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Bitter Valentine - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Bitter ValentineBitter Valentine

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

408 Ratings
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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 124
Gots: 41 | FT: 2
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 Jimmys:
Photo of Jimmys
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber into tulip.

A: brilliantly clear copper. head is white, rich, and has good retention/lacing.

S: sticky weed. grapefruits, piney, resinous. vanilla/malt notes for balance. however this aroma is mostly a blast of fresh american hops.

T: the malt is really quite pleasant. biscotti notes that keep it sweet and balanced. otherwise, bitter and very fruity. finish is bready and sweet.

M: moderate amount of carbonation on a full body.

D: a really tasty DIPA here. the aroma is super american and super fresh. enough grain to provide balance. well done williamsburg aleworks. im looking forward to trying more brews from these guys.

Jimmys, Mar 06, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real gorgeous crystal clear body color, some very slow rising carbonation barely comes up through red and orange bronze body. It's a beautiful color. Head forms nicely, off white to faint cream yellow, some sticky sheets of lace while drinking.

Nose is just a tad one dimensional, but boy it is big. Ripping hops on this sucker, mostly I get a more pine sense from it on first pour. Dry, earthy, then comes some faint citrus orange behind it, after going back from a few sips, faint malt barely.

On taste, huge. A sweet rush at first, mixing with a good creamy palate feel. Juicy, bursting, mellow citrus at first, some orange, soft bodied, oily finish on the swallow. Stinging needles rooftop hop on the mouth. Warms up, gets white grapefruit and sprinkled white sugar, hot hop bitter mix with it a bit. A real controlled hop blast, and also a neat just before you swallow feel on this that is hard to describe. Mouth sticking, teeth coating, resiny finish.

Overall not boozy, controlled but large. Nearing perfection but a unique one in the big DIPA realm. This one is a whole nother level. Killer brew.

smakawhat, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased at WFM Arlington

a: bomber into a wide bottomed chalice, the pour gives a decent head that quickly pulls back to a state of low retention, the beer itself a caramel amber in color

s: moderately sweet nose of a caramel and pale malt base with the pulpy aromatics of citrus and tropical hops, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, kiwi, a nice aroma with a firm hop dosing and supportive but somewhat uninteresting base malt

m: carbonation low but present on a medium-full body thickened with residual sugars

t: sugary caramel malts lay the groundwork for a hop profile that hits citrus and sweet tropical notes to include passionfruit, mango, and orange with a fully acidic grapefruit rind serving to bitter the finish - growing in strength with each sip

o: certainly a high quality ipa, but not as striking as the majority of reviews led me to expect (no idea if that’s a freshness issue, and whether this was a rolling or one time release, purchased mid May), in fact it seems fairly standard for the style- still some great hops here, and a worthwhile purchase

blackie, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to riotinmyskull (Reddit) for supplying this goody.

Pours a lighter fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, with some sticky lacing, over mostly clear golden tan honey colored beer.

Nose brings some nice hops, mostly citrus with some tangerine and hint of orange zest, light stone fruit like apricot and nectarine, hint of tropical fruit grapefruit and pineapple, etc, but none of the hop characters dominant. A sweet malty base comes through underneath with some candied orange aromas.

Taste starts with sweet malts, juicy sweet malts with a bit of reddish malt flavors and hint of caramel, before hops kick in quickly. Quite bitter with some earthy bittering hops, then citrus and orange rind, fruits both stone and tropical bring tangerine, nectarine, apricot, slight peach like, pineapple, etc. Some nice fruit flavors. in the back end a slight bitter resinous fresh hop flavor comes in, that teases on astringent but not much. The finish stays quite bitter, with a long lingering bitterness on the finish, hints of tropical and stone fruits remaining, with a light pine and resinous musty hop lingering as well, and hints of candy hop, and fairly dry.

