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Cobra-Hood IPA - Valley Brewing Company

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Cobra-Hood IPACobra-Hood IPA

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 10-19-2007)
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Reviews by jeffjeff1:
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Monument Wines and Spirits a couple days ago.

Appearance- coppery color, very thin head, almost none

Smell- citrus hops

Taste- citrus hops, pretty balanced

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good.I would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 19:37:15 | More by jeffjeff1
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-23-2012 13:36:12 | More by augie
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-25-2011 01:43:50 | More by jenray
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New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Cloudy copper with a foamy head that leaves lots of lacing down the sides of the glass. The head becomes a mountain of foam.

S - Hops, grapefruit, pine and oranges.

T - Caramel malt, hops, grapefruit, pine needles, orange pith, pineapple and a bit of watery presence. Aftertaste is of bitter grass, aspirin and a touch of lingering pine.

M - Medium to thick, a tad harsh, not terribly refreshing.

D - I don't know why, but this one didn't really do it for me. This is an example where the sum of the parts is less than the whole.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 09:16:07 | More by mrasskicktastic
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New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus grapefruity hops

T - Follows the nose with grapefruit hops being the majority of the flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a pretty good tasting ipa making it easy to drink its worth getting or picking up to try sometime

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 03:52:50 | More by armock
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from alano - A standup trader and guy who should be congratulated for just taking the grueling California Bar Exam.

A - A murky, almost dirty golden brown color with a nice foam head that dissipated to a little bit of stick on the side.

T - Very citrusy, maybe even a little bit of mango in this one. Very smooth and sweet tasting with some mild piney hop taste and a nice bitter resiny bite. Good stuff.

M - Appropriate amount of carbonation in a smooth brew makes this a great, medium bodied drink.

D - Did the bomber no problem, would go back for more.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 00:59:17 | More by AgentZero
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4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ brewery, figured I should check it out at the source before they trash the place and recipes.

Nice standard copper appearance, great citrus and pine aroma. Good bitter beer with ample hopping. Average malt body, neither too heavy nor massively unbalanced. Hit a weird snag midway where the hops gave way to bitterness, but overall, $4 a pint, decent deal.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2010 19:09:10 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thanks for the extra, Azureoval!

Appearance: Pours a golden tangerine color with a white pillowy head. Nice retention, and it makes me happy to see such a pretty head last. Great sticky lace.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops.

Taste: Strong citrusy hops start out right away, leading with a grapefruit flavor. Piney notes follow. Malt never really gets started here, just hops all the way. Quite a bitter bite at the end, just to remind me that this is all hops.

Mouthfeel: Great creamy feel here. I could tell it was going to be creamy and smooth from the moment I saw the pour. Medium carbonation, slightly dry finish. Medium body.

Drinkability: I never have a hard time drinking a silky smooth IPA. Not as complex as some others, but very nice nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 06:48:31 | More by KickInTheChalice
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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wavers1 for this awesome extra.

Pours a clear amber with a cream colored head. Some lacing.

Smells of piney and floral hops, light citrus with some grapefruit-like bitterness, and slightly sweet caramel malt.

Taste is bitter citrus and pine mixed with a fairly heavy sweet caramel malt backbone. Mix of sweet malt and bitter grapefruit citrus at the finish. Lingering bitterness.

Medium body with medium to low carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Very similar aroma and flavor as Uberhoppy, but paired down in intensity. Solid IPA with a unique sweetness to it.


Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 17:46:21 | More by sidetracked
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4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from Perry's Liquors, shared with newtonty.

Pours a clear amber with a bright, white creamy head with nice lacing.

Smells of big citrus, antiseptic and spicy malts.

The taste reflects the nose. Big, chunky and almost waxy moutheel of bittering citrus, hints of honey and a spicy caramel base hidden very lightly.

Very nice - recommended!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 03:21:44 | More by beachbum1975
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Hazy orange-amber, raw and unrefined appearance with a dense frothy two finger head that retains well.

Very perfumey hop aroma. Grapefruit, orange and pine. Only a faint whiff of malt despite the dark body.

Big citrusy hop flavors wash the palate, grapefruit being especially prominent. One of the most grapefruity hop flavors I've come across, in fact. Very dry with a hefty, oily, chewy body, perhaps a bit heavier than I like for a single IPA. Juicy, citrusy mid-palate but ultimately dry with a bitter kick in the finish. Lingering pine and grapefruit flavors. This is excellent, very happy to find it on tap locally.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2010 19:26:29 | More by largadeer
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New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle that landed today, thanks Costa.

