1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

AleSmith My Bloody Valentine - AleSmith Brewing Company

Not Rated.
AleSmith My Bloody ValentineAleSmith My Bloody Valentine

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

426 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 426
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 41
Gots: 23 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 426 | Reviews: 122 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of tstigz
tstigz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-24-2013 23:09:34 | More by tstigz
Photo of srhoadsy
srhoadsy

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a tulip.

Pours a very deep amber color with an inch of tan head that slowly recedes leaving a moderate surface layer with heavy lacing.

Smells of citrus and pine with a background earthy mineral quality.

Tastes of burnt sugar, citrus, pine resin with that background earthiness and a very mild touch of cherry.

Moderate to heavy mouthfeel with a sweet finish tempered by a good amount of carbonation. Lingering but not unpleasant aftertaste.

Overall a good beer. For me, the only downside was that earthy quality, not necessarily a bad quality just didn't seem to mesh with the other flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 20:43:24 | More by srhoadsy
Photo of BBrewington
BBrewington

California

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

02-24-2013 20:29:44 | More by BBrewington
Photo of BARFLYB
BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-24-2013 02:00:28 | More by Googs
Photo of zenithberwyn
zenithberwyn

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

02-23-2013 22:01:18 | More by zenithberwyn
Photo of ElSid
ElSid

California

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Beers of California

#70

Freshness Date: None

A: Deep magohony with a khaki head of resilient foam which finally leaves behind thick sheets on the glass.

S: Pine, flowers, and citrus zest jump out of the glass paired with candy cane sweetness.

T: Follows the nose with the hop forces of pine, flowers and citrus peel pitted against caramel and sugar sweetness each set out to win the soul of this brew. Some leafy bitterness builds in the finish but is mostly suppressed by the sweetness.

M: Medium feel with good linger and carbonation. The consistency neither adds or subtracts from the overall experience.

O: Different in a straightforward way; this brew brings earthy hoppiness built on a strong, sweet malt foundation. The sweetness is simple and almost overcomes this brew leaving little breathing room for the rest of the palate. I still enjoyed this beer which needed more malt complexity.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 06:03:27 | More by ElSid
Photo of millelacsmark
millelacsmark

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-23-2013 02:27:40 | More by millelacsmark
Photo of Bockerdoppel91
Bockerdoppel91

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-22-2013 23:52:47 | More by Bockerdoppel91
Photo of parris
parris

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

S - Sweet malt, dark cherry, floral hints. Aroma is somewhat light

A - Deep amber, dense beige head, constant small carbonation bubbles. No haze at all. This is an impressive looking beer

T - Chocolate, dank and earthy hops, toast, metallic

M - Bitter, papery, medium to full bodied

O - Tasty beer, kind of all over the place though

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 00:25:52 | More by parris
Photo of Rochefort10nh
Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-21-2013 22:25:12 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of kaelingirl
kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

02-21-2013 13:23:15 | More by kaelingirl
Photo of xnicknj
xnicknj

Pennsylvania

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 iKasey
iKasey

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

02-21-2013 01:03:06 | More by iKasey
Photo of weltywm
weltywm

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass (as the bottle suggests)

Appearance: Dark ruby red with two big fingers of tan head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Nothing too out of the ordinary: hop bitterness and some sweet sugary malt.

Taste: Nice and very drinkable. Hops balanced with caramel and sweet malt. A little bit of molasses and cherry as I keep drinking.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and well carbonated. Goes down easy.

Overall: Well done Alesmith. A very enjoyable and drinkable beer that doesn't sacrifice complexity.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 17:48:20 | More by weltywm
Photo of Beeradelphia
Beeradelphia

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-20-2013 09:38:23 | More by Beeradelphia
Photo of dvb
dvb

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Libby glass. :D

A: Dark red-brown, like a good dubbel. Otherwise, pretty clear. Nice tan head that quickly falls back to light lacing.

S: Great hop aroma. They dry-hopped the hell out of this.

T: The taste, unfortunately, is not as good as the smell. This is a bit too dry for me. A maltier backbone would be nice.

M: Again, it's dry. Astringency. Not crazy about that.

Overall, what this beer really has going for it is hop aroma. Otherwise, it's pretty a pretty average brew with a gimicky name.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 02:36:38 | More by dvb
Photo of WeisGuy
WeisGuy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

02-20-2013 02:23:57 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of Rons35
Rons35

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

02-19-2013 23:30:48 | More by Rons35
Photo of tobelerone
tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-19-2013 22:03:42 | More by tobelerone
Photo of Knapp85
Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off this beer has some great art work on the bottle, one of the better looking bottles on the market in my opinion.

Anyway, The beer poured out as a deep red color. The head was a light shade of tan with a very good retention and lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is sweet, it's also hoppy and there is even some chocolate coming through on this one. The taste of the beer was pretty good, it's got some transitions from sweet to bitter then back to sweet. The malt followed by the hops and finally the chocolate comes in to settle things down a bit. The flavors to me sometimes get a little on the awkward side so at times I really liked it and other times I didn't. The mouthfeel was pretty good. Well carbonated and had a medium body. Overall I thought the beer was good. Sometimes though I think the flavors in it clash a bit and that hindered my thoughts on the beer. I enjoyed it but I feel there are better alternatives out there, it's still worth trying to see for yourself though.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 14:35:39 | More by Knapp85
Photo of strongaf
strongaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

02-19-2013 08:06:34 | More by strongaf
Photo of Unchi
Unchi

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

02-19-2013 04:01:07 | More by Unchi
Photo of SDG1070
SDG1070

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-19-2013 00:29:10 | More by SDG1070
Photo of Danielr26
Danielr26

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-18-2013 13:19:06 | More by Danielr26
AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.