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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 137
Hads: 540
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 4.48%
Wants: 47
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
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California, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OStrungT on 02-13-2006

Don’t spend this Single Awareness Day alone – grab a beer! This red-blooded cousin of Evil Dead Red Ale, our Halloween Brew, is a beautiful crimson color. Notes of caramel, toast, and bittersweet chocolate balance an intense bouquet of floral hop aromas that we know you’ll fall in love with. The finish leaves a pleasant, full-bodied sweetness on the palate that won’t spread angry rumors about you to all your friends like that one time when I was…ohh…uhh…Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Reviews: 137 | Hads: 540
Photo of kevanb
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass. Review from notes.

Pours a nice, deep burgundy color, mildly opaque, slight chill haze with a loose, bone colored soapy head atop the beer, fair retention with good lacing. The aroma is heavy on sweet caramel malt, brown sugar with a healthy dose of pine forward hops and just a bit of dark fruit. Smooth, rich sweet caramel malt hits the tongue straight away, brown sugar, dark fruit with bitter piney hops with some floral elements at the finish. It's certainly a sweeter beer, focus is on the richer malt but the hops give it just a little bite that in my opinion, is very welcomed. The body is very rich and full for the style, medium carbonation with a pricklier finish.

Verdict: A fairly simple amber ale, the malt profile is rich and sweeter but the hops help counterbalance it well. A worthy brew. (855 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,152 characters)

Photo of angelmonster
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark reddish copper. Mild hop nose. The mouthfeel is creamier than I expected. Nicely balanced between malts and hops. The finish is pleasantly semi-dry. (163 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip

Deep, ruddy red pour with soft ruby hues. Frothy, thick beige tanned head bubbles up, leaving heavy layers of lacing and filmy retention.

Resinous pine in the nose with bitter hoppiness. Toasted bread crust, caramel, burnt sugar and soft warmth.

Bitter and piny right up front with sticky hops and resin. Softer tones of citrus peel and pulp, followed by a little rush of bready, toasted malts with toffee. Caramel with burnt sugar and lingering bitterness on the back end.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. A decent balance of malt and hop presence, with an emphasis on the West coast dry-hopping. Nice beer, although I was hoping for a little more expression in the nose. (745 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass (as the bottle suggests)

Appearance: Dark ruby red with two big fingers of tan head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Nothing too out of the ordinary: hop bitterness and some sweet sugary malt.

Taste: Nice and very drinkable. Hops balanced with caramel and sweet malt. A little bit of molasses and cherry as I keep drinking.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and well carbonated. Goes down easy.

Overall: Well done Alesmith. A very enjoyable and drinkable beer that doesn't sacrifice complexity. (535 characters)

Photo of popery
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great looking beer. Pours a deep maroon. Looks pretty transparent. No haze or lees apparent. Nice big head, light beige. It's a bit rocky but sticks around for a long time. The aroma is a mix of floral and bright citrus hop notes. There's a little spruce to the beer, as well. Underneath the hops, some caramel and toastier malt flavors come through. The taste has good hop flavor, nice delicacy/complexity. The malt plays a larger role than in the aroma. Good depth from the darker malt. It almost has a light chocolate flavor. In both the aroma and taste, the beer just lacks somewhat in intensity for the abv. For a ~6.5% abv beer, I just want a bit more. Mouthfeel also doesn't really help, as it gets a bit watery in the middle. Still, it's a good beer. I just wish there was a bit more to it. (798 characters)

Photo of ElSid
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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. (908 characters)

Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft @ Gourmet Haus Staudt on 1/29/15. Pours a deep red, brown in color with 1 finger of head and nice lacing. Aroma is strongly hop-driven dank and resinous with notes of pineapple and citrus and some subtle malty sweetness. Medium body. Palate is dank, floral and robust hop bitterness with some sweetness from the malt backbone. A nicely balanced beer. (362 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draft
Poured into a pint glass, layer of a sticky brown sugar colored head lasts pretty much forever. Color is naturally dark bloody red.

Cherry, oak, hops.

Lighter taste than expected - a sort of IPA/Flanders Red fusion. Raisin, cranberry and a touch of sour cherry.

Crisp refreshing mouthfeel.

Extremely drinkable. (320 characters)

Photo of parris
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

S - Sweet malt, dark cherry, floral hints. Aroma is somewhat light

A - Deep amber, dense beige head, constant small carbonation bubbles. No haze at all. This is an impressive looking beer

T - Chocolate, dank and earthy hops, toast, metallic

M - Bitter, papery, medium to full bodied

O - Tasty beer, kind of all over the place though (336 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 ounce bottle
Served in an imperial nonic pint glass

A - It is a really, really dark amber. It's as dark as amber can get without being brown. It was topped off with about three inches of tan head.

S - I was pleasantly surprised by the citrus aroma. Hints of grapefruit and pine waft towards my nostrils. There is also a bready malt character the balances it.

T - It starts out with a great hops kick. The grapefruit and pine are close to IPA strength. The malt tends to get lost in the fray. But it is not overly hoppy. It's a hopped up amber ale. The aftertaste leaves me with a dull, lingering bitterness.

M - Medium. I detect a little chalkiness.

O - I had never heard of this beer. I stumbled across it three days ago and figured what the heck? It's Valentine's Day, and I'm cheesy with pairing beers and days of (in)significance. Being a product of Alesmith made it a safe gamble. It is an enjoyable hoppy amber/red ale. (940 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. 2013 Release. Served in a pint glass.

Nice to see this one hit bottles! Felt like drinking it this evening, not sure why.

