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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine - AleSmith Brewing Company

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513 Ratings
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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 46
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
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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3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a subdued red mahogany with brown highlights. Two finger light tan head.

S - Citrus hoppy goodness with light caramel malts. I'm not picking up the cocoa/chocolate notes though.

T - Good malt base with caramel/toffee entwined. I'm picking up cocoa midway through then it fades into a bitter citrus ending.

M - Creamy and medium carbonation with medium body.

O - An above average red ale that delivers on all fronts.

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3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber split with friends. Big thanks to BA anotherjoe for gifting me with as an extra in a recent box exchange. The brew appears a mahogany to burnt amber color with a finger of khaki head. A full wall of webby lace sticks to the glass.

The aromatics are quite fruited seemingly from a mixture if alcohol notes and hops. A mild chocolate note is present before more of an herbal to dank backing of more hop character.

The flavor of this brew suggests raw cacao or green nib quality with a fruity alcohol and floral hop aspect just like the aroma suggests. Some toasty grain to molasses persists into the aftertaste. Overall not bad.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Such a strange and unique combination of characteristics but decent enough to pay a visit to if given the opportunity. I am appreciative of the chance to try this but I probably would not have it again if I had other options available.

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4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

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4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
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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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.