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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

139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 6
Gots: 21 | 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:
100 IBU

(Beer added by: John_M on 07-23-2010)
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Reviews by MaltsOfGlory:
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3.53/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

MaltsOfGlory, Jul 21, 2011
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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.

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

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Alpha Centauri Binary IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.