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
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:
674
Reviews:
166
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
88
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 674 |  Reviews: 166
Photo of Kegatron
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mactrail
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +5%
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 billab914
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of russpowell
4.19/5  rDev +5%
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 drewone
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of smcolw
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
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 smithj4
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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 orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMart
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of stakem
3.79/5  rDev -5%
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 AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of dfhhead25
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of rab53
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +1.3%
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 jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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 Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -6%

AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 674 ratings.
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