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Bitter Valentine - AleWerks Brewing Company

Bitter ValentineBitter Valentine

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

286 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%


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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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden copper with great head and everlasting lace on top of a strong citric and grapelike, even touches of tropical or sweet fruit, hop aroma and a decent chunk of caramel malt. Taste is more of the same as I enjoy the balance between the citric, grape hops, downright earthy and spicy at times, with the caramel sweetness and the breadiness of the beer makes it fuller bodied and easier to chug (not necessarily a good thing). The rare real hoppy DIPA that is sessionable and has no ABV effects at all, finishes clean and easy and is quite frankly a well-balanced, enjoyable ale. Not the most flavorful or eventful DIPA I've had but one of the most enjoyable and one of the few that is sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2013 14:35:00 | More by clayrock81
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Although this is by no means my favorite style, I found Bitter Valentine to be delicious and quite easy to drink with milder hops than I feared. This beer grows on you even if you prefer lower bitterness. Great complexity of flavors and just the right mouthfeel for the taste and abv. So far, this is my favorite of the style. While others might be hop bombs, I prefer this milder example. I will drink this again as soon as I can.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2013 00:03:48 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tall thin glass on tap at Capone's.

Bitter Valentine pours a mostly clear orange. There's a thin wisp of white head, the minimal foam not even geting a chance to display any lacing or retention. The nose is packed with potent aromas of pineapple and grapefruit. The brewers definitely loaded this one up with plenty of end of the boil and dry hops. There's a bit of malt to be found in the flavor profile, in the form of some caramel sweetness to lead off each sip. That's followed by a massive wave of bitterness, the name of the brew is well earned. The grapefruit and pineapple from the nose come back to close out the beer, but they're not nearly as intense as I'd hope, given both the aroma and the pointed bitterness. The mouthfeel is just a little bit off all around. There's too much bulk to the body, and the carbonation is a little bit dull. Everything's close, but not right there. Williamsburg AleWerks' Bitter Valentine is an Imperial IPA that doesn't quite follow through on delivering the intensely hoppy flavors one would hope for, but it comes pretty close.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 04:15:48 | More by axeman9182
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Blue Dog Pub in Lansdale.

Bitter Valentine had a golden look to it, pretty and bright with some orange haze mized in with amber tones. A very sturdy inch of white foam that left some nice globs.

This certainly smells like one of those nice west coast style IPA's yo heard of. This has a big piney scent with some tropic fruits in the mix. A nice biscuit type malt nose in the background. Earthy after a bit of warming with some sweetness settling in. No alcohol in the scent.

And tasting this, the first sips scorches the tounge with bitter dank piney resinous hops that stick. Getting around that some juicy fruit tropic taste with grapefruit. The pine shines though. Sweetness with warming and towards the end of the glass, a bit of a bubblegum presence with some caramel. The hops are the spotlight though

Feel less than medium with some lively carb in appearance, yet this goes down a bit smooth and not bitey. It is bitey in the sense that the hops cling to the mouth making the bitter in Bitter Valentine a true statement. Oily with resinous aftertaste.

At 9%, one is great at the bar, if i had some bombers of this at the house I would take down one or two of them easy as the flavor profile here is on point. I would do it ASAP as the hops tend to fade fast on these East Coast IPA's. This one has some muster though, glad to have tried it. Probably my favorite offering from this brewery that I've tried yet.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 03:00:44 | More by BARFLYB
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden amber color with a white hed and good lacing

S-floral and citrus notes with hints of bitterness

T-citrus and pine with some foral notes and nice bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth rich mouth feel

O- a solid DIPA with good flavr and overall balance

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2012 18:02:43 | More by MDDMD
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had really high hopes of trying this one when I saw it on the draft list. This beer poured out as a nice looking golden copper color with a white head on top... The lacing was sticky and had a good retention to it. The smell of the beer was floral and citrusy, just like a good IPA should be. The taste was lively and had a great bitterness to it. The mouthfeel was drinkable with a good carbonation to it. Overall this beer was good, I'm always happy to try the beers that Williamsburg puts out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2012 01:51:27 | More by Knapp85
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Matthewbeerlover


