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Alpha Centauri Binary IPA - Hop Valley Brewing Company

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Alpha Centauri Binary IPAAlpha Centauri Binary IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 8
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hop Valley Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 07-23-2010

100 IBU
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Ratings: 203 | Reviews: 47
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Photo of deebo
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of seanthornton152
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, shared with Steffie, according to shelf description at Whole Foods it's a couple weeks fresh! Fresh Hops!

Served in a Maudite Tulip.

A- Aggressive pour leaves a short one finger head. Burnt orange body, egg white head.

S- Sweet malty front, huge grapefruit and citrus aromas, light flower essence.

T- Light caramel sweetness, a bit nutty, and grainy. citrus flavors of grapefruit and star fruit, blends into a herbal notes. For being advertised at 100 IBU, i find the bitterness balanced.

M- Medium carbonation, sweet and sticky

Dynamic IIPA, the grain flavor is unique per the style, certainly will be buying again.

Photo of hreb
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.
Outstanding.

Photo of justiceavocado
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at concordia in Portland after a big meal at tastee's and sons.

A-- half a finger of white head, hardly any lacing, very clear and the color of honey.

S-- very much a sniffer; strong pine, pine sap, freaking pine needles. This is not going to be citrusy, no doubt.

T -- how right I was. This guy is leafy! Maybe lemon on the finish, but you have to work to taste it. The finish goes by too quickly, in my opinion, but it lengthens as it gets warmer.

M -- pretty standard ipa feel. Small carbonation, more linen than velvet.

O -- better than okay, but not a whole lot better. DRINK WARM, way way better.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

3.75/4/4/4.25/4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber with a one finger fine white head with good retention and good lacing. Looks excellent. Aroma of aromatic herbal and piney hops, pineapple and light fruit. Nice citrus, caramel malt up front, fairly complex hop combination on the finish which is slightly dry compared to the start. Very tasty, lingering hop finish. Great medium, almost creamy body. I like this one a lot and will buy it again.

Photo of cocojoe
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber

A: Clear copper body, 1.5 fingers of off white head.

S: Smoothe floral and citrus, some sweet caramel. Not a super robust aroma.

T: Nicely smoothe and clean. Sweet but a strong fruity bitterness balances it out. Well balanced IIPA. Just when you think one note seems to be taking over, the other jumps in to balance it out. More pine notes are coming out as it warms. Finishes fairly dry and bitter.

M: Medium-full body.

O: Big sweet hoppy battle between hops and malt. Sweet, bitter, piney, citrusy and delicious. Very much enjoyed.

Photo of Braz
3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tastes nice but not convinced this is an imperial.

Photo of constantine_272
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of founddrama
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hops hops hops. Good golden color, nice mouthfeel. Dank hops from start to finish.

Photo of pdxdrum
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty decent pour only gives me a half finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is white and has a nice creamy look to it, but it also has a lot of big bubbles, so by no means perfect. The carbonation looks pretty standard. The body is a nice deep orange color, with hints of yellow, it looks just like an IPA should look like, but it does has some wheat beer characteristics, that's how cloudy it is. Zero visibility through this beer. The head has left a fair amount of foam on top of the body, which I always like. The head is also giving some good lacing throughout the beer. Overall it's a pretty good looking beer, the body is very nice, the head is good in some areas and irritating in others, overall good though. Fresh fruit (maybe grapefruit and oranges) and hops dominate the nose. For sure a sweet smell, which is too bad, I don't like an overly sweet double IPA (but they usually are due to the alcohol content). There is a small malt smell here as well, but for the most part it's all fruit and hops. Frankly it's not even that much hops, it's mostly just clean fruit smell. Not very crisp smelling, just clean. It smells good, but it doesn't have enough in the way of hops or maybe other flavors other than fruit. Good, but dropping the ball in some areas. Well there is for sure more of a hop bite and a hop bitterness on the flavor than I detected on the smell, which is good. Is it huge? Not really, but slightly bigger than I thought it would be. Very smooth, for sure not a crisp summer IPA, more of a kick back and relax smooth IPA. Is that a bad thing? Well I'd for sure like some crispiness to my IPA'S, but smoothness works in some beer, it worked in there Alphadelic IPA, not sure if it's working here though. There is some fruit in here for sure, but not as much as I thought there would be. Overall it really just tastes a little watered down to be honest. I mean....it's a tough beer to grade, because the hops are there, and it tastes good, and you can totally tell it's a quality brew, it's just....not really what I want in an IPA, it's also a little watery. The Alphadelic IPA was not this watery, and that's one of the reasons it pulled off the smooth feel, because it still had a backbone, this one doesn't as much. I'm rambling, overall it has a good flavor, and I hate to give it a 3.5 because it's a quality brew, but I have to say it deserves it. As far as the mouthfeel goes, I've pretty much said everything I can, it's very smooth, not very crisp at all, the carbonation is extremely low. The body is big enough for the style, but it doesn't make up for the lack of carbonation to the point where it almost feels like water. Not a terrible mouthfeel, the body is big enough, but it's just too un-crisp for me. Overall a good beer, it's just not put together the way it could be. Most of the pieces are there, they just aren't how I like them. The lack of carbonation and the lack of overall flavor are my two biggest problems.

