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Bitter Valentine - AleWerks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

424 Ratings
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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 131
Gots: 45 | 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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Draft. Pours the traditional IPA colors with a soapy white head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of pine and citrus. Guessing grapefruit and something else like mango maybe. You taste hops, pine and citrus with very little malt. Not as bitter as the name suggests. Balanced. Could use a bit more malt flavor but smooth for a strong IPA. Taste more pine as the glass warms up. Solid effort.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle has a faded stamp of "8 12 14" 12 AUG 2014? Just under two months old if this is the case.

Appearance: Fairly short white head that looks somewhat creamy with some larger bubbles in it. The body is a hazy orange and bronze color.

Aroma: I get a fresh cut grapefruit scent, a bit of a grassy aroma, and slightly catty. There is a bit of mango that peeps in every now and then too.

Taste: There is a rustic bread crust flavor right up front, followed by an earthy woody flavor. There is a bit of pine in the aftertaste. As the beer warms up a bit in he glass that pine character starts to dominate a lot more and becomes the primary flavor.

Palate: It has good bitterness without being overwhelming or difficult to drink. It sits in the medium body range with a good amount of malt backbone without feeling overly sweet. It does a very good job of highlighting hop bitterness but balancing (not equalizing) the malt character.

Overall: The beer was nice but it wasn't fantastic. There wasn't a whole lot of hop flavor presence in comparison to the overall bitterness of the beer. Perhaps that was the goal of the beer, given the name "Bitter Valentine." It's not a beer that will be on my radar in the future.

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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.

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Bitter Valentine from AleWerks Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.