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Chehalem Mountain IPA - Golden Valley Brewery and Pub

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Chehalem Mountain IPAChehalem Mountain IPA

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25 Reviews
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Reviews: 25
Hads: 34
Avg: 3.18
pDev: 19.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Golden Valley Brewery and Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 05-11-2004

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Reviews: 25 | Hads: 34
Photo of loren01
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color, good head with good lace down the glass
S: Smells fruity almost like sour apple scent. Also smells of English style hops
T: Slight sour flavor up front followed by some bitter hop flavor.
M: Medium bodied beer, carbonation is a bit on the high side
O: This beer is kindof weird, the label says its supposed to be a NW style IPA but it tastes more like an English style IPA to me. It also says its made with Centennial and Cascade but it doesnt taste typical for those hops at all. Not sure what to make of this. The more I drink the more i just dislike this beer. There is a problem someplace this cant be what the brewers are going for.

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Photo of RedBiddy
1.34/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I actually was so disappointed by the first 22 ounce bottle I bought I had to go and buy a second to give them a fair shake. The second confirmed the first - this beer truly cannot be classed as an IPA ... or any other respectable style from a microbrewer in the great Northwest. It was weak...appearance - weak, smell - weak, taste - weak, mouthfeel - weak, overall - guess?
I hate to attribute any sort of shameful grade to a northwest brewer for a beer that has expected standards to reach for, but this one was well deserved. It's on par with a Yuengling IPA...sad. There is no style of beer to compare this one. BLECK!

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Photo of dgilks
3.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden coliur with a nice creamy off white head. Good head retention. Great lacing.

Light caramelly aroma with notes of diacetyl cut by a grassy hop character. The diacetyl is a bit dominant.

Smooth pale malt with a dose of diacetyl. Good moderate hop bitterness with a small dose of grassy hops. Unfortunately the fermentation fault kills this beer.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Good.

There is real potential int his beer with some nice light malt and hop character. Unfortunately, diacetyl has killed this beer and renders it no more than okay.

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Photo of olmatty
2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazed orange amber with a thin white head.

Smell- Slight Malts and hops with a slightly sour aroma mixed in. Not unpleasant, but not much happening either.

Taste- Quite a bit of sourness in the malts right up front, some flat bitterness and herbal and citrusy hops. Frankly, there's quite a bit of unpleasant flavors. Long, bitter, sour aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Sticky, even greasy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- Low, not very enjoyable.

I've had this beer before and enjoyed it much more, but I can not identify any of the flavors as a specific off flavor. I'll be giving this another chance at some point and I hope I will have the more favorable experience.

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Photo of hophead247
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber orange color with a bit of a haze to it,small off white head that fades quickly leaving little behind.The aroma was lightly malty with a decent hop showing a bit of grapefruit and pine as well.The flavor was pretty decent...mildly sweet with a nice malt side. Good showing from the hops with a nice bitterness...not really over powering in any way but drinkable and worth another try.

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Photo of PapaJ
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the tap at Venti's Basement Beer Bar, 13 July 2009.

a: cloudy, medium copper
s: floral and citrus hops
t: citrus hops dominates / well balanced with malt
m: full and satisfying
d: very drinkable; less bitter than the flagship IPA of most NW brewery

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Photo of Spikester
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy amber with a moderate off-white head and minimal lacings. Mild floral hop aroma. Taste is medium citrus floral hops, some grapefruit, fair amount of malt backing. Mildly bitter finish. I admit I have had punchier Pale Ales but this had no bad attributes either. An enjoyable, sessionable IPA. Actually very close to what many British IPAs taste like.

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Photo of Vancer
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welp, this one pours decently - hazy amber, egg shell topping that does it's damnest to lace the ol' Corsendonk tuplip.

Light, subtle hints of a hoppy citrus in the aroma. Pine with a wood stalk sneak in during the quaff. A nice, drinkable IPA - not over the top as some expect. Sometimes you just need a sturdy drinker instead of a hop bomb. This is it. Finishes with just the lightest coat of oil - so this one rates well with me.

A worthy contender in the populated world of IPAs.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, pale orange body with a thin ring of white bubbles.

Smell: A rather restrained aroma. Inhaling nasally like a coke-fiend yields notes of flowers, citrus, and spiced honey.

Taste: Honeyish maltiness with a quick, though mild, burst of spice. Floral and citrus hop character. Medium bitterness. Finishes bitter and questionably watery.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. A tad bit watery, I must admit.

Drinkability: Certainly not the best India Pale Ale rolling around out there.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangy amber with a fluffy head that looks almost pure white. Slight bit of sediment/particulates.

A run-of-the-mill IPA, with all the normal citrus hop and light malt aromas.

