Bitter Valentine - AleWerks Brewing Company
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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
3.4/5 rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I picked up a bottle at Food and Friends in Philadelphia. I won't lie...this purchase decision was made entirely on the hype behind this beer. Bomber bottle with no freshness code. Poured into wine glass. This is my first beer from Williamsburg AleWerks.
Really attractive beer! With some coaxing of the head, there is a solid finger and a half of dense, tight cream colored head. Surprisingly, the head dissipates somewhat quickly for a DIPA. Lacing is all over the glass!! Really the most attractive thing here is the crystal clarity of this beer with that burnt amber coloring. Had to drop it a half point for the poor head retention.
Aroma has all of those juicy fruit smells that are all the hype these days. No wonder people are all over this beer. Notes of mango, grapefruit, light hints of pine and melon. Pretty bold aroma and exactly where a DIPA should be.
The actual flavor suffers in my opinion and does not hit the expected mark from what I got from the aroma. Way too much alcohol presence here, and that hotness masks some of the subtler flavors of malt. The hop bitterness is there, but is not very high. Hot on the exhale. The complexity that was present in the aroma is just NOT there in the flavor. Pretty much hits one note throughout the beer. Really what shows the most here is the alcohol, and therefore, I found this to be less than average for a DIPA.
The mouthfeel is a bit under-carbonated in my opinion. Better than having it be overly effervescent, but at the same time, this could use some more bubbles. Very smooth, and very slick on the tongue. Still, could use more carbonation.
Overall, I was seriously impressed with the appearance and the aroma. It made a big impression on me. However, the heat from the alcohol and the noticeably low carbonation brought it down from glory. Would I buy again? No.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2012 00:58:16 | More by MusicaleMike
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4.13/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 23:10:39 | More by flagmantho
4.09/5 rDev -4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2014 14:13:38 | More by GreesyFizeek
Bitter Valentine from AleWerks Brewing Company
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