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Leafer Madness - Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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217 Ratings
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Ratings: 217
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 tpd975
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

tpd975, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of jdklks
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

jdklks, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Zorro, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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)

SurlyDuff, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of unclederby
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

unclederby, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of barleywineman
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
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

barleywineman, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of JoshuaCain
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

JoshuaCain, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of brdc
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

brdc, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of popery
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

popery, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of geokills
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a 22 oz bomber bottle from Le Petit Vendome in La Canada, California as it was on their new arrival list appended to the list we received last night at their Holiday/Belgian Ale tasting.

Quite a strong, hoppy beer on the nose and the tongue. Luscious liquid pouring a golden ray of sunshine with a bright head comprised of fine white bubbles. Significant lacing and amidst a pleasant mouthfeel with a lingering bitter aftertaste not uncommon with such a highly hopped beer. Fortunately, they make no bones about their forward flavors, with their label depicting large clusters of bountiful bloomin' hops. Not a favorite most personally, but certainly worth a try.

geokills, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liked this one a lot. Pours hazy orange with a bubbly white head and lots of lacing. Grapefruit, mango, orange, and passion-fruit in the hoppy aroma. As seems to be the case with all of Beer Valley's offerings, there is an underlying earthiness in the aroma and taste. Fortunately, it adds to the hop profile in this one. Lots of resin and citrus flavors without the astringent bite. Some biscuit-and-caramel-malt taste that comes with the earthiness. Very nice.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer Valley- Leafer Madness

A- Bright cloudy reddish orange with a thick meringue-like head.
S- Fresh green hops and sweet caramel malt. Nose is a bit light on this!?
T- Big bold raw hops with an oily hop twang. Sweet malt pokes its way through but succumb's to the alc. laden hops.
M- Big fresh bitter hops up front with a sweet malty base. Hops meld their way back in with a dry tanginess. Slight alc. bite too.

Overall- Starts off tamer then expected but as it warms up hops really pop! Tasty but a bit potent at 9%. Pick this up if you see it.

NJpadreFan, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of meatyard
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Slightly hazy golden orange with a yellowish, orange color. The head was large and left quite a bit of sticky lacing.
S-It smells sweet with citrusy hops.
T-Hop presence is not as noticeable as in the smell except for the bitterness which is not strong, but there, and lingers. Dominated more by the malts, the taste is smoothly, sweet but not too much so. The taste is not balanced much between the hops & malt, like I might prefer but still very tasty and pleasing.
M-Is smooth, medium with carbonated feel.
D-Very good, no alcohol presence and easy going down.

meatyard, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of monkeylovebeer
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first pour, I caught a crisp lemon high note coming off the meringue-thick head and lots of hoppy goodness.

The brew is slightly murky from the pronounced yeasts, but held up to the light, it shows a beautiful honey color.

This killer is a dangerously smooth 9% with the alcohol perfectly hidden behind a balance of hops with 2-row and Munich malts.

The recent Hop Bomb arms race has led some brewers to skirt the boundaries of good taste, but Beer Valley really shows off their craft with this explosive Double IPA.

monkeylovebeer, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade with FlacoAlto (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy orange color with a huge sized off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, some grassiness, and toasted malts. Aromas on the softer side. Tastes of caramel, citrus, and pine. Alcohol content hidden.

Notes from 7/2/08

hopdog, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely hazy orange in a large snifter. 1 finger of white head, that soon diminishes into a film after a sip. Wicked aromas of kiwi, mango and citrus marinated in alcohol. Big, astringent flavors...more fruit hop nasty. Long lasting hop flavor...more floral big alcohol sticky flavor than hop bitterness. Finishes more sticky hoppy lovely juicy.

RustyDiamond, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Philabeerphia
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Times are tough. three friends were laid off today. Time to get back to reviewing beer. A great escape.

bomber poured to pint. Beige creamy fluffy one finger head that hangs around. Good lacing. Color expressed by bright honey tones. the bottle must not be disturbed b/c brew is crisp through and through. malt, vanilla and hints of tropical fruit dominate the nose. Not exactly what I expected, but I like it. on to the rest of the show. Taste is fresh pine surrounded by heavy sugary malt. surprisingly gentle, almost milky, with honey and vanilla showing up. As the brew warms the bright resin flavors become pronounced. sticky, wet resiny hop dances on my tongue after every sip. I can see why this is an IAPA. extreme, but you could argue its not a DIPA. Regardless of what you call it, I do get hints of some of the great hoppy brews I've come across but this doesn't quite hit all the notes of the beautiful symphony that these greatest hop beers can be.
Not muddled, but not jumping out for the huge hop smack I am craving. OK, this beer is well above average. I like it more as it warms.

