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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith My Bloody ValentineAleSmith My Bloody Valentine

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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:
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(Beer added by: OStrungT on 02-13-2006)
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Photo of snpub540


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Trappist Pub.

Poured a hazy brownish amber hue topped by a thin khaki head. Left very nice sheets of lace the entire way down.

Smell was very hoppy right of the bat. Pine and grass with some sweet malt rounding out the aromas.

Taste was quite different with sweet, ready caramel and toffee flavors making up the majority of the taste. Also some fruity Esther's in the finish with a nice choppy aftertaste. I have to say the balance here was nicely done.

Mouth feel was medium bodied and drink ability was great. I'm not a huge fan of Ambers but if everyone made them like this offering I would be.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 20:35:54 | More by snpub540
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a murky reddish brown with a khaki head that settles to a small cap. Chunky rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest and grapefruit mainly. Taste is of citrus zest, grapefruit, and some other peppery and herbal hop flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has some nice hop flavors gong on.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 07:34:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of billshmeinke


4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at the World Famous Blue Palms Brewhouse.

Almost black body with hues of bloody amber on the edges. A finger of beige head. Very sinister looking. I dig it. Decent retention and nice spotty lacing.

The nose on this is very hoppy. Really bright citrusy notes of orange rind and tangerines. Faint toffee and cocoa powder, but this is really all about the hops.

Taste follows smell with tons of bright orange, grapefruit, tangerines, and even some apricot. Wowza citrusy hop bomb having a party in my mouth. Some toffee and powdered cocoa is lurking around in there, but any time thy try to rear their heads they are immediately beteen down by hoppy nom nom nom.

Lots of carbonation plus the hoppiness combines for a dry and slightly spicy mouthfeel. Medium bodied.Carbonation is just a tad to sharp though.

Best amber ale (if you can truly call it that) I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2011 07:39:37 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of cyraxx


4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red color is pretty hard to get in to a beer, but Alesmith did a pretty good job with this one. There is a light tan head which sits atop a nice brown and ruby body. The aroma is predominantly of fruity Centennial hops, with a bit of peach from some Amarillo. The malt underlying the hops is apparent...even with this much hop character, this is still going to be a malty beer. The Amarillo is lost in the flavor with the Centennials taking center stage. There is a caramel malt sweetness with a restrained bitterness that allows it to shine through. Pretty solid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2011 19:16:40 | More by cyraxx
Photo of notchucknorris


4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Neighborhood

A: Deep garnet and almost blood red in color. Much darker than I expected but looks great.

S: Nice malt presence and some citrus hops.

T: This beer had a pretty good balance between some caramel malts and citrus hops while favoring the malts. I actually enjoyed this one more than the Yulesmith Winter. Glad I finally got to try this one.


Review from bottle

A: Deep ruby color with a 1/2 finger sandy colored head. Leaves big tracks of lace.

S: A pretty nice floral/citrus hop aroma with a big nutty and caramel malt presence. Grapefruit and some faint chocolate as well.

T: Opens with some earthy, floral hop notes and moves quickly to a strong biscuity malt note. Toast, sticky citrus hops and a clean, hoppy finish. Leaves a slight unsweetened chocolate bitterness as well.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2011 01:00:39 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of FosterJM


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

268th review on BA
Draft to pint

App- Plain and simple. Almost a blood red but see through. Nice one finger head with a little lacing but the color just looks awesome.

Smell- The malts were most prevelant for me with a faint hop aroma and a caramel like sweetness.

Taste- The taste followed the nose and provided a decent hop profile that was blended well with the overall taste of the beer but retained a caramel sweetness with a touch of fruit.

Mouth- A pleasant medium body with a matching carb level. Almost came across as a candy dessert like finish.

Drink- I like the candy, creamy finish. The ABV was there but over done and had a nice sweetness to it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 06:43:01 | More by FosterJM
Photo of ptykozoon


3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass, layer of a sticky brown sugar colored head lasts pretty much forever. Color is naturally dark bloody red.

Cherry, oak, hops.