Chewy malt and a bitter, though barely sticky, hop presence. Earthy and rich deep herbal hops in the finish and aftertaste. Really a good IPA, but it's got nothing unique to offer or set it aside from all the other small brewery ipa's. It's good, don't get me wrong, and one of my favorite from GVB, just a bit forgettable.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color that is slightly cloudy - with a small head and below average lacing and very under carbonated. Light smells of hops that is lacking in aroma. First taste is extremely light not just for an IPA but for a pale ale as well. Not worth your time or money as this beer is lacking flavor.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured good with a nice head. It was a little cloudy and had an orangish hue. It came off hoppy in the mouth and left the a nice finish on the front of the tongue. I didn't give me much in the aroma category. I will have it again to compare the experience. Over all it is a good IPA.

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Photo of ccrida
3.91/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a shaker pint, the Chehalem Mountain IPA is a slightly hazy pale orange with a 2 finger egg shell head, which sticks around for awhile leaving scattered, bubbly lace.

Nose is malty and sweet, mainly floral hops and a touch of pine and some spice, pepper and cinnamon. Good, but less punch then I expected.

Taste is not as malty as the nose, and while still rich, is more balanced with the hops. Still not punch I think of for a 'northwest style IPA', clearly from the subtlety of the EKG dry hopping. Also, the hops are not as floral as the aroma, with the bitterness and subdued spiciness of the centennial and EKG coming through more then the cascade. Bread dough and gingerbread, with some pepper and little soap, but overall pretty good. I didn't really care for the first few sips, mainly in that it was not what I was expecting, but by then end of the bottle, I really appreciated it.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, maybe a touch oily. Maybe not the most appetizing sounding adjectives, it suits the sessionablity of this brew.

This is a pretty drinkable IPA, more in the english style (for a NW micro), subdued and smooth. Not really a 'run out and tell all your friends' beer, but a highly sessionable IPA. 6.1% ABV is perfect.

Something about the maltiness reminds me of the Woof IPA, a generic grocery brand here in Portland. I wonder if Golden Valley contract brews it?

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Photo of grumpy
3.09/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Jeebus…. These reviews are all over the place. Inconsistent beer? Here’s my experience:

Appearance - Cloudy, pale orange. Watery looking. Not very appealing. Huge foam mass erupts upon pouring, despite the beer being well chilled, gently handled prior to opening, and trickled as slowly as is humanly possible down the side of the glass. Did I say “foam?” I meant relentless meringue. Globs of foam that just won’t go away. Forces me to pour three times to empty half the bomber.

Aroma – Wort, raw grain, a bit of floral and grassy hops.

Taste – Bitter, bitter, bitter. Not an explosion of citrus or pine, but a caustic, raw blast of hop bitterness with only subtle floral and herbal qualities. Not really my thing, hops-wise, but OK for a change of pace. Very long bitterness in the aftertaste. Malt? Well, I put a question mark after that word….

Mouthfeel – medium-light body, the absurd carbonation level, prickly biting combo of hops and CO2.

Drinkability – I have to be in the mood for this sort of beer. Despite my apparent bashing, I don’t think it’s bad at all. But I won’t rush out to buy more.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served with a cask-like head of big soapy bubbles exuding a bright herbaceous aroma. The shiny copper body is vastly cleaner than the slurry gobbed stuff that comes from the bottle. But I also don’t remember the bottled version as being so thin.

Clear in appearance and taste with sharp, concise bittering. Very drinkable but the watery body is surprising.

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Photo of ElGordo
2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the 22oz bottle a pretty opaque orange color with golden highlights, topped by a creamy, off-white head that leaves some nice sticky lacing on the glass. Nose is dominated by some serious astringency, with some light, citrusy hops and light, mild malt, and a touch of pepper. Palate is again dominated by astringency, with notes of pepper and citrus peeking through before disappearing into an astringent finish. Mouthfeel is highly astringnet and tingly, much like chloraseptic. Not completely unpleasant, actually, but a pretty rough interpretation of the "northwest styel" IPA.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.09/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have had a mixed success rate with this brewer so here goes .. 22 oz bomber. NOt a vert attractive beer at all when poured into my glass :dull,lacklustre pale orange with a small unattractive bubbly head. Aroam is mainlly hoppy but quite subdued compared to other IPAs..slightly spruce like...some maltiness. Taste is quite sweet with a good showing of the malts..the hops for my taste, are rather weak and wishy washy. Mouthfeel is alright..there is a pleasant mildly bitter aftertaste. So once again Golden Valley fail to impress me..not that this was a bad beer..it just didnt strike me as something i would tell a friend about.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10/19/05- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info on the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Light amber colored pour. Medium 1/2 inch quickly disappearing head. The lacing, however, was pretty good.

Smell- Decent hit of hops. Maybe some pine and powdered sugar. Nice roasted malty smell as well.

Taste- More malt than hops for sure. Pine and maybe a bit of grapefruit show themselves in the hops. The malt is pretty strong and it the focal point of the brew though.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not bad, just wish the hops showed themselves a bit more. Definitely drinkable though.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finely flecked tangerine. The bone white cap looks good and looks like it might be sitting atop a fairly hoppy beer. It has plenty of character as it falls, and leaves an acceptable amount of thin, sudsy lace in its wake. The appearance is nothing special, but is more than solid for an IPA.

