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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)

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2009

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Ratings: 894 |  Reviews: 337
Photo of Wheels2532
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeLacy
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TurboBrew
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Squirtle
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HamdenHector
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -1.7%
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 -1.2%
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 smaddock
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joshcmn
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Pro_Magnon
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
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 telescifly
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puck1225
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
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 hozersr
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +5.4%
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 StArnoldFan
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GangOf1
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hman43
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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 madelf66
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dmecca
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cdwil
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
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 HermitDan
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Red India Pale Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 894 ratings
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