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 harrymel
1.34/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bottled: unk

It's a hazy amber with a billowy cream top that leaves a ton of lace. The nose is malt, resin, onion, hay, sage, plastic and turned nylon. Flavor is bitter, biscuit, astringent, shitty, shitty beer here. Medium on full bodied with moderately hi carb and a long bitter finish. I've long wondered how Beer Valley has stayed in business, tonight I tried this beer after three years of absence. My suspicion is reignited at this time. Horrible beer.

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Photo of jbertsch
1.86/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Amber in color. One finger of white head poured into a tulip.

The aroma was all malt. Sweet, sweet malt with a touch of spicey hops. Seemed old.

The taste was a malt bomb with hops that seem angry and bitter. Sweetness is a little cloying on the finish. Booziness is noticeable.

Mouthfeel is prickly and finishes dry.

I could not finish this beer. Double IPAs are my favorite style but this one was a train wreck. I imagine it might be old but you never know. I have no tolerance for brewers who don't date their bottles, I will no longer give them the benefit of the doubt. This beer was a complete mess and I feel robbed.

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Photo of jtk
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark orange with a small head. Very light carbonation. Lace down the glass.

S: Light hops smell. Aroma not big at all. I had to really breath deep to get much at all. Odd.

T: Alcohol comes through too strong. Sweet citrus. Not real complex. Heavy, oily hops. Seems unbalanced. whatever the case, it's too heavy for my taste.

M: Low carb mf. Light medium body.

D: One bomber is enough in a sitting for me. Didn't actually finish it, though. Alcohol not hidden. If you like a big alcohol taste you might like it. Definitely give it a shot if you haven't already.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this beer since I thought the label was pretty clever. Pouring at cellar temp into a pint glass the beer pours a hazy copper hue with tight lattice on the glass and eggshell white fluffy head of 1 cm resting on the surface. Aroma is floral hops with some light caramel and candied sugar. Not a hop bomb on the nose.
Firs sip reveals average body with light spacious carbonation. The body is lighter than anticipated and the texture is thinner than the nose predicts. Flavor is some fruit, white grapes and a bit of general astringency, not very robust flavors in any direction. Each sip does dry out a bit at the finish. Beer is easy to drink, almost to a fault. Kind of forgettable in this drinker's opinion.

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Photo of froghop
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy orange with a large off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of earth, hops, grain, and lavender.

taste is earthy, grain, some caramel, hops, and a touch of citrus, ends a little funky, and alcohol.

overall just average, not as bitter as i would expect from an imperial IPA.

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Photo of brushtachio
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one is just too one-sided for me. The nose is spicy and grassy hops. Maybe a hint of citrus but not much. The taste is just more of the same. Long bitter aftertaste. The taste reminds me of Bigfoot if you distilled only the grassy hops, amplified it and removed any hint of malt. This one is a bitter tongue-number- some might like that but I almost drain poured because it became so monotonous.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dirty golden, very cloudy, some lighter highlights, and a ton of strange sediment. Impressive sticky lacing.

Smells of some orange-tangerine hop and sweet malt, and unfortunately, a funky dirty clothes hamper.

Piney, grapefruit hops in the initial taste are a flash in the pan with hardly any flavor in the middle, and another quick bitter note in the finish.

Feel is strange, fizzy, over-carbonated, weird.

I may have an old bottle, I hadn't seen this bottle before at the store, so I thought it might be fresh, but the whacked out sediment and strange smell are very off-putting. Even withe the cult movie referenced name, I won't seek this out again.


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Photo of Retsinis
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this last night, shared with some friends, 22 oz bomber into some Bruery tulip glasses.

A: The beer pours a clear light orange, with a half inch of light head, that quickly settled. No lacing.

S: Grass, mild pine, mild mango and tangerine. Some caramel as well in the background.

T: Initial bitterness up front just evaporates in the middle, followed by mild caramel malt sweetness, and strong notes of alcohol.

M: Medium to light mouth, and medium carbonation as well. ABV stands out more than I like.

O: Disappointing. While fresh IIPA tend to burst with hop notes, and if this one was old perhaps that's it, but from my experience, the hops still hold up pretty well in IIPA, in contrast to say a DIPA. This one was mild in both malt character, and a hop profile, and neither hid the alcohol as much as others at this price point do. For $8 a bomber, don't plan on trying this again.

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Photo of bbothen
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz hand capped bottle.

A - Orange/rust color with a small soapy thin head.

