Bitter Valentine | AleWerks Brewing Company

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Bitter ValentineBitter Valentine

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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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Photo of ensign11
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Feb 14th! Fresh as hell!

A- pours a copper orange amber color with a finger of tight bubbled off white head. Decent head retention with good lacing.

S- sweet juicy citrus hop aromas explode out of the glass with notes of ruby red grapefruit, mango orange peel and pineapple. Dank resiny hop oils and leafy aromas blend in the middle. The faintest hint of balancing malt and a touch of honey on the finish.

T- I put this up against any world class west coast DIPA. Starts out with rediculous juicy tropical fruit hop flavor of mango, pineapple and orange marmalade. Sticky resiny hop oils and pine sap coalesce in the middle. Great smooth assertive bitterness hits the palate with balancing malt that drowns under the monstrous hops! Finishes very dry with a lingering pithy grapefruit peel hop flavor.

MF- ultra creamy smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and soft caressing carbonation.

D- incredible drinkability.

Overall a world class DIPA!!! Alewerks hits another home run with this one. Complex and a finish that lingers forever!

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Photo of efisher63
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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!

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Photo of Apearn87
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bmanning
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Rustico in Alexandria. Reviewing this beer because it's so damn good and deserving of the top 100.

Appearance is typical for an IPA, but a bit on the amber side of the spectum. White thin head with very good lacing.

Aroma is citrusy with a great pine and tropical fruit on the nose.

Taste is amazingly balanced between the grapefruit and pineapple hops and the honey like malts. This is like a better version of Hopslam. Also very creamy on the palate.

Overall this is up there with Hill Farmstead and Lawsons IPAs and is a new favorite.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a you have to be kidding me how is this beer as good as it is and finally AleWerks has lived up the potential hinted at by beers like their BB Porter and Pumpkin Ale which were sort of good but not quite great.

So after 900+ reviews that are completely irrelevant and no one cares about I decided that Lawson's Double Sunshine was my favorite beer and worthy of being bumped up to a 5.0 across the board. My first impression upon smelling and tasting this was that this is 90% as good as that beer (and only 25% of that is homerism). Which is insane, because A+ hoppy beers from the Maryland, DC, Virginia area are unfortunately these days...rare.

Beer pours a nearly clear, dark copper with an off white head and it looks like a double IPA so whatever.

Aroma is damn near perfect. Dank and tropical, with pine and citrus hops, faint malt and stronger citrus rind. Boom.

Flavor isn't quite as perfect as the nose or as rich as Double Sunshine, but very juicy, sweaty, and heavy on tropical hops. Mildly bitter and trace amounts of alcohol for the ABV. Very similar to Double Sunshine in body and balance of hops to malt, though hop profile isn't a direct comp.

$6.99/22 oz bottle and available in Total Wine and Whole Foods? Alewerks, please make this again and soon, not next Valentine's Day (I've already looked into registering

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4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This exciting beverage emerged from the bottle with an attractive orange copper colour to it. A decent head of dusty white billowed early but fell to a layer of spitty skim in short time. Gobs of lace cling in the aftermath. The carbonation is moderate and persistent. This looks like a good one. Clear and clean as well.

The nose is rife with green hoppy aromatics. It reminds me of a couple of my favorites, but this one also carries with it a peculiar fruitiness that is hard for me to pin down. It could be apricot. It could be pear juice. It could be pink grapefruit. At any rate the nose is succulent. Grassy and herbal. Fruity. Pines. Resin. Sap. You can almost smell the dryness.

The taste is very nice. It is dry from the jump. Citrus flavours abound. I would surely say there is some grapefruit impression here, but the aforementioned fruit that I am so hard pressed to identify lends its presence to the mix as well. This is rather splendid. You have a profound dryness that is antagonized by this bizarre juiciness, and a bitterness that is totally deceptive and quite pleasant. This feels nearly anesthetic to my oropharynx and I think even my limbs are tingling with lupulin inluence as well. Hops are a drug. No doubt about it. The alcohol is almost completely obscured and it works so well in tandem with the hop properties. Anyone who says this style is boring and is lacking in complexity should try this beer. Every sip I taste flips the script on me. It is amazing. It's like a baby hopslam! Or a really refined lagunitas sucks!

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Photo of Chaney
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip.

A: It poured a beautiful, caramel-orange color, with a really dense, foamy, creamy white head that just didn't want to quit ticking.

S: Holy hell! I started to smell this thing before the cap even made it off. A huge floral bouquet with quite the citrus bite that slashed my nose to bits.

T: I think the fruit component will totally go unappreciated, and that's a damn shame, because THAT is the star here. This is sort of like an imperial version of Lagunitas' "Holiday Sucks." Yep... it tastes every bit that good.

M: It had very much the texture of pure honey, with the hop bite of some of the great West Coasters. However, I got more fruit lingering in place of bitterness on the finish. The lacing was splotchy.

