AleSmith My Bloody Valentine - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 46
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an awesome looking bottle!

Pours out an extremely deep, dark amber with tons of ruby highlights throughout and an off-white head.

The aroma is packed with hops; citrus, grapefruit, resinous and pine followed by toffee and caramel notes.

The taste is also dominated by hops with some nice tropical and citrus hop notes followed by a dank pine and there is enough toffee and caramel malt notes to balance out the bitterness. There are some light biscuit notes, but this is very hop forward.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is slightly creamy. It's very smooth and extremely easy to drink.

This is a really nice Red Ale and probably my current favorite! This has a ton of flavor without being overwhelming and the ABV isn't too high either.

Photo of Lucho
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark caramel/molasses red with a creamy tan head that dissipates somewhat fast.

Smell: toasted malts, hops, maybe a caramel toasted coffee scent,

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, with some carbonation. leaves the tongue slightly dry.

Taste: Hop forward with malt in the middle, and finishes dry like an IPA. I am getting again that slight coffee flavor like roasted fresh beans. this is not very present but maybe I am going crazy.

Overall: This is a good beer but nothing very special for the style. There are way better hoppy red ales out there. Tocobaga to name just one

Photo of drpimento
4.74/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shazzam! This is great beer! Poured perhaps slightly too cold. Immediate hop aroma upon opening. Poured with a giant, foamy, frothy, thick, light tan head that slowly settles and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber red with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is a very heady balanced, fresh blend of caramel malt and hop that was mostly pine with a little grapefruit. Flavor's like nose, slightly roasty (which i love), dominated by the hop and just balanced enough by the malt and carbonic tang. Body/carbonation are faultless. Finish is like flavor, long, and just a tad medicinal. Very drinkable

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: dark murky red bodied beer with 3 fingers of a dirty tan colored head. The head is loaded with big and clumpy bubbles. The glass get loaded with lacing.

Smell: Bready and caramel malts. Pine and minty hop notes.

Taste: Pine and grapefruit rinds. Chalky tasting hops. Little bit of caramel malts and biscuit dough flavor. Nice balance with hop and malt profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking beer for sure.

Overall: This beers is okay. Nothing mind blowing, but its definately a beer of Alesmith well know quality. It reminds me of MBC Zoe, but just doesnt taste quite as good.

Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bomber into a Harpoon pint glass. Body is clear reddish-amber with a 2-finger bubbly light-tan/beige colored head that sticks around with good staying power and leaves behind thick rings of lace.

S: Very nice for this style - a modest caramel and bready malt is overwhelmed by juicy, citrusy grapefruit with a hint of pine.

T: First impression is more about the mouthfeel than the taste - it's thinner in heft than expected and not very creamy; for some reason that big head made me think it would be more creamy than it is. Ah well, so it goes. . . . As for the flavors: it's big on the grapefruit juice, with some underpinnings of caramel malt. Also some leafy, herbal, tea-like impressions. Early on I also seem to get a touch of wet cardboard on the aftertaste, but after a few sips it seems gone; it may have been my imagination. . . .

M: Call it medium in heft, though on the lighter side of that description, with a slightly thin feel to it. Carbonation is on the lower end of things.

O: Good stuff and an easy drinker.

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear dark garnet red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high beige colored head that took a very long time to die down and left a coating of bubbles on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of floral hops in the nose along with some notes of tangerines as well as some hints of caramel malts. Aromas of pine resin are also initially noticeable but these disappear as the beer warms up.
T: Hops also stand out in the overall taste, but aren't quite as dominant as the nose because there is a strong backing of caramel malts that contribute some notes of sweetness (to contrast with a light amount of hop bitterness) and hints of toasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a great balance between hops and malts and is rather easy to drink. It seems more like a hybrid between an amber ale and an IPA.

Photo of srhoadsy
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of ElSid
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of parris
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Photo of xnicknj
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of weltywm
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of dvb
3.27/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of justintcoons
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of kevanb
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of jaasen64
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into Surly stein. Thanks Tom (airfoil) for this one!

