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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 | website

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:
634
Avg:
4
pDev:
9.25%
 
 
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Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark reddish copper. Mild hop nose. The mouthfeel is creamier than I expected. Nicely balanced between malts and hops. The finish is pleasantly semi-dry.

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Photo of KidDoc
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft poured into a tulip glass. Nice deep reddish color with a nice head, good retention and nice lacing. Red ales are not generally my favorite style but this had a very nice hoppy aroma. Flavor was good for the style with slightly more forward grassy hops than you might expect and a nice caramelly malty backbone. Perhaps a hair thin on the palate. Overall a very nice beer that I would happily order again

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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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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Costco in Santee (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: Jan. 11, 2015
Consumed: Jan. 29, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Dec. 22, 2014

Poured a reddish, brown, mahogany hazy color with five fingers of khaki-tan, frothy head. Excellent spiderweb, layered, lacing on the sides of the glass all the way down. Great retention on the top. (Sight - 4.75)

Smelled a pleasant mix of hops up front and malts late. Got floral hops, light grass hops, Citra hops, sweet chocolate, caramel, toffee, chocolate milk, hints of roasty nuts and raspberries (wishing?). (Smell - 4.25)

Taste wasn’t as good as the nose, but still decent. Got floral hops, bitter grassy hops, chocolate, chocolate milk, caramel, toffee, roasty malts, toast, nuts and faint vanilla. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was pretty good for the style. One of the best looking beers I’ve seen in a long time. (Overall - 3.75)

3.93 | 88 | B+

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Photo of Celtics17
4.24/5  rDev +6%
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 Safa1
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks great. Pours great. Tastes great. But somehow has a bit too much burnt taste. Like eating a mouthful of semi sweet morsels when you were expecting dark chocolate. Great beer.

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Photo of ronricorossi
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good red, which is good enough on its own, it doesn't need to be anything more than that. But it introduces the concept of the Valentine's beer - a new seasonal! I love it!

So now I want it to embrace its own concept! I want cinnamon! Or vanilla! Or chocolate malt! Or...something I can't even think of. I want the seasonal "twist".

Why NOT a vanilla, or chocolate, barrel-aged red ale? This concept fires the imagination. The space is there. This beer's a good red, a great red, even. But it doesn't really try to occupy that space.

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Photo of ChugMan
2.79/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Important note: Bevmo was selling this for full price in "seasonals" section but it was bottled on 12/24/13... yikes! Don't be like me, always check that date BEFORE buying/ drinking, folks!

A - Rich, dark and clear red! Healthy foamy head left some nice lacing
S - Sweet, cabbagey, soft maraschino cherries and cream. Perfumy / floral aromas.
T - Confused. Sweet but a little sulfury / vegetably, Slight citrus bitterness but also quite creamy. Images of artificial candy shells comes to mind. Like candied beets or glazed carrots.
M - Fair amount of chew to the body, would be nice if the flavors were more appealing. Moderate carbonation leaves a cream sensation on the end.
O - Beer was too old, not the brewer's fault, I'll revisit this beer when the next batch rolls out.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.16/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: amber/brown/red with a tan head.

S: hoppy like an IPA, but sweeter.

T: again, hoppy like an IPA, but much sweeter, but also reminded me slightly of a porter or stout due to the caramel/chalky aftertaste.

M: A bit too sweet for my tastes, as I'm not a huge fan of red ales, but still very drinkable. Kind of a weird hybrid of ale, porter and stout as mentioned above. I picked up a 22-oz bomber from my local shop for $3.50 on clearance, evidently they've had it left over since February. Not bad at all for that price.

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

Pours a deep brown body with ruby highlights. Head is 1/3 inch and tan in color. Lacing and head retention are pretty good.

Smell is a mix of earthy hops and sweet malts mixed with toffee and burnt caramel. There is also slight metallic aroma and alcohol is very light.

Taste is classic profile of a red ale. Slightly metallic, slightly hoppy, with a strong malt backbone. Good balanced flavors, alcohol is slightly present at 6.6 percent.

Mouthfeel is nice and full for a beer not too high on alcohol. Good amount of head retention accentuates the creaminess of the beer while taming the carbonation level, tastes almost like its on nitro.

Overall it was a good seasonal beer. My gf got it for me and I gladly drank the whole bomber easily. Not my favorite style but a solid beer.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review taken from notes beginning of MARCH 2014. Thanks to my California connection for this coming in the last trade.

22 oz brown bomber with a very festive screen printed label. A bloody heart oozing blood. running all over while an arrow looks to have just pierced the heart. Wow! Intense artwork, but I absolutely love it! It's a V-Day brew and I must say its a grand bottling. Can't say I've experienced a Valentine inspired ale, but hey! This is indeed my new favorite Valentine brew. Poured into a standard American pint glass.

