Bitter Valentine | AleWerks Brewing Company

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
543 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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
Ratings:
543
Reviews:
129
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
74
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 543 |  Reviews: 129
Photo of Benesi88
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of MattSharpless
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Norseman
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of JohnathanColeman
4.84/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of LancetherealLeader
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of flagmantho
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. Bottle dated 5/22/14.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a tiny bit of haze and a light effervescence. Head pours a finger of frothy ivory foam and dissipates somewhat quickly but leaving a good lace. What a great color, though.

Smell: slightly sweet with a roundly complex hop aroma with a fruity and spicy character. Quite good.

Taste: rich, sweet malt provides a good backdrop to the piney, floral, and spicy hops. The flavor is a different character than the aroma. I think it works beautifully.

Mouthfeel: plenty of body, although carbonation is light. Not too bad.

Overall: dangerously drinkable for a beer of this strength. A great quaff.

 686 characters

Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of handcrafty
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of DaveOrlowski
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Doug537
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of swva
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Bamarooster
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of KMcG
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of SlothB77
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of 1Sundown2C
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of inspektor
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of polopaul20
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade from themeadhatter, and shared with stillmatic2232.

Pours a crimson amber, with a one inch head, and some good lacing.

Smells like citrus fruits, pine, caramel, and a slight bit of booze.

This is about a month old, so it should still be fresh. Tons of bitter pine flavor, along with grapefruit and orange pith, a little bit of pineapple, and a very strong malt backbone, slightly sweet, with strong toasty caramel flavors. Definitely a DIPA in both hop flavor and malt.

Medium bodied, crisp, mostly dry mouthfeel, with a medium amount of carbonation. Very drinkable. A slight bit of booze is noted in the aroma, as said above, but none is noted in the taste, making this very drinkable.

A great DIPA. Not precisely my style preference when it comes to DIPAs- I unashamedly like a brutal pine and citrus hop explosion with very little malt character, but these more balanced DIPAs have their place too.

 933 characters

Photo of sammyg832
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Shandycan
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of amstokesdb9
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Tastesalot
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: clear orange pour, fluffy off-white head

S: Juicy Fruit scent

T: pink grapefruit, oranges, slight sweetness, bready, toasty, lingering bitterness

M: medium to full

O: The bomber being reviewed here is 24-days-old. Serving poured into a tulip. While I think Hardywood Park The Great Return is the best IPA in Virginia, this is easily takes the top spot for the best Double IPA brewed in the Commonwealth. Highly recommended!

 431 characters

Bitter Valentine from AleWerks Brewing Company
4.18 out of 5 based on 543 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.