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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

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

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137
Ratings:
542
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
19.02%
 
 
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Photo of barnzy78
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle
A - deep ruddy brown color with a huge beige head that holds excellent retention and leaves loads of chunky lacing on the glass
S - huge nose of piny hops, citric grapefruit, bready malt, caramel, fruity; I'm could smell this all day!
T - bitter and sweet notes of pine, caramel, burnt caramel, bread crust, grapefruit, pleasant fruitiness
M - thinner than expected, resinous, carbonation helps it a bit, finishes with lingering piny bitterness
O - very good but a fuller body would would have helped it out

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.1/5  rDev 0%

Kind of like Justin Turner, this bad boy may just be "The Red Dream." Super lush - with a hint of juice - caramel flavors burst at every olfactory hole you have and coat your mouth like a volcanic burst of hoppy/malt goodness. Raul is feelin this like a deep tissue with hot stones. Raul is feelin' this like a Yasiel Puig walk off...

Oh my.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Blue Palms

A: The pour is what you would expect, a clear amber color with an emphasis on the red tones. A thin layer of off-white foam sits on top.

S: A great citrus aroma is the first thing I notice. A good amount of grapefruit and pine from the hops and a fairly well balanced amount of caramel and malt sweetness.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose. There is a nice citrus hop bite on the front, followed by a slight bit of caramel and toffee sweetness in the middle. The sip finishes with a rather pleasant bitterness.

M: Nothing spectacular in terms of body or carbonation, but certainly works well for the beer. Medium in body and carbonation.

D: This is a pretty darn tasty red ale. I'm generally of the hoppy red ale persuasion, but this balanced one was actually quite nice.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Draft at Hollingshead Delicatessen in Orange. A real treat to come across this “rarely seen” Alesmith offering, freshly tapped too. I snagged a full pint of this baby!

Appearance: Ruddy mahogany, dark and brooding – held to the light it exhibited a dark brown-purple hue. Strange color for a “Red”, but I ain’t complaining. Light brown head had a god thick composition and nice staying power. Resilient conditioning fresh from the tap. Nice looks, but don’t expect a typical looking

Nose: Gorgeous collection of malts and roasted barley. Hoppy too. Fresh off the tap it is a pleasure to stick your nose deep into this one. Quite complex in its profile, and it changes as you drink, the hops seem to build with temperature and time in the Glass.

Taste: Slick yet raw malts and tasty bold hops that seem aggressive, yet they all present a tamed profile, controlled but powerful and not scared of showing their muscles. I like that. Fruity too with some oily hops in the lingering finish. This got hoppier with a more in yer face bitterness as I got to the bottom of the glass. Bloody tasty. Rich, deep, strong but well balanced and superbly crafted.

Mouthfeel: Soft and creamy with a rich thick malty full-bodied torso.

Drinkability: Very quaffable indeed. I was driving and I had already elected to fill both my Growlers by the time I tried this, otherwise I may very well have got one of them filled with the Evil Dead Red. Very nice and eminently drinkable.

Overall: Not exactly your “Run-of-the-Mill” Red, but that’s why I like this one I think. I don’t often add Reviews for beers that I try on draft but given the beauty and creativity in this one I figured it is worth adding some notes about it.

Top Marks for creating a very memorable Red.

Recommended…..that’s if you ever come across it.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crimson red body with a big light khaki head, forms thick and dwindles slow with large sporadic patterned bubbles left clinging to the sides of my glass. Aroma is full of fresh citric hop notes, earthy pine like accents, and a big fruity malt backbone coming through. Even some pineapple citrus notes that play very well with the red malts. Every Halloween they release Evil Dead Red and every February they release My Bloody Valentine both weigh in at 6.66% abv. You would know right away if these were old, all of the aromas and flavors I'm tasting are popping with freshness, good thing each bottle is dated they just happened to rub off very easily. this was brewed 9/13 I couldn't read the date in the center. But that works drinking this on 10/22/13, I'm dealing with super fresh red ale. The flavor has a pleasant mild soapy hop character think pine and citrus with a pleasant phenolic sweetness, it's actually good and very easy to drink. They were going for a different segment of beer drinkers with this beer not so much the hopheads across the country more so the horror film buffs, who may not know about an Alesmith beer, sure as hell those fans want a taste of Evil Dead Red though. Still Alesmith, still hoppy as hell just not as bitter or as extreme as some of their other offerings, reminds me of the drinkability of their ESB. Overall a smooth taste, and flavor meant to be enjoyed with friends,

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Photo of augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse - served in a goblet.

Dark burgandy body, clear with faint cardinal highlights and a fat soapy finger of beige foam. Thick creamy lacing; superior retention.

Potent hop aromatics present from a foot away - tangelo, jolly rangers, passion fruit, and other citrus and tropical notes synergize in a rich bouquet.

Fruity palate entry with a floral/herbal twist. Moderate bitterness accompanies a gentle herbal quality leading into the finish which concludes with malt, candy apple, and soap.

Well carbonated, but vaguely watery. Can't help but love the ABV.

A remarkable nose wedded to a likeable flavor profile makes for an excellent if not quite exceptional drinking experience.

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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 DoubleJ
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Amber red colored with hues of orange and brown. The head on top is thick and very frothy, and it leaves lots of lace arond the glass. Nose is soft and toasty, feautring toasted bread, toffee, and a little drop of pine.

