Alphadelic IPA - Hop Valley Brewing Company

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very good

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 198
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 6.46%
Wants: 6
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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Hop Valley Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DiabolikDUB on 05-21-2009

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Photo of stevoj
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (1,477 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (1,214 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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; (414 characters)

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.56/5  rDev -8%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
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 (2,018 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (793 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on my recent Northwest trip. Another of the bottles I shipped to myself.

Even with a slightly aggressive pour there is very little head that forms here. Not much in the way of lacing either. Pretty much a lightly hazy straight amber color with some orange highlights.

The aroma was light with pine notes and also notes of green…(grass)

The vegetal or green notes continue in the flavor. Very herbal and almost minty. Lot’s of pine with a strong bitter aftertaste that lingers a long time. Interesting malt flavors.

Almost a cask like feel to it. Very low carbonation and almost feels knocked down.

Decent, but not among the favorites of the bottles I’ve sent home. (690 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz pint, on-tap at Henry's Tavern in downtown Portland, Oregon.

This beer appears a slightly hazy, pale golden amber hue, with one finger of broadly foamy, somewhat bubbly and yet kind of creamy off-white head, which leaves a wall of filmy lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of watery orange and white grapefruit citrus, softly bready caramel malt, further indistinct tropical fruit, and more piney, herbal hops. The taste is an immediate upgrade (no offense to the aroma), with some bitterly resinous pine, acrid citrus rind, crackery and faintly toasty caramel/toffee malt, a touch of grassy, floral hops, and maybe a wee bit of warming alcohol.

The carbonation is moderate in its swirling and probing frothiness, the body more or less average (I'm becoming stats-worthy) in weight, and fairly smooth, those hops taking a well-earned breather here. It finishes off-dry, but with the hops certainly still calling the shots.

It doesn't always have to be this way, but it's still rather nice when a beer gets better as the pint moves along. A big, brash west coast American IPA, is what we have here, and it's even better once the late afternoon music kicks in, while the easy-drinking bitterness continues to tickle my sundry senses. (1,265 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a cloudy deepish copper with a finger of soft tan head, decent retention, great lacing.

S - Resinous hops, light citrus fruits. Lemon, grapefruit rind, with a touch of pepper.

T - nice dry skunk bitterness up front, a bit of spiced pine, and some minimal citrus (lemon).

M - light bodied, decent carbonation. Great drinkabikity.

O - refreshing tasty relatively one dimensional brew. (396 characters)

Photo of lighthabit
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pours a light copper orange/wheat color, thick dry head dies down to a persistent layer across the surface, moderate lacing throughout the glass. a tad bit of haze, but not much. hop forward smell, hints of malt, and drinks the way it smells. very clean, simple ipa. nothing terribly fancy going on here, but what's been done is done pretty well. ends with a sweet, dry finish. i'd like it just a bit more chewy, but it's by no means bad the way it is. not terribly memorable, but overall a solid B+, with points for not throwing any curve balls at me. (552 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cool looking can that I picked up at the Bend Brew Shop.

Pours a slightly hazy and bright gold color with a nice white head. Pretty nice
looking beer.

Aromas are of hard candies, sweet citrus, and some pine notes.

Taste has nice bitter grapefruit up front. Beer then settles into some sweet hard candies. Finish is dry and crisp, also a bit bitter, with some pine, resin, and bright citrus notes.

Mouthfeel is snappy with good body and nice carbonation.

Overall a very solid IPA, I'd be pleased to drink this one again. (525 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a can into a nonic pint glass

A- Poured a hazy bright golden color with a big fluffy white head with tight bubbles that leaves big clingy lace

S- Big piney hop aroma, lots of citrus, big astringency, and big sweet malts. Very aromatic

T- Huge sweet caramel malt flavor, some big floral hop character, citrus hop and kind of a sweet orange marmalade flavor as well, and finishes with lots of nondescript bitterness.

M- Pretty smooth mouthfeel, effervescent carbonation, dry finish

O- Great aroma on this beer, lots of nondescript bitterness, astringency, and malt character. This is good as it is, I wonder how fresh it is though. (648 characters)

Photo of LandWorld
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy deep gold pour with half inch head.

S: pine and apricot.

T: good but not overwhelming bitterness. Tastes of grapefruit. Malt is understated which is good. Does this beer have a little wheat in it?

M: very nice. If I could duplicate this at home, I would. Laces well down the glass. Carbonation is typical for an IPA.