A - a dark ruby red. Honestly more of the traditional blood red color you get when held to the light. It's a red ale for crying out loud! A khaki tan head sits a top making a truly grand spectacle. Finally leaving a sturdy ring of lace that provides wonderful and thick stick to the walls of my pint glass.

S - rich caramel notes up front paired with some toasted bread malt. Floral and citrusy hops only lay balance to what is overall a very delicious smelling red ale. Caramel really adds a whiff of sweetness and the chocolate notes just nail down a perfect aroma. A bit of pepper and spice in the back ground.

T - caramel richness and bready malts really pop at the start. A toasted malt character that is just out of this world followed by a load of hops. Caramel malt, toasted bread, sweet chocolate malt thats dark, floral and citrusy hops, peppery spice, burnt sugar, and a hint of honey all make for a brilliant flavor profile. Just imagine all those great tastes but balanced to perfection. Finish leaves amazing flavors on the tongue and begs you to take the next sip.

M - what a tremendous mouthfeel. Big medium body and thick textured, but still highly drinkable. Smooth overall with a crisp hop character. Just outstanding going down.

O - one of the best and new favorite red ales I've had. My friends will tell you I'm a huge fan of this style and that's no doubt the case as I always have lots of different reds/Ambers gracing my fridge year round. But let me tell you, Alesmith's 'My Bloody Valentine' will compete with the best this style has to offer and may just top them all on certain days. What a treat! A valentines day treat that will have me making extra special preparations at having one of these fine dark red gems the day of V-Day next year

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/24/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear dark red color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, citrus rind, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of citrus hops with moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, citrus rind, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange/lemon zest, pineapple, citrus rind, caramel, toast, toffee, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of bright citrus/floral hops with moderate caramel/toast malt sweetness; with a great malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent amber ale. All around great balance and complexity of citrus/floral hop and dark/toasted malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - ruby reddish brown with a persistent, creamy, beige head
S - toasted grain, caramel, citric, piny hops
T - nice blend of pine and grapefruity citrus with plenty of toasted grain and caramel; a bit fruity and bready with some broen sugar/burnt caramel notes; bold bitterness with a heavy malt backbone
F - lighter side of medium for body, easy drinking with exceptional balance; finishes semi-dry
O - really enjoyed this one. Huge malt character with vibrant hops. Loved every sip.

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Photo of TheDrunkenDeer
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm trying to keep this rating conservative, but I do love this beer. Drinking it on Valentines day may have made it even better. I love the strong hop nose. Possibly Centennial and Amarillo. I'm so glad I stocked up on this in San Diego. I'm not a big fan of Ambers/Reds usually either.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served cold into a goblet.

My Bloody Valentine is a crimson red color with good clarity and thick head. It settles fairly slowly and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

Aroma is the usual hoppy excellence you expect from Ale Smith.

Flavor is a nice combination of malty amber malts and big hoppy bitterness. Caramel and brown sugar sweetness at first but from middle to end it's all citrusy west coast hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a very good hoppy red with an unfortunate but appropriate name.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a light reddish head, no effervescing. Pretty cool looking beer, and appropriate for a valentines themed brew. Smell is sweet and bready, with some subtle hops. Taste is malty and fairly sweet, subtle hops again. Everything was pretty mellow: caramel, fruit, chocolate, bread. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied. Low carbonation. Smooth and silky.

Overall, not bad, a bit too sweet for my taste mixed with heavy malt made it a slow drinker for me.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Dark, dark red brew. Looks to have nice clarity. Moderate lacing. Decent (crust) head retention.

Creamy, apple (red), lots of toasted caramel, some very light crisp pine notes.

Talk about a brew that drinks different than the aroma... The feel is dry, earthy, resinous, and bitter. The flavors are lightly bitter and moderately sweet with caramel and toffee. Kinda odd. Carbonation is spot on and medium at that. Toasty milk chocolate is also very forward with slightly awkward sweetness that a bit misplaced, but still makes for a unique brew.

This is a great amber, especially at $8/22oz. This is the definition of a price point beer. It's not $15, not $10. It's one hearty amber ale. Highly recommended, just a bit funky and sweet.

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Photo of Vixie
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a really nice red color with about a half inch of tan head. The head lingers for a time, leaving some nice lacing.

Hops tend to dominate the smell, seems to be mainly pine with a touch if citrus and floral.

Caramel and chocolate notes at the front, then the hops kick in, adding pine and floral flavors. The hops don't hit as hard as the smell suggests, it's actually sweeter up front then expected, and while there are definite hop flavors there, they don't overwhelm.

Smooth going down, with lingering carbonation that tingles the tongue.

