Alphadelic IPA - Hop Valley Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
07-09-2011 07:17:42 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev +2%
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
06-27-2013 20:36:57 | More by barleywinefiend
3.55/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
06-30-2011 23:31:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
07-14-2010 06:17:39 | More by ccrida
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
11-16-2011 04:22:59 | More by Durge
3.5/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
09-05-2013 02:20:06 | More by maximum12
4.43/5 rDev +13%
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.
07-29-2009 01:44:46 | More by RedDiamond
3.78/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
06-07-2011 18:49:53 | More by Reagan1984
4.11/5 rDev +4.8%
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
06-12-2013 21:36:13 | More by Reidrover
3.99/5 rDev +1.8%
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%
04-29-2014 17:16:43 | More by StJamesGate
3.86/5 rDev -1.5%
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
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.
08-18-2013 23:36:20 | More by flexabull
3.8/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
10-25-2013 01:20:57 | More by MacQ32
Alphadelic IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
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