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AleSmith Evil Dead Red - AleSmith Brewing Company

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122 Reviews
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Reviews: 122
Hads: 466
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: 466
Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.


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Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

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Photo of hophugger
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rustic, reddish-brown with plenty of head and tremendous lacing. Aromas of hop resin and sweet malty caramel dominate this one. Taste is greatly balanced with the hops, malt, slight peppery spice and caramel-like flavors blending quite well together. Finish is clean, with both hop bitterness and sweet candy coming through...

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

On tap at AleSmith tasting room.

A: Dark, ominous brown with gorgeous tan head and generous rings of lace. My goodness, something about AleSmith drafts and amazing looking head.

S: Malt forward with a little pine peaking through.

T: Piney with light citrus backing, modest amber malt backbone. Not mind blowing, but tasty and easy going.

M: Medium body and medium high carbonation. Super smooth.

O: Very tasty and drinkable, in a style I'm usually not a huge fan of. One thing about AleSmith I love is that they execute their beers near perfectly.

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Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse - served in a goblet.

Dark burgandy body, clear with faint cardinal highlights and a fat soapy finger of beige foam. Thick creamy lacing; superior retention.

Potent hop aromatics present from a foot away - tangelo, jolly rangers, passion fruit, and other citrus and tropical notes synergize in a rich bouquet.

Fruity palate entry with a floral/herbal twist. Moderate bitterness accompanies a gentle herbal quality leading into the finish which concludes with malt, candy apple, and soap.

Well carbonated, but vaguely watery. Can't help but love the ABV.

A remarkable nose wedded to a likeable flavor profile makes for an excellent if not quite exceptional drinking experience.

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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 falloutsnow
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
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.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark copper; huge fluffy off-white head that sticks around and leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas are full of grapefruit, pine, and some caramel malts. The flavors seems to have a prefect balance between the hops and malts. Lots of grapefruit and citrus notes along with more pine needles. It's slightly sweet due to the caramel malts. There's hints of toffee as well. It does have a solid bitterness, but gets cut down by the malts. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the fuller side of medium-bodied; moderate carbonation and it's very creamy and smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's very easy and fun to drink.

This is a great beer. It has all of the characteristics you would expect from a red ale and then some. There's not much to complain about with this one. Well done.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 on draft at the Stuffed Sandwich

A: Sort of a murky, burgundy color. Very creamy, frappacino head.

S: Red fruits, bubble gum, raspberry and sweet malts.

T: Begins extremely fruity; fermented strawberries, boysenberries and maple. Slightly citrus flavors along the sides of the tongue. Their is a smooth yet even bitterness that occurs through out the process. Finishes with a health peat smokiness.

M: Medium body with just a touch of fuzz in the mouthfeel.

D: Damn fine. Really glad I had a chance to drink this. Its a hard one to track down.

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Photo of scotorum
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another of my cellared purchases from last year, this one more overlooked since then than deliberately aged, bought at the end of November 2013, bottled 9/10/13 for consumption by Halloween that year. Supposed to be heavily hopped but by now I'm expecting little in the way of the promised citrus and pine hop flavor.

Fun Halloweenish bottle art of zombies on the stumble through a graveyard with the beer name in bloody red.

a: Translucent copper with a finger thick beige head which receded to uneven surface foam and dense lacing.

s: A pleasing combination of ripe dark fruit and caramel malt.

t: Just as the aroma suggested, with an added hop bite which persists to the aftertaste but mellows out and becomes more malt-dominated later.

m: Medium with good body and lots of carbonation tingle.

o: Enjoyable barleywinelike flavor combo in a lower ABV brew. As such it is tasty as well as sessionable. Sure to please even the evil dead despite being a year-old "shelf turd."

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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 SawDog505
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled on 9/20/13. Pours deep ruby, with a one inch tanish head that leaves beautiful lace behind. Smell is orange, caramel, pine, brown sugar, earthy hops, and toffee. Taste is all of that, really nicely balanced, some grapefruit and caramel are left in the finish. Body is medium large for just above average abv, perfect amount of life, not dry, and it is hard to slowly sip, but its larger body warms the insides on a chilly evening. This really nice, maybe the most beautiful red ale I have ever seen.

