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Uberhoppy IPA - Valley Brewing Company

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Uberhoppy IPAUberhoppy IPA

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BA SCORE
90
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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 25
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Crosling on 02-24-2007)
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Reviews by hophead247:
Photo of hophead247
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber courtesy of Harpreet from Perry's...-

A- Poured a nice medium slightly hazy orange color with a nice thick head and nice lacing.

S- Sweet malty scent up front led me to believe this might be more of an east coast style IPA...But the scent of pine, made me a little sceptical

T- Balanced with a kick...is my take on this ale. Like the scent, a nice malt backbone with a outstanding pine hop flavor is what this beer is all about. The nice thing though is the kick it gives you at the end of the taste...very nice

M-A little thicker than I would care for, but it balanced out quite nicely and I didn't mind for once

D- Definitely a must try and instantly on my top 5. Very different than any other IPA I have tasted, but I fell in love instantly

hophead247, Mar 26, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Exiled.

Pours a dirty orange with a small white head. Aroma is orangy citrus with some pine mixed in. The flavor is lots of citrus hops, but not too much hop bitterness. What it lacks in bitterness it more than makes up for in pure hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of magictrokini
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes, yes, yes, yes, YES. This finally made it south to Hamilton's. And it is all it is cracked up to be. Poured clear orange-gold with a creamy, low white head and sticky lacing. Beautiful sour-sweet nose of resin and grapefruit mixed with caramel malt and earthy goodness. Some tropical fruits and a golding-like tang abound as well. Soft, pleasant mouthfeel with a long finish. The taste is very, very nice. Its almost a bridge between an English IPA and the West Coast hop monsters. Bitter, earthy, herbal hops vie with the sweeter, citrus-and-resin varieties for the lead, but also remain well-balanced. Long, sweet malt finish makes you come back for more. I could drink this all day.

magictrokini, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank back to back with the cobrahood/west coast at the brewpub. Darker. No head, yet left good amount of clingy lace.

Aroma was englishesque. Double. Taste, sweeter, more astringent. Doesn't feel like as much dry hopping, less Amarillo, more chinook & cascade. Not too heavy. Old school hop resin. A little thick. Touches of imperial red feel to it. Has it's place in the world, dimensions of a lil bit of a few styles in this one.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by gford217 - thanks!

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of all kinds of hops - sticky pine is the most prevalent but bright citrus, floral, and herbal are all also present. Pale and caramel malts lurk in the background and serve as a weak backbone.

Tastes similar to how it smells although the hops aren't quite as intense. Mostly pale malt flavors kick things off and are overtaken quickly by loads of sticky pine flavors and milder grapefruit flavors. Midway through the sip leafy hop flavors enter into things and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this is another great hop bomb done only the way the boys out in CA can seem to do it. Well worth a shot.

glid02, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is deep brownish copper with a light creamy head, nice retention. decent lacing.

HUGE floral and citrus notes with a touch of pine. light sweet caramel and slight orange.

thick sweet malts with a slighty bitter citrus and pine. earthy hop flavors and deep bitter ruby red grapefruit. like caramel and pineapple flavors.

thick! a bit syrup like but very smooth with medium carbonation

i knew this would be good when i popped the bottle and huge hop scents pounded me in the face. HUGE thanks to mjl21 for this extra!

hooliganlife, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Ledger's in Berkeley. Finally got my hands on this stuff, which is brewed so close, yet so far.

A - Bright amber color with a creamy off-white head.

S - Awesome floral and citrusy hop aroma + sweet malt. Those little phytoestrogen containing devils will definitely drain me of my virility by age 40, but I still love 'em!

T - Sweet pale and caramel malts and lots of...wait for it...hops (never saw that coming, did you?). Citrusy, resinous, and floral HOPS. The name and label do not deceive.

M - Medium-full with hoppy oiliness and lingering bitterness.

D - High for a DIPA.

Overall, a great DIPA. I'm glad it's finally available in my area.

nickd717, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to ipa247 for this generous extra.

Pours a clear amber, topped with a finger of eggshell white foam. A thin creamy dollop skims the surface, flaring up into a huge creamy cascade of lacing, which settles into a thick spootty latticework. The aroma is floral, spicy, and piney with hops. This is layered on top of a robust blast of tropical fruits, bread, and caramel, which adds a deep sweet tang this. Light heat cuts through the flavors, giving this some extra acuteness in the nose.

