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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith My Bloody ValentineAleSmith My Bloody Valentine

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BA SCORE
89
very good

396 Ratings
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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%


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:
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(Beer added by: OStrungT on 02-13-2006)
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review taken from notes beginning of MARCH 2014. Thanks to my California connection for this coming in the last trade.

22 oz brown bomber with a very festive screen printed label. A bloody heart oozing blood. running all over while an arrow looks to have just pierced the heart. Wow! Intense artwork, but I absolutely love it! It's a V-Day brew and I must say its a grand bottling. Can't say I've experienced a Valentine inspired ale, but hey! This is indeed my new favorite Valentine brew. Poured into a standard American pint glass.

A - a dark ruby red. Honestly more of the traditional blood red color you get when held to the light. It's a red ale for crying out loud! A khaki tan head sits a top making a truly grand spectacle. Finally leaving a sturdy ring of lace that provides wonderful and thick stick to the walls of my pint glass.

S - rich caramel notes up front paired with some toasted bread malt. Floral and citrusy hops only lay balance to what is overall a very delicious smelling red ale. Caramel really adds a whiff of sweetness and the chocolate notes just nail down a perfect aroma. A bit of pepper and spice in the back ground.

T - caramel richness and bready malts really pop at the start. A toasted malt character that is just out of this world followed by a load of hops. Caramel malt, toasted bread, sweet chocolate malt thats dark, floral and citrusy hops, peppery spice, burnt sugar, and a hint of honey all make for a brilliant flavor profile. Just imagine all those great tastes but balanced to perfection. Finish leaves amazing flavors on the tongue and begs you to take the next sip.

M - what a tremendous mouthfeel. Big medium body and thick textured, but still highly drinkable. Smooth overall with a crisp hop character. Just outstanding going down.

O - one of the best and new favorite red ales I've had. My friends will tell you I'm a huge fan of this style and that's no doubt the case as I always have lots of different reds/Ambers gracing my fridge year round. But let me tell you, Alesmith's 'My Bloody Valentine' will compete with the best this style has to offer and may just top them all on certain days. What a treat! A valentines day treat that will have me making extra special preparations at having one of these fine dark red gems the day of V-Day next year

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 21:54:27 | More by BradtheGreat7
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/24/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear dark red color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, citrus rind, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of citrus hops with moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, citrus rind, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange/lemon zest, pineapple, citrus rind, caramel, toast, toffee, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of bright citrus/floral hops with moderate caramel/toast malt sweetness; with a great malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent amber ale. All around great balance and complexity of citrus/floral hop and dark/toasted malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 04:27:16 | More by superspak
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - ruby reddish brown with a persistent, creamy, beige head
S - toasted grain, caramel, citric, piny hops
T - nice blend of pine and grapefruity citrus with plenty of toasted grain and caramel; a bit fruity and bready with some broen sugar/burnt caramel notes; bold bitterness with a heavy malt backbone
F - lighter side of medium for body, easy drinking with exceptional balance; finishes semi-dry
O - really enjoyed this one. Huge malt character with vibrant hops. Loved every sip.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 03:59:43 | More by barnzy78
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TheDrunkenDeer

Idaho

4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm trying to keep this rating conservative, but I do love this beer. Drinking it on Valentines day may have made it even better. I love the strong hop nose. Possibly Centennial and Amarillo. I'm so glad I stocked up on this in San Diego. I'm not a big fan of Ambers/Reds usually either.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 03:50:47 | More by TheDrunkenDeer
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 03:03:44 | More by GilGarp
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Samuel906

California

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a light reddish head, no effervescing. Pretty cool looking beer, and appropriate for a valentines themed brew. Smell is sweet and bready, with some subtle hops. Taste is malty and fairly sweet, subtle hops again. Everything was pretty mellow: caramel, fruit, chocolate, bread. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied. Low carbonation. Smooth and silky.

Overall, not bad, a bit too sweet for my taste mixed with heavy malt made it a slow drinker for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 06:27:31 | More by Samuel906
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Dark, dark red brew. Looks to have nice clarity. Moderate lacing. Decent (crust) head retention.

