AleSmith My Bloody Valentine - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by beagle75:
3.58/5 rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Draft served in a pint glass at Tustin Brewing Co. Since I was unfamiliar with this beer, the server described it to me as a "hoppy red".
A: Hazy deep reddish-brown with less than one finger of off-white head. Moderate lacing remains.
S: Weak spicy hops accompanied by little else. I expected more malty richness in the smell. This beer looks like it should smell much bigger and better than it does. The one caveat I can offer is that this beer was served too cold (as all but the cask seem to be at TBC).
T: Fairly balanced, with hops and malt components blended to the point that neither really stands out over the other. There's nothing aggressive about the flavor here, but it probably won't disappoint either. That said, I guess I was expecting a bit more aromatic hops to define this beer.
M: Medium body and low/moderate carbonation are appropriate for the style.
D: This beer is good overall, with the qualities to please drinkers with varying tastes. I would choose it over a hoppier beer to accompany a meal, since there is less aromatic hops here to get lost in the mix than in a typical IPA.
In a comparison of this beer with "hoppy red" offerings such as GF Hophead Red and Rogue Dry Hopped Red, I think this beer just misses the sweet spot. Stood alongside standard ambers such as Mendocino Red Tail, BP Calico, and AV Boont, it is a very strong offering.
Serving type: on-tap
02-08-2010 05:38:20 | More by beagle75
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3.15/5 rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
A: amber/brown/red with a tan head.
S: hoppy like an IPA, but sweeter.
T: again, hoppy like an IPA, but much sweeter, but also reminded me slightly of a porter or stout due to the caramel/chalky aftertaste.
M: A bit too sweet for my tastes, as I'm not a huge fan of red ales, but still very drinkable. Kind of a weird hybrid of ale, porter and stout as mentioned above. I picked up a 22-oz bomber from my local shop for $3.50 on clearance, evidently they've had it left over since February. Not bad at all for that price.
Serving type: bottle
06-08-2014 01:00:28 | More by DaneBramage
3.83/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Pours a deep brown body with ruby highlights. Head is 1/3 inch and tan in color. Lacing and head retention are pretty good.
Smell is a mix of earthy hops and sweet malts mixed with toffee and burnt caramel. There is also slight metallic aroma and alcohol is very light.
Taste is classic profile of a red ale. Slightly metallic, slightly hoppy, with a strong malt backbone. Good balanced flavors, alcohol is slightly present at 6.6 percent.
Mouthfeel is nice and full for a beer not too high on alcohol. Good amount of head retention accentuates the creaminess of the beer while taming the carbonation level, tastes almost like its on nitro.
Overall it was a good seasonal beer. My gf got it for me and I gladly drank the whole bomber easily. Not my favorite style but a solid beer.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2014 22:28:30 | More by angelmonster
AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.