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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

430 Ratings
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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 44
Gots: 25 | 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)
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

strongaf, Feb 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Unchi, Feb 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

SDG1070, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Danielr26, Feb 18, 2013
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3.59/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Brewed for Valentine's Day.

A: Dark tan heads tops a nutty dark-brown beer that shines translucent and red in direct backlighting. Noticeable effervescence and great head retention.

S: Fruity hops. Tangerine and pineapple. Caramel malt.

T/M: It's okay. Clean and malty, with a hint of metal and a sweetish maintaste that lacks much character. Lightly carbonated and spicy mouthfeel redeems it somewhat. The aftertaste is bitterish and bland. It improves somewhat as it warms, but never develops much depth. Hops become more prominent and fruitily enjoyable.

O: I actually did like this beer, despite my criticisms (cue joke about the exgirlfriend). Still, I probably wouldn't have again unless I was desperate.

AgentMunky, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

mbw314, Feb 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

djrn2, Feb 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

acurtis, Feb 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

yoitsarch, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Copper with ruby red highlights. 3 fingers of off-white head with great retention. Excellent clarity and low carbonation.

Nose
Sugar coated lemon wedges, grapefruit, papaya, toffee and pine.

Taste
Juicy grapefruit, papaya, lemon and tangerine. Incredibly balanced with pale candy sugar and toffee. Maybe just a kiss of Tootsie Roll chocolate in there. Finishes with candy coated oranges and lemons along with gentle sprinkles of pine needle.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, juicy and crisp.

Overall
Juicy and smooth. Hardly any bitterness but still heavy on the hop aromas. Brilliantly balanced. An beautifully executed Amber Ale.

justintcoons, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

VonZipper, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

ThrewRedButter, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

SocalKicks, Feb 17, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +2%

A: into a pint, deep amber red with a fat, tan mousse head that left chunky lace down the glass

S: floral and earthy hops over a fairly delicate malt

T: nice tastes of malt - not too sweet, good bitterness and hop action - pleasant, fresh, clean-finishing, very drinkable - a little toast, a little cocoa, a little something herbal...

M: medium weight, chewy, bittering finish, some carbonation on the tongue

O: I'm no red ale expert - I tend to dabble, but I also tend to like what I drink, and this was no exception, nor was it exceptional - a good, drinkable, enjoyable beer from a reliable brewery. Recommended.

Greywulfken, Feb 17, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev +2.3%

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness info. Purchased at DeCicco's in Brewster, NY

Pours a rich, dark shade of darker brownish amber, murky, under a light mocha head, that on the looser side and leaves plentiful webs and thicker fields of lacing.

Toffee, caramel, and milk chocolate on the nose.

Dense layers of malt, with more caramel, dark bread and again chocolate notes. Sweet fruity note midway with some underlying floral and drying hops.

Complex and flavorful. Well worth a try. Nice to go with a decadent dessert.

Billolick, Feb 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

cfh64, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

nrs207, Feb 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Lipsntoes, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

BlackTuesday, Feb 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

shelby415, Feb 16, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev +6%

First time on East Coast, right? Cool.

22oz at cellar temp, poured into Stone IPA glass.

Beautiful looking amber - big, tightly wound beige/tan head over a very deep, dark ruby to brown color - pretty clear. Terrific, sticky lacing.

Aromas are soft... Leading with sweetness of malt, but morphing to a light English hop quality. Some really nice cocoa and maraschino cherry comes through with a deep pull. This inspires a Valentine's memory or two.

Flavor really favors the cherry quality, with chocolate nibs coming in second. Has just the right amount of juicy fruit, and dare I say somewhat piney hops to balance the sweetness. Extremely drinkable and smooth. Light carbonation, with some sweetness left layered on the palate.

This is a pretty darn nice beer. Not a "top scorer" in terms of Amber Ales, but fits the Valentine's theme nicely. Could even pair nicely with a chocolate cake or chocolate ice cream.

BeerImmediately, Feb 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Duff27, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

robertrunner, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Grfilwett, Feb 16, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

22oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass. Review from notes.

Pours a nice, deep burgundy color, mildly opaque, slight chill haze with a loose, bone colored soapy head atop the beer, fair retention with good lacing. The aroma is heavy on sweet caramel malt, brown sugar with a healthy dose of pine forward hops and just a bit of dark fruit. Smooth, rich sweet caramel malt hits the tongue straight away, brown sugar, dark fruit with bitter piney hops with some floral elements at the finish. It's certainly a sweeter beer, focus is on the richer malt but the hops give it just a little bite that in my opinion, is very welcomed. The body is very rich and full for the style, medium carbonation with a pricklier finish.

Verdict: A fairly simple amber ale, the malt profile is rich and sweeter but the hops help counterbalance it well. A worthy brew.

kevanb, Feb 16, 2013
AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.