Mouth is med bodied, hint of warming booze but not much, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, an almost staple version of what a DIPA should be, a nice bitterness that borders astringency but doesn't overpower, long lingering bitter finish, nice balance between bittering and flavor/aroma hops, and nice balance of malty sweetness to back up the bitterness with a touch of booze that barely comes into play. Tasty and well done DIPA that I would love to try on draft, and get a regular supply of.

jlindros, May 28, 2012
Photo of stakem
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

stakem, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out with a clear amber color and a two inch head of foam; plenty of streaky lacing is left behind

Smell: Tropical fruit salad (tangerine, mango, kiwi and a hint of peach) underpinned by a very bitter pithy aspect

Taste: The sugar cookie base is quickly overtaken by the hop bill, with the tropical fruit salad from the aroma making an early impression; sugary sweetness build a bit, mid-palate, but after the swallow, the bitter pith flavors jut forward and linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A slightly different twist on a West coast style DIPA and, while I prefer a bit more citrus, this is quite good

Thanks, Dave_Treat, for the opportunity

brentk56, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of yourefragile
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a you have to be kidding me how is this beer as good as it is and finally AleWerks has lived up the potential hinted at by beers like their BB Porter and Pumpkin Ale which were sort of good but not quite great.

So after 900+ reviews that are completely irrelevant and no one cares about I decided that Lawson's Double Sunshine was my favorite beer and worthy of being bumped up to a 5.0 across the board. My first impression upon smelling and tasting this was that this is 90% as good as that beer (and only 25% of that is homerism). Which is insane, because A+ hoppy beers from the Maryland, DC, Virginia area are unfortunately these days...rare.

Beer pours a nearly clear, dark copper with an off white head and it looks like a double IPA so whatever.

Aroma is damn near perfect. Dank and tropical, with pine and citrus hops, faint malt and stronger citrus rind. Boom.

Flavor isn't quite as perfect as the nose or as rich as Double Sunshine, but very juicy, sweaty, and heavy on tropical hops. Mildly bitter and trace amounts of alcohol for the ABV. Very similar to Double Sunshine in body and balance of hops to malt, though hop profile isn't a direct comp.

$6.99/22 oz bottle and available in Total Wine and Whole Foods? Alewerks, please make this again and soon, not next Valentine's Day (I've already looked into registering www.alewerksmakemorebittervalentinenoworelse.com).

yourefragile, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.06/5  rDev -4%
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.

Shroud0fdoom, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Thorpe429 for the random hookup. Shared with the Chicago hags after Night of the Living Ales. Continued to use my taster glass at Chris' place.

A - Transparent golden body is topped by a finger-plus of white foam that settles to a thick collar, some wisps, but minimal lacework.

S - Extremely zesty, with citrus rind, chives, perhaps a touch of onion, pine, some mild dankness, and tropical fruits. Malt character is pretty understated, with some candied citrus. Potent and enjoyable stuff.

T - Malt character shines through a bit more in the flavor, with some sugar cookie and brown sugar flavors supporting the citrus, tropical fruits, pine, and zest. Again, I get a slight chive note that I generally associate with Summit or Citra hops - thankfully I like that flavor.

M - Medium body, with soft lower carbonation, no obvious alcohol, and a juicy texture. Finishes fairly dry. I could actually go for a few more bubbles here, but otherwise this is how I like them.

D - This is a very nice double IPA, and tastes far more like something you'd find in California than in Virginia. Doesn't raise the bar on the broadest scale, but for part of country that traditionally under-serviced this is probably a huge breath of fresh air. Highly enjoyable stuff - thanks Mike!

MasterSki, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of supa0525
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

supa0525, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Hamburgers
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
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
Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Callmecoon, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev -5.4%

77apm, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of Dbrulet
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Dbrulet, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of megamass
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

megamass, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of mctizzz
4/5  rDev -5.4%

mctizzz, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of dankjohn
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

dankjohn, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Cynic-ale, Mar 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

amstokesdb9, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of CUE45
5/5  rDev +18.2%

CUE45, Mar 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

HoppySeb, Sep 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

jtladner, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

stereosforgeeks, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of HopAttack3
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

HopAttack3, Jul 01, 2013
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Bitter Valentine from AleWerks Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.