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RATINGS: 460   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 200   ABV: 6.66%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (5214) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (5743) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2016
22oz bottle, Bought by my daughter for her husband, drank on 12th May 2016 by my son and I on my daughters patio in the Californian sunshine. Rustic red/brown with a thin head. No mention of Rye on the bottle,but I thought this had a Rye like aroma and taste. Fairly sweet from the off with dark/red berries in both the nose and flavours along with the malts, Rye or not.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (3085) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2016
Bottle at Appellation Wines tasting. Clear ruby body with a thin beige head. Faint lacing. Aroma of maple syrup, strawberry and caramel. Flavour of jammy dodgers, grass, red fruits and strawberry syrup. Medium body with an oily mouthfeel. Soft fizz. Sweet and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Evilkniamhel (348) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2016
From bottle. Pours cloudy brown. Aromas of burnt toffee, caramel, molasses. On the palate; burnt sugar, caramel, resin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (2611) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2016
Bottle at Comely Bankers III. Nose is hoppy resin, sweet caramel. Taste is dryer than nose, resinous hops, dry toffee, red fruits, caramel. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (4899) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2016
Bottle thanks to Amanda. Appearance - deep amber brown when a decent head. Nose - stewed redcurrants. Honey and cereal. Taste - cake mixture and more tangy red fruit. Palate - close to medium bodied with a tangy texture and a long dry tangy finish. Overall - really interesting beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mintzmeet (421) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2016
Dark red ale. Interesting front taste. Almost tastes like a chocolate orange. Somewhat like a porter. Kind of thick texture but smooth. Fluffy aftertaste. Strange mintiness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rondphoto (3618) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 31, 2016
bottle @ Jungle Jims / Cincinnati OH --- bottled 12/01/15; Aroma of caramel malt and chocolate. Opaque dark mahogany brown color, rocky beige head that never drops below 2", big swaths of lace. Taste is crisp. clean malt that adds caramel and light chocolate in a medium carbonated swallow, followed by light hops that fade into more malt at the end. Wonít please hopheads, but a truly remarkable brew for malt lovers. Balanced, complex, delicious, light in the stomach, a real keeper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ccex (1176) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2016
Bomber dated 12.01.15 poured into pint mug. Has a dark mahogany color under a big frothy beige head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma has caramel and bready malts, chocolate, and floral hops. Taste is sweet at first, with a long bitter finish. Body is medium with average carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. One of the best amber ales Iíve tried. Next year this will be a no-brainer to try again if itís again on sale the month after Valentineís Day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (8844) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 19, 2016
Bomber. Piny, grassy nose, caramel, chocolate. Pretty reddish-brown color, nice foamy had that goes to lace quickly. FLavor is mineral, resin, chocolate, caramel. Full body. Nice balance, very bitter finish. Nice drinking beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (3240) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 19, 2016
Bomber. Thanks to KL. Tropical fruity nose, full maltiness, citrus, pine, Light reddish/brown, and yes, a bit bloody. Balanced from the start, good resiny hoppiness emerges, pleasant lightly malty finish. Thin-medium body, tingly hops on tongue. Tastes more IPA-ish than amber. Very nice.

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