Pours clear copper with a one inch head of dense white. Plenty of layered lacing as the glass goes and a solid skim coat on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with pine boughs, tangerine pith, and grapefruit oil. Light malt follows through along with a chaulky promise. Slightly stinging and pungent. Spicey but lacking some floral finesse.

Medium bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel.

Grapefruit, pine resin, and a hint of pithy orange start the palate. A firm, bitter backbone quickly steps forward and traces of plump malt follows through.

Finishes with a lingering, drying, bitterness, pine-rubbed grapefruit, and a hint of warmth.

A good, straight-on West coast IPA. The nose is lacking the blast of floral, tropical essence found in the best examples, but certainly quaffable and an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 23:28:38 | More by brewandbbq
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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

received this one from saulcharlesworth in the under 100 BIF not too long ago, thanks!!

a- copper to amber with a sudsy looking off white head, typical average lacing. not bad.

s- almost musty, barnyard stench. straw, hay, grass, dirt, etc. some hidden hops, citrus aroma and pine needles.

t&m- after the not so great smell the taste surprised me. malty and sweet yet very bitter and citrusy. i didnt pick up much grass and hay taste here, its well balanced between the floral hops and citrusy zest. quite a pleasant surprise!!

d- surprising and different, wouldnt mind to try this one again. better than most crappy, peatmoss tasting IPA's out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 13:10:27 | More by caresville
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm really becoming a big fan of these folks beers. They (this and Uberhoppy) all seem to have big pine notes and very over the top hoppy, with just a tinge of malt, and if you like that balance, you'll like these guys. This is a standard, and at a high standard, the typical west coast IPA, very drinkable at +7%, highly recommended. Get over the other trendy west coasters(RR, Stone) and branch out, these guys can make some beer, but brew in Stockton, don't hold it against them.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 07:24:09 | More by chickencoop
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at the brewpub. Pours orange in color with a plentiful head. Good retention and extensive amounts of web-like lacing left behind. Aroma is full of tropical fruits, lots of pineapple and papaya, all balancing out with a bit of pine. Lots of crisp hoppiness, only the hint of malts that gets lost in fruit. The flavor itself centers more around a crisp pine note, not too resinous, with an herbal taste. Full hop bitterness on the midpalate, then the finish has a mild cookielike malts and herbal hops. Medium bodied with a full, prickly carbonation. This is a good IPA, nice hop notes, not too much malts. The hop profile could be more complex, but this is fairly good.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 07:44:31 | More by vacax
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3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. beer is clear and copper in color. Carbonation is mild. Forms a thick white head that falls away quickly leaving a single layer of bubbles and a lot of lacing. Looks good.

Malt and pine aroma. Good mild aroma.

Medium bodied beer. Good hop flavor, mild bitterness and this overall sweetness. beer is pretty unoffensive. I think the bitterness should be higher and the sweetness should be lessened. Second taste, still too sweet but overall its OK.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 04:22:20 | More by drabmuh
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz from augustgarage. Into my new Firestone Walker pint.

A- Beautiful copper pour, slightly off-white head that is everlasting. A thick ring of lacking all the way down. Great retention, still 1cm floating 20 minutes after pour.

S- Tropical, citrus hops, I also smell mango/papaya. Piney twinge as well. Pretty hefty malt bill here, I think.

T- Very hoppy. Stronger than the nose lad led me to expect. Very flavorful. Good caramel malt helps balance out the pine and grapefruit hops. A slight octane, oily, resin essence sets this beer off... really good stuff.

M- Hoppy, bitter, good, thick mouthfeel, nice ABV.

D- Moderately high. Don't have access to it, I would def. buy this if I did. Took my time drinking it, really tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 01:10:46 | More by ShogoKawada
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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber color with caramel copper hues when held to a light source and a two finger off white head with excellent retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap and ring. Sporadic splotches of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus floral hop aroma with a lot lemon peel and grapefruit character in the nose along with slight caramel, biscuit and Graham crackery malt.

Crisp earthy hops with a lot of sweet citrus peel, mango and grapefruit. Slightly earthy and dry with subtle pine lasting throughout over a caramel, biscuit and graham crackery malt backbone that is a bit too strong for my liking.

