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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith My Bloody ValentineAleSmith My Bloody Valentine

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very good

397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%

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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Photo of brewtus


4/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 02:43:35 | More by brewtus
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 01:22:36 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of MRsojourner


4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beautiful amber & red hues with an off white rocky head
a tropical aroma of citrus and a bit of caramel candy
taste is a great balance of piney hops and a lil flavor of orange followed by a sweetness of crystal malts with a touch of chocolate .
a really full mouthfeel helps add to the great balancing character that this beer gives off
i'm enjoying this more than nugget nectar cause the hop and sweetness are not out of the ballpark like they are in that beer. very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 23:37:30 | More by MRsojourner
Photo of buschbeer


3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 ounce bottle
Served in an imperial nonic pint glass

A - It is a really, really dark amber. It's as dark as amber can get without being brown. It was topped off with about three inches of tan head.

S - I was pleasantly surprised by the citrus aroma. Hints of grapefruit and pine waft towards my nostrils. There is also a bready malt character the balances it.

T - It starts out with a great hops kick. The grapefruit and pine are close to IPA strength. The malt tends to get lost in the fray. But it is not overly hoppy. It's a hopped up amber ale. The aftertaste leaves me with a dull, lingering bitterness.

M - Medium. I detect a little chalkiness.

O - I had never heard of this beer. I stumbled across it three days ago and figured what the heck? It's Valentine's Day, and I'm cheesy with pairing beers and days of (in)significance. Being a product of Alesmith made it a safe gamble. It is an enjoyable hoppy amber/red ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 23:30:37 | More by buschbeer
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the source, Alesmith taproom, while they were boxing up my barrel aged Old Numbskull & Kopi Luwak Speedway Stout.

Lots of brown and very dark red and amber color flowing around in the glass. Maybe because of the name I was expecting something a little more red, and less brown. Thin off white head on it, somewhere between that and beige. Amazing retention for the less than 1" head though, even the lacing was top notch. Aroma, malty, almonds, nuts.

Decent mix of hops and malt here, malt getting the caramel and toffee thing to your senses right up front, the hops are probably a little on the higher side, but this is something that is approachably balanced but sturdy and slightly aggressive at the same time. A twist of vanilla, chocolate and citrus in the mouthfeel, very subdued compared to the other aspects of the beer. This beer puts a lot of different aspects together to make a far better than average amber ale, you get plenty of cascade hops I suspect, lots of caramelization, just the right amount of alcohol. Good stuff, glad I picked this one to try while I was there while the old lady as usual was pounding down Speedway.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2013 16:30:44 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of smcolw


4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three finger head that leaves plenty of ring lace after each sip. The liquid is ruby, dark amber color. Crystal clear.

Brown sugar malt aroma with a lightly peppery hop bitterness.

A nicely balanced yet very flavorful on both fronts. Less sweet than the smell indicates. The hop stays back until the beginning of swallow. It does take over and leave a long lasting aftertaste. Milky body with an under average carbonation level.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 23:16:45 | More by smcolw
Photo of kojevergas


3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired for $7.00 at a local SoCal bottle shop and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and the recommendation of a trusted friend, murrhey. 6.66% ABV confirmed. I believe this is the first year they've offered this in bottles. "Serve in a pint at 45-50 degrees."

Served cold, right in the temperature range suggested by the label. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a lovely three finger khaki colour head of nice cream, good frothy thickness, and incredible (8+ minute) retention for the moderately high ABV. Head is creamy and gorgeous. Sticky lacing remains on the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. I'd say the head is ideal for the style. Body colour is a rather dark rich amber; it's decadent. A refined understated appearance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Delightfully hoppy, with a dominant assertive floral character. Rich amber malts ride beneath joined by subtle caramelization. A bit of hop bitterness bite. I'm really looking forward to this; the aroma is striking. Pretty strong. Fragrant and inviting. I don't detect any alcohol or yeast character.

T: The depth of flavour emerging from the floral hop notes is delightful; this is really evocative. Amber malts and slight subtle caramelization comprise the supportive refreshing body. No yeast or alcohol comes through. There's a pleasant sweetness; I guess it could be subtle chocolate malt. There's also some subtle light fruity character; perhaps light cherry or raspberry. Together, these notes are redolent of chocolate covered luscious raspberry. Very Valentine's day esque. In any case, the balance here is damn near impeccable. Very impressive and evocative for the style. Complex and well put together. It's got subtlety; far more than I'd expect for the style.

