This was the second beer I brought home from my visit to Strong Brewing. Bloody Valentine is their hefeweizen brewed with blood oranges. Fortunately the brewery is small enough that AleSmith probably won’t bother them regarding the name as they have an amber ale named My Bloody Valentine. AleSsmith is brewed in California but in today’s beer market with cease and desist letters and lawsuits being filed on a regular basis it is similar enough that I would not be surprised if they received a letter from them in the future.
Bloody Valentine pours a very clean light orange color with almost no head. Aroma is typical of a hefe with some spice and maybe a bit of banana, didn’t really get any blood orange in the nose or taste. I was hoping for more from this beer as I really like hefeweizens and the thought of adding blood oranges for a more pronounced citrus flavor sounded like a great combination. Unfortunately it missed the mark for me, again not a bad beer and I did finish the entire 64 ounce growler it just left me wanting more.
Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Strong Brewing
Brewers Description: February Limited Specialty – a HefeWiezen made with blood orange.