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AleSmith Evil Dead Red - AleSmith Brewing Company

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122 Reviews
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Reviews: 122
Hads: 467
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 18.98%
Wants: 111
Gots: 55 | 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:
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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Reviews: 122 | Hads: 467
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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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 HuskyinPDX
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown body with good head and lace patches. Hoppy, piney hop aroma with tiny bit of malt sweetness in aroma as well. Smooth, fuller citric and earthy hopped body with balance of sticky caramel sweetness with easy finish.

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Photo of Gusler
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Papago
The beer as it sets in the glass a deep sanguineous color with a stupendous creamy light tan head that last for a week, well almost, the lace a thick and sticky sheet to obfuscate the glass. Nose is cotton candy like in sweetness, nice aroma of hops, clean and fresh to the senses, start is sweet, decent malt presence and the top middling in feel. Finish is strict in its acidity with the hops pleasantly spicy and the dry aftertaste lingers long on the palate.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle
A - deep ruddy brown color with a huge beige head that holds excellent retention and leaves loads of chunky lacing on the glass
S - huge nose of piny hops, citric grapefruit, bready malt, caramel, fruity; I'm could smell this all day!
T - bitter and sweet notes of pine, caramel, burnt caramel, bread crust, grapefruit, pleasant fruitiness
M - thinner than expected, resinous, carbonation helps it a bit, finishes with lingering piny bitterness
O - very good but a fuller body would would have helped it out

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Bottled November 2013.

A: Great head. Clear, transparent amber. Some effervescence.

S: Smells amazing. Loads of hops. Citrus. Pine. Brilliant.

T: Mmm. Wow. I really enjoy this. Definitely amber -- the malt base is full of caramel sweetness -- but the hops are so obvious, overpowering even at times. However, they are delicious (to me). Very American. Finish is clean and lightly bitter.

O: One of the tastiest, if blantantly hoppy, ambers I've ever tasted. Highly recommended.

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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 Pencible
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy mahogany with some tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet caramel and wild honey, with some herbal and citrus hops.
T: It tasted like earthy caramel and wild honey, with some herbal and citrus hops. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with some carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was a nice red ale, with clean and balanced scent and taste. The body was excellent, and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Not the most exciting beer ever, but still an enjoyable quality brew.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Draft at Hollingshead Delicatessen in Orange. A real treat to come across this “rarely seen” Alesmith offering, freshly tapped too. I snagged a full pint of this baby!

Appearance: Ruddy mahogany, dark and brooding – held to the light it exhibited a dark brown-purple hue. Strange color for a “Red”, but I ain’t complaining. Light brown head had a god thick composition and nice staying power. Resilient conditioning fresh from the tap. Nice looks, but don’t expect a typical looking

Nose: Gorgeous collection of malts and roasted barley. Hoppy too. Fresh off the tap it is a pleasure to stick your nose deep into this one. Quite complex in its profile, and it changes as you drink, the hops seem to build with temperature and time in the Glass.

Taste: Slick yet raw malts and tasty bold hops that seem aggressive, yet they all present a tamed profile, controlled but powerful and not scared of showing their muscles. I like that. Fruity too with some oily hops in the lingering finish. This got hoppier with a more in yer face bitterness as I got to the bottom of the glass. Bloody tasty. Rich, deep, strong but well balanced and superbly crafted.

Mouthfeel: Soft and creamy with a rich thick malty full-bodied torso.

Drinkability: Very quaffable indeed. I was driving and I had already elected to fill both my Growlers by the time I tried this, otherwise I may very well have got one of them filled with the Evil Dead Red. Very nice and eminently drinkable.

Overall: Not exactly your “Run-of-the-Mill” Red, but that’s why I like this one I think. I don’t often add Reviews for beers that I try on draft but given the beauty and creativity in this one I figured it is worth adding some notes about it.

Top Marks for creating a very memorable Red.

Recommended…..that’s if you ever come across it.

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Photo of Dope
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/13.

A: Pours a deep, deep, blood red. Really nice color. Tall and fluffy tan/borderline light brown head. Head fades out quite slowly. Marginal fluffy little tendrils of lacing but great retention.

S: Herbal hops and some citrus. Bready with spicy, resinous pine backing it up. Very hoppy for an amber, that's for sure. Not overpowering or big IPA level, just hoppy for the style.

T: Mildly hoppy up front. Pine and herbs. Spicy in the middle with a nice big bold bready flavor that extends through the finish and into the aftertaste. A little sweet caramel here and there. The bread is really what stands out though. Long lingering bread and toffee between sips but joined with a little spicy, resinous and dank pine.

M: Medium bodied, smooth with just a touch of spicy bite from the hops.

O: Seriously, seriously good amber. Hoppy, americanized, west-coast style version but still excellent. It is in my all-time top 3 along with Zoe and Nugget Nectar. Great melding of big hoppiness with traditional amber qualities. Equally nice maltiness. Excellently crafted.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep dark clear amber, one inch off white head, some cascading action at initial pour around the sides.

S - Sweet deep malt and lots of pine.

T - Thick sweet malt, floral qualities and bittering at the end.

M - Medium to Heavier, good carbonation and coating. Nice roundness and balance to the overall experience.

D - Pleasant and not something to easily tire of.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at Papago Brewing Company for $10.00.

This beer poured an extremely deep red with a decent tan head. Nose is malty and of floral hops. Taste is most complex. Starts quite malty and finishes hoppy with an interesting nutty note thrown in. Mouthfeel is fairly full and is lively on the palate. Overall drinkability is wonderful...probably the most complex red I have ever had!

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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 AndrewMichael
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured in a stemmed glass.

Very dark Amber appearance.

A blended aroma of bread and hops.

This transfers over to the taste as well with caramel malts, but a punch of hops.

Outstanding for a red, amber ale.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.

Deep red with 2 fingers of light tan head. Good retention and clarity. Light-moderate carbonation.

Toffee, caramel. grapefruit and pine.

Toffee and caramel maltiness with hints of toast and a subtle earthiness. Notes of grapefruit and pine. Perhaps some touches of orange citrus.

Medium bodied, clean and smooth.

A decent Red Ale. I think I prefer My Bloody Valentine to this one.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep and dark red pour with a tan one-finger head. Big malty aroma with some caramel standing out. Taste also has malt upfront with a big bready flavor backed by some caramel. Can also taste dark fruit, toffee and light citrus hops. Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Overlord
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Beachwood BBQ.

Pours a ruby-ish amber/dark borwn. Interesting. Half an inch of light tan head. Very, very long lasting. Smelled mostly of malt and some greapefruit. Taste is big malt, more citrus/grapefruit, and a tang of ... not sure, tangerine? Something more tropical, but it's barely there.

Velvety smooth, very nice.

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Photo of pkalix
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

love the deep, dark red color and the creamy head on top. I am hoping they didn't use a dye to accomplish the color though . . . .
lots of pine tree aroma, caramel and bread.
sweet start, bitter middle, soft at the end. bread at first, and lots of pine.
decent stuff. not my flavorite type but very good.

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Photo of nickd717
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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