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AleSmith My Bloody ValentineAleSmith My Bloody Valentine

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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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 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 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 pmarlowe
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Alesmith tasting room.

A: Pours like apple cider--cloudy/opaque amber, with a cap of very fine head. Very good retention.

S: Hop bite which melds nicely with toffee, fruit (apple), English malt, and some pine hops.

T: Similar, with more caramel flavor than toffee. Pine with a hint of grapefruit. Mild hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Ultra smooth on the palate, as I've come to expect from Alesmith.

O: Tasty. I'm usually not a fan of hoppy amber-type ales, but this works.

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

Reviewed from cursory notes - on-tap @ Surly Goat - served in a nonic.

Cerise-highlighted, crimson liquid topped a smattering of seashell foam. Fluffy lacing, good retention.

Aroma is hop-forward with pine along with an array of floral notes.

Moderate initial bitterness is tamed by a cherry-kissed caramel-apple sweetness on the palate. Base malt shines through, and the finish is clean and fairly dry. Very good flavors, though not as complex as the nose would suggest.

Light-bodied, yet creamy and pleasant.

Very easy drinking, this seems to have a bit more fruit and a bit less bite (without sacrificing freshness of hop aromas) compared to the last release of Evil Dead Red...

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Photo of charlzm
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed February 14th, 2012 at Tony's Darts Away, Burbank, CA.

Beer is a very deep red, like venous blood. One finger tan head crowns this off appropriately.

Sweet, woody aroma.

Flavor is woody, brown sugar/molasses and quite juicy (melanoidins). Bitterness is well-modulated and moderate. Piny and woody at the end. Very different than a standard-issue amber/red, but I like it.

Mouthfeel is dry and a little creamy. Finish is evaporative but not parching,. Neat trick.

Good stuff, but twice a year is just fine. Wait, this is the same beer as Evil Dead Red, right?

Consumed 02/23/09 at The Daily Pint, Santa Monica, CA.

Beer was served in a chalice. Thick brownish/red color offset by an off-white, one-finger head. Minimal lacing.

Almost zero aroma, perhaps due to the serving glassware. Perhaps the faintest, fleeting whiff of malt.

Flavor is weak crystal malt and significant woody bitterness. Notably but not unpleasantly astringent on the finish. Overall, flavor suffers from lack of both complexity and carbonation. Worth noting that this keg had been on draft for nine days when I got to it. Maybe it was better earlier on?

Not as good as I had hoped. It took me a long time to finish this glass. I really wish AleSmith would brew the Imperial Evil Dead Red again...

APP - 3.5
SM - 2.5
TASTE - 3.0
MF - 3.5
DRINK - 3.0

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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 elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A red ale for Valentine’s day? How appropriate, in a beer geek sense. I got this a few days after, however, so make of that what you will.

It’s a dark red hued brew with nice foam. There’s a crisp, hoppy aroma to it, rounded out with some malt sweetness. Flavor is more citrus, reminding me of pink grapefruit. Nice flavor, sweet but not overpoweringly malty with some piney chew to give it character and complexity.

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Photo of Chizoad
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfect for a slightly chilly Valentine's Day.

Deep brown, really more like a red ale in coloration but without any real redness? Great clumps of foam that stick to the glass. Concentric rings of foam layered my glass by the end of it.

Hoppy and malty aroma, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Great flavor with layers of complexity. Citrus, pine, fir, heavily backed by malts that give flavors of coffee or maybe chocolate. Each sip is interesting.

Good body, good carbonation. Spot on.

The style isn't my favorite, but it's done so well it just obliterates any complaints.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Hollingshead's deli in Orange. Poured in a mug. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger and a half khaki head. Nut brown color.

S- Hoppy and some lighter fruit tastes. Good smells all around.

T- This is the best red I've ever tasted by far. Light fruits, medium barleys and malts. All of it comes together perfectly.

M- Nice carbonation, chewy and fairly wet.

O- Best red I've ever had. This is a keeper.

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Photo of snpub540
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Trappist Pub.

Poured a hazy brownish amber hue topped by a thin khaki head. Left very nice sheets of lace the entire way down.

Smell was very hoppy right of the bat. Pine and grass with some sweet malt rounding out the aromas.

