Double Red India Pale Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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)

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 smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large, slowly settling head. Very lumpy. Deep amber color and very clear. Chunky lace on the glass.

Interesting blend of crystal malt and bittering hops to the nose. I note a touch of sweet chocolate in the background.

Strong malt flavor upfront--lots of crystal. Is there such a thing as semi-sweet caramel? That's what the initial taste is to me: little sweetness, but still some buttery flavors. The swallow features the hop, lightly bitter. There is a unique balance of caramel and pepper in the aftertaste. The body is rich and slightly oily from the high alcohol content.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Thanks to BeerSociety for the trade. Served in my old faithful snifter. Bottle indicates this is the 2010 holiday edition. 

Pours cloudy ruby tinged brown. A heavy pour produces a quickly receding dark manilla head, then vigorous swirls produce a thin layer of bubbles. No lacing to speak of either, but an occasional bubble or two clings to the side of the glass. 

A delightfully fruity hop nose. Mango-like citrus, pine & strawberries (strange, I know but it was there). 

Despite being over a year old there is still a great hop bite. Bitter piney and citris hops. An almost pineapple and berry flavor. Fairly dry finish but it still has a moderatly drawn out bitter hop aftertaste. 

Medium thick body. Faint carbonation. Pleasantly sticky. 

I was initially dissappointed to see that I'd traded for the 2010 version but this turned out to be mighty nice indeed. Smooth and highly drinkable. The 8.5% abv is only barely noticable. I'd planned to drink half tonight & finish tomorrow but it was too good to stop drinking! If it's this good 14 months old, I'm sure the hop character in a fresh bottle would be absolutely phenominal. This is my second experience with Alesmith (the other being Speedway Stout) and I am thouroughly impressed. This comes highly reccomended & I hope to get my hands on more Alesmith brews in the future. Anyone out there want to send some to Georgia?..

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely loved this beer!

A: Large 2+ finger, off-white colored head that exhibits solid retention atop this completely transparent red bodied brew. Loads of lacing and the most I have seen from a beer in quite awhile.

S: Caramel and toffee are the most dominant scents, some grains poke through along with cherry notes. Hops are present, but not overwhelming.

T: Toffee, vanilla, fairly solid hop profile with great, albeit subtle, cherry and strawberry notes. Hops really begin to strengthen as the beer warms.

M: Medium/heavy bodied, creamy, moderate carbonation.

O: This tasted like a Barleywine brewed with cherries. I really need to get my hands on another bottle, just great and everyone who is a fan of Barleywine's should give this a try.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark amber to brown with little visible carbonation and a finger tall tan head. There is good head retention in this beer and decent amounts of lacing.

S: The aroma of this beer includes hints of pepper, piney hops, citrus hops, and sweet malts.

T: The flavors are much more in the piney hops and citrus hops up front followed by a nice maltiness. There is some bitterness but it is not overpowering.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation and a little dry on the finish.

O: A nice beer on a cold day but not something that I would put in my regular rotation of favorites. Pleasant but not fantastic...

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jeffmart22
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber color with a one and a half finger head that dissipates. Light lacing and a little alcohol clinging to the side of the glass.

A - Smells a little hot. Pungent spicy hop aroma and alcohol with some sweet malt undertones. Hard to find any holiday spice type of aroma.

T - Starts with a sweet caramel flavor. A slight hop bitterness come in but it taken over quickly by a warming feeling from the alcohol.

M - Medium body. Flavor duration is medium . Finishes dry.

O - A good warming beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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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%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of SeaOfShells
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage 22 oz. poured into Widmer hef glass

A: Deep amber body with 2 fingers of fluffy, tight bubbled, cream colored head. Some carbonation streaming up the glass, but not much. As head recedes, it leaves sticky lace along the side of the glass

S:Extremely balanced scent here with equal parts hops and malts. Up front it's a strong hop presence which yields to sweet caramel and toffee, and bread. The hops are piney, citrusy and spicy. There is a slight alcohol scent deep down, but you have to dig.

T: Taste follows the scent. Earthy, piney hops up front, and creamy, sweet malts on the middle of the tongue. It finishes with a biting hop bitterness that lingers for sometime. A slight alcohol warmth during the swallow is pleasing here.

M: Nothing too special here. A medium body with light carbonation.

O: I haven't had the summer version, and this is the first bottle of the winter version I've had. I would definitely get this again. A fantastic winter offering from Alesmith, which is one of my favorite breweries. I think I'll hold onto a bottle to see how it develops.


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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Bung
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Picked up in Ohio on the way back from Christmas.
Orangy/amber pour, very nice large rocky light tan head. A nice looking brew.

Aroma, Malty citrus, leather, peat. Some spice, almost Belgian like.

Taste, Great blend of malt and hops. There are quite a bit of yeast like notes, rye seed? Some spices, but only accenting not sweet like a cookie. Some toasted malt, leather, peat very light dark chocolate.

Lively but the carbonation is fine. Feels nearly creamy. Mid bodied, real nice. Would buy this again.

One of the better Reds I've had in quite some time.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Double Red India Pale Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 903 ratings
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