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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine - AleSmith Brewing Company

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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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Photo of stakem


3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
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
Photo of Zorro


3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 03:23:50 | More by Zorro
Photo of orangesol


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

02-18-2014 23:46:12 | More by orangesol
Photo of DoubleJ


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2009 04:44:30 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of DrunkinYogi


4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-01-2014 16:53:24 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of ppoitras


4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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
Photo of BARFLYB


4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-24-2013 06:40:43 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of BillRoth


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-30-2013 02:06:25 | More by BillRoth
Photo of brandoman63


4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-17-2014 02:57:54 | More by brandoman63
Photo of drewone


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

01-20-2013 17:11:12 | More by drewone
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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
Photo of rab53


4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-06-2013 04:12:19 | More by rab53
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the source, Alesmith taproom, while they were boxing up my barrel aged Old Numbskull & Kopi Luwak Speedway Stout.

Lots of brown and very dark red and amber color flowing around in the glass. Maybe because of the name I was expecting something a little more red, and less brown. Thin off white head on it, somewhere between that and beige. Amazing retention for the less than 1" head though, even the lacing was top notch. Aroma, malty, almonds, nuts.

Decent mix of hops and malt here, malt getting the caramel and toffee thing to your senses right up front, the hops are probably a little on the higher side, but this is something that is approachably balanced but sturdy and slightly aggressive at the same time. A twist of vanilla, chocolate and citrus in the mouthfeel, very subdued compared to the other aspects of the beer. This beer puts a lot of different aspects together to make a far better than average amber ale, you get plenty of cascade hops I suspect, lots of caramelization, just the right amount of alcohol. Good stuff, glad I picked this one to try while I was there while the old lady as usual was pounding down Speedway.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2013 16:30:44 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of glid02


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler via trade with smokepot23 - much obliged!

Pours a deep crimson color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of dark caramel malts with hints of toastiness and huge amounts of pine hops. Also present are milder amounts of herbal and citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as robust. Grainy caramel malt flavors with hints of deeper toastiness kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of pine and herbal hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops subside a bit and the flavor profile sweetens with hints of toffee. The toffee fades out, allowing pine and caramel malts to carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer, the most striking thing about it is the color as it's being poured - once in the glass it's not as interesting. A very good beer that's well worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2011 01:23:37 | More by glid02
Photo of Brad007


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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
Photo of zestar


4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-05-2014 08:50:40 | More by zestar
Photo of HopHead84


4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Alesmith.

A: Amazing color. Deep crimson with a faint translucence when held to light. Big creamy beige with good retention and scattered lacing.

S: Rich bready malt with some toffee notes and a decided earthiness. A touch of alcohol is evident. Faintly fruity, with light plum and date notes. Some citrus from the hops comes through as the beer warms, mostly orange flesh.

T: Rich toffee and bread with a distinct earthy quality. Upper light to lower moderate bitterness with a faint metallic twinge. Some caramel and light fruit notes reminiscent of plum and dates. Some orange is present.

M: Upper full in body. Upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy and sticky.

Overall: Typically, reds are not my thing, but this one is very well made.


Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2011 15:31:23 | More by HopHead84
Photo of billab914


4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-26-2013 01:15:47 | More by billab914
Photo of xnicknj


3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
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
Photo of tobelerone


4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-19-2013 22:03:42 | More by tobelerone
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-26-2013 01:44:16 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of LiquidAmber


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

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a deep red amber with a fine two-finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine hops, caramel malt, citrus and fruit juice. Flavor of dense, but neutral malt, light berry juice, citrus and citrus hops. Initial flavor is extremely well blended and satisfying. Finishes with toasted malt, pine and citrus hops, residual berry juice. Great medium body with nice creaminess. The flavor seems very low key at first, but is quite complex despite its subtlety. I could not stop taking sips from this. I was hoping for something a bit more blood red, but should have known Alesmith would go for great taste and feel rather than gimmick. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 04:57:50 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of ShanePB


4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-14-2013 14:59:30 | More by ShanePB
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-06-2013 22:56:32 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of bluejacket74


3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 23:54:16 | More by bluejacket74
AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
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