Bitter Valentine - AleWerks Brewing Company
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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
3.4/5 rDev -20.2%
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.
02-27-2012 00:58:16 | More by MusicaleMike
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev -6.6%
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...
03-20-2013 08:17:07 | More by Hamburgers
4.03/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
08-18-2012 21:58:34 | More by ehammond1
3.95/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
02-25-2012 03:40:20 | More by zaphodchak
4.16/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
04-03-2013 00:18:10 | More by SpeedwayJim
Bitter Valentine from AleWerks Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.