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Leafer Madness - Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 234
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 13
Gots: 11 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Azusa, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that smells much better than it tastes in my opinion. (568 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (1,199 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Yes, I remember. Just a young boy, under the influence of drugs, who killed his entire family with an axe."

--Dr. Carroll (a character in the 1936 cult film 'Reefer Madness')

Soft-focus orange with blurry banana peel edges. The tight-bubbled cap is yellowed ivory in color and fills half the glass on the initial pour. The foam resembles meringue, sticks around forever and is starting to coat the glass with tattered sheets of lace.

As expected (or at least hoped for), the aroma features wall-to-wall American hops. BVBC won't divulge the lineup, but with this much tangerine and grapefruit, Amarillo and a few of the C-hops are good guesses. It smells like there's much more pale malt than Munich, which is also a very good thing.

This whole Imperial pale ale thing is silly. The label even color accents each of the first letters to draw attention to the I, P and A. Leafer Madness IPA is a DIPA (IIPA if you prefer) and is a damn good one. It's also a supremely balanced one.

Again, toasted malt is barely noted. The backbone is almost pure sugar cookie goodness, the better to place the flavor spotlight where it belongs... with the hops. The 100+ IBUs taste like less than that, probably because of a considerable amount of malt sugar. The beer is bitter, it just isn't bracingly bitter.

Hop flavors include juicy pink grapefruit and orange zest, so the above guesses still apply. It wouldn't surprise me a bit if Centennial is in the house. Even with the exquisite sweet-bitter balance, hopheads will find plenty to love. Another plus... alcohol heat is negligible.

The body/mouthfeel is medium-full and is expertly bubbled. In fact, I'm tempted to go with the next highest score, but can't quite pull the trigger. An insane amount of lace earns the appearance score a well-deserved bump.

Beer Valley Brewing Company releases nothing but delicious beer. This well-hopped DIPA is yet more proof (although none was needed as far as I'm concerned). Leafer Madness isn't worth axing for, but it's definitely worth asking for if you're fortunate enough to live in the brewery's distribution area. (2,108 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev -1%
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 (674 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

04/24/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness date to be found. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Clouded rust colored color with some murky yeast particles. Maybe a 1/5 of an inch head on pour leaving a slight creamy rim. Really no lace to speak of. Looks flat, or like cask style.

Smell- From the crack of the bottle it had a nice pine hop nose. But after the pour it literally had no scent at all. Very minor hop notes and that's about it.

Taste- It actually grows on you. At first I thought it was mind of lacking, but as you drink it, a really nice pine sap flavor rev's up. If like like pine you may like this. Some light toasted malt as well, but mostly pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Pretty flat, as in cask, but it's not a cask brew, so not that grand in this dept. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- I'd give it another try. I really like pine hops, so we'll see down the line. But, the $6.99 tag was about twice as much as it should be. (1,018 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A brisk pour produces a four finger-thick, light tan colored head that just crests the top of my 25cl tulip glass without overflowing. The beer is a clear, red-tinged, amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is suitably hop focused with notes of pine needles, a green herbal note and sharp citrus notes of grapefruit and sour orange zest. Really the aroma is quite herbal in focus (including ample pine notes). The aroma finishes with a significant, though clearly supporting, biscuit and cracker like maltiness. Not the most hop complex nose, but certainly serviceable for a hop lover.

Creamy textured up front, but then a fizzy carbonation kicks in and ruins this a bit. Amply bitter from the get go with a strong, green, herbal hoppiness that just lingers on the palate long after the sip has left my mouth. A sharp, grapefruit hoppiness lies just behind the dominant pine and bitter notes, but this seems to be the most notable part of the citrus hop component. The hops in the finish get a little astringent especially when coupled with some hot alcohol flavors. A chewy malt character kicks in towards the middle of each sip accenting a solid biscuit character. This has a chewy body, enough to help support the hop character, but not so much that it is overly in the Barleywine category. As the beer warms up it softens up a bit and becomes more drinkable as it loses some of the harsh hop notes; though it starts to pick up a lacquered hop, almost phenolic, curing plastic note as well.

