Bitter Valentine | AleWerks Brewing Company

Bitter ValentineBitter Valentine
BA SCORE
4.23/5
545 Ratings
Bitter ValentineBitter Valentine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
alewerks.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Double IPA is loaded with Pacific Northwest hops blended with a light malt backbone. A bitter Valentine for you to love, how ever unrequited.

Added by Viciousknishs on 02-18-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,060
Reviews:
130
Ratings:
545
pDev:
9.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
74
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 545 |  Reviews: 130
Photo of avalon07
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of csurowiec
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Onenote81
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rkarimi
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

3-5

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Photo of Soneast
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RBuckley73
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeromedepot
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of snaotheus
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017-02-19
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.

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Photo of Andnkuhn
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dtm426
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ledouge
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Riff
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy, yellow orange color with about two fingers of white head, dissipates with some lacing left on the glass. Smells of tropical fruits and citrus, mango, pineapple, and bready malts. Nice balance of pine and fruit hops finishing into a little earthiness. Bitterness is light at first, shows up towards the end and lingers afterwards but isn't overpowering. Creamy and satisfying. Very solid DIPA.

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Photo of hophugger
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brocktune
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Bitter Valentine from AleWerks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 545 ratings
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