O: a typical NW IPA. Except for color. They have to use carapils or wheat to keep the color and get this mouthfeel. First taste of Hop Valley. I like it. (487 characters)

Photo of loren01
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber color, 1 finger width head with a good amount of lacing down the glass
S: Smell is slightly malty but mostly citrusy type hop scents. I would say the smell is just average for an IPA, nothing too spectacular
T: Nicely balanced beer, good tasting biscuty maltiness followed by a nice bitter citrusy hop flavor
M: Medium bodied beer, smooth goes down easy. Finishes slightly dry
D: Very drinkable beer, nicely balanced out surprised its only 6.5%, seems like it would be more than that. The 90 IBU's are pretty balanced out. (545 characters)

Photo of FFreak
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very standard one finger white head into my standard pint glass. The head is much like the last hop valley head, a little soapy looking, somewhat fluffy, and more small bubbles, overall a better look than the Double D Blonde from hop valley, but still not a great look. Decent head retention, it's not dissipating too quickly. Very good lacing all the way throughout the glass. The body is pretty dang cloudy, basically no visibility through this beer at all. The body is a deep orange, with hints of yellow, it kinda looks like mango juice or something, if that even exists. Carbonation looks pretty small from what I can see. I'm actually going to change my opinion on the head because it lasted for quite a while, and it's got a very impressive layer of foam on top of the body and the lacing is very good. Overall a pretty good looking beer, the body is almost perfect for the style, a little odd looking, but very good non the less; and the head started off not looking good, but it's impressing me now! Very nice smell on this beer, nice citrucy hops, very fresh and crisp. Maybe it's just the fact that I haven't had an IPA in a while or maybe it's just the beer, but this smells so appetizing right now. It's just super crisp and clean smelling. The hops are maybe a tiny tiny bit smaller on the nose than I would like them to be, but it's not really a problem because it's not a double IPA. It's not an out of this world smell, but it's a very very solid IPA smell, and a good beer to turn to (I'm assuming) if you want to know what a good IPA is. This is all just going from the smell though, so lets dig in! Hmm, well the taste is for sure not as crisp as I would have liked, it's refreshing, but that might only be because it's cold. It does have a little crisp factor, but frankly I think the carbonation is just too low. As for flavors, well it is bitter, and that's good, but it doesn't really have that crisp hop kick that you look for in IPA's, it's all there, it's just not coming through the right way. Small malt, and a small sweetness. The sweetness isn't big at all, and it actually compliments the beer very well, but it's very possible that it's taking away from the crispness as well. Overall the beer is just a little bland and boring, the bitterness dominated the flavor for sure. It's not a bad flavor, it's very good, just not quite what I was hoping for on the smell. This beer still gets a 4 for taste, just because it's still a good beer, no doubt about it, but it's for sure on the lower end of a 4, rather than on the higher end. As far as mouthfeel goes, well I already mentioned it's lack on crispness, which isn't good. In terms of thickness, the body is thick enough for an IPA, but for sure not what I'm looking for, more watery than what I generally like. The beer is super easy to drink, and the mouthfeel helps with that, but that doesn't mean I don't want more out of the mouthfeel. It pains me to do this, just because it's a very good beer, but 3.5 for the mouthfeel. The drinkability is this beers best quality for sure. You can barely notice the 6.5% ABV, and it's just very easy drinking and very smooth. It's not necessarily what I look for in an IPA, but on some occasions it'll hit the spot. Take tonight for instance, it's not what I was looking for, and I was expecting something different, but I still really enjoyed it. Overall what more can I say, a very good beer, not what I was hoping for, but it works.

The lacing on this beer followed me amazingly to the bottom of the glass, I want to give this beer a 4.5 for appearance, but that beginning soapy look is preventing me. Still a great appearance. As I drank more and more of this beer the taste got a lot smaller and became more sessionable. Usually I would be displeased, but it works for this beer, it's still tasty. (3,838 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled version, sourced in Eugene, poured into shaker pint glass 7.30.2010.

Finger and a half white somewhat uneven head, medium dissipation with some lacing retention. A bit hazy deep gold, some carbonation present, second pour resulted in significant yeast floaties, obviously bottled conditioned. Tropical fruit nose, some caramel sweetness from malts. Taste mirrors nose, pretty hoppy, leading to a fairly bitter finish, well in balance. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, medium fullness. Pretty drinkable, but I'll be more careful to leave yeast in bottle next time to taste the full character of this nice IPA. (611 characters)

Photo of macpapi
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (811 characters)

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Alphadelic IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.