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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 200   ABV: 6.66%
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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!


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (4003) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Valentine’s 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. It’s funny, I haven’t had an AleSmith beer in probably, wow......5 years?? They don’t 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 can’t open the old bottles I have because they’re worth more than my goddamned car now (just kidding, I don’t have a car)). Ahem, anyways, I’ve never loved AleSmith for their hoppy offerings (crazy, I’m sure) and this isn’t really any different for me. But the quality hasn’t gone down, that I can tell. Now that I’ve 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 I’ll probably never buy this again (nothing against the beer, just more a milestone (always like to try AleSmith beers that I haven’t before)), it’s 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
John25 (939) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle. Dark copper with a big fluffy head. Big caramel red malty notes yet, hoppy pine resins are very evident. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (1764) - SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
Pours red amber with low off white head Aromas of tooffee, oranges, caramel, hints of butterscotch Taste has blood orange, caramel, lakrits, burned caramel

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1758) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
Pours caramel with a medium off white head. Aromas of caramel, orange, citrus, grapefruit, toffee. Taste is caramel, apricot, blood orange, toffee, grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied wth medium carbnation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (2560) - SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
Pours clear copper with low light tan head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, resin, tarty dark fruit. Taste is caramel and toffee, grapefruit and blood orange. Body is medium rich and smooth with soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (3048) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 30, 2015
Bottle@Ronny and Alex's pad - red Amber pour with off white head. Sweet malty aroma and taste, some caramel, fruity piney bite, nice brew. ---Sent via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (5523) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - APR 29, 2015
Bottle from Kihoske, Copenhagen. Poured a hazy dark brown with a thin off white head. The aroma is malt, yeast, red berry fruit. The flavour is moderate bitter, light sweet with a nice fresh fruity hop bitter, light metallic palate. Moderate to light bodied with average carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (12521) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2015
Bottle from Kihoskh, Copenhagen. Clear amber beer eith a rich lasting offwhite/beige head. Hoppy citrus aroma, grassy, caramel, caramel, berries, chocolate notes, raspberries, caramel, some raisins. Roasted hoppy flavor, caramel, raisins, berries, hay, floral, raspberry notes. Fresh and drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TET (1958) - FINLAND - APR 24, 2015
A reddish dark beer with a quite big and beige head. Aroma has caramel malts and fresh wood, also interesting dark chocolate and dark bread. Interesting and also surprising. Taste has balanced caramel malts, not too sweet even like quite dry, some dark bread and dry wood, chocolate notes, medium bitterness. Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, easy to drink. Surprising beer, the combination of caramel, dark bread and wood. Interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Torrefacto (813) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 23, 2015
Rubí limpio y espuma beis. Aromas dulces de caramelo, melocotón fruta tropical. Cuerpo medio, inicio maltoso, sabor intenso de lúpulo afrutado, melocotón y final de amargor medio.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (796) - California, USA - APR 19, 2015
Dark amber pour with off white head and great lacing. Sweet malt on the nose with some toast and light hops. Taste follows the nose with a great balance of malt and hops. Not very unlike Nugget Nectar but with a stronger malt backbone.


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