Mf: Perfect thickness. Lightly crisp. Chewy. Smooth and wet, with an assertive bite that keeps you engaged. Ideal carbonation, if a bit high to execute that bite. Complements the flavour profile quite well. It could be a bit more creamy. Good palate presence, all around. It feels tailored specifically to the flavours. Well executed.

Dr: A highly drinkable red ale from Alesmith. Surpassed expectations. This is a gem for the style. I'm glad they're bottling it; it's definitely worth the $6-7 pricetag. A real hoppy treat and one of the best reds on the market. It feels strangely suitable for valentine's day; maybe it's that subtle chocolate touch. I never thought chocolate and really forward hops would be balanced so well. Bravo, Alesmith. I'd definitely try this on-draught. A real treat.


Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 04:01:59 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Gatch


4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful, clear, deep red...like, blood red. Fluffy, slightly off-white head that leaves behind decent lacing and a good ring of foam.

S: Aromas of toasted, sugary malt and floral, fruity hops. Malt dominates. Very warming during the "Blizzard of 2013."

T: Great balance. As expected, it's pretty sweet. Dark, roasted malts, caramelized sugar, fruity, earthy hops. This is seriously good stuff! A bit of booze in the finish? Strange. Also a bit cloying as expected from all the sweet malt.

M: Wow. Gets even better as it warms. Sweet, fruity, hoppy. Body is perfect as is the carbonation.

O: I was excited to see a beer from AleSmith that I had not seen previously. I was not disappointed. Delicious beer. This is a treat and very accurate for the style as well as the specific idea they were going for.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 23:42:31 | More by Gatch
Photo of rand


4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22 oz bomber to pint glass

A: Brownish red and cloudy, the brew pours with a viscous complexion and forms a fluffy 1-inch head, leave little patches of lacing everywhere

S: A matched-blend of toffee sweetness and floral hop aroma make the bouquet. A touch alcohol warming lingers in the backdrop .

T: More hoppy than expected (well, unexpected from the nose...this is AleSmith of course) with wet-hop essence up front. Toffee-malts balance things out, yielding notes of carob, citrus zest, a touch of anise. Alcohol blends nicely with a hoppy, bitter undertone as the brew finishes long and sweet.

M: Medium-bodied but the beer feels more sticky and viscous that you'd expect...probably how the flavors affect the 'feel'.

Not really sure this was a good description of a beverage suited for a romantic evening, but it's doubtful you bought an AleSmith brew to please your better half. Marketing aside, this is a damn good hoppy-red, I look forward to it each year (although it kinda gets lost in the Pliny the Younger-Citra-Exponential Hoppiness-shuffle)

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 07:51:14 | More by rand
Photo of BrewerB


4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked a bomber of this up at City Beer Store for $6.99.

Pours a clear, copper color with red highlights topped off by a 2 finger dollop of light tan foam. Good retention. Aroma includes citrus and floral hops balanced by a chocolatey, caramel malt component. Toasted bread comes in later as the beer continues to breathe. Quick sharp bite from the floral hops pricks the palette first. A bittersweet chocolate maltiness steps up next and a sweeter, caramel chew-like flavor rounds things out at the end and lingers on in the medium finish. Medium in body and carbonation.

Great malty flavors add a lot of character to this take on the American Amber style. Plenty of floral/citrus hop flavor and bitterness as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 02:12:21 | More by BrewerB
Photo of tigg924


4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: dark reddish-brown in color, 3/4 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and big pine

Taste: toasted malt and big pine dominate--caramel and cocoa appear as the beer warms

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, high carbonation, sweet start with nice background bitterness

Overall: Really loving this beer. It is amazingly clean and complex...I taste the distinct hops, but they never approach overly bitter..super smooth, I could have several of these on a cold winter's day.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 15:12:48 | More by tigg924
Photo of rawfish


4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally bottled, My bloody valentine pours a deep clear shade of red with some tan tightly melded two fingers of head. Decent retention leaving slight traces of lacing along the glass.

Light bouquet of citrus, hay, wild flowers, pine and mint, uplifting above a solid bready and slightly sweet, brown sugar backbone. Lemony citrus and aromatic grass/herbs really stand out on this.

Caramel and toasted bread malt, sweetness is kept well in check as moderate pine and citrus hops lay down a smooth bitterness, flavor and ample drying.

Sessionable body feels much less than 6.6%, creamy palate as expected from Alesmith.

