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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: 58 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
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 Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a deep red in color with dark amber brown highlights and had a half finger of frothy head leaving some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: it had a nice hoppy aroma upfront alongside piney, earthy, and nutty character but didi detect caramel, sweetness from the malts with faint toffee as well.

T: once again the taste had a very nice hop profile that blended well with the nuttiness but had caramel, candi sugar, citrus tangerine accents and some good sweetness from the malts.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, nutty, hoppy, and creamy finish.

D: really easy drinking and was tastier from the last time I had it; good hoppiness too. Also was good paired with a grilled chicken sandwich.

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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 MrHirschybar
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchills in Escondido 2011 Release

A - Nice purple/reddish color - didn't get a large head on the pint glass served in but it was a nice white color,

S - Fruity, malty, citrus - sweet, orange

T - Sweet, malty, citrus, nice balance.

M - Smooth, a bit of carbonation, no lingering bitterness - nice citrus flavor with sweetness and maltiness

D - Very easy drinking, had this at the bar, and everyone in my party liked it - was glad to have caught this on tap at Churchills and not had to hunt for it after Valentine's Day. At $5 for the pint, very affordable and it was a nice way to acquaint myself with Churchills, which I'd recommend...

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Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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.


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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The fact that Alesmith makes any other reds is a crime. This beer was amazing. This year I was able to have it on tap at beachwood bbq, fathers office and najas. Out of the tap pours a thick, creamy love story. You can hardly see through it for its murky body and it coats your palate like a delicious blanket. This is my favorite beer of the style that I have ever had. A lot of times, red ales seem a bit thin and harshly carbonated. This is a beer for people who love big beers, but it keeps it relaxed with its non-threatening abv.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge ups to smokepot23 for this... caught me a white whale here...

pour is deep deep red, almost brown, but as the light shines through hints of red come out. big frothy creamy head. thick retention.

BIG sweet citrus, this is more floral than a garden. lots of light sweet malts, big sweet grapefruit and pineapple. as soon as i popped the cap, i was blown away.

soft up front, quite mellow. more malts, light sweetness. a bit of dark fruit emerges with a caramel malt. through the end, the citrus and hops come out and finish this off. light grassy and earthy aftertaste.

very smooth, kinda micro carbonation. a bit full bodied. failry light and easy.

good stuff, with an ABV of 6.66, i'd never turn this down.


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Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

Pours a deep brown, almost black. Head dissapated fast but has some nice lacing with the thin film on top the whole time.

Smells of slight roastyness with lists of caramel. Slight hoppy aroma.

Taste is pretty good. Better than most but not top 100 status IMO. Lost of caramel maltiness and toffee. But mixed with a great hop flavor and bitterness to balance it out. It was more towards the sweet side at first but after 3 or 4 sips it is very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is great. Especially after a couple sips. Was a little malty at first but became perfect after a couple.

Overall try this beer. It is world class for sure. I will drink it every time I see it.

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Photo of beagle75
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft served in a pint glass at Tustin Brewing Co. Since I was unfamiliar with this beer, the server described it to me as a "hoppy red".

A: Hazy deep reddish-brown with less than one finger of off-white head. Moderate lacing remains.

S: Weak spicy hops accompanied by little else. I expected more malty richness in the smell. This beer looks like it should smell much bigger and better than it does. The one caveat I can offer is that this beer was served too cold (as all but the cask seem to be at TBC).

T: Fairly balanced, with hops and malt components blended to the point that neither really stands out over the other. There's nothing aggressive about the flavor here, but it probably won't disappoint either. That said, I guess I was expecting a bit more aromatic hops to define this beer.

M: Medium body and low/moderate carbonation are appropriate for the style.

D: This beer is good overall, with the qualities to please drinkers with varying tastes. I would choose it over a hoppier beer to accompany a meal, since there is less aromatic hops here to get lost in the mix than in a typical IPA.

In a comparison of this beer with "hoppy red" offerings such as GF Hophead Red and Rogue Dry Hopped Red, I think this beer just misses the sweet spot. Stood alongside standard ambers such as Mendocino Red Tail, BP Calico, and AV Boont, it is a very strong offering.

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

A- Pours a deep red hue with an ample amount of tan head.

S- Smells hoppy for an amber, with deep bready notes.

T- Taste is very full. Bready with notes of caramel and toffee and rounded out with good floral hop accents and a bit of bitterness.

M- Medium viscosity, perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Incredibly drinkable. I could drink this stuff all day. I loved the distinct hop presence in this one which was just enough to appease me without being so strong as to mask the complex maltiness.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

picked up on my recent trip down to alesmith for the ba decadence release. decided to crack this open and drink while i still have a fresh bottle.

pours deep red with a very nice two finger tan head up top. bright red when held up to the light. cool.

smells floral. hoppy. faint malts in the back round but im mostly getting the hops off this one.

taste is good. not great but good. it has definitely settled down over the past month.

mouth is smooth and nice. light bodied. good times.

easy to drink. way to easy. i gotta slow down. half a growler later im buzzing. well done alesmith

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Photo of 0110x011
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - super dark brown with ruby red highlights. Thin tan head (bar pour).

S - Caramel, toffee, and piney hops. Sweet on the nose, with biscuit behind it.

T - Caramelly sweetness first. A dash of butterscotch and toasted bread in the middle. Piney hop bitterness to finish.

M - medium body, medium carbonation. Long finish.

D - very high. I'm currently on my third pint.

