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AleSmith Evil Dead Red | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Evil Dead RedAleSmith Evil Dead Red
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
542
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
19.02%
 
 
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Reviews: 137 | Ratings: 542
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 Hagenmccombs
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Groovy...er...ahhh....cheers.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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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 ajm5108
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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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 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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