My Bloody Valentine
AleSmith Brewing Company

My Bloody ValentineMy Bloody Valentine
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #20
ABV:
6.66%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,430
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 9.07%
Reviews:
172
Ratings:
703
From:
AleSmith Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  49
Gots
  95
SCORE
89
Very Good
My Bloody ValentineMy Bloody Valentine
Notes: Don’t spend this Single Awareness Day alone – grab a beer! This red-blooded cousin of Evil Dead Red Ale, our Halloween Brew, is a beautiful crimson color. Notes of caramel, toast, and bittersweet chocolate balance an intense bouquet of floral hop aromas that we know you’ll fall in love with. The finish leaves a pleasant, full-bodied sweetness on the palate that won’t spread angry rumors about you to all your friends like that one time when I was…ohh…uhh…Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Reviews: 172 | Ratings: 703
Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I don't really taste much chocolate or caramel. It's most just floral and some bitterness. I was hoping for more of the chocolate notes, as you don't see that much in ales. The floral aspect is nice. though.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – One finger head on a hazy orange-red body.

Aroma – Grapes, apples, some floral hops, a little bit of citrus.

Taste – Caramel, fruity apples and pears, slightly sweet, pine and floral hops in the aftertaste. Somewhat bitter.

Mouthfeel – Good body, a little sticky, pretty decent.

Overall – Very good for an amber/red ale, one of the better ones.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep brownish red color,medium body. Aroma is sweet malt,a little molasses,some pine and a little citrus. Taste is completely identical,very mild sweetness that's very well balanced with a slight floral bitter taste.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Founders 20th Anniversary Pint Glass. No date.

L: Rich ruby hued, finger and a half of light khaki colored head has superb retention.

S: Caramel malt aroma is bouqeted wih floral and citrus hop notes.

T: Lots of caramel again and the floral and citrus hops are present as well, very well balanced.

F: Medium body, crisp, drying malt.

O: Very nice beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

7/27...pours dark mahogany reddish brown. Heavy with a tick creamy head of off white foam. Amber caramel malty nose. Sweet,. Floral. Sweet woody open with a hard edged burnt bitter. Remarkably caustic bitter hits the sweetness like crazy. Maybe that's the metaphor.

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Photo of arizcards
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from TW Arrowhead 4-15-17 for $5.99. No bottling date but it has been stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured a mahogany brown with a beautiful long lasting head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is rich with caramel malts and citrus.

Taste is very well balanced. Beer base is the classic sweet caramelized malt backbone that is not too sweet. Citrus and a very slight touch of pine round out the beer and meld very nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth and refreshing.

Overall this is a very enjoyable brew in which the hoppy red amber style is nailed down quite well. Would love to try this on tap!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

AleSmith Brewing Co. "My Bloody Valentine"
22 fl. oz brown glass bottle without freshness dating
$5.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Very hazy deep mahogany brown body beneath a finger thick head of rocky tan foam. The head retention and lacing are both quite good. Solid walls of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Malty and floral with notes of golden caramel, darker caramel, and almost burnt sugar.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma with the addition of some crusty bread character to the malt and some yeasty fruitiness that includes soft sweet red berries, juicy red delicious apples, a hint of cherry, and dried dark fruits but also a subtle hint of pine and some orange from hops, and some tea-like character in the finish. It blends perfectly with the floral character from the hops and the rich caramel-laced maltiness. It's not "sweet", but there's a sweetness to that malt that's balanced only by a minimal bitterness - somehow it manages to finish mainly dry, and certainly without any lingering "sticky" malt that could become cloying. It's a pretty big beer with some heft it, and a fair amount of alcohol at 6.66% ABV, but it never shows - the alcohol remains cloaked and the malt never builds on the palate. That's impressive.

Feel: Medium leaning medium-full in body with a fine-bubbled median carbonation that's at first just lightly zesty and then warms to become creamy and smooth.

Overall: Really well balanced and very nicely rounded.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger light tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, some hops, slight chocolate, citrus. The taste is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, slight chocolate, citrusy. Medium body, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber bottle copped from Bottle King in Livingston. Pours a mahogany crimson hue with moderate frothing. Faint aroma replete with hints of caramel and toast. Similar flavor profile.

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Photo of farrago
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Healthy finger plus head of deep tan hue, even surface with credible density and retention, nice spider web of thin lacing across any open glass. The liquid is a dark mahogany red closer to brown than orange, fine clarity but dark enough you don’t easily see through it, only a few visible bubbles. Graham cracker, honey, pie crust and chocolate notes give the nose immediate appeal, conversely there’s a firm underpinning of dank leafy hops and pine sap to give it erectness, likewise has an earthiness which matches up well with the apricot paste to dried pineapple fruit scents. Full-bodied, has a creamy mouth feel to it that eventually leads to more prickle at the end. Piney and close to minty at times, not much lemon citrus but plenty of cocoa, toffee, hard coffee candy and that honey dappled pie crust. Here the hoppiness has more precision but less staying power, its razor edge exhausts itself quickly. More minerally than earthy, cleaner than the nose suggests. No real fruitiness. What nags at you is that no one element seems to excel and when taken all together as a whole it’s nothing more than competent. Content to drink more but would not seek it out again.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Deep amber with no clarity, 1/2 a finger of head and some nice lacing left on the glass

S - Citrus hops, dried fruit

T - Big caramel malty taste, with citrus up front, but nicely balanced. Love the taste on this one. Big and bold

F - Full body and medium carbonation

O - Awesome brew. I will buy this one annually for V-day! Love it

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy, reddish brown color. Creamy tan head with solid retention and streak lacing. Aroma is light caramel malt with herbal and earthy qualities. The flavor is similar, with some pine and floral notes. Resinous and bitter from the hops in the aftertaste. A good beer overall.

