AleSmith My Bloody Valentine - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 136
Hads: 539
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 4.48%
Wants: 48
Gots: 57 | FT: 2
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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 BrewerB
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of popery
3.86/5  rDev -4%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,172 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.06/5  rDev +1%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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... (687 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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 (1,343 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of Chizoad
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of snpub540
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (880 characters)

Photo of cyraxx
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.14/5  rDev +3%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (763 characters)

AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.