Double Red India Pale Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Double Red India Pale AleDouble Red India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
888
Reviews:
334
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.25%
 
 
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92
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Reviews by DavoleBomb:
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.47/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Time for an interesting review. I originally bought my first Winter YuleSmith in 08, but then I forgot about it. Then I decided I didn't want to drink an old bottle by itself, so I figured I'd trade for an 09 when it came out and drink the fresh next to the year old vintage. I did make that trade, but then I left the 09 in the cellar for too long as well. Rinse and repeat, I traded for a 10 and now I'm drinking a three year vertical of a beer that should be consumed fresh (or so they say).

To be fair, the review scores will be from the most recent vintage.

10 poured into a snifter, 09 and 08 poured into pint glasses.

**2010**

3.5 A: Hazed amber brown color. Two fingers of thick creamy beige head with average retention and lots of lacing. Also lots of suspended yeasties throughout.

4.0 S: Definitely digging this aroma. Great mixture of hops, malts, and yeast. Lots of citrusy hops with emphasis on orange and pineapple. Grapefruit and pine are secondary. Malts offer a pleasant portion of caramel and toffee. There's enough residual sweetness to give an almost barleywine-esque vibe. Good amount of yeastiness that is not overly bready.

3.0 T: Like the nose, the three components are all evident, but they don't mesh well in the taste. The hops are once again citrusy with orange and grapefruit strongest. Pineapple, pine, and a touch of spiciness are secondary. Toffee is the strongest malt component with caramel next. The malts are a bit too sweet for the hops to be enjoyable, but not strong enough to give a good barleywine vibe. Bitterness is comparably low. Yeastiness is pretty good though.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and slightly chewy due to the yeast.

3.5 D: Not bad, but this beer is right in the middle of a hoppy dry DIPA and a BW sweet DIPA. This needs to pick a side.

**2009**

4.0 A: Pretty much the same as the 2010, but has a bit better retention and a decent amount more lacing.

4.0 S: Borderline 4.5. Time has done this beer well. The hops have subsided, but not completely. This now smells like a pretty damn good barleywine. Lots of prune, candied plum, and date fruitiness. Strong toffee and caramel maltiness. Hops are citrusy and focus on the orange aroma.

3.5 T: Tastes like a weak barleywine as opposed to a DIPA. The flavors are less muddled than the fresh version. Prune and date fruitiness with again lots of toffee and caramel. Orange citrusy hops and a bit of grapefruit. Not bad and definitely better than fresh. Good amount of yeastiness, but not too much.

4.0 M: Pretty much the same here.

3.5 D: Better than fresh. More barleywine than DIPA at this point.

**2008**

4.5 A: The best of the bunch. This had way more carbonation than the other two. The yeast must have had a good time over those two years. Anyway, same general color and appearance, but the head has by far the best retention and TONS of lacing.

4.5 S: Straight up barleywine now. Lots of date here with some candied plum secondary. Toffee is stronger than caramel, but the fruitiness is way stronger than both. Hops are even more subdued, but still contribute a decent amount of orange and pineapple.

3.5 T: Tastes a lot like the 09, but more mellow.

4.0 M: Same again, which I think is the result of getting to this one last (all poured at same time) allowing the carbonation to dissipate.

4.0 D: Like the 09, but a bit more drinkable due to the mellowing out.

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More User Reviews:
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 BuckeyeNation
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yeasty orange-bronze with a beautiful roseate glow when backlit. AleSmith YuleSmith is a gorgeous tropical sunset of a beer. The orangish, pale caramel crown is thick, creamy and sticky in consistency. Amazingly intricate, filagreed lace decorates the glass like frost on a Christmas morning windowpane. Outstanding!

The aroma is superb. A supernova-like hop explosion greets even a passing sniff. Deeper inhales threaten to blow the top off my head with twin cannons named 'Mr. Hop' and 'Mr. Malt'. There's a perfect melding of caramel and candied grapefruit peel, with a modicum of passionfruit for good measure. These guys are more than alesmiths, they're alemagicians.

YuleSmith is bliss in a glass. To approximate the flavor, melt a hug slab of caramel... The rich, sweet, caramel-toffee backbone is mastadon-sized, with big, meaty ribs. Without all that malt running interference, this sucker would be a tongue-shredding hop bomb of the highest order. Each side of the malt-hop dyad continually ups the ante throughout each mouthful.

This AleSmith ale is the quintessential balanced DIPA. That is, malt is given at least as much attention and respect as hops. Only my undying love for unbalanced hop bombs keeps the flavor score from perfection. Each sip delivers a mouthfilling, controlled explosion of sweet, sticky, hop-flecked, syrupy, fruity, bitter, caramel-drizzled pleasure. How in the world can four simple ingredients result in such an amazing elixir?

I don't know if there are any adjectives left to describe what this beer feels like in the mouth. How about full, chewy, syrupy, sticky, velvety... perfect. Any less wouldn't be enough and any more would be too much. I hate to use the word 'sensuous', but it fits.

I respect those who adore subtlety. I respect those who appreciate the nuances that different strains of yeast can provide. I respect those who like funk and those who like complexity. I'm with them on all counts. But if I can open only one present on Christmas morning, make mine a YuleSmith.

Originally reviewed on 9-11-2007.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of MadScientist
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was a hazy red/brown color with a medium-sized tan head. It had a fruity aroma, as well as some biscuit. Cherry/dark fruit taste, bread, and a bunch of hops. Nice balance, sweet up front and hops bitterness at the end. Great beer.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Beaver13
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle. Pours clear ruby amber with a huge fluffy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts with piney, fruity hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and some fruit with a lot of piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an amazing well balanced DIPA with sweet caramel malt, fruit and a ton of piney hops.

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Photo of stevegerl
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very interesting balance of malt and hop flavor. Usually, a beer has one or the other, but the Winter Yulesmith has both. Orange/Red/Brown color is interesting. Awesome mouthfeel. Hoppy and dry aftertaste. Spicy aroma.

I would recommend this beer to beer enthusiasts that have never drank it before. But if you're thinking about getting it for someone else, ask if they have already had it. You'd be better off spending your money on a Founder's six-pack, but it's worth a shot.

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Photo of Fcip78
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of SuperbikeShaun
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: one inch head, medium/high carbonation, hazy, amber in color

Smell: caramel and floral hops

Taste: floral hops and sweet caramel malt--some toffee on the finish-and alcohol

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium/light carbonation, nice mix of bitter and sweet

Drinkability: An above average amber where the alcohol hits hard. This is the first AleSmith offering that has not totally blown me away however. Not a bad beer, just one that I am not likely to pick up again.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kaiser81 for sending this bottle to me.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is strong orange and citrus with some caramel malts. The flavor is bitter orange peel with a nice caramel malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of ledouge
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarrettB714
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of chossboss
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Altenor
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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 virinow
5/5  rDev +21.7%

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 stephenlee
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ehammond1
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2010)

Liquor Stop
San Marcos, CA

A deep orange and amber with a huge, growing, stiff, persistent off-white head. One of the larger heads I've seen on a beer. There's also large chunks of sediment floating throughout the beer.

Relatively sweet aroma with some piney hop elements as well. Brown sugar sweetness and caramel mixed with the pine make for an above average aroma.

A tasty, relatively bitter amber ale. Lots of pine flavors from the hops as well as some candied, burnt sugar sweetness. Pleasant.

Medium to thick mouthfeel. Feels right.

A tasty, somewhat bitter and piney amber ale. A wonderful holiday treat.

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Double Red India Pale Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
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