Leafer Madness | Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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Leafer MadnessLeafer Madness

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Beer Valley Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of billyz
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Admitted to brewery after giving the secret knock and password. Purchased growler from huge, friendly brew guru. Poured from growler directly into favorite Kilkenny Irish beer glass. Lovely bubbles! Smelled like first cutting of alfalfa. Lovely citrus taste, paired well with my take and bake pizza. Two pints had howling me at the moon! Woke up shaky the next day, nothing a couple of aspirin couldn't cure. Have memorized breweries growler hours because this is now my favorite brew!!!

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Photo of PintOh1759
4.87/5  rDev +26.5%

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 barleywineman
4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

amazing!!! this brew is so smooth, creamy, midway sweet, and look is frosty/ cloudy which adds to the smooth drinkablility. It is hoppy and has a piney bitter finish, mouth feel is smooth as milk,
thisbeer is hood I hope every one has this on their hit list of beers to drink before you die. Go get one! and get one as a gift to your beer pal :) cheers

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was very exciting for me for a few reasons. It is from a lower hyped brewery that I do not drink from a lot. So, the first smell and tasting was just outstanding. Awesome.

The appearance I gave a perfect five because the head on this brew is relentless. It just comes strong, three finger head, and never leaves. The color is a nice amber with a semi-translucent shade to it. The head just left globs of lace everywhere, and my glass looks like it was filled with bubbles by the end. Amazing.

The smell is of a pungent hop-greenery smell. Just bitter and distinct. Amazing. This was the first brew of the day and just blew my socks off with the craftsmanship.

The taste was 'off the hook', as the young kids would say these days. I took a sip and stood up just looking around. Whoa. A STRONG hop characteristic is present. The IBU's are blowing this out of realistic boundaries.

The mouthfeel is stellar, just stellar. All over tongue molestation. This is not dancing on the tongue, this is pounding smoothness. It hits on all fronts, then goes down with a drinkable coolness that one could only describe as perfection. I will be buying many many more of this, I might just buy stock in Bear Valley Brewing, the same that produces Black Flag. Outstanding!


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Photo of DaltonC
4.66/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Fire Artisan Pizza downtown Coeur d'Alene. Poured a beautiful hazy orange with an inch of a mostly white head.

S: Very citrusy, fruity, fresh smell. Have definitely smelled better DIPA's but this one wasn't too bad.

T: Amazing, everything you want in a DIPA, 9% and alcohol was very well hidden. Tasted so fresh and fruity, grapefruit/orange/slight malt. Decently bitter. This is an excellent tasting DIPA.

M: Lightly carbonated, very smooth, hop bites your tongue.

O: Try this, on draft it was awesome. One of the best DIPA's I have had to this date. Beer Valley did a great job with this beer.

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Photo of StogiesandBrews
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
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 cmsuarez
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the Hoppy smell right from the glass lets you know that you are about to have a great beer. Mostly have had it on draft but have also had it in the bottle. Can't wait for harvest to come when there is a fresh hop version.
LM has the taste and smell of all the great hoppy beers. There are many great California
beers and I would compare it to some of the best!

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Leafer Madness poured a lovely burnt orange color with a good two finger foam head. It left some wicked lacing. Good enough to take a picture.

It has some nice aroma with more of a kick with the extra hop addition. You get a good citrus aroma.

The taste is sweet. Semi malty with pretty smooth finish. After the first sip it breaks like a piece of juicy fruit. It is crisp and spicy. In the mouth it leaves some solid hop bitterness in on the tongue and roof of the mouth. It was quite lip smacking. Overall a really wonderful approach to the standard American Pale Ale on steroids. This was my first Imperial Pale Ale and it kicks some serious tail.

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Photo of philmont
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on cask at Horse Brass in Portland and was very impressed with the smoothness of this beer. Not sure of alcohol content but tempted to try this one all night. Poured with a mild off white head that quickly dissipated, the color was light amber and aroma reminiscent of cut grass. Mouth feel was light, taste didn't linger encouraging frequent sips. Overall a smooth easy to drink beer with plenty of hop flavor up front and little aftertaste. Could have stuck on this one all night but there were other casks to sample. Cheers.

