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AleSmith My Bloody ValentineAleSmith My Bloody Valentine

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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 ElSid
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Freshness Date: None

A: Deep magohony with a khaki head of resilient foam which finally leaves behind thick sheets on the glass.

S: Pine, flowers, and citrus zest jump out of the glass paired with candy cane sweetness.

T: Follows the nose with the hop forces of pine, flowers and citrus peel pitted against caramel and sugar sweetness each set out to win the soul of this brew. Some leafy bitterness builds in the finish but is mostly suppressed by the sweetness.

M: Medium feel with good linger and carbonation. The consistency neither adds or subtracts from the overall experience.

O: Different in a straightforward way; this brew brings earthy hoppiness built on a strong, sweet malt foundation. The sweetness is simple and almost overcomes this brew leaving little breathing room for the rest of the palate. I still enjoyed this beer which needed more malt complexity.

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Photo of parris
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

S - Sweet malt, dark cherry, floral hints. Aroma is somewhat light

A - Deep amber, dense beige head, constant small carbonation bubbles. No haze at all. This is an impressive looking beer

T - Chocolate, dank and earthy hops, toast, metallic

M - Bitter, papery, medium to full bodied

O - Tasty beer, kind of all over the place though

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Photo of xnicknj
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
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 weltywm
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass (as the bottle suggests)

Appearance: Dark ruby red with two big fingers of tan head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Nothing too out of the ordinary: hop bitterness and some sweet sugary malt.

Taste: Nice and very drinkable. Hops balanced with caramel and sweet malt. A little bit of molasses and cherry as I keep drinking.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and well carbonated. Goes down easy.

Overall: Well done Alesmith. A very enjoyable and drinkable beer that doesn't sacrifice complexity.

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Photo of dvb
3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Libby glass. :D

A: Dark red-brown, like a good dubbel. Otherwise, pretty clear. Nice tan head that quickly falls back to light lacing.

S: Great hop aroma. They dry-hopped the hell out of this.

T: The taste, unfortunately, is not as good as the smell. This is a bit too dry for me. A maltier backbone would be nice.

M: Again, it's dry. Astringency. Not crazy about that.

Overall, what this beer really has going for it is hop aroma. Otherwise, it's pretty a pretty average brew with a gimicky name.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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 AgentMunky
3.63/5  rDev -9%
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 justintcoons
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Copper with ruby red highlights. 3 fingers of off-white head with great retention. Excellent clarity and low carbonation.

Sugar coated lemon wedges, grapefruit, papaya, toffee and pine.

Juicy grapefruit, papaya, lemon and tangerine. Incredibly balanced with pale candy sugar and toffee. Maybe just a kiss of Tootsie Roll chocolate in there. Finishes with candy coated oranges and lemons along with gentle sprinkles of pine needle.

Medium bodied, smooth, juicy and crisp.

Juicy and smooth. Hardly any bitterness but still heavy on the hop aromas. Brilliantly balanced. An beautifully executed Amber Ale.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: into a pint, deep amber red with a fat, tan mousse head that left chunky lace down the glass

S: floral and earthy hops over a fairly delicate malt

T: nice tastes of malt - not too sweet, good bitterness and hop action - pleasant, fresh, clean-finishing, very drinkable - a little toast, a little cocoa, a little something herbal...

M: medium weight, chewy, bittering finish, some carbonation on the tongue

O: I'm no red ale expert - I tend to dabble, but I also tend to like what I drink, and this was no exception, nor was it exceptional - a good, drinkable, enjoyable beer from a reliable brewery. Recommended.

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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 BeerImmediately
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First time on East Coast, right? Cool.

22oz at cellar temp, poured into Stone IPA glass.

Beautiful looking amber - big, tightly wound beige/tan head over a very deep, dark ruby to brown color - pretty clear. Terrific, sticky lacing.

Aromas are soft... Leading with sweetness of malt, but morphing to a light English hop quality. Some really nice cocoa and maraschino cherry comes through with a deep pull. This inspires a Valentine's memory or two.

Flavor really favors the cherry quality, with chocolate nibs coming in second. Has just the right amount of juicy fruit, and dare I say somewhat piney hops to balance the sweetness. Extremely drinkable and smooth. Light carbonation, with some sweetness left layered on the palate.

This is a pretty darn nice beer. Not a "top scorer" in terms of Amber Ales, but fits the Valentine's theme nicely. Could even pair nicely with a chocolate cake or chocolate ice cream.

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Photo of kevanb
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass. Review from notes.

Pours a nice, deep burgundy color, mildly opaque, slight chill haze with a loose, bone colored soapy head atop the beer, fair retention with good lacing. The aroma is heavy on sweet caramel malt, brown sugar with a healthy dose of pine forward hops and just a bit of dark fruit. Smooth, rich sweet caramel malt hits the tongue straight away, brown sugar, dark fruit with bitter piney hops with some floral elements at the finish. It's certainly a sweeter beer, focus is on the richer malt but the hops give it just a little bite that in my opinion, is very welcomed. The body is very rich and full for the style, medium carbonation with a pricklier finish.

Verdict: A fairly simple amber ale, the malt profile is rich and sweeter but the hops help counterbalance it well. A worthy brew.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into Surly stein. Thanks Tom (airfoil) for this one!

A- Pours a mostly opaque dark purplish that is pretty appropriate for the name with a finger and half of yellowish slightly brown head that has great retention and slowly fades to a quarter of a finger of thick creamy head. Nice consistent carbonation. Leaves nice layered lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- Piney sappy hops with a definite floral presence balanced with sweet malts, bitter cocoa. Not as aromatic as some ambers, but fairly pleasant smelling. The floral characteristics definitely add to the theme.

