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AleSmith Evil Dead Red - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 395
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 102
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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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 VelvetExtract
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly hazy, deep amber hue. Chill haze. Mild, tan head sits atop the beer and fizzles off a bit leaving wavy lace.

S-Balanced and rather full on both ends of the spectrum. Lots of grapefruit and candied orange hoppiness. A bit dose of caramel, too. Solid pine hops. Not very complex but it works.

T-The hops are fairly tame here. They start with subtlety and finish with a rising medley of flavors like: grapefruit, grass, lemons, light mint, pine and candied oranges. Caramel and toffee and dense breadiness. Very balanced and the flavors taste more unique than the aroma.

M-A bit full and chewy. Softer bitterness. A bit of a sipper.

O/D-This I have wanted to try for a while. Psyched to see it in bottles. This was a bit of a disappointment, though. A bit too balanced for me and I don't think I'm too enamored with the hop profile here. In the end it's pretty good beer but I didn't live up to my lofty expectations. (937 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Newport Pizza in Ocean Beach. $6 - poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazed mahogany hue with a decent off-white head that dissipates within a few sips. Nice lacing. Smell is sweet and malty, a lot of carmel and fresh cut grain, mild hop aroma takes over at the end which was a pleasant surprise. Taste follows suit - lightly toasted grain, carmel sweetness with a nice dose of hoppy bitterness on the back end to keep this from being an overly sweet malt bomb. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated with lingering bitterness from the hops.

Side note...amazing hop burps for a red ale. (627 characters)

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on November 26, 2006. On tap at Pizza Port, Carlsbad. Aroma has a light sweet cherry and brown sugar wasp, with some molasses and a whole blast of sweet malt and fringes of Cascade. Orange-hued deep amber florid color, with a creamy off-white head. Incredibly creamy malt flavor. It explodes in lucious foam on the tongue, sending forth brandied sugars and some edges of resiny hops. Intensely smooth, deeply rich with malt character. The balance here is inexplicably some of the best I’ve recently experience, with all angles of hop character meeting at various facets of the presentation to combine with the outstanding malting to create a delicious beer. Nicely done! (691 characters)

Photo of LongBeachHopHead
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alesmith Evil Dead Red, 6.66% ABV brewed only at Halloween.

I had this on tap at the Green Dog Grill in Long Beach. I was talking to the rep that brings this beer in, and she was telling me that there were only 15 kegs of this allocated for SoCal. Too bad, its pretty good stuff.
Appearance: is a very dark rich almost blood-like red. There was not much head to speak of but the beer was poured in a pint glass taken from a freezer. Not sure if that's the best way to serve this one. It probably got colder when it hit the glass.
Smell: is wonderful. I am a huge fan of hops and always look forward to an Alesmith brew. Big bitter hop scent but also a wild maltiness to it as well. This beer is definitely a big red evil hop monster.
Taste: First few tastes are the floral hops right through the nose and a sticky-sweet-bitter malt base to it. I am not usually a huge fan of big malt but this is good. I'm very impressed by the complexity of this beer.
Mouthfeel: ((Cooold!)) j/k. I let the beer warm up a bit and it starts to release many more levels. It sort of bites the back of the throat with a burn like feeling but once swallowed, the hops kick in and they layers of malty aftermath to follow. They have really put effort into making this a Halloween brew. Its EVIL.
Drinkability: I could put down a couple of these, but that's it. The beers red bitterness starts to take over and become overbearing. Great beer though and hits the name on the nose. (1,465 characters)

Photo of sloejams
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (730 characters)

Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%

22 ozBomber.Smell of Hops and citrus.The taste is hops and grapefruit with a touch of sour.The sour to me was a little surprising.Nice blood red color and the ABV is 6.66.This is not a bad beer but not near as good as say Imperial red from Lagunitas or Hop head red from green flash.To much gimmick not enough stuff. (316 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 10.29.13

A - Pours a clear light brown with a foamy dark tan head.

S - Piney hops, orange citrus and sweet biscuy malts.

T - Pine, orange, nice maly balance. Solid.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - A nice hop-malt balance. Not really blood red though. (286 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours translucent reddish-brown with one inch of off-white head that settles to a thick film on top and good lace.

Smell is piney hops up front followed by sugary caramel and faint citrus on the back end.

