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Bitter Valentine - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 117
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Viciousknishs on 02-18-2012)
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Reviews by C20Percent:
Photo of C20Percent
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden copper with amber hues and a big bubbly head of egg shell color foam on top. Very clear body. A few bubbles that stay consistent throughout the beer drinking experience. But, frankly -- nothing too special. Nothing I haven't seen before. Nothing really standing out. Good, though.

A: Strong sweet malt and heavy citrus aroma. Definitely some earthiness to it. Very complex. Wife says she gets a candied apple aroma. Lots of different specific aromas jumping at me. Super quality stuff.

T: Lots of different flavors hitting the tongue. Like splashes of hoppy fruit dancing in your mouth. Sweet citrus and caramel malt dominate the taste. Leaves behind a nice bitter finish that beckons for another sip. Comparisons to Pliny the Elder are fair. This beer, however, is a tad bit sweeter, and malt is preferred here.

M: Almost perfect in every way. This is how an IPA should feel. Reminds me of Sculpin here. Medium body brew that coats the mouth in a crisp bitter hoppy syrup. Chewiness brings out the malt. Lubricates the lips. Top notch. Feels great.

O: Amazing brew. One of the best I've probably had. And, definitely the best I've had out of VA. If not for the appearance, this beer would have a terrific score. But, honestly, I just think the look is par for the course. Everything else about this beer is amazing.

C20Percent, May 17, 2012
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supa0525, Jul 27, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear dark amber. One finger white head with heavy lacing. Aroma is piney, citrusy and a little sweet. Flavors of citrus fruit. More hoppy than malty. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bitter finish. Alcohol well hidden. A very good west coast style DIPA. Better than most. Not very complex or different but SOLID...

Hamburgers, Mar 20, 2013
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Thanks to the Pittsburgh gang for sending this to the Cali gang!

Clear dark orange with a very small off-white head that only leaves minimal stick down the glass.

Very nice aroma, mainly focused on citrus and tropical notes, along with a mild hint of pine. I dig it.

Straightforward, though very tasty DIPA, with good amounts of tropical fruits and citrus butting up against a fairly high level of bitterness, along with just a hint of caramel malt backbone. Very nice.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Very nice, though, drinking "other" good D/IPAs just reminds me how good I have it everyday in San Diego.

ehammond1, Aug 18, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A half finger of white head and a pale gold body.

Nose is potent leafy hops, North American style.

Impressive spicy hop character, quite leafy and rather bitter. Unbalanced, as many bitter DIPAs are, by honey, this somehow manages to find some measure of balance on its own. Grapefruit character.

Very smooth, light mouthfeel.

Even as a professed hop-hater, I can appreciate this. Another outstanding AleWerks beer.

zaphodchak, Feb 25, 2012
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4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Sam for this one. 22oz. bottle into a Founders snifter.

Pours a creamy 1 finger white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear orange-goldenrod. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick. Real nice looking beer.

Nose is sweet citrus, pine sap hoppiness, cane sugar, pineapple and other tropical fruits. Aromatic and very enticing. Good balance too.

Opens sweet citrus, mango and passion fruit. Grapefruit hop bitterness balanced with a robust cane sugar malt backbone at the middle. Ends slightly tart citrus and very, very dry. Sappy hop finish with a lingering, bittersweet and just a touch of caramel aftertaste. Really tasty.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Quenching and smooth in the mouth and goes down dry and puckering. Finishes dry with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Appropriate for the style. Real drinkable.

Another above-average offering from Williamsberg Alewerks. The flavor here is complex and balanced and the aroma and feel are spot on. Quite the looker too. Definitely a beer to seek out.

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Bitter Valentine from AleWerks Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.