Leafer Madness - Beer Valley Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BrewMonkey:
3.55/5 rDev -8%
Initially poured clear but became cloudy, may have poured to aggressively considering the bottle conditioning.
Aroma of sweet hops, citrus, some malt sweetness and lots of pine. Taste is incredibly hoppy, almost pine air freshener levels, but not in a bad way. Bitterness is there but not terribly heavy, maybe a bit on the bitter side for my taste, but palatable and probably necessary against what seems to be a lot of residual sweetness. Finishes dry "feeling" from the bitterness, but you'll notice a sweetness that doesn't go away and probably reduces the overall drinkability.
Not bad, but a little out of whack balance wise.
07-18-2008 04:03:16 | More by BrewMonkey
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4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
Appearance - The thick, deep orange body was covered with a nice, puffy white head. It looks the part.
Smell - The malts on this DIPA keep right up with the hops. They are big and full of caramel; not toasty. The hop profile itself leans to pine, but it's not that pine resin that takes over a nose. The pine aroma here is very smooth and sophisticated. Nicely done.
Taste - This definitely favors the malts. The rich caramel taffy especially is all over the taste without being too sweet. The hops are subtler. They'd probably take over a lesser beer.
Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied with some nice, light carbonation and a granular feel that I really enjoyed. It's even kind of soft and velvety like a well-done Belgian. It's not bitter, so all you taste bud masochists will have to look somewhere else.
Drinkability - This beer I would guess was particularly brewed with drinkability in mind. It won't offend anyone and doesn't clobber the drinker with a mallet to the head like some of the big West Coast DIPAs. This was a unique and fine effort from Beer Valley.
Note: As of this review date the beer is mislabeled as an APA, but it is definitely a DIPA.
08-24-2008 02:07:16 | More by RoyalT
3.9/5 rDev +1%
Liked this one a lot. Pours hazy orange with a bubbly white head and lots of lacing. Grapefruit, mango, orange, and passion-fruit in the hoppy aroma. As seems to be the case with all of Beer Valley's offerings, there is an underlying earthiness in the aroma and taste. Fortunately, it adds to the hop profile in this one. Lots of resin and citrus flavors without the astringent bite. Some biscuit-and-caramel-malt taste that comes with the earthiness. Very nice.
12-05-2008 17:19:35 | More by magictrokini
3.43/5 rDev -11.1%
A decent dark gold concoction, mild 1/4" head on the top of it, not much to speak of in regards to lace or retention. Aroma, lacks dry hopping.
Taste, fairly bitter, but not abrasively so. Some c hops type of mouthfeel. A mild sting of alcohol. Very light malt body for 9%, I wouldn't say thin, but definitely not thick. Really just wanted something more going on here from the hops, they contribute plenty of bitterness, but not a whole lot of flavor beyond that. A little astringent compared to the hop lush ratio.
Ultimately, for $8 this is a pass on a bomber. Just too many one dimensional bitter hop beers out there to shell out more money for a bottle than Pliny.
06-26-2012 17:42:04 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.63/5 rDev +19.9%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an oversized wine galss.
Appearence: Nice dark orange color. Finger of head, some lacing. Looks nice so far. Lotta little floaters in there.
Aroma: Hops. Citrus and pine. Some grapefruit, tinge of sweet malt but its very faint.
Taste: Hops. Lots of hops. Citrus flavors like grapefruit come out. Pine and a little malt. Mostly hops. This is what an IIPA is all about. Hops! Love it. I pick up the 9% abv pretty strong but I like that. I got this bottle right as it hit shelves so it's pretty fresh.
Mouthfeel: Kind of dry. Not really too thick, but it's not terrible.
Overall: I love this beer. I get it fresh cause I'm near the brewery. I notice a lot of reviews about it being malty and not really too hoppy, I believe that it's best when it's fresh and these people aren't getting fresh bottles. I love it.
03-23-2012 22:07:08 | More by StogiesandBrews
3.63/5 rDev -6%
A- Poured into a pint glass, almost a 2 finger head, took a minute or two for the head to reduce. Decent sticky lacing. The first thing I noticed was TONS of sediment! Hazy copper toned in color.
S- The scent was very light, almost like you have to catch the smoke from the bottle as soon as you open it to get a deep aroma. Once I poured the smell was faint almost immediately. Grassy, Hoppy, Citrusy (grapefruit), and a prominent pine touch to it.
T- You are immediately hit by the hops (in a good way), good pine taste sits on your palate, and you are left with a lingering grassy/citrus taste... This ale has a nice strong finish to it. A slight note of alcohol is also present in the finish. I been indulging more in stouts and porters lately, but this was a very refreshing change of pace again.
MF- Light-Medium Syrup feel, good body. Just by looking at the sediment I was expecting a thicker brew. Light-Medium carbonation also.
O- It's a nice IIPA. Depending on your budget, I wouldn't "break the bank," for this... But if you see a good deal on a good beer such as this, it is worth a try! Hell, I haven't touched an IPA in a few months so it was definitely a nice change in taste. Worth a try ;)
08-28-2012 05:24:14 | More by Blackwolf
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
Bottle purchased from BevMo in Long Beach, CA.
Pours a dark copper color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of large amounts of citrus hops - mostly grapefruit - with sweet caramel malts and hints of vanilla and pine.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malt flavors up front with large amounts of citrus hops. Midway through the sip a slight hint of vanilla enters into things then disappears before a solidly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is very good. It has a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.
Overall this was a very well done DIPA that managed to have a ton of hop flavor while still balancing nicely. Worth a shot.
