Double Red IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Double Red IPADouble Red IPA
Double Red IPADouble Red IPA

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as YuleSmith (Winter)

Previously known as winter YuleSmith, this warming, hoppy ale used to be available exclusively during the holiday season. But the popularity of this red-hued India Pale Ale grew to the point where sharing a limited run of beer with our fans seemed insufficient. our answer was to convert this crimson IPA into a seasonal offering to be enjoyed from fall through the winter months. Caramel malt sweetness combines with citrusy highlights to bring forth a dry, highly drinkable beer that's simultaneously hearty and thirst-quenching. the holidays are too brief to contain this much flavor.

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Reviews: 344 | Ratings: 916
Photo of beersampler6
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not too shabby at all - maybe a little too old and the malt dominated? I enjoyed it quite a bit but then again, maybe was a little disappointed since I expected great things from AleSmith. Pours a honeyed amber-dark golden color with lots of fluffy white head and some spotty lingering lacing. Smells great, lots of tropical citrus fruit zest hops - grapefruit, lemon, orange, mango, pineapple - along with some weaker floral hops, malt and vanilla. Taste follows the nose. Good, crisp, mild, smooth mouthfeel and great carbonation. The balance was just a little off though, a little too much malt presence and not enough hoppy bitterness to balance it.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the picture of what I think about when I think of a red IPA/DIPA: dark copper color, a little hop haze, a big ol’ sudsy tan head, loads of fruity hops and caramalt on the nose, hop-forward on the taste, caramalt into a full, slightly dry finish.

This is really well done by AleSmith, IMHO.

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Photo of TheNerd
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect beer to me. Absolutely nothing I'd change about it. With my wife being pregnant or having very young children over the last 3 to 4 years it's been (what feels like) a very long time since I've had this beer. Rich amber colorand a healthy white head. On the palette there's a lot of carbonation tingle while your nose is filled with biscuit toastiness. The hops are huge and piney. Every part of my taste and smell senses is completely filled. This thoroughly checks absolutely every box for me, is seriously my favorite and is every bit as perfect as i remember it being

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This double ipa does the job quite well. It shows a big toffee presence, nice hoppy notes. It's grapefruit and pine forward. It's not complex but it goes straight to the point. A classy west coast dipa

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Photo of kitch
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 12 fl. oz. bottle, bottled on 19th September 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A clear dark amber copper colour with a big two finger light beige head that had great retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Caramel malts, grapefruit zest, citrus rind and pine.

Taste: Similar to the aroma with sweet caramel malts, grapefruit flesh, zest and rind, grass and pine. Finish was nice with moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Solid tasting Red IPA with good balance of malt and hops.

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Photo of Tone
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of spicy hops, piney hops, alcohol, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong bitterness. Tastes of spicy hops, piney hops, alcohol, hint of pale malt, hint of rye, slight yeast, and sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, complexity, blend, and body, but bitterness is dominant.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Bell's Hopslam Tulip glass. No date.

L: Tawny hued, finger and a half of light light beige head, tightly bubbled, and great retention. Beautiful beer.

S: A balanced aroma, some piney hops with a good amount of caramel malts.

T: A lot of caramel malt, overshadows the pine hop presence quite a bit, less like an IPA and more like a hoppy Amber, a touch of roasty character is a nice touch.

F: Medium body, crisp, dry roasty note lingers.

O: Nice beer!

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

L: Nearly clear dark copper/amber pour. Thick foamy white head. Solid lacing.

S: Rich caramel malts and citrusy hops.

T/F: Followed the nose. Rich malt backbone with caramel and sweetness. Fruitier hops tgan expected. Some tropical notes with citrus and pine. Reasonable bitterness but well balanced by the malts. Finish is citrus and grains.

O: A big malt forward DIPA. Flavorful and rich. Easy drinking and one I'd have again.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle served in a tulip. Don't see an obvious date on it. Annoying.

Pours a dark ruby-amber with a medium sized head and a ton of carbonation. Smell is roasty-caramel, grapefruity hops.

Taste is bitter, strong dark caramel flavor, very strong grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel is thick and just a bit sticky. Overall, very good beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, some pine. Taste is piney hops up front, caramel malts at the finish, smooth and tasty. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer worth trying.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: slight haze; amber colored with orange highlights at the edges; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a splotchy cap; nice lacing;

S: intense pine with caramel in the background;

T: more pine than caramel to the middle, then more caramel with a dose of herbal character there as well through the finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: very smooth and delicious;

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 10/2013 bottle in a Duvel on 12/31/2016. Really held up well. Very tasty, balanced, and not boozy or a malt bomb. Goes down easy and smooth still at this age. Glad I got to keep it for tonight.

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Photo of hreb
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a 22oz bottle of the classic "YuleSmith" label which I've cellared for several years. Why? No good reason -- it probably shouldn't be aged. Pours deep red amber in color with hints of ruby red grapefruit and orange. Moderate chestnut head. Aroma is hoppy and spicy, with a warm, clove-like note on the center of the palate. The beer is heavy, but incredibly mellow. What could have been a chalky, malty mess with too much hops for a red ale, is actually really nice, with a pleasant citrus zest and clove spice that carries over the tongue just long enough, and then finishes remarkably clean.