T- Piney hops with a hint of citrus, finishes with fairly bitter cocoa, light caramel, and sweet amber malts that lingers along with some light citrus. Nicely balanced mixing sweetness with hops.

M- A little bit fuller bodied then your average amber, nice carbonation appropriate for style, easy to drink.

O- At first this didn't overly impress me, but it grew on me the more I drank it. I really appreciated the balance between the sweetness and the hops and I also thought it was a fairly unique brew that had a nice theme going on. Not the best amber I've had, but definitely one of the better ones. I'd definitely drink this again and I recommend checking it out.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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 brotherloco
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. 2013 Release. Served in a pint glass.

Nice to see this one hit bottles! Felt like drinking it this evening, not sure why.

Pours a translucent mahogany with two fingers of tan foam. Settles slowly. Lovely lacing left behind.

Aroma of caramel and bready malt. Citrusy hops sit directly in the background. Some sweetness. No alcohol.

Flavor starts off with doughy malt and then turns a little metallic with top of the tongue bitterness through the finish. Mildly sweet throughout.

Medium-full bodied with supportive carbonation. Slightly thick, but quite drinkable.

A classic horror film, a great band, and a very nice red ale.

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Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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 brewtus
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to buy this for valentines day, you win alesmith marketing team. Maybe is for the band, I digress. Pours dark maroon with a two finger beige head that laces well.smell is very hoppy, some dark fruits, pine, some malt. Taste is hoppy from start to finish but also dark fruit, Carmel, malty, some grain, slight sweetness. I don't usually go for red ales but this is hoppy enough to keep my attention. Not just a novelty, a solid brew

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark tan, brown with a 2 inch foamy thick head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit, hops, rye, some malts, pineapple, caramel, pine, some faint alcohol at the end.

TAste - First sip is hoppy with some rye, and a caramel malt backbone. Some sugars also stand out. A minty/piney finish, mixed with citric hops. Very herbal/earthy hop note. ALcohol is masked very well.

Mouthfeel - Loads of hops and caramel malts coat tounge. Palate gets more of the same, along with some rye and sugars. Finish is hoppy and dry.

Overall - Pretty good, tastes like no other amber rye ive ever had. Lots of citric fruits, herbal hops and caramel malts. Good beer, nice take on the style. Balanced well and enjoyable to drink.

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

beautiful amber & red hues with an off white rocky head
a tropical aroma of citrus and a bit of caramel candy
taste is a great balance of piney hops and a lil flavor of orange followed by a sweetness of crystal malts with a touch of chocolate .
a really full mouthfeel helps add to the great balancing character that this beer gives off
i'm enjoying this more than nugget nectar cause the hop and sweetness are not out of the ballpark like they are in that beer. very enjoyable

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Photo of buschbeer
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 ounce bottle
Served in an imperial nonic pint glass

A - It is a really, really dark amber. It's as dark as amber can get without being brown. It was topped off with about three inches of tan head.

S - I was pleasantly surprised by the citrus aroma. Hints of grapefruit and pine waft towards my nostrils. There is also a bready malt character the balances it.

T - It starts out with a great hops kick. The grapefruit and pine are close to IPA strength. The malt tends to get lost in the fray. But it is not overly hoppy. It's a hopped up amber ale. The aftertaste leaves me with a dull, lingering bitterness.

M - Medium. I detect a little chalkiness.

O - I had never heard of this beer. I stumbled across it three days ago and figured what the heck? It's Valentine's Day, and I'm cheesy with pairing beers and days of (in)significance. Being a product of Alesmith made it a safe gamble. It is an enjoyable hoppy amber/red ale.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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 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 kojevergas
3.67/5  rDev -8%
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 Gatch
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful, clear, deep, blood red. Fluffy, slightly off-white head that leaves behind decent lacing and a good ring of foam.

S: Aromas of toasted, sugary malt and floral, fruity hops. Malt dominates. Very warming during the "Blizzard of 2013."

T: Great balance. As expected, it's pretty sweet. Dark, roasted malts, caramelized sugar, fruity, earthy hops. This is seriously good stuff! A bit of booze in the finish? Strange. Also a bit cloying as expected from all the sweet malt.

M: Wow. Gets even better as it warms. Sweet, fruity, hoppy. Body is perfect as is the carbonation.

O: I was excited to see a beer from AleSmith that I had not seen previously. I was not disappointed. Delicious beer. This is a treat and very accurate for the style as well as the specific idea they were going for.

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Photo of rand
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22 oz bomber to pint glass

A: Brownish red and cloudy, the brew pours with a viscous complexion and forms a fluffy 1-inch head, leave little patches of lacing everywhere

S: A matched-blend of toffee sweetness and floral hop aroma make the bouquet. A touch alcohol warming lingers in the backdrop .

T: More hoppy than expected (well, unexpected from the nose...this is AleSmith of course) with wet-hop essence up front. Toffee-malts balance things out, yielding notes of carob, citrus zest, a touch of anise. Alcohol blends nicely with a hoppy, bitter undertone as the brew finishes long and sweet.

M: Medium-bodied but the beer feels more sticky and viscous that you'd expect...probably how the flavors affect the 'feel'.

Not really sure this was a good description of a beverage suited for a romantic evening, but it's doubtful you bought an AleSmith brew to please your better half. Marketing aside, this is a damn good hoppy-red, I look forward to it each year (although it kinda gets lost in the Pliny the Younger-Citra-Exponential Hoppiness-shuffle)

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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine from AleSmith Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 653 ratings.
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