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RATINGS: 394   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 200   ABV: 6.66%
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Donít spend this Single Awareness Day alone Ė 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 youíll fall in love with. The finish leaves a pleasant, full-bodied sweetness on the palate that wonít spread angry rumors about you to all your friends like that one time when I wasÖohhÖuhhÖHappy Valentineís Day!


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (4221) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Valentineís 2013 bomber, drunk 2/17/13. Fresh pine and candied citrus notes greet the nose the second the cap pops off. Smells good, especially if you like PNW hops. Pours to a fluffy, off-white head on top of a "beautiful crimson color"ed body. Clear. Toasted malt flavors mix with tangy grapefruit and resin hop notes. Itís funny, I havenít had an AleSmith beer in probably, wow......5 years?? They donít have the stuff on draught in Boston and if you only drink at bars (cut-out buying rare/expensive bottled beer for the past 5 years), you never get to drink it (and I canít open the old bottles I have because theyíre worth more than my goddamned car now (just kidding, I donít have a car)). Ahem, anyways, Iíve never loved AleSmith for their hoppy offerings (crazy, Iím sure) and this isnít really any different for me. But the quality hasnít gone down, that I can tell. Now that Iíve lifted my ban on rare/expensive bottled beer, Speedway is high on my list to go try again. Hopefully that stuff is as good as ever. As a sidenote, the beer is filtered, which most beers that have to be shipped across the country in large number are. I used to get pretty up-in arms about filtration, and while in a perfect world, beer should never be filtered, no matter the style, having a little more insight in to the industry allows you to appreciate that it is a necessity quite often. So there ya go, I still enjoy going off on long tangents about nothing, in reviews. While Iíll probably never buy this again (nothing against the beer, just more a milestone (always like to try AleSmith beers that I havenít before)), itís nice to see this on the shelves in Boston. And now for the numbers, which I have almost no interest in entering, for whatever reason.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2953) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
Froma 650ml brown bottle at RBAG part 2 2015. Dark brown with orange highlights. Just a few bubbles on top. Nose has chocolate, toffee. Taste has dark chocolate, roast, toffee. Bitterness at the end with some lingering dark malts. Pretty good amber.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1257) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2015
Bottle to taster Malt, booze (rye?), seaweed, lavendar. Dark red with a creamy, but thin head. Taste is bitter, with nutmeg, and chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gramity (1581) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2015
Pours an amber colour with a small head. Aroma of red berries, fresh herbs and grass. Flavour of red berries, strong herbs, bitterness, graininess and grass. Medium bodied. Strong bitter finish

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (7691) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2015
Bottle - Nice hoppy notes, caramel and a touch cocoa. Deep amber with a beige head. Hoppy Amber with nice caramel bitter finish. Really nice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vjohans (478) - SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2015
caramel, chocolate, roasty, chocolate, cereal, spruce, grass, red, hazy, white foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish, bitter,

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (429) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 28, 2015
Bottle from K&L in Redwood City, CA. Big, creamy caramel malt flavors on the nose... some tropical fruits too. Taste is big malt flavors with a nice tropical hops undercurrent throughout. Solid.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShivanDragon (2263) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2015
@Camping Ratebeer 2015, schenkt rood/caramel met lichte witte kraag. aroma van tropisch fruit en chocolade. Smaken zijn zwak bitter, zoet, moutig, fruitig, iets den, zwakke body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (5418) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2015
At Camping Ratebeers. Dark amber colour, off-white head. Aroma is hoppy, pine, resin, tropical fruits, toast, light roast, some chocolate in the back. Flavour is medium sweet, dry, hoppy, caramel, toast, chocolate, tropical fruits, pine, resin, firm bitter finish. Medium bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7443) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2015
[7141-20150312] 1pt6floz bottle. Chocolate orange petal and evergreen needle aroma. Clear, dark red brown body with a medium-lasting creamy light tan head. Dark chocolate orange and hoppy needles flavour. Full body. Good, strange combination works together nicely. (8/4/8/4/15) 3.9
(c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, GregClow, jercraigs)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (1893) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2015
Chocolade roodbruine kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt chocolade, fruitig, vanille. Smaakt zoetig,


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