08-19-2009 02:41:49 | More by glid02
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
22oz bomber, from the co-op in Boise, ID, just a whisper across the border - that trip across the Oregon desert from Portland was a speedometer-enlightening endeavour, to say the least. And I have to admit, the pot puns always get me right in the pocketbook.
This beer pours a cloudy, sediment-strewn medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of solid rocky off-white head, which maintains excellent retention, eventually leaving some random splattered lace around the glass. It smells of bitter pine, aged citrus, and spicy hops, over a much more meek bready caramel maltiness. The taste is still big on the hops - astringent and musty pine needles (RIP, Rescue Me!), the pithiest of citrus rind, and a somehow perceptible floral character, damping down an otherwise respectable caramel/toffee malt backbone. The carbonation is just south of moderate, the body a stolid medium weight, smooth in light of the overriding, somewhat stilted hoppy astringency. It finishes still off-dry, in the sense that Vichy France was still French...
A pretty decent IIPA, the big 9 points of booze hardly noticeable. And I don't get the griping about lack of hops - this is one hoppy mutha, if irregularly so.
09-14-2011 02:31:16 | More by biboergosum
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
Beer Valley- Leafer Madness
A- Bright cloudy reddish orange with a thick meringue-like head.
S- Fresh green hops and sweet caramel malt. Nose is a bit light on this!?
T- Big bold raw hops with an oily hop twang. Sweet malt pokes its way through but succumb's to the alc. laden hops.
M- Big fresh bitter hops up front with a sweet malty base. Hops meld their way back in with a dry tanginess. Slight alc. bite too.
Overall- Starts off tamer then expected but as it warms up hops really pop! Tasty but a bit potent at 9%. Pick this up if you see it.
12-01-2008 20:57:38 | More by NJpadreFan
3.64/5 rDev -5.7%
Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy straw colored body.
The aroma is lemon, pine and spruce. Quite nice.
The taste is a dry moderate bitterness with a good malt backup to balance it out nicely.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A big beer but very drinkable and tasty.
12-01-2013 06:56:43 | More by Fatehunter
3.83/5 rDev -0.8%
thanks beachrez !!!
pours a orange and yellow with plenty of haze. massive pillow head with crazy retention and some of the best retention ive ever seen on a DIPA.
scent as weak, very faint malts with little to no hops.
very bitter. tons of pine with a strong earthy, resin, grainy flavor. super bitter grapefruit linger in the finish. malts are hidden well behind the bitter pine.
very full bodied, thick as can be. moderate carbonation.
although the scent was weak, this is actually pretty good. tons of bitterness that cease to end. and one of the best names ever.... leafer madness? amazing!
06-17-2010 00:08:22 | More by hooliganlife
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
Poured a bit of a cloudy light amber from a 22 oz. bottle. Nice 2-finger head without much lacing. Light carbonation.
This is one bitter hop bomb. There's just a hint of a malt backbone to hold up the grapefruit and citrus hop bitterness. This is certainly a fine example of a Pacific Northwest DIPA --- fresh hop character, light on the malt balance.
The light carbonation also helps to keep this from being too resiny from the fresh hops. But again, this is a bitter palate-killer with a dry finish. When I'm looking for a crisp and bitter DIPA, I will look for this.
I didn't notice the alcohol burn that others apparently did. The 9% was there, though. A bit of a buzz after the full 22 oz. With the ABV and the strong bitter aftertaste, the ability to have more than one of these is diminished.
03-29-2010 15:44:48 | More by BuckeyeOne
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
Obtained via bottletrek,
Pours golden/honey with 2+ fingers pillowy eggshell colored head. Hazes a bit at the bottom of the bottle, very good head retention & good lacing, this just clings to the bottom side of the glass
S: Lemons, pine & some breadyness in faint amounts
T: Piney hops, lemony hops, some honey malt,& much grapefruit up front. As this warms there is still much grapefruit, some dryness & a bit of wholegrain bread, plus booze hiding on the edges. Finishes with fruittyness, aggressive citrus hops, & some honey malt
MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & good balance
Drinks great for the abv, this is a DIPA, not an APA, but a near great DIPA
05-09-2008 04:50:12 | More by russpowell
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
Light and cloudy appearence with a pine scent. Some grapefruit up front, but crisp hoppiness on the back end. The hops really seem to hide the alcohol in this beer, but despite going down so easily, the powerful hoppiness at the back end would make it tough and filling to drink to many.
03-07-2011 04:08:15 | More by Glibber
4.47/5 rDev +15.8%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.
Appearance: A very thin white head that was gone after just a moment but left a slight lacing throughout. The color is a superb golden brown that I can only describe as a rustic pumpkin.
Smell: Warm floral aromas with a very strong fruity hops presence. The first thing that comes to mind is Cascade but it may even be Centennial because of the huge scents involved. As the beer warmed I began to notice a slight woodsy tinge to the overall smell which was extremely inviting. Next time I enjoy this brew I will certainly wait a few minutes before diving in so I can maximize all of the aromas.
Taste: Based on the smell I was expecting a huge hop flavor followed with s good amount of bitterness. What I got was a huge hop flavor that gives way to a malty sweetness and left me with just a tiny bitter bite in the back of my mouth. I am really amazed how well the sweetness played against the hops. It left the mouth completely refreshed.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation is done to perfection while the big hop flavor works on the tongue and the alcohol warms the mouth. Usually the big hop flavors wears out my taste buds after a few pints but the malty sweetness really helps cleanse the mouth and leaves you craving another.
Drinkability: This is a very approachable beer despite the 9% ABV. I had a 22 and would have cracked open a second if only I was fortunate to have one. I think I'll be going back to the deli where this was purchased and clearing them out. This is one special brew.
01-31-2012 18:59:11 | More by PatDreadful
Leafer Madness from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.