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AleSmith Evil Dead Red - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 101
Gots: 28 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Gatch
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of mynie
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of SawDog505
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Dope
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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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4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is a nice mahogany-amber with a small off-white head.

S: Pleasant mix of malt (toffee, caramel malt) and hops - pine and citrus, with a touch of spiciness.

T: Follows the nose, pretty much, with toffee, brown sugar and caramel malt up front, then fruit - cherry and berry - is followed by the juicy, citrusy hops. Finishes with a nice combination of sweetness and hoppiness, with lingering juicy hop bitterness on the palate.

M: Call it medium in heft, with a slightly over-active, but fine, level of carbonation. Reminds me of black cherry soda at times.

O: Very good stuff.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

AleSmith Evil Dead Red from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.