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AleSmith Evil Dead Red - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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309 Ratings
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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 98
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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 DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hollingshead yesterday before I got on the plane

Deep ruby red with a dense, tan head with great retention and some lace. The nose is rich, with burnt caramel, brown sugar and perfumey pine hops. While I usually don't care for "balanced" hoppy beers, this is quite remarkably executed, with plenty of complexity while maintaining low sweetness. Mildly fruity, it's quite juicy. The palate opens with a lot of hop flavor with pine and some mild mint. Low, smooth bitterness is present, countered by delicate sweet flavors, raw sugar, burnt caramel and jaggery. Sweetness is definitely low, and has great flavor. Hop character is mostly flavor-based with some pine, though bitterness is present as well. The finish is long with great balance between sweetness and hop character. Mildly drying with medium-light body and soft carbonation. Great stuff, I'd love to drink this again.

DefenCorps, Nov 11, 2009
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 mattcrill
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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.

mattcrill, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of maskednegator
4.15/5  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).

maskednegator, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of RodBurg
2.88/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena. Clear deep red in the pint glass with a nice, fluffy head. Excellent lacing.

Lots of pine and floral scents from the hops mingle awkwardly with candied fruit.

Taste begins with a fruity caramel malt. The piney hops then come into play and contrast rather badly. Finishes with a candy-like fruit and hop flavor.

As much as I wanted to really like this one (anything named after the almighty Evil Dead trilogy should be amazing), I didn't. Quite a dissapointment.

RodBurg, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

brewandbbq, Nov 13, 2008
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 adamparker05
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great fake blood, grade B molasses appearance.

Nose is dried black fruits (raisins!) and Christmas trees.

Flavor is wonderful: candied orange peel, maple syrup, hoppy with a great bittersweet finish

Very good, but you can't have more than 3 pints. A) IT starts to get very heavy B) You'll be hammerwed... which isn't a bad thng, but you'll stop appreciating this kick-ass beer.

adamparker05, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of Floydster
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Beachwood BBQ for six dollars, consumed on 10/2/08, reviewed from notes, also tasted from a growler the next night, first time I had seen this stuff outside of the brewery

A-Deep red with some brown highlights, 3/4 inch vanilla colored creamy head that lasts a long time, nice retention, good lacing most of the way through
S-Hoppiness, both piney and citrus, sweetness, rich malts, caramel, toffee, some tropical fruit, grassy accents, and
T-Starts off with a dry piney and hoppy welcome, some sweet malts in the middle, normally I would not like such sweet accents but it complemented the hop profile very well, more hops in the finish which is made up of mostly citrus, gets a little sweeter as time goes by and it warms, but nothing to get worried about, just a well balanced amber that deserves some recognition
M-Medium body, carbonation is on the lower side but fitting for this beer, dry, sweet, and chewy mouthfeel, taste lingers nicely and it is not overly strong
D-Could drink a lot of this, not overly malty or hoppy, more dry than sweet though, goes down easy, ABV is low enough to allow it be sessionable, alcohol is hidden, very smooth

Alesmith does it again with another great beer, this one just made me want to try My Bloody Valentine even more now but I have to wait until February unfortunately, one of the better ambers I have ever had, too bad this one is not bottled, but now I have something to look forward to every Halloween, will drink again, recommended

Floydster, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of opwog
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now listening to: Van Morrison - Astral Weeks

Thanks to Beechwood for bringing this one in!

A- Dark reddish brown color, thin white head
S- Very sweet malt and straight hop smell
T- This is a nice red taste. All the good qualities of a red, minus any blandness of some American reds of the past 20 years.
M- slightly syrupy, but carbonation helps this.
D- This is part of what I find to be the new school California Reds, with more bold hop to balance the malt. I find most of these to be very drinkable.

opwog, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of Mnemosyne
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I got a growler of this beer from AleSmith. What can I say? Yum? It's one of the best growlers that I have ever had.

Appearance- A reddish brown

Smell- It has a bit of a hoppy smell with some sweetness

Taste- A yummy red with some hop fun added in

Mouthfeel- It's sweet, so a tad sticky

Drinkability- There is little taste of alcohol. It has a yummy flavor, so quite drinkable.

Mnemosyne, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a deep crismon/maroon/mauve red with a small white head leaving solid lacing.

S: Sweet malts, with a solid hop character, straight up red ale smell.

T: Taste is really sweet initially, certainly more than its sister brew My Bloody Valentine. The sweetness dies down a bit after a while leaving a tasty hop bitterness of pine and grass clippings.

M: Soft carbonation, overall medium body, with a treacle sweetness in the finish.

