Bitter Valentine | AleWerks Brewing Company

Bitter ValentineBitter Valentine
BA SCORE
91.2%
Liked This Beer
4.23 w/ 544 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:
#1,049
Reviews:
129
Ratings:
544
Liked:
496
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
9.93%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
74
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 544 |  Reviews: 129
Photo of Tastesalot
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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Photo of Wmbgpackerfan
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Holmes698
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jrohrbacher
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of MacQ32
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with 2 fingers of dense cream colored head. Fantastic retention and lacing.

S - Resinous grapefruit, rinds, sweet tropical fruits (mango, maybe a hint of pineapple). Smells juicy and delicious

T - Surpsingly piney and bitter/dry up front! In a very good way, it transitions somewhat quickly to a sweeter fruity aroma and finishes on the citrusy end of the spectrum. Aftertaste is again quite dry and piney with hints of grapefruit rinds. Very very clean crisp finish.

M - Truly ideal, medium bodied yet crisp, carbonation holds up nicely to the body. Drinks fantastically.

O - Pretty awesome, love how you get a great transitional variety of hop profiles!

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Photo of doobiedodirty
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of JFear
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Been drinking a lot of IPAs/IIPAs recently. This is an enjoyable one from a brewery I had not tried in the past. Definitely checking out their future releases. Bottle dated 5/20/14. Nice to know it's pretty fresh.

This beer has an appealing look to it in my New Belgium globe. Deep, slightly reddish amber, with a bright, white head that doesn't stick around too long, but doesn't dissipate immediately. Very clear. No sediment visible.

The aroma is rich. Very sweet tropical fruit smell, almost like a soda. Maybe mango? Specific tropical fruit references are slightly elusive, but there is a nice bit of grapefruit. Decent amount of alcohol on the nose, but it remains subtle, even as the beer warms. ABV is not listed on my bottle, curiously enough. The taste is classic double IPA. Citrus, such as the aforementioned grapefruit, that ties in with a lingering bitterness, and a decent amount of sweet malt that blends in nicely, but isn't enough to make your teeth stick together. The mouthfeel is pleasant enough. Hitting the Goldilocks mark with the carbonation: not too bubbly, not flat.

Overall, a good double IPA, and a nice entry in the Virginia beer market. Seems to sell out fast too. Good enough for me to check out some of their other beers.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of efisher63
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of ChrisAlbertine
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of AndrewMichael
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BeastLU
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Oakhtar
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of dspinler
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of xseanprimex
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of July2Nov
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of facesnorth
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of BradStokley
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tclipse
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of BA_Berto
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ajz132
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of scottDC
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle dated 2/10/2014, so this isn't very fresh.

Appearance - Deep orange body. Small white head with a medium collar.

Smell - Grapefruit and orange. Toasty malt. Some pithy grapefruit aromas. Caramel malt is substantial.

Taste - Grapefruit hops. Some brighter orange hops before a caramel malt and toasty bready malt kick in. Pithy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium heavy. Kinda sweet, but not syrupy. Moderate bitterness.

Overall - Had this after Pure Happiness. That didn't help, nor does the age, but it's still a good beer.

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Bitter Valentine from AleWerks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91.2% out of 100 with 544 ratings
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