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Alphadelic IPA | Hop Valley Brewing Company

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Alphadelic IPAAlphadelic IPA
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Brewed by:
Hop Valley Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DiabolikDUB on 05-21-2009

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 246
Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In general, i havent been a fan of NW ipas, so take this review for what it is

This leans more to the resiny side than the current citrus bombs. There is some subtle grapefruit and slight malt backing. I do judge ipa by region and this is above average for the nw style. There is an element on back end that i cant pinpoint, but it provides a smooth drinkability. Abv is plenty hidden.

If you like nw ipa, its a definite try...if you dont, i think it still has enough qualities to try. I was content with my 6er

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy and deep gold in the glass. A pillowy white head leaves spotty lacing. A huge pineapple and pine nose with a moderate amount of sweetness detectable. The taste is sweet pineapple and pine needles. There may be a hint of lemongrass as well. Very nicely balanced flavors with a lingering bitterness. Overall this is a really good West Coast style IPA.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz can into standard pint glass. Light, golden amber color. Mostly clear with the faintest haze. Creamy, 2 finger head with excellent retention. Lots of lacing, and a substantial film across the top of the beer. The smell is nice, light fruit and malt balanced. Apricot, orange blossom notes also in the aroma. That floral hint is also in the flavor, but it is mostly all grapefruit and pine up front in this IPA. Very resinous mouthfeel. Slight bitterness in the finish, but still a smooth, extremely drinkable and enjoyable brew overall.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know what there is to say about this other than this may be your quintessential northwestern IPA. A flash of malty-sweetness eclipsed by bitter hops. Not especially fruity, not especially herbal. Down the middle.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Orange color with over an inch of white head. Looks very good. Aroma didn't kick enough dry hop notes. In fact, I could question any dry hopping at all in this one.

Ample grapefruit style bitterness. Gave some mixture of leaves, grass and pine needles. Excessive crystal malt (which is pretty much anything more than 5%) makes the mouthfeel heavier than need be.

Bomber format makes this not a repeat purchase. If it was $7/6 pack, sure, but not for a 22oz.

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Photo of josiahschlender
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As always, I'm a fan of the canned beer. I've seen this one on the grocery shelves for a long time but finally grabbed a pack when they were on sale. Pours an attractive golden color with medium clarity and moderate lacing.

Aromas are really nice. Lots of grapefruit hops and general fresh-smelling citrus. Flavors trend to the more lemon-rind citric hops and with some light bready malts that peek through more as the beer warms up.

Clean, crisp mouthfeel with a long-lasting bitter finish. Overall, an enjoyable brew that I'll come back to. One of the best canned IPAs I've found from the northwest. It will definitely make a reappearance as a camp-cooler beer this summer.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty golden yellow body is mostly clear, though a vein of opacity runs down the middle. Head is soft and white and settles into a concentric set of rings. Gorgeous lacing.

Nose has some light floral notes and the munich malts are not to be mistaken. Some bright juices in there as well.
Less bright on the tongue than the nose. Citrus bitter for sure though. Still some juice to it, but it's much pithier. thin layer of sweet dusted over the top to offer something approximating balance.
Finish lingers long and bitter.

Enjoyable. Not a game changer or anything, but certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a bit of haze. Aroma is balanced between the malts and hops, making you think of sweet citrus fruits. Taste starts also balanced and gets quite bitter in the finish. Hop profile is the classic west coast style with citrus fruits and pine. Pretty good IPA overall.

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Photo of IPAdc
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased cans in Waterberry VT
Hoppy,Pine with a Citrus twist Awesome smell.
Wonderful hoppy and grapefruit start finishes great and lingering hop bitterness light to medium mouth feel.
Overall very nice If your looking for the pine bitterness.

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Photo of vkv822
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden orange with a thin, short lived white head.

Pleasant mix of light resiny and citric hops.

Nothing particularly unique or memorable in the wide world of IPA's, but still a solid, well done example anyways.

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Photo of Lane_in_ID
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass
Look: beautiful orange amber color, very clear, 2 fingers white foam disappated quickly.
Smell: Fruit, citrus, pine, toasted grain. Really nice.
Taste: Too bad it didn't taste as good as it smelled, light malt, fairly high hop bitterness, fruity hop dry finish.
Feel: Med-full body, could use a bit more carbonation.
Overall: good beer, one I will drink again.

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Photo of stevoj
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can from Winco. Pours out a cloudy darkish amber and small creamy beige head. Aroma is hops, not big, but dominates the nose. Taste also features hop bitterness. Two knocks against: metallic taste and finish and kind of watery body. Good, but not great.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber no bottling date info...

Pours a solid orange-carmel body with a 1/2 inch white head. little retention, little lacing.

Not much of a smell at first, but as the beer warmed up a bit it really took off ! A very nice tropical fruit, citrus smell about halfway through the( first) glass.

Taste is much different then the smell. There is no citrus or fruit here. It's all hops.Perhaps a tiny bit of malt... But it's mostly bitter (and I mean a good bitter)

Excellent full mouth-feel. Doesn't get much better then this.

Very nice! Hop forward without being over the top...Bitter... But not too bitter.... I can taste the work that must have gone into making this beer

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Photo of puboflyons
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can. Sampled on April 4, 2015.

Lightly clouded light amber with golden hues and a foamy cream colored head.

The aroma has a grassy, floral note with toasted pale malts underneath.

The body is smooth and medium.

The taste has a kind of barley malt base with a clean, crisp but grassy hop bitterness. Seems mellower than its 90 IBUs would suggest.

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Photo of macpapi
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale-looking, yellowish color with a pretty thin and quickly dissipating white head.

