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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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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of GClarkage
3.62/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Photo of freed
3.09/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of nvsblman
2.83/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of marc77
2.93/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.67/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of sinistersteve
4.07/5  rDev +29.2%
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
75 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.