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AleSmith Evil Dead Red - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 110
Hads: 431
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 19.66%
Wants: 105
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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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: 110 | Hads: 431
Photo of screamking
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into chalice.

Pours dark amber with a 1.5 finger khaki head. The nose is filled with grapefruit and orange. It also has a very pronounced earthy grass note. Very nice aroma. I'm very surprised how much I enjoyed the taste of this. You get a nice blast of grapefruit at the front of the tongue. Followed by a grassy note that neutralizes the citrus. At the back of the tongue the sweetness is kicked up a notch. The mouthfeel is fantastic, light feel, easy to drink, perfect ABV. I am blown away by how much I like this brew being a style that I'm not a big fan of. The depth of flavors is vast considering the light body it's working with. Great beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/5/13.

Pours a hazy orange-red with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, pine, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mixture of citrus and pine hop qualities that make this one smell and taste quite nice.

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Photo of Jree261
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Pours dark red to brown with an off white foam out of the bottle.

Smell-Grass, red candy and caramel blend together for a strong aroma.

Taste-Follows the nose.

Mouthfeel-Excellent balance of aromas and flavors. Long finish with a medium to full mouthfeel that I would have expected to be heavier.

Overall-Really good beer. Powerful aromas and flavors that are balanced excellently.

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Photo of BB1313
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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 kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a 4 oz plastic taster cup at Alesmith's taproom. They really have to get rid of the whole plastic cup system; it's a disgrace. Cost was $2.00.

A: Pours a half finger khaki colour head of great cream, good thickness, and smooth rolling foam. Retention is fair. Good lacing. Colour is a dark chestnut red. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral hops, with some citrus. Clean malts. Caramelization. Toasted malt. An appealing aroma of moderate strength.

T: Floral hops and clean malts. Caramel. Toasted malt. Balanced and enjoyable. Amber malts. I like it, but it does leave something to be desired in terms of complexity. Not much going on here considering the brewery.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Perfect thickness. Suits the flavour well. Good carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Well priced. I'd have it again, preferably from a bottle. Definitely worth a try. A solid seasonal from Alesmith, but not up to par with most of their other offerings.


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Photo of DocJitsu
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep amber color with a light taupe head. Sweet grapefruit leaps from the glass into the olfactory with some rich, sweet butterscotch that underlies it. Mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied with a bit of a carbonation scrub developing midway. Flavors are like a Milky Way bar with a tart cherry on top. Fine effort.

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Photo of silentdonkey
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

A: A nice dark red with a hint of copper. It has a wonderful thick tan head that hangs around a bit and leaves a nice snail trail on the glass.

S: Starts of with a nice bouquet of pine hoppiness and follows with sweet caramel and vienna malts and a touch of toffee.

T: Really well balanced beer with a nice bitterness and flavor of resinous and piney hops mixed with the sweet caramel and bready malt profile. Nothing too overpowering.

M: Medium body with a nice creaminess. Carbonation is medium and does not infringe on any of the other flavors.

O: A fantastic red pale ale. A really nice west coast hop character blended with the maltiness of a stereotypical red. A really well executed beer from AleSmith. Very drinkable and I would definitely go back to this one.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
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 pmarlowe
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
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 sholland119
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deeply hopped. Very nice bouquet of floral hops, lots of pine and citrus notes accentuating a typical amber back, nicely malted with large hints of grains. The flavor was so much hoppier then I had thought it would be. There was a huge citrus hop punch from the very first sip and a very nice resin like taste that followed you throughout the session leaving behind a great dry and bitter finish. Great use of the hops here as the typical amber will have more of the malty character, which was still evident in the underlying base here, however the big hop presence not only balanced it well, but pushed it over to the lighter side and gave it much more of a bright feel. Great smooth and light body with ample carbonation led this to be an easy session beer.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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 notchucknorris
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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 MrTopher
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Stone World Bistro, out of a Pint Glass.

A – Crimson red is a nice way to describe the color of this beer, just looks menacing. Nice mahogany head that leaves a lot of lacing which is very attractive.

S - Nice rich hop character; oranges, grapefruit, and a little mango maybe. There is nice sweet malt, maybe on the boarder of a caramel smell also. Just fantastic.

T – Wow, this is just complex from the front to the back. Nice citrus hop character, a little sweet malt adds to this and makes it more enjoyable. A little spice also, but not overwhelming.

