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Hop Valley India Pale Ale - Zion Canyon Brewing Company

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Hop Valley India Pale AleHop Valley India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Zion Canyon Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 04-27-2008)
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Intrinsic

Germany

3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hop Valley IPA is a brownish amber colour with a light brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Its a very warm smelling IPA, composed of light hops with molasses. The taste is quite bitter but balanced well by the malt. Neither too heavy nor too light. Nice carbonation. Overall, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 01:27:19 | More by Intrinsic
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Bustersuess

New York

3/5  rDev -10.7%

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California

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Nunya

Ohio

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Florida

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

09-06-2013 18:05:23 | More by andy1701
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rab53

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

08-22-2013 04:57:31 | More by rab53
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -10.7%

06-24-2013 19:04:14 | More by LXIXME
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stevehoeschele

Massachusetts

1.7/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pleasant Willamette hop aroma

Orange with a little haze

Little malt flavor at all, some caramel. Hops dominate

Poor mouthfeel, with little maltiness. Very watery.

I would hardly call this an IPA. I actually sent it back and asked for a lighter style.
Given Utah's 4% ABV limit, ZCBC shouldn't have even attempted an IPA because they couldn't balance the needed malt profile with such a low alcohol. I would not recommend this beer to anyone.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 15:20:44 | More by stevehoeschele
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer #19 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

An English IPA indeed. Has all the mellow tones with the thicker malt body and spicy hop tones that are vibrant for this style, though mild for the American interpretation; as it should be. Very easy to drink, good consistent profile, and a nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 00:47:01 | More by RblWthACoz
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mactrail

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite orange-amber in the tall glass. Plenty of lacing down the glass and a good spritz on the tongue.

Light bodied, as are all these supermarket beers. "Three-two" equals 4% ABV. This one is pretty good, however. Warm and hoppy with a restrained bitterness. Long aftertaste of browned malt and piney hops. Some fruitiness. Seems to be very well made, with a pleasing fine carbonation. A little sharp, and a little of the dirty flavor, but quite quaffable.

From the 12 oz bottle, a single bought at Emigration Market in Salt Lake.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 04:42:20 | More by mactrail
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A fairly amber IPA. Nice color, but nothing else of note regarding foam and lacing.

Smell: Faint hops and that's about it. Kind of average, to be honest, but not bad for any reason.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This struck me as a thin amber at first. I had just tried the Zion amber, and I noticed a lot more IPA qualities in that.

Overall Drinkability: A weak IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2012 04:32:20 | More by tjsdomer2
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keenanite21

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

04-06-2012 04:03:52 | More by keenanite21
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hpthebull

California

3/5  rDev -10.7%

03-14-2012 01:57:36 | More by hpthebull
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mettkea

Nevada

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

03-03-2012 18:23:21 | More by mettkea
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single bottle at Sol market at the entrance to Zion National Park. Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass in my hotel room. Body is a pretty orange-amber color topped by a large, fluffy white head that retains well. Aroma of light, biscuity malt and a whiff of citrusy hops, all very subtle.
Palate is malt-forward, with a nice biscuit character and a mild sweetness. The hops emerge mid-palate to provide a nice, citrusy bitterness. Alongside the hops is a rather distracting metallic character. Finish is a solid hoppy bitterness that redeems the flavor profile.
Body is full, surprisingly so for a 4% beer, and well-carbonated. This is not a super assertive IPA, but in working within the confines of the Utah market, I'd say this is a pretty good effort.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 03:54:46 | More by ElGordo
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Bockrules

New Mexico

3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a very beautiful orangish-copper that is slightly hazy. Dense two-finger, off-white head with a moderate amount of bubbles rising towards it. Head stays intact till the bottom of the glass. Leaves behind a few splotches of lacing.

S - Light caramel malt background with plenty of floral notes and a hint of rubbing alcohol (!)

T - Caramel malt upfront. The body is a caramel malt background overlain by aggressive, peppy floral notes. Intense floral sensation as the beer passes over the back of the tongue followed by a pleasant bitter-tingly floral finish.

M - Medium bodied with substantial carbonation. Usually I like my IPAs to have a little bit less carbonation, but given the flavor profile of this particular brew, it works well.

Zion Canyon hop valley is a superior brew to their amber, and will probably be my beer of choice next time I am in the park. Although quite simple, the peppy floral hop profile and higher carbonation is enough of a deviation from many other IPAs that the beer remains interesting. Not too shabby for a 4.0% ABV IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 06:31:17 | More by Bockrules
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afausser

Montana

3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got this one on a May roadtrip cross country, right outside Zion National Park. Enjoyed a few around the campfire, now back at home and reviewing.

Appearance: Pours a reddish-brown, not quite amber. About half a finger of head. Strange looking carbonation bubbles, but pretty, fine, lacing. When the head disappears it leaves behind a really uneven foam.

Smell: nice floral hops, heavy honey and malt notes. good balance.

Taste: A well-balanced IPA. The bad mouthfeel makes this one stand out far less than it should. A little hop bite but the rest of the notes kind of fall flat and fail to stand out (see below). Slight hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: mouthfeel on this is pretty bad, explaining the weird looking carbonation bubbles. It's almost flat. I don't remember it being that way when I had it before, but that was a few months ago and from the bottle since we didn't have proper glassware. Kind of disappointing.