Pretty decent aromatic mixture of pine and citrus--mostly grapefruit. Fresh malt is also there.

Lots of hop bitterness to go along with a moderate malt backbone. Both pine and sweet, bitter citrus fruits are notable in this one. Not the most balanced flavor, but it is pretty good nonetheless.

Moderate carbonation with a killer hop bite.

Overall this is a very drinkable and enjoyable Northwest-style IPA. No doubt this is a hop-forward beer, and it is one that non-hopheads should probably avoid. But there is a time and place for everything, and if your interest is a well-hopped IPA then it is time to grab one of these moderately priced brews and find a good place to enjoy it. Pretty nice brew overall.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, a one finger ivory head that receded to a thin, uneven cap; nice lacing;

S: earthy with a little citrus in the background - not a lot of aroma;

T: floral with a hint of citrus and pine coming up at mid-palate; pine grows through the moderately bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; medium dry finish;

O: nice, but not exceptional;

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured to tulip

Pours a dark gold with mild haze. 1 finger of off-white head with moderate persistence and definite stickiness

Aroma is a tad understated: herbs, pine, grass, orange peel

Flavor is an interesting balance for 90 IBU.. runs a route from sharp to sweet to a lingering satisfying bitter. Good grain backbone.

Mouthfeel is right where you want it, neither thick nor thin and lively on the tongue

A well crafted beer that is going places. Admittedly, if you aren't into bitter you should go someplace else, but this one has dimensions beyond just a lot of IBUs

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head on a hazy lighter straw body.
The aroma has orange, lemon, grapefruit, pine and background mango all wonderfully mixed up.
The taste is ramped up orange and grapefruit bitterness starting at the beginning with a long bitter finish.
The texture is crisp.
It's super hopped.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz bomber.

Color is clear gold with a two finger white head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is citrus and juicy - orange and lemon with some floral aroma. Flavor follows the nose - some juicy citrus with a bit of a caramel backbone. Finishes with a nice lingering bitterness. As it warmed, more of the Citra lemony flavors started to come out. Body is medium with a lot of oil hop resins.

Overall, better than I expected. Very good.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a large mug. 40720E0012138 is the code printed on the bottom. Wish I knew what that meant.

Pours fairly clear golden with almost no head. Very little carbonation. Smell is inviting but not noteworthy. Some floral, some citrus.

Taste is good but not terribly noteworthy either. More of the floral and slight honey. Strong clinging bitterness.

Mouthfeel is too flat. Overall, it's pretty good, but not great, and not exciting.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at Bert’s Bierhuis in Utrecht

From a bomber into a snifter
IBU: 90

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking white head with decent retention. Head fades to a foamy cap and clings to the sides of the glass. Hazy gamboge body with lower levels of carbonation evident. A half wisp remains leaving some nice splotchy lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pineapple, mango, citrus lemon and grapefruit on the nose. Pale malts and honeydew melon as well. Much like their imperial IPA.

TASTE: Piney in flavor. More so than the nose had lead on. Pale malts, mango sweetness and piney hops up front. Bitterness at the swallow, moving into a lingering and flavorful finish of grapefruit, citrus, piney hops and more hop bitterness. A hint of mango sweetness is there, but this is more dominated by the piney, bitter hops.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch dry on the palate. Very nice. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: This is very bitter, though luckily it is not simply bitter for the sake of being bitter. There is more than enough hop flavors here to make this one a very enjoyable brew, but at this ABV, it could be a touch less bitter so as to let some of the malt and hop flavor play a larger role. The nose showed more depth and variety here than the flavor profile, which was too dominated by the bitterness. Still, this is an enjoyable brew, just not all that complex.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a healthy two finger head that dissipates to a thick cap, leaving lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus, piney and slightly dank hops and bready malt. Flavor is semi-sweet mildly caramel malt, high alpha citrus hops with a light piney component; finishes semi-dry with grassy and grapefruit rind citrus hop bitterness. Medium bodied. A nice, strong IPA that has more alpha bitterness than herbal flavors and a supportive, but non descript malt body. Lots of hop bitterness here and enjoyable for my hop fix, but wishing for a bit more flavor character either from the hops or malt.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Pours a semi translucent burnt orange color with a half inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is juicy grapefruit, lemon, lime and pine hops. The taste is more of the juicy citrus. Grapefruit topped with sugar, lemon and a light hint of pine. Some light malts as well. Finishes with bitter grapefruit and lime. More pine notes as it warms. Medium bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Fairly noticeable alcohol presence which is surprising since the ABV isn't really high. Overall, really good IPA.

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Photo of FFreak
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into willy glass. Appearance is clear golden yellow with an average white head dissipating and leaving minimal lacing. Smells slightly of citrus and pine, with some malty sweetness coming through....not super aromatic, but I drank it pretty cold. Taste is somewhat alphadelic-ly bitter. Lots of alpha acid here. Hoppy bitter. Not so bitter that it puckers, but leaning well towards the bitter side. Some maltiness showing too. Overall, if you like lots of hoppy bitterness in your IPAs, you'll probably love this.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tawny bronze with creamy pitted snowy head.
Flinty grain, mango, and golden syrup on the nose opening into lots of oily orange rind.
Icing sugared croissant and orange slurpy up front the light pine, Seville orange, and resin hops.
Tangerine sorbet and sugared white grapefruit end and lingered aspirin bitterness.
Lt-med, oily, some chew.

Juicy, with layers of citrus. Perfect balance of bitter and aroma – IBUs are firm but not overdone. Rock candy sweetness keeps it light, almost delicate. Brings a lot for 6.7%

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Alphadelic IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
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