The citric hops that dominate the nose could be brighter and more aromatic. The hop bill is composed of Centennial, Cascade and Kent Goldings for those who are interested in such things. Grapefruit and orange are present in roughly equal proportions and I'm guessing there's a fair amount of pale malt onboard.

Chehalem Mountain IPA, while good, isn't a stunner by any means. It definitely doesn't lack ingredients. The pale malt backbone is solid and there's a more than respectable amount of hoppiness. Initially, bitterness outpaces hop flavor. With warming, hop flavor intensifies nicely, giving me no choice but to nudge the taste score up a notch.

The beer tastes like sweet grapefruit sections soaked in orange juice and spritzed with pine sap. There's a modest buttered bread flavor as well, but it's easily managed due to all the hoppiness. The mouthfeel is much closer to medium than it is to full, so it's a little surprising that there's so much mouthcoating.

To be truthful, I wasn't expecting much from this nondescript, unheralded ale. I found a lot to like, though, and not just because I'm a sucker for hops. Chehalem Mountain IPA may not be able to stand toe-to-toe with the best IPAs in the Pacific NW, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the hell out of the bomber.

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Photo of freed
3.09/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Lucky Lab. It poured beautifully with a brilliant coppery golden body and a curdled white foam head. The foam had those nice crusty brown edges to it, and laced the glass something phenomenal.

The aroma was rather mild and just hinted that it was an IPA. There were nice almost old world spicy and herbal smells. Nothing spectacular, but there was a nice yeasty addition as well.

The taste was simple, clean, and fresh. Nice malt body with a bready feel to it. Very mild bitterness and smooth grass and herb flavors. Nothing offensive or bold.

The beer drank well enough, but wasn't that noteworthy other than its appearance.

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Photo of nvsblman
2.83/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice amber color with a thick, long lasting head. Nice citrusy aroma, maybe a little pine. There is a light piney note in the taste, but there's not much more to it with the hops. Decent malt background. Kind of a thin mouthfeel. The carbonation seems to linger on the tongue. Just seemed like there was something missing with this one, but I would drink it again if it were available.

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Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after its relocation from the 22-ounce brown bottle set s in my glass a hazy amber color with a smallish semi-creamy light tan head that evaporates quickly leaving a thin but covering sheet of lace. Nose has a light floral aroma, mostly malt detected, fresh and clean, start is sweet with a personable malt profile and the top medium in its feel to the palate. Finish is politely acidic with the hops pleasantly spicy and the aftertaste dry, a light to middle of the road IPA, drinkable at any rate.

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Photo of marc77
2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper hue. Creamy, dense ivory white head yields tattered, sparse lace. Mild, sugared citrus zest along with a suggestion of lemon drops. Understated light lovibond caramel malt attempts depth. Prosaic, but clean aromawise. In flavor, hop flavor is rather tepid, consisting of diluted notes of orange syrup and key lime. Malt character is underwhelming, but functional. Token bready pale malt undertone and vapid light toffee hints. Mildly bittered, but meager in malt presence. Nearly bland, but balanced overall. Malt sweetness augments as it breathes, becoming dominant and oddly tea like. Functionally dextrinous mouthfeel that suits the flavor profile, but no more. Finishes mostly watery and sweet, with vague biscuit and syrup notions. A middling IPA at best. Too soft all around and lacking any assertive hop presence. Clean, but insipid.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.67/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chehalem IPA was served from a 22 oz. bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was a hazy rich golden-amber color and was topped by an ample sticky off-white head. The nose was well-developed, with a pronounced malt presence that had nice melon aromatics and a zesty citric hop bouquet. The taste presented an low-key dry maltiness with light orange-lime citrus accents, playing second fiddle to a out of balance bitterness that becomes more dominant in the finish, which left very bitter limey-citric peel aftertastes. I would have liked more zippy/zingy sweetness in the middle, which would have balanced out the overly raw bitterness in the end and added some more flow and interest. The body was robustly full and satisfying. Overall a nicely crafted IPA that could use more accents throughout and something to balance the bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of sinistersteve
4.07/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little white sheen appears to be all that is left after a small head appeared following a hard pour into my trusty drinking pint.

Average body and an average color for this IPA. Not that is a bad thing, mind you, just there was nothing that made it stand out above or below others.

Good flavor. Nice hop presence. Seemed nice and citriusy also.

The aroma was difficult to pick up through my stuffy nose, but I remember it being very nice on my first taste at the Golden Valley brewpub.

I would have to say this tastes much like the Bridgeport IPA and that, my fellow beer enthusiasts, is a great thing.

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Chehalem Mountain IPA from Golden Valley Brewery and Pub
76 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.