A fresh 2016 edition (now called Double Red IPA) pours with the same body but forms significantly taller, foamy head. As you'd expect, the aroma is way better, too. Opening this beer is like walking into a cedar evergreen forest. The beer is hoppier in the mouth, too, with both bitterness and astringency. If the aged brew was an Imperial Red Ale, this beer can be called a true double IPA. Is it possible the mouthfeel is better on this one? The cellared beer was creamy, and so is this one, but with this flavor profile I'm deeply impressed with the feel on the tongue and roof of the mouth. Drinkability suffers a bit in the fresh version, but the more aromatic nose more than makes up for it.

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Photo of joshcmn
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a tasty Imperial Red IPA. Label on 12 Oz bottle says Double Red India Pale Ale. Bottling date 06/07/16. Tulip glass at 48 degrees.

Hazy red appearance with 2 finger slowly falling tan head. Decent lacing on glass. Hop aroma has faded after such a long time in the bottle but still picking up a pleasant if nondescript hop aroma and some alcohol in the nose. Taste is caramel sweetness, grapefruit, pine, bubble gum, slightly astringent boozy finish with a firm bitterness to counteract the sweetness. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is just about right for the style, thick but not too thick. This beer is a very enjoyable and tasty beer even after several months in the bottle. The flavor profile of this beer really opens up as it warms to 45-50 degrees. My first Alesmith product since they started distributing to MN but it won't be my last.

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Photo of rarigney
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This one hit all the right notes for me. poured into a snifter, it's a beautiful clear dark ruby with a generous fluffy tan head that has good retention and leaves some very nice lacing. A nice aroma of citrus and grassy hops and caramel. The taste is a pleasant balance of malty caramel sweetness and earthy hop bitterness.

This is one of my all-time favorites and came very close to being my first 5.00 rating.

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Photo of puck1225
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into a snifter. Deep red mahogany color with a great head and lacing. Beautiful beer! Caramel smell. Taste is pleasantly malty with cinnamon, raisin and prune. Had it over Thanksgiving weekend, writing from notes.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 220z bomber 2016 version, Double Red IPA (formerly Winter Yulesmith)

L - Deep amber/ mahogany, 1 full finger of head, and tons of sticky lace left all over the glass and top of the brew

S -

T - Huge malty backbone, sweet, grapefruit, caramel, and piny hops. Well balanced and tasty.

F - Medium body, well carbonated, with a sizzle down your throat as you swallow

O - A very good winter warmer, double red IPA. Definitely worth re-visiting

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is superb. Slightly hazy. Deep red color with a creamy, tan head. Sheet lacing. The aroma is bright citrus bursts right off the bat. Sweet and malty. The flavor follows suit with grapefruit, tangerine, & pine. Well balanced with some caramel malt. Solid. I'd recommend picking up one of these.

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Photo of hman43
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours dark amber with reddish hules. It has a tannish head tinged with red.

Smell: The head retention is good. It has a deep malt aroma with caramel, grass, floral, grapefruit hints.

Taste: It has flavors of deep caramel, grass, floral, and some grapefruit.

Feel:It has a moderate body, but a somewhat sneaky texture. It has a moderately bitter finish.

Overall, this is a well balanced ale with plenty of flavor and complexity.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice dark amber color and light head on this well acclaimed ale. Smell is a deep, malty pale grain, just as the name suggests. However, the taste and feel are what puts this beer over the edge. Stellar beer, taste taking the Red IPA style to a consistently rewarding level I had not previously experienced. The 8.5% is perfectly built into this ale, making it my favorite of the style. These California Red IPAs are the best. Cheers!!!

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a dark mahogany with a thick creamy head, looks pretty good.

smell is very nice. clean aroma of sweet malt.

taste is very malty, tons of malt sweetness and some mellow hops. thick-ish feel but good flavor.

pretty good red ale, nothing crazy but still good.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a copper body with two finger head and lace ring down the glass. Caramel and toffee malts hit me in the aroma along with hints of booze, dark fruits and a nuttiness that is surprising. Medium body, a tad bready, balance is kept between oily, piney hops with caramel, toffee malts and touches of figs and something like hazelnut. A well-balanced and nuanced beer that is a dangerous sipper as it's easy to drink and hides ABV well.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sampled at a tasting. Dark amber pour. Hoppy citrus aroma, with tropical fruit. Tastes like malt sugars, grapefruit and pineapple. Medium body with a medium-high carbonation.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color with beige head. Aroma starts hoppy with earthy, piney hops and caramel malts. Taste starts hoppy and bitter with some caramel and toasted malts. Medium body and carbonation. Quite nice overall, hoppy with a good amount of caramel malts, really well balanced.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle has a smeared date that seems to read bottled on 11/15. Hazy red color with a huge, thick head with great retention. Nice piney hops aroma with some floral/fruit background. Taste is very assertive on the malt and hop, but balanced well. A very tasty beer, but not for the faint of heart. Nice finish and moderate ABV which comes forward a wee bit hot.

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Double Red IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 916 ratings