Drinkability: Still pretty drinkable and refreshing, even given the flatness. Glad I tried it, and honestly it might be a bad bottle or the age on it since I don't remember this being a problem when I had it in May and I usually notice mouthfeel first.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 00:16:58 | More by afausser
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jpro

South Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a mixed sixer picked up at Bryce Canyon General Store (from notes)...

A: Gold with some murk from the bottle conditioning; fizzy white head.

S: Corn malts; a touch of herby hops... not much hop character, really.

T: Not much different than their Jamaican Lager... weird. Some floral hoppiness on the finish leaves a touch of bitter astringency.

M: Light-medium bodied and high carbonation.

O: I probably wouldn't guess this was an IPA in a blind tasting; drinkable, just not what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 20:30:43 | More by jpro
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer arrived an amber-copper color, some cold haze, and a thick cap of foam. A light malt aroma, caramel perhaps. The hops chime in a bit too. A reasonably light palate with a touch of dryness. The usual malt leads to a fairly vapid center followed by a kiss of bitterness. The flavor profile is a little weak, but it is highly drinkable and I enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2010 02:33:15 | More by BeardedBoffin
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean copper/amber beer. Has a small off white head. The aroma is malty grain cereal, not much hops in the aroma. Very light mouthfeel. A quick splash of malt sweetness up front. Then the hops take over leaving an almost astringent dry finish. Probably close to style. English IPA not being one of my favorite styles.
thanks john

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 00:11:47 | More by ybnorml
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single in my most recent trade with Wasatch.

A: Copper in color with a dense white head, excellent clarity, lots of bubbles in this one as well. Pretty fair head retention. Nice looking beer.

S: Slightly floral hops, pretty mild really, but has a nice earthy profile and a fair amount of grapefruit as well. Hint of caramel.

T: Surprisingly bitter, not a whole lot of hop profile but there is a fair amount of Northwestern hops, grapefruit rind, caramel malt profile. Fairly sweet, but nicely bitter. Really nice actually.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, dry. Very nice.

D: Wow, this is hands down the most sessionable IPA I've had an a while. Good mild flavors, but there's enough hop kick there to still make me think IPA in a somewhat low alcohol beer. Nice work. I wish I could get this in eastern Utah.

Thanks John!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 02:48:03 | More by pokesbeerdude
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Wasatch

Utah

3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from the brewery, straight from the fermenter.

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, some carbonation, not much of a head, with very minimal sticky lacing. The nose is really nice, malty, with some hop notes, with some slight citrus. The taste has a nice little hop bite, malty, slightly sweet, with some citrus notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this one is pretty tasty, I'm sure that I had it sitting in my car in the sun for a few hours did some thing to it, before I could get it into some ice in my cooler. Never-the-less, still very tasty. Thanks Keith.

Serving type: growler

06-14-2009 21:54:50 | More by Wasatch
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Zion

I recieved this last cool beer from the west from a kind trader. I literally went through about a dozen of these beers in the last week and a half. Served this one cold and poured it into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/26/2009.

The pour was decent with a light maber in color small amount of cloudiness and a nice hite head that came up over the top. Small fade left behind really nothing in the way of lacing and what was there was gone uite quickly. The aroma just came across far too light for me. Small citrus nose with a light grain presence, again nothing really jumping out at me. More of the same in the flavor which was light and crisp, but lacked real depth and follow through and really just left me a bit lacing. Somewhat balanced, there was still that lightness to it that came acorss more as a pale ale then anything else. Easy to drink though it went down without a fight and I soon found myself looking in the fridge again. Overall not bad, but seriously forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 01:39:15 | More by mikesgroove
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one!

Pours slightly hazed amber with a thin, creamy, off-white head.

The smell is light caramelish malt, light citrus and tea-leaf.

The taste is of light carmel with earthy, herbal notes and a leafy, slightly citric, dry finish.

A very mild English-style IPA. Well-balanced with just enough hop presence to be ahead of the (mild) maltiness. Not a bad attempt at the style (for a 4% cap), at all!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 18:14:32 | More by jwc215
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

It's a twist off cap but I had to resort to a bottle opener...

This pours a slightly hazy gold clour with a good 1 finger head of foam.

The smell has notes of earthy malt and light notes of citrus and some pine.

The taste is on the light side but pretty substantial for a 4.0%abv brew. Good hoppinesss with nice tasty grapefruit and piney hops, good earthy and caramel malt flavours that bring some balance. Hmmm. there's more going on here than I figured there would be. In fact, this is lick ass for a brew this low in alcohol. Hell, even if it wasn't this low in alcohol, I'd say this is a damn good drop. Hell of a session brew, me thinks.

It's light bodied, the carbonation is light, and it finishes with a nice pleasing bitter bite. Dang, I can't remeber when I finished a glass of IPA quicker than this one. Well done!! And..the head retention was quite good as was the lacing.

Bottom line: Don't let the abv scare you away from this one as it is packed with flavour. I'm always impressed with how flavourful, despite the cap limits the state is strapped down with, the brews of Utah *can* be if done right. This one is an excellent example.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 17:35:57 | More by Bitterbill
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Hop Valley India Pale Ale from Zion Canyon Brewing Company
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