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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Todd on 10-13-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
130
Ratings:
499
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
19.02%
 
 
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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.06/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of lochef81
3.73/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Evil Dead Red has a bloodied, demonically-possessed appearance alright; its iron oxide colour is muddied, the highlights snuffed out by dark forces, the lacing like tattered old scripture. Or maybe that's just standard for American Amber Ales. Either way, it fits the marketing and it looks good.

If Evil Dead Red were a coworker you'd be forced to have an awkward conversation - it stinks. Pungent hops dominate the aroma, imparting notes of red onion, orange peel, pine, ganja, tea leaf, and a redeeming toffee-like sweetness that's buried somewhere underneath all the earthy dankness.

The composting citrus notes in the bouquet are brought back to life on the palate; candied and dried orange peel flavours impart zestiness to an otherwise malt-heavy and pine-drenched beer. Any bitterness or astringency - and, to be sure, there is some - is remedied by a smoothing candy-apple flavour.

They say you can't please all the people all the time - but they're not aware of amber ales like Evil Dead Red. This has the rough bark and serum resins, the potpourri dried citrus and fragrant herbs, as well as the sweetish, toothsome confection notes. It is all things to everyone all at once.

Who knew Alesmith had a page in the Necronomicon?! Evil Dead Red is certainly one for the ages and has enough hoppiness to summon hop-heads from everywhere. That magical potion of pine, spruce, and caramel can put many under its spell, myself included. This is an eternal classic.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber
Bottled On: 03/21/15

Been wanting to try this brew for years, finally!

Pours a very nice amber color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some very nice malt notes, citrusy. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty Amber Ale. Worth the wait.

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Photo of Pencible
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy mahogany with some tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet caramel and wild honey, with some herbal and citrus hops.
T: It tasted like earthy caramel and wild honey, with some herbal and citrus hops. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with some carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was a nice red ale, with clean and balanced scent and taste. The body was excellent, and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Not the most exciting beer ever, but still an enjoyable quality brew.

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Photo of Hahnin
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great malty smell, gorgeous red tinted color, small head (less than a finger). Great beer, but expected to love it. But I just got off a Grunion 6er, so that may affect things. Definitely a good session beer barring the price. I am from CA and since they only come in 22s sound here, that could get expensive.

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Photo of mackeyse
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don’t grab a lot of AleSmith’s stuff simply because of the big bottle format but I am a sucker for their My Bloody Valentine in the late winter so I couldn’t pass this one up.

L: Amber pour that may border on maroon (not exactly “blood red” as promised). A yellow-ish foamy head that didn’t last long.

A: Toffee and resin with some citrus in there but pretty muted. Smell had slight hint of old IPA.

T/F: Caramel sweetness with a mild burnt taste. Dried fruits give way to pine and hops at the end. Very mild carbonation. Finish is long and lingers slightly metallic. This is more of a sipper than typical 6.6% beers go.

Lots of flavor packed into this bottle so it’s not an easy drinker. One of my favorite ambers perhaps because it leans towards “IPA”. Very well balanced and I would make this an annual purchase but not likely have it in my rotation even if it was a year round beer. The muted aroma knocked it down a notch for me. it’s a good beer and one I wouldn’t turn down.

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Photo of gopens44
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Giant tan head over dark red and clear goodness offers a nose full of earthy hops and dark fruit malts.
Mouthfeel is a bit, I don't know, squirmy? It's thick in a creepy way. Cool though, given the novelty approach.

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Photo of delta490
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep ruby red with a nice creamy off-white head. The head has good retention and some small soapy lacing. The aroma is both malty sweet with a big dose of pine hops. The taste blends those two characteristics superbly and then adds a smidge of citrus hops. The body has a nice weight and feel to it, a little slick and slightly heavier with just a little carbonation tingle. This is a great American Red.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby red with a one finger off-white head. Smells of sweet, sweet, Carmel malt. Malt taste for sure! Flower presence at mid mouth. Tastes the way a red should. A definite hop that certainly does not take away frm the smooth mouthfeel. Totally impressed whic I may have found my favorite red!

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Photo of sittinggc
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass. Bottled on 9/21/15.

Look: Reddish/amber with a nice khaki head.
Smell: Great piney aroma.
Taste: Sweet caramel taste. Along with some hop bitterness.
Feel: Great level of carbonation and drinkability.

Overall: This beer is really tasty. If there was a beer to compare it to, I would say it tastes like Arrogant Bastard that is more accessible and little more hoppy in its flavor profile. Nice caramel sweetness is backed up by piney hops. I just wish they released this beer in early October so that I could drink it fresh in the Halloween spirit; as opposed to drinking it a month old. Also note that it is best to drink it while watching Evil Dead or Army of Darkness. Cheers!

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rustico Ballston. Poured into a nonic pint.

Initial review in Oct 2015 was just a rating. Now on Sept 7, 2016 I have written a full review (at least as full as I can manage).

A citrusy nose misleads the drinker who is then hit with a balanced, hop forward, malt on the back end beer.

A - Pours a beautiful dark Amber with a short lived but initially substantial off white 1-finger head. 4.5

S - Sweetish candied malt.

