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AleSmith Evil Dead Red - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 111
Hads: 431
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 19.42%
Wants: 105
Gots: 48 | 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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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly hazy, deep amber hue. Chill haze. Mild, tan head sits atop the beer and fizzles off a bit leaving wavy lace.

S-Balanced and rather full on both ends of the spectrum. Lots of grapefruit and candied orange hoppiness. A bit dose of caramel, too. Solid pine hops. Not very complex but it works.

T-The hops are fairly tame here. They start with subtlety and finish with a rising medley of flavors like: grapefruit, grass, lemons, light mint, pine and candied oranges. Caramel and toffee and dense breadiness. Very balanced and the flavors taste more unique than the aroma.

M-A bit full and chewy. Softer bitterness. A bit of a sipper.

O/D-This I have wanted to try for a while. Psyched to see it in bottles. This was a bit of a disappointment, though. A bit too balanced for me and I don't think I'm too enamored with the hop profile here. In the end it's pretty good beer but I didn't live up to my lofty expectations.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
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 AgentMunky
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Back in the day, if you wanted something that was astringently bitter, you didn't have recourse to boutique hop varieties that remained palatable even as their presence was upped to a pornographic degree. Instead, you had to have the malt accentuate the hops. And the way you did that the easiest was with an aggressive red ale.

This, my friends, joins up with Rogue's Santa's Private Reserve as the best aggressive red I ever did have. I assume (hope?) that the holiday affiliation of each is just a coincidence.

Smells/tastes like a nice mix between orange/pine hops and caramel/malt biscuits. Nice yeasty finish with bitter malt lingering on the back end.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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 notchucknorris
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Dope
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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 ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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 arizcards
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of Floydster
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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

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Photo of Overlord
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.

Deep red with 2 fingers of light tan head. Good retention and clarity. Light-moderate carbonation.

Toffee, caramel. grapefruit and pine.

Toffee and caramel maltiness with hints of toast and a subtle earthiness. Notes of grapefruit and pine. Perhaps some touches of orange citrus.

Medium bodied, clean and smooth.

A decent Red Ale. I think I prefer My Bloody Valentine to this one.

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Photo of nickd717
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beer's AleSmith event.

Amazing appearance for this beer: clear deep red color with a nice off-white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma is caramel malts and fresh citrusy and piney hops.

Flavor is also caramel malt and piney/citrusy hops, typical of AleSmith's usual great hop profile. Mild roast in there as well. Perfect sweetness level.

Medium body with some hop resins on the palate and a slightly dry finish.

Very drinkable. If you consider this to be an American amber/red ale, it's really one of the better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of Danny1217
3.03/5  rDev -26.5%
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 pkalix
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

love the deep, dark red color and the creamy head on top. I am hoping they didn't use a dye to accomplish the color though . . . .
lots of pine tree aroma, caramel and bread.
sweet start, bitter middle, soft at the end. bread at first, and lots of pine.
decent stuff. not my flavorite type but very good.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Kendo
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is a nice mahogany-amber with a small off-white head.

S: Pleasant mix of malt (toffee, caramel malt) and hops - pine and citrus, with a touch of spiciness.

T: Follows the nose, pretty much, with toffee, brown sugar and caramel malt up front, then fruit - cherry and berry - is followed by the juicy, citrusy hops. Finishes with a nice combination of sweetness and hoppiness, with lingering juicy hop bitterness on the palate.

M: Call it medium in heft, with a slightly over-active, but fine, level of carbonation. Reminds me of black cherry soda at times.

O: Very good stuff.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev -9%
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 gatornation
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 sholland119
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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 pmarlowe
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
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 hophugger
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
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 magictrokini
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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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AleSmith Evil Dead Red from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.