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Leafer Madness - Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

220 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | 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 harrymel
1.29/5  rDev -66.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bottled: unk

It's a hazy amber with a billowy cream top that leaves a ton of lace. The nose is malt, resin, onion, hay, sage, plastic and turned nylon. Flavor is bitter, biscuit, astringent, shitty, shitty beer here. Medium on full bodied with moderately hi carb and a long bitter finish. I've long wondered how Beer Valley has stayed in business, tonight I tried this beer after three years of absence. My suspicion is reignited at this time. Horrible beer.

harrymel, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of jbertsch
1.83/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Amber in color. One finger of white head poured into a tulip.

The aroma was all malt. Sweet, sweet malt with a touch of spicey hops. Seemed old.

The taste was a malt bomb with hops that seem angry and bitter. Sweetness is a little cloying on the finish. Booziness is noticeable.

Mouthfeel is prickly and finishes dry.

I could not finish this beer. Double IPAs are my favorite style but this one was a train wreck. I imagine it might be old but you never know. I have no tolerance for brewers who don't date their bottles, I will no longer give them the benefit of the doubt. This beer was a complete mess and I feel robbed.

jbertsch, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

ste5venla, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of jtk
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark orange with a small head. Very light carbonation. Lace down the glass.

S: Light hops smell. Aroma not big at all. I had to really breath deep to get much at all. Odd.

T: Alcohol comes through too strong. Sweet citrus. Not real complex. Heavy, oily hops. Seems unbalanced. whatever the case, it's too heavy for my taste.

M: Low carb mf. Light medium body.

D: One bomber is enough in a sitting for me. Didn't actually finish it, though. Alcohol not hidden. If you like a big alcohol taste you might like it. Definitely give it a shot if you haven't already.

jtk, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of sulldaddy
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this beer since I thought the label was pretty clever. Pouring at cellar temp into a pint glass the beer pours a hazy copper hue with tight lattice on the glass and eggshell white fluffy head of 1 cm resting on the surface. Aroma is floral hops with some light caramel and candied sugar. Not a hop bomb on the nose.
Firs sip reveals average body with light spacious carbonation. The body is lighter than anticipated and the texture is thinner than the nose predicts. Flavor is some fruit, white grapes and a bit of general astringency, not very robust flavors in any direction. Each sip does dry out a bit at the finish. Beer is easy to drink, almost to a fault. Kind of forgettable in this drinker's opinion.

sulldaddy, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of brushtachio
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one is just too one-sided for me. The nose is spicy and grassy hops. Maybe a hint of citrus but not much. The taste is just more of the same. Long bitter aftertaste. The taste reminds me of Bigfoot if you distilled only the grassy hops, amplified it and removed any hint of malt. This one is a bitter tongue-number- some might like that but I almost drain poured because it became so monotonous.

brushtachio, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of froghop
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy orange with a large off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of earth, hops, grain, and lavender.

taste is earthy, grain, some caramel, hops, and a touch of citrus, ends a little funky, and alcohol.

overall just average, not as bitter as i would expect from an imperial IPA.

froghop, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of cherche
3/5  rDev -22.3%

cherche, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of Lobina
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Lobina, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -22.3%

jophish17, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -22.3%

BcOneSeven, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev -22.3%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Retsinis
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this last night, shared with some friends, 22 oz bomber into some Bruery tulip glasses.

A: The beer pours a clear light orange, with a half inch of light head, that quickly settled. No lacing.

S: Grass, mild pine, mild mango and tangerine. Some caramel as well in the background.

T: Initial bitterness up front just evaporates in the middle, followed by mild caramel malt sweetness, and strong notes of alcohol.

M: Medium to light mouth, and medium carbonation as well. ABV stands out more than I like.

O: Disappointing. While fresh IIPA tend to burst with hop notes, and if this one was old perhaps that's it, but from my experience, the hops still hold up pretty well in IIPA, in contrast to say a DIPA. This one was mild in both malt character, and a hop profile, and neither hid the alcohol as much as others at this price point do. For $8 a bomber, don't plan on trying this again.

Retsinis, May 06, 2011
Photo of Drinkerofales
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dirty golden, very cloudy, some lighter highlights, and a ton of strange sediment. Impressive sticky lacing.

Smells of some orange-tangerine hop and sweet malt, and unfortunately, a funky dirty clothes hamper.

Piney, grapefruit hops in the initial taste are a flash in the pan with hardly any flavor in the middle, and another quick bitter note in the finish.

