AleSmith Evil Dead Red Ale
Brewed by: AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Amber / Red Ale
- Variation: American Style
- Seasonal: Fall / Halloween
- ABV: 6.66%
- IBU: 24
Notes: 2013 was the first year Evil Dead Red was bottled.
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
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.
More Evil Dead Red Ale Images
Artwork: Zombies are stumbling through a graveyard with “Evil Dead Red” written in ghoulish red font.
Color: Dark cherry wood, to rich mahogany tones.
Aroma: Bready with sweet butterscotch and caramel.
Arrived in: 22oz. Bottle
Served in: Pint Glass
Before diving into our tasting notes, let’s take a minute to geek out on this beer, with a few quick observations.
First of all, Evil Dead Red’s 6.66% ABV is just awesome. How cool is that — a Halloween beer, with an evil 6 6 6 alcohol percentage?
And obviously this ale is a tribute to the cult classic Evil Dead / Army of Darkness horror franchise. Not like its label didn’t score points for originality, but imagine if there was licensing in place to use the movie likenesses:
- Perhaps a re-creation of the original Evil Dead poster?
- Or the grooviness of Ash with his chainsaw and boomstick?
As far as the beer itself, a slow, creamy foam layer poured on top of the dark cherry colored liquid. The head showed good retention, with an ample froth ring, and small patches of lacing.
You don’t notice any carbonation visually, but you definitely got a velvety coat of lather with each drink. The tingling bubbles, along with its maltiness made for an evilly smooth ale.
Evil Dead Red stayed very true to the old school red ale / amber style, with a heavy base of caramel malt. It started bready or toasted, with an initial, and obvious dose of caramel.
That sweetness got cut with some hop bitterness, and hint of citrus in the finish. This enhanced the ale with a touch of spice, over the trademark red ale flavor profile.
Evil Dead Red’s strong point was its mouthfeel and silky smooth malt body, but was missing more of the traditional red ale “bite” typically found in the style. But it definitely was a hearty red ale you could sink your fangs into.
Final Score: 4/5
It’s becoming more difficult to find a well crafted red ale these days. Luckily AleSmith has resurrected this dead style, with this malty monster Evil Dead Red.