Evil Dead Red
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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #8
Ranked #4,873
4.06 | pDev: 9.61%
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
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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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argock from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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VABA from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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RandynKirstyn from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz into Standard Pint glass. No date.

L: Slight hop haze to a dark mahogany color, two fingers of light beige head. Great retention.

S: Aroma is nice and hoppy, citrusy and piney. Bready malts are the backbone here.

T: Hoppy for a Red, good malty breadiness though, citrusy and piney.

F: Medium body, below average carbonation and a clean hoppy finish.

O: A pretty tasty beer but I was expecting a bit more from AleSmith whom I hold in high regard.

Sep 16, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a deep rich mahogany red color with an off-white full creamy head, lots of lacing, decent retention.

A: Lots of citrus peel aroma like grapefruit, pine needles, lots of bready malts, light toasted malt, alcohol is well hidden.

T: Light flavors of grapefruit peel and pine, moderate amount of bitterness, big hit of toasted caramel malt, bready malts, finish has lingering notes of grapefruit and pine with a touch of toasted caramel.

M: Medium bodied with a dry finish and a good amount of carbonation.

O: A very nice American Amber/Red ale, good balance of pine and citrus hop notes along with a strong presence of malts, smooth and easy to drink.

Sep 02, 2017
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farrago from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Finger plus deep head, decent density with a few puddles of larger bubbles, dark tan in hue, retention is above average, dimples as it dissolves, the lacing more splotches than extended streaks. The liquid is a somewhat filmy orange-brown color, touch more reddish from a distance, few visible bubbles, those more spread out than in beads. Were it not for the toastiness to it the nose would come off like German chocolate cake, lots of cocoa and caramel and molasses with a hint of coconut, does have its herbaceous side as well and a good amount of pine, low level of fruit scents, mainly pineapple to papaya. Medium-bodied, fluffy and heavily carbonated mouth entry, this recedes quickly enough. More balance between the leafy hops and the bread, caramel, honey to cola bean elements, the bitterness helps reduce the overall sweetness. That said, does finish on the short side as it dries out prematurely, roast and bitter oiliness left behind. As in the nose there’s not a strong fruit presence, pineapple, green apple, apricot pit. Not a bad beer by any stretch yet it lacks “fun factor” and does not seem to excel at any one thing.

Jan 12, 2017
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CJNAPS from California

3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful color on this beer, a little hopped up for a amber ale more like a red IPA which is prefect for me. Alesmith always comes through with tasty IPA's

Dec 18, 2016
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Gavage from Nevada

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark amber with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to a surface covering.

Smell: malty goodness and some pine are what the nose detects.

Taste: big malt profile, bread, grapefruit, red grapes, pine, and some earthy bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp to start, less crisp and dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this is a big and bold red ale that highly hopped. Totally satisfying.

Nov 24, 2016
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Hagenmccombs from Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Probably my favorite red ale.
Look: not very red. Mostly brown with a purplish red tint. Beige 1.5 inch head
Smell: Not very strong. bit of citrus, pine, and honeycrisp apple, caramel malt
Taste: I get tons of apple notes with citrus and pine and perhaps some caramel sweetness. Like biting into a caramel apple in a pine forest. I love it. Very refreshing and tasty
Feel: crisp and light for the style. Medium bodied and not burdened by sweetness.
Overall: my favorite red ale. Not a style that I drink very often, but this one is superb.

Nov 18, 2016
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 22 oz bomber in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Randy!

The "GROOVY" brew pours a beautiful mahogany red with a very nice head
of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and features some
VERY nice lacing. Nose of pine, grapefruit, and citrus laden hops with a malty
toffee sweetness. Flavors exceed the nose with toffee and breaded malts
awash in "GROOVY" citrus notes of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit hops
with a nice sprig of spruce that is not overpowering of the citrus flavors and
lightly enhances them in fact. Very nice mouth feel with a resinous hop finish
mingling nicely with sweetness and medium carbonation making for a very easy
to drink red ale. Overall Ash would be proud. Deadites not withstanding

Where's my book of the dead----Klatoo, Verata, Nectphhhh......
awww...whatever, it's a solid brew.


Nov 17, 2016
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Skrumpy from Oregon

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep, reddish amber in color. Foamy, tan head & a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is fruit and pine with some toasted malt. The flavor has some citrus and pine notes with some caramel malt to sweeten things up. A bit of tart/tang in the finish, which is dry. A very delicious beer overall.

Nov 01, 2016
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Beaver13 from Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours deep ruby red amber with a big fluffy light tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet nutty caramel malts with fruity piney hops.

The flavor is sweet nutty caramel malt with a lot of fruit and a piney resiny hop finish with a little alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice hoppy red.

Oct 17, 2016
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

More of a red IPA than an amber ale with the focus being on hop notes versus malt notes. Aroma has a little bit of caramel malt with lots of pine & hop cone. Taste is very earthy hop forward, with a supporting malt role that fails to assert itself convincingly. Solid beer but needed some more balance.

Oct 15, 2016
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice light brown head that is pretty foamy. The head lasts quite a while and fairly vigorous. The beer itself is a clear dark ruby and looks very nice. Definitely appealing.

The smell is good. It has a nice floral and lightly biter hop note but with a slightly stronger and sweet caramel note with a bit of roasted malt.

The taste is also good with a similar mix.

The feel is good with a medium body and nice heft that indicates that the beer has some body.

Overall good go for it.

Oct 15, 2016
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a great SD brewery and I have really liked most of what I’ve tried from them. This red ale pours a deep dark amber color with a medium, foamy, tan head. The scent is mostly of pine with a little bit of citrus kicker. The malts have a pretty sweet caramel flavor, which is balanced by a piney grapefruit hop character, which is just perfectly done with very little lingering bitterness at all. The body is surprisingly fairly light given the dark color for a red and the full hop profile to make it easy drinking, but not so light that it is lacking in flavor by any means. They also manage to cover up a fairly high, for a red ale, 6.66% alcohol completely which is quite a feat. This is well deserving of its high rating among red ales.

Jun 07, 2016
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lochef81 from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I will grant that this rating is probably a bit lower than if the ale was fresh. Knowing the quality of Alesmith's beers...this is probably an age (3.5 months) issue and not a brewing issue. Will try again next year when it is fresh.

Feb 17, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Evil Dead Red is a solid amber....6.66% abv......nice! The beer poured a cloudy amber with white head not spotty lace. The scent has some biscuit and some sweetness. The taste is fairly evenly balanced and easy drinking. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a nice amber and worth a shot.

Jan 01, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber to ruby in color. A fingernail of tan rests on top. Heavy lacing. I smell prominent citrus hops and amber malt. The taste is a well balanced blend of citrus hops and amber malt. The mouth is dry and creamy.

Dec 25, 2015
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This reminds me of Tocabaga or Nugget Nectar as the hops are fruity and the malt is strong with barley and caramel malt. The hop blend delivers some orange, nectarines and grapefruit. There is a floral perfume like hop flavor that I did not like but was fleeting. The backbone is strong barley malt.

Dec 15, 2015
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