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Photo of unclederby
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark orange colored and with a bit of haze, Leafer Madness sits in my tulip sporting a frothy white one inch cap. Tiny streams of carbonation are spotted surfacing the hazy liquid. Smell is like candied citric hops with a touch of pine. The malty backbone is apparent in the enticing bouquet. Flavors of tangerine/orange citrusy hops greet one upon sipping, all wrapped very nicely in a pale/crystal biscutiy malt backbone. A little touch of peppery spiciness adds to the zip. Nice use of aroma and flavoring hops here, and the bittering ones are held in check just a bit; but are still significant enough to linger noticeably upon repeated sips. The high ABV is deliciously hidden, and this damn near approaches sessionable. Nice and creamy mouthfeel; medium/full and amply carbonated with grainy textures. This is one great beer put out by this small eastern Oregon brewery, and whatever stylistic category you want to lump it in, it's a must try for craft beer enthusiasts - especially if you appreciate your hops! Kudos to Beer Valley Brewing.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy golden orange color with generous white head. Nose is herbal spicy with fresh citrus. Palate offers a nice balance of biscuity malt with herbal, pine hops. This could easily pass for a West Coast IPA. Alcohol subdued, and extraordinarily drinkable for a DIPA.

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Photo of PatDreadful
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: A very thin white head that was gone after just a moment but left a slight lacing throughout. The color is a superb golden brown that I can only describe as a rustic pumpkin.

Smell: Warm floral aromas with a very strong fruity hops presence. The first thing that comes to mind is Cascade but it may even be Centennial because of the huge scents involved. As the beer warmed I began to notice a slight woodsy tinge to the overall smell which was extremely inviting. Next time I enjoy this brew I will certainly wait a few minutes before diving in so I can maximize all of the aromas.

Taste: Based on the smell I was expecting a huge hop flavor followed with s good amount of bitterness. What I got was a huge hop flavor that gives way to a malty sweetness and left me with just a tiny bitter bite in the back of my mouth. I am really amazed how well the sweetness played against the hops. It left the mouth completely refreshed.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is done to perfection while the big hop flavor works on the tongue and the alcohol warms the mouth. Usually the big hop flavors wears out my taste buds after a few pints but the malty sweetness really helps cleanse the mouth and leaves you craving another.

Drinkability: This is a very approachable beer despite the 9% ABV. I had a 22 and would have cracked open a second if only I was fortunate to have one. I think I'll be going back to the deli where this was purchased and clearing them out. This is one special brew.

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Photo of Brainybrain
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer will take great care of you. With a bitter note mixed with big time flavor, this beer will send you to places you wish planes flew. Under no circumstances should you attempt to try this beer if you are unprepared for the intense hops and aromatic floral flavor you are about to enjoy.

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Photo of jdklks
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice golden-light amber color body with a frothy white head. great color for a pale ale

S- lots of hops, like a DIPA almost, but there is a malt aroma that balances it out. some citrus fruit smells. nothing special here.

T- wow! taste is fantastic. i never thought i could benefit from a pale ale over 6%, but damn this is a big beer with big, intensified PA flavors. a great balance of hops and malts, with the hops hitting up front and a more malty finish. again, just a hint of fruitiness, but it isn't necessary here. great all around. im beginning to think that every beer needs to be "imperial"ized.

M- big body for a pale ale, which isn't surprising at 9%. perhaps just slightly over-carbonated for the big body, but nothing to complain about. feels great on the palate and goes down smooth.

D- great drinkability as a pale ale, that loses only a little bit at 9%. i am definitely going to buy more of these. wow, what a great surprise.

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Photo of brdc
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks stoutsNipas for this one.
Large capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

Clear, amber with reddish highlights, and a nice well retaining tan head.
The aroma is very good, fresh, grassy, piney hops, with citric notes. Biscuity malt notes provide a measure of balance, although the hops dominate easily.
Firm body, with a good carbonation, the taste is mostly bitter as expected. Citric, grassy, fruity, although apples appear more than I expected, and grapefruits are not overpowering. The biscuity maltiness is more obvious here than in the aroma, which increase my enjoyment. A very good, fresh and hoppy brew. It goes down well near room temperature.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a great offering from a brewery that is not one I was familiar with, but I will be seeking out more in the future.

Pours a very hazy orange with some straw like yellow in there. Head is a nice crisp, tight head that diminishes but leaves some good lacing.

Smell is slightly piney, but more in the grapefruit spectrum. Some nice light malt in the background too.

Taste is nice and cirtus, piney and really singes the tongue but in a nice way. Little bit of maltyness.

The mouthfeel for a DIPA is great, I mean really nice. Tight, little bit of efffervescence but not too gassy.

Drinks well and really hides it's ABV well. Great offering and about $7 a bomber.

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Photo of rmaste6282
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 22oz. into a typical pint glass. Beer smells of sweet caramel malts, hints of hops but a sweet maltiness for the most part. Color is a light copper, not quite translucent, with tons of lacing, and a nice thick head, 2 to 3 fingers. Now if I am going to have a malty IPA, this is the way to go with it, a bit of sweetness, not overly done. Not just toasty malts, you definately get the citrus hop flavor, but is greatly balanced. I would compare this to a DFH 90 minute, and if you are used to the West Coast Style of IPA's this is a good tester into the DFH style; hoppy, malty but not over the top malty. Good, even a great beer for its style. I would recommend to others. Enjoy

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Photo of sdockter
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw the Leafer Madness on the menu at Kahootz, took a risk and ordered the large (26 oz).

