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Bitter Valentine | AleWerks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
4.23/5
Exceptional
546 Ratings
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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:
#1,074
Reviews:
130
Ratings:
546
pDev:
9.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
74
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 546 |  Reviews: 130
Photo of brocktune
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Amedlin18
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of smithj4
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GFD400
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy amber yellow in color—too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that took a long time to die down, gradually leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of citrus and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose—tangerines, pineapples, and mangos seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the flavors are much stronger. It isn't very bitter at first, but once the beer warms up the bitterness intensifies and particularly lingers into the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the aromas and flavors of hops in this IPA. It has a very good drinkability for an Imperial IPA and drinks more like a standard IPA as you don't get any of the alcohol in the taste and the body isn't as heavy as other Double IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice break from the lighter end of the spectrum. Medium amber, slightly cloudy. Pretty mild for a DIPA. Body, aroma, taste, all right in the wheelhouse.

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of godawgs
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Beautiful creamy head. Nice hazy color with visible sediment. Phenomenal fruity, piney flavor. Aleworks - make more of it, bottle it in cans, and ship it widely and it EASILY competes with Heady Topper and the other VT unfiltered VT greats

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Photo of AdamAlway
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Mostly clear orange body with just the slightest haze. Originally a half inch, very thick white head. However, bubbles continue to rise long after the beer is poured causing the head to grow to an inch.

S: The "bitter" in the name certainly starts here with strong hops and malts. An addition of apricots, pineapple and grapefruit is a nice touch that isn't overly sweet.

T: Front loaded apricots, pine and perhaps a little peach. Leads into a nice malty middle. The finish is earthly with less bitterness in the aftertaste than expected, but that makes this much easier to enjoy multiple glasses.

F: Medium body with moderate to light carbonation. Smooth and light, but heavy enough to hold the flavors and not feel weak.

O: A pretty good DIPA. I definitely enjoyed the apricot and peach notes. Doesn't quite have the punch I'd like and leans more towards a standard IPA with some unique flavor balancing.

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Photo of JNForsyth
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmasher85
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An excellent overall DIPA: there's a great balance of apricot, pineapple, and other tropical fruit, with some slightly bitter finish and grassy, hoppy aromas. Incredibly smooth and full-flavored, with excellent balance, this is in the same direction as Pliny and other juicy, East Coast-style DIPAs. Slightly high price tag on this one, but worth it if you get a nice, fresh one.

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Photo of Dr_Fox
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottling date is half cut off, but looks maybe like 01/26/16

Appearance - Pours hazy and golden orange in color with a bit of fine sediment floating about. The head is off-white and peaks at just under a finger. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface. Decent amount of lacing, mostly in a broken, webbed pattern.

Smell - Orange, pine, pineapple and a light bready, biscuity sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Juicy notes of orange, with lesser pine dankness and a trace of pineapple zing. Sweet bready malt undertone. Candied peach? Stone fruit pit nuttiness comes through toward the finish and joins the mild pithy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Goes down easy with a very, very dry finish.

Overall - Pretty good, though it doesn't break the mold for originality; i.e. I'm enjoying this, but nothing really stands out about it. A bit too dry for my thirsty tongue, but that's not a huge hindrance. I'm glad to have tried it, but it's missing that X factor for me.

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Photo of A_Rad
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Solid brew here. Reminds me of the classic midwest IPAs I am used to. Darker in color, almost clear but not quite. This beer has a great aroma. Lots of grapefruit and mango juiciness. The taste follows with some sweet malt notes. Nice bitterness with some malt and bread flavors. Good balance and a dry mouthfeel. Glad to have tried this one.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jvodom
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bitter Valentine from AleWerks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 546 ratings
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