Double Red India Pale Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

Double Red India Pale AleDouble Red India Pale Ale
889 Ratings
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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Ratings: 889 |  Reviews: 334
Photo of murraymj
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of QuakeAttack
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tried a 22 oz. bottle in a tulip glass (other glasses were all dirty!)

A: Poured a nice, amber red with little head (about 1/4 inch).

T: It surprised me with a nice balance of hops at the beginning and caramel malts at the end. Had this wintry pine or juniper taste which I wasn't expecting, but really enjoyed.

This is an excellent red ale. AleSmith is 3 out of 4 in my book (Speedway Stout, Wee Heavy, and YuleSmith with the NutBrown being the only one which missed for me).

Buy again? Most definately!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark brown with a 1/2 foamy head, floating yeasts and nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet citric fruits, pine, apples, grapes, caramel malts, added spices and sweet yeasts.

Taste - Really reminds me of a barleywine with sweet mix of malts and spices. Hints of lemon, roasty malts and spices. Alcohol is present in the finish. Herbal notes, along with a little oaked flavor.

Mouthfeel - Caramel malts and citric hops coat the tongue. Palate gets mostly the same along with some herbal flavors and alcohol. The aftertaste is malty and a little warm.

Overall - Really good, full flavored, but not quite what id call a red ale. Sure I get the hops but with the roasty malts and alcohol, the beer seems closer to a barleywine to me. Still, really tasty and great to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
8.5% ABV, "serve in a pint 50-55°"

A - Chunky gobs of lace leaves Swiss cheese patterns all over the nonic pint after the ivory head subsides into the unfiltered copper-hued amber beer.

S - Holiday hops burst fourth from YuleSmith; American varietals imparting a winter-like nose of pine needle and tree sap with citrus notes and a big base of caramel malt. Sweet suggestions of English toffee crumbles and caramel apple dip lead into undertones of mellow fig newton.

T - Caramel malt sweetness and underlying toffee and toasted bread are intense but still succumb to the bold hop profile of YuleSmith. The piney American varieties keep the flavor earthy with bitter sap and pine cone in the finish.

M - Full flavored and full bodied, this amber has a sweet malty backbone that transitions smoothly into it's moderately bitter hop profile that lingers with traces of dry alcohol on the tongue.

O - YuleSmith isn't brewed with spices or special yeast like most holiday beers, rather, AleSmith got creative and used American hop varieties that introduce overtones of pine and earthy characteristics which, in conjunction with the toasted amber and sweet caramel malts, make for a seasonally enjoyable amber ale!

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber and poured that sucker into the Firestone Teku.

Not really feelin' it. A lil too sweet, a lil to caramel... I only poured 8 ounces of this sucker, and I don't see how any able bodied human could do anymore. It's not like it's a pack of sour skittles and a tallboy of Mountain Dew Code Red "bad," but it's just, um, simply ok.

Kind of like your fallback after your "fallback" doesn't pick up. Yeah, I'll drive over at midnight, but I'm not exactly stoked.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber served chilled

A - pours a clear ruby, plenty of light brown head, lots of lacing

S - hop forward nose - pine predominates with undertones of citrus fruit - followed by biscuit malt

T - well balanced, piny and bready, with carmel in the end

M - sticky, smooth, complex, no alcohol burn, very drinkable

O - very good imperial red, definitely one to throw in the winter rotation with SN Celebration, GL Christmas, and lakefront Holiday Spice

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bomber to a snifter.

A: Poured a clear reddish-brown with a finger of off-white head.

S: Mostly citrus hop forward, smells like a peach. Also smelling the sweeter malts.

T: The taste follows the nose. Mostly hoppy with some malt backbone.

M: Light to medium bodied. Pretty crisp and easily drinkable. Dry aftertaste, no alcohol presence.

Overall nothing jaw dropping, but still a solid beer, well done.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Double Red India Pale Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 889 ratings
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