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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

430 Ratings
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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 44
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 charlzm:
Photo of charlzm
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed February 14th, 2012 at Tony's Darts Away, Burbank, CA.

Beer is a very deep red, like venous blood. One finger tan head crowns this off appropriately.

Sweet, woody aroma.

Flavor is woody, brown sugar/molasses and quite juicy (melanoidins). Bitterness is well-modulated and moderate. Piny and woody at the end. Very different than a standard-issue amber/red, but I like it.

Mouthfeel is dry and a little creamy. Finish is evaporative but not parching,. Neat trick.

Good stuff, but twice a year is just fine. Wait, this is the same beer as Evil Dead Red, right?
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Consumed 02/23/09 at The Daily Pint, Santa Monica, CA.

Beer was served in a chalice. Thick brownish/red color offset by an off-white, one-finger head. Minimal lacing.

Almost zero aroma, perhaps due to the serving glassware. Perhaps the faintest, fleeting whiff of malt.

Flavor is weak crystal malt and significant woody bitterness. Notably but not unpleasantly astringent on the finish. Overall, flavor suffers from lack of both complexity and carbonation. Worth noting that this keg had been on draft for nine days when I got to it. Maybe it was better earlier on?

Not as good as I had hoped. It took me a long time to finish this glass. I really wish AleSmith would brew the Imperial Evil Dead Red again...

APP - 3.5
SM - 2.5
TASTE - 3.0
MF - 3.5
DRINK - 3.0

charlzm, Feb 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

tectactoe, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of gregmoscetti
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

gregmoscetti, Apr 18, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

warnerry, Jan 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

megamass, May 18, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Billolick, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of ElSid
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

ElSid, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of tigg924
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tigg924, Feb 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

aquazr1, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

SudsSurfer, Feb 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Altenor, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

virinow, Feb 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

warmbier804, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

ehammond1, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of HoppySeb
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

HoppySeb, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of OStrungT
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

OStrungT, Feb 13, 2006
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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

glid02, Feb 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

acurtis, Feb 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

JasonFromLA, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

ste5venla, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Jgrody, Jan 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

InfernoBoss, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

AlexChillton, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GilGarp, Feb 15, 2014
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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.