AleSmith My Bloody Valentine | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
675
Reviews:
166
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
89
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great as a red ale. Really good hoppiness and not overdone, with chocolate in the secondary to give it an added dimension. Very good drinkability. Bottle from Campone's, well worth the $12 and email to keep aside for me.Hoppier than its scent. Above average mouthfeel.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a murky reddish brown with a khaki head that settles to a small cap. Chunky rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest and grapefruit mainly. Taste is of citrus zest, grapefruit, and some other peppery and herbal hop flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has some nice hop flavors gong on.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off this beer has some great art work on the bottle, one of the better looking bottles on the market in my opinion.

Anyway, The beer poured out as a deep red color. The head was a light shade of tan with a very good retention and lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is sweet, it's also hoppy and there is even some chocolate coming through on this one. The taste of the beer was pretty good, it's got some transitions from sweet to bitter then back to sweet. The malt followed by the hops and finally the chocolate comes in to settle things down a bit. The flavors to me sometimes get a little on the awkward side so at times I really liked it and other times I didn't. The mouthfeel was pretty good. Well carbonated and had a medium body. Overall I thought the beer was good. Sometimes though I think the flavors in it clash a bit and that hindered my thoughts on the beer. I enjoyed it but I feel there are better alternatives out there, it's still worth trying to see for yourself though.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear dark garnet red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high beige colored head that took a very long time to die down and left a coating of bubbles on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of floral hops in the nose along with some notes of tangerines as well as some hints of caramel malts. Aromas of pine resin are also initially noticeable but these disappear as the beer warms up.
T: Hops also stand out in the overall taste, but aren't quite as dominant as the nose because there is a strong backing of caramel malts that contribute some notes of sweetness (to contrast with a light amount of hop bitterness) and hints of toasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a great balance between hops and malts and is rather easy to drink. It seems more like a hybrid between an amber ale and an IPA.

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3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired for $7.00 at a local SoCal bottle shop and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and the recommendation of a trusted friend, murrhey. 6.66% ABV confirmed. I believe this is the first year they've offered this in bottles. "Serve in a pint at 45-50 degrees."

Served cold, right in the temperature range suggested by the label. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a lovely three finger khaki colour head of nice cream, good frothy thickness, and incredible (8+ minute) retention for the moderately high ABV. Head is creamy and gorgeous. Sticky lacing remains on the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. I'd say the head is ideal for the style. Body colour is a rather dark rich amber; it's decadent. A refined understated appearance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Delightfully hoppy, with a dominant assertive floral character. Rich amber malts ride beneath joined by subtle caramelization. A bit of hop bitterness bite. I'm really looking forward to this; the aroma is striking. Pretty strong. Fragrant and inviting. I don't detect any alcohol or yeast character.

T: The depth of flavour emerging from the floral hop notes is delightful; this is really evocative. Amber malts and slight subtle caramelization comprise the supportive refreshing body. No yeast or alcohol comes through. There's a pleasant sweetness; I guess it could be subtle chocolate malt. There's also some subtle light fruity character; perhaps light cherry or raspberry. Together, these notes are redolent of chocolate covered luscious raspberry. Very Valentine's day esque. In any case, the balance here is damn near impeccable. Very impressive and evocative for the style. Complex and well put together. It's got subtlety; far more than I'd expect for the style.

Mf: Perfect thickness. Lightly crisp. Chewy. Smooth and wet, with an assertive bite that keeps you engaged. Ideal carbonation, if a bit high to execute that bite. Complements the flavour profile quite well. It could be a bit more creamy. Good palate presence, all around. It feels tailored specifically to the flavours. Well executed.

Dr: A highly drinkable red ale from Alesmith. Surpassed expectations. This is a gem for the style. I'm glad they're bottling it; it's definitely worth the $6-7 pricetag. A real hoppy treat and one of the best reds on the market. It feels strangely suitable for valentine's day; maybe it's that subtle chocolate touch. I never thought chocolate and really forward hops would be balanced so well. Bravo, Alesmith. I'd definitely try this on-draught. A real treat.

B

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A generous extra from Arthur. Thanks!

Appearance: Pours a clear crimson red that's so dark it looks nearly opaque in the glass. A three finger head tops the beer, leaving clinging sheets of lacing.

Smell: Dank hops - fresh herbal notes, a little mint, pine, a touch of citrus. Leans heavily toward green, resinous hops. There's some toasted malt in the background, faint beneath the hop aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Fairly balanced between toasted, slightly caramelized malts and herbal, resinous, somewhat earthy hops. Pine, rosemary, a bit of mint - this has a fairly unique hop profile. It's a rather dry beer despite the hefty malt backbone, and bitterness is dialed in to a perfect moderate level.

Overall: One of the better American red ales out there. Nice to finally see this in bottles.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +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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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 675 ratings.
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