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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

397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%


Brewed by:
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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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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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prototypic

Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My Bloody Valentine pours a deep copper color. It’s very clear. Backlighting gives it a brighter scarlet look. It’s topped with a really nice off-white head. It rises to about a finger and a half in height. Retention was good. It stuck around for a while. Lacing was very sticky and think. Good looking stuff.

The nose kicks with a really nice caramel malt scent. It definitely smells a little sweet. There are some toasted and chocolate malt notes, as well. Smells like a nice combo. The chocolate variety has a nice cocoa scent. It’s definitely hoppy. The hops smell mostly floral. Pine is very pronounced. Grass is also noted. It’s tough to tell if falls on the malty or hoppy side of the fence. Alcohol is blended well and doesn’t come through strong. Smells good!

I like the flavor quite a bit. The malt base is very flavorful and sturdy. It’s a really nice combo of caramel, chocolate, and toasted malts. It’s a bit sweet and sugary. The cocoa flavor is very tasty! Hops are very much in the mix. They mostly taste piney and floral. It’s not very bitter. The malts provide a lot of balance. I was expecting it to be a little hoppier, but it’s well balanced. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor at all. Given its abv, that’s not too shocking. Finishes malty and piney. Very tasty!

My Bloody Valentine has a medium body. Carbonation is light and soft. It feels nice and smooth. Definitely goes down easy. Far too easy. I could handle a couple of these bombers. Impressive.

Alesmith Brewing Company is one of those breweries that seems to never let me down. I’m not sure they’ve ever brewed even an average beer. My Blood Valentine is another fine release. It’s a very well balanced Red Ale that’s incredibly drinkable. Very glad to finally find it in Ohio. Easy recommendation!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 02:21:36 | More by prototypic
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean but very deep amber, almost brown. 2 fingers of beige colored head which dissipated slowly and left behind some great lacing. the smell is like a hop infused caramel. lots of sweet caramel malt with west coast piney hop profile. tangy citrusy hops fill your palate with all that was desired, the sweet caramel backbone balances everything out nicely. a medium body beer with mild carbonation, leaves a nice resiny feel on the lips.

this one is right on par with the rest of alesmith's ipa's. the artwork on the bottle is also pretty awesome.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 04:50:04 | More by facundoCNB
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an awesome looking bottle!

Pours out an extremely deep, dark amber with tons of ruby highlights throughout and an off-white head.

The aroma is packed with hops; citrus, grapefruit, resinous and pine followed by toffee and caramel notes.

The taste is also dominated by hops with some nice tropical and citrus hop notes followed by a dank pine and there is enough toffee and caramel malt notes to balance out the bitterness. There are some light biscuit notes, but this is very hop forward.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is slightly creamy. It's very smooth and extremely easy to drink.

This is a really nice Red Ale and probably my current favorite! This has a ton of flavor without being overwhelming and the ABV isn't too high either.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 21:37:18 | More by JohnnyMc
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Lucho

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark caramel/molasses red with a creamy tan head that dissipates somewhat fast.

Smell: toasted malts, hops, maybe a caramel toasted coffee scent,

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, with some carbonation. leaves the tongue slightly dry.

Taste: Hop forward with malt in the middle, and finishes dry like an IPA. I am getting again that slight coffee flavor like roasted fresh beans. this is not very present but maybe I am going crazy.

Overall: This is a good beer but nothing very special for the style. There are way better hoppy red ales out there. Tocobaga to name just one

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 06:13:21 | More by Lucho
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.74/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shazzam! This is great beer! Poured perhaps slightly too cold. Immediate hop aroma upon opening. Poured with a giant, foamy, frothy, thick, light tan head that slowly settles and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber red with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is a very heady balanced, fresh blend of caramel malt and hop that was mostly pine with a little grapefruit. Flavor's like nose, slightly roasty (which i love), dominated by the hop and just balanced enough by the malt and carbonic tang. Body/carbonation are faultless. Finish is like flavor, long, and just a tad medicinal. Very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 05:16:14 | More by drpimento
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: dark murky red bodied beer with 3 fingers of a dirty tan colored head. The head is loaded with big and clumpy bubbles. The glass get loaded with lacing.

Smell: Bready and caramel malts. Pine and minty hop notes.

Taste: Pine and grapefruit rinds. Chalky tasting hops. Little bit of caramel malts and biscuit dough flavor. Nice balance with hop and malt profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking beer for sure.

Overall: This beers is okay. Nothing mind blowing, but its definately a beer of Alesmith well know quality. It reminds me of MBC Zoe, but just doesnt taste quite as good.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 13:07:34 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Kendo

New York

4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bomber into a Harpoon pint glass. Body is clear reddish-amber with a 2-finger bubbly light-tan/beige colored head that sticks around with good staying power and leaves behind thick rings of lace.

S: Very nice for this style - a modest caramel and bready malt is overwhelmed by juicy, citrusy grapefruit with a hint of pine.

T: First impression is more about the mouthfeel than the taste - it's thinner in heft than expected and not very creamy; for some reason that big head made me think it would be more creamy than it is. Ah well, so it goes. . . . As for the flavors: it's big on the grapefruit juice, with some underpinnings of caramel malt. Also some leafy, herbal, tea-like impressions. Early on I also seem to get a touch of wet cardboard on the aftertaste, but after a few sips it seems gone; it may have been my imagination. . . .

M: Call it medium in heft, though on the lighter side of that description, with a slightly thin feel to it. Carbonation is on the lower end of things.

