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AleSmith My Bloody ValentineAleSmith My Bloody Valentine

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Photo of surfer4life
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a growler filled at Alesmith.

A - Dark red with a decent head that recedes to a 1.8 inch head for the remainder of the beer. Lots of lacing going on with this one.

S - Fruity sweetness, Hoppiness as well, more hoppy smelling than most reds. Oak comes through a lot as well. This growler was filled from the cask.

T - Coffee and hops with some toffee sweetness at the end. As stated above, this is quite a hoppy red, which is quite the bonus.

M - High carbonation, but at the right level. Syrupy as well, leaves the mouth coated savoring the flavor for quite some time after each drink.

D - Great drinkability here, glad that I got a growler of it, as it won't be sold in bottles.

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Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bomber into a Harpoon pint glass. Body is clear reddish-amber with a 2-finger bubbly light-tan/beige colored head that sticks around with good staying power and leaves behind thick rings of lace.

S: Very nice for this style - a modest caramel and bready malt is overwhelmed by juicy, citrusy grapefruit with a hint of pine.

T: First impression is more about the mouthfeel than the taste - it's thinner in heft than expected and not very creamy; for some reason that big head made me think it would be more creamy than it is. Ah well, so it goes. . . . As for the flavors: it's big on the grapefruit juice, with some underpinnings of caramel malt. Also some leafy, herbal, tea-like impressions. Early on I also seem to get a touch of wet cardboard on the aftertaste, but after a few sips it seems gone; it may have been my imagination. . . .

M: Call it medium in heft, though on the lighter side of that description, with a slightly thin feel to it. Carbonation is on the lower end of things.

O: Good stuff and an easy drinker.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the chance to have this beer on tap and San Diego Brewing Company. I must say that it was incredable. It pours a very deep red. It looks wonderful when held up to the light. The brown head fades fast into a light coat on the top, with lots of laces.

This beer smells plesently hoppy. It also has a great malt aroma. It smells very well balanced. It has a faint hint of toffee. I can also detect a very slight alcohol aroma.

This beer tastes quite malty. The hop flavor is more subtle. As with the aroma, the taste is very well balanced. I taste a slight cherry flavor. I can also detect the alcohol content in the flavor.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a sweet malty aftertaste. It is carbonated to perfection.

I think this beer would make a good session beer. I dont know the alcohol content, but I think it is up there. This beer is not overly aggressive. I think I could drink this one all night long. If AleSmith ever bottles this, I will have to get a few cases. One of the best I have had from them.

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Photo of Chizoad
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfect for a slightly chilly Valentine's Day.

Deep brown, really more like a red ale in coloration but without any real redness? Great clumps of foam that stick to the glass. Concentric rings of foam layered my glass by the end of it.

Hoppy and malty aroma, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Great flavor with layers of complexity. Citrus, pine, fir, heavily backed by malts that give flavors of coffee or maybe chocolate. Each sip is interesting.

Good body, good carbonation. Spot on.

The style isn't my favorite, but it's done so well it just obliterates any complaints.

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Photo of Cfred371
4.27/5  rDev +7%
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 tonistruth
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA

A- crimson copper with bright garnet hues, two finger off white head, good retent, leaves thin lacing

S- sweet, malty, caramel, toffee, pine, citrus, cherry

T- sweet toffee up front that yields to some pine hop flavors that produce some bitterness but don't overcome the malts. toasted malts, caramel, vanilla, cherry, citrus.

M- medium body, carbonation tickles, smooth

D- amazing complex flavor and jaw dropping beautiful color. only gripe is that sometimes you feel as though your drink a soft drink (though this brew is not that carbonated, its still really sweet). to sweet to session but this would pair well with some cheesecake, mmmh mmh

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Photo of tigg924
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler via trade with smokepot23 - much obliged!

Pours a deep crimson color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of dark caramel malts with hints of toastiness and huge amounts of pine hops. Also present are milder amounts of herbal and citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as robust. Grainy caramel malt flavors with hints of deeper toastiness kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of pine and herbal hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops subside a bit and the flavor profile sweetens with hints of toffee. The toffee fades out, allowing pine and caramel malts to carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer, the most striking thing about it is the color as it's being poured - once in the glass it's not as interesting. A very good beer that's well worth a shot.

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Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours crimson with a one finger beige head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has caramel, toasted malt, citrus, and some chocolate.

Has a nice balanced taste. Tastes just like it smells with caramel, toasted malt, citrus, and chocolate. I never would have thought that the tastes in this beer would have blended so well, but they have.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. I would buy this again without hesitation.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Celtics17
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love amber ales, and this is a nice toasted caramel hoppy ale. Some chocolate layers come in, but overall a nice malt sweetness. With a nice hop kick.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hollingshead's in Orange, CA, seemed appropriate to drink it during the second week in February, drunk with fellow BA's chefscott79 and BrewbakerE,

A: Pours a dark red, with a full cap of tan foam, good lacing.

S: Hoppy for a red, grapefruit and caramel malt.

