Bitter Valentine | AleWerks Brewing Company

Bitter ValentineBitter Valentine
545 Ratings
Bitter ValentineBitter Valentine

Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

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

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Ratings: 545 |  Reviews: 130
Photo of Kwaide
4.89/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of homedepot1111
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I piced up a bottle at the cheese place in Williamsburg. I found this on a whim and boy am I happy I did.
The pour is A clear orange with tight carbonation head giving way to long lasting lass on the glass
The smell is tropical orange and mango with a bit of clementine. Superb smell. It's a bouquet of tropic goodness

The taste is impact up front with pine and hop smacking tongue drying bite. The malt plays second fiddle to this. It's a superb double ipa. Geof has been dialing in that system and putting out perfect beers. This one isn't perfect but it's damn close. And it's sure tastes like its a double ipa from the west coast not the east.
I'm proud to call them my local brewery.

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Photo of SourMeTimber
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best double IPAs on the market.

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4.84/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Redrock
4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lives up to its name. This brew is bitter from loads of hops, but also has some nice malts. Flat out delicious.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours amber with golden highlights. Has one finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and low carbonation. A layer of film coats the glass along with spotty lacing.

N: Big beautiful orange citrus, tangerine, papaya, mango, caramel, lemon juice and hints of pineapple. I could ask for more.

T: Upfront boasts tangerine, navel orange, lemon juice and papaya while some caramel makes its first appearance. The sugary caramel creates an artful balancing act mid-palate along with notes of mango, pineapple and honeydew melon. Finishes with pine sap, grapefruit pith, lemon rind, florals and perhaps some grass.

M: Medium-full bodied, juicy, smooth and sticky. The finish is dry and moderately bitter.

O: Rich with orange citrus and tropical fruits. The sugary caramel notes balance the massive amounts of hops extremely well. The 9% abv is expertly hidden. Incredibly easy to drink. East coast FTW! SCREW YOU PLINY! If you see many. I'm pretty sure Williamsburg sold its soul to the Devil.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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