Taste is similar to the smell except less piney. Citrus zest, sweet caramel, a nice combination of flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

This is a better-than-average red ale. AleSmith should consider bottling this one year-round. (459 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a mahogany brown with ruby highlights, half finger light brown head that dissipates to a thin film and ring around the glass. Bright aroma of piney hops and bready/biscuit malt. Flavor of biscuit and caramel malt with citrus and mixed berry fruit. Finishes with grassy, orange citrus hops and a nice longlasting malt and bittering hop finish. Medium bodied with some light creaminess. An odd but satisfying take on a red ale. A nice malt body with hard to identify fruit flavors, nicely hopped. Not as scary as advertised. Just read the commercial description and I have to say, I'll bet this would be good with caramel apples, wish I had one on hand. (696 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome dark coppery red color with a decent foam in the St. Bernardus globe. Pleasantly spritzy in the mouth. Fresh malty smell with a zesty citrus note.

Medium body with a malty substance. Hops are bitter and insistent, but not overwhelming. Just slightly sweet with a flowery and bitter hoppiness.

Actually, this is really good for this Red Ale category. It has a nice balance of hoppy intensity with the mellow roasted malt. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Barons Marketplace on West Point Loma. (505 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date:
Glass: Tulip

Alesmith's Evil Dead Red is an easily drinkable, well-balanced beer in that both substantial pine and grapefruit hops and caramel and toasted bread malts are notable in the aroma and flavor. It was quite easy to consume 22oz of this, the beer is blended and complex enough to warrant enjoyable repeats (and at $6 for 22oz, not awful for pricing, either). Regardless, this beer is miles ahead of imperial versions of the style for my palate.

Pours a 3cm tall head of light tan colored foam, composed of small bubbles that are densely packed into a very frothy-looking mass. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting several minutes in decline to a thick ring around the glass and a large, wispy island of foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent, a thick and heavy wash of doily-like patterns cling to all sides of the glass. Body is a dark amber color, with light bringing out orange and yellow tints along the sides of the body. Carbonation not visible through the nearly opaque (90% opacity) beer.

Aroma of big pine scents, mild grapefruit, and fairly heavy Maillard reaction sweetness (caramel and toast flavors) with a leaf-matter like edge.

Flavor is of pine-like hops, pine bark, soil,
Front of palate picks up strong pine resin from hops, milder grapefruit, with some substantial Maillard reaction sweetness (primarily caramel, hints of toast) from the use of crystal malts and perhaps a long boil. Mid-palate of strong pine resin hop flavor, medium to medium-high bitterness from hops, present, but well-blended-into-the-pine grapefruit; the malts and Maillard reaction products are here, but moved into the background, so one experiences a mild and subdued caramel sweetness and toast characters with a leaf-matter and dry-bark accent. Back of palate continues to feature strong hop bitternes with pine and well-blended grapefruit flavors, the malt and Maillard products pushed fairly far into the back of the palate. Aftertaste is of moderate bitterness with notable Maillard reaction products (caramel sweetness and hints of toast) and a leaf-matter/bark-like edge.

Beer is medium to nearly medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a beer that is mostly smooth (3.5/5) and a bit foamy (1.5/5). A bit more carbonation would have suited this beer well, though as it is, it's also quite nice. Closes quite dry, with moderate stickiness remaining on the palate and lips. (2,487 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (307 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear red colored ale with a tall yellow colored head. This is a unique head color.

Smell is sweet and hoppy. Mostly citrus scents. Scents of wood, orange, lemon and willow tree. Under all that hop aroma there is a caramel malt backbone.

Starts out mildly sweet and more malty than the scent would suggest. Strong tea flavor with a little cork taste. Despite the scent this doesn't hit the tongue like a Hop Hammer. The flavor is more malt and oak than hop. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is OK. But don't expect the best beer Alesmith makes. (565 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Bear World Watertown NY for $8

Appearance - Reddish Brown colour with an average size beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, apricots, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and quite a bit of hops. There is also some apricots, pineapple, and a bit of grapefruit.

Overall - Another winner from Alesmith. A tad pricey perhaps for a repeat purchase, but very well crafted and definitely worth trying once. (637 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/20/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness/chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness/chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness/chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice red ale. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,592 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Neighborhood , 11/9/11.

A-Pours is a reddish amber with a frothy tan head and good lacing.

S-Sweet malt with a hint of chocolate.

T-Grainy malt, slightly sweet with a hint of sourness and light earthy hops.

M-Medium bodied, dry.

