Double Red IPA
AleSmith Brewing Company

Double Red IPADouble Red IPA
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Style:
American Imperial Red Ale
Ranked #6
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,246
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 9.27%
Reviews:
344
Ratings:
916
From:
AleSmith Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  94
Gots
  96
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Double Red IPADouble Red IPA
Notes: 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
Reviews by DudMan:
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
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 LXIXME
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Lawnboy33
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Lemke10
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark amber color with a foamy beige head. The aroma is full of fresh hops. The taste is amazing with a bold yet not overpowering taste of hops and hidden citrus. It finishes with a lingering malt and dry hop after taste. A very well made double IPA.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of PretzelCity
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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

A: medium amber and clear, with orange-red highlights; tan head of foam left lace all down the glass

S: wet and woodsy pine resins, hints of sweet fruit and honeyed bread

T: sweet chewy caramel fruits, resinous sugar and fruit cake, herbs and spices, suggestions of oak and toffee, slight booziness

M: medium-bodied, slick but dries a little on the finish; pleasant, mild aftercoat on the palate; bitterness is mild and mellow

O: a very nice seasonal offering - reminiscent of Celebration ale but with a stronger malt bill and higher gravity. Classic seasonal/winter warmer-kinda flavors. No reason not to check this out.

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Photo of timoteo833
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A fingers worth of tightly packed creamy khaki colored head that has some large chunky bubbles mixed in... Modest retention gives way to a similar type lacing... Much darker than expected, a reddish copper color... Some very sluggish carbonation bubbles can be seen climbing along the sides of the snifter...

S - A subdued but inviting hop presence... Mostly piney with a touch of citrus... Orange zest... Loaded with warm inviting bready malts... Perhaps some bubblegum... Also present is a vague spice component...

T - Very true to the nose... Overflowing with warm bready malts... The hops are a close second and take on a mix that is mostly piney with some touches of citrus... Some very subtle nuanced touches of caramel, toffee, and candied sugars... A bit of spice on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... A touch of stickiness... Moderate carbonation... Sleek... Consistent... It may sound odd, but this one is both a little delicate and a little dense, both at the same time...

D - A very solid American Amber / Red Ale and a nice departure from the typical winter / Christmas seasonal... I had no problem putting a bottle down by myself and would gladly partake in on occasion is this were a year round offering... Another fine job by the fine folks at Alesmith...

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Photo of jayhunter357
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of dasenebler
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber of what I think is the 2009-10 winter bottling.

Pours a sexy dark amber with a modest, but dense off-white head. Great lacing, both in the glass and bottle.

Complex malty nose punctuated by piney hops.

Flavor is super malty but well-hopped, making for a deliciously balanced strong amber ale. A spicy caramel toastiness envelops the taste buds. Finish is pretty bitter, with plenty of resinous and piney hop flavor. It's basically a very well-hopped malt bomb. Reminiscent of certain Bear Republic brews. Mouthfeel is superb. Perfectly moderate carbonation and big maltiness makes for a velvety texture. Not super drinkable because of the abv, but well-balanced and a joy to drink.

My previous Alesmith experience was the IPA, which was unfortunately over-carbonated but nevertheless delicious. Yulesmith was a much better drinking experience.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 10/07/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep and somewhat hazy amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: An earthy and fairly hoppy red aroma with a big caramel malt balance. Upfront earthy, floral, and herbal hops with hints of wet grass and spicy pine resin. Subtle citrus hop hints of orange peel, lemon, and grapefruit. Big balance of toasty bready malts with hints of sweet caramel, biscuit, grains, toast, toffee, yeast, and subtle roast. Also some sweet hints of brown sugar. A pretty solid and balanced red ale aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a big and balanced taste of earthy hops and sweet caramel malt. Upfront taste of earthy hops with notes of wet grass. Floral notes and spicy herbal notes of pine resin. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, and lemon. Solid balancing presence of bready malts with notes of sweet caramel, biscuit, toasted bread, toffee, yeast, and a little roast. Sweet taste of brown sugar as well. A well balanced and good imperial red taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the fuller side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Very chewy and oily. A little booze heat is felt but it still goes down fairly smooth.

Overall: A very solid imperial Red Ale. Big oily mix of earthy hops with a big sweet malt presence.

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Photo of akang
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of hophead247
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a large foamy beige head. The aroma is sweet caramel malt, citrus hops, and pine. The flavor is a wonderful mix of the chewy sweet caramel along with the citrus and pine hop flavors. The finish is bitter and long lasting. The 9.5 % is not noticeable in the beer at all which makes this one dangerous, as it is so easy to drink. I'm glad AleSmith is going to ship to the Bay Area.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of draheim
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a rich caramel amber w/ a frothy khaki head that leaves behind big sticky clumps of lace.

Aroma is dank and resinous hops and strong caramel malt. Pretty heavy fusel alcohol too.

Taste is sticky, chewy, resinous. Heavy on the piney hops and caramel malt. Mango, dried apricot, nice boozy heat.

Mouthfeel is chewy and sticky w/ a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall a big but well-balanced DIPA. A little more caramelly than I generally like, but still a tasty winter beer.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of chossboss
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerCon5
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with about one finger of off-white creamy head with good retention.

The scent is of caramel malt, some noticeable citrus, and some notes of pine.

The taste is of caramel and bready malts at first, followed by citrus, some piney hops, and a little bit of an ethanol presence.

Medium body, quite smooth feel, moderate carbonation.

This was a very good beer, there was so much flavor and very nicely balanced. I didn't take much effort for me to finish of this bomber.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

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Double Red IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 916 ratings