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RATINGS: 1396   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 (2443) - 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 cant say that Im all that impressed and Im a little confused as to this and Summer YuleSmiths super high ratings? I wonder if my bottle is a left-over from last year =/ grrrrr


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rederic (3293) - montral, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2017
2015 vintage, 22oz bottle, slight hazy amber-red hue, with a big frothy fluffy beige head, with a good herbal floral citrus, piney, leafy hoppy, candied citrus peel nose, with a toffee, mild toasted, caramel, biscuity, pale malty, faint lemon marmalade accent, and a subtle breadcrumb, toasted pie crust, faint zesty lime rind note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice candied lemon peel, toasted, caramelized, biscuity malty, faint lemon marmalade, flowery leafy, piney, grassy, citrus hoppy character, with some zesty grapefruit rind, toffee, cedar, pine resin, mint leaf, yeasty flavours, leading towards a malty, candied citrus peel, a lingering citrus, piney, leafy hop bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (2599) - New York, TURKEY - JAN 17, 2017
Draught @ Taproom No 307. Cloudy copper red with sizable creamy beige head, citrus aroma, low carbonation, bitter malty taste with alcohol undertones, smooth body, long bitter finish. The alcohol bite is quite pronounced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotchzombie (553) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Pours deep and hazy reddish brown with a fat foamy tan head. Wet legs. Aroma is sweet citrus and rye. Taste is caramel, mild citrus, and bitter hops over a rye grain backbone. Bitter lingers. Super tasty. Great balance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (2521) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2017
Tap at draft taproom. Pours red large beige head. Aroma of deep orange, gum, resin. Flavor is pine, resin, citrus peel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brigg (643) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 4, 2017
(Bottle) Clear, dark red body with a large beige head. Heavily fruity and sweet, slightly floral aroma; orange peel, strawberry, cherry, flower petals. Medium bodied, chewy, oily mouthfeel. Flavor is sweet, malty, brown sugar, alcohol, grape, pine, orange. Long bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonmac (1112) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2016
12oz bottle picked up at Elevated in South Minneapolis. Consumed in snifter glass. Pours a copper/amber color with an assertive off white full finger head. Great lacing. Nose has resin and citrus qualities and the aroma is huge. Taste has a healthy malty backbone offsetting a big hoppy assertiveness. There are elements of dried dark fruits present but the pine and resin really run the show. The malty caramel sweetness adds a complementary drinkability that works really well with the citrusy hops. Wonderfully big and bold beer representing what Alesmith does so well.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wombat23 (973) - Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Shared 12 oz. bottle. Amber pour with a light beige head. Aroma of citrus and caramel. Taste is citrus, caramel, pine. Its good, but not as good as some of the other AleSmith IPAs.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OsuStu (238) - - DEC 28, 2016
Bomber. Ruby red with a brownish tint. Sizeable khaki head with big lacing. Aromas of hops, dark berries, florals, citrus, and some funkiness. Caramel, dried figs, grapefruit bitterness. More lingering bitterness in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel, filmy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
darbeer75 (705) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Aroma: huge citrus aroma with some pine; Appearance: clear amber pour with thin white head that lingers; Taste: follows nose with nice complexity and bitterness; Palate: medium body with long, medium bitter finish; Overall: very nice; would definitely get again.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (3093) - New York, USA - DEC 17, 2016
Reddish pour from bottle. Toasted nutty plus hops citrus. Caramel malt. Pretty good.


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