Double Red India Pale Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Double Red India Pale AleDouble Red India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2009

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Reviews: 334 | Ratings: 882
Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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 HamdenHector
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -2.2%
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 -1.7%
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 +3.4%
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 +17.3%
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 +4.4%
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 +3.9%
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 +4.9%
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 +5.8%
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 +16.8%
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 +3.9%
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 -1.9%
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 -2.7%
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 -3.9%
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 -2.2%
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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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy mahogany with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like floral hops and sweet caramel and wild honey, with some orange and grapefruit.
T: It tasted like resin and unripe grapefruit, with some sweet caramel and wild honey and roasted barley malt. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was a solid hoppy red ale, but the bitterness in the taste wasn't as flavorful as I hoped. The body was solid, but the finish was a little harsh with lingering bitterness. High quality brew, but Stumbled Red (Ocelot) was better.

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Photo of delta490
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep red with a big cap of lightly foamy tan head with good retention and a smattering of small sticky lacing. The aroma is fruity and floral with just a hint of sweetness. The taste is much the same but a little bit more robust and blended. The body has a medium weight, mostly smooth with a light carbonation.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look - I rarely review a beer higher than 4 but this reddish some what tan color with a good white head and great lacing needs at least 4.25
smell - piney herbal bitter malty smell.
taste - malty sweet bitter piney taste with some slight citrus in the backbone
feel - medium body and carbonation
overall - great red double IPA!!!

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Photo of KensWorld
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From bottle dated 11/ 2015. Wow this beer is yummy! It looks perfect, huge head, impressive reddish clear color. Smells like a good fresh IPA. But the taste is so much better. I can actually distinguish the red and pale ale styles. Both complement each other with perfect balance no noticeable burn by the 8.5%, but after a while you know it's there. This beer is so yummy I will be getting more next year. 4.75

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Photo of cjgiant
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle labeled Double Red IPA (renamed):
This is a honey-to-fruity malty beer with a decent shift to a subdued bitterness.

Lots of creamy head that lasts and laces in sheets. Clear copper body.
Nose is floral to berry, but with notes of bitter pine.
The taste is honey and tangy fruit to open. Pine sneaks up late. Light copper-metallic note I get in hoppy reds is light but present when the two meet.

An acceptable beer in a style that rarely wins me over.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant copper with a 3” sticky and lacy cream to tan foam collar that takes 5 minutes to descend to ¼ its original size.

S: Rich malt aromas seasoned with light herbal spicy hops and some spicy grain notes.

T: Big malt flavors laced with alcohol, dark sugars, fruit and an assertive bitter finish that evokes bourbon. The malt flavors are medium high, the hop bitterness is medium high, the hop flavors are medium to medium low and the yeast flavors are medium.

F: Very creamy medium full body and medium low carbonation.

O: A big, boozy full bodied beer.

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Photo of 57md
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear reddish copper with a huge head that lingers on and on. The nose is distinct hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is sticky. The flavor profile includes a solid malt backbone with a trace of citrus sweetness but the feature is the hoppy bitter finish.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Damn, the music which is to loud in their brewery sucks, I hope that doesn't overly skew my reviews; but it hurts my ears. The tap room desperately need a ambiance facelift or maybe even a gutting fire. BUT, I digress, the double red is very drinkable with its dry taste and balanced hops and grain aroma mix very well. In short, very nice looking and very drinkable.

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Photo of aleigator
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours firey red with a big, thick, yellow head, which stays for a long while.

Aroma of grapes, peach, apple, orange, mango, hints of honey, smells very good, aroma is very present. Fruits and malt are very big in this, hop adds a decent complexity to the ale. Red fruits are dominating, they add a lovely, refreshing note, which gets very well supported by the malts. Spices make it even more complex, interessting that this melange still goes so well with hops, whichs bitterness is quite present in the ending, but doesn’t dominate the beer. Contains a gently sweetness. Even the finish turns more malty than hoppy while the beer warms up, a lovely ale. Bitter and slightly sour, fruity finish.

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Double Red India Pale Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
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