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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine - AleSmith Brewing Company

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89
very good

428 Ratings
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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 43
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OStrungT on 02-13-2006)
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Reviews by DefenCorps:
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Thanks, Shane. Per directions, this is served in a (nonic) pint.

A deep mahogany red with deep crimson highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, creamy, off-white head with excellent retention and some lacing. The nose is fresh and hoppy, with a blend of pine, a little spearmint, and some tangerine/mandarin notes. Right now, the hops are so aromatic that they cover up the malt character here. There is, however, a faint browned sugar/toffee aroma present.

The palate opens with an herbal and chalky bitterness that also has the flavor of a rather bicarbonate-heavy water profile. With pine and moderately juicy citrus hop flavors complementing the herbal and minty bitterness, the opening flavors are quite enjoyable. The mid palate brings a bit of toast and toffee. Sweetness, however, is minimal here. Drying, toasty and hoppy on the finish, there's a blend of pine and citrus pith present. Medium light in body, the carbonation here is rather excellent - creamy but firming, lending a soft and smooth palate to carry the flavors. The water profile is a little distracting, at least initially, but the carbonation makes up for it. Very good, highly recommended.

01-26-2013 06:01:28 | More by DefenCorps
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

06-17-2014 11:12:42 | More by tectactoe
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gregmoscetti

California

4.83/5  rDev +21.7%

The fact that Alesmith makes any other reds is a crime. This beer was amazing. This year I was able to have it on tap at beachwood bbq, fathers office and najas. Out of the tap pours a thick, creamy love story. You can hardly see through it for its murky body and it coats your palate like a delicious blanket. This is my favorite beer of the style that I have ever had. A lot of times, red ales seem a bit thin and harshly carbonated. This is a beer for people who love big beers, but it keeps it relaxed with its non-threatening abv.

04-18-2010 17:35:57 | More by gregmoscetti
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warnerry

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-11-2014 03:53:02 | More by warnerry
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megamass

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-18-2013 04:19:12 | More by megamass
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Billolick

New York

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness info. Purchased at DeCicco's in Brewster, NY

Pours a rich, dark shade of darker brownish amber, murky, under a light mocha head, that on the looser side and leaves plentiful webs and thicker fields of lacing.

Toffee, caramel, and milk chocolate on the nose.

Dense layers of malt, with more caramel, dark bread and again chocolate notes. Sweet fruity note midway with some underlying floral and drying hops.

Complex and flavorful. Well worth a try. Nice to go with a decadent dessert.

02-17-2013 02:01:44 | More by Billolick
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ElSid

California

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

The Beers of California

#70

Freshness Date: None

A: Deep magohony with a khaki head of resilient foam which finally leaves behind thick sheets on the glass.

S: Pine, flowers, and citrus zest jump out of the glass paired with candy cane sweetness.

T: Follows the nose with the hop forces of pine, flowers and citrus peel pitted against caramel and sugar sweetness each set out to win the soul of this brew. Some leafy bitterness builds in the finish but is mostly suppressed by the sweetness.

M: Medium feel with good linger and carbonation. The consistency neither adds or subtracts from the overall experience.

O: Different in a straightforward way; this brew brings earthy hoppiness built on a strong, sweet malt foundation. The sweetness is simple and almost overcomes this brew leaving little breathing room for the rest of the palate. I still enjoyed this beer which needed more malt complexity.

02-23-2013 06:03:27 | More by ElSid
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: dark reddish-brown in color, 3/4 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and big pine

Taste: toasted malt and big pine dominate--caramel and cocoa appear as the beer warms

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, high carbonation, sweet start with nice background bitterness

Overall: Really loving this beer. It is amazingly clean and complex...I taste the distinct hops, but they never approach overly bitter..super smooth, I could have several of these on a cold winter's day.

02-04-2013 15:12:48 | More by tigg924
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-17-2014 19:36:05 | More by aquazr1
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SudsSurfer

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-01-2014 23:09:00 | More by SudsSurfer
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Altenor

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

06-28-2013 04:21:01 | More by Altenor
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virinow

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

02-15-2014 01:05:17 | More by virinow
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warmbier804

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

06-15-2014 03:32:31 | More by warmbier804
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ehammond1


4.13/5  rDev +4%

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Burnt red and brown with an extremely thin white cap. Looks thick and creamy. Left decent lacing.