Nice white head, golden, light copper color. Aroma was hops (of course) citrus some pine with some malt.

Citrus and grapefruit hops flavor that was fairly well balanced with a sweet malt finish, then that lovely hops bitterness left on the tongue. A very good beer, great for the hop heads!

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Photo of jculler82
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I apologize in advance because this review isn't at the standard it should be. I didn't take tasting notes, but I HAD to review the beer.

So far, the two Beer Valley beers I have had have blown me away (the other was Black Flag). I cant give a super detailed description without tasting notes, other than hop bitterness is just teetering on the edge of "too much for the style" if that makes sense. This beer never crosses into IPA/Double IPA teritory, which it shouldn't as a pale or imperial pale. I REALLY wish I had at least one more of these because this was a wonderful beer that if you're lucky enough to try, you should. PERFECTLY balanced and the 9.00% alcohol was non-existent. Wonderful beer. I can't recommend this beer or brewery enough.

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Photo of monkeylovebeer
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first pour, I caught a crisp lemon high note coming off the meringue-thick head and lots of hoppy goodness.

The brew is slightly murky from the pronounced yeasts, but held up to the light, it shows a beautiful honey color.

This killer is a dangerously smooth 9% with the alcohol perfectly hidden behind a balance of hops with 2-row and Munich malts.

The recent Hop Bomb arms race has led some brewers to skirt the boundaries of good taste, but Beer Valley really shows off their craft with this explosive Double IPA.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Times are tough. three friends were laid off today. Time to get back to reviewing beer. A great escape.

bomber poured to pint. Beige creamy fluffy one finger head that hangs around. Good lacing. Color expressed by bright honey tones. the bottle must not be disturbed b/c brew is crisp through and through. malt, vanilla and hints of tropical fruit dominate the nose. Not exactly what I expected, but I like it. on to the rest of the show. Taste is fresh pine surrounded by heavy sugary malt. surprisingly gentle, almost milky, with honey and vanilla showing up. As the brew warms the bright resin flavors become pronounced. sticky, wet resiny hop dances on my tongue after every sip. I can see why this is an IAPA. extreme, but you could argue its not a DIPA. Regardless of what you call it, I do get hints of some of the great hoppy brews I've come across but this doesn't quite hit all the notes of the beautiful symphony that these greatest hop beers can be.
Not muddled, but not jumping out for the huge hop smack I am craving. OK, this beer is well above average. I like it more as it warms.

Oh ya, the bottle conditioning is a friggin nice treat. The yeasty carbonation is reminiscent of drinking from a firkin. That lends it some of the creamy smoothness. Awesome. buttery mouthfeel. such an easy drinker.

Thank god for some very good OR beer hitting the streets of PHL! I'll take it.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus and marmalade. In the taste, sticky-sweet orange marmalade, and ending with some pine hops. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry gingerbread like malt and pine hops in the aftertaste. Big citrus hops, nice presence of pine and malt, really nice.

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Photo of DCon
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 Pint, 6 Fluid Ounce bottle of this from Broulin's Grocery Store in Driggs, ID for $6.99. Poured from the Forest Green labeled bottle w/ tons of hop leaves in the middle into a 16oz Non-Stemmed Wine Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Tons of citrus and big time American hop character hit the nose hard. Also a heaping amount of strength, probably from the ABV's.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger, frothy head that stays for the longest time! The body is made up of a dark orange color with tons of depth and cloud. Leaves very thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Strong hops start this one off and then VERY bready. Tasted like I was drinking my dinner! Light-Medium bitterness and a strong, semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and finishes with tons of bread and ingredient (mostly hops) on the palate.

Overall Impression- Wow, talk about a glass full of beer! This one had tons of depth to it. One of my favorite 2X IPA's I've enjoyed in a while. Pick some up if available!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a burnt orangish color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap

S: Orange rind, flowers, lemon, pine needles and caramel

T: While this beer is advertised as Imperial Pale Ale it is really an IIPA. The Pale Ale is a play on words because this had IIPA written all over it. Floral, citrus, caramel,pine bitterness on the end, a good amount of hop oil

M: Nice body, good feel

D: Very good and tasty

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Photo of snaotheus
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Malt & Vine in Redmond, poured into a pint glass.

Bright golden yellow, very slightly cloudy, foamy head, looks like the lacing will be terrific. Smells hoppy, mostly piny backed with a spicy wet sweetness.

Taste is dominated by hops, lots of pine and some citrus sweetness. A little spiciness.

Mouthfeel is light and pleasant. Quite drinkable.

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