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RATINGS: 495   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 200   ABV: 6.66%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
ClarkVV (6642) - Boston, 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.


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thecleyman (18) - - JUN 18, 2017
Very strong Amber taste. A bit too strong for me, but it has a nice dark color and a sweet bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
orbit (59) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2017
Very nice and smooth beer, very deep and nice amber colour and strong sweet aroma, beer that you would definitely drink more of!

3.6
Nisse666 (7324) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2017
Bomber from Beer Gonzo cons 2017-06-14 Uddingston AR: old buttery, tropical fruity, grape fruit AP: ruby, stouty cream beige lid F: bitter, tropical fruity, citrusy, pine, bitter dark chocolate

3.8
PorterPounder (7894) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2017
Brought back from San Francisco by my son - thanks! Hazy, tea-colored pour, bone colored head, nice lacing. Aroma has a very solid sweetness to it with some juicy fruit gum candy-like notes. Solid flavor, some caramel sweetness, hints of cherry fruitiness. light underlying citrus bitterness, Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Solid amber ale, as expected from Alesmith.

3.9
rougeau13 (2958) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2017
Bottle. Dark clear red with a resilient beige head. Lacing is fairly heavy. Surprisingly hoppy aroma with caramel, chocolate, toast, earth and flowers. Moderately sweet, toasty and nicely bitter. Smooth and medium bodied with a little dryness. Very nice amber.

4.2
melush (3941) - SPAIN - MAY 29, 2017
65cl Bottle @ LaBIRRAtorium, Madrid, Spain. Dark reddish brown colour with a thick white head. Aroma is hops, pine, dark fruits, citrus, malt, toffee. Taste is hops, resin, malt, molasses. Medium to full body, average carbonation.

4.7
dpswanson (5) - Fremont, California, USA - MAY 28, 2017 does not count
Es una cerveza completamente deliciosa, con un cuerpo ligero pero de sabores bien asentados, con una fluidez interesante para el paladar, con un aroma suave algo tropical, el color es un rojo oxido lo que le da una fuerza al nombre de la cerveza. simplemente genial. para mi lista de las 100 favoritas ❤❤❤❤❤

4.1
Lore (2671) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 30, 2017
clear mahogany colour, huge, dense creamy yellowish-beige-ish head; aroma of pine resin, orange zest oils, biscuity and rye bread notes; taste is the same with some roasted and dried fruity notes; good one, though not among the best AleSmith beers

4.1
eljebi (93) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 25, 2017
Muy interesante red/amber. De aroma caramelizado, a tofe y frescor de lķpulo. Un pelŪn mŠs maltosa y serŪa una joya, pero muy al nivel de la fŠbrica...

3.8
balloonbuffoon (263) - - MAR 23, 2017
22floz bottle, no freshness, paid $7, poured into an imperial nonic glass. This beer looks really good: deep, dark amber (reddish-brown). Smells good: a deciduous forest with undertones of citrus and caramel. Taste and mouthfeel is pretty good: like burnt biscuits spritz with grapefruit. Basically this is a red IPA, not really balanced, but maybe not supposed to be. Itís good, but Iíd have liked for there to be a greater malt presence.


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