AleSmith My Bloody Valentine | AleSmith Brewing Company

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672 Ratings
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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:
672
Reviews:
165
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.27%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
86
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 672 |  Reviews: 165
Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KidDoc
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft poured into a tulip glass. Nice deep reddish color with a nice head, good retention and nice lacing. Red ales are not generally my favorite style but this had a very nice hoppy aroma. Flavor was good for the style with slightly more forward grassy hops than you might expect and a nice caramelly malty backbone. Perhaps a hair thin on the palate. Overall a very nice beer that I would happily order again

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Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bnoise11
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nlmartin
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft @ Gourmet Haus Staudt on 1/29/15. Pours a deep red, brown in color with 1 finger of head and nice lacing. Aroma is strongly hop-driven dank and resinous with notes of pineapple and citrus and some subtle malty sweetness. Medium body. Palate is dank, floral and robust hop bitterness with some sweetness from the malt backbone. A nicely balanced beer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Costco in Santee (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: Jan. 11, 2015
Consumed: Jan. 29, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Dec. 22, 2014

Poured a reddish, brown, mahogany hazy color with five fingers of khaki-tan, frothy head. Excellent spiderweb, layered, lacing on the sides of the glass all the way down. Great retention on the top. (Sight - 4.75)

Smelled a pleasant mix of hops up front and malts late. Got floral hops, light grass hops, Citra hops, sweet chocolate, caramel, toffee, chocolate milk, hints of roasty nuts and raspberries (wishing?). (Smell - 4.25)

Taste wasn’t as good as the nose, but still decent. Got floral hops, bitter grassy hops, chocolate, chocolate milk, caramel, toffee, roasty malts, toast, nuts and faint vanilla. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was pretty good for the style. One of the best looking beers I’ve seen in a long time. (Overall - 3.75)

3.93 | 88 | B+

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Photo of Murrobert
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gspeer711
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of claybob43
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pkalix
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of skaboom420
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Celtics17
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love amber ales, and this is a nice toasted caramel hoppy ale. Some chocolate layers come in, but overall a nice malt sweetness. With a nice hop kick.

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Photo of Safa1
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks great. Pours great. Tastes great. But somehow has a bit too much burnt taste. Like eating a mouthful of semi sweet morsels when you were expecting dark chocolate. Great beer.

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Photo of ronricorossi
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good red, which is good enough on its own, it doesn't need to be anything more than that. But it introduces the concept of the Valentine's beer - a new seasonal! I love it!

So now I want it to embrace its own concept! I want cinnamon! Or vanilla! Or chocolate malt! Or...something I can't even think of. I want the seasonal "twist".

Why NOT a vanilla, or chocolate, barrel-aged red ale? This concept fires the imagination. The space is there. This beer's a good red, a great red, even. But it doesn't really try to occupy that space.

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Photo of lattydaddy07
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of dwagner003
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sbanacho
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdlb44
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 672 ratings.
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