Taste was quite different with sweet, ready caramel and toffee flavors making up the majority of the taste. Also some fruity Esther's in the finish with a nice choppy aftertaste. I have to say the balance here was nicely done.

Mouth feel was medium bodied and drink ability was great. I'm not a huge fan of Ambers but if everyone made them like this offering I would be.

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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 billshmeinke
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at the World Famous Blue Palms Brewhouse.

Almost black body with hues of bloody amber on the edges. A finger of beige head. Very sinister looking. I dig it. Decent retention and nice spotty lacing.

The nose on this is very hoppy. Really bright citrusy notes of orange rind and tangerines. Faint toffee and cocoa powder, but this is really all about the hops.

Taste follows smell with tons of bright orange, grapefruit, tangerines, and even some apricot. Wowza citrusy hop bomb having a party in my mouth. Some toffee and powdered cocoa is lurking around in there, but any time thy try to rear their heads they are immediately beteen down by hoppy nom nom nom.

Lots of carbonation plus the hoppiness combines for a dry and slightly spicy mouthfeel. Medium bodied.Carbonation is just a tad to sharp though.

Best amber ale (if you can truly call it that) I've ever had.

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

Red color is pretty hard to get in to a beer, but Alesmith did a pretty good job with this one. There is a light tan head which sits atop a nice brown and ruby body. The aroma is predominantly of fruity Centennial hops, with a bit of peach from some Amarillo. The malt underlying the hops is apparent...even with this much hop character, this is still going to be a malty beer. The Amarillo is lost in the flavor with the Centennials taking center stage. There is a caramel malt sweetness with a restrained bitterness that allows it to shine through. Pretty solid beer.

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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.


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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Photo of ptykozoon
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass, layer of a sticky brown sugar colored head lasts pretty much forever. Color is naturally dark bloody red.

Cherry, oak, hops.

Lighter taste than expected - a sort of IPA/Flanders Red fusion. Raisin, cranberry and a touch of sour cherry.

Crisp refreshing mouthfeel.

Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Burnt red and brown with an extremely thin white cap. Looks thick and creamy. Left decent lacing.

A face-smacking amount of citrus and pine hops in the nose, unexpected. Surpassed every expectation.

Tastes like a high-quality hoppy red ale or a traditional West Coast IPA, both good things. Hoppy then sweet.

Exceptional mouthfeel. Creamy and silky. Along with the nose, my favorite aspect of this beer.

Going in with little to no expectations, this beer really impressed me. I'll be back for more.

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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 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 MrHirschybar
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchills in Escondido 2011 Release

A - Nice purple/reddish color - didn't get a large head on the pint glass served in but it was a nice white color,

S - Fruity, malty, citrus - sweet, orange

T - Sweet, malty, citrus, nice balance.

M - Smooth, a bit of carbonation, no lingering bitterness - nice citrus flavor with sweetness and maltiness

D - Very easy drinking, had this at the bar, and everyone in my party liked it - was glad to have caught this on tap at Churchills and not had to hunt for it after Valentine's Day. At $5 for the pint, very affordable and it was a nice way to acquaint myself with Churchills, which I'd recommend...

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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


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 gregmoscetti
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The fact that Alesmith makes any other reds is a crime. This beer was amazing. This year I was able to have it on tap at beachwood bbq, fathers office and najas. Out of the tap pours a thick, creamy love story. You can hardly see through it for its murky body and it coats your palate like a delicious blanket. This is my favorite beer of the style that I have ever had. A lot of times, red ales seem a bit thin and harshly carbonated. This is a beer for people who love big beers, but it keeps it relaxed with its non-threatening abv.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge ups to smokepot23 for this... caught me a white whale here...

pour is deep deep red, almost brown, but as the light shines through hints of red come out. big frothy creamy head. thick retention.

BIG sweet citrus, this is more floral than a garden. lots of light sweet malts, big sweet grapefruit and pineapple. as soon as i popped the cap, i was blown away.

soft up front, quite mellow. more malts, light sweetness. a bit of dark fruit emerges with a caramel malt. through the end, the citrus and hops come out and finish this off. light grassy and earthy aftertaste.

very smooth, kinda micro carbonation. a bit full bodied. failry light and easy.

good stuff, with an ABV of 6.66, i'd never turn this down.


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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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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
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