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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 47
Gots: 51 | 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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Ratings: 527 | Reviews: 138
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3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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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4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into my FW Snifter glass
Notes taken on 01/31/14

A: Deep crimson red with dark burgundy tones and minimal translucence. Thick and course cake of beige with ample stay power and scattered sheets of lace.

S: Expressive piney hops on the nose with some supporting citrus fruit undercurrents. Some grapefruit and tangerine mostly. Softly spiced toffee malt moves in with some toasted bread and light hints of dried fruit. Incredibly vibrant hop aromas. It literally smells like uber fresh hop pellets. Quite the bouquet.

T: Flavors follow the nose with some fresh greenie hops up front. Concentrated pine and citrus oils. Zesty pink grapefruit stands out. Moves into a toasted caramel and nutty bread malt backing with a nice persuasion of spice. Remains dry and not sweet at all. Lightly resinous with a mild perceived bitterness though big on hop flavor. Suggestions of chocolate and raisin. Great balance with alcohol mostly disguised. A truly delicious and hoppy red.

M: Moderate fullness slightly on the heavier side but with a very nice drying frothiness to it. Perfect amount of carbonation. Slight resinous effect but mostly clean and balanced feel.

D: Damn near flawless for the style and just such an enjoyable brew. Perfect marriage of hops and malt without falling too hard one way or the other.
I always thought this was the same beer as Evil Dead but I couldn’t find any supporting info on that. Still great either way! Highly recommended.

AleSmith has really mastered the American Red category.

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3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice retention, light cappuccino head, foamy with nice clingy lacing. A rusty plum color.

Nose: Toffee, chocolate, sweet malt.

Taste: Grapefruit and carmel. It is crisp and a little dry. Champagne type dry.

Notes: It's a little dry, if I were to spend Valentine's Day alone, I would want it to be sweet and malty. It's nice for a red ale, however.

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3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 12/23/13. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark hazy plum with a fluffy khaki head which leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas have tons of sweet malts. Lots of caramel and butterscotch. There's some subtle ripe citrus notes as well. Some grapefruit and orange. Extremely subtle garlic notes. The flavors have a balance between the malts and hops, although I'd give the edge to the malts. There's some black cherry in the mix. Tons of caramel and toffee. Some pine resin. More citrus. Some grass. Slightly earthy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. It's creamy, but loose; active carbonation. This is a nice beer to relax with.

Very solid red ale right here. They seem to focus on the malts more than the hops on this one, which is cool. This beer will be compared with Evil Dead Red, which I personally enjoy more. Evil Dead focuses on the hops. My Bloody Valentine focuses more on the malts. Two different takes on the styles.

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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
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