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Alphadelic IPA - Hop Valley Brewing Company

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86
very good

43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 203
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 6.99%
Wants: 7
Gots: 47 | 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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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 203
Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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 barleywinefiend
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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 LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
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 -7.3%
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 ccrida
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (938 characters)

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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 StJamesGate
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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 RedDiamond
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Jeffo
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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 MacQ32
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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 flexabull
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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 snaotheus
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
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 PicoPapa
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
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 vkv822
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden orange with a thin, short lived white head.

Pleasant mix of light resiny and citric hops.

Nothing particularly unique or memorable in the wide world of IPA's, but still a solid, well done example anyways. (219 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Dreadnaught33
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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 artoolemomo
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
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 indiapaleale
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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 stevoj
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
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 Spikester
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 43 ratings.