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Bitter Valentine - AleWerks Brewing Company

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106 Reviews
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Reviews: 106
Hads: 465
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 4.05%
Wants: 125
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
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AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Viciousknishs on 02-18-2012

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Reviews: 106 | Hads: 465
Photo of mabermud
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Deep amber body that appears unclear. Soft and creamy looking off-white head. Sticky lacing that slowly slides from the glass as I twirl the beer around the glass. Nice artwork left on the sides of the glass as the beer disappears.
Smell: Spicy hops at the forefront that smell dank and resiny. Candied oranges.
Taste: Some bitter hops up front. Citrus sweetness. Malt plays a supporting role.
Feel: Fuller body. Medium to low carbonation. Feels heavy in the mouth.

Overall - Not bad, but nothing special to write home about. Let's not forget I just spent three weeks in San Diego... (606 characters)

Photo of themind
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very good brew, has a decent bitter bite on the back end. Slight malt backbone with decent hop flavor up front. Worth seeking out as this Valentines beer is unique.

Bottom Line: It's good, get some! (201 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle, date not apparent, mark looks like 03 6 1:
(Originally gave this a straight 4.25, probably need to revisit to hone in my rating)
Look is hazy orange with nice line of fluffy white head.
Nose is lightly tropical with a hint of alcohol. There's a little candy sweetness as well as a floral ending in some whiffs.
Taste starts with pitted fruit sweet-tart (apricot, nectarine), with a little unspecific tropical background. The malt flavor sits back more than expected from the nose. Eventually a light medicinal alcohol bite come on but it is fleeting and acts as a gateway to a light grapefruit pith and pine bittering.

I wish the bittercame on a little stronger. The light tart flavor from the opening does seem to linger throughout the taste, which helps. Not too sweet for a DIPA, but not overly bitter, either. (827 characters)

Photo of Big_V
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 3/6/15. Golden orange with 1 finger head. Smells grassy, sweet bread, biscuits, piney. Hoppy. Bitter on the backend. Incredibly smooth. I could drink this all day. Not a juicy DIPA, however easily in my top 5. This is a must try. Unlike anything I've had before. So glad I got 2 bottles. (300 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says 03 23 15.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a tiny center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Pungent hop nose with a good amount of sweet malt backing.

T- Cereal grain malt sweetness is noticed first and then the bitterness comes in. Noticeable booze presence and the sweet malt provides a burnt sugar note. Piney aftertaste. Touch of grapefruit.

M- Somewhat sharp and slick with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A good take on the DIPA style. The bitter/sweet duality is nice though I would've liked to see some more marriage of the flavors. Still, recommended. (819 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an impy nonic a clear brass color with an almost full one finger white head atop.Pithy citrus rind and caramel malts in the nose,some lighter floral notes come thru as well.Citric and somewhat piney on the palate with a big sweet dough base coming into play like alot of the style. (293 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a willibecher. This was bottled on 02/19/2015, less than a month ago.

Appearance: Pours a transparent tea-brown color and leaves a fairly dense finger of off-white head that slowly fades to a layer atop the beer. Pretty beer. (4.5)

Smell: Bitter citrus rinds, caramel malts, some nice floral hops, hint of mango/tropical. Nice pleasant, balanced aroma. (4.25)

Taste: Big citrus rinds, citrus, caramel malts, hints of tropical hops, finishes with some light roasted malts. Very nice and well balanced. (4.25)

Mouth-feel: Fairly thick, heavy body - almost slightly sticky with a low to medium carb. Finishes bitter but pretty crisp. (4.5)

Overall: This is a very well done, nice and balanced DIPA. Very drinkable but with a lot of flavor. (4.25) (774 characters)

Photo of Gregaroo
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a small snifter from the teet at Alewerks in Williamsburg. Was told the first batch was TOO bitter, so they went back to work. Smooth and refreshing. Clear brandy color with minimal head. 8.3% and the second serving has yet to catch up with me. Tasting room is busy after the 4:30 tour. Oh, the first batch has been stored in bourbon barrels -looking forward to that release! (386 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, bottled 8/12/14, poured into a teku glass

A- pours a deep amber color with a ruby hue, foamy off-white one-finger head reduces to a film on top, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- lots of tropical fruity hop aromas up front with notes of pineapple & mango, piney and spicy floral notes kick in, followed by some sugary and slightly bready malt to close it out

T- lots of piney hop notes up front with an orange/citrus zest kicking in. Sugary malt with some bready notes in the mid-palate, more citrus with a bit of spicy bite at the end, grapefruit linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly creamy, dry finish

O- a nice blend of hop varieties with a sugary malt base, well done and easy to drink (772 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Draft. Pours the traditional IPA colors with a soapy white head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of pine and citrus. Guessing grapefruit and something else like mango maybe. You taste hops, pine and citrus with very little malt. Not as bitter as the name suggests. Balanced. Could use a bit more malt flavor but smooth for a strong IPA. Taste more pine as the glass warms up. Solid effort. (397 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle has a faded stamp of "8 12 14" 12 AUG 2014? Just under two months old if this is the case.

