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AleSmith Evil Dead Red - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 94
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Each Halloween we release this special concoction to celebrate one of our favorite holidays. Deep blood-red in color, an intense aroma of pine and citrus from an abundance of American hops balances the sweetness and rich, bready flavors of this beer's caramel malts. The result is a fiendishly smooth brew that will make your taste buds scream with delight.

This beer pairs excellently with toffee, caramel apples, or your favorite horror flick.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-13-2003)
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Reviews by maskednegator:
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maskednegator

California

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

Appearance: Red, opaque. Thin, tan head, great lace.
Smell: Tangerines, pine needles.
Taste: Saltines, tangerines, caramel. A lot of black pepper and spice in the finish. Little bit of roastiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied
Drinkability: Extremely well balanced. Very easy drinker.
Verdict: A nice, hoppy red. A little sweeter and a little more citrusy than Arrogant Bastard. Very very tasty and a great value at $13/64 oz growler(~4.50 bomber).

03-20-2009 19:47:29 | More by maskednegator
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oberon

North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours into an impy pint glass a rich deep amber with a billowing one and a half finger beige head that has alot of craters spitting out foam,two broken rings of lace is left behind as it settles slowly into a frothy mass.Sharp grapefruit and English toffee play equal parts in the nose,just great.Leave it to the left coast to get the hoppy amber right again,sweet brown sugar with almost a butterscotch element to it,more caramel lends to the malty sweet side,then a big splash of grapefruit and pine jump out ya in the finish.The malty and hoppy sides of this beer intertwine almost perfectly and the feel is full but mellow at the same time.A damn fine hoppy American red here that has a great malt character as well.

12-18-2013 21:41:50 | More by oberon
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warnerry

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

10-07-2012 00:57:58 | More by warnerry
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magictrokini

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Tap @ Hamilton's. Pours clear auburn with a skimpy white head. Caramel, grapefruit, and pine dominate the nose. Full, tangy grapefruit and resin hop flavor tempered nicely by the malt. The caramel thankfully does not overwhelm. Velvet mouthfeel. I just can't get enough of the hops in this one. Its so good.

12-04-2008 19:25:14 | More by magictrokini
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ehammond1


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

On Tap

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

Dark but clear auburn and ruby with a thin light brown khaki head. Leaves the glass incredibly messy with sticky spiderweb lace.

Hoppy aroma with lots of grapefruit and orange citrus character pushing its way forward first, along with a well balanced amount of caramel and toffee sweetness and simple, rustic, freshly baked breads.

The taste follows the aroma pretty closely, though the sweet and bready malts are a bit more dominant than the citrus hop notes--moderately bitter as well.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Appropriate.

A delicious, seasonal amber, which isn't a style I particularly find myself looking for too often, though I always have at least one of these every year.

10-30-2011 16:06:33 | More by ehammond1
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nate_lyon

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-25-2014 20:30:36 | More by nate_lyon
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TKEbeerman

Florida

1/5  rDev -75.6%

12-02-2013 00:34:54 | More by TKEbeerman
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%

Crimson red body with a big light khaki head, forms thick and dwindles slow with large sporadic patterned bubbles left clinging to the sides of my glass. Aroma is full of fresh citric hop notes, earthy pine like accents, and a big fruity malt backbone coming through. Even some pineapple citrus notes that play very well with the red malts. Every Halloween they release Evil Dead Red and every February they release My Bloody Valentine both weigh in at 6.66% abv. You would know right away if these were old, all of the aromas and flavors I'm tasting are popping with freshness, good thing each bottle is dated they just happened to rub off very easily. this was brewed 9/13 I couldn't read the date in the center. But that works drinking this on 10/22/13, I'm dealing with super fresh red ale. The flavor has a pleasant mild soapy hop character think pine and citrus with a pleasant phenolic sweetness, it's actually good and very easy to drink. They were going for a different segment of beer drinkers with this beer not so much the hopheads across the country more so the horror film buffs, who may not know about an Alesmith beer, sure as hell those fans want a taste of Evil Dead Red though. Still Alesmith, still hoppy as hell just not as bitter or as extreme as some of their other offerings, reminds me of the drinkability of their ESB. Overall a smooth taste, and flavor meant to be enjoyed with friends,

10-22-2013 18:57:14 | More by WVbeergeek
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OStrungT

California

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

This beer pours a ruby red with a thin tan head. The head fades slowly leaving a good amount of laces. This beer has a malty sweet aroms. Also, it smells quite hoppy. This beer tastes quite hoppy for a red. I was not expecting it to be so hoppy. It tastes malty and sweet. As it gets warmer, the hops come out more. It also has a slightly nutty taste to it. This beer goes down smooth, leaving a hoppy aftertaste. This beer is carbonated very well. I think this beer would make a great session beer. It is hoppy, but not overly aggerssive. Also, the alcohol content is low enough to allow you to enjoy a few.

