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AleSmith Evil Dead Red - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 122
Hads: 467
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 18.98%
Wants: 111
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-13-2003

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.
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Photo of are_doubleyou
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: A deep reddish brown pour with a nice light tan head that becomes a thick lace. Evil Dead is clear enough to see through with some carbonation bubbles. Perfect for a red ale and one of my favorite looking beers.

S: Dark caramel malts jump forward as if from the grave with a good amount of spicy hops and even some tropical fruit notes. Honestly the hop notes smell more like a good IPA than a red ale. Delicious, if a bit hopper than the style calls for.

T: Crisp and malty up front. The body is a wonderful balance of sweet caramel malts, dark fruit notes and spicy hops. The finish is sweet and spicy with a light pine resin touch. One of the best balances of malts and hops that you will ever find and completely delicious. Perfect for a cool fall evening.

F: Malty, yet light and crisp with a nice spicy zest. Very good.

O: This is one of my favorite beers and I look forward to it each year. I love the balance of amber/red ales and lagers and this one stands out from the pack. It's as close to a perfect beer for me as I can imagine and I could drink this all day. I wish that I had grabbed more than one bomber from the store. The Evil Dead marketing is just icing on the cake because this is a perfect beer to drink while watching Evil Dead 2 as it is getting colder outside. My highest recommendation.

This Deadite was poured from a 22oz bottle into a Blind Pig mug and enjoyed at apx 55F.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the brewery two weeks ago. This review is from notes.

Pours a dark, ruby red with bright red edges to the glass. A creamy, off-white head lasts forever, leaving many trails of lace behind. Huge, wafting lemony, grapefruit hop notes mix with a much meeker doughy, nutty malt character in the nose. The taste is a lush one two punch of citrusy, piney, resinous hop flavors. The huge hoppiness is completely held in toe by a great toasty, caramel malt base. The balance is flawless. medium bodied mouthfeel with a light to moderate carbonation.

This is an incredible red ale. Hugely hoppy with tons of complex hop flavors. Big maltiness that never gets too much in the way. This is a must try from this legendary brewery.

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Photo of WortHound
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Deep menacing bloody amber
Airy citrus and light pine hops, cool caramel aromas
Medium bodied, craftily brewed with an excellent combination of hop varieties and whole bread richness, quick bittersweet finish

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 8/21/15. This is really good buy now don't read any further. Huge hop aromas you'd think you were drinking a nice double ipa. Candy like malt balances this beer beautifully. This is the kind of beer you have to sip slowly so you don't drink the whole thing in a couple minutes.

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Photo of Mnemosyne
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I got a growler of this beer from AleSmith. What can I say? Yum? It's one of the best growlers that I have ever had.

Appearance- A reddish brown

Smell- It has a bit of a hoppy smell with some sweetness

Taste- A yummy red with some hop fun added in

Mouthfeel- It's sweet, so a tad sticky

Drinkability- There is little taste of alcohol. It has a yummy flavor, so quite drinkable.

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Photo of adamparker05
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great fake blood, grade B molasses appearance.

Nose is dried black fruits (raisins!) and Christmas trees.

Flavor is wonderful: candied orange peel, maple syrup, hoppy with a great bittersweet finish

Very good, but you can't have more than 3 pints. A) IT starts to get very heavy B) You'll be hammerwed... which isn't a bad thng, but you'll stop appreciating this kick-ass beer.

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep amber color with a light taupe head. Sweet grapefruit leaps from the glass into the olfactory with some rich, sweet butterscotch that underlies it. Mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied with a bit of a carbonation scrub developing midway. Flavors are like a Milky Way bar with a tart cherry on top. Fine effort.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of SShelly
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up two growlers of this at the Speedway Stout release.

Pours a dark rich red with big fluffy off-white head, hits you with a big burst of american hops backed up with sweet malty aroma behind it. Great hoppy burst in the mouth, though well balanced with a thick malty backbone. Highly drinkable, with a pleasant citrusy hops aftertaste. A great beer from alesmith. this one is quite different from past years, seems to be getting darker with higher ibu's as the years go by.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from a 22 oz. bottle in a craft beer glass. L: Pours brilliant amber to reddish brown under a finely bubbled, clingy 1” light tan foam collar. The collar takes about 4 minutes to descend to a thick film. Very lacy. S: Mild malt aromas with a light nuttiness and a faint hint of sulfur. T: Very nutty malt flavors but not a lot of caramel. Malt is moderate to moderately high but not exceptionally sweet – fairly dry overall. The hops are mild inflavor with a balancing hop bitterness. F: Medium body and carbonation, soft palate. O: Has an english brown ale vibe. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Hahnin
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great malty smell, gorgeous red tinted color, small head (less than a finger). Great beer, but expected to love it. But I just got off a Grunion 6er, so that may affect things. Definitely a good session beer barring the price. I am from CA and since they only come in 22s sound here, that could get expensive.

