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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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Reviews: 164 | Ratings: 666
Photo of dsa7783
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
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 -8.8%
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 +8.5%
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 -1.5%
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 -3.8%
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 +3.5%
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 +3.8%
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 -6.3%
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 +3.3%
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 -12.8%
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.

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 -11%
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 +12.8%
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 -5.5%
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 +0.8%
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%
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 +6.3%
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 delta490
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of tempest
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a glass at the Forrest Hills Station House. This is a fine example of a malt-forward amber (most a pretty boring). The caramel is up front, but then it gets earthy and interesting. There's mild floral and juicy hops, over toasty, earthy barley.

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Photo of argock
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Dark red with 1/2-finger beige head with some stickiness and a thin rim of lacing.

S: Toasted and medium caramel malt aromas are the dominant feature but are prety closely matched with floral, citrus grapefruit hoppiness. No yeast or alcohol.

T: FLavor is a little muted compared to the aroma and the striking blood red appearance of the beer. Toasty and medium and dark caramel malt, probably English from the intensity of the maltiness, carry this beer with the grapefruit citrus, floral, and earthier dank notes mainly countering. Bitterness is moderate -- this is a solid West Coast red ale. No real alcohol or yeast presence.

M: A little hefty and flaccid in the feel to be honest, a little oily, moderately carbonated with medium body.

O: Pretty solid red ale but I would have preferred less intense caramel as I felt it clashed with the citrus and dank hopping. Body left quite a bit to be desired. Glad I tried it but one and done for me.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: On draft poured into a tulip. Appearance: Dark red almost ruby in color. Head and lacing present. Aroma: Clear and distinct hoppy character with accents of toasted malts. Dark berries chocolate notes also are present. Taste: Toasted malts make an immediate appearance with deep dark berries to follow. Juicy and crisp. Aftertaste: Juicy finish. Berry notes and bitter chocolate on the back end. A strong offering from one of my favorite brewers in San Diego.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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 lordofthewiens
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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 brother_rebus
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

terrible beer. the head looks like the stuff that comes out at the end of your puke. Like a mix of bile and chyme. The smell is flat dead junky malt-laden hops. The taste is malty sweetness with a tinge of hops and a chemical caramelized tire aftertaste. Feel is pretty good. Slightly carbonated smooth silky with somewhat of a small hop fizz of carbonation. Dont recommend. Dont drink beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper almost dark brown body with minimal head and lace. Aroma has notes of citric hops and a bready maltiness (not quite sweet or caramel). Balanced, medium bodied beer with a bready fullness that gives off a sharp citric hop taste, hint of grapefruit, along with caramel malts that add sweetness. Another simplistic yet solidly constructed beer from Alesmith that is a must try.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep ruby, rich, frothy cream colored head. Scent of resin, caramelized sugar, grass and strawberries. Taste of caramelized sugar, resin, sap, a hint of grapefruit rind and a sort of fruit punch flavor. Damn good.

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