Serving type: growler

01-10-2010 04:21:14 | More by corby112
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber received as an extra in a trade from a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a murky honey amber that glows when put up to the light. The crown is a 2 finger beige that shows a bit of retention and good lace. I'd like to see more creaminess in the head and more transparency in the body.

Smell: Lightly sweet caramel / honey malt with loads of piney hops and a touch of grapefruit citrus hop note bitterness. Very "west coast" as its billed.

Taste: Same as the nose but with a fairly pronounced tea like flavor. Mainly light caramel malt and pine hop driven.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with fine carbonation that is a bit prickly.

Drinkability: pretty sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 00:28:09 | More by koopa
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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lothore who dropped this extra, along with all sorts of other West Coast hoppy goodness, into a recent trade.

Pours a classic amberish IPA with a head & only a slight bit of haze at the bottom of the bomber. Hops pour out of the bomber immediately, also classic W.C., a beautiful melding of bitterness & hoppiness. Can it keep this promise?

Yes, Valley IPA can keep the hop promise...nice. Hops are front, center, & forward, with a generous loading of pine syrup (reminds me of my wilderness "pine tree baths" consisting of walking through a grove & rubbing your dirty hands along the pine needles). This is tart & dry, aggressive, but wtihout a palate-blinding explosion of hops. They're just there. All the way through. Were this a local I could get freshly brewed, I could see this being a staple at your better beer bars.

Strange, but I find this hoppier than Uberhoppy, which I enjoyed, but had a far stiffer malt backbone. This one lets the hops out to play.

Excellent IPA. This is how an IPA should be made. Aggressive but not numbing, bitter but not angry, nippy without actually biting. Winner!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 01:20:18 | More by maximum12
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4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bomber poured into a pint, two finger fluffy creamy head with great retention, hazy light golden coloring with highlights of ochre yellow, crazy amounts of head cling to the glass, a quarter inch of head remains on the beer all the way down, this is a very attractive looking brew.

s- this is one tasty smelling beer, very piney, very citrusy, loads of grapefruit oozing out, some very floral notes escape as well.

t- the taste echos the nose, lots of citrus, lemon, tons of grapefruit, very piney, floral, great bitterness that lingers a good while, this is a top notch west coast ipa, no trace of the %7.8 abv.

m- medium body with lots of slickness and a bit of soapy-like coating in the mouth after drinking, that description doesn't sound appetizing at all, but it actually is!

d- this is a great ipa, i got this in a the secret santa bif, and i'm sure glad that i did, this is very tasty, i will have absolutely no problem polishing off this bomber.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 18:04:33 | More by thecarster1
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3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks again to mjl21 for everything. Mike, you are the best ever! Review from notes.

A- Pours a lighter golden orange color. My glass was lightly hazed as well. Little 1/2 finger white head that died down rather quickly in my glass. Some soapy lacing that slides back down into the glass.

S- Big citrus and piney hops in the nose. Smells a little dirty (earthy) with something else I can't put my finger on. Light malts in the background which come and go. Malts balance out the citrus more than the pine.

T- Not packing quite the punch that I thought it would. The citrus hops come though more than the piney hops in the front. The middle of this beer has a earthy taste still to it mixing in well with the malt in this beer. Light piney taste in the background that could pack a little more punch. For a regular IPA this is about right in taste.

M- Light-medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good in this beer. Leaves a light cirtus/bitter hops taste in my mouth. Nothing really too standout flavor wise. Average mouthfeel altogether.

D- This is a good IPA for being just an IPA. I think all these hopbombs I am used to drinking have taken a light toll on these non-hopbomb gems.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 00:38:41 | More by alleykatking
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - pours a fairly bright golden color, big ivory head with great retention and lacing, pretty clear on the first pour

s - big orange and grapefruit aromas on the nose, a little bit of caramel malt, not much by way of alcohol

t - very well balanced on the palate, big orange and citrus flavors mixed nicely with caramel and biscuity malt adding some backbone to the bitter citrus hops; finish is bitter from the hops but also has a mild malty sweetness that balances out the hops, alcohol is really well masked

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish, mild alcohol warming

d - pretty drinkable for a 7.5% IPA, more balanced than most bigger IPAs, which makes it easier on the palate and hence, fairly drinkable

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 06:15:36 | More by WeisGuy
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Cobra-Hood IPA from Valley Brewing Company
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