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AleSmith Evil Dead Red | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,026
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
562
pDev:
9.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
113
Gots:
72
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 562 |  Reviews: 145
Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a deep crismon/maroon/mauve red with a small white head leaving solid lacing.

S: Sweet malts, with a solid hop character, straight up red ale smell.

T: Taste is really sweet initially, certainly more than its sister brew My Bloody Valentine. The sweetness dies down a bit after a while leaving a tasty hop bitterness of pine and grass clippings.

M: Soft carbonation, overall medium body, with a treacle sweetness in the finish.

D: I liked this one from Alesmith, but I thought it would be better if it was a tad drier, still a nice Halloween brew.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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 ArsMoriendiOU818
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmg480
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bogey302
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pencible
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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 smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Ruby red color where light passes easily through it. Lasting beige head that leaves plenty of streaky lace on the glass.

Smells of crystal malt--like caramel. Good balancing hop, but not distinctive.

Dry, caramelized malt. Reminds me of deeply toasted bread. Strong hop presence, like hot peppers. Quite spritzy with a below-average level of body.

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Photo of MickeyHops
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Yermomsfavorite
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of farrago
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of mackeyse
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
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 justintcoons
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.

Appearance
Deep red with 2 fingers of light tan head. Good retention and clarity. Light-moderate carbonation.

Nose
Toffee, caramel. grapefruit and pine.

Taste
Toffee and caramel maltiness with hints of toast and a subtle earthiness. Notes of grapefruit and pine. Perhaps some touches of orange citrus.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, clean and smooth.

Overall
A decent Red Ale. I think I prefer My Bloody Valentine to this one.

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Photo of lochef81
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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 bnes09
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Booner818
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Dcunicelli
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jjf3792
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

AleSmith Evil Dead Red from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 562 ratings
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