Leafer Madness | Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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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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Added by mattmaples on 04-10-2008

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Photo of ibbjamin
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $6.49 for a bomber from BevMo in San Jose, CA. This had been sitting for at least a week in my fridge and when I went to crack it, it pretty much exploded making a big mess and losing almost a quarter of its contents. Talk about overcarbonated!

Knowing that it would give a lot of head, I poured it very gingerly. Still more than an inch of very frothy white head. Head retains quite well. Decent lacing. Rather cloudy orangish color.

Smells delicious. More like an IPA or almost near an Imperial than an APA. Heavy top notch hop smell with citrus and pine.

Taste is not as good as smell. The strong aromas become less pronounced in the mouth but are all still there.

Mouth is creamy, medium to almost full boy which is uncharacteristic for an APA or even an IPA for that matter. The carbonation is much more mild in the mouth. Makes me wonder if I mishandled the brew before opening or something. Only way to find out is get another I guess!

Drinkability is superb.

Highly recommend as of now - I really am looking forward to trying this one again.

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Photo of serebeerdrinker
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy orange/golden with a head that sticks around as a thin cap for quite awhile. Smells bitter with herbal and leafy aromas and a fair bit of malt in the backbone. Nicely hoppy, and quite bitter with herbs and pine. The malt is there, but just enough to give it a little depth. The bitterness lingers and lingers. Quite nice for this hophead. A bit chewy in the mouth, but clean and not too sweet. Nice lingering bitterness. Fairly one dimensional, but well done and quite pleasant.

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Photo of DIM
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


a: This was a pale, golden, copper color. It poured with a medium sized creamy head that was long lived and sticky.

s: Huge pine forest aromas. Sweet malty aromas of toffee and, to a lesser extent, vanilla. Brown sugar and a little alcohol as well.

t: Up front flavors of toffee and simple syrup give way to huge piny hop flavors with a hint of lemon. The only quibble I have with this one is the mildly sugary finish. Overall though this is a very good DIPA. Listed here as an APA, not sure why. An APA that weighs in at 9%?

m: Long lasting, gentle, foamy carbonation combine with a thick, silky body to make a great feeling beer.

t: I got this as one of several extras in an LIF from Gueuzedude. That's right, extras in an LIF, stunning. This drinks like a piny eastcoaster and I was quite happy to welcome it home.

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Photo of Docer
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bomber at Belmont Station here.. nice to try a local odd ball.

- Slightly cloudy amber/copper color but can still see through it. Not much head at all.. but I cracked a fresh one, although it is bottle conditioned. Poured at a slant so not much head anyway... minimal head, slight lacing.

- Rather strong alcohol smell and a floral yet bitter hop presence. Bit of a citrus punch to it as well.. but not too malty or grainy in smell.

- Wow.. great flavor... and balanced. Sweet malt notes with a similar sweet citrus and floral hop blast... and a bitter aftertaste. Does hide the Alcohol content quite well in taste.. much more so than the smell.

- A tad dry finish.. and a bit of alcohol burn.. but not so bad. Some definite grain presence.. slightly chewy.

- Rather refreshing and smooth with a complex grain/malt/hop mix. Very unique and very drinkable. Recommended!

** Edited part way through my bomber.. I should have rolled the bottle.. the flavor enhanced greatly towards the bottom of the bottle... this is very good.

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Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint on cask at the Horse Brass in Portland, served in a nonic.

Pours a lightly hazed golden yellow, very thick and heavy white head forms, slowly settles to a thick ring and layer, great lacing everywhere. Smell is pretty nice, lots of fresh and green hoppiness, more floral than anything, some light grapefruit, leafy, some grass, not much malt in the aroma, just a hint of caramel and some bread. Taste is nice as well, very assertive hoppiness, lots of floral, touch of citrus, orange and tangerine, caramel middle, some biscuit, very clean finish, nicely bittered, very sharp and green, ABV is well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Probably the best DIPA I've had on cask, worked really well and reminded me of an imperial version of Durhams Hop Head in Toronto.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a huge thick four finger head that last for days!! Huge leafy fresh hops in the nose with plenty of pine and grapefruit that you expect in a great IPA. The taste is a blast of citrus hop sting with a lemon zest twang that fades into a mellow caramel malt backbone. This brew is over the top hop nirvana! Thanks to this brewery for giving this beer all we want in a hop crazy beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up at the Coop a day or two ago for about $6.50.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass... trying to chillout while listening to DJ Craze FabricLive 38.

2 finger head.. atop a slightly hop-hazed honey colored brew.. sticky lacing looks very pretty.

Aroma is every bit a DIPA.. there may be a little toasty maltiness in there... but it is drowned out by a nose hair coating piney hoppiness.