Feel is strange, fizzy, over-carbonated, weird.

I may have an old bottle, I hadn't seen this bottle before at the store, so I thought it might be fresh, but the whacked out sediment and strange smell are very off-putting. Even withe the cult movie referenced name, I won't seek this out again.

DOA

Drinkerofales, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bomber into a glass. Purchased at Perry's in Livermore.

A: Slightly cloudy copper / amber hue. A vigorous pour yields a couple inches of head that recedes over a few minutes into a half-inch foam crown on the brew, continually refreshed by active bubbling up the glass. Some ragged lacing down the sides as I drink.

S: Citrus hops are clearly a favorite ingredient here, manifesting in tangerine and grapefruit aromas. I also detected some other sweet fruits such as mango and peach, along with a moderate nose of caramel.

T: I expected a total hop bomb, but this was very well balanced. Grapefruit and tangerine bitterness at first, contrasted by a sweeter mango and peach set in the mid-taste. The caramel begins to kick in, and by the mid-taste it's quite powerful, yet still plays second fiddle to a nice blend of citrus, pine hops, and honey in the finish. There's a slight astringency and tartness in the finish that I can't figure out; it gives the flavor a rough feeling.

M: Medium bodied with slightly higher than medium carbonation. Very well masked ABV.

D: I'd like to see the formula tweaked a little bit for a smoother brew. Right now it seems like it could use a little more polish. At this price point I could find something I consider better.

Arbitrator, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of bbothen
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz hand capped bottle.

A - Orange/rust color with a small soapy thin head.

S - Sweet matly aroma. Slight earthy piney grassy hops.

T - Sweetness dominates over the hops. The hops are there though. Hitting you with a nice spicy citrus type cut through the sweetness. Slightly "rough" and not quite perfect. That's not a bad thing.

M - Quite nice. Smooth over the tongue & nice lingering hops. Another reviewer described it as from a cask. I'd wholeheartedly agree. I like it.

D - Pretty good. It is 9%, so beware. But I could knock back a couple of these.

This was just okay. I'd happily drink it again. But wouldn't seek it out either.

bbothen, May 22, 2008
Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice aromatic mouthful of hops. Seriously bitter.

Pleasing warm amber color. There must be some malt here, but the balance is way over on the hop side. Severe bitterness comes on before I got to enjoy the hop madness. Very sharp on the tongue and hot with alcohol. Surprisingly light bodied. Aftertaste keeps getting more unpleasant.

If there was an interesting hop here, or a lesson to be learned, it might be worth it.

mactrail, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of Overlord
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber orange with maybe a half an inch of head. si this a DIPA? I thought it was a pale ale. Upon checking the beeradvocate.com hivemind, I see that the beer's label is misleading. The color seemed pretty bizarre for a "pale ale."

Smells like some pine, and ... spicy citrus rind? Urrr...okay.

Taste is all over the place. First, too bitter. Second, the citrus is an acrid rind-ish husk of a flavor, not bursting with freshness or any type of balancing sweetness. The malt is earthy and takes a backseat.

pretty average.

Overlord, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of maximum12
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to piclee for a bottle of this heretofore unknown beer from a heretofore unknown brewery. The label claims it is an Imperial Pale.

Bomber split with my wife, my half poured into my brand-spanking new Foothills pint glass (thanks mjmadden). Pours a very light, pass-through orange, with a half-truckload of floaties in suspended animation in the still liquid. Smells like a pale, not an IPA, with the pale malts, unburnt grass, & summertime. Bare network of hoppage.

Leafer Madness tastes like a pale, not an india pale ale. The pale malts are waltzing with a crack of razored, bitter hops; unfortunately, not a lot of flavor from the hops. Other contributors include damp soil and...well, that's about it.

Very average beer. Simple is good, but this is too high in ABV to be sessionable & too lacking in flavor profile to be downed with impunity.

EDIT: I downed this with impunity, raising the drinkability score...I think I drank it 3x faster than my wife did...

maximum12, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of JamesBurkett
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%

JamesBurkett, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

GRG1313, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Smurf2055
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Smurf2055, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of mab_pro
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

mab_pro, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of jdhilt
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy amber color. Nose is faint hops. Flavor is caramel and grapefruit hops. Dry, lingering grapefruit finish. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Liquorama Upland, CA.

jdhilt, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of TubaDan
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

TubaDan, Aug 24, 2014
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Leafer Madness from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
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