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown color with two fingers of fluffy white head and nice lacing

Smells of biscuit with nice floral bouquet

Fairly robust malt profile, with a little graham cracker and citrus. Not a huge amount of layering/depth, the flavors show progression

Above average carbonation and bitterness

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour is very dark brown with a reddish hue, great foam and lacing. Smells of hops and smoky sweets almost a candy smell. The taste is very enjoyable, getting a lot of caramel, smoke, hops, citrus, and minimal floral. Overall this is a very smooth but full flavored beer, lots going on but everything balanced out to make it a good beer on a cool night. Well done, would drink again.

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Photo of dd43
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: fairly dark brown and somewhat muddy in appearance, one to two fingers worth of parchment yellow head, minimal lacing, no legs.

Smell: toast, caramel malt, cereal, bittersweet chocolate. The initial nose brings a good dose of floral hops which really offset these aromas nicely.

Taste: a decided cereal finish almost like fruit loops but not quite that sugary, bitterness from the hops was a touch piney and balanced the malts well. Hoppy ambers are so great, looking at you nugget nectar.

Feel: moderately full body, some mouth coating sweetness but not sticky, well carbonated without being prickly which would not have gelled with the toasty flavors.

Overall: would definitely buy again, decent value at $10 for a bomber relative to other 22 oz bottlings.

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Photo of Riff
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep reddish color with a thick, off-white, head that dissipates very slowly. Smells malty with floral hops and a touch of citrus. Taste is a little hop bitterness and some fruit up front, a brief malt, then fades into a little bitterness and fruit again. A little heavy for an ale. Solid, but not impressive.

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Photo of Radome
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L – Dark amber to ruby color; perfectly clear. Light tan head is sticky and persistent, as is the lacing on the glass.

S – Floral hops dominate. Low malt and a spicy note in the background.

T – Flavors follow the aromas, with strong hops bitterness and fruity hops flavor in the front. Some malt, but muted. Strong hops flavor and bitterness surge again toward the end. Fairly dry finish.

F – Medium body. Slightly harsh carbonation. Strong hops bitterness that seems harsh against the other qualities. Moderate alcohol presence.

O – Overall a harsh bitterness and flavor are too assertive for me.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish copper with a moderate beige head that retains for a good while.

Spicy aromas with spent grain malt. The spice is almost cinnamon, but unidentifiable.

Flavors of raisin, toffee, and big bready malts. Hops are spicy of pine on the palate.

This has very heavy feel to it, you can feel it hit the gut, which is odd for a 6%.

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Photo of Pencible
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque mahogany with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted barley and copper hops, with some citrus zest.
T: It tasted like earthy caramel and roasted barley, with some copper and citrus hops. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice red ale with basic scent and taste. The body was ok, but the finish was really smooth, so it was easy to drink. Nothing very impressive about this, but nothing wrong with it either. Just another average and forgettable drink, which is surprising from AleSmith.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours bright chestnut with ruby highlights producing a ¼” off white foam cap that quickly dissipates.
S: Fruit, light malt, dark sugars, faint fig and raisin.
T: Spicy with coffee, dark dried fruit, a light malty sweetness up front that dries on the finish. Some caramel and toast with a touch of grainy astringency on the finish. The malt is medium high with a medium to medium high dark chocolate bitterness. Well balanced.
F: Very creamy medium to medium full body, medium carbonation, mild alcohol warming.
O: A very drinkable big beer.

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Photo of brian44556
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a oversized wine glass. Bottled 12/1/15.

Deep honey mixed with a ruby red pour. Off white head with decent retention. Thin rings of lace circle the sides of the glass. Lots of caramel, spice, raisins, plums, and faint tropical fruit from the hops. Hop profile was pretty much faded. Caramel, toffee, and faint whiskey round out the taste profile. Very sweet taste from the malts. Very sweet, a bit chewy, and well balanced. Good Amber ale, but I'm missing the West Coast IPA characteristics. I was expecting a bit more.

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Photo of bnes09
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy amber ale. Exceptional lacing. Earthy, malty, spicy pine like hop nose. Flavor much like the aroma with a strong hop presence. Dry feel. Sturdy body and solid carbonation. Well balanced.

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Photo of Cfred371
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: pours a nice clear dark red, with ample carbonation and a off white head. Real pretty.

Smell: I get some floral and citric hops, not what I expected from a red ale, but nice.

Taste: the hops and the malt meld together very nicely. Caramel, slight citrus and some floral action in there.

Feel: well carbonated, barely any bitterness from the hops, if any, and a nicer medium mouthfeel

Overall: A nice red ale with plenty of flavor and pretty looking beer.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots to enjoy here. Deep red hue on the draft pour, with an off white head. Floral hop scent tells of things to come. Is this named after Kevin Shields' visionary noisniks or the movie....or given the band was named after the movie both? Either way I love the blend of toasted caramel malt, hops and slight hint of cocoa. Body is medium and satisfying

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Photo of delta490
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out a deep clear red with a big creamy tan head. The head has great retention and leaves moderate amounts of small sticky lacing. The aroma is lighter but has nice aspects of both dark fruity malts and citrus hops. Probably more robust closer to bottling. The taste is more pronounced, if not more distinct. It still has a generic malt and hops quality to it but it's a very good generic quality. The body is mostly silky smooth with just a little hint of carbonation and the head adds to the creamy mouthfeel.

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My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 703 ratings