T: Dry caramel malt mixes with white grapefuit hops to make a really good tasting beer, simple flavour, but very affective.

M: Solid, dry for a red, resiny, medium-bodied.

D: A very good red ale, probably one of the best I've ever had, defintiely worth a try if on-tap.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge ups to smokepot23 for this... caught me a white whale here...

pour is deep deep red, almost brown, but as the light shines through hints of red come out. big frothy creamy head. thick retention.

BIG sweet citrus, this is more floral than a garden. lots of light sweet malts, big sweet grapefruit and pineapple. as soon as i popped the cap, i was blown away.

soft up front, quite mellow. more malts, light sweetness. a bit of dark fruit emerges with a caramel malt. through the end, the citrus and hops come out and finish this off. light grassy and earthy aftertaste.

very smooth, kinda micro carbonation. a bit full bodied. failry light and easy.

good stuff, with an ABV of 6.66, i'd never turn this down.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a deep red amber with a fine two-finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine hops, caramel malt, citrus and fruit juice. Flavor of dense, but neutral malt, light berry juice, citrus and citrus hops. Initial flavor is extremely well blended and satisfying. Finishes with toasted malt, pine and citrus hops, residual berry juice. Great medium body with nice creaminess. The flavor seems very low key at first, but is quite complex despite its subtlety. I could not stop taking sips from this. I was hoping for something a bit more blood red, but should have known Alesmith would go for great taste and feel rather than gimmick. Excellent.

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Photo of MrHirschybar
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchills in Escondido 2011 Release

A - Nice purple/reddish color - didn't get a large head on the pint glass served in but it was a nice white color,

S - Fruity, malty, citrus - sweet, orange

T - Sweet, malty, citrus, nice balance.

M - Smooth, a bit of carbonation, no lingering bitterness - nice citrus flavor with sweetness and maltiness

D - Very easy drinking, had this at the bar, and everyone in my party liked it - was glad to have caught this on tap at Churchills and not had to hunt for it after Valentine's Day. At $5 for the pint, very affordable and it was a nice way to acquaint myself with Churchills, which I'd recommend...

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Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Alesmith

A: The pour is deep amber color with a lot of brown to it. The head is minimal at a little less than a finger's worth of off-white foam.

S: The nose is almost exactly what I look for in a red ale. Plenty of grapefruit and miscellaneous citrus notes from the hops with a nice toasty and bready malt backbone and a mild pine quality.

T: Fairly similar to the taste with a hit of citrus on the front end, sweet bready and caramel malt in the middle and a bit of bitter pine on the finish. Not quite as good as the aroma, but still quite nice.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation and a crisp finish.

D: One of my new favorite beers from Alesmith. It's unfortunate that this beer isn't one of their "staples", but I suppose it will make me look forward to the opportunities I get to have it.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First time on East Coast, right? Cool.

22oz at cellar temp, poured into Stone IPA glass.

Beautiful looking amber - big, tightly wound beige/tan head over a very deep, dark ruby to brown color - pretty clear. Terrific, sticky lacing.

Aromas are soft... Leading with sweetness of malt, but morphing to a light English hop quality. Some really nice cocoa and maraschino cherry comes through with a deep pull. This inspires a Valentine's memory or two.

Flavor really favors the cherry quality, with chocolate nibs coming in second. Has just the right amount of juicy fruit, and dare I say somewhat piney hops to balance the sweetness. Extremely drinkable and smooth. Light carbonation, with some sweetness left layered on the palate.

This is a pretty darn nice beer. Not a "top scorer" in terms of Amber Ales, but fits the Valentine's theme nicely. Could even pair nicely with a chocolate cake or chocolate ice cream.

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Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My Bloody Valentine pours a deep copper color. It’s very clear. Backlighting gives it a brighter scarlet look. It’s topped with a really nice off-white head. It rises to about a finger and a half in height. Retention was good. It stuck around for a while. Lacing was very sticky and think. Good looking stuff.

The nose kicks with a really nice caramel malt scent. It definitely smells a little sweet. There are some toasted and chocolate malt notes, as well. Smells like a nice combo. The chocolate variety has a nice cocoa scent. It’s definitely hoppy. The hops smell mostly floral. Pine is very pronounced. Grass is also noted. It’s tough to tell if falls on the malty or hoppy side of the fence. Alcohol is blended well and doesn’t come through strong. Smells good!

I like the flavor quite a bit. The malt base is very flavorful and sturdy. It’s a really nice combo of caramel, chocolate, and toasted malts. It’s a bit sweet and sugary. The cocoa flavor is very tasty! Hops are very much in the mix. They mostly taste piney and floral. It’s not very bitter. The malts provide a lot of balance. I was expecting it to be a little hoppier, but it’s well balanced. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor at all. Given its abv, that’s not too shocking. Finishes malty and piney. Very tasty!

My Bloody Valentine has a medium body. Carbonation is light and soft. It feels nice and smooth. Definitely goes down easy. Far too easy. I could handle a couple of these bombers. Impressive.

