December 13, 2013


AleSmith EVIL DEAD RED Ale (2013)
Brewed and Bottled by AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA. USA.
Autumn Seasonal Brew.
22 fl. oz. / $7.49 USD / 6.66% ABV

About: "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."

Thoughts: Evil Dead Red? Lemme get a Hell Yeah! Bottled on 9/10/13. Drank 11/2/13. Zombeer poured a rusty as all fuck "blood red" color with a yellowed frothy cap on top. The beer is almost clear despite looking so damn murky in that fucked up overexposed photo above, and carbonation seems light.

At first whiff this beer comes off as a total malt bomb. It's deep, rich and just damn hella malty son. But upon leaning in for a second take the citrusy and slightly piney hops start to bleed through. It's also really syrupy smelling with a touch of fallen leaves. Ain't that nice.

The taste is big and boisterous. It's very malt heavy but the hops are pronounced at the same time. There seems to be quite a good balance on this sucker. It starts off a little syrupy sweet but gives way to a bit of a grungy bitterness. It gets a bit earthy and grassy on the back of the tongue. It's got a little bit of a cola like quality to it as well, like a store brand cola or Dr. Pepper, but it's very much a beer. Sweet and Bitter both hit their marks at the exact same degree. Nothing is overly dominant here, and to describe the main taste of this beer would be like a soft grassy, resonating peppery, and heavy bready malted blast of middle ground goodness.

After a while it starts to taste kinda like a ash. ;) This one could have been a bit more Evil... and a little less Dead. Aight?

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