Appearance: Fairly short white head that looks somewhat creamy with some larger bubbles in it. The body is a hazy orange and bronze color.

Aroma: I get a fresh cut grapefruit scent, a bit of a grassy aroma, and slightly catty. There is a bit of mango that peeps in every now and then too.

Taste: There is a rustic bread crust flavor right up front, followed by an earthy woody flavor. There is a bit of pine in the aftertaste. As the beer warms up a bit in he glass that pine character starts to dominate a lot more and becomes the primary flavor.

Palate: It has good bitterness without being overwhelming or difficult to drink. It sits in the medium body range with a good amount of malt backbone without feeling overly sweet. It does a very good job of highlighting hop bitterness but balancing (not equalizing) the malt character.

Overall: The beer was nice but it wasn't fantastic. There wasn't a whole lot of hop flavor presence in comparison to the overall bitterness of the beer. Perhaps that was the goal of the beer, given the name "Bitter Valentine." It's not a beer that will be on my radar in the future. (1,223 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bottle shared with Gillagorilla, Thank You!

Let's get down to the brew. My first time having this, I've seen this before yet not at my local liquor store. Ok down to the brew, this poured Meduim-light amber body with a big soapy white head. Looks very outstanding. The aroma is that classic PNW hops. Grapefruit citrus with a resinous backend. The malts are there to help push the hops to your nostrils to make it like hop candy. The taste up front is malt sweetness that breaks through citric hop resin. Finishes dry with a lingering citric bitterness. The feel is medium body with tight carbonation.

Overall: I'm glad to taste this and it is good. The hop and malt balance is outstanding. This brew is like drinking hop candy or Grapefruit juice. I like what it offers and it's very enjoyable. This brew is recommended. (831 characters)

Photo of sierratwohearted
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

not sure what the bottling date is...aroma is a blast of grapefruit. appearence is a light amber. taste is grapefruit/citrus, some sweet maltiness also. seems about on par with most IIPAs ive had. doesnt stand out too much as its not unique in taste. medium bodied, nice-drinkin' IPA. good offering from a small brewery here in SE VA. (335 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks to JustXBeer for sharing this one at mrbubbler's tasting.

Bottled 8/12/14.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with nice citrus forward hop qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle. (629 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

The beer comes in a dark amber.

The aroma is very muted, despite a 2 week old bottle. Sweet hop candy, piney and resiny.

The flavor follows with sweet grapefruit candy in the front. Resin, spicy hops. A huge middle malt backbone onto a very little bitterness of woody hops.

Almost like an American barleywine, this is very disappointing. (340 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. Bottle dated 5/22/14.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a tiny bit of haze and a light effervescence. Head pours a finger of frothy ivory foam and dissipates somewhat quickly but leaving a good lace. What a great color, though.

Smell: slightly sweet with a roundly complex hop aroma with a fruity and spicy character. Quite good.

Taste: rich, sweet malt provides a good backdrop to the piney, floral, and spicy hops. The flavor is a different character than the aroma. I think it works beautifully.

Mouthfeel: plenty of body, although carbonation is light. Not too bad.

Overall: dangerously drinkable for a beer of this strength. A great quaff. (686 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade from themeadhatter, and shared with stillmatic2232.

Pours a crimson amber, with a one inch head, and some good lacing.

Smells like citrus fruits, pine, caramel, and a slight bit of booze.

This is about a month old, so it should still be fresh. Tons of bitter pine flavor, along with grapefruit and orange pith, a little bit of pineapple, and a very strong malt backbone, slightly sweet, with strong toasty caramel flavors. Definitely a DIPA in both hop flavor and malt.

Medium bodied, crisp, mostly dry mouthfeel, with a medium amount of carbonation. Very drinkable. A slight bit of booze is noted in the aroma, as said above, but none is noted in the taste, making this very drinkable.

