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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%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
77
For Trade:
3
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Photo of ppoitras
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere in the Middlebury/Burlington area.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" reddish tan head over the slightly cloudy bright red brew. Head bubbles burst gradually, with sticky lacing. Aroma is malt and piney hops.

Taste starts sweet, cherries in the middle, with moderately bitter close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Cherry starts to get a bit old as time passes, but a good brew overall.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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 barczar
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very malty, toasted, nutty aroma, with resin and earthy hops.

Flavor is resiny, grassy, with specialty malt fruitiness. The finish is moderately bitter. Definitely more malt dominant than hoppy.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours reddish/amber (more of a bright red when held up to a light) with an inch and a half light tan head that stayed around for a while. There's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and hoppy, the brew smells like floral and citrusy (grapefruit, oranges) hops, caramel malt, and some mint. It tastes like citrusy and pine hops, caramel, toasted malt, toffee and a bit of chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, it's definitely worth a try. $8.99 a bottle.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: dark murky red bodied beer with 3 fingers of a dirty tan colored head. The head is loaded with big and clumpy bubbles. The glass get loaded with lacing.

Smell: Bready and caramel malts. Pine and minty hop notes.

Taste: Pine and grapefruit rinds. Chalky tasting hops. Little bit of caramel malts and biscuit dough flavor. Nice balance with hop and malt profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking beer for sure.

Overall: This beers is okay. Nothing mind blowing, but its definately a beer of Alesmith well know quality. It reminds me of MBC Zoe, but just doesnt taste quite as good.

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Photo of Brad007
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber/nearly garnet color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Almost red enough to be blood.

Lots of citrus to greet the nose. It's followed by notes of caramel and/or toffee. I couldn't detect the cocoa mentioned on the label.

Strong and flavorful with a great mix of citrus hops, toffee, caramel and perhaps a bit of cocoa in the malt body only. Drinks more like an american strong ale. ABV is a reasonable 6.66%. Sweet!

Lingering citrus hops and caramel embody the mouthfeel. I've noticed that way back in the throat, the chocolate notes from the malt show up. Very nice touch!

I find this to be an excellent beer, worth a shot if you're into stronger amber ales, despite the fact that the ABV is only 6.66%.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Shane. Per directions, this is served in a (nonic) pint.

A deep mahogany red with deep crimson highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, creamy, off-white head with excellent retention and some lacing. The nose is fresh and hoppy, with a blend of pine, a little spearmint, and some tangerine/mandarin notes. Right now, the hops are so aromatic that they cover up the malt character here. There is, however, a faint browned sugar/toffee aroma present.

The palate opens with an herbal and chalky bitterness that also has the flavor of a rather bicarbonate-heavy water profile. With pine and moderately juicy citrus hop flavors complementing the herbal and minty bitterness, the opening flavors are quite enjoyable. The mid palate brings a bit of toast and toffee. Sweetness, however, is minimal here. Drying, toasty and hoppy on the finish, there's a blend of pine and citrus pith present. Medium light in body, the carbonation here is rather excellent - creamy but firming, lending a soft and smooth palate to carry the flavors. The water profile is a little distracting, at least initially, but the carbonation makes up for it. Very good, highly recommended.

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Photo of tigg924
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the source, Alesmith taproom, while they were boxing up my barrel aged Old Numbskull & Kopi Luwak Speedway Stout.

Lots of brown and very dark red and amber color flowing around in the glass. Maybe because of the name I was expecting something a little more red, and less brown. Thin off white head on it, somewhere between that and beige. Amazing retention for the less than 1" head though, even the lacing was top notch. Aroma, malty, almonds, nuts.

Decent mix of hops and malt here, malt getting the caramel and toffee thing to your senses right up front, the hops are probably a little on the higher side, but this is something that is approachably balanced but sturdy and slightly aggressive at the same time. A twist of vanilla, chocolate and citrus in the mouthfeel, very subdued compared to the other aspects of the beer. This beer puts a lot of different aspects together to make a far better than average amber ale, you get plenty of cascade hops I suspect, lots of caramelization, just the right amount of alcohol. Good stuff, glad I picked this one to try while I was there while the old lady as usual was pounding down Speedway.