10-20-2005 22:21:23 | More by OStrungT
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Bananasplit

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

10-24-2012 06:00:29 | More by Bananasplit
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Adkins1203

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

10-31-2013 23:13:00 | More by Adkins1203
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

02-10-2013 16:21:18 | More by acurtis
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JasonFromLA

California

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

01-24-2013 02:41:45 | More by JasonFromLA
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CloudStrife

New York

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 09/10/13.

A: Pours a clear mahogany that appears ruby brown in the glass. Mostly white head that leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Initially there is a nice citrus hop aroma but then you notice a pretty serious malt backing. Blends together quite nicely. A touch of dark fruits and sweetness.

T: Malt is dominant in the flavor but a real nice blend of hops back it up. Has a savory aspect to it. Aftertaste lingers with a bit of bitter hops and malt sweetness. Alcohol is lost in the flavor.

M: Full body on this one with moderate to low carbonation. Really hits the creamy mouthfeel. Feels much heavier and stronger than 6.66%.

Overall an impressive red ale that shows what the style can be. Flavors are real good and mouthfeel is top in its class. Pick this one up if you see it.

10-23-2013 00:59:12 | More by CloudStrife
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sloejams

California

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

Ambers / reds are definitely not my favorite style of beer. That said, this is the way I like them - full with lots of hops.

I've only had this once before, about this time of year at the same place I had this one - Father's Office in Santa Monica. This time it reminded me a bit of last winter's Yulesmith, just tone-downed considerably.

The color was a deep dark ruby with a billowing head, lacing throughout. Cotton candy and roasted malts with a piney hops afterkick dominate the aroma. The flavor takes the best of a traditional American amber - the sweet maltiness and an IPA - the booming hops.

I liked this quite a bit. When I finished it I was ready to move on, there were plenty of other tasty beers awaiting.

11-15-2006 18:41:02 | More by sloejams
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

05-27-2014 04:45:50 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-07-2013 00:10:43 | More by mdaschaf
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

10-13-2013 22:11:07 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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Aficionado_Shawn

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-05-2014 01:28:50 | More by Aficionado_Shawn
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

11-17-2013 06:00:58 | More by Sammy
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augustgarage

California

4.05/5  rDev -1%

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse - served in a goblet.

Dark burgandy body, clear with faint cardinal highlights and a fat soapy finger of beige foam. Thick creamy lacing; superior retention.

Potent hop aromatics present from a foot away - tangelo, jolly rangers, passion fruit, and other citrus and tropical notes synergize in a rich bouquet.

Fruity palate entry with a floral/herbal twist. Moderate bitterness accompanies a gentle herbal quality leading into the finish which concludes with malt, candy apple, and soap.

Well carbonated, but vaguely watery. Can't help but love the ABV.

A remarkable nose wedded to a likeable flavor profile makes for an excellent if not quite exceptional drinking experience.

10-05-2011 05:50:23 | More by augustgarage
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

11-10-2013 07:37:32 | More by whatname
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nickd717

California

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

On tap at City Beer's AleSmith event.

Amazing appearance for this beer: clear deep red color with a nice off-white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma is caramel malts and fresh citrusy and piney hops.

Flavor is also caramel malt and piney/citrusy hops, typical of AleSmith's usual great hop profile. Mild roast in there as well. Perfect sweetness level.

Medium body with some hop resins on the palate and a slightly dry finish.

Very drinkable. If you consider this to be an American amber/red ale, it's really one of the better examples of the style out there.

02-10-2010 02:24:38 | More by nickd717
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.54/5  rDev +11%

Poured into a nonfiction tumbler from a 22 oz bottle- pours a clear mahogany color with two fingers of head, great retention and nice splotches of lacing.

Smell is pretty piney as well as some caramel and bread.

Tastes great like everything else from alesmith- like a previous BA said, it's a little sweet up front, followed by pine hops and a little bitterness, then rich caramel and bread notes. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel is great- medium to full bodied, modest carbonation. This is a great beer that's not radical but supremely drinkable. I will get it again.

10-19-2013 03:17:40 | More by Hopdaemon39
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-01-2013 02:37:10 | More by Kegatron
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AleSmith Evil Dead Red from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.