Creamy, apple (red), lots of toasted caramel, some very light crisp pine notes.

Talk about a brew that drinks different than the aroma... The feel is dry, earthy, resinous, and bitter. The flavors are lightly bitter and moderately sweet with caramel and toffee. Kinda odd. Carbonation is spot on and medium at that. Toasty milk chocolate is also very forward with slightly awkward sweetness that a bit misplaced, but still makes for a unique brew.

This is a great amber, especially at $8/22oz. This is the definition of a price point beer. It's not $15, not $10. It's one hearty amber ale. Highly recommended, just a bit funky and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 01:02:51 | More by chugalug06
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Vixie

Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a really nice red color with about a half inch of tan head. The head lingers for a time, leaving some nice lacing.

Hops tend to dominate the smell, seems to be mainly pine with a touch if citrus and floral.

Caramel and chocolate notes at the front, then the hops kick in, adding pine and floral flavors. The hops don't hit as hard as the smell suggests, it's actually sweeter up front then expected, and while there are definite hop flavors there, they don't overwhelm.

Smooth going down, with lingering carbonation that tingles the tongue.

A nice change of pace from my usual beers of choice. I am not a fan of hoppy beers, but this one balances the sweet and bitter notes so well, I didn't mind a stronger than normal hop presence. Tastes pretty much how I would expect a Valentine;s Day beer to taste, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 22:12:57 | More by Vixie
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle $6.99 dated 12/23/2013. I wish this was a little fresher but whatever. Red color, good head and lace. Aroma us a malty red with a touch if piney hops, less than I expected. Flavor was caramel malts and again a small dosage of green hops. I really hoped this would have more if a hop blast since it's Alesmith but it was still a solid red. Not sure whether I should buy another bottle or not.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 19:41:24 | More by ArrogantB
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Nugganooch

California

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into my FW Snifter glass
Notes taken on 01/31/14

A: Deep crimson red with dark burgundy tones and minimal translucence. Thick and course cake of beige with ample stay power and scattered sheets of lace.

S: Expressive piney hops on the nose with some supporting citrus fruit undercurrents. Some grapefruit and tangerine mostly. Softly spiced toffee malt moves in with some toasted bread and light hints of dried fruit. Incredibly vibrant hop aromas. It literally smells like uber fresh hop pellets. Quite the bouquet.

T: Flavors follow the nose with some fresh greenie hops up front. Concentrated pine and citrus oils. Zesty pink grapefruit stands out. Moves into a toasted caramel and nutty bread malt backing with a nice persuasion of spice. Remains dry and not sweet at all. Lightly resinous with a mild perceived bitterness though big on hop flavor. Suggestions of chocolate and raisin. Great balance with alcohol mostly disguised. A truly delicious and hoppy red.

M: Moderate fullness slightly on the heavier side but with a very nice drying frothiness to it. Perfect amount of carbonation. Slight resinous effect but mostly clean and balanced feel.

D: Damn near flawless for the style and just such an enjoyable brew. Perfect marriage of hops and malt without falling too hard one way or the other.
I always thought this was the same beer as Evil Dead but I couldn’t find any supporting info on that. Still great either way! Highly recommended.

AleSmith has really mastered the American Red category.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 19:34:13 | More by Nugganooch
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a very well made beer, but I'm surprised people like it as much as they seem to here. its a really hoppy, really sticky, really thick, resinous ipa. deep brick red amber type color here, hazy and just thick as honey. the nose is citrusy hop, high alpha, robust and aggressive in all aspects. the malt bill is huge, the gravity is high, and i am shocked this comes in under 7% abv, its most impressive feature. a little pine from the hops, but its sort of tough to tell whether the sweet malt adds that sappy character or the hops does. I'm honestly not in love with it, it comes across a bit confused to say the least, bitter and sweet, but not in a good way really. it gets hard to drink, sticky and filling, especially with temperature, and just doesn't wow me the way it has for others. full body may be to its detriment here, just too much so deal with, but the carbonation tries as hard as it can to make this move, but its stuck. alesmith can really do no wrong for me, but i like this less than most of their other stuff, i expected more from a special release.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 02:31:30 | More by StonedTrippin
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travolta

California

3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice retention, light cappuccino head, foamy with nice clingy lacing. A rusty plum color.

