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Alpha Centauri Binary IPA | Hop Valley Brewing Company

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Alpha Centauri Binary IPAAlpha Centauri Binary IPA

Brewed by:
Hop Valley Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
100 IBU

Added by John_M on 07-23-2010

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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 261
Photo of vladdswrath
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden honey color, with a thin but pillowy head and a nice bit of carbonation running up the glass. Smell is sweet and fruity but not just citrus from the hops, there are whiffs of pineapple and mango hiding out in there. Taste is quite nice initially, it is not nearly as bitter as I was expecting considering the amount of hops in the nose. That being said, what bitterness is there seems to linger a little, to the point of becoming a little bit unpleasant if you drink it too fast. It's sort of like a grapefruit that isn't quite ripe yet. Mouthfeel is nice and chewy, but again, the bitterness bites a little to hard when it finally shows up.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bomber picked up in Tacoma, date stamped on the neck says 5/25/16 which seems a little ambitious, but, I'm willing, so into a spieglau ipa glass. Pours a fairly clear bright peach, nice 1 finger head and good retention and lacing. Nose has some faint pineapple, sweet orange, light breadiness and caramel malt. Fruity but not too tropical and very clean...not a huge nose and not too complex, but nice. Tasting, like the nose but there's more pine on the back end, and there's a little tea-like quality to the bitterness at the end. On the whole, this is really clean and tightly constructed. The mouthful is creamy and smooth, the alcohol is hidden very well, and there's a nice bitterness at the end.

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Photo of smanson56
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up yesterday at a local shop no date on the bottle but was told it was just received. The Citrus Mistress from yesterday was surely not fresh so had my doubts. This poured a light golden yellow nice nose notes of citrus and a mild malt overtone. The taste was fresh and smooth and much better than last nights experience. This is an enjoyable DIPA and I'd buy it again if I knew it was fresh.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, light amber color. Piney hops in the aroma, also some sweetness. West Coast style hop profile, piney, earthy and lots of grapefruit. Expected it to be sweeter but the taste is very balanced. Aftertaste is long and bitter. 9% ABV is very well hidden, making the beer easy to drink.

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Photo of Marius
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lighter in colour and lighter in body than most DIPAs. Very nice hop profile, with citrus and pine notes both in the nose, as well as in the mouth, just as it's advertised. The malt body does cut a bit of the bitterness, but doesn't overwhelm, as it sometimes happens in other beers of this style. A bitter/salty refreshing aftertaste. Surprisingly drinkable, for its ABV, though it will get to your head easily.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours relatively clear with some light sediment, this golden orange brew produces a light sandstone head that peaks at about a finger's width before dying down in fair time. This results in a thin, broken layer of surface suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Displays fair lacing with some sheeting and a few spots here and there, with good stick.

Smell - Strong tropical presence with notes of pineapple, orange, grapefruit and mango. Light pine. Faint bread sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Citrus bite with a strong mango character smoothing out the bitterness. Light pine hits mid-taste. What little malt there is comes across as noninvasive, delivering faint, vague traces of bread. A bit of banana peel with the mango? Finishes with light citrus pith.

Mouthfeel - Close to medium in body with moderate carbonation. For the style, smooth, light and entirely quaffable. At 9% this is a hell of a feat.

Overall - Pretty good. A little too much mango for me to love entirely, but there's no denying how damn easy this drinks. I can see how people would put this in their list of favorites.

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Photo of jeffronius
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I live in Santa Rosa CA and I prefer it to Pliny the elder ( I never get a chance to taste Piny the Younger these days ). Alpha Centauri has a crisp finish with a good hop rush. It seems like it has a lower final gravity which I prefer in an IPA. I like the design of the label too. It peels off easily for reuse with home brew.

It's one of the better double IPA's that I have tasted recently. Its also resonably priced in 22oz bottles. All it lacks is that silly beer folklore following and a lot of markeing hype. One of my new favorote DIPA's.

