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AleSmith Evil Dead Red - AleSmith Brewing Company

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344 Ratings
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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 95
Gots: 23 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-13-2003)
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Photo of Overlord
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Overlord, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of arizcards
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

arizcards, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear crimson is the color, with a wafer-thin layer of beigey foam topping this glass...large fruity sweetness in the nose, a burgundy blast, buttressed with hops, rosey and ripe, vibrant and raw, very fresh hop feel...damn, but I like it, for it really seems like raw hop cones crawling up into the nose. Now, to drink away...
Brash, fresh, tasty mouthfeel, soon subsiding, but a blast while it lasts. Dark fruit, and raw hops, again. Juicy cherry and berry, with a solid net of malt beneath, though not really felt through the flavor. About medium in body, with a soft, fruity finish. The appeal here, though, is all up front in this great buzz of tasty hoppiness that blazes across the palate. Not like any other red ale I've encountered before, way tastier than any of them, more heavy on the hops than the malt...one of a kind, here, no surprise from Alesmith.
I'd return to this quite often were I a San Diegoan...as it stands, I'll cherish every drop of this growler and thank Mr. McNair for the priviledge!

feloniousmonk, Nov 05, 2004
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Westsidethreat, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of Geobus
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

Geobus, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of bhalter8
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to PretzelCity who sent me a growler straight from the brewery. Enjoyed with a friend over the course of football game, but reviewed prior to kickoff... Pours pure ruby red with exceptional clarity and a perfect 2 finger off-white head. The head had excellent retention throughout the enjoyment of the beer. The smell is as enticing, if not more, than the appearance. A sweet malt backbone is supported by a fresh hops smell and accompanying citrus characteristics, specifically grapefruit. I love the blend of strong hop character with the classic sweet malt in a red ale. Taste follows suit, a more pronounced citrus hop flavor twinges the tongue, but does not overpower the caramel sweetness of the malt. It almost like having a grapefruit candy or something, the flavor is sweet, but the citrus tart adds a nice twist. A smooth, and light mouthfeel, supported by ample carbonation makes it an easy drinking beer. I really enjoyed this beer, and wish we had it on tap in these parts, as it has more to it than you average red ale, while not overdoing it and sacrificing drinkability.

bhalter8, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of Dope
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Dope, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of CBack465
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

CBack465, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of AgentMunky
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

AgentMunky, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

warnerry, Oct 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Adkins1203, Oct 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Oct 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Nage37, Oct 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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AleSmith Evil Dead Red from AleSmith Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.