Double Red IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 343 | Ratings: 915
Photo of delta490
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +2.4%
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 +13.2%
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 -3.4%
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 +3.9%
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 +1%
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 -6.1%
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 +1.7%
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 -8.1%
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 Brolo75
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -4.6%
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 +22.2%
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 +17.6%
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 -11.5%
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 +5.9%
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 -6.6%
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 -4.2%
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 +7.6%
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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Photo of wedge
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep, hazy rust color topped with a densely creamy head that deposits a good amount of lacing on the glass and never quite fully disappears. Despite being obviously hopped up, the first thing that strikes me about the aroma is a lovely graham cracker crust, brown sugar, and cake that contributes a certain warm "holiday festiveness" to the brew. Pine needles, woody spice, and grapefruit. Flavor is big and hoppy, but nicely balanced. Spicy pine resin, citrus, floral hops, toasted bread, black tea, and cake. Rich, but the solid wall of hop bitterness keeps things in balance and thus, surprisingly drinkable for 9.5%. Not all that boozy either, though a warmth grows in the throat. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Seems to fit the season well.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark, burnt looking red, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

It smells like burnt pine needles and pine resin, unsweetened caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and grapefruit.

This tastes excellent, a big beefy hoppy red ale. It's got a big malt backbone, some unsweetened caramel, toffee, toasted bread, with a big hop blast over top of it- very piney and leafy, resinous, and almost burnt. This is practically a black IPA in how dark and hoppy it is.

This has a very creamy and dry mouthfeel, with a pretty thick body, and a moderate level of carbonation.

This is one of the better hoppy reds I've had. Good job Alesmith.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely caramel color. Thick tan head made with a variety of different sized bubbles. Very pretty. Strong pine aroma. It’s flavor is a nice mix of caramel, grapefruit & piney hops. Taste has an initial hint of sweetness followed but salty then a mild bitter finish.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.99
Purchased: Dec. 8, 2014
Consumed: Dec. 8, 2014
Misc.: Bottled on Oct. 3, 2014

Poured a caramel, amber, mostly clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of rocky, khaki head. Good deal of bubbly streams coming up from the bottom. Very good amount of uneven, thick, spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled a good mix of malts and hops. Got caramel, toffee, nuts, floral hops, citrus zest, herbal hops, honey, menthol and light Cascade hops. Some booziness late. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted a lot like the nose, maybe slightly better. Cascade hops, caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, pretty boozy, herbal hops, light woody malts, honey, menthol, lemon citrus zest and toasty nuts. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, rather boozy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

A really good beer and almost perfect for the price ($2.99 at Trader Joe’s!). A bit boozy overall, but I’d have again for sure. (Overall - 3.75)

3.78 | 85 | B+

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Photo of RyanK252
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours deep ruby brown amber with a creamy white head that laces well.

S: Pine and citrus hops up front, some floral notes, all backed with roasted malt sweetness.

T: Big pine and citrus hop hit with grapefruit and tangerine sticking out, some caramel sweetness, a little dankness with some herbal notes buried in there, and a light coffee like bitterness.

M: Medium to heavy body, creamy with moderate carbonation.

O: After so many dark and spiced seasonal beers this is a much appreciated change of pace. Just what I would expect for Xmas in San Diego. Love it!

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Photo of FLima
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber reddish color with a thick beige head with good retention.
Aroma of pine, molasses and orange marmalade.
Sweet flavor with big malty base of caramels and biscuit. Notes of spices, lemon zest, liquid pine resin and apricot.
Dry and bitter aftertaste. Alcohol of 8.5% abv is felt but harmonic.
Full body with mild carbonation. Sticky feeling.
If you like malty and alcoholic brews it is a good choice for you.

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
4/5  rDev -2.2%

I was rooting around in the cellar and found one of these from 2010. Alesmith website says it doesn't improve with age so I popped it open right away. Poured into a tulip glass. 3 fingers fluffy head on top of brown slightly transparent body. Aromas of spice apricot peach and heavy malt. Tasted of heavy booze like it was BBA, but deceiving since it's only 8%. Very malty, with fruit subtones. Very smooth! Overall, I don't think it improved with age, but 4 years didn't make it any worse. Still the same old awesomeness from Alesmith. Cheers!

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Double Red IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 915 ratings