Double Red India Pale Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

Double Red India Pale AleDouble Red India Pale Ale
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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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Ratings: 888 |  Reviews: 334
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a 22oz bomber. This is an amber colored brew with a nice off white head.
First things first; nice hoppy aroma coming off of this one. Some sweet malt, caramel and alcohol in the nose but the hops really dominate the aroma. This is not the case at all with the taste profile. This is an amazingly balanced beer with a really terrific mouthfeel. There’s just the perfect amount of sweetness to the beer. The alcoholic bitterness hits mid-palate and quickly subsides. I found this to be a surprisingly tame beer given the high ABV but I really enjoyed it. It goes down smooth, nice and easy but it's definitely got some real substance to it. I'm really digging it.

A perfect warmer for the harsh unforgiving winter weather of Southern California.

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

22oz Bomber
Liquid Solutions

Winter Edition/Imperial Red

Yulesmith Winter pours a slightly hazed over deep garnet. Big streams of carbonation bubbles rise along the side of the glass to the two finger khaki head. Leaves great sticky lacing after each sip.

Wonderful aromas leap from this beer. Toasty malts and raw grains lead the big maltiness of this brew. Slight doughiness as well. There is a strong malt presence but the hop profile might edge it out. sweetened grapefruit over the top of a forrest full of pine needles. Slightly sweet. Smells excellent.

Flavor is right in line with the aroma. Strong malty presence kick things off but the hops do manage to push it aside. Toastiness and a mild raw graininess are the first flavors to hit. Even getting some caramel as it warms. Mid palate the flavor just explodes. Grapefruit and a pine needle hoppiness jump forward and last throughout the finish. Throw in a nice spicy alcohol warmth and you got yourself one hell of a beer with good balance.

Medium bodied with an airy, creamy mouthfeel when this beer hits your tongue. No skimping on the use of hops as they coat your mouth with a solid lingering bitterness.

Easy drinker with good somewhat balanced flavors keep this one drinking easy.

Another great beer from Alesmith. This is my second offering from them along with their IPA and they are both top notch examples. I would love to get a fresh bottle of Yulesmith.

Reviewed: 7/29/07

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought two orphans from last Christmas on sale for $5.95 each. Opened one to see why either this or the summer version were in the BA top 250 until recently.

Poured into a Duvel snifter from the 22 oz. bomber.

a: A deep nearly clear amber, billowy and stubborn huge beige head eventually dissipated to a thick foam surface film and lots of lacing.

s: A sinus-clearing intense fruit/pine.

t: Delightful moderate sweet pine hop bitterness. Wow, nearly a year old and it really rocks. Clearly aged well! A clean finish. The 9.5 ABV is well concealed.

m: Moderate and smooth. Very pleasant.

o: I love it when a gamble pays off! This is a tasty brew, wonderful for the holidays or anytime. Having it now as a summer refresher and it works for that!

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1PT. 6 FL.OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It appears red with amber highlights. It is topped with two fingers of tan head.

S - I smell some caramel and toffee. I also get some alcohol.

T - I get some caramel malt and the taste of hops gone by. There is an intermingling of sweetness and some bitterness. The bitterness grows with each drink.

M - Medium with a chalky coating on my tongue.

O - It has kind of taken on the characteristics of a barleywine. The hops have faded, but are fighting to keep a counterbalance to the sweetness.

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Double Red India Pale Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89.5% out of 100 with 888 ratings
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