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RATINGS: 436   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 200   ABV: 6.66%
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!

ClarkVV's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (4849) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ignorant (13) - madrid, SPAIN - FEB 10, 2016
light reddish brown under a dense crown of light beige foam. Pleasant malt aroma, prunes, candy, bread and toffee. On the other hand green pine cones, resins and orange peels. In the mouth a pleasant bitterness that cohabits with the sweetness of the malt. Notes of citrus peels, resins, pineapples and oranges in taste, lasting aftertaste quite remarkable. Soft and full bodied with a nice level of carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TattooJack (406) - Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2016
Poured from the bomber reddish brown with white head. Taste is a spicy, sweet malty brown ale, I like the 3-6’s alcohol content, but if you are going to advertise this to people feeling bad about themselves about being alone on a greeting card and teddy bear company created holiday make it 10-12% so they can really forget their troubles, otherwise pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (2685) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2016
659 ml bottle. Pours a clear red brown with moderate head. Aromas of candied fruit, brown sugar, sweet toasted malts and pine. Flavors of same with candi sugar and more pine. Yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
pkbites (795) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Tap. Brownish red color. Very sharp aroma. Bitter to the end. Ok, but just ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2792) - New York, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Bomber. Poured reddish brown with white head. Caramel malts, distinctive pine baeed hops. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (7237) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2016
Draft at brew Santa Rosa. Deep crimson amber coloured pour with a lasting creamy light tan head. Aroma is perfumed citrus, light toasted grains, fresh pine, hints of caramel. Flavour is composed of rounded caramel , toffee, pine needle, hint of strawberry cake. Palate is full and sticky, rounded. Moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3860) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 29, 2016
How hadn’t I reviewed this yet? Poor form, clown. Welp, bomber. Hazy dark reddish brown color with a sticky off-white head. Big hop aroma, floral and citrusy, with toasty caramel notes backing it up. The flavor is quite nice, toasty with a bitter finish. Sweet caramel/cocoa, but mostly dry. Medium-bodied with a biting bitterness. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3902) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2016
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark reddish pour with a thick, off white head. Aroma of pine and crystal malt. Flavor is mildly sweet with strong pine and resin. Flavor is balanced, malty with a strong piney hoppy presence. Full, creamy body with prickly carbonation. Lingering, piney hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (5264) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2016
22 oz. Bottle purchased at Spruce Street Provision. Color is a real deep ruby, borderline mahogany in color, very thin head. Aroma is huge pine hops caramel and crystal malts.

Flavor is a nice hoppy rendition of a amber ale. Toffee, bready malt and caramel malts. Body is medium with a dry pine finish. Pine forward amber ale that drinks pretty much as it should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (1814) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Bomber shared by AirForceHops. Thanks, Chris! Bottled 12/1/15. Pours dark red brown (not amber) with a beige head. Aroma is big pine. Reminds me of Weez. Flavor is multigrain bread, honey, pine.

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