Pours a translucent mahogany with two fingers of tan foam. Settles slowly. Lovely lacing left behind.

Aroma of caramel and bready malt. Citrusy hops sit directly in the background. Some sweetness. No alcohol.

Flavor starts off with doughy malt and then turns a little metallic with top of the tongue bitterness through the finish. Mildly sweet throughout.

Medium-full bodied with supportive carbonation. Slightly thick, but quite drinkable.

A classic horror film, a great band, and a very nice red ale. (643 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Hollingshead's, this is AleSmith's Valentine's Day beer. I finally had a chance to try it this time. On to the beer:

Like really dark red blood, that's the color of this beer. Some lacing from the head sticks on the glass. The hoppiness is present with a pleasant citrus flavor in both the aroma and taste, but the maltiness throwns a curveball at the palate compared to your usual amber ale. Instead of being caramel laden, it's more of a toasted/burnt bread flavor with a dash of coffee. Slightly astringent, and dry in the aftertaste with a faint tropical flavor.

Who makes beer for Valentine's Day? That's a day for eating chocolate, but if you want your daily pint, My Bloody Valentine can fill that need. (723 characters)

Photo of srhoadsy
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a tulip.

Pours a very deep amber color with an inch of tan head that slowly recedes leaving a moderate surface layer with heavy lacing.

Smells of citrus and pine with a background earthy mineral quality.

Tastes of burnt sugar, citrus, pine resin with that background earthiness and a very mild touch of cherry.

Moderate to heavy mouthfeel with a sweet finish tempered by a good amount of carbonation. Lingering but not unpleasant aftertaste.

Overall a good beer. For me, the only downside was that earthy quality, not necessarily a bad quality just didn't seem to mesh with the other flavors. (617 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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 (1,343 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off this beer has some great art work on the bottle, one of the better looking bottles on the market in my opinion.

Anyway, The beer poured out as a deep red color. The head was a light shade of tan with a very good retention and lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is sweet, it's also hoppy and there is even some chocolate coming through on this one. The taste of the beer was pretty good, it's got some transitions from sweet to bitter then back to sweet. The malt followed by the hops and finally the chocolate comes in to settle things down a bit. The flavors to me sometimes get a little on the awkward side so at times I really liked it and other times I didn't. The mouthfeel was pretty good. Well carbonated and had a medium body. Overall I thought the beer was good. Sometimes though I think the flavors in it clash a bit and that hindered my thoughts on the beer. I enjoyed it but I feel there are better alternatives out there, it's still worth trying to see for yourself though. (1,006 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very malty, toasted, nutty aroma, with resin and earthy hops.

Flavor is resiny, grassy, with specialty malt fruitiness. The finish is moderately bitter. Definitely more malt dominant than hoppy. (195 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.93 overall rating is correct.

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Costco in Santee (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: Jan. 11, 2015
Consumed: Jan. 29, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Dec. 22, 2014

Poured a reddish, brown, mahogany hazy color with five fingers of khaki-tan, frothy head. Excellent spiderweb, layered, lacing on the sides of the glass all the way down. Great retention on the top. (Sight - 4.75)

Smelled a pleasant mix of hops up front and malts late. Got floral hops, light grass hops, Citra hops, sweet chocolate, caramel, toffee, chocolate milk, hints of roasty nuts and raspberries (wishing?). (Smell - 4.25)

Taste wasn’t as good as the nose, but still decent. Got floral hops, bitter grassy hops, chocolate, chocolate milk, caramel, toffee, roasty malts, toast, nuts and faint vanilla. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was pretty good for the style. One of the best looking beers I’ve seen in a long time. (Overall - 3.88)

3.93 | 88 | B+ (1,219 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.94/5  rDev -2%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fiver29 for bowing the boards of my porch with an epic box. The old familiars have been wildly amazing, & now to start in on the new stuff...22 oz. bottle split with my wife, who doesn't believe in Valentine's Day & loves beer. Me lucky.

We begin with decanting the beer into two sturdy glasses, where it sits & looks red, dark, clear, cold, filtered red. Plenty of carbonation. Nose is a nice balance that too many reds don't get right: bready, crusty mixed with a nice citrus kick. Jack-rabbit start.

My Bloody Valentine has a great name & I tip my cap to the Alesmith team for that. The beer itself hits the same nice balance as the nose, crust of bread (my favorite part, I have to eat all the crusts in the house...but I digress) is strong but held up nicely by a sprig of hops, floral, citrusy. Dots of caramel in the middle, mint (?), then a sweet pine lick on the end. Very easy on the tongue & slipping right down.

I usually despise balance, but this beer does a good job of mixing up interesting tastes, balance, & depth. Very good beer. (1,063 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really more brown than red. Clear brown colored beer with a small yellowish tan colored head. It is only red if you hold it up to a strong light.

Smell is strongly hopped brown ale. Grapefruit, pine, eucalyptus, menthol, bitter orange and wood. Malt is pretty well hidden.

Starts out malty, hoppy and woody. The taste is more balanced than the smell, hop doesn't obliterate everything else. Mellow hoppy ale, but not quite a hophead paradise.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall, tasty and not too expensive. (503 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours reddish/amber (more of a bright red when held up to a light) with an inch and a half light tan head that stayed around for a while. There's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and hoppy, the brew smells like floral and citrusy (grapefruit, oranges) hops, caramel malt, and some mint. It tastes like citrusy and pine hops, caramel, toasted malt, toffee and a bit of chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, it's definitely worth a try. $8.99 a bottle. (582 characters)

AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.