4 friends in three different time zones split a beer year (drinking a different beer every day). Once a week, we use google hangouts to have a conversation about the same beer as a group. We cycle through 2 beer styles a month (2 weeks per style).
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March 1: Karl and the Tale of the AleSmith My Bloody Valentine
AleSmith, I'm Crazy on You
Welcome to March, dear readers, and I’m two weeks behind on
drinking today’s beer. I think the original, cheesy plan was to start "Red Ales" over
Valentine’s week, but alas we’re here and there are no rearview mirrors on this vehicle. Actually I hope there is no vehicle, either, as I doubt this blog
should be driving. Anyways, AleSmith is one of my top breweries (probably top 5), with their IPA,
Speedway Stout and Nut Brown particularly scrumptulescent, and I’m happy to
scarf down a rarely seen Valentine’s seasonal. To accompany, we have Heart’s classic
album “Dreamboat Annie”, representing the holiday, the beer, and my fond
feelings towards one of San Diego’s finest.
Would My Bloody Valentine be a Magic Man or a St. Valentine's Day Massacre?
The beer pours a crimson red, like it just escaped a gaping
wound. There is a solid two-finger tan head that invites you to sniff the floral
aromas backed by some toast covered in cinnamon sugar. Sweet caramel malts are
the backbone to this beer, and the moderate hops give some pine and grapefruit
flavors. Where most hoppy red ales seem like an IPA with food coloring, this
beer tastes closer to an earthy brown with hops added and is more like a
hybrid beer than most other red ales I’ve had. It’s smooth on the palate, with
a moderately light mouthfeel, moderate alcohol (a devilish 6.66%) and is only
mildly bitter on the aftertaste. Overall, not my favorite beer from Alesmith,
but enjoyable; pick it up if you like maltier IPAs or have a particular distaste
for St. Valentine.