Flavor is again a DIPA... I would hesitate to call this just a huge APA... there may be a little bitterness missing, but the hop flavors are amazing.. big grapefruit .. oily hoppiness fades for a short time into a toasted maltiness...but then quickly melts into a slick tongue painting hop flavor.. Body is fairly light for a 9% beer.. but that actually is making me tonight want another sip fast. Only real complaint is it could use a touch more carbonation.. but what do I know? Drinkability is a little lower just because of the IBU's.. a sipper.. but a great sipper.

This is really very good.. pushing itself into fantastic as it warms up... I need to get some more and refrigerate them just to keep this fresh juicy hoppiness right where it belongs.

Big Props to Beer Valley.

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Photo of beertunes
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a hazy orangeish-yellow color with a thick, fluffy, white head that had moderate retention and left good lacing.

The aroma is all hops, mostly floral with pine behind it and a touch of citrus mixed in. The flavor follows along very nicely, no malt sweetness for balance, the floral hops dominating the early part of the taste. After a bit the pine becomes noticeable followed on by the citrus notes.

The body was very good, fuller than I expected for this style. Drinkability was also very good, this is a beer that won't burn out your tongue or wreck your palate on the first beer, so having multiples will be enjoyable.

Overall, a very good beer from a brewery that I've heard good things about, but whose brews I've never had the chance to try before. I look forward to trying more. Worth seeking out.

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

Had this on tap at the Bella Vista open house in Philly last week, and more recently on cask at the Horse Brass yesterday. Was told that the latter version was the wet hop version of this beer.

Some beers are better on cask then on gas; some not so much. Visually and aromatically, I'm not sure cask helps this beer much. The beer pours the expected light orange peach color with minimal head retention and lacing on cask. On the gas, head retention and lacing were excellent. Both on gas and on cask, this beer is pretty aromatic, smelling of hoppy citrus all around. The gas version aroma is more intense, but the cask version is more intriguing. The aroma is more floral and there's some underlying leafy tobacco aromas. The beer is absolutely delicious in either format, but on cask this beer is incredibly smooth, long and polished. Very nice hoppy bitterness, but with just enough malt to make sure nothing is out of preportion. Drinkability out of the cask is so ridiculous it's stupid. There is no way I would guess I am drinking a 9% abv. beer. Also, smooth as this beer is, it's very tempting to drink it right down and order another imperial pint.

A very impressive beer from this new to me brewery, and one I'm looking forward to seeing around in the SEPA area. Good stuff.

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

22oz bomber purchased from Liquidsolutions..

Appearance: Darker brownish orange body due to lots of caramel malt being used. White 2 finger crown with a good amount of retention and loads of lace.

Smell: Oh how I love the smell of a dry hopped west coast pale ale, which incidentally happens to smell hoppier than most east cost IPA's! Caramel malt, lots of floral hops, and a touch of citrus hops play together well.

Taste: I'm not a huge fan of caramel malt but this one really does a great job counterbalancing the malt with an abundance of hops that don't come off astringent by any measure. Nicely done! I'm so close to giving this one a 4.5 but 4.0 it is.

Mouthfeel: Spot on for the style. On the heavy side of medium and a touch chewy. Enough carbonation to get it down though.

Drinkability: This bad boy weighs in at 9% abv but is still mighty tasty!

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Photo of sprucetip
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Golden, faint haze, very thin head fades fast, not active, spotty lacing.

SMELL Huge sweet malty base blends beautifully wiht floral and citrusy hops and boozy notes. Peachy esters.

TASTE strong sweet malty base, booze, floral and fruity hops assert boldly up front. Rich, complex, balanced and smooth. Bitterness has a sharpness but is restrained.

FEEL strong warming, rich full body, pleasantly slick texture. Warm, dry, moderately bitter finish.

OVERALL obviously meant to be used judiciously at 9%. But so rich and tasty that each sip invites another. Wonderful flavor and texture, a solid IIPA.

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Photo of antilogic
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked it up in Portland, Oregon when visiting for an interview. 2008 hop harvest. The head lasted an impressive stretch. Color was orange, with citrus, floral notes standing out.

What I really noticed compared to other IPAs (I guess this is an APA...) is how smooth it was. The taste and after-taste was not bitter, but less biting and quite inviting. Enjoyable!

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4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell has notions of gin, corn, daffodil and chamomile.

Pours with thinnish head, slightly pale golden color, slight cloud.

Tastes somewhat peppery, white pepper and cigarette ashes accompany a very forward hop bitterness. It's unchained and untethered. Not like malting is lacking but it's taking a way back seat and not making some silly ass attempt to "balance" an IIPA, when clearly this is all about the hop.

