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Alphadelic IPA - Hop Valley Brewing Company

Alphadelic IPAAlphadelic IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

70 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 7.4%


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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LandWorld

Mississippi

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 20:32:13 | More by LandWorld
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 01:23:48 | More by Dreadnaught33
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: can

05-05-2012 17:30:36 | More by indiapaleale
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Durge

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 04:22:59 | More by Durge
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MaltsOfGlory

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 10:25:02 | More by MaltsOfGlory
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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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Beerenauslese

California

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 18:49:53 | More by Reagan1984
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loren01

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 00:12:01 | More by loren01
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Spikester

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 05:45:50 | More by Spikester
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a coppery grapefruit juice hue with a decent frothy one-finger head that leaves behind ample lacing.

aroma is bright with citrus. grapefruits, lemon. hints of lime. citron. a hint of malt cracker comes through, but the powerhouse of citrus shines.

Whoah. citrus. grapefruits. maybe a hint of pineapple. a touch tropical, but still some interesting earthy, green hops to balance it out. enough malt and sweetness to keep this one from tasting like pure hops. although it's deliciously hoppy.

mouth is smooth, ample carbonation. moderately full body. enjoyable and great for the flavor. nice to have a strong IPA that's not heavy on the carbonation.

this is one impressive brew. interesting hop profile, heavyhanded on the hops but in a deliciously intentional way. Incredibly drinkable... probably a good thing I don't have a few more. Worth seeking out!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 08:21:07 | More by djeucalyptus
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jdense

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 00:12:04 | More by jdense
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ccrida

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dull gold with a fluffy white head that leaves sheets of foamy lace.

Smell is big citrusy hops, lots of lime, accentuated sweetness from the malts. A little hoppy spice as well.

Taste is also lots of citrus hops, malt sugars, a bit of toast as well. Very full flavored for an IPA, even in OR, but a bit over ripe, hinting at composting limes. Probably a function of turnover (I grabbed this from the cooler at the bier stein), almost giving it an English IPA style, earthy. Good and robust, just not quite as snappy as I'd like

Mouthfeel is medium lbodied, a bit slick, decent carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, a hoppy IPA, perhaps a bit English style, but I dig it. The label doesn't mention the hops used, I'm to lazy to search, but not the typical OR profile, so regardless, they've managed to carve out a niche. Assertive enough to satisfy but sessionable enough, especially if they manned up with sixers.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 06:17:39 | More by ccrida
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The menu says, "A true NWIPA with an orange/copper hue for a citrus nose leading to an abundance of Northwest hop flavor and enough malt to back it up." A bit wordy, but otherwise not a bad writeup for a menu placard. To that I would add that the beer's (intentional?) undercarbonation feeds a big puffy mouthfeel similar to a cask conditioned ale. It has solid balances with a graceful hop medley (from Cascade, Cluster, Palisade, and Simcoe) and the flaunted lace characteristic of Hop Valley beers as a whole. An excellent example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 01:44:46 | More by RedDiamond
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DiabolikDUB

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Alphadelic IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
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