A great DIPA. Not precisely my style preference when it comes to DIPAs- I unashamedly like a brutal pine and citrus hop explosion with very little malt character, but these more balanced DIPAs have their place too. (933 characters)

Photo of Tastesalot
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: clear orange pour, fluffy off-white head

S: Juicy Fruit scent

T: pink grapefruit, oranges, slight sweetness, bready, toasty, lingering bitterness

M: medium to full

O: The bomber being reviewed here is 24-days-old. Serving poured into a tulip. While I think Hardywood Park The Great Return is the best IPA in Virginia, this is easily takes the top spot for the best Double IPA brewed in the Commonwealth. Highly recommended! (431 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with 2 fingers of dense cream colored head. Fantastic retention and lacing.

S - Resinous grapefruit, rinds, sweet tropical fruits (mango, maybe a hint of pineapple). Smells juicy and delicious

T - Surpsingly piney and bitter/dry up front! In a very good way, it transitions somewhat quickly to a sweeter fruity aroma and finishes on the citrusy end of the spectrum. Aftertaste is again quite dry and piney with hints of grapefruit rinds. Very very clean crisp finish.

M - Truly ideal, medium bodied yet crisp, carbonation holds up nicely to the body. Drinks fantastically.

O - Pretty awesome, love how you get a great transitional variety of hop profiles! (698 characters)

Photo of JFear
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Been drinking a lot of IPAs/IIPAs recently. This is an enjoyable one from a brewery I had not tried in the past. Definitely checking out their future releases. Bottle dated 5/20/14. Nice to know it's pretty fresh.

This beer has an appealing look to it in my New Belgium globe. Deep, slightly reddish amber, with a bright, white head that doesn't stick around too long, but doesn't dissipate immediately. Very clear. No sediment visible.

The aroma is rich. Very sweet tropical fruit smell, almost like a soda. Maybe mango? Specific tropical fruit references are slightly elusive, but there is a nice bit of grapefruit. Decent amount of alcohol on the nose, but it remains subtle, even as the beer warms. ABV is not listed on my bottle, curiously enough. The taste is classic double IPA. Citrus, such as the aforementioned grapefruit, that ties in with a lingering bitterness, and a decent amount of sweet malt that blends in nicely, but isn't enough to make your teeth stick together. The mouthfeel is pleasant enough. Hitting the Goldilocks mark with the carbonation: not too bubbly, not flat.

Overall, a good double IPA, and a nice entry in the Virginia beer market. Seems to sell out fast too. Good enough for me to check out some of their other beers. (1,257 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle dated 2/10/2014, so this isn't very fresh.

Appearance - Deep orange body. Small white head with a medium collar.

Smell - Grapefruit and orange. Toasty malt. Some pithy grapefruit aromas. Caramel malt is substantial.

Taste - Grapefruit hops. Some brighter orange hops before a caramel malt and toasty bready malt kick in. Pithy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium heavy. Kinda sweet, but not syrupy. Moderate bitterness.

Overall - Had this after Pure Happiness. That didn't help, nor does the age, but it's still a good beer. (582 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22oz dated 2/10/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a golden amber color. Finger and half of a off-white head fades away into a thin ring. Leaves decent lacing.

S-Aromas of dank hops, floral notes, grapefruit citrus, a bit of orange.

T-Tasting notes of grapefruit citrus, pine, floral notes, caramel, light orange.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium body with a semi-dry finish. Semi-dry mouthfeel like bitter in its name. Very good carbonation.

O-My first beer from Alewerks, definitely one of my top East Coast DIPAs. (522 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with a friend. Nice golden color. Limited head with mild lacing. Smell is fairly hoppy, but not overly. Flavor is rich hoppy flavor with aftertaste of onion, though not too much. Similar to the way Sculpin tastes to me. Not overly carbonated. A solid DIPA. Had better, had much worse. For the most part, enjoyed it. (331 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another fresh hoppy gem shared by Kegatron, thanks man! Bomber poured into a snifter the brew appears a perfectly clear copper color. Some white spotty lace sticks to the glass while the white frothy cap fades.

This smells like straight up fresh hop pellets. A little grassy, rindy, zesty with a bit of fruity melon-like aspect. Across the back is a light touch of alcohol.

The taste is fruity and zesty with rind-like bitterness. It has plenty of herbal character as well. It is somewhat bitey with the amount of hops almost borderline vegetative but in a good way.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is easy drinking with little alcohol impact for 9%. The hops almost seemed like the character of pelletized hops concentrated in a bag that was just opened right in your face. Exceptionally fresh and enjoyable. (849 characters)

Photo of hops202
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz into tulip.

At first glance the beer is a clear amber with plenty of transparency. Definitely a great look. Smell is super citrus with the some sweetness and malt. Taste is sweet citrus. Almost like grapefruit covered in sugar with some mango, clementine and peach. This was a pleasant surprise and I will certainly be buying a few more tomorrow. (365 characters)

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Bitter Valentine from AleWerks Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.