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

deeply hopped. Very nice bouquet of floral hops, lots of pine and citrus notes accentuating a typical amber back, nicely malted with large hints of grains. The flavor was so much hoppier then I had thought it would be. There was a huge citrus hop punch from the very first sip and a very nice resin like taste that followed you throughout the session leaving behind a great dry and bitter finish. Great use of the hops here as the typical amber will have more of the malty character, which was still evident in the underlying base here, however the big hop presence not only balanced it well, but pushed it over to the lighter side and gave it much more of a bright feel. Great smooth and light body with ample carbonation led this to be an easy session beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Alesmith.

A: A very attractive crimson tinged dark orange with a finger of tan foam. Good retention. Scattered lacing. Great color.

S: Bright orange and grapefruit notes are balanced by a rich and complex malt profile that reminds me of caramel, bread, and toasted malt. Light floral notes coalesce with pine to form an aromatic force.

T: Toasted malt with notes of bread and biscuit. Caramel blends with a juicy orange flesh flavor and a moderate bitterness. There's a fantastic interplay between the malt and hops. The finish has some pine. The 6.66% is well hidden.

M: Medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and creamy.

Overall: One of my favorite Alesmith beers and this new batch is especially good. This is really fresh so the hop profile is excellent.

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

Aroma: High hop aroma with a moderate alcohol nose. Moderate fruity esters open up as the beer warms.

Appearance: Deep garnet pour with a thich and sudsy batter-like head.

Flavor: Biscuity malt and carmel flavors. Quickly followed by moderate citrus flavors and bready malt notes. A nice balance of floral hop notes and biscuity malt flavors but the balance is decidedly towards the hops. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. No alcohol heat and no astringency noted.

Overall impression: A big, well balanced, hoppy West Coast Amber. Glad I had the opportunity to sample this great slant on the style.

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Photo of mynie
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Back in the day, if you wanted something that was astringently bitter, you didn't have recourse to boutique hop varieties that remained palatable even as their presence was upped to a pornographic degree. Instead, you had to have the malt accentuate the hops. And the way you did that the easiest was with an aggressive red ale.

This, my friends, joins up with Rogue's Santa's Private Reserve as the best aggressive red I ever did have. I assume (hope?) that the holiday affiliation of each is just a coincidence.

Smells/tastes like a nice mix between orange/pine hops and caramel/malt biscuits. Nice yeasty finish with bitter malt lingering on the back end.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, caramelized malts and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong but not over-powering burst of hops bitterness. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent beer to pound down for a while.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby red with a one finger off-white head. Smells of sweet, sweet, Carmel malt. Malt taste for sure! Flower presence at mid mouth. Tastes the way a red should. A definite hop that certainly does not take away frm the smooth mouthfeel. Totally impressed whic I may have found my favorite red!

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stone Bistro

*Notes from 10/14/11
Served in a tulip glass

A: Evil Dead Red arrived an eerie looking ruby red color with rich mahogany tones. Amazing clarity with great carb present. Two fingers thick of beige foam cap had nice retention and left some droopy lace with each sip. Quite the specimen. A very sexy looking brew indeed.

S: Smells of dried fruits with some deep caramel toffee notes. Nutty and kind of like chocolate covered raisins.

T: Deep rich caramelized malt and toffee notes are present but not exactly forward here. Real nice citrus fruit and pine hop flavors meld with those nutty chocolate notes. Hops are resinous and linger but not crazy bitter on the palate. Some alcohol flavs that give a slight warming sensation. Chocolate covered dried fruits. This is really just such great balance at hand. A fantastic brew.

M: Amazingly light and creamy texture that just floats across the palate. Its fluffy. Mouthfeel is amazing on this one. Great carbonation with a slight crisp finish to it.

D: Superb balance allows for great drinkability and a lighter body but with some alcohol strength there at 6.66%. Not lacking in flavors at all.

A fantastic brew from AleSmith and probably the best Strong Amber I have experienced yet.