O: Good stuff and an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 03:18:55 | More by Kendo
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metter98

New York

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear dark garnet red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high beige colored head that took a very long time to die down and left a coating of bubbles on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of floral hops in the nose along with some notes of tangerines as well as some hints of caramel malts. Aromas of pine resin are also initially noticeable but these disappear as the beer warms up.
T: Hops also stand out in the overall taste, but aren't quite as dominant as the nose because there is a strong backing of caramel malts that contribute some notes of sweetness (to contrast with a light amount of hop bitterness) and hints of toasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a great balance between hops and malts and is rather easy to drink. It seems more like a hybrid between an amber ale and an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 03:10:38 | More by metter98
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srhoadsy

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 20:43:24 | More by srhoadsy
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ElSid

California

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 00:25:52 | More by parris
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 01:42:50 | More by xnicknj
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weltywm

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 17:48:20 | More by weltywm
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dvb

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Libby glass. :D

A: Dark red-brown, like a good dubbel. Otherwise, pretty clear. Nice tan head that quickly falls back to light lacing.

S: Great hop aroma. They dry-hopped the hell out of this.

T: The taste, unfortunately, is not as good as the smell. This is a bit too dry for me. A maltier backbone would be nice.

M: Again, it's dry. Astringency. Not crazy about that.

Overall, what this beer really has going for it is hop aroma. Otherwise, it's pretty a pretty average brew with a gimicky name.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 02:36:38 | More by dvb
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 14:35:39 | More by Knapp85
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AgentMunky

California

3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Brewed for Valentine's Day.

A: Dark tan heads tops a nutty dark-brown beer that shines translucent and red in direct backlighting. Noticeable effervescence and great head retention.

S: Fruity hops. Tangerine and pineapple. Caramel malt.

T/M: It's okay. Clean and malty, with a hint of metal and a sweetish maintaste that lacks much character. Lightly carbonated and spicy mouthfeel redeems it somewhat. The aftertaste is bitterish and bland. It improves somewhat as it warms, but never develops much depth. Hops become more prominent and fruitily enjoyable.

O: I actually did like this beer, despite my criticisms (cue joke about the exgirlfriend). Still, I probably wouldn't have again unless I was desperate.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 07:03:18 | More by AgentMunky
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Copper with ruby red highlights. 3 fingers of off-white head with great retention. Excellent clarity and low carbonation.

Nose
Sugar coated lemon wedges, grapefruit, papaya, toffee and pine.

Taste
Juicy grapefruit, papaya, lemon and tangerine. Incredibly balanced with pale candy sugar and toffee. Maybe just a kiss of Tootsie Roll chocolate in there. Finishes with candy coated oranges and lemons along with gentle sprinkles of pine needle.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, juicy and crisp.

Overall
Juicy and smooth. Hardly any bitterness but still heavy on the hop aromas. Brilliantly balanced. An beautifully executed Amber Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 00:36:36 | More by justintcoons
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Greywulfken

New York

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: into a pint, deep amber red with a fat, tan mousse head that left chunky lace down the glass

S: floral and earthy hops over a fairly delicate malt

T: nice tastes of malt - not too sweet, good bitterness and hop action - pleasant, fresh, clean-finishing, very drinkable - a little toast, a little cocoa, a little something herbal...

M: medium weight, chewy, bittering finish, some carbonation on the tongue

O: I'm no red ale expert - I tend to dabble, but I also tend to like what I drink, and this was no exception, nor was it exceptional - a good, drinkable, enjoyable beer from a reliable brewery. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 02:54:56 | More by Greywulfken
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Billolick

New York

4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First time on East Coast, right? Cool.

22oz at cellar temp, poured into Stone IPA glass.

Beautiful looking amber - big, tightly wound beige/tan head over a very deep, dark ruby to brown color - pretty clear. Terrific, sticky lacing.

Aromas are soft... Leading with sweetness of malt, but morphing to a light English hop quality. Some really nice cocoa and maraschino cherry comes through with a deep pull. This inspires a Valentine's memory or two.

Flavor really favors the cherry quality, with chocolate nibs coming in second. Has just the right amount of juicy fruit, and dare I say somewhat piney hops to balance the sweetness. Extremely drinkable and smooth. Light carbonation, with some sweetness left layered on the palate.

This is a pretty darn nice beer. Not a "top scorer" in terms of Amber Ales, but fits the Valentine's theme nicely. Could even pair nicely with a chocolate cake or chocolate ice cream.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 04:51:32 | More by BeerImmediately
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kevanb

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 02:52:58 | More by kevanb
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into Surly stein. Thanks Tom (airfoil) for this one!

A- Pours a mostly opaque dark purplish that is pretty appropriate for the name with a finger and half of yellowish slightly brown head that has great retention and slowly fades to a quarter of a finger of thick creamy head. Nice consistent carbonation. Leaves nice layered lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- Piney sappy hops with a definite floral presence balanced with sweet malts, bitter cocoa. Not as aromatic as some ambers, but fairly pleasant smelling. The floral characteristics definitely add to the theme.

T- Piney hops with a hint of citrus, finishes with fairly bitter cocoa, light caramel, and sweet amber malts that lingers along with some light citrus. Nicely balanced mixing sweetness with hops.

M- A little bit fuller bodied then your average amber, nice carbonation appropriate for style, easy to drink.

O- At first this didn't overly impress me, but it grew on me the more I drank it. I really appreciated the balance between the sweetness and the hops and I also thought it was a fairly unique brew that had a nice theme going on. Not the best amber I've had, but definitely one of the better ones. I'd definitely drink this again and I recommend checking it out.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 22:17:01 | More by jaasen64
AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.