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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine - AleSmith Brewing Company

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137 Reviews
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Reviews: 137
Hads: 543
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 47
Gots: 60 | 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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Photo of Brad007
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
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%.

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Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Shane. Per directions, this is served in a (nonic) pint.

A deep mahogany red with deep crimson highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, creamy, off-white head with excellent retention and some lacing. The nose is fresh and hoppy, with a blend of pine, a little spearmint, and some tangerine/mandarin notes. Right now, the hops are so aromatic that they cover up the malt character here. There is, however, a faint browned sugar/toffee aroma present.

The palate opens with an herbal and chalky bitterness that also has the flavor of a rather bicarbonate-heavy water profile. With pine and moderately juicy citrus hop flavors complementing the herbal and minty bitterness, the opening flavors are quite enjoyable. The mid palate brings a bit of toast and toffee. Sweetness, however, is minimal here. Drying, toasty and hoppy on the finish, there's a blend of pine and citrus pith present. Medium light in body, the carbonation here is rather excellent - creamy but firming, lending a soft and smooth palate to carry the flavors. The water profile is a little distracting, at least initially, but the carbonation makes up for it. Very good, highly recommended.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
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

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: dark reddish-brown in color, 3/4 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and big pine

Taste: toasted malt and big pine dominate--caramel and cocoa appear as the beer warms

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, high carbonation, sweet start with nice background bitterness

Overall: Really loving this beer. It is amazingly clean and complex...I taste the distinct hops, but they never approach overly bitter..super smooth, I could have several of these on a cold winter's day.

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Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of popery
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

268th review on BA
Draft to pint

App- Plain and simple. Almost a blood red but see through. Nice one finger head with a little lacing but the color just looks awesome.

Smell- The malts were most prevelant for me with a faint hop aroma and a caramel like sweetness.

Taste- The taste followed the nose and provided a decent hop profile that was blended well with the overall taste of the beer but retained a caramel sweetness with a touch of fruit.

Mouth- A pleasant medium body with a matching carb level. Almost came across as a candy dessert like finish.

Drink- I like the candy, creamy finish. The ABV was there but over done and had a nice sweetness to it.

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Photo of tpd975
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap Downtown Johnny Brown's SD

A: Pours a lovely amber hue with a nice solid tan head. Very good retention with thin sheet lace.

S: Wonderful smelling amber IPA. Nice bready malt with tons of citrus and pine.

T: The aroma is married to the taste of this one. Nice bready malt with gooey caramel components. The hops push through with bitter citrus and sweet pine in equal balance.

M: Medium in body, smooth.

D: Tasty another world class Alesmith brews. One of the better Ambers made.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Neighborhood

A: Deep garnet and almost blood red in color. Much darker than I expected but looks great.

S: Nice malt presence and some citrus hops.

T: This beer had a pretty good balance between some caramel malts and citrus hops while favoring the malts. I actually enjoyed this one more than the Yulesmith Winter. Glad I finally got to try this one.


Review from bottle

A: Deep ruby color with a 1/2 finger sandy colored head. Leaves big tracks of lace.

S: A pretty nice floral/citrus hop aroma with a big nutty and caramel malt presence. Grapefruit and some faint chocolate as well.

T: Opens with some earthy, floral hop notes and moves quickly to a strong biscuity malt note. Toast, sticky citrus hops and a clean, hoppy finish. Leaves a slight unsweetened chocolate bitterness as well.

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Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark cola and ruby mix. Nice thick off white head, lots of clingy webbed lacing.

S - Bread notes, rich malt and hops.

T - Mouth filling spread of beautiful deep malt and bittering hops.

M - Medium body, perfect carbonation, hits all the taste buds in a very happy way.

D - Very. Easy to drink, easy sip wants another. Not too much of anything. Nice stuff.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Burnt red and brown with an extremely thin white cap. Looks thick and creamy. Left decent lacing.

A face-smacking amount of citrus and pine hops in the nose, unexpected. Surpassed every expectation.

Tastes like a high-quality hoppy red ale or a traditional West Coast IPA, both good things. Hoppy then sweet.

Exceptional mouthfeel. Creamy and silky. Along with the nose, my favorite aspect of this beer.

Going in with little to no expectations, this beer really impressed me. I'll be back for more.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.89/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.89/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A red ale for Valentine’s day? How appropriate, in a beer geek sense. I got this a few days after, however, so make of that what you will.

It’s a dark red hued brew with nice foam. There’s a crisp, hoppy aroma to it, rounded out with some malt sweetness. Flavor is more citrus, reminding me of pink grapefruit. Nice flavor, sweet but not overpoweringly malty with some piney chew to give it character and complexity.

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Photo of rawfish
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally bottled, My bloody valentine pours a deep clear shade of red with some tan tightly melded two fingers of head. Decent retention leaving slight traces of lacing along the glass.

Light bouquet of citrus, hay, wild flowers, pine and mint, uplifting above a solid bready and slightly sweet, brown sugar backbone. Lemony citrus and aromatic grass/herbs really stand out on this.

Caramel and toasted bread malt, sweetness is kept well in check as moderate pine and citrus hops lay down a smooth bitterness, flavor and ample drying.

Sessionable body feels much less than 6.6%, creamy palate as expected from Alesmith.

Exceptionally well crafted amber/red, probably one of the best there is, floral but not overwhelming on any front. Alesmith hits the mark again, get it while you can.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

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

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

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.

Medium bodied, smooth, juicy and crisp.

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

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Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had the misfortune of immediately following the superb Pliny the Younger in my tasting regimen.

Pours brown with ruddy highlights. Small white head. Smells like caramel malt and some sort of earthy background.

Taste is primarily malt. There's some vanilla, maybe some darker fruits, and definitely some pine (not much grapefruit) hop content. A good beer, but certainly not a great one.

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