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Leafer Madness - Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 12
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beer Valley Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mattmaples on 04-10-2008)
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Photo of billyz
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Admitted to brewery after giving the secret knock and password. Purchased growler from huge, friendly brew guru. Poured from growler directly into favorite Kilkenny Irish beer glass. Lovely bubbles! Smelled like first cutting of alfalfa. Lovely citrus taste, paired well with my take and bake pizza. Two pints had howling me at the moon! Woke up shaky the next day, nothing a couple of aspirin couldn't cure. Have memorized breweries growler hours because this is now my favorite brew!!!

billyz, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of barleywineman
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%

amazing!!! this brew is so smooth, creamy, midway sweet, and look is frosty/ cloudy which adds to the smooth drinkablility. It is hoppy and has a piney bitter finish, mouth feel is smooth as milk,
thisbeer is hood I hope every one has this on their hit list of beers to drink before you die. Go get one! and get one as a gift to your beer pal :) cheers

barleywineman, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of boxofwar
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

boxofwar, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of JayDub667
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

JayDub667, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Jmoore50
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

This brew was very exciting for me for a few reasons. It is from a lower hyped brewery that I do not drink from a lot. So, the first smell and tasting was just outstanding. Awesome.

The appearance I gave a perfect five because the head on this brew is relentless. It just comes strong, three finger head, and never leaves. The color is a nice amber with a semi-translucent shade to it. The head just left globs of lace everywhere, and my glass looks like it was filled with bubbles by the end. Amazing.

The smell is of a pungent hop-greenery smell. Just bitter and distinct. Amazing. This was the first brew of the day and just blew my socks off with the craftsmanship.

The taste was 'off the hook', as the young kids would say these days. I took a sip and stood up just looking around. Whoa. A STRONG hop characteristic is present. The IBU's are blowing this out of realistic boundaries.

The mouthfeel is stellar, just stellar. All over tongue molestation. This is not dancing on the tongue, this is pounding smoothness. It hits on all fronts, then goes down with a drinkable coolness that one could only describe as perfection. I will be buying many many more of this, I might just buy stock in Bear Valley Brewing, the same that produces Black Flag. Outstanding!


Jmoore50, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of DaltonC
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%

On tap at Fire Artisan Pizza downtown Coeur d'Alene. Poured a beautiful hazy orange with an inch of a mostly white head.

S: Very citrusy, fruity, fresh smell. Have definitely smelled better DIPA's but this one wasn't too bad.

T: Amazing, everything you want in a DIPA, 9% and alcohol was very well hidden. Tasted so fresh and fruity, grapefruit/orange/slight malt. Decently bitter. This is an excellent tasting DIPA.

M: Lightly carbonated, very smooth, hop bites your tongue.

O: Try this, on draft it was awesome. One of the best DIPA's I have had to this date. Beer Valley did a great job with this beer.

DaltonC, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of StogiesandBrews
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%

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.

StogiesandBrews, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of cmsuarez
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%

the Hoppy smell right from the glass lets you know that you are about to have a great beer. Mostly have had it on draft but have also had it in the bottle. Can't wait for harvest to come when there is a fresh hop version.
LM has the taste and smell of all the great hoppy beers. There are many great California
beers and I would compare it to some of the best!

cmsuarez, May 12, 2014
Photo of jdklks
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%

A- Nice golden-light amber color body with a frothy white head. great color for a pale ale

S- lots of hops, like a DIPA almost, but there is a malt aroma that balances it out. some citrus fruit smells. nothing special here.

T- wow! taste is fantastic. i never thought i could benefit from a pale ale over 6%, but damn this is a big beer with big, intensified PA flavors. a great balance of hops and malts, with the hops hitting up front and a more malty finish. again, just a hint of fruitiness, but it isn't necessary here. great all around. im beginning to think that every beer needs to be "imperial"ized.

M- big body for a pale ale, which isn't surprising at 9%. perhaps just slightly over-carbonated for the big body, but nothing to complain about. feels great on the palate and goes down smooth.

D- great drinkability as a pale ale, that loses only a little bit at 9%. i am definitely going to buy more of these. wow, what a great surprise.

jdklks, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%

The Leafer Madness poured a lovely burnt orange color with a good two finger foam head. It left some wicked lacing. Good enough to take a picture.

It has some nice aroma with more of a kick with the extra hop addition. You get a good citrus aroma.

