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RATINGS: 1409   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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Pours a murky reddish orange with a thin sudsy foamy off-white head. Sweet sugary piney aroma, lots of fridge/ambrosia/pineapple/marshmallow likeness, toasted caramel, bitter resin. Very chewy stuff, yet light and fluffy in the mouth, a bit oily, flavors of sugary caramelized powdered milk, hint of juicy pineapple, resiny bitter green pine needles, some sugared grapefruit, and marshmallows. Not really any attempt at balance and not nearly as hoppy as I was hoping. I can’t say that I’m all that impressed and I’m a little confused as to this and Summer YuleSmith’s super high ratings? I wonder if my bottle is a left-over from last year =/ grrrrr


3.8
hesiodus (96) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2018
amber dark. fruity, grapefruits, finish is light bitter/sweet, very well balanced, another one, tasty beer, sometimes i envy those yanks

3.9
davidezdonz (632) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - JAN 11, 2018
A 12 fl. oz. bottle, bottled on 19th September 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass. It was a clear dark amber copper colour with a big two finger light beige head that had great retention and left nice lacing. Aromas of caramel malts, grapefruit zest, citrus rind and pine. Tastes similar to the aroma with sweet caramel malts, grapefruit flesh, zest and rind, grass and pine. Finish was nice with moderate bitterness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, solid tasting Red IPA with good balance of malt and hops.

4.3
sinfull (1844) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2018 Redish amber color. Big , off -white head. Caramel malt, pine and tropical fruits . Balanced and extremely drinkable.

3.9
DeliriumT (545) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2018
Pours rosy amber with light tan head. Aroma is slightly more subdued than I expect from an imperial red from alesmith. The flavour more than makes up for the aroma. Full bodied, rich, sweet, refreshing, delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
Sven1973 (591) - GERMANY - JAN 5, 2018
On Tap im Muted Horn in Berlin. Klares Bernstein/Rot. Aroam: Fruchtig, Grapefruit, Honig, Geschmack: Rosine, Karamell, süßer Hustensaft (durchaus eine positive Erinnerung). Ausgewogen.

4.3
ANZUShophunter (646) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2017
From bottle in IPA glass. Pours reddish amber with thick, light tan head and fruity & earthy hop aroma mixed with caramel. These two elements are balanced nicely to deliver a rich tasty brew and the fruitiness intensifies as it warms. The finish is a bit sweet but rounded out nicely by hop bitterness

3.7
hawthorne00 (4190) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2017
Bottle (couldn't read date on bottom of bottle). Clear reddish amber with a near white head. 4 Aroma is clean and punchy with grapefruit and pepper over restrained toffee and breadcrust. No more than medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Sweet but not hugely so. Almost lush caramel, mere hints of dried fruit (peach, mango). Spicy and some citrusy hops come though towards the fairly bitter finish. Pleasant, clean. Doesn't over-deliver for its strength. The best thing about it is how it delivers rich malt without all that much sweetness so that the bitterness doesn't have to fight through.

3.8
PowY (1150) - AUSTRIA - DEC 16, 2017
355 ml bottle at home. Pours a slightly hazy copper with an off-white head. The aroma is medium malty with bread, caramel and some honey and medium hoppy with pine, resin some subtle ripe citric fruits. Medium to full body with a light to medium sweetness, a medium bitterness and some noticeable alcohol. The flavor starts malty with caramel, brown sugar and honey followed by a nice bitter hoppiness (pine, resin, herbal, again with riper fruits - orange, mango - tea leaves). Overall with a good balance, settled with a good bitterness. Nice one.

Aroma: 7
Appearance: 4
Taste: 8
Palate: 4
Overall: 15

3.7
jsnicholas (709) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2017
Bottle (22oz). Red with two finger off white head. Lots of roasted malts. Slightly burnt taste (not in a bad way). Some pine. Not much on the hop side. A little bitterness in the end. Actually pretty good for a red (not generally my favorite style).

3.8
gripweed57 (2966) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2017
12 ounce bottle. Hazy copper red color. Large rocky beige head. Rich roasted malt nose. Notes of caramel and brown sugar. Flavor follows nose. Smooth and malty with a roasted, nutty malt flavor. Alcohol is well hidden. Chewy, malty finish. Earthy notes.


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