Leafer Madness | Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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Beer Valley Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mattmaples on 04-10-2008

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Ratings: 243 |  Reviews: 138
Reviews by BrewMonkey:
Photo of BrewMonkey
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Initially poured clear but became cloudy, may have poured to aggressively considering the bottle conditioning.

Aroma of sweet hops, citrus, some malt sweetness and lots of pine. Taste is incredibly hoppy, almost pine air freshener levels, but not in a bad way. Bitterness is there but not terribly heavy, maybe a bit on the bitter side for my taste, but palatable and probably necessary against what seems to be a lot of residual sweetness. Finishes dry "feeling" from the bitterness, but you'll notice a sweetness that doesn't go away and probably reduces the overall drinkability.

Not bad, but a little out of whack balance wise.

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Photo of bananaf
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I question the style delineation on this one. I feel like it performed ok for a double IPA but would rank as an excellent American Strong Ale. The hops do a fantastic job of balancing out the body, better than most beers this strong, but still struggle to come through as one would hope for an IPA. Well balanced, tasty, and drinkable, but didn't strike me as being as hop-driven as the name implied!

(and I did drink it in Ontario, OR, so I can't imagine the keg aged an overly long time...)

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Photo of PintOh1759
4.87/5  rDev +26.2%

Wow. Wow. Wow is all i can say about this beer. Bought it in a 1 Pint 6oz bomber bottle in Anchorage, AK. Bottle had lots of sediment built up at bottom a solid 1/4 inch + high. turned the bottle slowly upside down a few times then put back in the fridge to continue cooling for about 30 minutes then slowly turned over once more before i poured it to just mix it again but not foam it up.

The appearance of this beer is spectacular, its exactly what i expect when i get an unfiltered beer, very cloudy gold to light bronze color, lots of sediment floating around and lots of rising activity. pours a 2 finger head and holds a 1/4 off white head the whole glass down leaving some lacing on the sides but not as much as expected from the initial head.

The smell is a little disappointing as the aroma of the hops just isn't there, if i were to do a blind test of this beer and stick my nose into the glass i would never guess it was a 100+ IBU IPA. very bready/ sweet malty aroma with a background of slight pineapple citrus and the slightest hint of pine. overall not a very aromatic beer.

the taste. WOW. From the head you get this suuuuuuper bitter hoppyness that smacks you in the front of the tounge then runs to the back of your mouth and follows up imeaditaly with a perfect balance of bready malts with a hint of honey. very drinkable and lovable unfiltered beer. i will be going straight to the store tomorrow after work to purchase more and stock the fridge.

only thing holding this beer bad from scoring a perfect 5 in my book is the lack of aroma, you dont get that wow factor on the initial smell tat reassures you that this is going to be an amazing beer. maybe thats why i find it so damn good is because i let my guard down and didn't expect it to be so balanced after i smelled it.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The thick, deep orange body was covered with a nice, puffy white head. It looks the part.

Smell - The malts on this DIPA keep right up with the hops. They are big and full of caramel; not toasty. The hop profile itself leans to pine, but it's not that pine resin that takes over a nose. The pine aroma here is very smooth and sophisticated. Nicely done.

Taste - This definitely favors the malts. The rich caramel taffy especially is all over the taste without being too sweet. The hops are subtler. They'd probably take over a lesser beer.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied with some nice, light carbonation and a granular feel that I really enjoyed. It's even kind of soft and velvety like a well-done Belgian. It's not bitter, so all you taste bud masochists will have to look somewhere else.

Drinkability - This beer I would guess was particularly brewed with drinkability in mind. It won't offend anyone and doesn't clobber the drinker with a mallet to the head like some of the big West Coast DIPAs. This was a unique and fine effort from Beer Valley.

Note: As of this review date the beer is mislabeled as an APA, but it is definitely a DIPA.

