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Alphadelic IPA - Hop Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.48%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Bunuelian, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of ScottyArbuckle
4/5  rDev +2.8%

ScottyArbuckle, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of artoolemomo
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
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

artoolemomo, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of RISeth
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

RISeth, Jan 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Quafftastic, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

jaydoc, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

MacQ32, Oct 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

oriolesfan4, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of justwork
3/5  rDev -22.9%

justwork, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of elcrawl
4/5  rDev +2.8%

elcrawl, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of zestd
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

zestd, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.

maximum12, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of shagal
4/5  rDev +2.8%

shagal, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Chou
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Chou, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of flexabull
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

flexabull, Aug 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Zuidman, Aug 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Derek, Aug 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

wlynch, Aug 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Pidgurtle, Aug 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Chris-MOC9, Aug 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Swervine44, Jul 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Rivenin, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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

barleywinefiend, Jun 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Squeezemyhops, Jun 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

jera1350, Jun 20, 2013
Alphadelic IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.