Photo of coastiefish
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A little story to warm up my review.
Ive tried Hop Valley Red & IPA and found I did not care for either.
I am a huge hop head, I love over-the-top hops, the bitterness in and lingering, piney, resin, grapefruit, that stuff that-ll bust in late at night when you just kicked your feet up to relax and just wreck havoc (delicious havoc!) all over your freshly cleaned floors-er, I mean palette.
I decided to try the Double IPA after a couple of conversations with a Beer Guru buddy of mine, I was convinced to try it. Out one night I saw it on draught. I tried it, and I loved it. Now for a bottle review.

A - Pretty frothy foamy head, 2 fingers deep. Nice carbonation working its way through a lightly hazed golden orange sea.

S - Green pineapple-awesome. Slight biscuit, slightly grassy. A touch of sweetness mingles with a very faint alcoholic odor.

T - Grapefruit, a tiny bit of green pineapple, grassy,

M - Smooth, creamy and a tiny bit slick. Great body.

O - Great beer. Love the 8.5% love what it brings to the table. Does not disappoint. Finishes clean enough to go back and want more.

Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing, Gil.

A: The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a finger of white head.

S: Grassy hops with a bit of pine and citrus peel. Lightly floral with just tons of bready malt and sweet toffee and caramel. Maybe a touch of sweet peaches.

T: Caramel and toffee flavors with a light floral and piney hop flavor. Moderate bitterness with a hint of alcohol and citrus peels. More sweetness than anything else.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Another failed, sweet, malty IPA.

Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the OBF yesterday.

The beer pours an amber orange color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is all IPA goodness, showing considerable pine, dank earth, skunky MJ, black pepper and dry citrus. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely in this dry, West Coast style IPA. There is some noticeable sweet malt, but it's not very prevalent and is just enough to keep the impressive hoppy bitterness in check. Mouthfeel is medium body, but with a long, bitter, dry finish. Drinkability is very good, with the alcohol nicely integrated into the flavor profile. The beer is not the least bit heavy or tiring on the palate, and IMHO, this is one of the more easy drinking DIPA's I've come across.

Very impressive... according to the OBF pamphlet, it sounds as if this is not a "one off," but is a beer that typically comes out once a year in the winter time. If so, it's a beer I'd want to keep an eye out for whenever it comes out.

Edit from 7/8/13. Sampled at the brewpub in Springfield, with little to add and consistent notes. The current version shows a lot of orange citrus, reminding me very much of Bell's two hearted IPA. This is a very well made, easy to appreciate DIPA from Hop Valley.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with a black crown that has a green leaf on it.

A- Dark orange with a 1 and half finger head, off white in color.

S- This smell awesome, Pine, grass, and slightly floral. Very intense.

T- A bit of let down after the smell. Sweet up front, with a nice pine hop finish.

D- Creamy, and no bitterness.

O- Smell is awesome, taste is a letdown after that, but still a good IPA.

