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Alpha Drive - Valiant Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Valiant Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 01-13-2014)
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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.

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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.

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Alpha Drive from Valiant Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.