Alpha Centauri Binary IPA - Hop Valley Brewing Company

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Alpha Centauri Binary IPAAlpha Centauri Binary IPA

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 230
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 10
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
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Hop Valley Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: John_M on 07-23-2010

100 IBU
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Photo of cocojoe
4.17/5  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. (553 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to VoodooImpStout for sharing this one at my tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some earthy and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice hop presence in the aroma and flavor. (602 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle.

Mostly clear golden apricot body. Tall, three fingers of thick, whipped, light beige-white head. Great lacing. Lots of pine and citrus on the nose. Grapefruit and lemon oil. Broken white fir needles and orange peel.

Toasted malt soon gives way to citrus and pine hop bitterness. Juicy Fruit gum malt sweetness. Caramel. Sticky, sappy fir needles mix with orange and grapefruit citrus juiciness. Pineapple in the finish, with lingering bitterness. Medium-full body. Nice, slightly syrupy feel with gentle carbonation. Well done. (546 characters)

Photo of justiceavocado
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.41/5  rDev -16%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of Thingus
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live tasting bomber into Duvel tulip...

Appearance; pours a hazy light brown color with hints of gold and a fluffy and slightly bubbly two finger straw colored head... Rentetion is pretty good, with the head falling to a thin splotchy film after a couple minutes, lacing is out of this world with a thick curtain of lave sticking to the glass all the way down...

Smell; opens right up with mango and pineapple, hints of orange and grapefruit rinds and notes of pine...

Taste; lots of candied citrus rinds, orange, grapefruit and hints of lemon... Lots of pine creeps in at the finish, with an odd soapy bitterness lingering after... Kinda bizarre but not totally off putting...

Mouthfeel; good carbonation! Bright and lively across the tongue, medium bodied with a slightly sticky aspect to it...

Overall; this beer was good, but I wound up penalizing it for the soapy aspect... Not terrible at all, but I could certainly see that becoming overbearing... Were that to be fixed, this beer would be awesome! (1,011 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Saraveza in Portland

Appearance - pours a lightly transparent amber, medium head and retention

Smell - pine and floral hops

Taste - pine and floral hops, resinous, big malt body, but hop forward

Mouthfeel - big body, good carbonation, slightly dry finish, balanced body

Overall - good hop profile, big brew, could be a bit hopper but well done (358 characters)

Photo of jbakajust1
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of coastiefish
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (1,099 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -22.2%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of loren01
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice clear orange color, good sized frothy head with great lacing
S: Very citrusy/grassy hop scents. Slight nutty malt and honey in there as well
T: Nutty/toffee maltiness up front followed by huge burst of grapefruit flavor
M: Medium bodied beer, finishes a little on the dry side
O: This is as good of a Imperial IPA as I've had recently...and I live in an area with a ton of good ones. I'm very impressed with this one. (433 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a coworker for trading this bottle to me. She's a big IPA fan and this beer came well-recommended.

Pours a mostly clear, orange-golden color with visible streams of carbonation and a one finger white head that collapsed slowly but left some lacing aside the glass. Enticing and prominent hop aroma that hints at mango, grapefruit, and orange upfront and followed by a light floral note in the background. Mostly clean malt with a touch of tastiness. Orange and piney hops upfront, high level of bitterness that lingers long into a medium-dry finish. Fermentation profile seems mostly neutral with scant hints of esters. Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall this is one hop bomb of an IPA. Great nose and a pleasing mix of hop flavors. Could be a touch drier as this might increase drinkability but for the most part, a very good brew. (871 characters)

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (2,977 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of seanthornton152
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station's IIPA fest, 9.4.2010, $4.50 a pint.

One finger white head, medium dissipation with good lacing over light amber body a bit (chill) hazy with multiple streams of carbonation. Grassy smelling hops up front in the nose with a significant dose of sweetish hops and bready malts for balance. Taste is a bit sweet up front, citrus/grapefruit, not noticing as much grassy hops as in the nose. Mouthfeel is medium, good effervescence, leading to a lingering bitter finish. Good drinkability despite the ABV. I missed this at OBF re confusion whether this would be in Buzz Tent, glad I caught it here. Certainly worth a try. (643 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like the review before mine, I also had the pleasure of trying this at Oregon Brewers Festival 2010. Twice-poured (two different days) to a mug, 4 oz. samples each time. Notes are combined from each taste.

The description says that this includes a mixtures of Galena, Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial and Amarillo hops in four additions.

A: Chestnut/amber, a bit darker than expected. Topped with an off-white foam, maybe 1/2-finger - holds as a steady creamy ring with dotted lacing.

S: Spritely hops pop from the glass - a strong aroma shares sweet citrus the most from a hodge-podge of hops. Grassy, piney, and herbal...borders on 'messy' but something about it keeps drawing me back for another whiff.

T: Spiced and toasted grain plays quite well with saliva-inducing citrus and pine from that abundant hop bill listed above. At times musty and earthy, the finish is grainy (a surprise for such a boldly-bittered DIPA). Excellent balance and not nearly so bitter as a triple-digit IBU leads on.

M: Crisp bite, medium body. Steady, though not outstanding, carbonation-wise. Good clean finish.

D: Among the most 'drinkable' DIPAs I can recall of late. Great balance and a fine texture...definitely would have this agin. Just don't be fooled by its seemingly pleasant demeanor ~ 8.7% could sneak up on you. (1,308 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (1,224 characters)

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Alpha Centauri Binary IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.