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Photo of Goliveidaho
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable pouring a 22 oz bottle at Whole Foods in Boise Idaho. Laces the glass like strip cartoon. Light head, first swallow, gentle mouth feel, light for an imperial.Refreshing, lacks depth, all up front. Two thumbs up for a very good 9% IPA.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 picked up at the COOP, but most of the bottleshops are carrying this one now and even some grocery stores/bodegas. Pours a clear dark golden with an okay white head.. little to no lacing... Fruity hops remind me of melon and mango but are lighter than most PNW DIPA's and balanced nicely by the maltiness... Bitterness is restrained and also balanced and leaning more toward the back.. Body is light given the 9%.. Bubble is spot-on... Very drinkable and perfectly balanced, I just prefer my DIPA's a bit more aggressively hopped.


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Photo of kaseydad
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange/amber colored ale with a good amount of head that fades somewhat.

Aroma is dank hops, orange, light pineapple and more citrus. Pretty nice blend here.

The taste is amazingly easy to drink for 100 IBU's. The blend of sweet malt with bitter hops is awesome. Not overpowering in any element. The aftertaste is like when I lick the inside rind of a grapefruit....not that I ever have done that of course.

Overall this was a mighty fine session and a very, very smooth Imperial IPA. The blend works well and is actually quite refreshing. Big flavor and worth seeking out.

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Photo of mabermud
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly delicious.

Look: Honey colored body. White colored head that leaves a nice sticky curtain when rolled around in the glass. When looking through the body, everything is magnified.
Smell: Overripe, sweet tropical fruit. A back-drop of hops.
Taste: Sweet grapefruit, orange, and peach. A touch of tang in the finish. Smooth, juicy, and fruity.
Feel: Great. Medium carbonation. It's missing the expanding, sultry, dense, silky lather.

Overall - Juicy. Highly drinkable. This beer is summertime in a bottle. Enchanting smell. Very tasty. Add that missing later and this is better than a winner.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Didn't have a Brew date (this is my real pet peeve with a lot of IPAs), but I figure a craft brew made in Eugene and sold in Portland is probably a safe bet...
BTW: No "Brewed On" or "Best Before" dates, but a "CONTAINS ALCOHOL" warning on the label....seriously?!

Anyway, very good beer, nice first taste, nice mouth feel, nice citrusy hop profile, very slightly sweet aftertaste. No hint whatsoever that this is 9% abv.....a technically impressive feat, and one that could get the "unaware" in trouble...fast!

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Photo of 5pmsomewhere
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Best part about this beer is the smell - citrus/pineapple in nature. None of this transfers to the taste, which is bitter superhop from start to finish. There is an earthy character to this beer that lingers for a substantial amount of time.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date. Either that or I'm super blind. I think it's the former.

Pours a thick hazy opaque orange. Good finger plus of frothy white foam. Settles down to Hawaii, lacing like... well like something that laces nicely.

Nose pops with juicy mango and tropical fruits as soon as I open the bottle. Sadly this dissipates pretty quickly. Settles into a much thinner pineapple and faint pine with a little bit of yeast.

Not as juicy as the initial nose suggested. Less defined, though equally prominent hops are still the forefront. touches of sweet augment a bitter foundation upon which I can't quite put my finger. The finish is long with a juicy bitterness.
Thick and chewy with little pinpricks of carbonation that remind me of fermented pickle juice.

Really good beer, but I can't help but feel like there were still some points left on the board.

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Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a 12oz goblet, this brew was a pale gold color, and had just a thin bit of white head. The aroma was certainly hop forward, and had no malt presence. On the tongue, sharp and bitter hops were dominant, although there was just a bit of malt.

The body was way thinner than I prefer for the style. Drinkability was good, but the bitter finish was just a bit too harsh for me. Overall, a nice enough brew that would hit a lot of other palates better than it did mine.

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Photo of hreb
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, factually proclaiming "contains alcohol". Served in a chalice. Beer appears orange and significantly hazed. Big citrus juice aroma. No surprises, the flavor features layers upon layers of hops. Finishes like I'm chewing on a grapefruit rind. A lot of great hop flavors here, but as the label not-so-subtley promises, this beer is all about the bitter, no balance.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thin head on clear straw body.
The aroma is mango, pine and danky pineapple. Excellent.
The taste is a bitter mix with tropical fruit sweetness. Really nice.
The texture is crisp.

