AleSmith Evil Dead Red - AleSmith Brewing Company
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3.33/5 rDev -18.6%
Served on-draught into a 4 oz plastic taster cup at Alesmith's taproom. They really have to get rid of the whole plastic cup system; it's a disgrace. Cost was $2.00.
A: Pours a half finger khaki colour head of great cream, good thickness, and smooth rolling foam. Retention is fair. Good lacing. Colour is a dark chestnut red. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Floral hops, with some citrus. Clean malts. Caramelization. Toasted malt. An appealing aroma of moderate strength.
T: Floral hops and clean malts. Caramel. Toasted malt. Balanced and enjoyable. Amber malts. I like it, but it does leave something to be desired in terms of complexity. Not much going on here considering the brewery.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Perfect thickness. Suits the flavour well. Good carbonation.
Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Well priced. I'd have it again, preferably from a bottle. Definitely worth a try. A solid seasonal from Alesmith, but not up to par with most of their other offerings.
11-14-2012 22:11:04 | More by kojevergas
4/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
10-12-2013 00:32:18 | More by Zorro
4.08/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
09-28-2011 16:47:12 | More by DoubleJ
4.5/5 rDev +10%
On tap at Alesmith.
A: A very attractive crimson tinged dark orange with a finger of tan foam. Good retention. Scattered lacing. Great color.
S: Bright orange and grapefruit notes are balanced by a rich and complex malt profile that reminds me of caramel, bread, and toasted malt. Light floral notes coalesce with pine to form an aromatic force.
T: Toasted malt with notes of bread and biscuit. Caramel blends with a juicy orange flesh flavor and a moderate bitterness. There's a fantastic interplay between the malt and hops. The finish has some pine. The 6.66% is well hidden.
M: Medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and creamy.
Overall: One of my favorite Alesmith beers and this new batch is especially good. This is really fresh so the hop profile is excellent.
09-23-2011 17:00:01 | More by HopHead84
4.35/5 rDev +6.4%
Draught @ Papago
The beer as it sets in the glass a deep sanguineous color with a stupendous creamy light tan head that last for a week, well almost, the lace a thick and sticky sheet to obfuscate the glass. Nose is cotton candy like in sweetness, nice aroma of hops, clean and fresh to the senses, start is sweet, decent malt presence and the top middling in feel. Finish is strict in its acidity with the hops pleasantly spicy and the dry aftertaste lingers long on the palate.
11-01-2004 13:22:30 | More by Gusler
3.94/5 rDev -3.7%
Bottle opened on 10.29.13
A - Pours a clear light brown with a foamy dark tan head.
S - Piney hops, orange citrus and sweet biscuy malts.
T - Pine, orange, nice maly balance. Solid.
D - Good carbonation with a medium body.
O - A nice hop-malt balance. Not really blood red though.
12-16-2013 06:25:48 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.99/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
11-03-2013 20:52:30 | More by LiquidAmber
4.05/5 rDev -1%
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.
11-11-2009 01:19:35 | More by DefenCorps
4/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
11-21-2013 00:18:11 | More by spinrsx
4.08/5 rDev -0.2%
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
11-01-2013 17:04:33 | More by barnzy78
4.45/5 rDev +8.8%
poured a clear amber with reddish ruby highlights that had a half finger of head and left nice blotchy lacing sticking to the glass. The piney hoppy bouquet was very nice with nuttiness some candy sugar presence but it did have nice sweetness from the caramel malts and slight booze in the backgound. upfront on the palate a mixture of the piney hops and nutty flavors are quite noticeable alongside grassy and candied sugar accents but with a nice caramel malt backbone to balance out this really tasty amber. once there was a little underlying booze like the nose; wasn't bad though. the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, hoppy, piney, nutty, and crisp finish and a touch of booze. it drank very well and was glad to see this on tap.
10-16-2010 02:30:54 | More by Gobzilla
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
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 aint complaining. Light brown head had a god thick composition and nice staying power. Resilient conditioning fresh from the tap. Nice looks, but dont 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 thats why I like this one I think. I dont 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 ..thats if you ever come across it.
10-09-2005 23:14:17 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.49/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
11-13-2013 04:17:19 | More by mynie
AleSmith Evil Dead Red from AleSmith Brewing Company
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