The hops in the taste, are sticky with resins and biting with spice. Big assertiveness here to the bitterness, with the spice being especially aggressive. Despite the fierceness of the hops, the flavor profile is really nicely evened out by a hugely balancing sticky mix of sweet bready caramel and juicy tropical fruit notes, which seems to just drip with each sip. The finish is sharp with spicy character and dryness. The mouthfeel is a heavier medium bodied, with a fuller feeling creamy carbonation that disperses across the palate. Underneath is the thick and viscous feel of malt and slick oils, giving the alcohol a place to dwell. Speeking of the ABV, it is thankfully more warm than hot, making that spicy bitterness pop, but doesn't really trample on any of the other flavors at all.

Really well done DIPA here, which was made IMHO, by that juicy citrus character, that seemed to seep out of every corner of this. Bold yet still pretty drinkable, this was some good hoppy stuff!

Kegatron, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color with a firm white head.

Citric sweet fresh pineapple nose.

Big creamy mouthfeel; rich character.

Flavors are assertive and bold but a bit unpleasantly heavy with an "old fruit" character that then gives way to a heavy bitterness. The bitter hop character here is "heavy" and a bit unpleasant instead of bright and citric bitter.

Finish is a very nice bitter grapefruit skin/pine.

Second tasting Sept. 2010
Pours a dark reddish amber with a nice light tan head. Nose is very assertive cooked banana and overripe pineapple. Pleasant nose that has a sweet Belgian candi sugar element and also a hint of sour element. All very nice.

Mouthfeel is rich, thick and creamy and feels like something expensive and rich in your mouth. Flavors are bold and assertive. Front palate is sweet malt, peaches, apricot and black pepper that goest to a burnt toast, cooked lemon to a finish to bitter lemon and citric malt with a sweet burnt toast character.

This is a complex brew and very nice to drink. Would go well with big flavored foods, especially big meats.

GRG1313, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with my buddy Josh. Many thanks once again to mjl21 for the bottle. Mike you rock! Poured from 22oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a darker amber color. Many red highlights come through this clear beer when held to the light. 1 1/2 finger dirty white head comes and goes leaving nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big citrus (pineapple and orange) hops right in the front of it along with weaker pine and floral hops act as a bittering balance. There are some light biscut and sweet malt backbone but very faint. This is a big hop forward beer.

T- Big citrus flavors in the front of the beer (pineapple and orange) this balances out a little bit with bitter hops toward the middle of the beer. Malts come in around the middle leaving a biscuty taste in the mouth ending with a sweet alcohol burn with a touch of bitterness.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Had nice carbonation to this as well. This left you licking hop resin off of everything from your palate to your teeth! Crisp flavors in the mouth and even the aftertaste.

D- This is a very nice drinkable beer. As it warms though the alcohol shines through a little more. It didn't really bother me at all but to some it might. It was a "juicy" beer in terms of aroma and taste being very fruit forward. Will try to seek out again.

alleykatking, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Thanks Frank! Pours cloudy amber with a disappointingly small, off-white head that disappears quickly. Smells glorious. Loads and loads of unadulterated hop character; grapefruity and piney. Slightly sweet smelling, but with no real malty notes to speak of. Tastes of straight hop character giving it a lot of tropical fruit, some citrus, pine, and cannabis notes. Earthy/mineral flavors. Very slight biscuity malt in the background that's hardly noticeable. Bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. This is how an IIPA should be done. There's none of that cloying malty sweetness to try and 'balance' it. It's hops all the way, but not in the idiotic, IBU-record-setting sense. The aromas and flavors come through strongly and make it a delight to drink. Better than Pliny.

philipquarles, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of akorsak
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cloudskipper for the 650 mL bomber.

A: The DIPA is a dark amberc oolor, just a pinch lighter than the vessel that it arrived in. Despite the dark color, the ale retains its translucence, sitting like a glass of tea. A sizeable head, nearly a finger and a half, has laced nicely around my tumbler.

S: The nose is delightfully citric, full of sweet grapefruit and orange peel. For as big as it is, the caramel malt profile manages to keep up with the hops. I like that the bitterness is strong without a heavy alcoholic heat.

