Bitter Valentine
Alewerks Brewing Company

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Alewerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #520
Ranked #2,400
4.23 | pDev: 9.69%
May 07, 2022
Feb 18, 2012
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Notes: A poured glass of Bitter Valentine is full of intentions and optimistic expectations. An empty glass of Bitter Valentine is getting dumped on February 13th, left to wonder if you will ever love again. Not especially challenging as the name implies, the flavor is exceptionally balanced and smooth with notes of citrus and pine from Pacific Northwest hops.
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4.29 by StanleysCup from Maryland on May 07, 2022
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brewerburgundy from Virginia

16oz can, tulip, canned 12/31/21. Bravo to Alewerks for having a clear canned on date!

There’s a rush of light copper and a satisfying amount of bubbles when poured. I ended up with three perfect fingers of head and they collapse very slowly, tracing the upper walls of the glass with a patchwork of bubble crochet. It’s clear and the head is truly magnificent.

The aroma is pleasant, but not particularly strong. I pick up tangerine, general citrus, possibly mango, and biscuit.

Herbal, oily, orange and grapefruit provide an immediate flavor punch. You then float through a bitter middle with some alcohol and pine before you reach the still bitter, almost English malt finish.

It’s dry and straddling a line between creamy and abrasive that is a sweet spot for west coast IPAs. Medium body, medium carbonation.

This is an admirable west coast IPA from a Virginia outfit that I like more every time I give them a try.

Feb 25, 2022
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4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by mschenk from Virginia

Pours a rich amber with a nice creamy head that has good retention and good lacing.

Fruity notes shine through

Very pleasant taste with the citrus notes and a bitter heel

Typical feel for this this type of beer.

This is an excellent beer but at 8.3% I wouldn't drink too many if I need to drive. But if you don't need to drive, enjoy as many as you would like, and you will like quite a few of these

Feb 06, 2022
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by MrOH from Malta

Deep gold with chill haze, nice white head, great retention
Ruby red grapefruit and blood orange hop aroma
Taste follows smell. Some light malt sweetness.
Medium bodied and appropriately carbonated.
More San Diego than San Diego on this one.

Jan 23, 2022
3.94 by NastyNorseman from New York on Jun 13, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours golden and clear with a slightly off white head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has aromas of stone fruit, citrus, and grapefruit. There is a light grainy sweetness in background.

Taste: Stone fruit is the dominate flavor with citrus support and grapefruit. There is a bit of floral in the background with support with some grainy sweetness.

Feel: It has a medium full body with a slight bit of slickness on the tongue. It has a strong bitter finish but it is not harsh.

Overall, great flavors and bitterness enhances the drinkability making this a great beer.

May 29, 2021
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4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by duffbeer2020 from Virginia

Like a slightly more bitter 90 min IPA. Really good.

May 09, 2021
3.75 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania on Apr 05, 2021
4.11 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Mar 21, 2021
4.09 by mflamar from New York on Jan 24, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the can, it pours a slightly hazy amber with a large white, long lasting, head that leaves lacing as you enjoy it. In the nose, it is piney with a touch of malt. In the mouth, you are hit with light hop bitterness, followed by a nice malt.

May 10, 2020
4.03 by RBorsato from Virginia on Mar 14, 2020
4.49 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Apr 12, 2019
4.09 by Jason_cs from Florida on Mar 05, 2019
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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by MaltNPeppa from Virginia

I look forward to this sexy thing every February.

Feb 18, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

L - Hazy golden/yellow with a thick frothy white head that sticks around and leaves some lacing behind
S - Bitter piney hops and malt dominate the nose
T - Follows the nose - bitter, piney hops up front and throughout along with some floral notes and a malt backbone - slightly grassy and earthy.
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth, crisp, but a little creamy
O - A really solid IPA that does absolutely nothing wrong, but doesn't really stand out from the pack - except that this is an exceptional beer in AleWerks portfolio.

Feb 15, 2019
4.23 by Wandreotta from Florida on Oct 09, 2018
4.09 by mkholmes25 from Virginia on Jul 03, 2018
4.52 by robebo44 from Virginia on Mar 28, 2018
4.39 by LoloMo from Virginia on Mar 06, 2018
4.02 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia on Feb 19, 2018
4 by McBraniel from Virginia on Feb 17, 2018
3.87 by vabeerguy from Virginia on Jan 31, 2018
5 by Bill_Hadley from Virginia on Nov 22, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by avalon07 from South Carolina

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a burnt orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, pretty long-lasting head. Solid lacing.

S: A good aroma of hops, light fruit, malt, and some pine.

T: Tasted of a hint of malt, a lot of hops (not overbearing), a little bit of citrus fruit (orange), a grassy quality, some light pine notes, and an earthy quality. A very much rock solid flavor. The hops a very much in evidence, but well mixed with the fruit and pine. Generally tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a well made beer. It has some minor flaws, but they're easy to overlook.

Oct 08, 2017
4.24 by BergBeer from Hawaii on Aug 09, 2017
4.25 by BEER88 from Washington on Jun 24, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy burnt glossy orange with an ample amount of ruddy brown coloring. Soft stringy carbonation rides to the top in a moderate pace. Barely any head softens to some light bubbles riding the top of the glass. A light film of lacing sticks to the sides and gently falls. The smell had a sweet to bitter blend citrus hops with a soft crisp apple arranging itself nicely in the mix. The taste took the bitterness and the sweet to combine. A sticky sweet citrus aftertaste starts and lingers into a wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. A rapid bitterness wraps itself around my tongue to pound into submission. Overall, I say this was a really nice DIPA. I liked that initial apple aroma that blended nicely. I’d say a unique DIPA that I would have again.

Jun 10, 2017
4 by csurowiec from Maryland on Apr 16, 2017
3.97 by Onenote81 from North Carolina on Mar 27, 2017
4.18 by rarigney from Washington on Mar 26, 2017
4.12 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Mar 18, 2017
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4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by rkarimi from Colorado


Mar 06, 2017
4.16 by Soneast from Wisconsin on Mar 05, 2017
4.3 by Its_Dipset_Eyy from California on Mar 01, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by FBarber from Illinois

Pours a clear bright orange color. Very effervescent at first but less so later on. Thick white sudsy head dissipates leaving a thin residual white head with tons of lacing along the glass.

Smell has notes of orange, grapefruit, pine, dank herbs, touch of malt on the back end. Very mild aroma, a bit too subtle.

Taste follows the nose with a nice blend of piney bitterness, dank herbs, earthy hops, orange and grapefruit notes, and some lemongrass notes. Malt backbone is present but takes a back seat to the hops. Even though its quite bitter, there is still a balance between the hops and malts. Lingering dry bitterness on the back end.

Feel is on the fuller side. Sticky and sappy. Medium carbonation.

Overall a very nice DIPA - certainly lives up to its name on the bitterness front. Really well crafted and surprisngly balanced.

Mar 01, 2017
4.24 by RBuckley73 from Nevada on Feb 28, 2017
4.19 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland on Feb 20, 2017
4.41 by Jeromedepot from New York on Feb 20, 2017
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3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by snaotheus from Washington

22oz bottle served in a large tulip. Bottled on 01-27-2017.

Pours slightly hazy bronze-gold with a medium to small head and a lot of fine carbonation. Smell is a little bit fruity and a little bit pine. Surprisingly muted.

Taste is a splash of citrus followed by a bit of pine. Bitterness comes out more with the second sip, builds slowly to something like a lemon skin bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick, but surprisingly fizzy. Overall, nice beer.

Feb 19, 2017
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