A- Pours a mostly opaque dark purplish that is pretty appropriate for the name with a finger and half of yellowish slightly brown head that has great retention and slowly fades to a quarter of a finger of thick creamy head. Nice consistent carbonation. Leaves nice layered lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- Piney sappy hops with a definite floral presence balanced with sweet malts, bitter cocoa. Not as aromatic as some ambers, but fairly pleasant smelling. The floral characteristics definitely add to the theme.

T- Piney hops with a hint of citrus, finishes with fairly bitter cocoa, light caramel, and sweet amber malts that lingers along with some light citrus. Nicely balanced mixing sweetness with hops.

M- A little bit fuller bodied then your average amber, nice carbonation appropriate for style, easy to drink.

O- At first this didn't overly impress me, but it grew on me the more I drank it. I really appreciated the balance between the sweetness and the hops and I also thought it was a fairly unique brew that had a nice theme going on. Not the best amber I've had, but definitely one of the better ones. I'd definitely drink this again and I recommend checking it out.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a deep red amber with a fine two-finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine hops, caramel malt, citrus and fruit juice. Flavor of dense, but neutral malt, light berry juice, citrus and citrus hops. Initial flavor is extremely well blended and satisfying. Finishes with toasted malt, pine and citrus hops, residual berry juice. Great medium body with nice creaminess. The flavor seems very low key at first, but is quite complex despite its subtlety. I could not stop taking sips from this. I was hoping for something a bit more blood red, but should have known Alesmith would go for great taste and feel rather than gimmick. Excellent.

Photo of brotherloco
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. 2013 Release. Served in a pint glass.

Nice to see this one hit bottles! Felt like drinking it this evening, not sure why.

Pours a translucent mahogany with two fingers of tan foam. Settles slowly. Lovely lacing left behind.

Aroma of caramel and bready malt. Citrusy hops sit directly in the background. Some sweetness. No alcohol.

Flavor starts off with doughy malt and then turns a little metallic with top of the tongue bitterness through the finish. Mildly sweet throughout.

Medium-full bodied with supportive carbonation. Slightly thick, but quite drinkable.

A classic horror film, a great band, and a very nice red ale.

Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fiver29 for bowing the boards of my porch with an epic box. The old familiars have been wildly amazing, & now to start in on the new stuff...22 oz. bottle split with my wife, who doesn't believe in Valentine's Day & loves beer. Me lucky.

We begin with decanting the beer into two sturdy glasses, where it sits & looks red, dark, clear, cold, filtered red. Plenty of carbonation. Nose is a nice balance that too many reds don't get right: bready, crusty mixed with a nice citrus kick. Jack-rabbit start.

My Bloody Valentine has a great name & I tip my cap to the Alesmith team for that. The beer itself hits the same nice balance as the nose, crust of bread (my favorite part, I have to eat all the crusts in the house...but I digress) is strong but held up nicely by a sprig of hops, floral, citrusy. Dots of caramel in the middle, mint (?), then a sweet pine lick on the end. Very easy on the tongue & slipping right down.

I usually despise balance, but this beer does a good job of mixing up interesting tastes, balance, & depth. Very good beer.

Photo of brewtus
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to buy this for valentines day, you win alesmith marketing team. Maybe is for the band, I digress. Pours dark maroon with a two finger beige head that laces well.smell is very hoppy, some dark fruits, pine, some malt. Taste is hoppy from start to finish but also dark fruit, Carmel, malty, some grain, slight sweetness. I don't usually go for red ales but this is hoppy enough to keep my attention. Not just a novelty, a solid brew

Photo of wvsabbath
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark tan, brown with a 2 inch foamy thick head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit, hops, rye, some malts, pineapple, caramel, pine, some faint alcohol at the end.

TAste - First sip is hoppy with some rye, and a caramel malt backbone. Some sugars also stand out. A minty/piney finish, mixed with citric hops. Very herbal/earthy hop note. ALcohol is masked very well.

Mouthfeel - Loads of hops and caramel malts coat tounge. Palate gets more of the same, along with some rye and sugars. Finish is hoppy and dry.

Overall - Pretty good, tastes like no other amber rye ive ever had. Lots of citric fruits, herbal hops and caramel malts. Good beer, nice take on the style. Balanced well and enjoyable to drink.

AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.