Photo of jbakajust1
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on tap @ Hop Valley

A - Pours a hazy orange w/ 1 finger white head that fades slow to a thin cap w/ great lacing

S - Smells of grapefruit rinds, citrus, light resin & pine, papaya, fresh cracked pepper, sweet malts and tangerines.

T - Taste follows the nose. Spicy, resiny, pine cones, citrus fruits, juicy, light malty sweetness.

M - Big bitter semin dry finish against a malty back bone that holds its own, smooth.

O - Good DIPA, big malt backbone to support lots of hops, nose is a little too light, may have been the improper glass ware though.

Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which looks to have pretty good retention. The head is a fluffy, pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber which looks a mix of pale amber and golden straw in the light. Lacing tends toward sheeting.

Nose- Very pine and resin forward which indicates this might be the type of hop bomb many hopheads love but I won't. Some mustiness. A little bit of grapefruit. Some caramel. Much more pine and resin forward from the bottle than the glass which shows much more citrus (orange and lemon) with a touch of honey.

Taste- Starts off with some grapefruit but quickly moves into pine and resin and then matchstick. This needs to warm up a bit but this is exactly the sort of high hopped beer that I don't like. That is not to say that it's a bad beer- I understand fully why many would love this. This is bitter as hell and I would have loved it when I first started drinking IPAs. Still quite tasting as there's a nice spice tingle on the finish and the linger is mellow and rounded. Malt bill is definitely pretty clean at this point as I really get nothing in that department. Very small citrus notes start to appear, even a hint of peach. Some caramel and honey do appear near the middle but this is still dominated by resilient pine and resin hops. Spiciness borders on pepper or even gin botanicals. Good beer that is a solid representation of one aspect of the style.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with a bit of rich creaminess. Nice and smooth. Good amount of carbonation but blends well with the texture.

Drinkability- A little much for me because of the bittering hops but still quite accessible. No heat and rounded enough as not to obliterate the taste buds. Great price- just a little over 4 bucks for a solid IIPA.

Overall- A good, solid beer. Nothing more, nothing less. The flavor profile is not preferred but will probably appeal to most IPA drinkers. But after the Plinys, Heady, Notorious, and Sucks, I just can't do these types of beer anymore. A must try for hopheads.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is a hazy gold with a foamy off-white head. Has good retention, leaving lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells of nutty malts, earthy hops, cheese, brown sugar, and alcohol. Nice earthy aroma.

Tastes pretty nice, with sweet malt upfront turning to a bitter, earthy, citrus and pine hop finish. Lots of citrus rind in the finish supported by malt sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable.

Body is medium and carbonation is sufficient to give this a lightly creamy mouthfeel. The hop oils give the tongue a little burn.

This is a very nice tasting DIPA with a strong malt backbone and balanced earthy, citrus, and pine hops. Just a little on the boozy side.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.41/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the brewpub

A- Poured a dark orange/amber color with a slight haze, frothy head, and left some big chunky lace

S- Fairly faint aroma, bigger sweet caramel, some light citrus and pine notes

T- Big caramel sweetness, some citrus, grapefruit, and pine up front, with more bitterness and some tropical fruit on the finish. Quite a bit of alcohol in the taste. Much more flavor and bitterness on the aftertaste than on the sip

M- Pretty slick, some prickly carbonation, finished fairly dry

O- A nice beer with a much bigger sweet malt presence than hop presence than I like for the style, but a pretty good beer.

Photo of FFreak
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop Valley Brewing Company - Alpha Centauri Binary IPA, poured into a Boulevard tulip.

Look - Pours a pale hazy amber with floaties and a small soapy head that dissipates quickly. Ropey lacing.

Smell - Light malt and juicy hops. Nice tropical fruit hops. Melon and orange.

Taste - Light malt body and decent juicy hop profile. More bitter pine hops there.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with moderate carb. Not at all boozy. Rests bitter, dry, and clean. Great drinkability.

Overall - Tasty clean DIPA. Wish more of the juicy hop aroma was in the taste. Bitter pine is old school.

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Alpha Centauri Binary IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.