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Photo of trail77
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Beerswag
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liked this one a lot. Pours hazy orange with a bubbly white head and lots of lacing. Grapefruit, mango, orange, and passion-fruit in the hoppy aroma. As seems to be the case with all of Beer Valley's offerings, there is an underlying earthiness in the aroma and taste. Fortunately, it adds to the hop profile in this one. Lots of resin and citrus flavors without the astringent bite. Some biscuit-and-caramel-malt taste that comes with the earthiness. Very nice.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent dark gold concoction, mild 1/4" head on the top of it, not much to speak of in regards to lace or retention. Aroma, lacks dry hopping.

Taste, fairly bitter, but not abrasively so. Some c hops type of mouthfeel. A mild sting of alcohol. Very light malt body for 9%, I wouldn't say thin, but definitely not thick. Really just wanted something more going on here from the hops, they contribute plenty of bitterness, but not a whole lot of flavor beyond that. A little astringent compared to the hop lush ratio.

Ultimately, for $8 this is a pass on a bomber. Just too many one dimensional bitter hop beers out there to shell out more money for a bottle than Pliny.

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Photo of StogiesandBrews
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an oversized wine galss.

Appearence: Nice dark orange color. Finger of head, some lacing. Looks nice so far. Lotta little floaters in there.

Aroma: Hops. Citrus and pine. Some grapefruit, tinge of sweet malt but its very faint.

Taste: Hops. Lots of hops. Citrus flavors like grapefruit come out. Pine and a little malt. Mostly hops. This is what an IIPA is all about. Hops! Love it. I pick up the 9% abv pretty strong but I like that. I got this bottle right as it hit shelves so it's pretty fresh.

Mouthfeel: Kind of dry. Not really too thick, but it's not terrible.

Overall: I love this beer. I get it fresh cause I'm near the brewery. I notice a lot of reviews about it being malty and not really too hoppy, I believe that it's best when it's fresh and these people aren't getting fresh bottles. I love it.

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Photo of Blackwolf
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pint glass, almost a 2 finger head, took a minute or two for the head to reduce. Decent sticky lacing. The first thing I noticed was TONS of sediment! Hazy copper toned in color.

S- The scent was very light, almost like you have to catch the smoke from the bottle as soon as you open it to get a deep aroma. Once I poured the smell was faint almost immediately. Grassy, Hoppy, Citrusy (grapefruit), and a prominent pine touch to it.

T- You are immediately hit by the hops (in a good way), good pine taste sits on your palate, and you are left with a lingering grassy/citrus taste... This ale has a nice strong finish to it. A slight note of alcohol is also present in the finish. I been indulging more in stouts and porters lately, but this was a very refreshing change of pace again.

MF- Light-Medium Syrup feel, good body. Just by looking at the sediment I was expecting a thicker brew. Light-Medium carbonation also.

O- It's a nice IIPA. Depending on your budget, I wouldn't "break the bank," for this... But if you see a good deal on a good beer such as this, it is worth a try! Hell, I haven't touched an IPA in a few months so it was definitely a nice change in taste. Worth a try ;)

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from BevMo in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a dark copper color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of large amounts of citrus hops - mostly grapefruit - with sweet caramel malts and hints of vanilla and pine.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malt flavors up front with large amounts of citrus hops. Midway through the sip a slight hint of vanilla enters into things then disappears before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was a very well done DIPA that managed to have a ton of hop flavor while still balancing nicely. Worth a shot.

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Photo of ste5venla
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, from the co-op in Boise, ID, just a whisper across the border - that trip across the Oregon desert from Portland was a speedometer-enlightening endeavour, to say the least. And I have to admit, the pot puns always get me right in the pocketbook.

This beer pours a cloudy, sediment-strewn medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of solid rocky off-white head, which maintains excellent retention, eventually leaving some random splattered lace around the glass. It smells of bitter pine, aged citrus, and spicy hops, over a much more meek bready caramel maltiness. The taste is still big on the hops - astringent and musty pine needles (RIP, Rescue Me!), the pithiest of citrus rind, and a somehow perceptible floral character, damping down an otherwise respectable caramel/toffee malt backbone. The carbonation is just south of moderate, the body a stolid medium weight, smooth in light of the overriding, somewhat stilted hoppy astringency. It finishes still off-dry, in the sense that Vichy France was still French...