Exceptionally well crafted amber/red, probably one of the best there is, floral but not overwhelming on any front. Alesmith hits the mark again, get it while you can.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 05:58:37 | More by rawfish
Photo of RaulMondesi


4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Feelin' it. Raul is feelin' it!

Up at a home boys joint watching meathead UFC and wishing the Kings/Ducks game was on instead. Either way, Raul is sipping on this beast and lovin' it!

Silky smooth flavor My Bloody Valentine style like Kevin Shields is singing to "Loveless." Yep! Raul is feelin' it!

Get it if you can, my kids. Get it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 05:39:21 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of bluejacket74


3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours reddish/amber (more of a bright red when held up to a light) with an inch and a half light tan head that stayed around for a while. There's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and hoppy, the brew smells like floral and citrusy (grapefruit, oranges) hops, caramel malt, and some mint. It tastes like citrusy and pine hops, caramel, toasted malt, toffee and a bit of chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, it's definitely worth a try. $8.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 23:54:16 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of popery


3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great looking beer. Pours a deep maroon. Looks pretty transparent. No haze or lees apparent. Nice big head, light beige. It's a bit rocky but sticks around for a long time. The aroma is a mix of floral and bright citrus hop notes. There's a little spruce to the beer, as well. Underneath the hops, some caramel and toastier malt flavors come through. The taste has good hop flavor, nice delicacy/complexity. The malt plays a larger role than in the aroma. Good depth from the darker malt. It almost has a light chocolate flavor. In both the aroma and taste, the beer just lacks somewhat in intensity for the abv. For a ~6.5% abv beer, I just want a bit more. Mouthfeel also doesn't really help, as it gets a bit watery in the middle. Still, it's a good beer. I just wish there was a bit more to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 06:15:14 | More by popery
Photo of DefenCorps


4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Shane. Per directions, this is served in a (nonic) pint.

A deep mahogany red with deep crimson highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, creamy, off-white head with excellent retention and some lacing. The nose is fresh and hoppy, with a blend of pine, a little spearmint, and some tangerine/mandarin notes. Right now, the hops are so aromatic that they cover up the malt character here. There is, however, a faint browned sugar/toffee aroma present.

The palate opens with an herbal and chalky bitterness that also has the flavor of a rather bicarbonate-heavy water profile. With pine and moderately juicy citrus hop flavors complementing the herbal and minty bitterness, the opening flavors are quite enjoyable. The mid palate brings a bit of toast and toffee. Sweetness, however, is minimal here. Drying, toasty and hoppy on the finish, there's a blend of pine and citrus pith present. Medium light in body, the carbonation here is rather excellent - creamy but firming, lending a soft and smooth palate to carry the flavors. The water profile is a little distracting, at least initially, but the carbonation makes up for it. Very good, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 06:01:28 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of Zorro


3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really more brown than red. Clear brown colored beer with a small yellowish tan colored head. It is only red if you hold it up to a strong light.

Smell is strongly hopped brown ale. Grapefruit, pine, eucalyptus, menthol, bitter orange and wood. Malt is pretty well hidden.

Starts out malty, hoppy and woody. The taste is more balanced than the smell, hop doesn't obliterate everything else. Mellow hoppy ale, but not quite a hophead paradise.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall, tasty and not too expensive.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 03:23:50 | More by Zorro
Photo of largadeer


4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A generous extra from Arthur. Thanks!

Appearance: Pours a clear crimson red that's so dark it looks nearly opaque in the glass. A three finger head tops the beer, leaving clinging sheets of lacing.

Smell: Dank hops - fresh herbal notes, a little mint, pine, a touch of citrus. Leans heavily toward green, resinous hops. There's some toasted malt in the background, faint beneath the hop aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Fairly balanced between toasted, slightly caramelized malts and herbal, resinous, somewhat earthy hops. Pine, rosemary, a bit of mint - this has a fairly unique hop profile. It's a rather dry beer despite the hefty malt backbone, and bitterness is dialed in to a perfect moderate level.

Overall: One of the better American red ales out there. Nice to finally see this in bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 08:04:00 | More by largadeer
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Alesmith tasting room.

A: Pours like apple cider--cloudy/opaque amber, with a cap of very fine head. Very good retention.

S: Hop bite which melds nicely with toffee, fruit (apple), English malt, and some pine hops.