A nice change of pace from my usual beers of choice. I am not a fan of hoppy beers, but this one balances the sweet and bitter notes so well, I didn't mind a stronger than normal hop presence. Tastes pretty much how I would expect a Valentine;s Day beer to taste, worth a try.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle $6.99 dated 12/23/2013. I wish this was a little fresher but whatever. Red color, good head and lace. Aroma us a malty red with a touch if piney hops, less than I expected. Flavor was caramel malts and again a small dosage of green hops. I really hoped this would have more if a hop blast since it's Alesmith but it was still a solid red. Not sure whether I should buy another bottle or not.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into my FW Snifter glass
Notes taken on 01/31/14

A: Deep crimson red with dark burgundy tones and minimal translucence. Thick and course cake of beige with ample stay power and scattered sheets of lace.

S: Expressive piney hops on the nose with some supporting citrus fruit undercurrents. Some grapefruit and tangerine mostly. Softly spiced toffee malt moves in with some toasted bread and light hints of dried fruit. Incredibly vibrant hop aromas. It literally smells like uber fresh hop pellets. Quite the bouquet.

T: Flavors follow the nose with some fresh greenie hops up front. Concentrated pine and citrus oils. Zesty pink grapefruit stands out. Moves into a toasted caramel and nutty bread malt backing with a nice persuasion of spice. Remains dry and not sweet at all. Lightly resinous with a mild perceived bitterness though big on hop flavor. Suggestions of chocolate and raisin. Great balance with alcohol mostly disguised. A truly delicious and hoppy red.

M: Moderate fullness slightly on the heavier side but with a very nice drying frothiness to it. Perfect amount of carbonation. Slight resinous effect but mostly clean and balanced feel.

D: Damn near flawless for the style and just such an enjoyable brew. Perfect marriage of hops and malt without falling too hard one way or the other.
I always thought this was the same beer as Evil Dead but I couldn’t find any supporting info on that. Still great either way! Highly recommended.

AleSmith has really mastered the American Red category.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a very well made beer, but I'm surprised people like it as much as they seem to here. its a really hoppy, really sticky, really thick, resinous ipa. deep brick red amber type color here, hazy and just thick as honey. the nose is citrusy hop, high alpha, robust and aggressive in all aspects. the malt bill is huge, the gravity is high, and i am shocked this comes in under 7% abv, its most impressive feature. a little pine from the hops, but its sort of tough to tell whether the sweet malt adds that sappy character or the hops does. I'm honestly not in love with it, it comes across a bit confused to say the least, bitter and sweet, but not in a good way really. it gets hard to drink, sticky and filling, especially with temperature, and just doesn't wow me the way it has for others. full body may be to its detriment here, just too much so deal with, but the carbonation tries as hard as it can to make this move, but its stuck. alesmith can really do no wrong for me, but i like this less than most of their other stuff, i expected more from a special release.

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Photo of travolta
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice retention, light cappuccino head, foamy with nice clingy lacing. A rusty plum color.

Nose: Toffee, chocolate, sweet malt.

Taste: Grapefruit and carmel. It is crisp and a little dry. Champagne type dry.

Notes: It's a little dry, if I were to spend Valentine's Day alone, I would want it to be sweet and malty. It's nice for a red ale, however.

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Photo of BB1313
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 12/23/13. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark hazy plum with a fluffy khaki head which leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas have tons of sweet malts. Lots of caramel and butterscotch. There's some subtle ripe citrus notes as well. Some grapefruit and orange. Extremely subtle garlic notes. The flavors have a balance between the malts and hops, although I'd give the edge to the malts. There's some black cherry in the mix. Tons of caramel and toffee. Some pine resin. More citrus. Some grass. Slightly earthy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. It's creamy, but loose; active carbonation. This is a nice beer to relax with.

Very solid red ale right here. They seem to focus on the malts more than the hops on this one, which is cool. This beer will be compared with Evil Dead Red, which I personally enjoy more. Evil Dead focuses on the hops. My Bloody Valentine focuses more on the malts. Two different takes on the styles.

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Photo of NCalement
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark reddish amber. Looks like cranberry juice. Has a nice white head that dissipates quickly with decent lacing.

S- Nice hop aroma with light malt backbone. Not to pungent but nice.

T- Bitter hops, almost soap like, pine, and grapefruit, with a nice malt balance. Very nice red ale that almost has a pale ale hop profile. I like. Not to complex

M- Very nice for the style. Medium body with a crisp refreshing finish. This beer has active carbonation and no sign of alcohol.

O- A very nice beer from Ale Smith. It drinks easy and had a nice hop presence that borders the pale ale category. Dont get Ale Smith in NC but if we did I would drink this on the regular.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, deep ruby with a lingering airy head that left thick lacing on the glass. Strong hops in the nose, herbal, pungent and earthy. Also picking up nectarines and marzipan. Taste is immediately sweet caramel and woody/fruity hops, followed by a bitterness like orange pith. medium thick mouthfeel with a soft carbonic bite. Definitely a malt oriented beer but there is enough hop character to balance it and bring it back to center. Think of a sweeter, milder, less bitter friend of Arrogant Bastard. Immensely drinkable.

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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.
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