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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Evil Dead Red

Evil Dead Red is an Amber Ale brewed by AleSmith Brewing Company of San Diego, CA.

The amber/red ale category is quickly diversifying leaving the label of "Amber or red" not an accurate predictor of flavor. There are Ambers that are more hop forward and others that are more malt forward. Colors vary from dark like this one to light ruby red. I'm excited to see this style develop because it offers the best of both beer flavors - malts and hops.

I picked this up at Taylor's Market in Sacramento. It has an ABV of 6.66%.

The aroma has caramel malts with light pine and citrus malts. The flavor is a balanced blend of roasted & caramel malts, and fruit, citrus & pine hops. The layered blend of malt and hop flavor is from start to finish making each sip a consistent balance of malt and hop. A light toasted malt flavor lingers. The mouthfeel is slightly resiny and chewy with a medium body. The finish is slightly dry.

Overall, this is a really good red ale. It's not easy to have both delicious malt and hop flavors stand out and not over power each other, but AleSmith knocks it out of the park with this one. Just very delicious and satisfying. This is a highly recommended it Must Have It.

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