The taste is sweet. Semi malty with pretty smooth finish. After the first sip it breaks like a piece of juicy fruit. It is crisp and spicy. In the mouth it leaves some solid hop bitterness in on the tongue and roof of the mouth. It was quite lip smacking. Overall a really wonderful approach to the standard American Pale Ale on steroids. This was my first Imperial Pale Ale and it kicks some serious tail.

cswhitehorse, May 02, 2008
Photo of philmont
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Had this on cask at Horse Brass in Portland and was very impressed with the smoothness of this beer. Not sure of alcohol content but tempted to try this one all night. Poured with a mild off white head that quickly dissipated, the color was light amber and aroma reminiscent of cut grass. Mouth feel was light, taste didn't linger encouraging frequent sips. Overall a smooth easy to drink beer with plenty of hop flavor up front and little aftertaste. Could have stuck on this one all night but there were other casks to sample. Cheers.

philmont, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of dking1525
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

dking1525, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

gleemonger, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Aschap
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Aschap, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of unclederby
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Dark orange colored and with a bit of haze, Leafer Madness sits in my tulip sporting a frothy white one inch cap. Tiny streams of carbonation are spotted surfacing the hazy liquid. Smell is like candied citric hops with a touch of pine. The malty backbone is apparent in the enticing bouquet. Flavors of tangerine/orange citrusy hops greet one upon sipping, all wrapped very nicely in a pale/crystal biscutiy malt backbone. A little touch of peppery spiciness adds to the zip. Nice use of aroma and flavoring hops here, and the bittering ones are held in check just a bit; but are still significant enough to linger noticeably upon repeated sips. The high ABV is deliciously hidden, and this damn near approaches sessionable. Nice and creamy mouthfeel; medium/full and amply carbonated with grainy textures. This is one great beer put out by this small eastern Oregon brewery, and whatever stylistic category you want to lump it in, it's a must try for craft beer enthusiasts - especially if you appreciate your hops! Kudos to Beer Valley Brewing.

unclederby, Feb 16, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

adkieffer, Dec 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Pjvanvox, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Pours hazy golden orange color with generous white head. Nose is herbal spicy with fresh citrus. Palate offers a nice balance of biscuity malt with herbal, pine hops. This could easily pass for a West Coast IPA. Alcohol subdued, and extraordinarily drinkable for a DIPA.

yemenmocha, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of Brainybrain
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%

This beer will take great care of you. With a bitter note mixed with big time flavor, this beer will send you to places you wish planes flew. Under no circumstances should you attempt to try this beer if you are unprepared for the intense hops and aromatic floral flavor you are about to enjoy.

Brainybrain, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of PatDreadful
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

PatDreadful, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of brdc
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%

Thanks stoutsNipas for this one.
Large capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

Clear, amber with reddish highlights, and a nice well retaining tan head.
The aroma is very good, fresh, grassy, piney hops, with citric notes. Biscuity malt notes provide a measure of balance, although the hops dominate easily.
Firm body, with a good carbonation, the taste is mostly bitter as expected. Citric, grassy, fruity, although apples appear more than I expected, and grapefruits are not overpowering. The biscuity maltiness is more obvious here than in the aroma, which increase my enjoyment. A very good, fresh and hoppy brew. It goes down well near room temperature.

brdc, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of Chelsea1905
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%

What a great offering from a brewery that is not one I was familiar with, but I will be seeking out more in the future.

Pours a very hazy orange with some straw like yellow in there. Head is a nice crisp, tight head that diminishes but leaves some good lacing.

Smell is slightly piney, but more in the grapefruit spectrum. Some nice light malt in the background too.

Taste is nice and cirtus, piney and really singes the tongue but in a nice way. Little bit of maltyness.

The mouthfeel for a DIPA is great, I mean really nice. Tight, little bit of efffervescence but not too gassy.

Drinks well and really hides it's ABV well. Great offering and about $7 a bomber.

Chelsea1905, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of rmaste6282
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

Chilled 22oz. into a typical pint glass. Beer smells of sweet caramel malts, hints of hops but a sweet maltiness for the most part. Color is a light copper, not quite translucent, with tons of lacing, and a nice thick head, 2 to 3 fingers. Now if I am going to have a malty IPA, this is the way to go with it, a bit of sweetness, not overly done. Not just toasty malts, you definately get the citrus hop flavor, but is greatly balanced. I would compare this to a DFH 90 minute, and if you are used to the West Coast Style of IPA's this is a good tester into the DFH style; hoppy, malty but not over the top malty. Good, even a great beer for its style. I would recommend to others. Enjoy

rmaste6282, May 19, 2009
Photo of sdockter
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

I saw the Leafer Madness on the menu at Kahootz, took a risk and ordered the large (26 oz).

Nice white head, golden, light copper color. Aroma was hops (of course) citrus some pine with some malt.

Citrus and grapefruit hops flavor that was fairly well balanced with a sweet malt finish, then that lovely hops bitterness left on the tongue. A very good beer, great for the hop heads!

sdockter, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of jculler82
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

I apologize in advance because this review isn't at the standard it should be. I didn't take tasting notes, but I HAD to review the beer.

So far, the two Beer Valley beers I have had have blown me away (the other was Black Flag). I cant give a super detailed description without tasting notes, other than hop bitterness is just teetering on the edge of "too much for the style" if that makes sense. This beer never crosses into IPA/Double IPA teritory, which it shouldn't as a pale or imperial pale. I REALLY wish I had at least one more of these because this was a wonderful beer that if you're lucky enough to try, you should. PERFECTLY balanced and the 9.00% alcohol was non-existent. Wonderful beer. I can't recommend this beer or brewery enough.

jculler82, Sep 24, 2009
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Leafer Madness from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
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