4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow !! Impressive beer.
Not quite as over the top as I was expecting, but this one did not dissapoint. The beer was a golden color with a great head that was very thick and fluffy. The smell was very floral and full of citrus. The taste was extremly balanced and went down very smoothe. Flavors of sweet malt and spicey hops mixed perfectly to create a true joy to drink. One of the best DIPA's I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 17:53:07 | More by Matthewbeerlover
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bmanning

North Carolina

4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Rustico in Alexandria. Reviewing this beer because it's so damn good and deserving of the top 100.

Appearance is typical for an IPA, but a bit on the amber side of the spectum. White thin head with very good lacing.

Aroma is citrusy with a great pine and tropical fruit on the nose.

Taste is amazingly balanced between the grapefruit and pineapple hops and the honey like malts. This is like a better version of Hopslam. Also very creamy on the palate.

Overall this is up there with Hill Farmstead and Lawsons IPAs and is a new favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 20:22:59 | More by bmanning
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rustico in Alexandria. Served in a goblet.

Alcohol is listed as 9.0%.

A: Pours a clear light copper color with a nice tall off-white head with loads of lacing and great retention. I think I got those colors right; it's always so damn dark in this place.

S: My initial impression is loads of tropical fruits with a bit of citrus rind in the background. There may be a bit of malt, but I'm not getting any here. Mango and papaya abound. A bit of tangerine in there as well.

T: The flavor does not let me down either. Great continuation from the nose with prominent tropical and citrus fruits giving way to a fairly-heavy bitterness. Just a touch of warming alcohol. Load of fruity hope smack my tongue around.

M: Light-medium body with crisp carbonation. The feel is dominated by a fantastic bouquet of hops. Dry an bitter through and through.

O: A very, very solid offering. This is something that I am extremely proud to say came from Virginia. Now, please make more as I didn't hear about this beer until all the bottles were already gone.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2012 22:27:52 | More by Thorpe429
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22oz dated 2/10/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a golden amber color. Finger and half of a off-white head fades away into a thin ring. Leaves decent lacing.

S-Aromas of dank hops, floral notes, grapefruit citrus, a bit of orange.

T-Tasting notes of grapefruit citrus, pine, floral notes, caramel, light orange.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium body with a semi-dry finish. Semi-dry mouthfeel like bitter in its name. Very good carbonation.

O-My first beer from Alewerks, definitely one of my top East Coast DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 02:03:56 | More by reebtaerG
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with a friend. Nice golden color. Limited head with mild lacing. Smell is fairly hoppy, but not overly. Flavor is rich hoppy flavor with aftertaste of onion, though not too much. Similar to the way Sculpin tastes to me. Not overly carbonated. A solid DIPA. Had better, had much worse. For the most part, enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 23:53:13 | More by dvmin98
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 14:25:19 | More by stakem
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hops202

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz into tulip.

At first glance the beer is a clear amber with plenty of transparency. Definitely a great look. Smell is super citrus with the some sweetness and malt. Taste is sweet citrus. Almost like grapefruit covered in sugar with some mango, clementine and peach. This was a pleasant surprise and I will certainly be buying a few more tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 02:19:43 | More by hops202
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a light creamy white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a dark amber and orange color with a shade of brown that obscures anything on the other side of the glass. The beer has a very strong and hoppy smell. The hops have a grapefruit and citrus smell. The grapefruit smell is stronger closer to the but the citrus smell seems to take over from a distance and very aromatic. Other fruity notes such as orange and a tiny hint of lemon also come out. The beer has a stronger grapefruit hop taste than any of the other hop flavors but orange and citrus also come out a little bit. The beer has a sweet malt backbone to balance out the hops. The beer has a smooth heavy body feel with very little if any carbonation. Overall, a fantastic beer and great to have on Valentine's Day.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 01:54:21 | More by HattedClassic
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
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



Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 00:56:33 | More by brentk56
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.01/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 23:50:39 | More by ThisWangsChung
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cosmicevan

New York

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

massive thanks to richardflyr for hooking up this longtime want UBER fresh...and the matching glassware set to go with. cheers good buddy!!!

bottled 11/21 (6 days ago!!!)

a - brew poured a tranpsarent, syrupy looking pinkish orange with subtle visible carbonation and a thin head that dissolved leaving stringy lacing and tiny patches of bubble islands on the surface of the beer.

s - YEEE HAW! that's what i am talking about. wonderful citric blast. crisp...tropical...sweet, but balanced.

t - way resinous compared to what the nose advertises. really rich...just a mouthful of hops. subtle bittering on the finish. very sapy and syrupy.

m - chewy. thick. lush. full bodied. resinous.

o - overall, paint me impressed (both that i got to try this beer within a week of bottling and how good it is). worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 03:51:17 | More by cosmicevan
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blackie

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 19:32:11 | More by blackie
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz courtesy of ygbtsm94. Thanks!

A: Semi-opaque dark-orange body with a resting white foam on top. Some decent legs. Get some good head retention on this.

N: Tons of mandarin oranges, clementines, grapefruit, and mango. A little bit of peach. Some pine and there's plenty of that sweet crystalized sugar. Very well dry hopped - very impressed.

T: Very well balanced. Plenty of bitterness mixed up with a sweet undertone. The citrus flavors shine through quite well. Perhaps not as strong or as bitter as some of the others in the style, but this fits my palate very well.

M: Very dry, resinous, and medium bodied.

O: Definitely up there with the best DIPAs for me. I'll definitely finish this entire bottle and enjoy every sip. Every sip reveals a changing dimension

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 03:06:45 | More by writerLJBerg
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into tulip.

A - Hazy orange-amber with a large bubbly white head.

S - Tropical fruits, mango, grapefruit, pine, sweet caramel.

T - A perfect balance of grapefruit, pine, mango, and sweet toasted malt. Starts out sweet but finishes bitter. Hints of orange juice and caramel. No alcohol evident.

M - Smooth, a bit chewy, medium-full body. Warming alcohol, dry finish.

O - This is an awesome double IPA. Easy to drink, balanced, and packed with flavor. Definitely above average, I wish it was available all the time.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 02:39:40 | More by mooseo
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robwestcott

Indiana

4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to SToneyBrew for this one.

Poured cold from the bottle a translucent deep copper to a dogfish head signature glass with a finger and a half foamy white head leaving a sheet of sticky lace to the rim.

Big aroma floral and grassy hops.

Big bodied, creamy smooth, hot going down, medium bitter, sweet hint of strawberries (?)

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 22:57:10 | More by robwestcott
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mhaugo

California

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bomber. Decanted into an imperial pint glass.
Appearance: Almost perfectly clear copper color. Thin head that barely holds together. Slight haze.
Smell: Sharp resin and pine. Sweetness followed by a hint of mint.
Taste: Citrus pith bite. Lingering bitterness, but not unpleasant. In fact, it is very nice. But it’s followed by a faint, odd sulfur aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and rounded.
Overall: Certainly a big double IPA, but very palatable. Not over the top in any regard. I like it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 03:58:18 | More by mhaugo
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 00:18:10 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Hamburgers

California

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 08:17:07 | More by Hamburgers
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ckollias

Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this bomber bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a light copper hue with a thick, 2-finger, white head that slowly dissipates leaving a perfect trail down the glass ending in a semi-wispy lace.

S: Dominant hoppy aroma with a mild malty background.

T: Nice an hoppy flavor blended with malt nicely to balance it out. There is a tart middle and finishes on the hoppy side of dry.

M: Very strong and boozy. Thick body and medium carbonation.

O: Impressive Double IPA. Great flavor and aroma and excellent balance between hops and malt.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 02:33:52 | More by ckollias
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Bitter Valentine from AleWerks Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.