T: Similar, with more caramel flavor than toffee. Pine with a hint of grapefruit. Mild hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Ultra smooth on the palate, as I've come to expect from Alesmith.

O: Tasty. I'm usually not a fan of hoppy amber-type ales, but this works.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 06:13:56 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of augustgarage


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from cursory notes - on-tap @ Surly Goat - served in a nonic.

Cerise-highlighted, crimson liquid topped a smattering of seashell foam. Fluffy lacing, good retention.

Aroma is hop-forward with pine along with an array of floral notes.

Moderate initial bitterness is tamed by a cherry-kissed caramel-apple sweetness on the palate. Base malt shines through, and the finish is clean and fairly dry. Very good flavors, though not as complex as the nose would suggest.

Light-bodied, yet creamy and pleasant.

Very easy drinking, this seems to have a bit more fruit and a bit less bite (without sacrificing freshness of hop aromas) compared to the last release of Evil Dead Red...

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2012 19:48:16 | More by augustgarage
Photo of charlzm


3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed February 14th, 2012 at Tony's Darts Away, Burbank, CA.

Beer is a very deep red, like venous blood. One finger tan head crowns this off appropriately.

Sweet, woody aroma.

Flavor is woody, brown sugar/molasses and quite juicy (melanoidins). Bitterness is well-modulated and moderate. Piny and woody at the end. Very different than a standard-issue amber/red, but I like it.

Mouthfeel is dry and a little creamy. Finish is evaporative but not parching,. Neat trick.

Good stuff, but twice a year is just fine. Wait, this is the same beer as Evil Dead Red, right?

Consumed 02/23/09 at The Daily Pint, Santa Monica, CA.

Beer was served in a chalice. Thick brownish/red color offset by an off-white, one-finger head. Minimal lacing.

Almost zero aroma, perhaps due to the serving glassware. Perhaps the faintest, fleeting whiff of malt.

Flavor is weak crystal malt and significant woody bitterness. Notably but not unpleasantly astringent on the finish. Overall, flavor suffers from lack of both complexity and carbonation. Worth noting that this keg had been on draft for nine days when I got to it. Maybe it was better earlier on?

Not as good as I had hoped. It took me a long time to finish this glass. I really wish AleSmith would brew the Imperial Evil Dead Red again...

APP - 3.5
SM - 2.5
TASTE - 3.0
MF - 3.5
DRINK - 3.0

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 18:24:42 | More by charlzm
Photo of mactrail


4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous aromatic hops. The flavor is big flowery hops. Nice smooth finish without the bitter backbite. Like a nice perfume, it gradually fades, leaving you with the ghost of fragrance and a sly smile. Rich flavors, a touch of sweetness, great balance. A Valentine to flowery hops.

Dark brown in the tall tulip, and a little murky in appearance. Not so carbonated in the mouth. One of the best hoppy beers I've had lately. On the cask at Local Habit in San Diego Feb. 15.

Serving type: cask

02-20-2012 07:36:14 | More by mactrail
Photo of elNopalero


4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A red ale for Valentine’s day? How appropriate, in a beer geek sense. I got this a few days after, however, so make of that what you will.

It’s a dark red hued brew with nice foam. There’s a crisp, hoppy aroma to it, rounded out with some malt sweetness. Flavor is more citrus, reminding me of pink grapefruit. Nice flavor, sweet but not overpoweringly malty with some piney chew to give it character and complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2012 22:11:36 | More by elNopalero
Photo of Chizoad


4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfect for a slightly chilly Valentine's Day.

Deep brown, really more like a red ale in coloration but without any real redness? Great clumps of foam that stick to the glass. Concentric rings of foam layered my glass by the end of it.

Hoppy and malty aroma, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Great flavor with layers of complexity. Citrus, pine, fir, heavily backed by malts that give flavors of coffee or maybe chocolate. Each sip is interesting.

Good body, good carbonation. Spot on.

The style isn't my favorite, but it's done so well it just obliterates any complaints.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 21:53:38 | More by Chizoad
Photo of Murrhey


4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Hollingshead's deli in Orange. Poured in a mug. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger and a half khaki head. Nut brown color.

S- Hoppy and some lighter fruit tastes. Good smells all around.

T- This is the best red I've ever tasted by far. Light fruits, medium barleys and malts. All of it comes together perfectly.

M- Nice carbonation, chewy and fairly wet.

O- Best red I've ever had. This is a keeper.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 06:38:15 | More by Murrhey
AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.