Thinnish in the mouth, it drinks like a hop-gin IPA ought to. It's one of those things, when I go looking for it, it's what I want to find. This one does the trick and with panache.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Brewforia Beer Market, Meridian ID. Served in a pint glass.

A: Hazy gold with visible carbonation, decent lacing left on the glass.

S: Fresh bitter hop flowers, pine, lightly grassy and definitely herbal...light, light malt presence here...hint at an orange or other citrus component.

T: Aggressively bitter, with light citrus notes and oily herbal hops, pine, hemp...crisp dryness, touch of a floral character.

MF: Dry but not oppressive...medium to light mouthfeel, decent bitterness.

O: Like it on tap more than I did out of the bomber. Its pretty aggressive and hop forward, but still relatively drinkable. Recommended, if you can find it for a good price.

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Photo of JTrona11
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A orange color with a tall, fluffy white head.

Very hoppy smell. A lot of flowery scents, along witha little pine and citrus.

This is a very good Northwest hop monster. The taste is all hops, no maltiness or sweetness. Mostly flower and pine hopflavors. Some grapefruit bitterness.

Fills the mouth like what it is, a big IPA.

Very drinkable, I had several in a row and enjoyed them all without my tongue getting tired.

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Photo of Robomunky
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vikinggary28
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into chilled glass mug from a 22 oz bottle. Very hazy dark amber colour with an off white head and plenty of lacing. Smells of smooth piney hops and fruity citrus. Taste is of pine and slight citrus with a bit of biscuit to nicely balance. Great mouthfeel. Goes down very smooth with just a bit of hop bitter aftertaste. Very good and with a sneaky 9% abv. Prost!

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at front door, Boise. Sharper, and smoother, version of their bottled edition. Cask conditioning adds smoothness and lots of citrus character. Hops still come through loud and clear, but have the edges rounded off. Very nicely done.
Earlier Rating: 11/14/2013 Total Score: 4
nice and tart citrus and pine. Cloudy orange amber with thick robust creamy head lots of sticky lacing. Aroma of oranges and pine trees. Flavor is astringent citrus, pine, malt. Sharp but not overbearing.

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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 TheFlern
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amazing, a nice burnt orange with plenty of head and great lacing.

Smell: Very balanced but also very hoppy. Floral and citrus notes are most obvious followed by malt notes.

Taste: Full bodied. This isn't a typical northwest IIPA. We have balance between the hops and malt. The good news is that the hops win out in the end to create a great hoppy bitterness in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy and substantial. It feels almost like eating this IIPA. Carbonation was about perfect and it finished nicely, not too dry and not too sweet.

Drinkability: This is a monster of a beer. Two pints in and you are tapping out.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer Valley's best selling beer is an imperial pale that the brewery refrains from calling an India Pale Ale or IIPA. This beer's never been to India, and neither have you, so it's only fitting. As with their Pigskin Pale, Leafer is brewed with big, sweet, piney hops that make the nose sticky and resinous. Its body is among the more turbid and dense of similarly patterned beers that I've ever seen. Its color is warm orange.

Leafer showed strong carbonation from its bottle conditioning. But its excessive 100+ IBU produced no lace. A head could be coaxed but not sustained. Though BV skips the IPA label, I'll use it here as a convenient reference to describe Leafer as a pinesap DIPA moreso than the flowery types more common to our region. Perhaps it's the influence of Idaho-grown hops that makes the beer stand out. Bittering is potent, but so is the malt structure upholding it. As the beer warms the bittering gains a fine honed edge that cuts nicely through the denser, sweeter elements. And the presence of alcohol is remarkably obscure. I can't recall ever drinking a 9.0% ABV pale ale with such fully integrated alcohol.

Leafer's name makes coy reference to the classic American propaganda film that demonized marijuana. Some people have suggested that it is brewed with pot's legal, non-psychoactive cousin hemp. It is not. Rather, its name refers to its being "madly hopped." It's a fine drinking strong ale that I hope might cellar well.

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Photo of charlzm
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 07/02/08 at Lucky Baldwin's, Pasadena, CA.

Pours a cloudy orange amber, sort of like a dark mimosa. It didn't start off that way, having good clarity, but there was a significant amount of yeast that had settled in the bottle bottom that made its way into the glass. Oops!

The one finger, off-white head was quite sticky and coated the sides of the glass all the way to the bottom.

Aroma is pure alpha hops.

Flavor is dominated by hops. I couldn't really pull any malt character out of it at all. Notes of earthy, green, resiny pine and cannabis.

Parching on the tongue after the swallow, making one hurry for the next sip. Quite dry and bitter on the finish.

Well done, though a touch more malt wouldn't hurt a bit.

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