D: I liked this one from Alesmith, but I thought it would be better if it was a tad drier, still a nice Halloween brew.

Halcyondays, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of paytoplay
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

paytoplay, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of SShelly
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up two growlers of this at the Speedway Stout release.

Pours a dark rich red with big fluffy off-white head, hits you with a big burst of american hops backed up with sweet malty aroma behind it. Great hoppy burst in the mouth, though well balanced with a thick malty backbone. Highly drinkable, with a pleasant citrusy hops aftertaste. A great beer from alesmith. this one is quite different from past years, seems to be getting darker with higher ibu's as the years go by.

SShelly, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a growler at the BA Speedway release oh yeah. Cracked it Sunday night with a buddy who isn't exactly into craft beers. Had to do most of the damage by myself. Darn. Short review because it's from memory. And I remember I liked it!

Gorgeous ruby hued brew. Big frothy off white head. Nice.

Smelled the hops as soon as I opened the top. Promptly got excited.

Great taste. Don't have notes for this one and I just had it last night but don't remember the actual flavors. Except the yummy hops.

Overall: I would get this any time I see it. Tap, growler, bottle, gimme!

PatronWizard, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
4.13/5  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.

srandycarter, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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!

CharlesDarwin, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of SacoDeToro
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Green Dog in Long Beeotch!

The beer was a true deep red with a nice off-white head.

The aroma was good mix of herbal and citrus hops with sweet caramel malts.

The flavor of the beer was reasonably hoppy, but let the sweet caramel malts shine through. The maltiness had a nice touch of roastiness in the background.

The mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation was good.

This beer strikes that rare point between and amber and a brown and comes in red.

SacoDeToro, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of sloejams
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ambers / reds are definitely not my favorite style of beer. That said, this is the way I like them - full with lots of hops.

I've only had this once before, about this time of year at the same place I had this one - Father's Office in Santa Monica. This time it reminded me a bit of last winter's Yulesmith, just tone-downed considerably.

The color was a deep dark ruby with a billowing head, lacing throughout. Cotton candy and roasted malts with a piney hops afterkick dominate the aroma. The flavor takes the best of a traditional American amber - the sweet maltiness and an IPA - the booming hops.

I liked this quite a bit. When I finished it I was ready to move on, there were plenty of other tasty beers awaiting.

sloejams, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of scottoale
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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"!

scottoale, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of LongBeachHopHead
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alesmith Evil Dead Red, 6.66% ABV brewed only at Halloween.

I had this on tap at the Green Dog Grill in Long Beach. I was talking to the rep that brings this beer in, and she was telling me that there were only 15 kegs of this allocated for SoCal. Too bad, its pretty good stuff.
Appearance: is a very dark rich almost blood-like red. There was not much head to speak of but the beer was poured in a pint glass taken from a freezer. Not sure if that's the best way to serve this one. It probably got colder when it hit the glass.
Smell: is wonderful. I am a huge fan of hops and always look forward to an Alesmith brew. Big bitter hop scent but also a wild maltiness to it as well. This beer is definitely a big red evil hop monster.
Taste: First few tastes are the floral hops right through the nose and a sticky-sweet-bitter malt base to it. I am not usually a huge fan of big malt but this is good. I'm very impressed by the complexity of this beer.
Mouthfeel: ((Cooold!)) j/k. I let the beer warm up a bit and it starts to release many more levels. It sort of bites the back of the throat with a burn like feeling but once swallowed, the hops kick in and they layers of malty aftermath to follow. They have really put effort into making this a Halloween brew. Its EVIL.
Drinkability: I could put down a couple of these, but that's it. The beers red bitterness starts to take over and become overbearing. Great beer though and hits the name on the nose.

LongBeachHopHead, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of dbalsock
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This was fairly standard for a red ale, but the kicker was the head was a little tanner than expected and stayed through out the pint.

Smell: The hops were quite prevelant and fruity, but mixed very well with the caramel malts to create a bubble-gumesque smell.

Taste: Again, the malts and hops mixed very well. I found this to be extremely well balanced, and very enjoyable. The caramel malts were present, but didn't control the beer. The hops, which were a tad piney and a tad citrusy (but not very) also were quite noticeable, but definitely used in a balanced way.

Mouthfeel: This felt like every other red ale I've ever had, standard/medium bodied and fairly embittered.

Drinkability: I would have this again, especially if it was on cask. I wouldn't go out of my way to find it, but it's better than the average brew.

dbalsock, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of sleazo
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

sleazo, Oct 13, 2006
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
AleSmith Evil Dead Red from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.