Bitter Valentine - AleWerks Brewing Company
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4.09/5 rDev -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.
06-27-2014 14:13:38 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.71/5 rDev +10.6%
A: clear orange pour, fluffy off-white head
S: Juicy Fruit scent
T: pink grapefruit, oranges, slight sweetness, bready, toasty, lingering bitterness
M: medium to full
O: The bomber being reviewed here is 24-days-old. Serving poured into a tulip. While I think Hardywood Park The Great Return is the best IPA in Virginia, this is easily takes the top spot for the best Double IPA brewed in the Commonwealth. Highly recommended!
06-22-2014 22:53:59 | More by Tastesalot
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
A - Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with 2 fingers of dense cream colored head. Fantastic retention and lacing.
S - Resinous grapefruit, rinds, sweet tropical fruits (mango, maybe a hint of pineapple). Smells juicy and delicious
T - Surpsingly piney and bitter/dry up front! In a very good way, it transitions somewhat quickly to a sweeter fruity aroma and finishes on the citrusy end of the spectrum. Aftertaste is again quite dry and piney with hints of grapefruit rinds. Very very clean crisp finish.
M - Truly ideal, medium bodied yet crisp, carbonation holds up nicely to the body. Drinks fantastically.
O - Pretty awesome, love how you get a great transitional variety of hop profiles!
06-20-2014 02:07:32 | More by MacQ32
3.71/5 rDev -12.9%
Been drinking a lot of IPAs/IIPAs recently. This is an enjoyable one from a brewery I had not tried in the past. Definitely checking out their future releases. Bottle dated 5/20/14. Nice to know it's pretty fresh.
This beer has an appealing look to it in my New Belgium globe. Deep, slightly reddish amber, with a bright, white head that doesn't stick around too long, but doesn't dissipate immediately. Very clear. No sediment visible.
The aroma is rich. Very sweet tropical fruit smell, almost like a soda. Maybe mango? Specific tropical fruit references are slightly elusive, but there is a nice bit of grapefruit. Decent amount of alcohol on the nose, but it remains subtle, even as the beer warms. ABV is not listed on my bottle, curiously enough. The taste is classic double IPA. Citrus, such as the aforementioned grapefruit, that ties in with a lingering bitterness, and a decent amount of sweet malt that blends in nicely, but isn't enough to make your teeth stick together. The mouthfeel is pleasant enough. Hitting the Goldilocks mark with the carbonation: not too bubbly, not flat.
Overall, a good double IPA, and a nice entry in the Virginia beer market. Seems to sell out fast too. Good enough for me to check out some of their other beers.
06-18-2014 06:26:11 | More by JFear
Bitter Valentine from AleWerks Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.