T: A highly hopped pale that is remarkably well balanced. Grapefruit drips from each sip, sweet but caustically sharp. The caramel malts, surprisingly, balance this out substantially, a firm grainy match to the hops. A peppery heat, minus the normal booziness, ties everything together with a now 'POW'. The oily hops leave a lasting impression on my palate.

M: The mouthfeel is nicely robust for such a hearty ale. The hops sing and the malts aren't afraid to show themselves. Plus, booze is nonexistent.

D: More, please. A well-balanced DIPA that leaves a nice impression on my palate.

akorsak, Sep 27, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1%

Devi0us, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of bcm119
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish/amber with a pretty durable off white head. Fragrant sweet malt, butterscotch/toffee aroma with hops adding a touch of candied tropical fruit. Malt-heavy on the palate, with a strong, pervasive sweetness that shows toffee, red fruit, and some overripe citrus. The hops are submissive in terms of flavor to the malt, but they cut the sweetness enough to prevent a cloying or syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is long and cola-like, with hops making a late citrus rind and tannic black tea showing, and some coffee notes even come through late. An interesting beer, maybe more appropriately named Ubermalty, but nonetheless a bold and complex beer. I'll remember this one, and hope Steve brews it again at his next gig.

bcm119, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of berkey
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. From notes 12/20/09.

Body is a deep hazy amber verging on brown. One of the darkest I've seen in the style. Forms a medium sized off-white head with great retention and beautiful lacing.

As the name suggests, the aroma is very hoppy with a dry bitterness, citrus, and a nice pungency backed up by a sweet and bready malt backbone.

Flavor starts off with some pine on the front end with a strong, near funky pungency and citrus bite on the finish. Some floral hop notes and caramel malts come out as it warms. Not sure if the portions are exactly to my personal preferences but can't deny the complexity.

Fairly full bodied for the style and pleasantly carbonated. 9.5 abv is pushing the limits on drinkability, I was done with this one with about one third left in the bottle.

Overall a very nice beer. I'll likely revisit this one soon.

berkey, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another gem that I recieved lately that I decided to crack open on Memorial Day. This was one of three bottles opened up with dinner. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/31/2010.

Very nice dark amber pour with a nice looking head of white that reached a height of around an inch and a half before settling back down. Smooth lacing coats the sides of a medium cloudy and overall fine looking ale.

Aroma is pungent, sharp hops that mean business from the moment you crack the bottle, no doubt about that. Ripe grapefruit, tons of biting, sharp citrus notes. Hints of a piney, resin like aroma as well. Well round and huge west coast style. Thick feel, really almost like syrup except saved by very nice carbonation. Rich and bitter hops coat the tongue and really throw off a ton of rich flavors. Warming does tend to bring out a little more of a buttery, sweet malt balance that is very well placed. ABV again is well hidden and over this is put together quite nicely.

Overall a solid DIPA. A sleep for me as I felt it after the pint. Would not really have a complaint against this one.

mikesgroove, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think my fiance got this for me at her work.

Appearance- dark amber color, thin head

Smell- hops

Taste- hops, some sweetness, very interesting

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was really good. It had a really interesting flavor that I enjoyed.

jeffjeff1, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. It's an orange-amber color in the glass, slightly hazy and unrefined in appearance with a thick two-finger head capping it. The aroma is intensely hoppy, reminiscent of tangerines and blood oranges. Citrus-heavy, there's a solid malt foundation beneath the hops and hints of evergreen and stonefruit. Hops and malts hit the tongue evenly upon first sip, but the malt is quickly washed away by the sharp bitterness. Layers of citrusy hop flavors unfold on the palate, from tangerine to grapefruit to pineapple. It's quite chewy in texture, but it finishes dry with a long building bitterness that wrecks the palate after a glass or two. Surprisingly, it's an easy beer to drink despite the intensity of it, and it's very well balanced between hop flavor, aroma and bitterness. The orange/tangerine hop profile makes it pretty unique in my mind. Excellent stuff.

largadeer, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev -1%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of vacax
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this aromatic hopped up concoction from a tulip glass. Pours a cloudy, dark, yellowish brown. Not as much head as expected, though nice retention and decent lacing is evident. Looks naturally carbonated, which is a plus, but a shade less than desired. The aroma translates into loads of hoppy goodness on a bed of malts that accentuate and complement them. There is a sweetness there, but it all highlights the hoppy goodness: tropical fruits, sweet citrus, and sticky sweet resin give this a very juicy nose.

