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: 880
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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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage. I was surprised how much zip this still had for being two years old. It's kind of like Christmas in a bottle and was very enjoyable. No one flavor was too overwhelming and all came together nicely. Think I prefer this one aged to fresh.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a deep rich mahogany with an off white head, no head retention, lots of lacing, not much carbonation, beer is clear, the color reminds of a well polished expensive dining room table, looks good.

A: Nice hit of grapefruit, lemon peel, floral aromas, hint of malty biscuits, bread like aroma, very citrus forward, like squeezing grapefruit and lemon peels, smells pretty good.

T: First impression, a hit of grapefruit peel, pine and resin, bitterness, it does have a hint of amber ale like caramel sweetness but then a lemon peel aftertaste quickly finishes and overwhelms the caramel sweetness, very tasty.

M: Big dry finish, oil and resin like, nice balanced carbonation.

O: Very impressed, good amount of citrus and pine characteristics, dry finish, very drinkable, a real solid choice from AleSmith, has a unique amber ale quality to it but really leans towards an IPA, definitely worth a try and I will definitely revisit.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a translucent ruby red cop perish color with over an inch of frothy light tan head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is piney with some citrus hops and caramel malts. Light floral notes. The taste is tons of piney hops with almost as much caramel malts. Bready with floral hop notes at the finish. A hint of nutmeg and cinnamon. Resinous, pine sap finish with a caramel malt finish. Oily mouthfeel. This one does a great job of balancing the Amber Ale characteristics with the IPA hoppyness. Overall, solid choice.

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Photo of Totalpackage411
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great ipa, very refreshing and very subtle double ipa. Smooth and refreshing, Speakeasy Betreyal Red is the only comparable beer I've had to this and Ale Smith does it better.

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Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.81/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep red color with dense head. Nice mild hop aroma. Taste was fantastic. Smooth, malty, hoppy with a bit of sweetness. Heavyish mouth feel for a red. Enjoyed every drop of the 22oz bottle.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Not a big fan of reds so I'm trying not to be biased. Bottle date was a while back and the hops I'm sure have faded quite a bit. Nice body but just too sweet.

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

Hazy amber colored with khaki two finger head that slips into a great sticky lacing.
Great smell...malty sweet goodness with some fruity hops, smells like an IPA.
Taste is good balance between bready sweet malts and bitter hop resin.
Hoppy red ale (IPA) with malty sweetness and a bitter finish...reminds me of Arrogant Bastard Ale

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ and poured into half size ale glass. Appearance is copper-orange with foamy head that settles, but leaves the glass coated with lace. Big balanced aromas split between herbal and citrus hops and toffee malts, plus a little dankness. Taste is early butterscotch and brown sugar sweetness mixed with orange peel bitterness and alcohol esters warm on the swallow. Medium-full bodied with a creamy and thick mouthfeel, the carbonation is low and soft.

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

Beautiful draft pour into a tulip glass with a nice head, good retention and lacing. Smelled very nice with a good combination of sweet and hoppy with a bit of the alcohol coming through. Taste was very similar. Quite delicious but with the alcohol breaking through. Great beer for sitting down in front of the fire on a cold winter night.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown with a reddish hue to it. A woody kind of color with a very pleasing looking soapy foam tan head and clingy sheety lace. Aroma is just the right amount of sweet; Caramel encrusted graham crackers, cinnamon and nutmeg. Festive aromas for sure... Flavor is a bit more serious than the smell. By that I mean its more direct. Sweet and spicy but also assertive. The high ABV is not completely hidden and reminds you that you are in fact celebrating the holidays. There's a nice fresh pile of malt under the hops and seasonings but this beer doesn't take on a heavy character at all. It's apparently strong but light and swirly in flavors. Flavors include grapefruit pulp, coniferous vegetation, nutmeg, cinnamon, honey graham crackers, and perhaps a dusting of molasses. Very pleasant drinkins... Mouthfeel is soft around the edges...smooth, finely carbonated, easy and delightful to consume.

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Double Red India Pale Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 880 ratings.
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