Definitely an aggressively hoppy brew. It doesn't have the hop balance that I like to see in a double IPA though; I prefer an ample hop fruit character that is tempered by the herbal & pine notes, while this one is opposite to that. Allowing this to substantially warm up from the 52°F / 11°C starting temperature really goes a long way to improving this beer though (despite that phenolic / lacquer note that is a bit nagging in the finish).

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ (2,040 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy orange/golden with a head that sticks around as a thin cap for quite awhile. Smells bitter with herbal and leafy aromas and a fair bit of malt in the backbone. Nicely hoppy, and quite bitter with herbs and pine. The malt is there, but just enough to give it a little depth. The bitterness lingers and lingers. Quite nice for this hophead. A bit chewy in the mouth, but clean and not too sweet. Nice lingering bitterness. Fairly one dimensional, but well done and quite pleasant. (496 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a very dark hazy golden orange color with a thick frothy off-white head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic chunks of soapy lacing in it's wake.

Very earthy dank hop aroma with hints of citrus fruit qnd pine. Slightly oily with a decent malt presence that gives off some biscuit n the nose.

Chewy medium body which is on the fuller end with lots of fresh earthy and citrus pine flavor. Hints of grapefruit and citrus peel balanced out by a biscuit like malt backbone. Well balanced with a bone dry finish. Decently balanced with well masked ABV making this pretty quaffable. (639 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chill hazed amber colored beer with a massive off-white head.

Noticed a peach aroma the first thing about this one. Strong pine aroma with woody and tea aromas. Little bit of lemon and citrus scent malt doesn't make much of a contribution in this one.

The taste starts off dry and woody. Strong hop flavor to the point that my tongue can't sort it all out at first. Sensation of salt on the tongue, wonder if this beer was salted? In the end all I can taste is strong herbal bitterness kind of a shock to the tongue.

Mouthfeel is good.

Can't give this one a real high drinkability rating. IBUs are way up there and in the end this is something more survived than enjoyed. (675 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a burnt orangish color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap

S: Orange rind, flowers, lemon, pine needles and caramel

T: While this beer is advertised as Imperial Pale Ale it is really an IIPA. The Pale Ale is a play on words because this had IIPA written all over it. Floral, citrus, caramel,pine bitterness on the end, a good amount of hop oil

M: Nice body, good feel

D: Very good and tasty (415 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Bella Vista open house in Philly last week, and more recently on cask at the Horse Brass yesterday. Was told that the latter version was the wet hop version of this beer.

Some beers are better on cask then on gas; some not so much. Visually and aromatically, I'm not sure cask helps this beer much. The beer pours the expected light orange peach color with minimal head retention and lacing on cask. On the gas, head retention and lacing were excellent. Both on gas and on cask, this beer is pretty aromatic, smelling of hoppy citrus all around. The gas version aroma is more intense, but the cask version is more intriguing. The aroma is more floral and there's some underlying leafy tobacco aromas. The beer is absolutely delicious in either format, but on cask this beer is incredibly smooth, long and polished. Very nice hoppy bitterness, but with just enough malt to make sure nothing is out of preportion. Drinkability out of the cask is so ridiculous it's stupid. There is no way I would guess I am drinking a 9% abv. beer. Also, smooth as this beer is, it's very tempting to drink it right down and order another imperial pint.

A very impressive beer from this new to me brewery, and one I'm looking forward to seeing around in the SEPA area. Good stuff. (1,287 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice cloudy orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, and pines. The taste is sweet on the lips, hoppy, nice malt notes, citrus, with some pine notes. Medium body, chewy, bitter. Drinkable, this is a very tasty DIPA, thanks Toby. (401 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (1,185 characters)

Photo of beertunes
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a hazy orangeish-yellow color with a thick, fluffy, white head that had moderate retention and left good lacing.

The aroma is all hops, mostly floral with pine behind it and a touch of citrus mixed in. The flavor follows along very nicely, no malt sweetness for balance, the floral hops dominating the early part of the taste. After a bit the pine becomes noticeable followed on by the citrus notes.