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Photo of gopens44
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Giant tan head over dark red and clear goodness offers a nose full of earthy hops and dark fruit malts.
Mouthfeel is a bit, I don't know, squirmy? It's thick in a creepy way. Cool though, given the novelty approach.

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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 Gatch
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/10/13

A: Beautful shade of red with a yellowish off white head. Tons of sticky lace and really good retention.

S: As the bottle says, lots of citrusy and piney hops with plenty of toasty and biscuity malt to back it up. This is how the style should be. Not another hop bomb. It should be malty!

T: Same as the nose. Lots of resiny, fruity, tasty hops. Balanced is an understatement.

M: Crazy smooth and full of endless flavor. So malt heavy but not cloying nor too sweet.

O: For what it is, this is a great beer. Not much more you can ask or expect from the style. Gets better with every sip as it warms.

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Photo of delta490
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep ruby red with a nice creamy off-white head. The head has good retention and some small soapy lacing. The aroma is both malty sweet with a big dose of pine hops. The taste blends those two characteristics superbly and then adds a smidge of citrus hops. The body has a nice weight and feel to it, a little slick and slightly heavier with just a little carbonation tingle. This is a great American Red.

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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 scottoale
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from the source and near the end of this years batch...yum, it was good while it lasted. This one pours a deep, rich copper with a burgundy glow and a thick, tight beige head of two-fingers that lasts till the end, with 1/4" still standing.

A nice roasted malty aire with a pine sappy slap to wake the dead. The taste is even more pronounced, with rich and earthy malt that gets a dose of hops that just keeps on hoppin'...piney, tangy and over the top.

A solid medium body with just the right dose of alcohol to keep your spirits up...this is one red ale that hops to another level in my book, definitely worth searching for...good luck and hope you had a "hoppy halloween"!

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 09/10/13.

A: Pours a clear mahogany that appears ruby brown in the glass. Mostly white head that leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Initially there is a nice citrus hop aroma but then you notice a pretty serious malt backing. Blends together quite nicely. A touch of dark fruits and sweetness.

T: Malt is dominant in the flavor but a real nice blend of hops back it up. Has a savory aspect to it. Aftertaste lingers with a bit of bitter hops and malt sweetness. Alcohol is lost in the flavor.

M: Full body on this one with moderate to low carbonation. Really hits the creamy mouthfeel. Feels much heavier and stronger than 6.66%.

Overall an impressive red ale that shows what the style can be. Flavors are real good and mouthfeel is top in its class. Pick this one up if you see it.

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

This beer pours a ruby red with a thin tan head. The head fades slowly leaving a good amount of laces. This beer has a malty sweet aroms. Also, it smells quite hoppy. This beer tastes quite hoppy for a red. I was not expecting it to be so hoppy. It tastes malty and sweet. As it gets warmer, the hops come out more. It also has a slightly nutty taste to it. This beer goes down smooth, leaving a hoppy aftertaste. This beer is carbonated very well. I think this beer would make a great session beer. It is hoppy, but not overly aggerssive. Also, the alcohol content is low enough to allow you to enjoy a few.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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!

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Photo of rand
4.15/5  rDev +1%

From 22 oz bomber to nonic pint

Early 2014 batch

A: Blood-red in color, as expected. It's 100 degrees in San Diego so I let this brew chill down close to freezing...almost no head, but lacing everywhere.

S: Toffee-malts at the front, floral hops round things out. I don't know of there's some placebo-effect due to the Halloween-themed release, but I'm picking up a distinct note of sweet chocolate.

T: And the chocolate is on the palate as well. Toasted malts anchor the flavors, showcasing citrusy and grassy notes. Extremely drinkable - this wouldn't be described as either 'malty' or 'hoppy'. Medium finish, slightly sweet residuals between sips.

M: Medium-heavy body, lightly carbonated.

A tasty beer, delivering what it intends. This along with My Bloody Valentine are always a good draw at local beer bars.

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