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Leafer Madness - Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
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 popery


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
Photo of geokills


3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 01:12:38 | More by geokills
Photo of magictrokini


3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 17:19:35 | More by magictrokini
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 20:57:38 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of meatyard


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 20:34:34 | More by meatyard
Photo of monkeylovebeer


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 04:45:30 | More by monkeylovebeer
Photo of hopdog


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 14:02:30 | More by hopdog
Photo of RustyDiamond


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 23:04:40 | More by RustyDiamond
Photo of Philabeerphia


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 04:36:21 | More by Philabeerphia
Photo of antilogic


4.13/5  rDev +7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 07:36:41 | More by antilogic
Photo of arizcards


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 23:09:16 | More by arizcards
Photo of RedDiamond


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 04:06:31 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 00:43:01 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of John_M


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: cask

10-11-2008 15:23:20 | More by John_M
Photo of srandycarter


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 04:07:08 | More by srandycarter
Photo of ibbjamin


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 02:45:57 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of bunnyhustle


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 00:51:52 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of kmeves


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

Pours a hazy amber golden with a thin white head. Aroma is lightly sweet toasty pale malts and grassy, resiny pine and citrus hops. Flavor definitely leans toward the bitter side with a huge dose of NW American hops to the point where the mouth tends to pucker. Medium bodied, resiny texture. Finishes dry, long and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 13:30:08 | More by kmeves
Photo of RoyalT


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The thick, deep orange body was covered with a nice, puffy white head. It looks the part.

Smell - The malts on this DIPA keep right up with the hops. They are big and full of caramel; not toasty. The hop profile itself leans to pine, but it's not that pine resin that takes over a nose. The pine aroma here is very smooth and sophisticated. Nicely done.

Taste - This definitely favors the malts. The rich caramel taffy especially is all over the taste without being too sweet. The hops are subtler. They'd probably take over a lesser beer.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied with some nice, light carbonation and a granular feel that I really enjoyed. It's even kind of soft and velvety like a well-done Belgian. It's not bitter, so all you taste bud masochists will have to look somewhere else.

Drinkability - This beer I would guess was particularly brewed with drinkability in mind. It won't offend anyone and doesn't clobber the drinker with a mallet to the head like some of the big West Coast DIPAs. This was a unique and fine effort from Beer Valley.

Note: As of this review date the beer is mislabeled as an APA, but it is definitely a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 02:07:16 | More by RoyalT
Photo of BretSikkink


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gave it a good hard pour, eliciting a tightly-packed, one inch solid head that retains pretty well. This includes the one finger cap that retains throughout most of the glass. Great lacing that seems to leave a little something on each bit of the glass.

Hoppy aromas, strongly focused on the citrics and including a heavy dash of herbal pine. The malts are sweet, but not caramelized, definitely paler and mostly cracker-like. A little meek for the style, but appropriate with most of the characters.

Pleasantly lush right away on the tongue, although the mouthfeel is undermined by the overly aggressive carbonation (which actually breaks down in the finish and doesn't quite clean up the palate).

Good hop bitterness on the tongue for the most part, fairly bright and clean resins leaving some grapefruit and pine along with plenty of other citric zests to sift through. The malt is crunchy enough, but not exemplary, while the alpha acids seem to mellow out as it warms a bit.

Not a ton of balance, definitely focused on bringing the hops straight to your tongue. I enjoy it but won't seek it out for another go.

**Note** I've reported this beer to the admin as an American Double/Imperial IPA. When I reviewed Leafer Madness it was listed as an American Pale Ale, which is clearly wrong to me. The label states Imperial Pale Ale, which does leave off "India" but I don't think should be any indication that this beer should be judged against Alpha King rather than Dreadnaught.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 04:30:59 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 04:36:50 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of BrewMonkey


3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Initially poured clear but became cloudy, may have poured to aggressively considering the bottle conditioning.

Aroma of sweet hops, citrus, some malt sweetness and lots of pine. Taste is incredibly hoppy, almost pine air freshener levels, but not in a bad way. Bitterness is there but not terribly heavy, maybe a bit on the bitter side for my taste, but palatable and probably necessary against what seems to be a lot of residual sweetness. Finishes dry "feeling" from the bitterness, but you'll notice a sweetness that doesn't go away and probably reduces the overall drinkability.

Not bad, but a little out of whack balance wise.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 04:03:16 | More by BrewMonkey
Photo of DIM


4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


a: This was a pale, golden, copper color. It poured with a medium sized creamy head that was long lived and sticky.

s: Huge pine forest aromas. Sweet malty aromas of toffee and, to a lesser extent, vanilla. Brown sugar and a little alcohol as well.

t: Up front flavors of toffee and simple syrup give way to huge piny hop flavors with a hint of lemon. The only quibble I have with this one is the mildly sugary finish. Overall though this is a very good DIPA. Listed here as an APA, not sure why. An APA that weighs in at 9%?

m: Long lasting, gentle, foamy carbonation combine with a thick, silky body to make a great feeling beer.

t: I got this as one of several extras in an LIF from Gueuzedude. That's right, extras in an LIF, stunning. This drinks like a piny eastcoaster and I was quite happy to welcome it home.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 10:51:44 | More by DIM
Photo of athensbeermaster


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a huge thick four finger head that last for days!! Huge leafy fresh hops in the nose with plenty of pine and grapefruit that you expect in a great IPA. The taste is a blast of citrus hop sting with a lemon zest twang that fades into a mellow caramel malt backbone. This brew is over the top hop nirvana! Thanks to this brewery for giving this beer all we want in a hop crazy beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 07:06:21 | More by athensbeermaster
Photo of charlzm


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 07/02/08 at Lucky Baldwin's, Pasadena, CA.

Pours a cloudy orange amber, sort of like a dark mimosa. It didn't start off that way, having good clarity, but there was a significant amount of yeast that had settled in the bottle bottom that made its way into the glass. Oops!

The one finger, off-white head was quite sticky and coated the sides of the glass all the way to the bottom.

Aroma is pure alpha hops.

Flavor is dominated by hops. I couldn't really pull any malt character out of it at all. Notes of earthy, green, resiny pine and cannabis.

Parching on the tongue after the swallow, making one hurry for the next sip. Quite dry and bitter on the finish.

Well done, though a touch more malt wouldn't hurt a bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 00:25:11 | More by charlzm
Leafer Madness from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.