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AleSmith Evil Dead Red - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 97
Gots: 21 | 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%

johnnyboy76, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of SteveO1231
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by the brewery, which can be rather difficult because of tasting/growler filling hours and San D traffic. Barely made it before closing.

Anyways picked a growler of the Evil Dead Red.
Poured an almost opaque, dark, blood-red color.
Thick, foamy, tan head, nice lacing on my tulip glass.
Moderate carbonation.

It has a sweet malt smell to it, a little fruity. Nice light hop aroma.
A little sweet.
Rich malt taste, mild on the palate.
A mildly bitter hop finish with a little nutty flavor in there.

Rather smooth beer, very drinkable. Check out Alesmith!


SteveO1231, Oct 07, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

nebuchadnezzer, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

RangnaR, Nov 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

ColForbinBC, Nov 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

imfatsowhat, Jun 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

durlta, Nov 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

bcerv-ca, Oct 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

beernads, Jan 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

shelby415, Nov 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Wowcoolman, Oct 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

yoitsarch, Oct 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

djrn2, Oct 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

ThePorterSorter, Nov 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

ldhughes3, Nov 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

jzlyo, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

IWannaEatFood, Oct 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

allentownpaguy, Nov 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

popery, Jan 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

tdmccarthy, Oct 11, 2013
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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
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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
AleSmith Evil Dead Red from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.