Lighter taste than expected - a sort of IPA/Flanders Red fusion. Raisin, cranberry and a touch of sour cherry.

Crisp refreshing mouthfeel.

Extremely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 21:26:19 | More by ptykozoon
Photo of ehammond1

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

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Burnt red and brown with an extremely thin white cap. Looks thick and creamy. Left decent lacing.

A face-smacking amount of citrus and pine hops in the nose, unexpected. Surpassed every expectation.

Tastes like a high-quality hoppy red ale or a traditional West Coast IPA, both good things. Hoppy then sweet.

Exceptional mouthfeel. Creamy and silky. Along with the nose, my favorite aspect of this beer.

Going in with little to no expectations, this beer really impressed me. I'll be back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 06:18:51 | More by ehammond1
Photo of Gobzilla


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a deep red in color with dark amber brown highlights and had a half finger of frothy head leaving some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: it had a nice hoppy aroma upfront alongside piney, earthy, and nutty character but didi detect caramel, sweetness from the malts with faint toffee as well.

T: once again the taste had a very nice hop profile that blended well with the nuttiness but had caramel, candi sugar, citrus tangerine accents and some good sweetness from the malts.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, nutty, hoppy, and creamy finish.

D: really easy drinking and was tastier from the last time I had it; good hoppiness too. Also was good paired with a grilled chicken sandwich.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 19:57:29 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of glid02


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler via trade with smokepot23 - much obliged!

Pours a deep crimson color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of dark caramel malts with hints of toastiness and huge amounts of pine hops. Also present are milder amounts of herbal and citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as robust. Grainy caramel malt flavors with hints of deeper toastiness kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of pine and herbal hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops subside a bit and the flavor profile sweetens with hints of toffee. The toffee fades out, allowing pine and caramel malts to carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer, the most striking thing about it is the color as it's being poured - once in the glass it's not as interesting. A very good beer that's well worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2011 01:23:37 | More by glid02
Photo of MrHirschybar


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

On tap at Churchills in Escondido 2011 Release

A - Nice purple/reddish color - didn't get a large head on the pint glass served in but it was a nice white color,

S - Fruity, malty, citrus - sweet, orange

T - Sweet, malty, citrus, nice balance.

M - Smooth, a bit of carbonation, no lingering bitterness - nice citrus flavor with sweetness and maltiness

D - Very easy drinking, had this at the bar, and everyone in my party liked it - was glad to have caught this on tap at Churchills and not had to hunt for it after Valentine's Day. At $5 for the pint, very affordable and it was a nice way to acquaint myself with Churchills, which I'd recommend...

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 05:55:35 | More by MrHirschybar
Photo of HopHead84


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


On tap at Alesmith.

A: Amazing color. Deep crimson with a faint translucence when held to light. Big creamy beige with good retention and scattered lacing.

S: Rich bready malt with some toffee notes and a decided earthiness. A touch of alcohol is evident. Faintly fruity, with light plum and date notes. Some citrus from the hops comes through as the beer warms, mostly orange flesh.

T: Rich toffee and bread with a distinct earthy quality. Upper light to lower moderate bitterness with a faint metallic twinge. Some caramel and light fruit notes reminiscent of plum and dates. Some orange is present.

M: Upper full in body. Upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy and sticky.

Overall: Typically, reds are not my thing, but this one is very well made.


Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2011 15:31:23 | More by HopHead84
Photo of gregmoscetti


4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The fact that Alesmith makes any other reds is a crime. This beer was amazing. This year I was able to have it on tap at beachwood bbq, fathers office and najas. Out of the tap pours a thick, creamy love story. You can hardly see through it for its murky body and it coats your palate like a delicious blanket. This is my favorite beer of the style that I have ever had. A lot of times, red ales seem a bit thin and harshly carbonated. This is a beer for people who love big beers, but it keeps it relaxed with its non-threatening abv.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 17:35:57 | More by gregmoscetti
Photo of hooliganlife


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

huge ups to smokepot23 for this... caught me a white whale here...

pour is deep deep red, almost brown, but as the light shines through hints of red come out. big frothy creamy head. thick retention.