Nose: Toffee, chocolate, sweet malt.

Taste: Grapefruit and carmel. It is crisp and a little dry. Champagne type dry.

Notes: It's a little dry, if I were to spend Valentine's Day alone, I would want it to be sweet and malty. It's nice for a red ale, however.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 02:52:36 | More by travolta
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BB1313

Ohio

3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 12/23/13. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark hazy plum with a fluffy khaki head which leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas have tons of sweet malts. Lots of caramel and butterscotch. There's some subtle ripe citrus notes as well. Some grapefruit and orange. Extremely subtle garlic notes. The flavors have a balance between the malts and hops, although I'd give the edge to the malts. There's some black cherry in the mix. Tons of caramel and toffee. Some pine resin. More citrus. Some grass. Slightly earthy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. It's creamy, but loose; active carbonation. This is a nice beer to relax with.

Very solid red ale right here. They seem to focus on the malts more than the hops on this one, which is cool. This beer will be compared with Evil Dead Red, which I personally enjoy more. Evil Dead focuses on the hops. My Bloody Valentine focuses more on the malts. Two different takes on the styles.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 19:06:17 | More by BB1313
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NCalement

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark reddish amber. Looks like cranberry juice. Has a nice white head that dissipates quickly with decent lacing.

S- Nice hop aroma with light malt backbone. Not to pungent but nice.

T- Bitter hops, almost soap like, pine, and grapefruit, with a nice malt balance. Very nice red ale that almost has a pale ale hop profile. I like. Not to complex

M- Very nice for the style. Medium body with a crisp refreshing finish. This beer has active carbonation and no sign of alcohol.

O- A very nice beer from Ale Smith. It drinks easy and had a nice hop presence that borders the pale ale category. Dont get Ale Smith in NC but if we did I would drink this on the regular.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 03:55:58 | More by NCalement
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Aaron_Ramson

California

4.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, deep ruby with a lingering airy head that left thick lacing on the glass. Strong hops in the nose, herbal, pungent and earthy. Also picking up nectarines and marzipan. Taste is immediately sweet caramel and woody/fruity hops, followed by a bitterness like orange pith. medium thick mouthfeel with a soft carbonic bite. Definitely a malt oriented beer but there is enough hop character to balance it and bring it back to center. Think of a sweeter, milder, less bitter friend of Arrogant Bastard. Immensely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 23:07:51 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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santomark

California

2.44/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Beautiful ruby red, black cherry color. Nice 1 1/2 inch off white head.

S - Very subtle, mild malt, bread, a tad of hops, toffee notes are in there and some darker fruits like cherries, plum, a molasses kind of tone.

T - For being 6.66% the malt is pretty apparent. A slight biscuit tone, darker fruits as the note implies, mild cherry, plum, molasses. Almost no hops.

M - Very light to medium body. Nice carbonation, very oily going down. This lingering finish is weird.

O - This is nothing like Evil Dead, not in any way. Evil Dead is bold, this is it's preteen cousin. I did not care for it. I can get the same taste from generic brands. Waste of $5.00

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 10:12:56 | More by santomark
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evanforbeer

California

4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle date 1/1/2014,
pours a deep dark chestnut with a thick khaki head. Real mysterious and pretty

nose- sticky sweet caramel with a big hoppy bouquet of fresh flowers, lush vanilla and orange zest. Very aromatic, fragrant, fantastic to sniff

taste- follows with big sweet, rich, and sticky caramel malt, orange creamcicle with orange and vanilla, light wood; hops come through with floral and citrus presence. The back of the palate is left with burnt caramel and soft floral notes

feel- pretty medium-heavy bodied, sticky, sweet, candy-like

another fantastic hoppy red ale from Alesmith, very fragrant and lush. I may not like as much as Evil Dead Red or Yulesmith, but this is awesome.

cheers

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 01:55:18 | More by evanforbeer
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere in the Middlebury/Burlington area.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" reddish tan head over the slightly cloudy bright red brew. Head bubbles burst gradually, with sticky lacing. Aroma is malt and piney hops.

