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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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Photo of SuperbikeShaun
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Joshpu
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%

Photo of jzlyo
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Jeysun23
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tdmccarthy
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Lemke10
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.
2013 Vintage

Pours a nice dark caramel colored liquid. There is a nice 1 inch tight and dense ecru head that forms. The head retention is very nice and it is sticky as well.

Aroma is delicious. I love these Imperial Reds. Piney notes, Christmas in a bottle. Notes of resinous and oily hop juice. Delicious caramel notes are on the background and balance the resinous and hoppy notes really well. Herbal and grassy hop notes are also perceived in the nose.

Starts off with bready biscuit notes followed by some mild hints of caramel sweetness that balance the brew out. Then the hop grassyness and piney notes come in. Well balanced and not too intense. A perfect balance of piney, resinous and dank hops with some amazing rich caramel malt notes. The body in this brew is great. Medium-light body with nice sticky notes. Overall this brew is delicious. One of the better Imperial Reds out there. The balance between yummy caramel malts and the resinous and dank pine hops is pretty amazing.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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 brewcrew76
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/7/13

A - bright coppery red with an off white head quickly fading to few strands of lace.

S - sweet caramel, candied citrus, orange marmalade, pine resin.

T - sweet caramel malt, toast, candied oranges, piney hops in the finish, orange marmalade.

M - smooth and creamy with medium to low carbonation.

D - tasty, hoppy red ale. Had this in 07 and don't remember it being this hoppy. Must have been an older bottle. Definitely drink this one fresh.

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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 10/04/13

Served in a tumbler glass, quick review from written notes.
Thanks to Joe for sharing!

Bright reddish copper, creamy textured surface foam that dissipates slowly to a patchy surface skim. Densely layered drippy lace around the edges of the glass.

Sticky rich malt aroma with light hoppy traces of orange marmalade.

Malty sweetness up front, some light spiciness adds complexity, bitter citrus notes of marmalade again. Dry earthy finish, toasty malt, pine resin, full bodied and sticky on the lips, low to medium carbonation level. Overall this more of an imperial red ale verging on Double IPA territory. Definitely best fresh to get the hop complexity.

Review #3400

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Double Red India Pale Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 896 ratings
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