AleSmith Evil Dead Red - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 110
Hads: 431
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 19.66%
Wants: 104
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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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 PatronWizard
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

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Photo of sloejams
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep amber color with a light taupe head. Sweet grapefruit leaps from the glass into the olfactory with some rich, sweet butterscotch that underlies it. Mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied with a bit of a carbonation scrub developing midway. Flavors are like a Milky Way bar with a tart cherry on top. Fine effort.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by the brewery, which can be rather difficult because of tasting/growler filling hours and San D traffic. Barely made it before closing.

Anyways picked a growler of the Evil Dead Red.
Poured an almost opaque, dark, blood-red color.
Thick, foamy, tan head, nice lacing on my tulip glass.
Moderate carbonation.

It has a sweet malt smell to it, a little fruity. Nice light hop aroma.
A little sweet.
Rich malt taste, mild on the palate.
A mildly bitter hop finish with a little nutty flavor in there.

Rather smooth beer, very drinkable. Check out Alesmith!


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Photo of dbalsock
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Taste: A nice big after taste of Blueberry. Sweet malt hits the tongue followed by fig, slight grapefruit, slight pine hops, slight blackberry. I love the mesh of flavors, and this is worth the buy if you find it. I wish this was a year around beer, and I think this is like Flipside from SN.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
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 screamking
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into chalice.

Pours dark amber with a 1.5 finger khaki head. The nose is filled with grapefruit and orange. It also has a very pronounced earthy grass note. Very nice aroma. I'm very surprised how much I enjoyed the taste of this. You get a nice blast of grapefruit at the front of the tongue. Followed by a grassy note that neutralizes the citrus. At the back of the tongue the sweetness is kicked up a notch. The mouthfeel is fantastic, light feel, easy to drink, perfect ABV. I am blown away by how much I like this brew being a style that I'm not a big fan of. The depth of flavors is vast considering the light body it's working with. Great beer.

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Photo of SShelly
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blue Palms

Appearance is deep amber with reddish hues, poured with a large fingers worth of head that was pretty stable.

Aroma is full of citrus fruits and scents from the forest; earthy pine and slightly resinous.

The taste for the most part is mirrored by the aroma. Hops are definitely the star with bitterness bursting in mid sip and lingering past the swallow. No harshness in the bitterness, and there is a nice malt backbone of biscuit/caramel that is just shy of balancing out the hops.

Mouthfeel is light and thin while carbonation is around medium.
This is a very hop centric brew that while delicious, can be palate fatiguing. However each sip is packed with great hop flavor.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 MUTINY
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
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 schwemjw
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: dark mahogany. deep amber. lots of carbonation with a hint of alcohol legs. Strong tan head that stands up two fingers. evil looking beer. see what i did there?

S: a hint of tropical fruit. strong grapefruit presence with citrus bite. Underlying toasted bread with a slightly sweet biscuity caramel.

T: Right off the bat the biscuit malt and deep toffee overwhelm you. Toasted crackers. sweet enzymes. The back end is where the hops hit you. Pine and earthy hops. a hint of something floral. the finish is sweet pineapple and grapefruit before a drying pine bite. delicious.

M: The carbonation is medium to high. It tingles as it goes down. long piney somewhat wet grass finish.

O: Very impressed here. Lots of toast, bread and crackers with a strong delicate balance of sweet hops. This bottle stands no change. Like the necromonicon beware of this beast!


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Photo of BergBeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Totalpackage411
3.12/5  rDev -24.3%
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 kmcnair
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Evil Dead Red... named after the cult classic Evil Dead. This is a great brew, Sam Raimi should be proud. Sampled from a growler fill.

Fills my tulip glass a deep copper to ruby red color, makes a fluffy offwhite head that fades slowly and leaves a nice lacing all the way down. Smell is rich of lightly roasted maltyness and I think chinook stands out overall in the hop aromatics. Flavor is loaded up with a huge malty backbone and light sweetness, medium hopped citrus flavor here, not much bitterness to speak of, this one is very smooth. Mouthfeel is medium, its clean and not terribly sticky. This is really drinkable, an awesome session beer. I'll finish off the growler today no problem..

Hats off to Alesmith for this one, while this is not my favorite style, this is easily the best that the style has to offer.

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Photo of femALEist
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at City Beer's Alesmith event during SF beer week.
This beer is an Imperial Red and 6.66%. It poured a beautiful deep copper red. It smelled like hops, grapefruit, citrus, and grass. It tasted very floral, citrus, with some sweet malt character. It was not that bitter- it was more malty than bitter.

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Photo of paytoplay
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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Photo of bhalter8
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

bottle date 9/10/2013, poured into standard pint glass. Pours a deep murky auburn, almost brown, with a tawny light brown head--definitely looks like a beer for a night of mischief and trickery.

aroma- fragrant fresh pine and sweet citrus atop of sweet caramel; chocolate and rich toasted notes

taste- hop presence with pine resin and floral notes and subtle dank citrus. Lush, sweet caramel malt-delicious- with caramel and toffee, sticky, raisins and dark fruits as it warms. Finishes nice and dry and toasty with orangey hop zest and and tinge of lemon on the sides of the tongue

feel-fairly medium-full bodied, booze detectable, sticky, resinous. really nice

What a great beer! Fragrant zesty hops and complex, big malt sweetness. As far as ambers go, this has far more personality and... balls than most. Hops and malt both jump out onto the palate. I might take this over Nugget Nectar, as it offer a bit more malt profile (like an amber should?). cheers, ghouls and misfits!

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Photo of RodBurg
2.93/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

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Photo of MrTopher
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Stone World Bistro, out of a Pint Glass.

A – Crimson red is a nice way to describe the color of this beer, just looks menacing. Nice mahogany head that leaves a lot of lacing which is very attractive.

S - Nice rich hop character; oranges, grapefruit, and a little mango maybe. There is nice sweet malt, maybe on the boarder of a caramel smell also. Just fantastic.

T – Wow, this is just complex from the front to the back. Nice citrus hop character, a little sweet malt adds to this and makes it more enjoyable. A little spice also, but not overwhelming.

M – Medium in body, perfection of a beer. Nice creaminess that just adds to this as its enjoyed.

O – I try and have this every fall, its very enjoyable. Wish Alesmith would bottle this and make it a seasonal release in 12oz bottles in 6 packs. Would love to share this with others.

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Photo of kpoole25
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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 Motleydrunk56
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%

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 Jazzcrop
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tastes are breakfast/midday toast, chips, churned butter, piny hops, peely hops, caramel, woodiness and agave. Smells like a beer that could do for a monthly kind of thing, with oaky tastes, caramel, fairground candy and honey. I like this beer and I like Alesmith.

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AleSmith Evil Dead Red from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.