Oh ya, the bottle conditioning is a friggin nice treat. The yeasty carbonation is reminiscent of drinking from a firkin. That lends it some of the creamy smoothness. Awesome. buttery mouthfeel. such an easy drinker.

Thank god for some very good OR beer hitting the streets of PHL! I'll take it.

Philabeerphia, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of antilogic
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked it up in Portland, Oregon when visiting for an interview. 2008 hop harvest. The head lasted an impressive stretch. Color was orange, with citrus, floral notes standing out.

What I really noticed compared to other IPAs (I guess this is an APA...) is how smooth it was. The taste and after-taste was not bitter, but less biting and quite inviting. Enjoyable!

antilogic, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at AJ's in late September for $6.99.

Beer poured a hazy orange with an OK white head. Nose is very malty, with floral hops becoming stronger as the beer warms. Taste is a blast of malts and floral hops, fairly well balanced, leaving a hop oil on the palate. Mouthfeel is full bodied and decently carbonated. It has the same feel as the imperial pils I have sampled in the past. Overall drinkability is good. Other than the initial sip the abv is hidden quite well. Definitely worth a try.

arizcards, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of RedDiamond
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer Valley's best selling beer is an imperial pale that the brewery refrains from calling an India Pale Ale or IIPA. This beer's never been to India, and neither have you, so it's only fitting. As with their Pigskin Pale, Leafer is brewed with big, sweet, piney hops that make the nose sticky and resinous. Its body is among the more turbid and dense of similarly patterned beers that I've ever seen. Its color is warm orange.

Leafer showed strong carbonation from its bottle conditioning. But its excessive 100+ IBU produced no lace. A head could be coaxed but not sustained. Though BV skips the IPA label, I'll use it here as a convenient reference to describe Leafer as a pinesap DIPA moreso than the flowery types more common to our region. Perhaps it's the influence of Idaho-grown hops that makes the beer stand out. Bittering is potent, but so is the malt structure upholding it. As the beer warms the bittering gains a fine honed edge that cuts nicely through the denser, sweeter elements. And the presence of alcohol is remarkably obscure. I can't recall ever drinking a 9.0% ABV pale ale with such fully integrated alcohol.

Leafer's name makes coy reference to the classic American propaganda film that demonized marijuana. Some people have suggested that it is brewed with pot's legal, non-psychoactive cousin hemp. It is not. Rather, its name refers to its being "madly hopped." It's a fine drinking strong ale that I hope might cellar well.

RedDiamond, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Georgiabeer, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

John_M, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours murky but bright honey, thick 1 inch head of very small bubbles. Leaves ring on top with somewhat sticky, but soapy, lacing.

S - Initial deep sweet malt, muted pines scents.

T - Nice sweet core, bitter clash of hops neutralizes the finish. Very Nice.

M - Medium bodied, fair coating, lots of carb.

D - Very drinkable, considering the style and ABV

srandycarter, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of ibbjamin
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $6.49 for a bomber from BevMo in San Jose, CA. This had been sitting for at least a week in my fridge and when I went to crack it, it pretty much exploded making a big mess and losing almost a quarter of its contents. Talk about overcarbonated!

Knowing that it would give a lot of head, I poured it very gingerly. Still more than an inch of very frothy white head. Head retains quite well. Decent lacing. Rather cloudy orangish color.

Smells delicious. More like an IPA or almost near an Imperial than an APA. Heavy top notch hop smell with citrus and pine.

Taste is not as good as smell. The strong aromas become less pronounced in the mouth but are all still there.

Mouth is creamy, medium to almost full boy which is uncharacteristic for an APA or even an IPA for that matter. The carbonation is much more mild in the mouth. Makes me wonder if I mishandled the brew before opening or something. Only way to find out is get another I guess!

Drinkability is superb.

Highly recommend as of now - I really am looking forward to trying this one again.

ibbjamin, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a suprise. I thought this was an amazing drink. Poured into pint glass, pours with a thick, rocky, white head with great retention and lacing. Smell is of fresh hops, a bit of a caramel-ish back bone, but dominated by fresh West Coast hops. Taste is good as well. Very hoppy as expected, with a bit of a citrus kick to it. Balanced fairly well, but the emphasis here is all hops. Mouthfeel was somewhat light with a oily hop residue left behind. Overall a great beer and I have to say the ABV was hidden very well I thought, almost dangerously well.

bunnyhustle, Sep 05, 2008
Leafer Madness from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.