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AleSmith Evil Dead Red - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 397
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 101
Gots: 30 | 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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Reviews: 100 | Hads: 397
Photo of Celtics17
4.44/5  rDev +7%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of screamking
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of SShelly
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of SacoDeToro
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of schwemjw
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

/90 (869 characters)

Photo of BergBeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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! (916 characters)

Photo of Totalpackage411
3.12/5  rDev -24.8%
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. (160 characters)

Photo of kmcnair
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of femALEist
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of paytoplay
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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! (366 characters)

Photo of bhalter8
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (1,097 characters)

Photo of RodBurg
2.93/5  rDev -29.4%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of evanforbeer
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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! (986 characters)

Photo of MrTopher
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (869 characters)

Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%

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. (316 characters)

Photo of Jazzcrop
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of Jree261
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Pours dark red to brown with an off white foam out of the bottle.

Smell-Grass, red candy and caramel blend together for a strong aroma.

Taste-Follows the nose.

Mouthfeel-Excellent balance of aromas and flavors. Long finish with a medium to full mouthfeel that I would have expected to be heavier.

Overall-Really good beer. Powerful aromas and flavors that are balanced excellently. (396 characters)

Photo of silentdonkey
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

A: A nice dark red with a hint of copper. It has a wonderful thick tan head that hangs around a bit and leaves a nice snail trail on the glass.

S: Starts of with a nice bouquet of pine hoppiness and follows with sweet caramel and vienna malts and a touch of toffee.

T: Really well balanced beer with a nice bitterness and flavor of resinous and piney hops mixed with the sweet caramel and bready malt profile. Nothing too overpowering.

M: Medium body with a nice creaminess. Carbonation is medium and does not infringe on any of the other flavors.

O: A fantastic red pale ale. A really nice west coast hop character blended with the maltiness of a stereotypical red. A really well executed beer from AleSmith. Very drinkable and I would definitely go back to this one. (821 characters)

Photo of LongBeachHopHead
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alesmith Evil Dead Red, 6.66% ABV brewed only at Halloween.

I had this on tap at the Green Dog Grill in Long Beach. I was talking to the rep that brings this beer in, and she was telling me that there were only 15 kegs of this allocated for SoCal. Too bad, its pretty good stuff.
Appearance: is a very dark rich almost blood-like red. There was not much head to speak of but the beer was poured in a pint glass taken from a freezer. Not sure if that's the best way to serve this one. It probably got colder when it hit the glass.
Smell: is wonderful. I am a huge fan of hops and always look forward to an Alesmith brew. Big bitter hop scent but also a wild maltiness to it as well. This beer is definitely a big red evil hop monster.
Taste: First few tastes are the floral hops right through the nose and a sticky-sweet-bitter malt base to it. I am not usually a huge fan of big malt but this is good. I'm very impressed by the complexity of this beer.
Mouthfeel: ((Cooold!)) j/k. I let the beer warm up a bit and it starts to release many more levels. It sort of bites the back of the throat with a burn like feeling but once swallowed, the hops kick in and they layers of malty aftermath to follow. They have really put effort into making this a Halloween brew. Its EVIL.
Drinkability: I could put down a couple of these, but that's it. The beers red bitterness starts to take over and become overbearing. Great beer though and hits the name on the nose. (1,465 characters)

Photo of are_doubleyou
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (1,408 characters)

Photo of maskednegator
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Red, opaque. Thin, tan head, great lace.
Smell: Tangerines, pine needles.
Taste: Saltines, tangerines, caramel. A lot of black pepper and spice in the finish. Little bit of roastiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied
Drinkability: Extremely well balanced. Very easy drinker.
Verdict: A nice, hoppy red. A little sweeter and a little more citrusy than Arrogant Bastard. Very very tasty and a great value at $13/64 oz growler(~4.50 bomber). (448 characters)

Photo of adamparker05
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great fake blood, grade B molasses appearance.

Nose is dried black fruits (raisins!) and Christmas trees.

Flavor is wonderful: candied orange peel, maple syrup, hoppy with a great bittersweet finish

Very good, but you can't have more than 3 pints. A) IT starts to get very heavy B) You'll be hammerwed... which isn't a bad thng, but you'll stop appreciating this kick-ass beer. (380 characters)

Photo of WortHound
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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 (210 characters)

Photo of Mnemosyne
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I got a growler of this beer from AleSmith. What can I say? Yum? It's one of the best growlers that I have ever had.

Appearance- A reddish brown

Smell- It has a bit of a hoppy smell with some sweetness

Taste- A yummy red with some hop fun added in

Mouthfeel- It's sweet, so a tad sticky

Drinkability- There is little taste of alcohol. It has a yummy flavor, so quite drinkable. (383 characters)

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