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BEER INFO

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Beer Valley Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mattmaples on 04-10-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
238
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
16.36%
 
 
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Photo of bananaf
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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 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 hreb
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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 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 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 Mightykingmalard
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: good looking iipa. Creamy white head that sits for a bit. Translucent. Rich golden color.

S: maybe it's my allergies but I can't really smell anything. I give it a 3.25 because it doesn't smell BAD, but doesn't smell like anything at all.

T: hop overload! Hoppiness hits the side and malty ness hits the front of the tongue. It's a raw hoppiness too. Tastes unfiltered. Seems to get a little flat after a couple degrees warmer.

M: pretty good. Pretty smooth despite the how hoppy it is.

O: quality iipa. Not entirely complex, but sometimes a hop-sledge is what you want. It's great as a hop monster.

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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 kwc017
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Nice light amber color. Finger or two head.

S - Kinda bready, which I wasn't expecting. Hoppy too. Piney and floral.

T - Nice hop forward taste with some malt and bread mixed in. Not really what I was expecting but I like it. Piney hop lingers long after.

M - Light and nice carbonation.

O - Nice DIPA. Not what I thought it would be but that's not a bad thing. Piney hop mixed with bread. I just wasn't expecting the bread taste. Give it a try if you come across it. Cheers!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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 GIVEMEBACKMYSON
4.12/5  rDev +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 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 CHILLINDYLAN
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chill hazed Golden. Small oily cap. Gradient patterns of layered lace.

Citrus, floral, herbal, resins, ganja. toasty biscuit.

Grapefruit, ganja, floral, spicy herbal. Sticky resins. Big and bitter. touch of booze and vanilla meld with the toasty biscuit beneath the hops.

medium full body. thick and sticky hop syrup. lower end of carbonation.

big hoppy bitter madness. leafer madness. solid brew. Not as drinkable and a bit thicker than most IIPAs.

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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 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 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 TheRealBigC
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is nothing out of the ordinary. Smell is most excellent - really strong pine and citrus. Taste was a little overly bitter. I realize it's an IIPA, but this one was just a little overdone. Not as tasteful of a play between the fruits, malts and hops. Still good. Alcohol is also noticeable. Beer Valley means business with their generous hopping and this style is obviously well-suited for that. Not a favorite, but a good option with a great nose.

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Photo of Blackwolf
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
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 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 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 grittybrews
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange with a finger of loose white head. Pine and grass on the aroma with a touch of citrus.

Light, creamy mouthfeel from the cask with a surprising amount of carbonation. Mild citrus and pine up front with a gentle biscuit backbone and some grassy hops on the finish.

Very nice. Not too heavy for a IIPA.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.12/5  rDev +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 spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber - from the whole foods in las vegas for 6$

Appearance - Hazy amber/copper colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a lower than average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, hops, and malts. I can also pick up on the booze and there is lots of sugary sweetness. There isn't a whole lot of citrus - just a touch of grapefruit. It ends with a sweet malty aftertaste with a lot of lingering hop bitterness and some boozy heat.

Overall - I was hoping for more citrus fruitiness, but it is still a delicious and very hoppy DIPA. I'd drink it again and I would suggest fans of the style give it a try.

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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 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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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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