BIG sweet citrus, this is more floral than a garden. lots of light sweet malts, big sweet grapefruit and pineapple. as soon as i popped the cap, i was blown away.

soft up front, quite mellow. more malts, light sweetness. a bit of dark fruit emerges with a caramel malt. through the end, the citrus and hops come out and finish this off. light grassy and earthy aftertaste.

very smooth, kinda micro carbonation. a bit full bodied. failry light and easy.

good stuff, with an ABV of 6.66, i'd never turn this down.


Serving type: growler

03-16-2010 19:50:41 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of womencantsail


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

On-tap at Alesmith

A: The pour is deep amber color with a lot of brown to it. The head is minimal at a little less than a finger's worth of off-white foam.

S: The nose is almost exactly what I look for in a red ale. Plenty of grapefruit and miscellaneous citrus notes from the hops with a nice toasty and bready malt backbone and a mild pine quality.

T: Fairly similar to the taste with a hit of citrus on the front end, sweet bready and caramel malt in the middle and a bit of bitter pine on the finish. Not quite as good as the aroma, but still quite nice.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation and a crisp finish.

D: One of my new favorite beers from Alesmith. It's unfortunate that this beer isn't one of their "staples", but I suppose it will make me look forward to the opportunities I get to have it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2010 09:06:37 | More by womencantsail
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

Pours a deep brown, almost black. Head dissapated fast but has some nice lacing with the thin film on top the whole time.

Smells of slight roastyness with lists of caramel. Slight hoppy aroma.

Taste is pretty good. Better than most but not top 100 status IMO. Lost of caramel maltiness and toffee. But mixed with a great hop flavor and bitterness to balance it out. It was more towards the sweet side at first but after 3 or 4 sips it is very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is great. Especially after a couple sips. Was a little malty at first but became perfect after a couple.

Overall try this beer. It is world class for sure. I will drink it every time I see it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2010 02:35:45 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of beagle75


3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft served in a pint glass at Tustin Brewing Co. Since I was unfamiliar with this beer, the server described it to me as a "hoppy red".

A: Hazy deep reddish-brown with less than one finger of off-white head. Moderate lacing remains.

S: Weak spicy hops accompanied by little else. I expected more malty richness in the smell. This beer looks like it should smell much bigger and better than it does. The one caveat I can offer is that this beer was served too cold (as all but the cask seem to be at TBC).

T: Fairly balanced, with hops and malt components blended to the point that neither really stands out over the other. There's nothing aggressive about the flavor here, but it probably won't disappoint either. That said, I guess I was expecting a bit more aromatic hops to define this beer.

M: Medium body and low/moderate carbonation are appropriate for the style.

D: This beer is good overall, with the qualities to please drinkers with varying tastes. I would choose it over a hoppier beer to accompany a meal, since there is less aromatic hops here to get lost in the mix than in a typical IPA.

In a comparison of this beer with "hoppy red" offerings such as GF Hophead Red and Rogue Dry Hopped Red, I think this beer just misses the sweet spot. Stood alongside standard ambers such as Mendocino Red Tail, BP Calico, and AV Boont, it is a very strong offering.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2010 05:38:20 | More by beagle75
Photo of tpd975


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

On tap Downtown Johnny Brown's SD

A: Pours a lovely amber hue with a nice solid tan head. Very good retention with thin sheet lace.

S: Wonderful smelling amber IPA. Nice bready malt with tons of citrus and pine.

T: The aroma is married to the taste of this one. Nice bready malt with gooey caramel components. The hops push through with bitter citrus and sweet pine in equal balance.

M: Medium in body, smooth.

D: Tasty another world class Alesmith brews. One of the better Ambers made.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2009 16:14:31 | More by tpd975
Photo of srandycarter


4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark cola and ruby mix. Nice thick off white head, lots of clingy webbed lacing.

S - Bread notes, rich malt and hops.