Somewhat marzen-like in character, but the gentle snap of American hops remind me what I'm drinking. Malty upfront, toasty and toffee-y with faint tropical fruit notes. A very smooth, medium body helps the cause, which makes this beer very likable and easy to approach.

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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 DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hollingshead yesterday before I got on the plane

Deep ruby red with a dense, tan head with great retention and some lace. The nose is rich, with burnt caramel, brown sugar and perfumey pine hops. While I usually don't care for "balanced" hoppy beers, this is quite remarkably executed, with plenty of complexity while maintaining low sweetness. Mildly fruity, it's quite juicy. The palate opens with a lot of hop flavor with pine and some mild mint. Low, smooth bitterness is present, countered by delicate sweet flavors, raw sugar, burnt caramel and jaggery. Sweetness is definitely low, and has great flavor. Hop character is mostly flavor-based with some pine, though bitterness is present as well. The finish is long with great balance between sweetness and hop character. Mildly drying with medium-light body and soft carbonation. Great stuff, I'd love to drink this again.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Alesmith

A: Dark brown color with a thin tan head.

S: Some nice toasted malt and a good amount of citrus hops.

T: A pretty good balance between some chewy caramel and slightly bready malts and some good citrus hop resin. Not the best red I've had but really solid.

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Photo of Gavage
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

Dark but clear auburn and ruby with a thin light brown khaki head. Leaves the glass incredibly messy with sticky spiderweb lace.

Hoppy aroma with lots of grapefruit and orange citrus character pushing its way forward first, along with a well balanced amount of caramel and toffee sweetness and simple, rustic, freshly baked breads.

The taste follows the aroma pretty closely, though the sweet and bready malts are a bit more dominant than the citrus hop notes--moderately bitter as well.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Appropriate.

A delicious, seasonal amber, which isn't a style I particularly find myself looking for too often, though I always have at least one of these every year.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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 smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Deep red amber, dark brown on the outside, with a big ruby darkness to it. Head is creamy tan, with three fingers and settling down to a half finger head.

Good simple caramel aroma. Mild toast with a solid thick sweetness. Mild hop action, but pretty indistinct and not particularly obvious. Definitely amber solid.

Palate comes pretty straight forward and good for an amber. Caramel sweetness with a nice thick coating. Mild hints of pine astringency on the finish to match. Good coating with a bit of resin quality. Not really so much citrus on the nose that the bottle hints at.

It's a solid straightforward amber, but lacks much of the West coast hop character that Alesmith is definitely know for. Not an old beer either, but a solid amber.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours sparkling clear dark ruby. A bone, dense head of an inch-plus sank slowly, revealing goops of shredded lacework and a thick, rocky surface coating.

Aromatics lead off with fresh piney hops, tangerine, mangoe, and sugared grapefruit.
Lush and tropical with a kiss of malt.

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Sticky and tacky.

Ripe fruit, smashed spruce boughs, grapefruit pith, and sweet malt start the palate. An almost drying yet quite firm bitterness follows through, along with a hint of embers and earthy bark.

Finishes with lingering biterness, fresh carmelized malt, and sap-drizzeled fruit.

Very tasty and uber-fresh. The roasted malts add some depth without adding too much sweetness, and theres a good dose of hops to boot.

Big ups to WeeheavySD for the freshie!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/5/13.

Pours a hazy orange-red with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, pine, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mixture of citrus and pine hop qualities that make this one smell and taste quite nice.

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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

Tap @ Hamilton's. Pours clear auburn with a skimpy white head. Caramel, grapefruit, and pine dominate the nose. Full, tangy grapefruit and resin hop flavor tempered nicely by the malt. The caramel thankfully does not overwhelm. Velvet mouthfeel. I just can't get enough of the hops in this one. Its so good.

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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 HattedClassic
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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

Clear red colored ale with a tall yellow colored head. This is a unique head color.

Smell is sweet and hoppy. Mostly citrus scents. Scents of wood, orange, lemon and willow tree. Under all that hop aroma there is a caramel malt backbone.

Starts out mildly sweet and more malty than the scent would suggest. Strong tea flavor with a little cork taste. Despite the scent this doesn't hit the tongue like a Hop Hammer. The flavor is more malt and oak than hop. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is OK. But don't expect the best beer Alesmith makes.

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

Bomber from Bear World Watertown NY for $8

Appearance - Reddish Brown colour with an average size beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, apricots, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and quite a bit of hops. There is also some apricots, pineapple, and a bit of grapefruit.

Overall - Another winner from Alesmith. A tad pricey perhaps for a repeat purchase, but very well crafted and definitely worth trying once.

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

from 22oz bomber Bottled on 082015
Pours a dark crimson color with on off-white head, very nice lacing coates the glass, smells of caramel malts barley and citrus hops, fruity hops up front, citrus and tropical, with an abundance of sweet caramel and hops a nice balance , mouth feel is sweet and hoppy some pine aftertaste, medium carbonation, this brew was very good easy to kill the bomber and i was pleasantly surprised that i liked it

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/20/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness/chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness/chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness/chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice red ale. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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AleSmith Evil Dead Red from AleSmith Brewing Company
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