The body was very good, fuller than I expected for this style. Drinkability was also very good, this is a beer that won't burn out your tongue or wreck your palate on the first beer, so having multiples will be enjoyable.

Overall, a very good beer from a brewery that I've heard good things about, but whose brews I've never had the chance to try before. I look forward to trying more. Worth seeking out. (845 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a nice golden orange with a half finger head that dissipated real quick and had sticky lacing on the glass.

S: had malts, mild hops, caramel in the aroma and hints of orange zest in the nose.

T: has more of a malt character than hops with caramel notes in the mixture and a slight bitter finish.

M: medium body with very little carbonation and a slight bitterness at the end of a sip.

D: this beer has a bigger malt backbone than a hop kick for the style. It still drinks well but barely makes the cut for a imperial pale ale. (540 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint on cask at the Horse Brass in Portland, served in a nonic.

Pours a lightly hazed golden yellow, very thick and heavy white head forms, slowly settles to a thick ring and layer, great lacing everywhere. Smell is pretty nice, lots of fresh and green hoppiness, more floral than anything, some light grapefruit, leafy, some grass, not much malt in the aroma, just a hint of caramel and some bread. Taste is nice as well, very assertive hoppiness, lots of floral, touch of citrus, orange and tangerine, caramel middle, some biscuit, very clean finish, nicely bittered, very sharp and green, ABV is well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Probably the best DIPA I've had on cask, worked really well and reminded me of an imperial version of Durhams Hop Head in Toronto. (792 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber - from the whole foods in las vegas for 6$

Appearance - Hazy amber/copper colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a lower than average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, hops, and malts. I can also pick up on the booze and there is lots of sugary sweetness. There isn't a whole lot of citrus - just a touch of grapefruit. It ends with a sweet malty aftertaste with a lot of lingering hop bitterness and some boozy heat.

Overall - I was hoping for more citrus fruitiness, but it is still a delicious and very hoppy DIPA. I'd drink it again and I would suggest fans of the style give it a try. (806 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into an imperial pint, Leafer Madness is a hazy golden bronze with a bone colored head that leaves really nice and heavy, chunky lace.

Smell is strong hops, pine trees, herbal fresh mint, lemons and strong but clean alcohol. Very pungent and resiny, Leafer Madness for sure!

Taste is strong, sharp spicy hops, with a nice malty backbone and big punch of booze on the finish. At first it seems a bit rough, but after half a glass I really warmed up to it (although it was still at the fridge temp I served it at). The hop are oily and thick, a bit soapy at time, but a very nice fresh snap to them, yet another good Oregon DIPA.

Mouthfeel is on the smoother side, light and oily for the size, thin but not too watery.

Drinkability is pretty good, but a bit of a palate-buster with the resiny aftertaste, and it could stand to taste a bit smoother (or at least a bit less ABV). Still, I was impressed enough with the first bomber I had, shared one night amongst friends, enough so that I bought this 2nd bottle! The reasonable price didn't hurt either. This one might fall into the category of DIPA that would improve with 6-12 months of age, although it may not have enough body... (1,201 characters)

Photo of popery
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good, strongly hopped beer. First, Leafer Madness is certainly a DIPA and not an APA. It pours orange gold with a soapy head and very good lacing. The aroma is oily citric orange hops mixed with sweet caramel malt. The hop aromas are rich and delicious. The flavor is a bit ashy and a bit bitter. I would love to have this one as fresh as possible. The hops are orange, pine and floral. I really have no idea how long this bottle sat in the store, hopefully not long. The feel is oily, rich and a little dry. It's quite drinkable for a DIPA (I'm not going to rate this against APAs) with fairly light alcohol notes only peeking through at times. (652 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus and marmalade. In the taste, sticky-sweet orange marmalade, and ending with some pine hops. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry gingerbread like malt and pine hops in the aftertaste. Big citrus hops, nice presence of pine and malt, really nice. (357 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
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... (977 characters)

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Leafer Madness from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.