Alpha Centauri Binary IPA - Hop Valley Brewing Company
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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 22 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by cocojoe:
4.2/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2013 01:13:05 | More by cocojoe
More User Reviews:
3.68/5 rDev -10%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-07-2013 05:37:32 | More by artoolemomo
Alpha Centauri Binary IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.