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Leafer Madness - Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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227 Ratings
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 12
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: mattmaples on 04-10-2008

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Ratings: 227 | Reviews: 134
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.

Photo of CosmoHopHead
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy, dark orange with a one finger off white head. sticky lacing coats the glass

S: smells like earthy hops, malts, some candy and citrus fruit undertones

T: tastes a little more sweet than I like in a DIPA. bitterness comes through on the back end. fruity hops mixed with malts

M: feels thick and oily. medium carbonation. warming alcohol presence

D: 9% abv is hidden well so it goes down fairly smooth. a little to sweet for me to wanna drink more than one.

Glad I got to try this one but not something I would go out of my way to have again.

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 brushtachio
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Photo of velmalikevelvet
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into chilled mug.

Massive, creamy head with nice lacing sits atop an almost coppery-orange, slightly cloudy body. Pungent citrus & spice aroma, quite lovely.

Taste is nice & bitter without being too much; more hoppy than malty, as it should be. Also a caremely note. But an over-the-top grapefruit bite that continues a bit more than necessary keeps it from being stellar.

Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of illidurit
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the free table at Woodshop 5.0. Pours a clear gold with a fine white head. Aroma is spicy and grassy with citric notes in there as well. Flavor is similar: pine, grass, orange, grapefruit, with a prominent pale malt backbone. Nice solid bitterness and a well-carbonated medium body. Doesn't hold a candle to the hop harvest version but it's not bad.

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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow gold body with haze, busy carbonation streams, and a big billowy snowball head with awesome lacing.

Soft fruit notes pour out as soon as the cap is sprung. Pine mixes with apricot and finishes with orange.

A thin beam of sweet malt runs down the center of the tongue. Then bitter hops waves crash behind, pushing the malt off the stage and down the throat. Juicy fruit rides atop the bitter wave, apricots more than the usual grapefruit and orange. Then just before the swallow, a sprig of mint comes over the top. Cleanish finish, nothing really lingers. Would benefit from something of a finish.

Solid pleasant mouthfeel, not as chewy as many IIPAs. Good drinkability, its going fast.

A different tasting IIPA, well worth a try.

Photo of sprucetip
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Golden, faint haze, very thin head fades fast, not active, spotty lacing.

SMELL Huge sweet malty base blends beautifully wiht floral and citrusy hops and boozy notes. Peachy esters.

TASTE strong sweet malty base, booze, floral and fruity hops assert boldly up front. Rich, complex, balanced and smooth. Bitterness has a sharpness but is restrained.

FEEL strong warming, rich full body, pleasantly slick texture. Warm, dry, moderately bitter finish.

OVERALL obviously meant to be used judiciously at 9%. But so rich and tasty that each sip invites another. Wonderful flavor and texture, a solid IIPA.

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

On tap at Malt & Vine in Redmond, poured into a pint glass.

Bright golden yellow, very slightly cloudy, foamy head, looks like the lacing will be terrific. Smells hoppy, mostly piny backed with a spicy wet sweetness.

Taste is dominated by hops, lots of pine and some citrus sweetness. A little spiciness.

Mouthfeel is light and pleasant. Quite drinkable.

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

A nice looking IIPA. Amber in colour, mildly carbonated, yet still produced a good off white head that tried to stick around with its decent retention, and leaves a sticky and clumpy collar inside the glass. Some nice and sticky clumps of lace defy gravity and stay put.

A hint of biscuit, some caramel, and a good dose of hops with the aroma of grapefruit and hints of tropical fruit (papaya and pineapple) in the nose.

No surprises here in the taste, much like the nose. Would have appreciated a touch more aromatics versus bittering, but that may have something to do with time on the shelf (although the bottle was not dusty and no where near a window).

Overall a nice IIPA. Balance favours the hops, as it should. As mentioned earlier I would have appreciated more of an aromatic character, but this is still a solid IIPA. Medium bodied, and resinous, with just a hint of the ABV.

As drinkable as any other 9% ABV hop bomb. Stands up to most, even if it doesnt really stand above. So ya, if you are a hop head this is well worth a try. Ill be back for more the next time im where this is sold.

Photo of PDXHops
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a shaker pint.

Pours a see-thru caramel/apricot with a finger+ of white head and vigorous visual bubbling. Patchy lacing is left behind.

Nice fresh citrus and pine nose, with a few floral notes. The hop flavors transition from juicy pineapple/orange/grapefruit to pine to a somewhat earthy lingering cedar toward the swallow. More sweet malt than advertised in the aromas. Pretty tasty stuff, with some noticeable booziness being the only negative.

Medium bodied with full carbonation, and a drying, sticky finish.

Overall impression: Doesn't stand out from the crowd, but a solid DIPA.

Photo of JTrona11
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A orange color with a tall, fluffy white head.

Very hoppy smell. A lot of flowery scents, along witha little pine and citrus.

This is a very good Northwest hop monster. The taste is all hops, no maltiness or sweetness. Mostly flower and pine hopflavors. Some grapefruit bitterness.

Fills the mouth like what it is, a big IPA.

Very drinkable, I had several in a row and enjoyed them all without my tongue getting tired.

Photo of beertunes
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the fridge.

Pours murky orange with a rocky, dense head of white froth. Plenty of lacing throughout the glass as well as a solid skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with a moderate amount of citrus-laden pine resins. Not screamingly pungent or floral. Perhaps this one has some age on it. Chewy caramel and candied malt in the background with sappy grapefruit pith and spruce bark.

Medium bodied with a crisp, tacky mouthfeel. A bit chewy and plenty resinous.

Bright, bitter hops start the palate with a decent dose of chewy malt and a sugary bite. Pine-rubbed grapefruit and sugar-dusted resin.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, sweet malt, and sap-drizzled grapefruit.

A very tasty IIPA, but it falls short in the nose. I also prefer a smoother bitterness and more tropical fruit on the palate.

Photo of jculler82
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TheFlern
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amazing, a nice burnt orange with plenty of head and great lacing.

Smell: Very balanced but also very hoppy. Floral and citrus notes are most obvious followed by malt notes.

Taste: Full bodied. This isn't a typical northwest IIPA. We have balance between the hops and malt. The good news is that the hops win out in the end to create a great hoppy bitterness in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy and substantial. It feels almost like eating this IIPA. Carbonation was about perfect and it finished nicely, not too dry and not too sweet.

Drinkability: This is a monster of a beer. Two pints in and you are tapping out.

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

22oz. bomber into tulip on 8/27/09.

A - Poured a hazy amber/orange body with one finger of bubbly, milky white head that retained quite well and yielded lots of stringy lace around the glass.

S - Earthy, leafy hops and a hint of alcohol comprise the initial aroma. Sweet caramel malt and some toasted grains are quick to follow in the backend.

T - As with the aroma, an abundance of earthy, leafy hops dominate the flavor, but are tempered by sweet caramel malts and toasted grains. Alcohol presence is apparent, but not dominant. Finishes with a slight citrusy quality and a hint of grainy malt character.

M - Medium body with mild carbonation and a slight oily texture. Good bit of alcohol warmth on the tongue. Finishes with moderate lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Quite a bitter affair, indeed. However, the hop character is a little undefined, but overall this is a tasty IPA... and certainly one of the more cleverly named beers out there!

Photo of Viggo
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.

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!!!

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 koopa
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Photo of Chelsea1905
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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.

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Leafer Madness from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.