S - Sweet matly aroma. Slight earthy piney grassy hops.

T - Sweetness dominates over the hops. The hops are there though. Hitting you with a nice spicy citrus type cut through the sweetness. Slightly "rough" and not quite perfect. That's not a bad thing.

M - Quite nice. Smooth over the tongue & nice lingering hops. Another reviewer described it as from a cask. I'd wholeheartedly agree. I like it.

D - Pretty good. It is 9%, so beware. But I could knock back a couple of these.

This was just okay. I'd happily drink it again. But wouldn't seek it out either.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bomber into a glass. Purchased at Perry's in Livermore.

A: Slightly cloudy copper / amber hue. A vigorous pour yields a couple inches of head that recedes over a few minutes into a half-inch foam crown on the brew, continually refreshed by active bubbling up the glass. Some ragged lacing down the sides as I drink.

S: Citrus hops are clearly a favorite ingredient here, manifesting in tangerine and grapefruit aromas. I also detected some other sweet fruits such as mango and peach, along with a moderate nose of caramel.

T: I expected a total hop bomb, but this was very well balanced. Grapefruit and tangerine bitterness at first, contrasted by a sweeter mango and peach set in the mid-taste. The caramel begins to kick in, and by the mid-taste it's quite powerful, yet still plays second fiddle to a nice blend of citrus, pine hops, and honey in the finish. There's a slight astringency and tartness in the finish that I can't figure out; it gives the flavor a rough feeling.

M: Medium bodied with slightly higher than medium carbonation. Very well masked ABV.

D: I'd like to see the formula tweaked a little bit for a smoother brew. Right now it seems like it could use a little more polish. At this price point I could find something I consider better.

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Photo of Overlord
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber orange with maybe a half an inch of head. si this a DIPA? I thought it was a pale ale. Upon checking the beeradvocate.com hivemind, I see that the beer's label is misleading. The color seemed pretty bizarre for a "pale ale."

Smells like some pine, and ... spicy citrus rind? Urrr...okay.

Taste is all over the place. First, too bitter. Second, the citrus is an acrid rind-ish husk of a flavor, not bursting with freshness or any type of balancing sweetness. The malt is earthy and takes a backseat.

pretty average.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy amber color. Nose is faint hops. Flavor is caramel and grapefruit hops. Dry, lingering grapefruit finish. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Liquorama Upland, CA.

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Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice aromatic mouthful of hops. Seriously bitter.

Pleasing warm amber color. There must be some malt here, but the balance is way over on the hop side. Severe bitterness comes on before I got to enjoy the hop madness. Very sharp on the tongue and hot with alcohol. Surprisingly light bodied. Aftertaste keeps getting more unpleasant.

If there was an interesting hop here, or a lesson to be learned, it might be worth it.

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Photo of maximum12
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to piclee for a bottle of this heretofore unknown beer from a heretofore unknown brewery. The label claims it is an Imperial Pale.

Bomber split with my wife, my half poured into my brand-spanking new Foothills pint glass (thanks mjmadden). Pours a very light, pass-through orange, with a half-truckload of floaties in suspended animation in the still liquid. Smells like a pale, not an IPA, with the pale malts, unburnt grass, & summertime. Bare network of hoppage.

Leafer Madness tastes like a pale, not an india pale ale. The pale malts are waltzing with a crack of razored, bitter hops; unfortunately, not a lot of flavor from the hops. Other contributors include damp soil and...well, that's about it.

Very average beer. Simple is good, but this is too high in ABV to be sessionable & too lacking in flavor profile to be downed with impunity.

EDIT: I downed this with impunity, raising the drinkability score...I think I drank it 3x faster than my wife did...

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Darker than average ipa color, dark gold and light brown, aroma was pretty much lacking. At least it wasn't bad.

Taste had a lot of bitterness from the old school hops. The alcohol was decently covered, especially since it really wasn't the biggest beer for being 9%.

Too expensive in bomber format. Even at $8/6pack, there still would be a lot better options on the shelf.

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Photo of roan22
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle, not sure how old it is. 9% Imperiel Pale Ale

Appearance is an orange color, typical to style. nice head but not a lot of lacing left on the glass.

Aroma: a semi-spicy juicy grapefruit, solvent/cleaning chemicals, alcohol hotness

Taste: pungent grapefruit bitterness hits you right away. The bitterness lingers for a minute..the finish is numbing and I don't care for it. There is no piney bitterness or maltiness to give this beer anymore flavor other than booze.