M – Medium in body, perfection of a beer. Nice creaminess that just adds to this as its enjoyed.

O – I try and have this every fall, its very enjoyable. Wish Alesmith would bottle this and make it a seasonal release in 12oz bottles in 6 packs. Would love to share this with others.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
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 augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
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 DoubleJ
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Amber red colored with hues of orange and brown. The head on top is thick and very frothy, and it leaves lots of lace arond the glass. Nose is soft and toasty, feautring toasted bread, toffee, and a little drop of pine.

Somewhat marzen-like in character, but the gentle snap of American hops remind me what I'm drinking. Malty upfront, toasty and toffee-y with faint tropical fruit notes. A very smooth, medium body helps the cause, which makes this beer very likable and easy to approach.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went by Alesmith to have this on-tap
Pours a redish amber color with a a good head that lasts. The nose is very malt forward and toasty with hints of caramel as well as a pleasant citrus. Defenitly getting a lot of toasty malts on the taste buts with a perfect citrus bite. Its got a medium-light feel with good carbonation and no heat. Really enjoyed this beer and hear they might bottle it next year, I will definitly be picking a few of those up.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Alesmith.

A: A very attractive crimson tinged dark orange with a finger of tan foam. Good retention. Scattered lacing. Great color.

S: Bright orange and grapefruit notes are balanced by a rich and complex malt profile that reminds me of caramel, bread, and toasted malt. Light floral notes coalesce with pine to form an aromatic force.

T: Toasted malt with notes of bread and biscuit. Caramel blends with a juicy orange flesh flavor and a moderate bitterness. There's a fantastic interplay between the malt and hops. The finish has some pine. The 6.66% is well hidden.

M: Medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and creamy.

Overall: One of my favorite Alesmith beers and this new batch is especially good. This is really fresh so the hop profile is excellent.

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Photo of Jazzcrop
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tastes are breakfast/midday toast, chips, churned butter, piny hops, peely hops, caramel, woodiness and agave. Smells like a beer that could do for a monthly kind of thing, with oaky tastes, caramel, fairground candy and honey. I like this beer and I like Alesmith.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a clear amber with reddish ruby highlights that had a half finger of head and left nice blotchy lacing sticking to the glass. The piney hoppy bouquet was very nice with nuttiness some candy sugar presence but it did have nice sweetness from the caramel malts and slight booze in the backgound. upfront on the palate a mixture of the piney hops and nutty flavors are quite noticeable alongside grassy and candied sugar accents but with a nice caramel malt backbone to balance out this really tasty amber. once there was a little underlying booze like the nose; wasn't bad though. the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, hoppy, piney, nutty, and crisp finish and a touch of booze. it drank very well and was glad to see this on tap.

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Photo of femALEist
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at City Beer's Alesmith event during SF beer week.
This beer is an Imperial Red and 6.66%. It poured a beautiful deep copper red. It smelled like hops, grapefruit, citrus, and grass. It tasted very floral, citrus, with some sweet malt character. It was not that bitter- it was more malty than bitter.

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Photo of nickd717
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of mjl21
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blue Palms in LA. Poured into a pint glass. Abv on beer menu is listed as 6.2%.

A-It pours a clear copper color. It has a one finger off white head that shrinks some, but still rests at a nice layer.

S-Really nice hoppy nose. Lots of citrus and pine are present, along with a touch of caramel.

T-Lots of citrus, pine, dank, and a flavor reminiscent of strawberry jello can be found. There is some sugary caramel sweetness that can be found towards the back of each sip.

M-Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D-A really good hoppy red. The reasonable abv makes it a great session beer.

This was another one of Alesmith's tap only beers that I was able to try while down in LA. It really is a well made hoppy red that I would love to have more access to. I had two of these while at the Blue Palms.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blue Palms

Appearance is deep amber with reddish hues, poured with a large fingers worth of head that was pretty stable.

Aroma is full of citrus fruits and scents from the forest; earthy pine and slightly resinous.

The taste for the most part is mirrored by the aroma. Hops are definitely the star with bitterness bursting in mid sip and lingering past the swallow. No harshness in the bitterness, and there is a nice malt backbone of biscuit/caramel that is just shy of balancing out the hops.

Mouthfeel is light and thin while carbonation is around medium.
This is a very hop centric brew that while delicious, can be palate fatiguing. However each sip is packed with great hop flavor.

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AleSmith Evil Dead Red from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.