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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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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: 122 | Hads: 466
Photo of Furlinator
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours translucent reddish-brown with one inch of off-white head that settles to a thick film on top and good lace.

Smell is piney hops up front followed by sugary caramel and faint citrus on the back end.

Taste is similar to the smell except less piney. Citrus zest, sweet caramel, a nice combination of flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

This is a better-than-average red ale. AleSmith should consider bottling this one year-round.

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Photo of hophugger
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rustic, reddish-brown with plenty of head and tremendous lacing. Aromas of hop resin and sweet malty caramel dominate this one. Taste is greatly balanced with the hops, malt, slight peppery spice and caramel-like flavors blending quite well together. Finish is clean, with both hop bitterness and sweet candy coming through...

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a mahogany brown with ruby highlights, half finger light brown head that dissipates to a thin film and ring around the glass. Bright aroma of piney hops and bready/biscuit malt. Flavor of biscuit and caramel malt with citrus and mixed berry fruit. Finishes with grassy, orange citrus hops and a nice longlasting malt and bittering hop finish. Medium bodied with some light creaminess. An odd but satisfying take on a red ale. A nice malt body with hard to identify fruit flavors, nicely hopped. Not as scary as advertised. Just read the commercial description and I have to say, I'll bet this would be good with caramel apples, wish I had one on hand.

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Photo of mactrail
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome dark coppery red color with a decent foam in the St. Bernardus globe. Pleasantly spritzy in the mouth. Fresh malty smell with a zesty citrus note.

Medium body with a malty substance. Hops are bitter and insistent, but not overwhelming. Just slightly sweet with a flowery and bitter hoppiness.

Actually, this is really good for this Red Ale category. It has a nice balance of hoppy intensity with the mellow roasted malt. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Barons Marketplace on West Point Loma.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Glass: Tulip

Alesmith's Evil Dead Red is an easily drinkable, well-balanced beer in that both substantial pine and grapefruit hops and caramel and toasted bread malts are notable in the aroma and flavor. It was quite easy to consume 22oz of this, the beer is blended and complex enough to warrant enjoyable repeats (and at $6 for 22oz, not awful for pricing, either). Regardless, this beer is miles ahead of imperial versions of the style for my palate.

Pours a 3cm tall head of light tan colored foam, composed of small bubbles that are densely packed into a very frothy-looking mass. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting several minutes in decline to a thick ring around the glass and a large, wispy island of foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent, a thick and heavy wash of doily-like patterns cling to all sides of the glass. Body is a dark amber color, with light bringing out orange and yellow tints along the sides of the body. Carbonation not visible through the nearly opaque (90% opacity) beer.

Aroma of big pine scents, mild grapefruit, and fairly heavy Maillard reaction sweetness (caramel and toast flavors) with a leaf-matter like edge.

Flavor is of pine-like hops, pine bark, soil,
Front of palate picks up strong pine resin from hops, milder grapefruit, with some substantial Maillard reaction sweetness (primarily caramel, hints of toast) from the use of crystal malts and perhaps a long boil. Mid-palate of strong pine resin hop flavor, medium to medium-high bitterness from hops, present, but well-blended-into-the-pine grapefruit; the malts and Maillard reaction products are here, but moved into the background, so one experiences a mild and subdued caramel sweetness and toast characters with a leaf-matter and dry-bark accent. Back of palate continues to feature strong hop bitternes with pine and well-blended grapefruit flavors, the malt and Maillard products pushed fairly far into the back of the palate. Aftertaste is of moderate bitterness with notable Maillard reaction products (caramel sweetness and hints of toast) and a leaf-matter/bark-like edge.

Beer is medium to nearly medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a beer that is mostly smooth (3.5/5) and a bit foamy (1.5/5). A bit more carbonation would have suited this beer well, though as it is, it's also quite nice. Closes quite dry, with moderate stickiness remaining on the palate and lips.

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Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear red colored ale with a tall yellow colored head. This is a unique head color.

Smell is sweet and hoppy. Mostly citrus scents. Scents of wood, orange, lemon and willow tree. Under all that hop aroma there is a caramel malt backbone.

Starts out mildly sweet and more malty than the scent would suggest. Strong tea flavor with a little cork taste. Despite the scent this doesn't hit the tongue like a Hop Hammer. The flavor is more malt and oak than hop. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is OK. But don't expect the best beer Alesmith makes.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Bear World Watertown NY for $8

Appearance - Reddish Brown colour with an average size beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, apricots, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and quite a bit of hops. There is also some apricots, pineapple, and a bit of grapefruit.

Overall - Another winner from Alesmith. A tad pricey perhaps for a repeat purchase, but very well crafted and definitely worth trying once.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 22oz bomber Bottled on 082015
Pours a dark crimson color with on off-white head, very nice lacing coates the glass, smells of caramel malts barley and citrus hops, fruity hops up front, citrus and tropical, with an abundance of sweet caramel and hops a nice balance , mouth feel is sweet and hoppy some pine aftertaste, medium carbonation, this brew was very good easy to kill the bomber and i was pleasantly surprised that i liked it

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/20/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness/chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness/chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness/chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice red ale. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown body with good head and lace patches. Hoppy, piney hop aroma with tiny bit of malt sweetness in aroma as well. Smooth, fuller citric and earthy hopped body with balance of sticky caramel sweetness with easy finish.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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 ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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 BergBeer
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz for $4.50

A: Deep brownish amber with almost purple qualities to it. Aggressive cream colored head. Really like the color on this one its almost pretty!

S: Sweet malts abound, orange peel, raspberries, piney hops, and malt biscuit

T: Sweet malt hits the tongue followed by fig, grapefruit, orange, pine hops, slight blackberry, and citrus pine! Super tasty brew!

M: Medium body, slight cloying that is just barely there, hops dance spicy on teh tongue then dries out smooth!

O: Another great brew from Alesmith! Hoppier then most ambers but you won't see me complaining. Really starting to enjoy this hoppy sub genre of ambers recently and i think this is the best yet. That being said it's not one of Alesmtih's best but that still puts it head and shoulders above most other beers. It really good just not all the way there like My bloody valentine or their IPA. Still a great brew that you should try!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Deep red amber, dark brown on the outside, with a big ruby darkness to it. Head is creamy tan, with three fingers and settling down to a half finger head.

Good simple caramel aroma. Mild toast with a solid thick sweetness. Mild hop action, but pretty indistinct and not particularly obvious. Definitely amber solid.

Palate comes pretty straight forward and good for an amber. Caramel sweetness with a nice thick coating. Mild hints of pine astringency on the finish to match. Good coating with a bit of resin quality. Not really so much citrus on the nose that the bottle hints at.

It's a solid straightforward amber, but lacks much of the West coast hop character that Alesmith is definitely know for. Not an old beer either, but a solid amber.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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 DoubleJ
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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 augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev -1%
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 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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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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AleSmith Evil Dead Red from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.