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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:
9.25%
 
 
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Reviews: 155 | Ratings: 635
Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev 0%
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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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 Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of largadeer
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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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 mactrail
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of dcmchew
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
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 womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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 russpowell
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
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 smcolw
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three finger head that leaves plenty of ring lace after each sip. The liquid is ruby, dark amber color. Crystal clear.

Brown sugar malt aroma with a lightly peppery hop bitterness.

A nicely balanced yet very flavorful on both fronts. Less sweet than the smell indicates. The hop stays back until the beginning of swallow. It does take over and leave a long lasting aftertaste. Milky body with an under average carbonation level.

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Photo of stakem
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber split with friends. Big thanks to BA anotherjoe for gifting me with as an extra in a recent box exchange. The brew appears a mahogany to burnt amber color with a finger of khaki head. A full wall of webby lace sticks to the glass.

The aromatics are quite fruited seemingly from a mixture if alcohol notes and hops. A mild chocolate note is present before more of an herbal to dank backing of more hop character.

The flavor of this brew suggests raw cacao or green nib quality with a fruity alcohol and floral hop aspect just like the aroma suggests. Some toasty grain to molasses persists into the aftertaste. Overall not bad.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Such a strange and unique combination of characteristics but decent enough to pay a visit to if given the opportunity. I am appreciative of the chance to try this but I probably would not have it again if I had other options available.

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Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 12/18/14:

Pours crimson with a lasting, creamy off-white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel, toast, pine. Assertive nose.

The taste is of sweet caramel and resin balanced by mild toast and floral bitterness. A subtle hint of chocolate comes through as it progresses. Sweet to bittersweet finish.

It has a creamy, smooth, full body. Alcohol well-integrated with a bit of warmth.

An impressive red ale! The description fits it well, so they got what they were intending. Nice choice and blend of malt and hops! A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass. Bottled Dec 1st 2015.

Deep red. Almost into dark brown from a distance and dark chestnut to mahogany brown appearances. Thick three finger head with a big creamy banana yellow color. Real impressive looker.

Inviting aroma. Soft brown spices more towards sweet and almost like a cigar woody quality with leafy hop sugars and punch. A soft caramel and brown sugars round out in the distance. Very nice and unique.

Palate sticks to some of the basics and done well. Quality hop forward with pine and dry spicy hop flavors in the mid palate, with a nearly juiced feel. Slight clean almost crisp body, making for easy drinking but less prominent flavors. Fleeting aftertaste, but with soft hop aromatic flavors of pine, slight caramel and citrus to grapefruit.

A neat light red with interesting character.

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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 Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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 tempest
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
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 DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Hollingshead's, this is AleSmith's Valentine's Day beer. I finally had a chance to try it this time. On to the beer:

Like really dark red blood, that's the color of this beer. Some lacing from the head sticks on the glass. The hoppiness is present with a pleasant citrus flavor in both the aroma and taste, but the maltiness throwns a curveball at the palate compared to your usual amber ale. Instead of being caramel laden, it's more of a toasted/burnt bread flavor with a dash of coffee. Slightly astringent, and dry in the aftertaste with a faint tropical flavor.

Who makes beer for Valentine's Day? That's a day for eating chocolate, but if you want your daily pint, My Bloody Valentine can fill that need.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Zorro
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really more brown than red. Clear brown colored beer with a small yellowish tan colored head. It is only red if you hold it up to a strong light.

Smell is strongly hopped brown ale. Grapefruit, pine, eucalyptus, menthol, bitter orange and wood. Malt is pretty well hidden.

Starts out malty, hoppy and woody. The taste is more balanced than the smell, hop doesn't obliterate everything else. Mellow hoppy ale, but not quite a hophead paradise.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall, tasty and not too expensive.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/3/2011

On tap at Alesmith.

A: Amazing color. Deep crimson with a faint translucence when held to light. Big creamy beige with good retention and scattered lacing.

S: Rich bready malt with some toffee notes and a decided earthiness. A touch of alcohol is evident. Faintly fruity, with light plum and date notes. Some citrus from the hops comes through as the beer warms, mostly orange flesh.

T: Rich toffee and bread with a distinct earthy quality. Upper light to lower moderate bitterness with a faint metallic twinge. Some caramel and light fruit notes reminiscent of plum and dates. Some orange is present.

M: Upper full in body. Upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy and sticky.

Overall: Typically, reds are not my thing, but this one is very well made.

 

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev 0%
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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