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AleSmith Evil Dead Red - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 122
Hads: 466
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 18.98%
Wants: 111
Gots: 55 | 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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Reviews: 122 | Hads: 466
Photo of screamking
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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 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 femALEist
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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 goschool
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Father's Office in Santa Monica on 11/5.
This review is from my notes.

The pour is carmine (deep, blood red) with about one finger of off-white head that faded quickly into a thin lace. It starts out sweet and malty and finishes with a sharp hop bite. Such bitterness is unusual for a red ale in a really tasty way. If you come across this stuff, be sure to check it out.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a deep, slightly hazed, blood red coloring with a foamy, low profile, bubbly, tan head. Aromas of pine, pepper, and dry grass forward, all overlaying a smooth, rich, and sweet roasted caramel backbone. Very hop forward. Flavors are roasted and richly sweet forward, with an almost tangy caramel character, followed by a solid roast and char highlight, and a resinous hops blast of pine pitch and grassy notes. Some subtle highlights of grapefruit and passion fruit, with a bready and fruity backbone. The body is smooth and light, with a subtle effervescence at the end. The aftertaste is tangy sweet and roasted, with a heavy linger on the caramel notes, and more of a nuanced highlighting of bitter and resinous hops characteristics. The finish is smooth, light, and effervesced. Very solid beer. One of the more unique and memorable reds I have had in a while.

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Photo of paytoplay
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 07 Speedway BA Release. Lots of growlers being filled up. I can see why, it was a stunning brew. Rich amber color, nice hop, malt, floral deep aroma. Very balanced, no alc noticable. Very easy drinker. Complex, for some reason it seemed like Pliny meets YuleSmith. Thus very high quality. Keg only, hope to see it around town very soon for a second go!

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Photo of kmcnair
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Evil Dead Red... named after the cult classic Evil Dead. This is a great brew, Sam Raimi should be proud. Sampled from a growler fill.

Fills my tulip glass a deep copper to ruby red color, makes a fluffy offwhite head that fades slowly and leaves a nice lacing all the way down. Smell is rich of lightly roasted maltyness and I think chinook stands out overall in the hop aromatics. Flavor is loaded up with a huge malty backbone and light sweetness, medium hopped citrus flavor here, not much bitterness to speak of, this one is very smooth. Mouthfeel is medium, its clean and not terribly sticky. This is really drinkable, an awesome session beer. I'll finish off the growler today no problem..

Hats off to Alesmith for this one, while this is not my favorite style, this is easily the best that the style has to offer.

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Photo of sittinggc
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass. Bottled on 9/21/15.

Look: Reddish/amber with a nice khaki head.
Smell: Great piney aroma.
Taste: Sweet caramel taste. Along with some hop bitterness.
Feel: Great level of carbonation and drinkability.

Overall: This beer is really tasty. If there was a beer to compare it to, I would say it tastes like Arrogant Bastard that is more accessible and little more hoppy in its flavor profile. Nice caramel sweetness is backed up by piney hops. I just wish they released this beer in early October so that I could drink it fresh in the Halloween spirit; as opposed to drinking it a month old. Also note that it is best to drink it while watching Evil Dead or Army of Darkness. Cheers!

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Photo of maskednegator
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Red, opaque. Thin, tan head, great lace.
Smell: Tangerines, pine needles.
Taste: Saltines, tangerines, caramel. A lot of black pepper and spice in the finish. Little bit of roastiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied
Drinkability: Extremely well balanced. Very easy drinker.
Verdict: A nice, hoppy red. A little sweeter and a little more citrusy than Arrogant Bastard. Very very tasty and a great value at $13/64 oz growler(~4.50 bomber).

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Photo of brureview
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful red amber color in a pint glass with a 1 finger head.

Light grapefruit, citrus, and a hint of vanilla wafted from the head.

The mouth feel is moderate which I like in this style. Sometimes American Ambers/Red Ales can be too carbonated.

The taste is wonderful- this beer tastes like a DIPA, even though the color is different: intensely hoppy, grapefruit, some toffee, vanilla, and malty.

The finish is also similar to a DIPA- some hoppy bitterness.

Excellent beer, and easy to drink. I will buy this again-soon.

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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 silentdonkey
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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 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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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 schwemjw
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: dark mahogany. deep amber. lots of carbonation with a hint of alcohol legs. Strong tan head that stands up two fingers. evil looking beer. see what i did there?

S: a hint of tropical fruit. strong grapefruit presence with citrus bite. Underlying toasted bread with a slightly sweet biscuity caramel.

