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AleSmith Evil Dead Red - AleSmith Brewing Company

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313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 98
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.76/5  rDev -8.1%

ChewbaccaSD, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of dbalsock
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This was fairly standard for a red ale, but the kicker was the head was a little tanner than expected and stayed through out the pint.

Smell: The hops were quite prevelant and fruity, but mixed very well with the caramel malts to create a bubble-gumesque smell.

Taste: Again, the malts and hops mixed very well. I found this to be extremely well balanced, and very enjoyable. The caramel malts were present, but didn't control the beer. The hops, which were a tad piney and a tad citrusy (but not very) also were quite noticeable, but definitely used in a balanced way.

Mouthfeel: This felt like every other red ale I've ever had, standard/medium bodied and fairly embittered.

Drinkability: I would have this again, especially if it was on cask. I wouldn't go out of my way to find it, but it's better than the average brew.

dbalsock, Oct 14, 2006
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3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now listening to: Van Morrison - Astral Weeks

Thanks to Beechwood for bringing this one in!

A- Dark reddish brown color, thin white head
S- Very sweet malt and straight hop smell
T- This is a nice red taste. All the good qualities of a red, minus any blandness of some American reds of the past 20 years.
M- slightly syrupy, but carbonation helps this.
D- This is part of what I find to be the new school California Reds, with more bold hop to balance the malt. I find most of these to be very drinkable.

opwog, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

VelvetExtract, Oct 31, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

DeanMoriarty, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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!

CharlesDarwin, Dec 20, 2006
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

sloejams, Nov 15, 2006
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

LongBeachHopHead, Oct 17, 2006
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3.92/5  rDev -4.2%

Dan6378, Yesterday at 06:15 AM
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Dec 16, 2013
AleSmith Evil Dead Red from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.