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Photo of HankSingle
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Gosh, this is a good beer. I've been thinking about it all day - got home from a tough day at the shop, last night, and tucked in; the color is terrific, genuinely looks like a glass of movie blood, with no meaningful head. The odor was greener than I was expecting, and had me worried that the label was misleading - but the first couple sips assuaged all my fears. After a tiny burst of more traditional hop flavors, the candy comes rushing in - then settles into a steady, deep, almost wine like flavor - plum fruits, berries, lots of dark, curranty tastes. There's the mildest bitterness on the finish, that completely disappears after your tongue gets properly caught up in the fruit.

Such a terrific, unusual beer. I'm gonna grab a few more, before the season ends.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a clear amber with reddish ruby highlights that had a half finger of head and left nice blotchy lacing sticking to the glass. The piney hoppy bouquet was very nice with nuttiness some candy sugar presence but it did have nice sweetness from the caramel malts and slight booze in the backgound. upfront on the palate a mixture of the piney hops and nutty flavors are quite noticeable alongside grassy and candied sugar accents but with a nice caramel malt backbone to balance out this really tasty amber. once there was a little underlying booze like the nose; wasn't bad though. the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, hoppy, piney, nutty, and crisp finish and a touch of booze. it drank very well and was glad to see this on tap.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Taste: A nice big after taste of Blueberry. Sweet malt hits the tongue followed by fig, slight grapefruit, slight pine hops, slight blackberry. I love the mesh of flavors, and this is worth the buy if you find it. I wish this was a year around beer, and I think this is like Flipside from SN.

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Photo of Floydster
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Beachwood BBQ for six dollars, consumed on 10/2/08, reviewed from notes, also tasted from a growler the next night, first time I had seen this stuff outside of the brewery

A-Deep red with some brown highlights, 3/4 inch vanilla colored creamy head that lasts a long time, nice retention, good lacing most of the way through
S-Hoppiness, both piney and citrus, sweetness, rich malts, caramel, toffee, some tropical fruit, grassy accents, and
T-Starts off with a dry piney and hoppy welcome, some sweet malts in the middle, normally I would not like such sweet accents but it complemented the hop profile very well, more hops in the finish which is made up of mostly citrus, gets a little sweeter as time goes by and it warms, but nothing to get worried about, just a well balanced amber that deserves some recognition
M-Medium body, carbonation is on the lower side but fitting for this beer, dry, sweet, and chewy mouthfeel, taste lingers nicely and it is not overly strong
D-Could drink a lot of this, not overly malty or hoppy, more dry than sweet though, goes down easy, ABV is low enough to allow it be sessionable, alcohol is hidden, very smooth

Alesmith does it again with another great beer, this one just made me want to try My Bloody Valentine even more now but I have to wait until February unfortunately, one of the better ambers I have ever had, too bad this one is not bottled, but now I have something to look forward to every Halloween, will drink again, recommended

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Photo of mjl21
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blue Palms in LA. Poured into a pint glass. Abv on beer menu is listed as 6.2%.

A-It pours a clear copper color. It has a one finger off white head that shrinks some, but still rests at a nice layer.

S-Really nice hoppy nose. Lots of citrus and pine are present, along with a touch of caramel.

T-Lots of citrus, pine, dank, and a flavor reminiscent of strawberry jello can be found. There is some sugary caramel sweetness that can be found towards the back of each sip.

M-Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D-A really good hoppy red. The reasonable abv makes it a great session beer.

This was another one of Alesmith's tap only beers that I was able to try while down in LA. It really is a well made hoppy red that I would love to have more access to. I had two of these while at the Blue Palms.

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Photo of sleazo
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this at O Briens in SD last night, Cask conditioned. I generally do not like red ales but i gave this one a shot as it was the only cask offering of the night. The beer was a nice deep red coulour with a sizable head that diminished fairly quickly. The smell was of fruit and hops. The first taste was clearly of fruit and then you get socked by the hop profile. Very nice, not what i was expecting. All in all a very tasty start to my evening.

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Photo of Jree261
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Pours dark red to brown with an off white foam out of the bottle.

Smell-Grass, red candy and caramel blend together for a strong aroma.

Taste-Follows the nose.

Mouthfeel-Excellent balance of aromas and flavors. Long finish with a medium to full mouthfeel that I would have expected to be heavier.

Overall-Really good beer. Powerful aromas and flavors that are balanced excellently.

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AleSmith Evil Dead Red from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.