and left great lacing. Big nose of floral hops with some sweet malt in the backdrop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2007
22 Oz Bomber-f/Secret Santa-Cloudy red color w/a huge foamy tan head which lasts forever. Roasted malt aroma. Floral hop flavor w/roasted malt, toffee, & caramel. Has a trace of spice as well. Got some kick to it. Long, full hop finish. Pretty good stuff. Thanks Santa!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2007
pours a cloudy red copper with full fluffy head. sweet citrus yeastie bread. smooth sweet finish. carbonated tinge on front of tongue, resiny mouthfeel. good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2007
07 bottle. Erupted all over floor when popping the top. That sucked. Lots of hop bite but still a decent balance of malt sweetness. Creamy and thick and a tasty bevy to have by the fireplace this time of year. Tasty times.

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