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Alphadelic IPA - Hop Valley Brewing Company

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Alphadelic IPAAlphadelic IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

86 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 7.12%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hop Valley Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DiabolikDUB on 05-21-2009)
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justwork

Washington

3/5  rDev -23.7%

09-19-2013 05:27:17 | More by justwork
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Beercounter1


3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

09-10-2012 05:10:21 | More by Beercounter1
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for flexabull for this enticing extra that arrived on my doorstep recently. New IPA, new brewery to me, cool little can, what's not to like? 12 oz. poured from its aluminum casing.

Beer arrives in the glass as a semi-opaque orange with a generous helping of white fizz, rather like the southern end of Kawashong Lake in high winds this Sunday (sans the rocks, blisters, & mosquito bites). Nose harbors well-cleaned orange & a lot of sweet, light, almost pale malts. Smells a bit like a summer breeze through the woods.

Alphadelic IPA builds slower than summer road construction on I-35. Initial impression is 'meh'. Wonder Bread & Wheat Thin malt base are pressed up hard against the glass, which makes me sad - 'malt base' & 'IPA' should never be in consecutive sentences. After the malt herd thunders past, there's a bit of piney dust cloud, & a bitterness that seeps under the tongue & saves the beer from itself. Bit of orange zest & more malt on the finish. Certainly easy enough to drink, this is a mindless swigger while you have a book in hand or the Twins on the tube.

Too heavy on the malts & nothing to really distinguish it from a cast of thousands of pretty good, faceless, nameless IPAs.

Serving type: can

09-05-2013 02:20:06 | More by maximum12
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CoryR

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

01-02-2012 00:14:27 | More by CoryR
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rab53

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

03-05-2014 05:54:05 | More by rab53
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DiabolikDUB

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bailey's Taproom poured into Shaker glass.

Pours a hazy orange with a faint gold glow and has a straight white creamy head. Aroma is full of bitter hops, sweet malt and slight citrus zest. Flavor has a lot of the same notes as the aroma but a little watery upfront and a mild bitterness in the finish. This beer has a medium body that is a touch sticky. Decent, Not great but definitely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2009 05:40:28 | More by DiabolikDUB
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool vibrancy to the orange pour, 1.5" head looks quite the part. Aroma was minimally hoppy, slightly disappointed by the lack of a better dry hop aroma. My standards are high for ipa's and aroma.

Taste, not bad, ample bitterness, better hop mouthfeel than aroma. Plenty of grassy and pine mixed in there. Good feel of customary hops and a nuance of new (simcoe?). They don't skimp on the bittering/flavoring hops, just maybe the aroma, but there's no dating on the label so who knows. Light enough body.

A good but not great ipa. Worth checking it out when it is $5 or less for a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 23:31:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head which has okay retention. The head is almost a pure cotton white but has the slightest hint of beige. The body is a pale to medium amber which appears pale in the light. Lacing tends toward sheeting.

Nose- Lots of citrus and very juicy- I do remember this being somewhat of a juice bomb. Not as good as, but along the lines of, Sucks and Sculpin. Orange, lemon, and grapefruit are prominent. Some matchstick, some mustiness, a little bit of papaya, some tropical fruit. Some caramel and honey. Not overpowering but nice. A touch of lime.

Taste- Starts off a little more bitter than I remember- perhaps this is the effect of coming from a glass instead of the can. Starts off rather oddly for an IPA, as the pine and resin start first. Some citrus notes follow but nearly as much as is represented on the nose. Lots of earwax on the finish. Some touch of melon. Not a bad beer but not exactly the beer I remember it to be (although I guess it was a bit abrasive with hops the very last time I had it). I wonder if this is because of the can or age. I recently had Sculpin on tap and it certainly wasn't as juicy as I remember from a fairly fresh can. Lots of pine and resin, lots of wood. Even suggests some oak, it's so woody. Above average to good beer at the moment. Light orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit. There are the faintest touches of caramel and honey.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with slight syrup to the texture. Okay carbonation but it has a little too much zing.

Drinkability- Becomes a little bit more accessible as the hop bitterness mellows somewhat but there is still a huge surge of pine, resin, and matchstick on the finish and linger. Pretty standard craft beer price for a six pack. Don't know if I would buy it again.

Overall- Above average to good. A bit of a letdown from previous encounters. Must try if you like hoppy beers that are more bitter than fruity. A maybe try if not. C+/B-. A 3.75 N 4 T 3.5 M 3.5 D 3.5 O 3.5

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 03:15:37 | More by artoolemomo
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Henry's Tavern in downtown Portland.

This beer appears a cloudy pale golden hue, with one finger of creamy white head, which leaves a wall of filmy lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells of mild watery citrus hops, and soft bready caramel malt. The taste is an immediate upgrade, with some bitter pine, citrus rind, caramel/toffee malt, and a bit of warming alcohol. The carbonation is moderate, the body average (my sample size is becoming stats-worthy) in weight, and fairly smooth. It finishes off-dry, but with the hops dictating matters.

It doesn't have to be this way, but it's still nice when a beer gets better as the pint goes along. Good, once the music kicks in.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 07:17:42 | More by biboergosum
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Beerenauslese

California

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opens without a hiss. Poured aggressively to produce a half inch head, body is clear gold, with a little chill haze, topped by a white head which quickly dissipates to a fine ring, leaving some lacing.

Smells of floral and earthy hops, and some soapiness.

Tastes of bitter hops, grapefruit rind, and nuts. There is a little sweet malt structure to harness the alpha hops. Bitterness is pretty intense and stays that way for a long bitter finish.

Body is light, as is the carbonation level, giving this a rather flat mouthfeel.

A bitter ale, it certainly lives up to its name, more like an extra special bitter actually. But it is rather one-dimensional for the American IPA style. At 6.5%, it is drinkable, if you can take the alphadelic nature of it. For alphadelics anonymous.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 00:26:16 | More by Beerenauslese
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-21-2014 00:25:03 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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Beer21

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-11-2012 02:34:35 | More by Beer21
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Rivenin

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-28-2013 22:06:07 | More by Rivenin
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Bunuelian

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

02-24-2014 13:23:08 | More by Bunuelian
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

11-28-2013 17:06:16 | More by jaydoc
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xdtfx

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-27-2014 22:24:16 | More by xdtfx
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freduardo

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-01-2012 16:41:58 | More by freduardo
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wlynch

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-06-2013 17:27:00 | More by wlynch
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zestd

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-12-2013 00:56:36 | More by zestd
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bleeps

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-12-2014 05:42:38 | More by bleeps
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-07-2014 01:59:13 | More by nmann08
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Chris-MOC9

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-01-2013 01:55:33 | More by Chris-MOC9
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jakecattleco

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-28-2014 04:43:40 | More by jakecattleco
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Squeezemyhops

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-25-2013 18:50:13 | More by Squeezemyhops
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anteater

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-19-2013 04:28:07 | More by anteater
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Alphadelic IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.