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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith My Bloody ValentineAleSmith My Bloody Valentine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by OStrungT on 02-13-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
635
Avg:
4
pDev:
18.75%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
78
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 155 | Ratings: 635
Reviews by 0110x011:
Photo of 0110x011
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - super dark brown with ruby red highlights. Thin tan head (bar pour).

S - Caramel, toffee, and piney hops. Sweet on the nose, with biscuit behind it.

T - Caramelly sweetness first. A dash of butterscotch and toasted bread in the middle. Piney hop bitterness to finish.

M - medium body, medium carbonation. Long finish.

D - very high. I'm currently on my third pint.

Yet another Alesmith beer that I wish was bottled. To be sought out, for sure.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of woodchipper
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was a dark reddish-brown color. There was a small tan head that left a little bit of lace.
Aroma of bread, chocolate, and floral hops.
The taste improved a bit on the aroma. More chocolate, some toast. A little bit of floral/earthy hops.
Medium-bodied, with a little bitterness.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The fact that Alesmith makes any other reds is a crime. This beer was amazing. This year I was able to have it on tap at beachwood bbq, fathers office and najas. Out of the tap pours a thick, creamy love story. You can hardly see through it for its murky body and it coats your palate like a delicious blanket. This is my favorite beer of the style that I have ever had. A lot of times, red ales seem a bit thin and harshly carbonated. This is a beer for people who love big beers, but it keeps it relaxed with its non-threatening abv.

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Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Ravenz98
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Billolick
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness info. Purchased at DeCicco's in Brewster, NY

Pours a rich, dark shade of darker brownish amber, murky, under a light mocha head, that on the looser side and leaves plentiful webs and thicker fields of lacing.

Toffee, caramel, and milk chocolate on the nose.

Dense layers of malt, with more caramel, dark bread and again chocolate notes. Sweet fruity note midway with some underlying floral and drying hops.

Complex and flavorful. Well worth a try. Nice to go with a decadent dessert.

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Photo of ElSid
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Beers of California

#70

Freshness Date: None

A: Deep magohony with a khaki head of resilient foam which finally leaves behind thick sheets on the glass.

S: Pine, flowers, and citrus zest jump out of the glass paired with candy cane sweetness.

T: Follows the nose with the hop forces of pine, flowers and citrus peel pitted against caramel and sugar sweetness each set out to win the soul of this brew. Some leafy bitterness builds in the finish but is mostly suppressed by the sweetness.

M: Medium feel with good linger and carbonation. The consistency neither adds or subtracts from the overall experience.

O: Different in a straightforward way; this brew brings earthy hoppiness built on a strong, sweet malt foundation. The sweetness is simple and almost overcomes this brew leaving little breathing room for the rest of the palate. I still enjoyed this beer which needed more malt complexity.

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Photo of tigg924
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: dark reddish-brown in color, 3/4 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and big pine

Taste: toasted malt and big pine dominate--caramel and cocoa appear as the beer warms

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, high carbonation, sweet start with nice background bitterness

Overall: Really loving this beer. It is amazingly clean and complex...I taste the distinct hops, but they never approach overly bitter..super smooth, I could have several of these on a cold winter's day.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ledouge
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft @ Gourmet Haus Staudt on 1/29/15. Pours a deep red, brown in color with 1 finger of head and nice lacing. Aroma is strongly hop-driven dank and resinous with notes of pineapple and citrus and some subtle malty sweetness. Medium body. Palate is dank, floral and robust hop bitterness with some sweetness from the malt backbone. A nicely balanced beer.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Altenor
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of virinow
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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 warmbier804
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of ehammond1
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Burnt red and brown with an extremely thin white cap. Looks thick and creamy. Left decent lacing.

A face-smacking amount of citrus and pine hops in the nose, unexpected. Surpassed every expectation.

Tastes like a high-quality hoppy red ale or a traditional West Coast IPA, both good things. Hoppy then sweet.

Exceptional mouthfeel. Creamy and silky. Along with the nose, my favorite aspect of this beer.

Going in with little to no expectations, this beer really impressed me. I'll be back for more.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A toasty and juicy balanced aroma of hops and caramel malt. Toasted malt with a scent of caramel, biscuit, toast, chocolate, and yeast. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, and lemon. Earthy and floral hops with some hints of grass and pine resin. Some hints of candied sugar as well. A solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and juicy balanced mix of juicy hops and caramel malt. Toasted malt with sweet hints of caramel, biscuit, chocolate, toast, and yeast. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, and lemon. Floral and earthy hop notes of pine resin and grass. Some sweet candied sugar notes as well. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and chewy with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty nice take on a Red Ale. Good mix of sweet caramel malt and juicy hop notes.

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Photo of moundbz
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the source, Alesmith taproom, while they were boxing up my barrel aged Old Numbskull & Kopi Luwak Speedway Stout.

Lots of brown and very dark red and amber color flowing around in the glass. Maybe because of the name I was expecting something a little more red, and less brown. Thin off white head on it, somewhere between that and beige. Amazing retention for the less than 1" head though, even the lacing was top notch. Aroma, malty, almonds, nuts.

Decent mix of hops and malt here, malt getting the caramel and toffee thing to your senses right up front, the hops are probably a little on the higher side, but this is something that is approachably balanced but sturdy and slightly aggressive at the same time. A twist of vanilla, chocolate and citrus in the mouthfeel, very subdued compared to the other aspects of the beer. This beer puts a lot of different aspects together to make a far better than average amber ale, you get plenty of cascade hops I suspect, lots of caramelization, just the right amount of alcohol. Good stuff, glad I picked this one to try while I was there while the old lady as usual was pounding down Speedway.

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Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
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