T - Mouth filling spread of beautiful deep malt and bittering hops.

M - Medium body, perfect carbonation, hits all the taste buds in a very happy way.

D - Very. Easy to drink, easy sip wants another. Not too much of anything. Nice stuff.

Serving type: growler

03-21-2009 03:35:42 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Lothore


4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a deep red hue with an ample amount of tan head.

S- Smells hoppy for an amber, with deep bready notes.

T- Taste is very full. Bready with notes of caramel and toffee and rounded out with good floral hop accents and a bit of bitterness.

M- Medium viscosity, perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Incredibly drinkable. I could drink this stuff all day. I loved the distinct hop presence in this one which was just enough to appease me without being so strong as to mask the complex maltiness.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2009 06:40:11 | More by Lothore
Photo of Mauerhan


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

picked up on my recent trip down to alesmith for the ba decadence release. decided to crack this open and drink while i still have a fresh bottle.

pours deep red with a very nice two finger tan head up top. bright red when held up to the light. cool.

smells floral. hoppy. faint malts in the back round but im mostly getting the hops off this one.

taste is good. not great but good. it has definitely settled down over the past month.

mouth is smooth and nice. light bodied. good times.

easy to drink. way to easy. i gotta slow down. half a growler later im buzzing. well done alesmith

Serving type: growler

03-15-2009 05:26:57 | More by Mauerhan
Photo of 0110x011


4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - super dark brown with ruby red highlights. Thin tan head (bar pour).

S - Caramel, toffee, and piney hops. Sweet on the nose, with biscuit behind it.

T - Caramelly sweetness first. A dash of butterscotch and toasted bread in the middle. Piney hop bitterness to finish.

M - medium body, medium carbonation. Long finish.

D - very high. I'm currently on my third pint.

Yet another Alesmith beer that I wish was bottled. To be sought out, for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2009 04:46:35 | More by 0110x011
Photo of turboedtwo


3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at Toronado in North Park.

A - Looks like your standard ale but a shade or two darker. No head present.

S - Smells of hops and only hops. It was pretty strong.

T - It tasted like an IPA but on mute. You could taste the hops but it was like they were present in the beginning and dropped off a bit.

M - Pretty standard, a light feel on the tongue.

D - As much as I wasn't terribly impressed I still liked it and could drink this quite a bit. It's definitely quite different.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2009 08:36:27 | More by turboedtwo
Photo of davexisxrabid


2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Johnny's in Highland Park.

Poured a nice dark red color (had to hold this one up to the light). Looks black in the dim bar. Nice one inch head, left good lacing on the glass.

Aroma was a bit sweet, and had a licorice like character to it.

Woah! This brew destroyed my palate! I wasn't expecting it to be so bitter from the aroma. Big kick of hop bitterness; very dry crisp flavor. I was expecting a lot more malt flavor before the hops invaded. Unbalanced in my opinion.

Full bodied brew with good carbonation. Bitter flavor clings to your palate for a bit.

I personally wouldn't have more than one of these in a night because it's just a bit too unbalanced and I couldn't dig the flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2009 16:50:43 | More by davexisxrabid
Photo of callmescraps


3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this at dive bar review at the Daily Pint.

Appearance - Very dark, almost black. A nice head of about a half inch. It's a pretty good looking beer.

Smell - Some hops, surprisingly. Then some chocolate malt smell. Very complex, but almost muddy as a result.

Taste - Hops?! But then, not so much. It's got some chocolate with a slight coffee bitter finish. A lot of malt comes in after those hops. It's not really anything familiar. It's kind of good, but then kind of sweet and chocolaty, but then a little bitter instead. It's complex but not well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Fairly crisp for such a strange brew. Refreshing.

Drinkability - I like it better than most coffee-ish beers, but less than most hoppy beers. It's weird and interesting, and I almost want another.... Almost.

Glad I tried this one, but not blown away. It went quickly, but not sure if that's because I liked it, or I wanted it gone. A strange, complex, and worth trying brew.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2009 09:33:09 | More by callmescraps
AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.