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Photo of drpimento
4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shazzam! This is great beer! Poured perhaps slightly too cold. Immediate hop aroma upon opening. Poured with a giant, foamy, frothy, thick, light tan head that slowly settles and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber red with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is a very heady balanced, fresh blend of caramel malt and hop that was mostly pine with a little grapefruit. Flavor's like nose, slightly roasty (which i love), dominated by the hop and just balanced enough by the malt and carbonic tang. Body/carbonation are faultless. Finish is like flavor, long, and just a tad medicinal. Very drinkable

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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 glid02
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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 maximum12
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fiver29 for bowing the boards of my porch with an epic box. The old familiars have been wildly amazing, & now to start in on the new stuff...22 oz. bottle split with my wife, who doesn't believe in Valentine's Day & loves beer. Me lucky.

We begin with decanting the beer into two sturdy glasses, where it sits & looks red, dark, clear, cold, filtered red. Plenty of carbonation. Nose is a nice balance that too many reds don't get right: bready, crusty mixed with a nice citrus kick. Jack-rabbit start.

My Bloody Valentine has a great name & I tip my cap to the Alesmith team for that. The beer itself hits the same nice balance as the nose, crust of bread (my favorite part, I have to eat all the crusts in the house...but I digress) is strong but held up nicely by a sprig of hops, floral, citrusy. Dots of caramel in the middle, mint (?), then a sweet pine lick on the end. Very easy on the tongue & slipping right down.

I usually despise balance, but this beer does a good job of mixing up interesting tastes, balance, & depth. Very good beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Brewed for Valentine's Day.

A: Dark tan heads tops a nutty dark-brown beer that shines translucent and red in direct backlighting. Noticeable effervescence and great head retention.

S: Fruity hops. Tangerine and pineapple. Caramel malt.

T/M: It's okay. Clean and malty, with a hint of metal and a sweetish maintaste that lacks much character. Lightly carbonated and spicy mouthfeel redeems it somewhat. The aftertaste is bitterish and bland. It improves somewhat as it warms, but never develops much depth. Hops become more prominent and fruitily enjoyable.

O: I actually did like this beer, despite my criticisms (cue joke about the exgirlfriend). Still, I probably wouldn't have again unless I was desperate.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.92/5  rDev -2%
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 rodbeermunch
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Throw in some brown and dark red for this color descriptor. Great retention, average depth of head.

Aroma was all that nutty, malty, oktoberfest almost vibe.

Coffee from the malt, toffee and caramel then some bitter hop bite in the first sip. Just a sip, just a sip, beer or whiskey if you're with me, wet your lips. Chocolate malt and then some vanilla. Good amount of complexity to the beer, its good stuff.

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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 xnicknj
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip

Deep, ruddy red pour with soft ruby hues. Frothy, thick beige tanned head bubbles up, leaving heavy layers of lacing and filmy retention.

Resinous pine in the nose with bitter hoppiness. Toasted bread crust, caramel, burnt sugar and soft warmth.

Bitter and piny right up front with sticky hops and resin. Softer tones of citrus peel and pulp, followed by a little rush of bready, toasted malts with toffee. Caramel with burnt sugar and lingering bitterness on the back end.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. A decent balance of malt and hop presence, with an emphasis on the West coast dry-hopping. Nice beer, although I was hoping for a little more expression in the nose.

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Photo of Pencible
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
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 popery
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great looking beer. Pours a deep maroon. Looks pretty transparent. No haze or lees apparent. Nice big head, light beige. It's a bit rocky but sticks around for a long time. The aroma is a mix of floral and bright citrus hop notes. There's a little spruce to the beer, as well. Underneath the hops, some caramel and toastier malt flavors come through. The taste has good hop flavor, nice delicacy/complexity. The malt plays a larger role than in the aroma. Good depth from the darker malt. It almost has a light chocolate flavor. In both the aroma and taste, the beer just lacks somewhat in intensity for the abv. For a ~6.5% abv beer, I just want a bit more. Mouthfeel also doesn't really help, as it gets a bit watery in the middle. Still, it's a good beer. I just wish there was a bit more to it.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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 argock
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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 rawfish
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally bottled, My bloody valentine pours a deep clear shade of red with some tan tightly melded two fingers of head. Decent retention leaving slight traces of lacing along the glass.

Light bouquet of citrus, hay, wild flowers, pine and mint, uplifting above a solid bready and slightly sweet, brown sugar backbone. Lemony citrus and aromatic grass/herbs really stand out on this.

Caramel and toasted bread malt, sweetness is kept well in check as moderate pine and citrus hops lay down a smooth bitterness, flavor and ample drying.

Sessionable body feels much less than 6.6%, creamy palate as expected from Alesmith.

Exceptionally well crafted amber/red, probably one of the best there is, floral but not overwhelming on any front. Alesmith hits the mark again, get it while you can.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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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 FosterJM
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
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