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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

421 Ratings
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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 39
Gots: 22 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

08-12-2012 12:39:27 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a murky reddish brown with a khaki head that settles to a small cap. Chunky rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest and grapefruit mainly. Taste is of citrus zest, grapefruit, and some other peppery and herbal hop flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has some nice hop flavors gong on.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 07:34:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

02-18-2013 03:01:49 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

03-16-2013 12:14:14 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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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womencantsail

California

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Alesmith

A: The pour is deep amber color with a lot of brown to it. The head is minimal at a little less than a finger's worth of off-white foam.

S: The nose is almost exactly what I look for in a red ale. Plenty of grapefruit and miscellaneous citrus notes from the hops with a nice toasty and bready malt backbone and a mild pine quality.

T: Fairly similar to the taste with a hit of citrus on the front end, sweet bready and caramel malt in the middle and a bit of bitter pine on the finish. Not quite as good as the aroma, but still quite nice.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation and a crisp finish.

D: One of my new favorite beers from Alesmith. It's unfortunate that this beer isn't one of their "staples", but I suppose it will make me look forward to the opportunities I get to have it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2010 09:06:37 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

02-18-2013 03:00:28 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-12-2013 23:59:08 | More by kjkinsey
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-26-2013 23:52:49 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

02-13-2013 17:06:36 | More by Texasfan549
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
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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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-07-2013 16:06:24 | More by GRG1313
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largadeer

California

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A generous extra from Arthur. Thanks!

Appearance: Pours a clear crimson red that's so dark it looks nearly opaque in the glass. A three finger head tops the beer, leaving clinging sheets of lacing.

Smell: Dank hops - fresh herbal notes, a little mint, pine, a touch of citrus. Leans heavily toward green, resinous hops. There's some toasted malt in the background, faint beneath the hop aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Fairly balanced between toasted, slightly caramelized malts and herbal, resinous, somewhat earthy hops. Pine, rosemary, a bit of mint - this has a fairly unique hop profile. It's a rather dry beer despite the hefty malt backbone, and bitterness is dialed in to a perfect moderate level.

Overall: One of the better American red ales out there. Nice to finally see this in bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 08:04:00 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

01-10-2013 00:24:51 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

02-17-2013 07:00:40 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
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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mactrail

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous aromatic hops. The flavor is big flowery hops. Nice smooth finish without the bitter backbite. Like a nice perfume, it gradually fades, leaving you with the ghost of fragrance and a sly smile. Rich flavors, a touch of sweetness, great balance. A Valentine to flowery hops.

Dark brown in the tall tulip, and a little murky in appearance. Not so carbonated in the mouth. One of the best hoppy beers I've had lately. On the cask at Local Habit in San Diego Feb. 15.

Serving type: cask

02-20-2012 07:36:14 | More by mactrail
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-21-2013 22:25:12 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hollingshead's in Orange, CA, seemed appropriate to drink it during the second week in February, drunk with fellow BA's chefscott79 and BrewbakerE,

A: Pours a dark red, with a full cap of tan foam, good lacing.

S: Hoppy for a red, grapefruit and caramel malt.

T: Dry caramel malt mixes with white grapefuit hops to make a really good tasting beer, simple flavour, but very affective.

M: Solid, dry for a red, resiny, medium-bodied.

D: A very good red ale, probably one of the best I've ever had, defintiely worth a try if on-tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2008 01:18:13 | More by Halcyondays
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three finger head that leaves plenty of ring lace after each sip. The liquid is ruby, dark amber color. Crystal clear.

Brown sugar malt aroma with a lightly peppery hop bitterness.

A nicely balanced yet very flavorful on both fronts. Less sweet than the smell indicates. The hop stays back until the beginning of swallow. It does take over and leave a long lasting aftertaste. Milky body with an under average carbonation level.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 23:16:45 | More by smcolw
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GClarkage

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

07-08-2014 05:48:13 | More by GClarkage
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kojevergas

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired for $7.00 at a local SoCal bottle shop and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and the recommendation of a trusted friend, murrhey. 6.66% ABV confirmed. I believe this is the first year they've offered this in bottles. "Serve in a pint at 45-50 degrees."

Served cold, right in the temperature range suggested by the label. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a lovely three finger khaki colour head of nice cream, good frothy thickness, and incredible (8+ minute) retention for the moderately high ABV. Head is creamy and gorgeous. Sticky lacing remains on the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. I'd say the head is ideal for the style. Body colour is a rather dark rich amber; it's decadent. A refined understated appearance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Delightfully hoppy, with a dominant assertive floral character. Rich amber malts ride beneath joined by subtle caramelization. A bit of hop bitterness bite. I'm really looking forward to this; the aroma is striking. Pretty strong. Fragrant and inviting. I don't detect any alcohol or yeast character.

T: The depth of flavour emerging from the floral hop notes is delightful; this is really evocative. Amber malts and slight subtle caramelization comprise the supportive refreshing body. No yeast or alcohol comes through. There's a pleasant sweetness; I guess it could be subtle chocolate malt. There's also some subtle light fruity character; perhaps light cherry or raspberry. Together, these notes are redolent of chocolate covered luscious raspberry. Very Valentine's day esque. In any case, the balance here is damn near impeccable. Very impressive and evocative for the style. Complex and well put together. It's got subtlety; far more than I'd expect for the style.

Mf: Perfect thickness. Lightly crisp. Chewy. Smooth and wet, with an assertive bite that keeps you engaged. Ideal carbonation, if a bit high to execute that bite. Complements the flavour profile quite well. It could be a bit more creamy. Good palate presence, all around. It feels tailored specifically to the flavours. Well executed.

Dr: A highly drinkable red ale from Alesmith. Surpassed expectations. This is a gem for the style. I'm glad they're bottling it; it's definitely worth the $6-7 pricetag. A real hoppy treat and one of the best reds on the market. It feels strangely suitable for valentine's day; maybe it's that subtle chocolate touch. I never thought chocolate and really forward hops would be balanced so well. Bravo, Alesmith. I'd definitely try this on-draught. A real treat.

B

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 04:01:59 | More by kojevergas
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-22-2013 08:14:30 | More by beernads
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Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 02:01:44 | More by Billolick
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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.