While this is a malty Imperial IPA, the malts always take the backseat where they belong (though I am not racist against malts). The flavor hits with juicy papaya, pineapple, candied oranges, and sappy pine. The finish has a bit of cookie to it, maybe even some chocolate, but not without plenty of earthy and herbal hops to accompany it. The malt could probably be dialed back a bit for my taste, though it does make this one exceptionally easy to quaff for a high gravity beer of this style. I can imagine going through a pint of this stuff easily without even realizing that this is over nine in the ABV range. Carbonation is only medium, lower than typical, but the bottle conditioning is obvious, making this creamy on the palate and another reason it is so drinkable.

This is a very very nice ale, I hope Valley Brew can start to get their beers down here so I can drink them!

vacax, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to mlaroche for bringing this beer over from the West coast, he said he hadn't heard of it before until I decided to try it.

Pours a golden amber color with a tinge of orange, almost perfect sized head that fades at a good rate, leaves some good sticky lacing as it disappears from my pint glass.

For something called Uberhoppy, I was hoping for more hop kick, instead it's a nice meld of hops with a strong malt backing, hops are a mix of pine and citrus and not overwhelming at all, the strength is very well hidden considering my bottle says 9.5%.

Taste has a stronger hop bitterness than the aroma led me to believe, but the aftertaste is interrupted by the caramel malt which lends a hand to smooth things over, unfortunately nothing truly stands out.

A decent DIPA, nothing outstanding but a solid effort from a brewery I haven't heard of before. I like a good balanced DIPA every once and awhile so this was a treat I hadn't quite expected from it.

deltatauhobbit, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of WeisGuy
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - pours a deep copper color, two-finger ivory head with good retention and lacing, fairly hazy with suspended sediment

s - surprisingly sweet flavor with lots of caramel, graham cracker and even a little spice, more traditional DIPA aromas of pine and hope resin also present but somewhat masked by the sweetness

t - as with the aroma, the taste is surprisingly sweet with biscuit and caramel up front and on the mid-palate with the resinous and piney hop flavors developing more on the back-end, the finish is fairly bitter and dry with the piney hops dominating, not much citrus going on here

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, very dry on the finish after the sweetness up front

d - definitely not an overly drinkable beer, intensely flavored and somewhat harsh on the palate

Pretty unique DIPA with a lot more sweetness going on than most other examples of the style I've had. While sweet up front, the finish is definitely bitter and hoppy, though it lacks the citrusy hop flavors that are prominent in many DIPAs. Well worth a try and an interesting beer, just not on my preferred end of the flavor profile spectrum.

WeisGuy, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of RedBrewer83
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tumbler...

A: Golden yellow orange hue with hints of amber, huge three finger head with heavy lacing.

S: Huge aroma of citrus hops, sweet fruit of tangerine, grapefruit, faint lemon zest, caramel malt, hints of pine resin.

T: Follows nose with a litte added bitterness. Big citrus of grapefruit and tangerine with hints of pine resin and caramel malt. Pretty well rounded but expected it to be a little heavier. A little breadiness also found in the mid-palate.

M: Much lighter mouthfeel than I expected, the booze is hidden very well in this one. Medium mouthfeel at best, very clean finish lingering bitterness in the end.

D: Huge drinkability here for 9.5%, very smooth and balanced.

RedBrewer83, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a beautiful dark and mysterious brown. This beer would be Ving Rhames if it were a person.

Smells of hops, hops and more hops. Piney hops with citrus bringing up the rear. Hop a long Cassidy...

Tastes of hops. Some malt, but mostly steeped in hoplore.

Great beer, like Ferris Bueller says "It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up. "

Murchmac, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of ibbjamin
2.68/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Paid $7.99 for a bomber from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA. Poured into a tulip to review.

Pour is relatively thick and the color is glowing orange. Standard white inch head. Nice lacing.

Seems to be more on the balanced side for a DIPA. Strong malty backing to the herbal and floral hop bouquet. Some citrus and pine in the mix as well.

Taste is big and balanced. Hops are rather subdued of grass and herbs. I'd put this one closer to the barleywine style.

Medium full body. Somewhat of a dry mouthfeel with a medium finish and nice carbonation.

ibbjamin, Feb 13, 2010
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Uberhoppy IPA from Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.