Alesmith Brewing Company is one of those breweries that seems to never let me down. I’m not sure they’ve ever brewed even an average beer. My Blood Valentine is another fine release. It’s a very well balanced Red Ale that’s incredibly drinkable. Very glad to finally find it in Ohio. Easy recommendation!

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a deep red in color with dark amber brown highlights and had a half finger of frothy head leaving some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: it had a nice hoppy aroma upfront alongside piney, earthy, and nutty character but didi detect caramel, sweetness from the malts with faint toffee as well.

T: once again the taste had a very nice hop profile that blended well with the nuttiness but had caramel, candi sugar, citrus tangerine accents and some good sweetness from the malts.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, nutty, hoppy, and creamy finish.

D: really easy drinking and was tastier from the last time I had it; good hoppiness too. Also was good paired with a grilled chicken sandwich.

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Photo of snpub540
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Trappist Pub.

Poured a hazy brownish amber hue topped by a thin khaki head. Left very nice sheets of lace the entire way down.

Smell was very hoppy right of the bat. Pine and grass with some sweet malt rounding out the aromas.

Taste was quite different with sweet, ready caramel and toffee flavors making up the majority of the taste. Also some fruity Esther's in the finish with a nice choppy aftertaste. I have to say the balance here was nicely done.

Mouth feel was medium bodied and drink ability was great. I'm not a huge fan of Ambers but if everyone made them like this offering I would be.

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Photo of russpowell
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours garnet colored with 2 fingers of tan head. Lovely lacing & head retention

S: Toastyness, some herbal & woody hops

T: Follows the nose, much dryness, a little herbal & woody hop up front. So much malty dryness with some restrained hoppyness mixing in as this warms, a little cocoa & cinnamon??? Finishes dry, toasty, sweet& with a little chocolate an old school amber/red with a minor twist...

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, nice balance

Drinks fairly easy, works well for the style

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Photo of dcmchew
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look is phenomenal, a clear dark ruby, almost bloody, with a big fluffy beige head, tinted with some brown notes. Slowly recedes, leaves lots of sticky lacing. A nice pink glitter when held toward the light.
Thick caramelised malts on the nose, sweet and sticky, with a lot of blood orange and grapefruit juice in there, too. Biscuit, spicy leafy hops with quite some pine resin, faint peach compote and some light tropical notes. Some alcohol warmth creeping up, too.
Rich caramel glazed biscuit up front with a bit of butter on top, just a smidge. Fruit eases its way in, sweet and juicy with peach, faint mango and some pineapple syrup, then with a stronger citrus character, lots of grapefruit peel especially towards the end. A nice spicy note, too, with pepper, some woody notes (like cinnamon, faint ginger), enhanced by the rich hoppy finish, with pine and even a bit of dankness. Not overly bitter, but balances out the sweet maltiness.
Aftertaste has caramel glazed orange, some peach, faint tropical fruit, faint pine. A nice lingering mix of sweet malt and tasty hop. Medium body, a bit "fat" and sticky, almost creamy, but the nice carbonation lifts it up.
Pretty nice, a refreshing balanced bloody red ale. Don't wait for the next Valentine's Day to drink it.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

268th review on BA
Draft to pint

App- Plain and simple. Almost a blood red but see through. Nice one finger head with a little lacing but the color just looks awesome.

Smell- The malts were most prevelant for me with a faint hop aroma and a caramel like sweetness.

Taste- The taste followed the nose and provided a decent hop profile that was blended well with the overall taste of the beer but retained a caramel sweetness with a touch of fruit.

Mouth- A pleasant medium body with a matching carb level. Almost came across as a candy dessert like finish.

Drink- I like the candy, creamy finish. The ABV was there but over done and had a nice sweetness to it.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Neighborhood

A: Deep garnet and almost blood red in color. Much darker than I expected but looks great.

S: Nice malt presence and some citrus hops.

T: This beer had a pretty good balance between some caramel malts and citrus hops while favoring the malts. I actually enjoyed this one more than the Yulesmith Winter. Glad I finally got to try this one.


Review from bottle

A: Deep ruby color with a 1/2 finger sandy colored head. Leaves big tracks of lace.

S: A pretty nice floral/citrus hop aroma with a big nutty and caramel malt presence. Grapefruit and some faint chocolate as well.

T: Opens with some earthy, floral hop notes and moves quickly to a strong biscuity malt note. Toast, sticky citrus hops and a clean, hoppy finish. Leaves a slight unsweetened chocolate bitterness as well.

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Photo of mactrail
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous aromatic hops. The flavor is big flowery hops. Nice smooth finish without the bitter backbite. Like a nice perfume, it gradually fades, leaving you with the ghost of fragrance and a sly smile. Rich flavors, a touch of sweetness, great balance. A Valentine to flowery hops.

Dark brown in the tall tulip, and a little murky in appearance. Not so carbonated in the mouth. One of the best hoppy beers I've had lately. On the cask at Local Habit in San Diego Feb. 15.

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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
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