Alphadelic IPA - Hop Valley Brewing Company

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Alphadelic IPAAlphadelic IPA

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very good

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 197
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 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 PicoPapa
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (500 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 StJamesGate
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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% (522 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 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 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 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 barleywinefiend
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured a burnt orange color with good carbonation leaving a solid white cap with some serious stamina. Wow. I am five minutes into this bomber and a lot of white bubbles and lacing are still present.

S: A big breadiness on the nose with underlying citrus and pine.

T: The malt comes to town with a nice breadiness upfront a good dose of orange peel, grapefruit appear initially and persist throughout. This beer seems simple on taste but good. The finish is mildly bitter, moderately slick but not oily per se.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated. This beer is balanced. The grain bill is just as big as the hop bill here but yet the IBUs still shine on.

O: A very nice single IPA! Recommend, yes, especially for anyone who likes a bit grit and chewiness in their IPA (773 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Roths Sunnyslope Market in S.Salem. $3.99 pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with a rough and tumble bubbly off white head. Very healthy hop aromas to this one,citricfruity an juicy hop i am assuming this is fresh! Taste is the same as the aroma but with a strong burnt toffee backing very good. Good palate does not let the beer get boring. Overall an excellent PNW IPA (387 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 cswhitehorse
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Saw this one at John's Market and decided to pick up on up. It poured a slightly hazy orange into the Pilsner glass. It has a 2 finger head that dropped off fairly quick. Left some nice lacing on the sides

The smell had alot of citrus and piney notes. It was a pretty sweet tasting IPA and had decent balance as you could not tell the 90 ibu's as it wasn't as aggressive as ibu typically would give at that range. Soft on the palate as it left a tiny mark on the roof of the mouth. Overall a solid IPA from down in the Eugene area. (533 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 Dreadnaught33
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer, thanks to ahalloin for bringing this one to share, thanks Tony.

The beer has a very nice sudsy IPA apperance with plenty of lacing, and some nice head. Semi hazy orange color.

The smell has a bright hoppy smell, a touch of tropical fruits and nice hop resins, maybe with a touch of sweetness. The taste is quite balanced, maybe over balanced to a hophead like me who really likes a hop edge, if you know what I mean. Lots of well integrated hop favors perfect with light biscuit malts and slight sugar. Some nice tempered citrus from the hops.

The feel is again sudsy with nice body. Great feel for an ipa, and the overall impression is great. (667 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - out of the can, Alphadelic fills the glass a soft golden color with a rich, thick white head floating on top. Super clingy foam sticks on the walls of the glass. This has the makings of a fine beer.

Aroma - loads of sweet citrus, cotton candy, bitter lemon, pineapple and passion fruit. No shortage of aromas to take in as this one settles. As it warms a tad those aromas increase and those aromatic hop driven smells really come out.

Taste - can't help but start with a big sip. This smells great and has been leading me on a bit. Lots of grapefruit taste right off the bat, something I will always love about some breweries take on this style. This has the citrus, the dankness, the bitterness and the floral and raw hop flavor that drives a great IPA - and yes it really does have enough malt to back it all up. Really enjoying this beer and wishing I had more of them...

Overall - when you call your brewery Hop Valley and your based in one of the most historic hop growing areas of the country than you know people are going to expect a LOT from your hop focused beers. Alphadelic IPA does not disappoint. This was a beer I really enjoyed and would love to get out to Springfield and have it on tap while learning more about the regions hop-growing history. (1,274 characters)

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clouded brownish tan color with a healthy off-white head and solid lacing. The aroma is a earthy nutty grain with plenty of malty herbal hops. The flavor is a beautifully blended herbal/citrus hop bite over malty bready grains. This is solidly medium boddied with a smoothly carbonated feel that gives a slightly spicey effect. A real easy and tasty drinker. (360 characters)

Photo of jbakajust1
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into SN Tulip

- Pours a hazy orange with a 1 finger thick beige head that slowly fades into a persistant thick cap that remains to the end leaving massive lacing.

- Smells of hops, tons of hops, resinous, black pepper, papaya, tangerines, pine cones, alcohol, toasty sweet malts, biscuits and crackers.

- Taste mirrors the nose, crackers, pepper, papaya, grapefruit, resinous hops, alcohol, biscuits, guava, and caramel. Bitterness is deep and persistent.

- Smooth, bubbly, but not spritzy, dry bitter finish.

- Very impressive IPA, very drinkable. Dry bitter finish lasts w/ great malt backbone & lots of hops in the nose, flavor, and bitterness. (670 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 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 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 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 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 Spikester
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber gold with a very fat one finger of white head. Very good amount of lacing. Aroma is all floral resinous hops. Taste is big bitter pink grapefruit with a very good slug of sweet malts. Mouthfeel is good with just enough carbonation. Medium dry bitter finish. Drinkabilty is good for the style. Well recommended. (321 characters)

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