Taste starts sweet, cherries in the middle, with moderately bitter close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Cherry starts to get a bit old as time passes, but a good brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 00:35:11 | More by ppoitras
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great as a red ale. Really good hoppiness and not overdone, with chocolate in the secondary to give it an added dimension. Very good drinkability. Bottle from Campone's, well worth the $12 and email to keep aside for me.Hoppier than its scent. Above average mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 02:56:17 | More by Sammy
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a subdued red mahogany with brown highlights. Two finger light tan head.

S - Citrus hoppy goodness with light caramel malts. I'm not picking up the cocoa/chocolate notes though.

T - Good malt base with caramel/toffee entwined. I'm picking up cocoa midway through then it fades into a bitter citrus ending.

M - Creamy and medium carbonation with medium body.

O - An above average red ale that delivers on all fronts.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 23:24:59 | More by cvm4
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber split with friends. Big thanks to BA anotherjoe for gifting me with as an extra in a recent box exchange. The brew appears a mahogany to burnt amber color with a finger of khaki head. A full wall of webby lace sticks to the glass.

The aromatics are quite fruited seemingly from a mixture if alcohol notes and hops. A mild chocolate note is present before more of an herbal to dank backing of more hop character.

The flavor of this brew suggests raw cacao or green nib quality with a fruity alcohol and floral hop aspect just like the aroma suggests. Some toasty grain to molasses persists into the aftertaste. Overall not bad.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Such a strange and unique combination of characteristics but decent enough to pay a visit to if given the opportunity. I am appreciative of the chance to try this but I probably would not have it again if I had other options available.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 18:00:28 | More by stakem
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of rich mahogany brown that lets up maroon hues around the edges. It holds a two and a half finger tall head of half creamy, half massive light brown bubbles. This retains excellently, leaving spidery lacing down the sides of the glass. There is a moderate haze noted, with intermittent waves of microsediment shimmering throughout. Carbonation appears moderate. The nose fills with a bouquet of aromas that, appropriately, pair with Valentine’s Day. The malts show a mix of caramel and lightly roasted and chalky chocolates, while the hops are earthy, floral, and resiny. Cutting sweetness comes in the form of fresh wild strawberries and heavy creamer, while bitterness and depth comes from medicinal phenols, peppery booze, baker’s yeast, singed toastiness, and lemon rind. Our first impression is that this beer is heavily malt forward and slightly lighter in flavoring than the aroma puts on. As we sip, sweetly toasted caramel malts, lemony citric hops, sugary candy corn, raw peppercorns, almond nuttiness, coiny metallics, and tannic black teas start things off. The peak shows an enhanced pucker to the hops, with soap predominating. Otherwise the swallow fills with peppery alcohol, a deepening of the malts to roasty chocolates, and lemon zest. Bright black cherry sweetness and burnt strawberry stems mark the transition to the finish, where toasted pale and caramel malts, lightly roasted chocolate malts, coconut smoothness, white sugar, and those aromatic echoes of medicinal phenols mix for the final blend. The aftertaste breathes of chalky caramel and chocolate malts, dried yeast, bittered cocoa, peppery booze, dark cherry syrups, warmed buttery toast, metallics, citric hops and brewer’s yeast. The body is heartily medium, and the carbonation is medium to high. Each sip gives beautifully soft slurp, froth, cream, smack, and gentle pop. The mouth is cooled and richly coated, with light metallic and chalky astringency to the palate and tongue. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the interesting blend through the aroma, and the gorgeous mouthfeel. The initial nose gives big fruitiness to match the equally as big shoes of the grain bill and the deep, spicy hoppiness. Between the chocolate and the strawberries it actually did feel oddly appropriate for the holiday. The flavoring came nicely, but much of the hoppiness was lost between the massive overhaul of caramel, chocolate, roast, and toast through the grain. This also made room for the sweetness to peak just a bit too much by the end of the sip. More than making up for it was the feel, which gave silky, creamy softness to each hit from the glass. This is a tasty, well executed beer, and it seems to not only fit the style, but fit well within the ranks and idiosyncrasies of the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 02:27:51 | More by TheBrewo
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Brad007

Vermont

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber/nearly garnet color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Almost red enough to be blood.

