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RATINGS: 1401   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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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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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illidurit (2458) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Winter release. Poured into a snifter, this beer takes a dark auburn color with a fluffy, dense, off white head of 3 fingers. The retention and lacing are absolutely insane here, the glass is nearly covered with sheets and streaks of foam and the head maintains a half finger of height the whole way through. It looks like a beer that was left out during a tan snowstorm. Aroma explodes out of the glass: plum, honeydew, caramel, earthy and floral hops, grapefruit, sap, spice, everything you can think of. Amazing and intriguing. The taste here just reinforces the perfection of the aroma. Delicious caramel/brown sugar malt contends with an interesting floral hop flavor for dominance but this fight ends in a draw. The balance is impeccable; the sweet malt is never cloying and the hop presence is never too bitter. Each sip demands the next. Perfection. Mouthfeel is exemplary. The carbonation and body are so perfect you don’t even notice them. Everything is precisely engineered in such a way that it allows the flavor and aroma to shine through without distraction. Unbelievably smooth. My only regret about this beer is that I didn’t buy every one the store had. This is a beautiful beer. I could drink these until I collapsed. Bravo, AleSmith.

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ghawener (1614) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle: Bought in San Diego, drank with fellow RateBeerians rcasta & ramenen during an Ale testing session in El Salvador. This was the highlight of the day, my first perfect rating! Aroma, body, balance, alcohol level, nose, color, head, all incredible. There even lacing INSIDE the bottle after pouring!

5
MHOSKINS (389) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2013
My new favorite beer. Period. Wow. If you like/love American Strong Ales, look no further!! Merry Christmas to this seasonal fav!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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Aries (14) - Verona, ITALY - FEB 28, 2014
Faced with this masterpiece there are a few things to say, aroma and flavor in perfect balance, hints of tropical fruit, caramel, pine resin and light but essential hints of custard. One of the masterpieces of Alesmith and the U.S., the highest grade.

5
Casper0904 (489) - DENMARK - MAY 8, 2016
Great beer, full of taste, flavour and hops. Tastes are perfect combined for a long hoppy finish.


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