Alpha Drive - Valiant Brewing Co.
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3.94/5 rDev +1.8%
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, light tropical fruit, lemon citrus. Flavor of caramel malt, mixed citrus and tropical fruit, citrus and piney hops. Long, lingering, nicely balanced but intense nearly resinous hop finish. Medium bodied. After being somewhat underwhelmed by the aroma and intial flavor rush, this developed a nicely complex and tasty hop flavor that was well supported by the malt. And that malt support is important because the hopping in this is not shy. Enjoyable introduction to this brewery new to the Northwest. I'll watch for them again.
08-07-2014 04:04:46 | More by LiquidAmber
4.04/5 rDev +4.4%
Really nice aroma of juniper and mango with a fresh breeze off the piney lake. Color is a dark amber with an abundance of foam in the New Belgium snifter. Lots of lacing in the glass.
Fruity and intense with a deep malty taste. Fairly sweet but tending toward bitterness and a dryer finish. Flavors of cedar and salted plum. This is not quite tropical fruit but more of meaty taste with some fermenting pineapple and shortbread. There is a salty tang that adds to the intensity of flavors.
I think this is one of the better great big IPAs I've had lately. It seems to deliver the huge hoppy tastes while maintaining a sippable friendliness. Here's another reason not to overlook Orange County as a serious beer region, after stopping in Temecla, of course. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Olive Tree Market in San Diego.
05-23-2014 05:27:33 | More by mactrail
3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
Pours a murky copper color with superior cloud-like head retention and moderate carbonation. Super sticky foam coats the glass. Smells of salty sweet caramel and tastes pretty much the same. There's also a decent helping of citrusy hop flavor, but the malt takes center stage. Surprisingly light and smooth for a DIPA. Not really what I was hoping for but not bad either.... Easy drinking though...
08-17-2014 04:07:58 | More by TaylorIPA19
3.99/5 rDev +3.1%
On tap at Valiant Brewing Company in Orange, CA.
Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild 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 that is tasty and easy to drink.
01-13-2014 06:34:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
Alpha Drive from Valiant Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.