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AleSmith Evil Dead Red - AleSmith Brewing Company

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122 Reviews
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Reviews: 122
Hads: 467
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 18.98%
Wants: 111
Gots: 55 | 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:
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: 467
Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thought I had done a formal review of this based on a NBS post. Maybe I didn't or maybe Iforgot to save, so here's the post:
Beer pours a deep amber, almost auburn. Head is a pinkish-hued tan, and ends up almost like a raspberry whipped cream atop the glass.

Nose has a classic amber malt in the background, but is trying to make me think this beer might have a sweet side to it. Maybe a little floral or very lightly herbal, it's just impressing much upon my nose, regardless.

Funny enough what little I got from the nose comes out in the taste, if not in the same way. The beer starts with a hint of malt, but grabs me with an herbal/earthy bitterness. The malt grows and ends up reminding me of a red lollipop of all things. Now obviously it's not that sweet, and the herbal bitter notes continue to pair with it as the two tastes do a little dance. I can't place the thing it tastes like, but there is something this combination reminds me of - something that is like a fruit you have for real after having the "fruit flavor" in foods and you find it's not nearly as sweet and maybe even a tad bitter.

Definitely a interesting beer that had me enjoying it for the way the flavors were built, but never fully won me over as a beer I would want to drink often.

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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 MUTINY
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear deep amber/mahogany, with more blood red notes revealing themselves when held up to bright artificial light. Foamy 1" just-off-white head recedes at a moderate pace. Lacing & especially retention are above-average. I'd likely have given this a 4 if I found the color to be more appealing.

S: Very malty. Light brown sugar & dense multigrain bread seem to be the main components. There is a noticeable but underwhelming hop note characterized primarily by citrus rind. Whatever bitterness that is present is buried underneath a generally sweetish overall effect.

T: Comes on with impressive lemony hop-bitterness & traces of white pepper. This lasts well into the mid palate, which reveals a much more balanced take on the multigrain bread note from the nose. There's more of a piney counterpoint that begins to show itself leading into the finish - it's an interesting & well-executed evolution. The finish itself is somewhat mild - striking a mellow balance between citrusy hops & off-sweet breadiness. A bit of what I'd call raw honey seems to linger for a moment.

M: Just-above-moderate carb married to a somewhat dense, very soapy body. It's appropriately substantial given the flavors here. Maybe a bit dull.

O: There are probably more aspects here that I dislike rather than like, but the concentrated & clever progression of flavors is enough for me to say that I think I like this brew.

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Photo of HankSingle
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Gosh, this is a good beer. I've been thinking about it all day - got home from a tough day at the shop, last night, and tucked in; the color is terrific, genuinely looks like a glass of movie blood, with no meaningful head. The odor was greener than I was expecting, and had me worried that the label was misleading - but the first couple sips assuaged all my fears. After a tiny burst of more traditional hop flavors, the candy comes rushing in - then settles into a steady, deep, almost wine like flavor - plum fruits, berries, lots of dark, curranty tastes. There's the mildest bitterness on the finish, that completely disappears after your tongue gets properly caught up in the fruit.

Such a terrific, unusual beer. I'm gonna grab a few more, before the season ends.

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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 JamieDuncan
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured form a 22 into a pint glass. Beautiful Clear dark amber color with two finger off white head that was nice and fluffy and did not dissipate quickly. Great lacing that grabbed the glass. There is a nice hop to the aroma with some bread, and some caramel. Nice taste, not overly sweet in the malt, did not pick up the caramel that was there in the aroma. More pine than bread in the taste with a touch of lingering bitter on the back of the tongue. Pretty dry on the finish with the sweet of the beer lingering more than the bitterness.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bomber into a tumbler, pours a dark red with an off white head, a good amount of lace to boot

S: Pine, earth, and bread seem to round out the profile

T: Sweet malt at first, then fades a bit into some hop before finishing a bit dry, its extremely smooth to say the least

F: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, I can feel some hop oils on the teeth here

O: A very good brew from Alesmith, obviously a brewery that knows their craft; would I go out of my way to find this beer? No, but picking it up for around $6 at Costco is a pretty good deal.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 8/21/15. This is really good buy now don't read any further. Huge hop aromas you'd think you were drinking a nice double ipa. Candy like malt balances this beer beautifully. This is the kind of beer you have to sip slowly so you don't drink the whole thing in a couple minutes.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from a 22 oz. bottle in a craft beer glass. L: Pours brilliant amber to reddish brown under a finely bubbled, clingy 1” light tan foam collar. The collar takes about 4 minutes to descend to a thick film. Very lacy. S: Mild malt aromas with a light nuttiness and a faint hint of sulfur. T: Very nutty malt flavors but not a lot of caramel. Malt is moderate to moderately high but not exceptionally sweet – fairly dry overall. The hops are mild inflavor with a balancing hop bitterness. F: Medium body and carbonation, soft palate. O: Has an english brown ale vibe. Very drinkable.

