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Bitter Valentine - AleWerks Brewing Company

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376 Ratings
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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 117
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

doobiedodirty, Jun 19, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

JFear, Jun 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

stereosforgeeks, Jun 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

efisher63, Jun 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

ChrisAlbertine, Jun 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

AndrewMichael, Jun 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

BeastLU, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Oakhtar, Jun 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

dspinler, Jun 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

KevinGordon, Jun 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

xseanprimex, Jun 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

July2Nov, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

facesnorth, Jun 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

BradStokley, May 31, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

tclipse, May 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

BA_Berto, May 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

ajz132, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

scottDC, May 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

Alieniloquium, May 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

JWalterWeatherman, May 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

ThomasAWilson2, May 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

atrocity, Apr 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Fireslayer, Apr 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

HuntDaddy540, Apr 28, 2014
Bitter Valentine from AleWerks Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.