AleSmith My Bloody Valentine - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.11/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
We pour a brew of rich mahogany brown that lets up maroon hues around the edges. It holds a two and a half finger tall head of half creamy, half massive light brown bubbles. This retains excellently, leaving spidery lacing down the sides of the glass. There is a moderate haze noted, with intermittent waves of microsediment shimmering throughout. Carbonation appears moderate. The nose fills with a bouquet of aromas that, appropriately, pair with Valentine’s Day. The malts show a mix of caramel and lightly roasted and chalky chocolates, while the hops are earthy, floral, and resiny. Cutting sweetness comes in the form of fresh wild strawberries and heavy creamer, while bitterness and depth comes from medicinal phenols, peppery booze, baker’s yeast, singed toastiness, and lemon rind. Our first impression is that this beer is heavily malt forward and slightly lighter in flavoring than the aroma puts on. As we sip, sweetly toasted caramel malts, lemony citric hops, sugary candy corn, raw peppercorns, almond nuttiness, coiny metallics, and tannic black teas start things off. The peak shows an enhanced pucker to the hops, with soap predominating. Otherwise the swallow fills with peppery alcohol, a deepening of the malts to roasty chocolates, and lemon zest. Bright black cherry sweetness and burnt strawberry stems mark the transition to the finish, where toasted pale and caramel malts, lightly roasted chocolate malts, coconut smoothness, white sugar, and those aromatic echoes of medicinal phenols mix for the final blend. The aftertaste breathes of chalky caramel and chocolate malts, dried yeast, bittered cocoa, peppery booze, dark cherry syrups, warmed buttery toast, metallics, citric hops and brewer’s yeast. The body is heartily medium, and the carbonation is medium to high. Each sip gives beautifully soft slurp, froth, cream, smack, and gentle pop. The mouth is cooled and richly coated, with light metallic and chalky astringency to the palate and tongue. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the interesting blend through the aroma, and the gorgeous mouthfeel. The initial nose gives big fruitiness to match the equally as big shoes of the grain bill and the deep, spicy hoppiness. Between the chocolate and the strawberries it actually did feel oddly appropriate for the holiday. The flavoring came nicely, but much of the hoppiness was lost between the massive overhaul of caramel, chocolate, roast, and toast through the grain. This also made room for the sweetness to peak just a bit too much by the end of the sip. More than making up for it was the feel, which gave silky, creamy softness to each hit from the glass. This is a tasty, well executed beer, and it seems to not only fit the style, but fit well within the ranks and idiosyncrasies of the brewery.
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2013 02:27:51 | More by TheBrewo
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
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
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
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
4.31/5 rDev +8.6%
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
4.21/5 rDev +6%
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
4.05/5 rDev +2%
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
AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
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