Leafer Madness - Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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very good

233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 13
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Beer Valley Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mattmaples on 04-10-2008

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Photo of PintOh1759
4.87/5  rDev +26.2%

Wow. Wow. Wow is all i can say about this beer. Bought it in a 1 Pint 6oz bomber bottle in Anchorage, AK. Bottle had lots of sediment built up at bottom a solid 1/4 inch + high. turned the bottle slowly upside down a few times then put back in the fridge to continue cooling for about 30 minutes then slowly turned over once more before i poured it to just mix it again but not foam it up.

The appearance of this beer is spectacular, its exactly what i expect when i get an unfiltered beer, very cloudy gold to light bronze color, lots of sediment floating around and lots of rising activity. pours a 2 finger head and holds a 1/4 off white head the whole glass down leaving some lacing on the sides but not as much as expected from the initial head.

The smell is a little disappointing as the aroma of the hops just isn't there, if i were to do a blind test of this beer and stick my nose into the glass i would never guess it was a 100+ IBU IPA. very bready/ sweet malty aroma with a background of slight pineapple citrus and the slightest hint of pine. overall not a very aromatic beer.

the taste. WOW. From the head you get this suuuuuuper bitter hoppyness that smacks you in the front of the tounge then runs to the back of your mouth and follows up imeaditaly with a perfect balance of bready malts with a hint of honey. very drinkable and lovable unfiltered beer. i will be going straight to the store tomorrow after work to purchase more and stock the fridge.

only thing holding this beer bad from scoring a perfect 5 in my book is the lack of aroma, you dont get that wow factor on the initial smell tat reassures you that this is going to be an amazing beer. maybe thats why i find it so damn good is because i let my guard down and didn't expect it to be so balanced after i smelled it.

Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of StogiesandBrews
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Blackwolf
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 ;)

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hreb
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours yellow and slightly hazy, and forms a large white head. Aroma is mid-grade dry hoppy and fruity. Not the most cannabinoid-smelling IPA, I have to say. Flavor features an aggressive onslaught of pine forest and citrus rind. But after the initial edge this beer doesn't have that much going on. Fizzy-creamy mouthfeel and a bitter finish. I think Imperial IPA needs more than just a load of hops to attain greatness, so this beer falls a little short for me, although the hop flavors on their own are excellent.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Glibber
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of GRG1313
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Original bottle rating was 3.25. I've changed my rating based on tasting this beer on cask March 1,2015. Rating is based on cask offering.

Photo of PatDreadful
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from afksports into a set of glasses, split two ways.

The aroma is very hopforward, citrus pith and resin.

Golden color, good body, cloudy, nice head, foam more than bubbles.

complete with citrus, no malt presence in the aroma or taste, so if you're looking for a balanced IPA, this is not is. However, the taste is more balanced than 100% hopbomb, the hops flavor is indelicate but still layered, and provides nice depth.

Even more intense hop flavor when you consider than it sticks on your tounge, it is a sticky mouthfeel, with a robust finish/aftertaste.

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Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chill hazed Golden. Small oily cap. Gradient patterns of layered lace.

Citrus, floral, herbal, resins, ganja. toasty biscuit.

Grapefruit, ganja, floral, spicy herbal. Sticky resins. Big and bitter. touch of booze and vanilla meld with the toasty biscuit beneath the hops.

medium full body. thick and sticky hop syrup. lower end of carbonation.

big hoppy bitter madness. leafer madness. solid brew. Not as drinkable and a bit thicker than most IIPAs.

Photo of Mightykingmalard
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: good looking iipa. Creamy white head that sits for a bit. Translucent. Rich golden color.

S: maybe it's my allergies but I can't really smell anything. I give it a 3.25 because it doesn't smell BAD, but doesn't smell like anything at all.

T: hop overload! Hoppiness hits the side and malty ness hits the front of the tongue. It's a raw hoppiness too. Tastes unfiltered. Seems to get a little flat after a couple degrees warmer.

M: pretty good. Pretty smooth despite the how hoppy it is.

O: quality iipa. Not entirely complex, but sometimes a hop-sledge is what you want. It's great as a hop monster.

Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Poured a hazy light amber with a finger of thick looking, bubbly white head that stayed a while and left some thick lacing.

Smell. Earthy, herbal hops. Some sweet pineapple, oranges, alcohol and light grains.

Taste. Nice herby hops backed by some toasty malt. Clean finish with some nice bitter citrus rinds.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Some warm alcohol.

Overall. Like the name, like the beer. Have bought before but will hold out for the fresh hop version next time.

Photo of Docer
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bomber at Belmont Station here.. nice to try a local odd ball.

- Slightly cloudy amber/copper color but can still see through it. Not much head at all.. but I cracked a fresh one, although it is bottle conditioned. Poured at a slant so not much head anyway... minimal head, slight lacing.

- Rather strong alcohol smell and a floral yet bitter hop presence. Bit of a citrus punch to it as well.. but not too malty or grainy in smell.

- Wow.. great flavor... and balanced. Sweet malt notes with a similar sweet citrus and floral hop blast... and a bitter aftertaste. Does hide the Alcohol content quite well in taste.. much more so than the smell.

- A tad dry finish.. and a bit of alcohol burn.. but not so bad. Some definite grain presence.. slightly chewy.

- Rather refreshing and smooth with a complex grain/malt/hop mix. Very unique and very drinkable. Recommended!

** Edited part way through my bomber.. I should have rolled the bottle.. the flavor enhanced greatly towards the bottom of the bottle... this is very good.

Photo of Philabeerphia
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Times are tough. three friends were laid off today. Time to get back to reviewing beer. A great escape.

bomber poured to pint. Beige creamy fluffy one finger head that hangs around. Good lacing. Color expressed by bright honey tones. the bottle must not be disturbed b/c brew is crisp through and through. malt, vanilla and hints of tropical fruit dominate the nose. Not exactly what I expected, but I like it. on to the rest of the show. Taste is fresh pine surrounded by heavy sugary malt. surprisingly gentle, almost milky, with honey and vanilla showing up. As the brew warms the bright resin flavors become pronounced. sticky, wet resiny hop dances on my tongue after every sip. I can see why this is an IAPA. extreme, but you could argue its not a DIPA. Regardless of what you call it, I do get hints of some of the great hoppy brews I've come across but this doesn't quite hit all the notes of the beautiful symphony that these greatest hop beers can be.
Not muddled, but not jumping out for the huge hop smack I am craving. OK, this beer is well above average. I like it more as it warms.

Oh ya, the bottle conditioning is a friggin nice treat. The yeasty carbonation is reminiscent of drinking from a firkin. That lends it some of the creamy smoothness. Awesome. buttery mouthfeel. such an easy drinker.

Thank god for some very good OR beer hitting the streets of PHL! I'll take it.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up at the Coop a day or two ago for about $6.50.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass... trying to chillout while listening to DJ Craze FabricLive 38.

2 finger head.. atop a slightly hop-hazed honey colored brew.. sticky lacing looks very pretty.

Aroma is every bit a DIPA.. there may be a little toasty maltiness in there... but it is drowned out by a nose hair coating piney hoppiness.

Flavor is again a DIPA... I would hesitate to call this just a huge APA... there may be a little bitterness missing, but the hop flavors are amazing.. big grapefruit .. oily hoppiness fades for a short time into a toasted maltiness...but then quickly melts into a slick tongue painting hop flavor.. Body is fairly light for a 9% beer.. but that actually is making me tonight want another sip fast. Only real complaint is it could use a touch more carbonation.. but what do I know? Drinkability is a little lower just because of the IBU's.. a sipper.. but a great sipper.

This is really very good.. pushing itself into fantastic as it warms up... I need to get some more and refrigerate them just to keep this fresh juicy hoppiness right where it belongs.

Big Props to Beer Valley.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My fiance got this for me at her work.

Appearance- orangish amber color, nice thick head

Smell- very nice hops

Taste- mostly hops, pretty good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Overall this was a really good beer. I guess I'm just used to more hops and more bitterness because this wasn't too bitter at all, very balanced I guess. I really liked it though.

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Leafer Madness from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.