Evil Dead Red
AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #8
Ranked #8,890
4.04 | pDev: 9.65%
Jul 31, 2020
Oct 13, 2003
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Notes: 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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4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by imnodoctorbut from Texas


Jul 31, 2020
3.9 by StretchZep from Ohio on Mar 28, 2020
4.12 by Wrigfen from South Carolina on Dec 31, 2019
3.5 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 02, 2019
4 by Griffith from Connecticut on Mar 22, 2019
4.18 by JonBoy23 from California on Feb 02, 2019
3.96 by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania on Jan 30, 2019
3.32 by brocktune from Virginia on Dec 20, 2018
3.26 by unclekeith from Alaska on Dec 16, 2018
3.91 by davidsonte2 from Washington on Dec 12, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by argock from Virginia

2018 version. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark amber with 2-finger light beige head with decent retention and copious lacing.

S: Super hoppy aroma with pine, grapefruit, lime, and honeysuckle on the hop side with light toffee and nougat on the malt side.

T: Flavor is like Gordon Jr. with very smooth medium caramel malt flavor with toffee and pine, resin, lemon and grapefruit hop notes. Medium bitterness at most.

M: Very drinkable with light-medium body and dry finish with low-medium carbonation.

O: A really nice red ale with a good balance of caramel malts and hops, although I wish the caramel component was a little stronger as in Heretic Evil Twin.

Nov 24, 2018
4 by avisong from Virginia on Nov 16, 2018
4.1 by -steve- from Canada (ON) on Nov 03, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the bottle, it pours a reddish coppery color with a really nice light tan head. In the nose, it is caramel malts and hops. In the mouth, it is the same, caramel malts and hops. One of the better red ales I have had.

Oct 28, 2018
4.06 by msscott1973 from North Carolina on Oct 27, 2018
4.15 by RBorsato from Virginia on Oct 24, 2018
4.03 by prototypic from Ohio on Oct 21, 2018
4.01 by TheCrowsEye from California on May 17, 2018
3.85 by grapeshops from California on Apr 04, 2018
3.75 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Mar 24, 2018
4.78 by Vylo from New Jersey on Feb 27, 2018
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3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by dacrza1 from New Jersey

DATE: January 14, 2018... OCCASION: coming down after a thrillingly improbable finish to the Vikings/Saints game... GLASSWARE: Hop Devil nonick... pours a dark ruby red body, murky and foreboding--too dense to see through... the thick, creamy off-white head sits like a velvet cake frosting, and it laces like a stormy sky, and plateaus as a two-finger mesa--attractive! Immediate resin, spruce, and earthy malts leave the best impression; secondary scents of toasted malts that suggest soon-to-be-born bread, a little yeast funk, and some vegetable... traces of citric aroma, but not as much as expected... a creamy, frothy, breathy ale that is smooth, soft and extremely drinkable--nothing dead here, though a bit of butter accompanies the finish... a lingering, pleasant experience.... the flavor is resin, mango, peach, and light pine... the caramel promised is secondary, with the sweetness blunted by vegetable and toasted bread malts... I like the overall experience, with its creamy comfortably encouraging the next sip, and each sip lacking a bite at a middle-of-the-road ABV... ultimately, a beer that probably pairs with Autumn well; here in January, it stands well but not out--other ambers have been maltier, sweeter, hoppier.... this does enough to be in the second tier of that conversation...

Jan 15, 2018
3.73 by GravityKills from Massachusetts on Jan 14, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by VABA from Virginia

The beer pours a nice ruby red color with a nice head and lacing. Aroma has hints of pine, citrus and malts. The taste follows the nose with subtle reminders of pine, citrus and malts. A nice medium bodied smooth beer.

Jan 07, 2018
4.23 by StanleysCup from Maryland on Dec 28, 2017
3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 28, 2017
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3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by JuicesFlowing from Kansas

Poured into a Duvel glass.

The beer is a dark reddish-brown color and completely opaque. A frothy, tan seasudsy head sits on top and breaks down into large foamy patches while thick blankets of foam lacing stick to the glass.

Aromas of red wood, cedar, pine dominate with a spicy hop note not unlike white pepper.

The taste is just as woody as the aroma with added flavors of charred dark bread and more prominent tangy hops in the finish. The finish is very sharp with subtle notes of lime citrus.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very dry, sharp.

Overall, a bit too much wood and nothing to really balance it out, a soft caramel note would help.

Nov 26, 2017
4 by robebo44 from Virginia on Nov 03, 2017
4.02 by JuiceMan818 from California on Nov 01, 2017
4.54 by Stoutmaster9 from California on Oct 31, 2017
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4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by RandynKirstyn from Pennsylvania

Had on draft at PC Pub in Pennsburg, PA. The color is super dark mahogany that you can barely see through. Very rich, chewy malt flavors with a west coast hoppy backbone. Medium bodied with well-suited carbonation. Tastes and smells kinda like Christmas.

Oct 29, 2017
4.03 by WickedBeer from Alabama on Oct 29, 2017
4.01 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania on Oct 26, 2017
4.02 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Oct 26, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a high sided stem glass.

Look is a deep red ruby with a thick reddish brown head.

Aroma is roasty and astringent with a caramel malt note at the end.

Taste is bitter but more from roasted malt than hops it seems. Underlying malt is sweet like molasses and a smooth balance to the bitterness.

Oct 25, 2017
3.5 by mpenske from California on Oct 23, 2017
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3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy amber-brown with a persistent light tan head. Initial impression is citrus rind, dank earth, pine, and dark fruits, balanced somewhat by bready and caramel malts. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. (Interesting that they claim 6.66% - clever.) Finish is tart, but with enough lingering hops to remind you that you're drinking a hopped amber ale. Very flavorful, but not one of my favorites - in my opinion, there is almost too much going on flavor-wise. The hops and malts are in competition, rather than complementing one another.

Oct 16, 2017
4 by mrcraft from California on Oct 12, 2017
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4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

Pours a beautiful reddish brown with thick head and lacing. The nose is very light, malt, hops, citrus. The taste is more complex than the nose, very nice malty bread goodness with a hoppy citrus mix, very smooth and easy drinking. The finish is a little dry with a bread feel and mild hops. I really enjoyed this beer, was a nice mix of flavors and beautiful to look at.

Oct 11, 2017
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