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RATINGS: 488   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 200   ABV: 6.66%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Dont 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 youll fall in love with. The finish leaves a pleasant, full-bodied sweetness on the palate that wont spread angry rumors about you to all your friends like that one time when I wasohhuhhHappy Valentines Day!

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (6314) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Valentines 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. Its funny, I havent had an AleSmith beer in probably, wow......5 years?? They dont 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 cant open the old bottles I have because theyre worth more than my goddamned car now (just kidding, I dont have a car)). Ahem, anyways, Ive never loved AleSmith for their hoppy offerings (crazy, Im sure) and this isnt really any different for me. But the quality hasnt gone down, that I can tell. Now that Ive 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 Ill probably never buy this again (nothing against the beer, just more a milestone (always like to try AleSmith beers that I havent before)), its 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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eljebi (75) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 25, 2017
Muy interesante red/amber. De aroma caramelizado, a tofe y frescor de lpulo. Un peln ms maltosa y sera una joya, pero muy al nivel de la fbrica...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
balloonbuffoon (72) - - 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. Its good, but Id have liked for there to be a greater malt presence.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (4575) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2017
Bottle. Clear crimson color, rocky white head. Fruity aroma, dark fruit plums, low piney notes, hops, Smooth flavor. Tastes like it smells. Some fruit, pine, resin. Grainy malt, slight sweetness. Well balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (6053) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAR 15, 2017
2/14 Reminded me of Oggis Hop Whompus, nough said. ...Well nearly enough..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Olo13 (163) - POLAND - MAR 5, 2017
A lot of caramel, slight roasted taste, some chocolate. Maybe a bit to much hops for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (1519) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2017
22 ounce bottle. Pours a deep red, copper topped by a large frothy beige head. Nice clinging lace. Rich caramel malt nose. First sip brings suggestions of bittersweet toasted malt. Burnt sugar and bitter chocolate are noticeable as well. Floral hops lead to bitter spiciness in the finish. Full bodied and complex. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1850) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2017
Bottle on 2/24. I have had a few times before. Pours dark red. Aroma of caramel. Medium bitterness , caramelly. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bp (913) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2017
Bottle: pours dark brown with a thin tan head, malty and sweet aroma, taste is toffee flavored, some coffee-like bitterness with a very dry finish

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Turboninja (702) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2017
[email protected] bar, NYC, USA. Great balanced and vivid taste with just a right amount of red berries to give it a refreshing twist. Huge, malty backbone.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (530) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2017
The aroma is hoppy, citrus and some caramel. Pours dark amber with big beige head mostly lasting and excellent lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter. Very Good !


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