T: Right off the bat the biscuit malt and deep toffee overwhelm you. Toasted crackers. sweet enzymes. The back end is where the hops hit you. Pine and earthy hops. a hint of something floral. the finish is sweet pineapple and grapefruit before a drying pine bite. delicious.

M: The carbonation is medium to high. It tingles as it goes down. long piney somewhat wet grass finish.

O: Very impressed here. Lots of toast, bread and crackers with a strong delicate balance of sweet hops. This bottle stands no change. Like the necromonicon beware of this beast!


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Photo of Jazzcrop
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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 TheJollyHop
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a frothy light tan head that sits atop a deep amber colored beer that is quite clear. The aroma is fortifingly hoppy with notes of pine, grapefruit and a nice herbal note. Oh yes this is packed with hops, bracingly bitter from the get go. I get notes of orange peel in the finish as well. There is some sweet malt here as well, but it is almost drowned out by the pure hoppiness of this beer. The hops are quite refreshing though, after a night of hopless beer sampling. This beer has lots of herbal hop notes to it, there is citrus character here as well, but it really is most evident in the finish once the malt sweetness is finally able to assert itself. I get notes of candied orange in the finish, this beer is almost abusively bitter, yet it is still quite appetizing. My only complaint, this beer could use a bit more malt complexity to stand up to the hop onslaught.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle at Olivers enjoyed shared with my brother in a goblet chilled.

The color is deep crimson bordering on bronze with a blood red type look with thickish head that recedes to a thin tan ring of beads. The smell is moderately full of hop aroma with ruby red grapefruit odor and slight malt with a caramel and light yeast ester. The feel has a good blend of citrus with slight hop bitterness and moderate sweetness with slight alcohol in the feel with a dry bitter finish and moderatelly carbonated throughout with a long bitter end.

The taste is a slightly bitter beginning with grapefruit and mild pine with a slight caramel in the malt with toasted flavor with a light chalky accent and mild alcohol with light spice in the finish with subtle citrus quality and long dry almost pine type taste as it finishes strong. Overall a great flavor but not the best example of the style good malt yet slightly high in alcohol flavor.

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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 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 RaulMondesi
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

Kind of like Justin Turner, this bad boy may just be "The Red Dream." Super lush - with a hint of juice - caramel flavors burst at every olfactory hole you have and coat your mouth like a volcanic burst of hoppy/malt goodness. Raul is feelin this like a deep tissue with hot stones. Raul is feelin' this like a Yasiel Puig walk off...

Oh my.

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

On-tap at the Blue Palms

A: The pour is what you would expect, a clear amber color with an emphasis on the red tones. A thin layer of off-white foam sits on top.

S: A great citrus aroma is the first thing I notice. A good amount of grapefruit and pine from the hops and a fairly well balanced amount of caramel and malt sweetness.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose. There is a nice citrus hop bite on the front, followed by a slight bit of caramel and toffee sweetness in the middle. The sip finishes with a rather pleasant bitterness.

M: Nothing spectacular in terms of body or carbonation, but certainly works well for the beer. Medium in body and carbonation.

D: This is a pretty darn tasty red ale. I'm generally of the hoppy red ale persuasion, but this balanced one was actually quite nice.

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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 WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crimson red body with a big light khaki head, forms thick and dwindles slow with large sporadic patterned bubbles left clinging to the sides of my glass. Aroma is full of fresh citric hop notes, earthy pine like accents, and a big fruity malt backbone coming through. Even some pineapple citrus notes that play very well with the red malts. Every Halloween they release Evil Dead Red and every February they release My Bloody Valentine both weigh in at 6.66% abv. You would know right away if these were old, all of the aromas and flavors I'm tasting are popping with freshness, good thing each bottle is dated they just happened to rub off very easily. this was brewed 9/13 I couldn't read the date in the center. But that works drinking this on 10/22/13, I'm dealing with super fresh red ale. The flavor has a pleasant mild soapy hop character think pine and citrus with a pleasant phenolic sweetness, it's actually good and very easy to drink. They were going for a different segment of beer drinkers with this beer not so much the hopheads across the country more so the horror film buffs, who may not know about an Alesmith beer, sure as hell those fans want a taste of Evil Dead Red though. Still Alesmith, still hoppy as hell just not as bitter or as extreme as some of their other offerings, reminds me of the drinkability of their ESB. Overall a smooth taste, and flavor meant to be enjoyed with friends,

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