Yet another Alesmith beer that I wish was bottled. To be sought out, for sure.

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Photo of turboedtwo
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at Toronado in North Park.

A - Looks like your standard ale but a shade or two darker. No head present.

S - Smells of hops and only hops. It was pretty strong.

T - It tasted like an IPA but on mute. You could taste the hops but it was like they were present in the beginning and dropped off a bit.

M - Pretty standard, a light feel on the tongue.

D - As much as I wasn't terribly impressed I still liked it and could drink this quite a bit. It's definitely quite different.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Johnny's in Highland Park.

Poured a nice dark red color (had to hold this one up to the light). Looks black in the dim bar. Nice one inch head, left good lacing on the glass.

Aroma was a bit sweet, and had a licorice like character to it.

Woah! This brew destroyed my palate! I wasn't expecting it to be so bitter from the aroma. Big kick of hop bitterness; very dry crisp flavor. I was expecting a lot more malt flavor before the hops invaded. Unbalanced in my opinion.

Full bodied brew with good carbonation. Bitter flavor clings to your palate for a bit.

I personally wouldn't have more than one of these in a night because it's just a bit too unbalanced and I couldn't dig the flavor.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this at dive bar review at the Daily Pint.

Appearance - Very dark, almost black. A nice head of about a half inch. It's a pretty good looking beer.

Smell - Some hops, surprisingly. Then some chocolate malt smell. Very complex, but almost muddy as a result.

Taste - Hops?! But then, not so much. It's got some chocolate with a slight coffee bitter finish. A lot of malt comes in after those hops. It's not really anything familiar. It's kind of good, but then kind of sweet and chocolaty, but then a little bitter instead. It's complex but not well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Fairly crisp for such a strange brew. Refreshing.

Drinkability - I like it better than most coffee-ish beers, but less than most hoppy beers. It's weird and interesting, and I almost want another.... Almost.

Glad I tried this one, but not blown away. It went quickly, but not sure if that's because I liked it, or I wanted it gone. A strange, complex, and worth trying brew.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ. From notes:

Appearance: Pours with a half-finger head, settles down quickly. Lacing was surprisingly scarce for such a hoppy beer, but existed - just very fleeting. Body is a pink-tinged ruby red that is really quite pretty.

Smell: Grassy hops dominate, with light citrus. On the back end is candy sugar and a slight medicinal quality.

Taste: Grapefruit citrus hops are more apparent here than the grassiness of the aroma. Sort of trademark "nutty" malt flavor from AleSmith shines through well here. There was a bit of an unpleasant hoppy bitterness on the back end after swallowing that I didn't enjoy, however. Hops obviously = bitterness, but I felt this didn't have enough hop flavor to justify the bitter quality on the tongue afterward.

Mouthfeel: Slightly astringent. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: The aforementioned bitterness made this suffer here, but it still was very sessionable.

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Photo of surfer4life
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a growler filled at Alesmith.

A - Dark red with a decent head that recedes to a 1.8 inch head for the remainder of the beer. Lots of lacing going on with this one.

S - Fruity sweetness, Hoppiness as well, more hoppy smelling than most reds. Oak comes through a lot as well. This growler was filled from the cask.

T - Coffee and hops with some toffee sweetness at the end. As stated above, this is quite a hoppy red, which is quite the bonus.

M - High carbonation, but at the right level. Syrupy as well, leaves the mouth coated savoring the flavor for quite some time after each drink.

D - Great drinkability here, glad that I got a growler of it, as it won't be sold in bottles.

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Photo of throwitallaway
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Hamilton's maybe a month ago. Darkly colored with no head. Big resiny hopes in the aroma that fade into sweet malt and dark fruits. Taste starts with resiny hops and fades into citrus and dark fruits. Mouthfeel was damn near perfect, being right in the middle. I could drink a lot of this in one night. Can't wait to have it again.

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Photo of m1ked
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this growler fill at the MBV Alesmith party. The turnout was good, Peter's cheese was the business, and the MBV on cask was awesome.

A- Deep clear ruby red. Pours a thick tan head, the lacing clinging to the sides of the glass is impressive.

S- Slightly sweet roasted malts, caramel, a little cherry aroma with a bit of hops peeking through.

T- Starts off with that slightly sweet malt, with a little bit of biscuit (or pancake?) and some tastey hops. Very well balanced.

M- Well rounded body, with a lingering taste of a slight hops bitter.

D- Oh man, I love this beer. The growler is half gone and I just cracked it open. I love Alesmith's stuff, but I really look forward to their special releases...I wish they would bottle this stuff.

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

I sampled this at the brewery during the release party. Although they didn't tell me why this was available at other places throughout San Diego before the release date, oh well. The pour is a darker blood red color with some darker highlights throughout. A white capped foamy head garnished the beer.

The nose was mostly grainy with a nice darker caramel presence. Some very light chocolate notes as well. A lighter hop balance with some piney and a touch of earthy notes. Some yeasty and ester aromas, plums and raisins. I also picked up some clover honey but not everyone with us got that.

The taste is similar with a nice malt balance. More caramel and toffee notes. Some lighter biscuit flavors that blend with the hoppiness of the beer. The hops are more prominent with a stronger bitterness than finishing hops, although the piney flavors emphasis this as well. More hoppy than a typical red/amber.

The body is between mid and full. A lighter carbonation but this enhances the malty and fuller body of the beer. Overall a good beer, no matter when you try it.

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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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Photo of Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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