O-Very nice. Not mind blowing but I am very glad to have gotten to try this.

HV (324 characters)

Photo of SacoDeToro
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Green Dog in Long Beeotch!

The beer was a true deep red with a nice off-white head.

The aroma was good mix of herbal and citrus hops with sweet caramel malts.

The flavor of the beer was reasonably hoppy, but let the sweet caramel malts shine through. The maltiness had a nice touch of roastiness in the background.

The mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation was good.

This beer strikes that rare point between and amber and a brown and comes in red. (480 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/5/13.

Pours a hazy orange-red with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, pine, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mixture of citrus and pine hop qualities that make this one smell and taste quite nice. (620 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (733 characters)

Photo of BergBeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz for $4.50

A: Deep brownish amber with almost purple qualities to it. Aggressive cream colored head. Really like the color on this one its almost pretty!

S: Sweet malts abound, orange peel, raspberries, piney hops, and malt biscuit

T: Sweet malt hits the tongue followed by fig, grapefruit, orange, pine hops, slight blackberry, and citrus pine! Super tasty brew!

M: Medium body, slight cloying that is just barely there, hops dance spicy on teh tongue then dries out smooth!

O: Another great brew from Alesmith! Hoppier then most ambers but you won't see me complaining. Really starting to enjoy this hoppy sub genre of ambers recently and i think this is the best yet. That being said it's not one of Alesmtih's best but that still puts it head and shoulders above most other beers. It really good just not all the way there like My bloody valentine or their IPA. Still a great brew that you should try! (916 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Deep red amber, dark brown on the outside, with a big ruby darkness to it. Head is creamy tan, with three fingers and settling down to a half finger head.

Good simple caramel aroma. Mild toast with a solid thick sweetness. Mild hop action, but pretty indistinct and not particularly obvious. Definitely amber solid.

Palate comes pretty straight forward and good for an amber. Caramel sweetness with a nice thick coating. Mild hints of pine astringency on the finish to match. Good coating with a bit of resin quality. Not really so much citrus on the nose that the bottle hints at.

It's a solid straightforward amber, but lacks much of the West coast hop character that Alesmith is definitely know for. Not an old beer either, but a solid amber. (809 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours sparkling clear dark ruby. A bone, dense head of an inch-plus sank slowly, revealing goops of shredded lacework and a thick, rocky surface coating.

Aromatics lead off with fresh piney hops, tangerine, mangoe, and sugared grapefruit.
Lush and tropical with a kiss of malt.

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Sticky and tacky.

Ripe fruit, smashed spruce boughs, grapefruit pith, and sweet malt start the palate. An almost drying yet quite firm bitterness follows through, along with a hint of embers and earthy bark.

Finishes with lingering biterness, fresh carmelized malt, and sap-drizzeled fruit.

Very tasty and uber-fresh. The roasted malts add some depth without adding too much sweetness, and theres a good dose of hops to boot.

Big ups to WeeheavySD for the freshie! (788 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hollingshead yesterday before I got on the plane

Deep ruby red with a dense, tan head with great retention and some lace. The nose is rich, with burnt caramel, brown sugar and perfumey pine hops. While I usually don't care for "balanced" hoppy beers, this is quite remarkably executed, with plenty of complexity while maintaining low sweetness. Mildly fruity, it's quite juicy. The palate opens with a lot of hop flavor with pine and some mild mint. Low, smooth bitterness is present, countered by delicate sweet flavors, raw sugar, burnt caramel and jaggery. Sweetness is definitely low, and has great flavor. Hop character is mostly flavor-based with some pine, though bitterness is present as well. The finish is long with great balance between sweetness and hop character. Mildly drying with medium-light body and soft carbonation. Great stuff, I'd love to drink this again. (889 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Alesmith

A: Dark brown color with a thin tan head.

S: Some nice toasted malt and a good amount of citrus hops.

T: A pretty good balance between some chewy caramel and slightly bready malts and some good citrus hop resin. Not the best red I've had but really solid. (279 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Amber red colored with hues of orange and brown. The head on top is thick and very frothy, and it leaves lots of lace arond the glass. Nose is soft and toasty, feautring toasted bread, toffee, and a little drop of pine.

Somewhat marzen-like in character, but the gentle snap of American hops remind me what I'm drinking. Malty upfront, toasty and toffee-y with faint tropical fruit notes. A very smooth, medium body helps the cause, which makes this beer very likable and easy to approach. (533 characters)

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