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)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2009

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Ratings: 887 |  Reviews: 334
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle from Bristol Farms Palm Desert CA for 10$

Appearance - Clear dark copper with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, earthiness, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste sugary caramel, malts, and earthy hops. There is also some pineapple and a touch of something along the lines of all-spice. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a medium amount of hop bitterness.

Overall – A good seasonally flavoured beer. A little too earthy for me but still nice nonetheless. Just a bit overpriced for what you get in my opinion. Nice to have tried but not something I'd buy again.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of magine
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a cloudy sediment floating, caramel amber with a thick creamy tan head. Lots of thick chucky head stands a finger thick. Perfect lace and head retention here. Looks great.

Brew smells of big hops and caramel malts. Very tasty nose here - great nose.

Brew is big in flavor and mouthfeel. Pungent, oily, flavorful hops melded perfectly with caramel malts. Brew has a mellow smooth warming finish. Tremendous.

Awesome stuff here. My first from Alesmith and a gem of a brew. Makes me think of Nugget Nectar. Cant wait to try more from them.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz Bomber poured into a snifter
2012 release

A- Pours dark hazy red with a large off tan colored head.

S- Citrus, caramel, some spices.

T- A more mellow tasted then I was expecting. This beer starts off with a slight hop bitterness. It follows up with more of a creamy caramel flavor and feel. There is a note of toffee. There is also some spices in this beer, sort of like it was brewed with rye. Hop flavors seem to have faded some and there is some alcohol taste.

M- A nice thick feel brought on by the bottle conditioning. Higher carbonation but it works with the beer. A nice warming feel.

O- This is pretty good. Sort of disappointed. Mine tastes like its old and the hops have faded away. Which I don't see being possible because this is a winter brew and its the heart of winter. Regardless, this beer is well made and not too shabby.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.8/5  rDev -7.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby red in color with an orangish hue and good clarity. Poured with a huge, dense off-white foam with excellent staying power that left random sticky lacings on the glass. Fresh, pungent, citrus and ripe grapfruit hop aromas with intense, sugary sweet caramel malt beneath. Light, fresh pine hop aromas float overtop. Medium bodied with a thick oily feel underneath the rich, tight carbonation. A fabulous balance of pungent hops and sweet, sticky caramel malt. The balance of these intense flavors is the beauty of these beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass. Vintage 22oz. bottle from 2011 holiday season, poured on 01/04/2013. Bottle labeled 8.5% ABV.

Appearance: A dark hazy amber, off-white head that is thick at first almost a finger's length but settles very quickly before taking a sip.

Smell: Let's put it this way, this brew has aroma, not smell. A strong caramelly feel of raw sugar, with a strong hops aroma to go with.

Taste: A caramelly pine feel that is very robust. Might be very bitter to some to me it's just right. I love the complexity of this beer, it is definitely not for beginners considering the extra hop to it. Not to mention how malty this brew is.

Mouth: Stickiness, i mean it sticks to you. Medium all the way, it feels almost like a lighter carbonation but I factor this bottle is just over a year old.

Overall: A beer that is almost if not an imperial IPA. Has every quality of it that makes this beer a true gem. Not only does it improve with every sip it becomes more addicting. I thank a very special person for this brew and you should be thanking yourself just for having it. Salud!

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4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a slightly hazy amber/orange color with two fingers of beige head, good retention and beautiful thick lacing. Excellent looking brew.

Nose is pretty thick and piney- some orange zest in there as well as some caramel malt. Really thick and resiny though.

Taste is great- smooth, sweet caramel malt up front, followed by some orange tasting hops then the piney resin hops, though not as resinous as the nose. Finishes pretty dry but fruity as well. Becomes smoother as it warms.

Mouthfeel is decent- medium to fuller bodied, moderate carbonation, as I mentioned above pretty resiny but smoothes out as it warms. I would definitely recommend drinking this one closer to room temperature. Good hoppy amber beer.

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Double Red India Pale Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 887 ratings.
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