T - Caramel, malted sugar, herbal bitterness. 4.25

MF - Medium heavy body with a dry but malty finish. 4.25

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured in a stemmed glass.

Very dark Amber appearance.

A blended aroma of bread and hops.

This transfers over to the taste as well with caramel malts, but a punch of hops.

Outstanding for a red, amber ale.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle at Olivers enjoyed shared with my brother in a goblet chilled.

The color is deep crimson bordering on bronze with a blood red type look with thickish head that recedes to a thin tan ring of beads. The smell is moderately full of hop aroma with ruby red grapefruit odor and slight malt with a caramel and light yeast ester. The feel has a good blend of citrus with slight hop bitterness and moderate sweetness with slight alcohol in the feel with a dry bitter finish and moderatelly carbonated throughout with a long bitter end.

The taste is a slightly bitter beginning with grapefruit and mild pine with a slight caramel in the malt with toasted flavor with a light chalky accent and mild alcohol with light spice in the finish with subtle citrus quality and long dry almost pine type taste as it finishes strong. Overall a great flavor but not the best example of the style good malt yet slightly high in alcohol flavor.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a deep, slightly hazed, blood red coloring with a foamy, low profile, bubbly, tan head. Aromas of pine, pepper, and dry grass forward, all overlaying a smooth, rich, and sweet roasted caramel backbone. Very hop forward. Flavors are roasted and richly sweet forward, with an almost tangy caramel character, followed by a solid roast and char highlight, and a resinous hops blast of pine pitch and grassy notes. Some subtle highlights of grapefruit and passion fruit, with a bready and fruity backbone. The body is smooth and light, with a subtle effervescence at the end. The aftertaste is tangy sweet and roasted, with a heavy linger on the caramel notes, and more of a nuanced highlighting of bitter and resinous hops characteristics. The finish is smooth, light, and effervesced. Very solid beer. One of the more unique and memorable reds I have had in a while.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle:
Thought I had done a formal review of this based on a NBS post. Maybe I didn't or maybe Iforgot to save, so here's the post:
Beer pours a deep amber, almost auburn. Head is a pinkish-hued tan, and ends up almost like a raspberry whipped cream atop the glass.

Nose has a classic amber malt in the background, but is trying to make me think this beer might have a sweet side to it. Maybe a little floral or very lightly herbal, it's just impressing much upon my nose, regardless.

Funny enough what little I got from the nose comes out in the taste, if not in the same way. The beer starts with a hint of malt, but grabs me with an herbal/earthy bitterness. The malt grows and ends up reminding me of a red lollipop of all things. Now obviously it's not that sweet, and the herbal bitter notes continue to pair with it as the two tastes do a little dance. I can't place the thing it tastes like, but there is something this combination reminds me of - something that is like a fruit you have for real after having the "fruit flavor" in foods and you find it's not nearly as sweet and maybe even a tad bitter.

Definitely a interesting beer that had me enjoying it for the way the flavors were built, but never fully won me over as a beer I would want to drink often.

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Photo of hophugger
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rustic, reddish-brown with plenty of head and tremendous lacing. Aromas of hop resin and sweet malty caramel dominate this one. Taste is greatly balanced with the hops, malt, slight peppery spice and caramel-like flavors blending quite well together. Finish is clean, with both hop bitterness and sweet candy coming through...

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Photo of MUTINY
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
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 HankSingle
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Gosh, this is a good beer. I've been thinking about it all day - got home from a tough day at the shop, last night, and tucked in; the color is terrific, genuinely looks like a glass of movie blood, with no meaningful head. The odor was greener than I was expecting, and had me worried that the label was misleading - but the first couple sips assuaged all my fears. After a tiny burst of more traditional hop flavors, the candy comes rushing in - then settles into a steady, deep, almost wine like flavor - plum fruits, berries, lots of dark, curranty tastes. There's the mildest bitterness on the finish, that completely disappears after your tongue gets properly caught up in the fruit.

Such a terrific, unusual beer. I'm gonna grab a few more, before the season ends.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown body with good head and lace patches. Hoppy, piney hop aroma with tiny bit of malt sweetness in aroma as well. Smooth, fuller citric and earthy hopped body with balance of sticky caramel sweetness with easy finish.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured form a 22 into a pint glass. Beautiful Clear dark amber color with two finger off white head that was nice and fluffy and did not dissipate quickly. Great lacing that grabbed the glass. There is a nice hop to the aroma with some bread, and some caramel. Nice taste, not overly sweet in the malt, did not pick up the caramel that was there in the aroma. More pine than bread in the taste with a touch of lingering bitter on the back of the tongue. Pretty dry on the finish with the sweet of the beer lingering more than the bitterness.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bomber into a tumbler, pours a dark red with an off white head, a good amount of lace to boot

S: Pine, earth, and bread seem to round out the profile

T: Sweet malt at first, then fades a bit into some hop before finishing a bit dry, its extremely smooth to say the least

F: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, I can feel some hop oils on the teeth here

O: A very good brew from Alesmith, obviously a brewery that knows their craft; would I go out of my way to find this beer? No, but picking it up for around $6 at Costco is a pretty good deal.

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