A face-smacking amount of citrus and pine hops in the nose, unexpected. Surpassed every expectation.

Tastes like a high-quality hoppy red ale or a traditional West Coast IPA, both good things. Hoppy then sweet.

Exceptional mouthfeel. Creamy and silky. Along with the nose, my favorite aspect of this beer.

Going in with little to no expectations, this beer really impressed me. I'll be back for more.

02-19-2011 06:18:51 | More by ehammond1
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HoppySeb

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-28-2014 19:28:35 | More by HoppySeb
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%

On tap at the source, Alesmith taproom, while they were boxing up my barrel aged Old Numbskull & Kopi Luwak Speedway Stout.

Lots of brown and very dark red and amber color flowing around in the glass. Maybe because of the name I was expecting something a little more red, and less brown. Thin off white head on it, somewhere between that and beige. Amazing retention for the less than 1" head though, even the lacing was top notch. Aroma, malty, almonds, nuts.

Decent mix of hops and malt here, malt getting the caramel and toffee thing to your senses right up front, the hops are probably a little on the higher side, but this is something that is approachably balanced but sturdy and slightly aggressive at the same time. A twist of vanilla, chocolate and citrus in the mouthfeel, very subdued compared to the other aspects of the beer. This beer puts a lot of different aspects together to make a far better than average amber ale, you get plenty of cascade hops I suspect, lots of caramelization, just the right amount of alcohol. Good stuff, glad I picked this one to try while I was there while the old lady as usual was pounding down Speedway.

02-14-2013 16:30:44 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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OStrungT

California

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

I had the chance to have this beer on tap and San Diego Brewing Company. I must say that it was incredable. It pours a very deep red. It looks wonderful when held up to the light. The brown head fades fast into a light coat on the top, with lots of laces.

This beer smells plesently hoppy. It also has a great malt aroma. It smells very well balanced. It has a faint hint of toffee. I can also detect a very slight alcohol aroma.

This beer tastes quite malty. The hop flavor is more subtle. As with the aroma, the taste is very well balanced. I taste a slight cherry flavor. I can also detect the alcohol content in the flavor.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a sweet malty aftertaste. It is carbonated to perfection.

I think this beer would make a good session beer. I dont know the alcohol content, but I think it is up there. This beer is not overly aggressive. I think I could drink this one all night long. If AleSmith ever bottles this, I will have to get a few cases. One of the best I have had from them.

02-13-2006 01:09:41 | More by OStrungT
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glid02

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

Growler via trade with smokepot23 - much obliged!

Pours a deep crimson color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of dark caramel malts with hints of toastiness and huge amounts of pine hops. Also present are milder amounts of herbal and citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as robust. Grainy caramel malt flavors with hints of deeper toastiness kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of pine and herbal hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops subside a bit and the flavor profile sweetens with hints of toffee. The toffee fades out, allowing pine and caramel malts to carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer, the most striking thing about it is the color as it's being poured - once in the glass it's not as interesting. A very good beer that's well worth a shot.

02-17-2011 01:23:37 | More by glid02
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

02-18-2013 03:00:28 | More by acurtis
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JasonFromLA

California

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

01-24-2013 02:41:10 | More by JasonFromLA
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-13-2013 05:35:15 | More by ste5venla
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Jgrody

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

01-27-2014 04:31:30 | More by Jgrody
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InfernoBoss

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-10-2013 05:14:40 | More by InfernoBoss
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AlexChillton

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-30-2013 05:33:49 | More by AlexChillton
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +2%

Bomber served cold into a goblet.

My Bloody Valentine is a crimson red color with good clarity and thick head. It settles fairly slowly and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

Aroma is the usual hoppy excellence you expect from Ale Smith.

Flavor is a nice combination of malty amber malts and big hoppy bitterness. Caramel and brown sugar sweetness at first but from middle to end it's all citrusy west coast hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a very good hoppy red with an unfortunate but appropriate name.

02-15-2014 03:03:44 | More by GilGarp
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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.