O: I really dig both Alewerks' Pumpkin Ale and Bourbon Barrel Porter, but I believe firmly that this is their crowning achievement. I'm speechless...

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4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to SToneyBrew for this one.

Poured cold from the bottle a translucent deep copper to a dogfish head signature glass with a finger and a half foamy white head leaving a sheet of sticky lace to the rim.

Big aroma floral and grassy hops.

Big bodied, creamy smooth, hot going down, medium bitter, sweet hint of strawberries (?)

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4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very hazy gold, nice frothy white head forms but recedes quite quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Nose is citrus, juicy, hop bitter and barely any malt presence but nice floral notes present too. Not dank - floral and juicy is how I'd describe it overall.

Flavor is nice bright fruit forward, juicy but more citrus than tropical. Nice drying bitter from the hop with a solid enough malt backbone that in no way takes away from the show but brings a nice sweetness to offset the big bitter notes. This is a damn juicy DIPA that works as it warms.

Mouthfeel here is huge. This is a shining note for a lot of the Alewerks IPAs. Shorty Time and Secret Admirer come to mind, but where those have a slight watery feel in the finish there is none of that here. This is just a perfectly rounded, full, luscious dipa. Wonderful.

One thing I'd note - I have noticed in the past that this one tends to fall off quickly, not to be a snob but I remember there being a marked difference around the 3 week mark last year (if not kept cold, as most places don't). I'd take that into account with the dates on some reviews here - a person reviewing this 4 months after what I'd call its prime is not reviewing the same beer. I'd certainly give higher marks to a beer that retains all these traits for a longer time. This is just a beer that needs to be had fresh imho. More like fresh - 98. Months old - 80s.

Edit: I plan to have some of these a few weeks from now and see how it holds up.

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4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.6/5  rDev +10%

Photo of ghirsh
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of theformula
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Insanely fresh bottle, 2/14/12 coincidentally enough...thanks to ViciousKnishs for the bottle!

I can't start without saying this is highly anticipated. We've been expecting a DIPA from Geoff & co. for some time now. FINALLY.

Pours a brilliantly clear rust-orange color with a couple fingers of head, decent retention with good lacing.

When I put my face in this thing, WHOA. Motha russia hops explode out of the glass. I didn't even have to put my nose near it before I noticed. Vibrant notes of sweet, juicy citrus pulp, everything from clementine, mango to pineapple and pine. It's like a fresh squeezed juice-hop cocktail.
Malt presence is there, bready and slightly toasted but very subtle and just enough to prop up the hops.

Taste thankfully backs up the nose on this one. Beautiful hop flavor and complex at that, keeps you going for another sip. Alcohol is fantastically hidden. Surprisingly balanced for such a hop bomb. Bitter? Yes. The hop oils and resins stick forever and finishes bone dry. I love 'em bitter so it works for me. For some, maybe too bitter.

I'm beyond pleased with this. Bottom line: one of the best DIPA's being brewed as far as I'm concerned. Alewerks has killed it with this one.

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4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a globe. No bottle dating, but seems that the first bottling was on 2/14 based on these other reviews.

A - Pours a beautiful iridescent orange-ish copper color, nearly clear. Pours with a 1-2 finger fluffy off white head. Nice sticky lacing remains on the glass.

S - Extremely intoxicating smell. Tons of piney and citrusy hop aromas just continuously flow out of the glass. Quite the assortment of citrusy fruits come through with oranges, pineapples, and mangoes. Slight alcohol presence. I just want to bury my nose in here.

T - Huge bitter bomb hits the palate first. The citrusy and tropical notes from the hops are king here, but backed up by a very subtle slightly sweet malt. The finish is dry and has a nice lingering bitter grapefruit taste. Alcohol is well hidden, but comes through a little more as the beer warms.

M - Very full and creamy mouthfeel from this DIPA. Way more so than I expected. Moderate carbonation with a nice crisp bite.

O - Overall, this was an extremely solid beer and a great example of the style. I hate to be the guy who "hype's" a local beer, but this one is well deserving. I only wish more people would get to taste this.

Wonderful job, Williamsburg Alewerks, you guys hit a home run with this one.

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4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App- Had a very deep orange color. Very little head even with a slightly vigorous pour.

Smell- Excellent pine smell with hints of grapefruit, excellent hoppy aroma when first opening the bottle.

Taste- Granted, this beer came in line after the Heady Topper at a tasting, however, this beer really stood out as a great DIPA with strong notes of pine and citrus. Very little grain after the inital "hop kick".

Mouth- Medium-bodied feel, with a slightly viscous ending.

Drink- Very tasty DIPA. I generally like a little more citrus in my DIPAs, but this definitely stacks up against some of the better DIPAs on the east coast.

Serving type: bottle

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