Mouthfeel: Terrible. After drinking half of this bomber, my mouth is completely numb and I am starting to feel comatose.

Drinkability: My roommate, a huge DIPA and barleywine fan, drank the rest of it and he concurrs the drinkability is low. We both never would want to drink this again.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

04/24/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness date to be found. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Clouded rust colored color with some murky yeast particles. Maybe a 1/5 of an inch head on pour leaving a slight creamy rim. Really no lace to speak of. Looks flat, or like cask style.

Smell- From the crack of the bottle it had a nice pine hop nose. But after the pour it literally had no scent at all. Very minor hop notes and that's about it.

Taste- It actually grows on you. At first I thought it was mind of lacking, but as you drink it, a really nice pine sap flavor rev's up. If like like pine you may like this. Some light toasted malt as well, but mostly pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Pretty flat, as in cask, but it's not a cask brew, so not that grand in this dept. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- I'd give it another try. I really like pine hops, so we'll see down the line. But, the $6.99 tag was about twice as much as it should be.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bomber poured into a snifter, hazy honey gold coloring, one finger fades to a layer of lace, minimal carbonation.

s- not overly aromatic, some light orange, malt, floral notes.

t- some floral/herbal hops, orange, lemon, grapefruit rind, decent bitterness, not overly so, some flowery notes.

m- medium body, slick.

d- good, not a traditional hop bomp dipa, but still drinkable.

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Photo of bmcclure
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy orange with minimal head that leaves very little lacing. The aroma is nonexistent. The flavor is pretty much all bitter with very little hop flavor and minimal malt flavors, but I still enjoyed it. There are tons of IIPAs I would much prefer though.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
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 SShelly
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the Surly Goat.

Pours nice medium gold, crystal clear with decent white poofy head.

Aroma is super subdued citrus hops with a light edge of malt.

Flavor is a bit of a disapointment, lightly hoppy, a little bit of alcohol, what makes this a triple IPA?? seriously lacking in the bitterness and hop flavor character that I was expecting, a little bit of dirty mettalic hop edge to the back of the sip.

While this is a fairly drinkable beer I think it falls down flat in the IIPA category.

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Photo of beagle75
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, dark golden color with over two fingers of voluminous white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and some solids can be seen at the bottom of the glass.

S: Toasted grain presents itself ahead of faint floral and piney hop aromas that turn earthy as the beer warms. A whiff of light alcohol is detected occasionally.

T: Begins dry, with abundant pale malt, bright citrus hop aromatics, and surging acidity. The middle sees a tapering-off of acidity along with fluctuating astringency that is unpleasant at its most intense. Eventually the clean, bitter finish arrives, characterized by just a whiff of grapefruit peel. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly sticky on the palate with some alcohol-related heat, and with moderate carbonation.

D: This DIPA is noteworthy for its dryness--it drinks like a less interesting version of Stone Ruination. While the presence of bittering hops is unmistakable in the finish, the aromatics are frequently overshadowed by heavy toasted malt. While never bad, it ultimately seems to lack the hoppy personality of other similar beers of the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Azusa, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that smells much better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of t420o
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leafer madness 

No freshness date. Beer was 40% off so it is probably somehwhat old.  

A- pour produces a 1 finger off white headrhat recedes quick leaving good lacing. The body is a deep straw-approaching brown color with the most
Sdiment I think I've ever seen in a beer. 3.5

S- caramel malt, pine, floral hop, honey, very faint smells 3.5

T- pine, caramel, citrus, honey, dark fruits, herbal. Very interesting flavors for an iipa. None of the flaprs are very strong.  3.5

M- good mouthfeel. Slightly syrupy 3.5

O- an intereting take on a iipa. Not sure if I would have paid the original 6.99 but for 3.99 it was fine. 3.5


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Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another new brewery thats just hitting the shores of Australia for first time and for me to cross off and it pours a hazy tangerine hue with a one finger head and nice lacing everywhere,the smell is piney hops,honeyed malts,pink grapefruit and mandarins,the mouthfeel is medium bodied but on the lighter side of medium but easy to knock back with similar tastes to smell with hints of tangerine,mandarins,a touch of pink grapefruit,a slight touch of piney hops but not much,honeyed malts and the finish is a mix of lime and tangerine bitterness and overall its not bad but was hoping for more but if you like your Double AIPA's a little subdued then this is for you but if you want a smack in the face of hops then i suggest you try elsewhere cheers.

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