A pretty decent IIPA, the big 9 points of booze hardly noticeable. And I don't get the griping about lack of hops - this is one hoppy mutha, if irregularly so.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer Valley- Leafer Madness

A- Bright cloudy reddish orange with a thick meringue-like head.
S- Fresh green hops and sweet caramel malt. Nose is a bit light on this!?
T- Big bold raw hops with an oily hop twang. Sweet malt pokes its way through but succumb's to the alc. laden hops.
M- Big fresh bitter hops up front with a sweet malty base. Hops meld their way back in with a dry tanginess. Slight alc. bite too.

Overall- Starts off tamer then expected but as it warms up hops really pop! Tasty but a bit potent at 9%. Pick this up if you see it.

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Photo of hreb
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours yellow and slightly hazy, and forms a large white head. Aroma is mid-grade dry hoppy and fruity. Not the most cannabinoid-smelling IPA, I have to say. Flavor features an aggressive onslaught of pine forest and citrus rind. But after the initial edge this beer doesn't have that much going on. Fizzy-creamy mouthfeel and a bitter finish. I think Imperial IPA needs more than just a load of hops to attain greatness, so this beer falls a little short for me, although the hop flavors on their own are excellent.

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Photo of OGkushington
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy straw colored body.
The aroma is lemon, pine and spruce. Quite nice.
The taste is a dry moderate bitterness with a good malt backup to balance it out nicely.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A big beer but very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks beachrez !!!

pours a orange and yellow with plenty of haze. massive pillow head with crazy retention and some of the best retention ive ever seen on a DIPA.

scent as weak, very faint malts with little to no hops.

very bitter. tons of pine with a strong earthy, resin, grainy flavor. super bitter grapefruit linger in the finish. malts are hidden well behind the bitter pine.

very full bodied, thick as can be. moderate carbonation.

although the scent was weak, this is actually pretty good. tons of bitterness that cease to end. and one of the best names ever.... leafer madness? amazing!

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Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bit of a cloudy light amber from a 22 oz. bottle. Nice 2-finger head without much lacing. Light carbonation.

This is one bitter hop bomb. There's just a hint of a malt backbone to hold up the grapefruit and citrus hop bitterness. This is certainly a fine example of a Pacific Northwest DIPA --- fresh hop character, light on the malt balance.

The light carbonation also helps to keep this from being too resiny from the fresh hops. But again, this is a bitter palate-killer with a dry finish. When I'm looking for a crisp and bitter DIPA, I will look for this.

I didn't notice the alcohol burn that others apparently did. The 9% was there, though. A bit of a buzz after the full 22 oz. With the ABV and the strong bitter aftertaste, the ability to have more than one of these is diminished.

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Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained via bottletrek,

Pours golden/honey with 2+ fingers pillowy eggshell colored head. Hazes a bit at the bottom of the bottle, very good head retention & good lacing, this just clings to the bottom side of the glass

S: Lemons, pine & some breadyness in faint amounts

T: Piney hops, lemony hops, some honey malt,& much grapefruit up front. As this warms there is still much grapefruit, some dryness & a bit of wholegrain bread, plus booze hiding on the edges. Finishes with fruittyness, aggressive citrus hops, & some honey malt

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & good balance

Drinks great for the abv, this is a DIPA, not an APA, but a near great DIPA

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Photo of Glibber
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light and cloudy appearence with a pine scent. Some grapefruit up front, but crisp hoppiness on the back end. The hops really seem to hide the alcohol in this beer, but despite going down so easily, the powerful hoppiness at the back end would make it tough and filling to drink to many.

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Leafer Madness from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 243 ratings