Bitter Valentine - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Bitter ValentineBitter Valentine

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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 126
Gots: 43 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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3.01/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a dark copper color. The head is a finger off-white shade with poor retention. It's disappointing how quickly the head fades; though on the positive side, it does manage to leave a bit of lacing behind.

S: Right from the start, it brings the dank, citrusy hops in a big way. Citrusy, mainly - in fact, there are some solid tropical fruit notes emanating. There's also some 'cat pee', which is never a bad thing in small doses. Maybe there's a bit more malt than I really prefer from the style, but this definitely succeeds as a 'total package'.

T: The slight malt sweetness that hits first quickly gives way to an onslaught of bitter grapefruit rind. Make no mistake, this is hella grapefruity. It becomes maltier during the finish, displaying notes of caramel, dough, toffee, and brown sugar. My problem is that there isn't much to tie together the big grapefruit with the malt backbone. It's just like cosmicevan said, this is a really sappy, syrupy kind of beer - and that's not what I want from the style.

M: Well carbonated, enough to poke through the thick body - in fact, enough to overpower the palate, even. One feature I really like: hop resins seem to accumulate on the palate, bringing more and more bitterness as more is imbibed. I'm torn between giving this a great score due to the hop resin or a poor score due to the rampant overcarbonation. Meh, I'll split the difference - it's a bit unpleasant feeling at first, but once the carbonation slows down, it develops a nice (if too sweet) texture.

O: I'm shocked this is a 95. SHOCKED I SAY! Okay, maybe not: this is a big ol' grapefruit bomb, which means if you like big ol' grapefruit bombs, you're going to really like this. Me, I only like them situationally (ie. Nugget Nectar), with my preference being leaner, less sweet DIPAs. As it stands, I'm still disappointed by this. Don't avoid this, just curb your expectations.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.23/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to yourfragile for the bottle. Enjoying it while watching IU in the B10 tourney.

Pours cloudy bright orange with a small 1 finger off-white head with low to no retention and good spotty lacing. I like the color and lacing, but prefer some head retention.

Aroma contains some tropical scents. Mango, pineapple and citrus fruits and as it warmed a bit of onion. There is a touch of caramel malt here but it's drowned out by the onslaught of hops.

A lot more pine flavor than the nose would indicate. A little of the tropical flavors come through although there is an oniony presence throughout. Not nearly what I was expecting after the wonderful smell. A touch of brown sugar before it finishes very bitter and dry with strong pine and onion. Onion bitterness lingers on the tongue and came out more as it warmed becoming overpowering.

Medium mouthfeel. A touch sticky, but still feels light. Carbonation average for the style perhaps a shade below.

Didn't live up to the hype for me. Would have liked the flavor hop profile to be a bit more balanced. I love eating onions and don't mind some onion in the flavor profile, but this one is overdone and makes the beer very one-note.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.4/5  rDev -20%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had during the 2nd Annual Redneck Racin’ & Tastin’ while tailgating at the dirt track race! Big thanks goes out to cmrillo’s wife (who is on BA but won't tell me her userhandle) for this one! Served from bottle into a NoDa snifter. Poured red-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, earth, spice, citrus, earth hop, and floral hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, earth, earth hop, citrus, and floral hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The standout point on this brew was definitely the floral hop character which I am a real big fan of. However, nothing else on this one really stood out to me which was rather unfortunate. It was easy drinking out in the sun that evening, but definitely not a stand out in the style. Worth trying if you get the chance.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1457th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

No bottle date
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App- Had a very deep orange color with a lighter center. A little bit of yellows in the glass with a good clarity. 0 head or cling. Very flat on the pour.

Smell- It openened with a small tropical note and then progressed into a smaller pine with a good amount of hops to it.

Taste- This is a big DIPA. The 9% isnt messing around. Had a small creamy flavor behind it with a thicker pine flavor and was flavorful if not one dimensional.

Mouth- A lighter medium body which I thought was odd. A medium carbonation level. Gave the feel a thicker mode to it.

Drink- It was tasty, like I said, just one dimensional. Needed more citrus balance to tame the pine.

Photo of dar482
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

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Bitter Valentine from AleWerks Brewing Company
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