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Photo of deebo
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank out of a plastic cup at a cheap ass hotel in Newport, OR. This a very aromatic big beer with the 9% alcohol well hidden. Aromas and taste of pine and sweet citrus. Taste has residual sweetness to go with the malt. A very nice big ipa. First beer from this local brewery.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4/5  rDev -1.7%

On draft at Chuck's 85th. Grapefruit, pine resin, grassy aroma. Pours orange, slightly cloudy, with a white, thin head. Hits with a bitter taste from hops, with some sweetness and sourness in the back. Thick and full body, with a long finish.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Bert’s Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bomber into a snifter
100 IBU

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium, white head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a full wisp cap and sticks to the sides of the glass. Clear amber orange with no carbonation evident, making it a touch lighter than others in the DIPA style. A faint wisp remains leaving some nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Melon, grapefruit, pineapple and honeydew melon. Very much like their Alphadelic IPA. Some piney notes here as well.

TASTE: Pale malts, honeydew melon, mango sweetness up front, before a well-balanced finish. Honeydew melon again, bitter pine flavors, grapefruit and plenty of hop bitterness linger on the palate. Some nice melon sweetness and caramel flavors balance the hops here quite nicely.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch sticky on the palate. A bit of alcohol and hop bitterness lingers on the palate. Very full and creamy, with a nice bite lingering. Quality.

OVERALL: Really good brew. A much better DIPA than their Alphadelic is an IPA. Much better balanced here, with the malt base offering a better buffer to the bitterness, and the increased hop flavor makes it more interesting. A solid feel on this one too. Top class brew that I very much enjoyed. Recommended.

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Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Some pleasant sweetness. Slightly hot with alcohol and a moderate acidity. Big fruity aromatics. Hoppy with a mango tang.

Mellow malt and a bitter burn of aftertaste. This is like a Tripel, a light whiskey, with the malty clean taste. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at New Seasons Market in Portland.

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Photo of pdxdrum
4/5  rDev -1.7%

A very bright beer. Not great head retention, but definitely has a great nose to it. Unmistakably alpha hopped (as if the namesake wasn't a giveaway). The malt comes out much more as it sits out and warms up. Has a finish that lingers.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep gold with slight orangish brown tints. Medium well carbonated, but left low natural head. Left some large sticky bubbles around the rim.

S: Orange rind and grapefruit. Small amount of maltiness with a sunflower seed nuttiness. Feels a little light here though.

T: Starts off slightly sweet of light oak and fresh green grass. Big heavy alcohol oiliness fills out the middle. Big pine flavored hop backbone cuts the huge greasy alcohol. The hops carry forward with more sour apple and grapefruit and even a little unripened apricot. Finishes with a long salty earthy leafy finish way in the back of the throat.

M: For a 9%/100ibu beer, this is surprisingly drinkable. I didn't expect anything that big to be this mellow. The long dry salty finish is a little big, in no way surprising. A little viscous from the big dose of booze. It also feels like it coats your mouth too.

O: Truly a good example of the the imperial ipa. More of a double if you ask me. However, I felt it was slightly dry. It's not like a dry hopped dryness, but a wet fresh acidic dryness from boiling a lot of hops for a short time. It's clean and not muddled by all the earthiness that a dry hopped beer brings.. Thus, the flavor profile is great! Bright and citrusy and subtle fruitiness. The 22oz bottle is a little too much. A 8oz snifter would have been sufficient.

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Photo of FFreak
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22 oz bottle into glasses and shared amongst friends. A nice fairly clear bronze-copper hue with a thin head and minimal lacing. Nice resin and pine aroma with a hint of flowers and citrus. Gorgeous flavors in this - piney citrus and honeysuckle. Very nice. Hides the 9% ABV quite well. Really nice body, silky and smooth. Overall, this is a fabulous IIPA.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at 41 F with no bottle code on it. Reviewed entered from notes; actually drank it yesterday.

Pours clear, golden, with a medium head that dissipates quickly. Medium carbonation. Smell is grassy fairly mild, lots of grapefruit, a little floral.

Taste is very bitter, some straw-like sweetness, strong grapefruit rind/pine bitterness. Slight honeysuckle sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and thin, smooth. Overall, quite good.

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Alpha Centauri Binary IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
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