Lots of citrus to greet the nose. It's followed by notes of caramel and/or toffee. I couldn't detect the cocoa mentioned on the label.

Strong and flavorful with a great mix of citrus hops, toffee, caramel and perhaps a bit of cocoa in the malt body only. Drinks more like an american strong ale. ABV is a reasonable 6.66%. Sweet!

Lingering citrus hops and caramel embody the mouthfeel. I've noticed that way back in the throat, the chocolate notes from the malt show up. Very nice touch!

I find this to be an excellent beer, worth a shot if you're into stronger amber ales, despite the fact that the ABV is only 6.66%.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 23:27:12 | More by Brad007
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None, but released for Valentine's Day
Glass: Tulip

With its strong citrus, pine, and bitter hop characters, Alesmith's My Bloody Valentine serves as a concept to mock the sweet, chocolate typical-ness one expects on that "holiday." Not surprisingly, given Alesmith's generally excellent brewing skills, the beer is a success, melding both thought and taste into a "beer expression" that works very well together. And a $6 bomber? Well, that's cheap these days...

Pours a 3cm tall head of foam that is light tan in color and composed of small-sized bubbles. Retention is above average, the head lasting a few minutes in its gradual decline to a thick ring around the glass and some small, scattered islands of wispy foam atop the body of the beer. Excellent lacing left along the sides of the glass: imagine a honeycomb pattern of residual, sticky foam affixed to all the sides of the glass. Body is an intensely dark, cold, ruby color, with light bringing out brighter, transparent, vivid, ruby red colors. Although transparent, no carbonation is visible.

Aroma is strongly hoppy with American citrus and pine-like varieties, but this fades somewhat over the course of the beer, and a backdrop of some herbal, wood-like hops along with bittersweet chocolate, caramel and faint diacetyl becomes noticeable, adding some complexity.

The flavor is, overall, a delicious mix of American hops imparting bitterness with citrus and pine-like flavors over a modest caramel and chocolate base; this seems highly fitting for what the brewery was attempting with the concept of this beer (that is, a bitter, anti-Valentine's Day beer). Tasting opens with sweet caramel and pale malts along with the beginnings of hop bitterness and grapefruit-like flavors. Mid-palate of caramel and pale chocolate malts with balanced, but still juicy and citrus-like (grapefruit, orange) hops with mild pine. Back of palate has moderate bitterness with strong pine and lesser grapefruit flavors, very little sweetness or roasted malt presence here. Aftertate is of moderate residual bitterness, citrusy hops, slightly sweet caramel malt, and the slightest indication of dark or roasted malt.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, leading to a mouthfeel that is lightly foamy and persistently smooth across the palate. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness lingering across the palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 04:32:20 | More by falloutsnow
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buck1futter

Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Ruby very nice. Fairly dark close to a blood red even.

S- Hops, lots of hops. berries. malt. toffe. brown sugar.

T-plenty of bitterness, caramel, sweet hops, dry, really nutty as well as it warms. creamy. lots of citrus as well.

M- plenty of carbonation, dry, medium body, really smooth and really easy to drink.

Pretty darn good amber/red, i would even probably consider it a pale ale of ambers. Behind green flash red ipa, this is my fav. in that style. I highly recommend it to anyone. Actually gets really good around room temp, for some reason a good amber or red is the only style besides a barley wine i can handle at room temp, maybe a bba stout. Pick it up, delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 08:42:38 | More by buck1futter
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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.