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Leafer Madness - Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 12
Gots: 4 | 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 Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

08-27-2009 20:43:18 | More by Viggo
Photo of billyz


5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!!!

Serving type: growler

08-21-2009 00:50:14 | More by billyz
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 02:41:49 | More by glid02
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased from Liquidsolutions..

Appearance: Darker brownish orange body due to lots of caramel malt being used. White 2 finger crown with a good amount of retention and loads of lace.

Smell: Oh how I love the smell of a dry hopped west coast pale ale, which incidentally happens to smell hoppier than most east cost IPA's! Caramel malt, lots of floral hops, and a touch of citrus hops play together well.

Taste: I'm not a huge fan of caramel malt but this one really does a great job counterbalancing the malt with an abundance of hops that don't come off astringent by any measure. Nicely done! I'm so close to giving this one a 4.5 but 4.0 it is.

Mouthfeel: Spot on for the style. On the heavy side of medium and a touch chewy. Enough carbonation to get it down though.

Drinkability: This bad boy weighs in at 9% abv but is still mighty tasty!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 22:38:40 | More by koopa
Photo of Chelsea1905


4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 02:46:03 | More by Chelsea1905
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 23:22:52 | More by Wasatch
Photo of philmont


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: cask

06-20-2009 19:41:33 | More by philmont
Photo of Jmoore50


4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!


Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 00:29:48 | More by Jmoore50
Photo of bmcclure


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy orange with minimal head that leaves very little lacing. The aroma is nonexistent. The flavor is pretty much all bitter with very little hop flavor and minimal malt flavors, but I still enjoyed it. There are tons of IIPAs I would much prefer though.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 17:54:44 | More by bmcclure
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New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle, not sure how old it is. 9% Imperiel Pale Ale

Appearance is an orange color, typical to style. nice head but not a lot of lacing left on the glass.

Aroma: a semi-spicy juicy grapefruit, solvent/cleaning chemicals, alcohol hotness

Taste: pungent grapefruit bitterness hits you right away. The bitterness lingers for a minute..the finish is numbing and I don't care for it. There is no piney bitterness or maltiness to give this beer anymore flavor other than booze.

Mouthfeel: Terrible. After drinking half of this bomber, my mouth is completely numb and I am starting to feel comatose.

Drinkability: My roommate, a huge DIPA and barleywine fan, drank the rest of it and he concurrs the drinkability is low. We both never would want to drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 23:50:09 | More by roan22
Photo of rmaste6282


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 03:55:24 | More by rmaste6282
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 03:21:18 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of JamesP123


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

Served from a 22oz bottle.

A. Hazy Orange hue with a half inch of white head. Moderate lacing. Moderate carbination. Overall a good looking IPA

S. First smell is indicative of its style, you are hit with major citrus hops followed by a hint of alcohol and finally some sweetness from caramel malts. Can definately smell the 9% abv

T. Strong Citrus and spicy hop flavor dominates at first sip followed by some caramel malty sweetness. spicy in the finish

M. Medium kight bodied, especially for the style. A bit fizzy across the tongue from the carbination.

D. Enjoyed the 22oz bottle. Could have been a bit more thick/resiny but overall a good IIPA

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 01:25:12 | More by JamesP123
Photo of Docer


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 22:51:18 | More by Docer
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 21:06:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of yemenmocha


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 06:38:03 | More by yemenmocha
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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ibrew2or3 for this one.

A: Pours a nice golden orange hue with a nice fizzy head. Okay retention and no lace.

S: Nice aroma with notes of grassy herbal hops mixed in with peach, apricot, and mango.

T: The flavor is nicely hopped with citrus showing up first. The middle is nice and sweet with notes of apricot and sweet malt. The finish is dominated by the herbal green hops.

M: Medium in body, nice and smooth.

D: Good, I liked this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 16:47:06 | More by tpd975
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4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 07:08:16 | More by jdklks
Photo of Zorro


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 04:01:51 | More by Zorro
Photo of SurlyDuff


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a play on Reefer Madness, with a vibrant green hoppy label and retro font.

Surprisingly light for a pale ale, more of a hefe or pee yellow in color. Rather a cloudy/hazy brew with a decent head.

This is an imperial pale apparently, making it taste like a malty iipa to me. If this guys really at 9%, then the alcohol is hidden well. It seems a bit light and watery on the mouthfeel, especially for a nine percenter.

Bitter green hops, can be easily dubbed/categorized an ipa by all but the hopheads. Some sweet honey and caramel malt character, with a bit of a worty homebrew twang in there too. Slight metallic and diactyl taints. It's a bit rough around the edges, maybe some slight recipe tweaks may bring this one higher than a B in my book. I thought about aging it like a Strong Ale, but thought twice since its so hoppy (and big fresh hop flavored beers dont age as gracefully)

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 01:23:29 | More by SurlyDuff
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 01:27:14 | More by unclederby
Photo of barleywineman


4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 04:01:14 | More by barleywineman
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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear medium-honey color with a thick, foamy head. head retention through the end of the glass, with much sticky lace.
smells very piney, with a bit of grassiness. the malts are present in the nose, lending a sweet, damp earth type of note to the base.
taste is really good, with the pine and grass from the nose joined by a pleasant juicy citrus. the malt is strong enough to keep some of the hops in check, but there is still a nice amount of bitterness in the finish. despite the 9%abv, the alcohol has virtually no presence, even as it reaches room temp.
mouthfeel is medium-full, with a creamy consistency coming from the carbonation.
overall a very nice brew. I feel this drinks like a Double APA, vs. 2IPA, but Im no expert. anyway, I will definitely be drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 04:02:05 | More by JoshuaCain
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4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 18:22:30 | More by brdc
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3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 05:53:19 | More by popery
Leafer Madness from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.