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Photo of kpoole25
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber. Indeed this is blood red in color. Creamy light tan head. Smells of bread, maybe some cola/root beer in there, pine. Taste is sweet and earthy, almost as if it had old world hops (it doesn't), some chocolate, not getting much citrus or pine hops like the bottle suggests. Bitterness is low. (Burps are very piney!) Very drinkable, worth a try but not a must-have.

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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 Karibourgeois
3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep and dark red pour with a tan one-finger head. Big malty aroma with some caramel standing out. Taste also has malt upfront with a big bready flavor backed by some caramel. Can also taste dark fruit, toffee and light citrus hops. Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Danny1217
3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's just not a particularly great beer. I also drank it a couple weeks ago and can't really write a full review. I don't see why I should have to justify why I think a beer is average.

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Photo of Totalpackage411
3.12/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not the best red I've had bit very drinkable. It's a little on the lighter side for a red and has kind of a fruity taste to it. Not bad but not the best either.

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Photo of are_doubleyou
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: A deep reddish brown pour with a nice light tan head that becomes a thick lace. Evil Dead is clear enough to see through with some carbonation bubbles. Perfect for a red ale and one of my favorite looking beers.

S: Dark caramel malts jump forward as if from the grave with a good amount of spicy hops and even some tropical fruit notes. Honestly the hop notes smell more like a good IPA than a red ale. Delicious, if a bit hopper than the style calls for.

T: Crisp and malty up front. The body is a wonderful balance of sweet caramel malts, dark fruit notes and spicy hops. The finish is sweet and spicy with a light pine resin touch. One of the best balances of malts and hops that you will ever find and completely delicious. Perfect for a cool fall evening.

F: Malty, yet light and crisp with a nice spicy zest. Very good.

O: This is one of my favorite beers and I look forward to it each year. I love the balance of amber/red ales and lagers and this one stands out from the pack. It's as close to a perfect beer for me as I can imagine and I could drink this all day. I wish that I had grabbed more than one bomber from the store. The Evil Dead marketing is just icing on the cake because this is a perfect beer to drink while watching Evil Dead 2 as it is getting colder outside. My highest recommendation.

This Deadite was poured from a 22oz bottle into a Blind Pig mug and enjoyed at apx 55F.

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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 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 Motleydrunk56
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%

22 ozBomber.Smell of Hops and citrus.The taste is hops and grapefruit with a touch of sour.The sour to me was a little surprising.Nice blood red color and the ABV is 6.66.This is not a bad beer but not near as good as say Imperial red from Lagunitas or Hop head red from green flash.To much gimmick not enough stuff.

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Photo of scotorum
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another of my cellared purchases from last year, this one more overlooked since then than deliberately aged, bought at the end of November 2013, bottled 9/10/13 for consumption by Halloween that year. Supposed to be heavily hopped but by now I'm expecting little in the way of the promised citrus and pine hop flavor.

Fun Halloweenish bottle art of zombies on the stumble through a graveyard with the beer name in bloody red.

a: Translucent copper with a finger thick beige head which receded to uneven surface foam and dense lacing.

s: A pleasing combination of ripe dark fruit and caramel malt.

t: Just as the aroma suggested, with an added hop bite which persists to the aftertaste but mellows out and becomes more malt-dominated later.

m: Medium with good body and lots of carbonation tingle.

o: Enjoyable barleywinelike flavor combo in a lower ABV brew. As such it is tasty as well as sessionable. Sure to please even the evil dead despite being a year-old "shelf turd."

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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 WortHound
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Deep menacing bloody amber
Airy citrus and light pine hops, cool caramel aromas
Medium bodied, craftily brewed with an excellent combination of hop varieties and whole bread richness, quick bittersweet finish

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Photo of RyanK252
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into Stella Artois chalice

A: Pours a deep ruby redish brown with a creamy light brown head that laces beautifully.

S: Citrus and tropical fruit hops backed with roasted malt.

T: Nice citrus and tropical fruit hop hit with a little pineapple mango and candied orange, some floral hop notes and caramel malt sweetness, and a coffee hit and bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium to heavy body, almost creamy, with moderate carbonation.

O: Wasn't expecting coffee notes but it is a nice surprise. Gotta love this one. And get at least a chuckle out of the abv%.

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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 TheManiacalOne
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, caramelized malts and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong but not over-powering burst of hops bitterness. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent beer to pound down for a while.

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