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 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 strongaf
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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 hopdog
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade with FlacoAlto (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy orange color with a huge sized off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, some grassiness, and toasted malts. Aromas on the softer side. Tastes of caramel, citrus, and pine. Alcohol content hidden.

Notes from 7/2/08

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

22oz. bomber into tulip on 8/27/09.

A - Poured a hazy amber/orange body with one finger of bubbly, milky white head that retained quite well and yielded lots of stringy lace around the glass.

S - Earthy, leafy hops and a hint of alcohol comprise the initial aroma. Sweet caramel malt and some toasted grains are quick to follow in the backend.

T - As with the aroma, an abundance of earthy, leafy hops dominate the flavor, but are tempered by sweet caramel malts and toasted grains. Alcohol presence is apparent, but not dominant. Finishes with a slight citrusy quality and a hint of grainy malt character.

M - Medium body with mild carbonation and a slight oily texture. Good bit of alcohol warmth on the tongue. Finishes with moderate lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Quite a bitter affair, indeed. However, the hop character is a little undefined, but overall this is a tasty IPA... and certainly one of the more cleverly named beers out there!

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Photo of MickeyHops
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hop_God
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the fridge.

Pours murky orange with a rocky, dense head of white froth. Plenty of lacing throughout the glass as well as a solid skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with a moderate amount of citrus-laden pine resins. Not screamingly pungent or floral. Perhaps this one has some age on it. Chewy caramel and candied malt in the background with sappy grapefruit pith and spruce bark.

Medium bodied with a crisp, tacky mouthfeel. A bit chewy and plenty resinous.

Bright, bitter hops start the palate with a decent dose of chewy malt and a sugary bite. Pine-rubbed grapefruit and sugar-dusted resin.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, sweet malt, and sap-drizzled grapefruit.

A very tasty IIPA, but it falls short in the nose. I also prefer a smoother bitterness and more tropical fruit on the palate.

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

A - Pours murky but bright honey, thick 1 inch head of very small bubbles. Leaves ring on top with somewhat sticky, but soapy, lacing.

S - Initial deep sweet malt, muted pines scents.

T - Nice sweet core, bitter clash of hops neutralizes the finish. Very Nice.

M - Medium bodied, fair coating, lots of carb.

D - Very drinkable, considering the style and ABV

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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 yemenmocha
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
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 InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of harrymel
1.34/5  rDev -65.3%
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 CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of ste5venla
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of flexabull
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new arrival at a local store. Hopefully this is better than the last Beer Valley brew I had that was a let down.

Pours a hazy gold color, some floaters, but with a nice big fluffy white head, nice lacing too. Not the prettiest looking beer...

Aromas are floral, with citrus notes and hard candies.

Beer starts out pretty bitter, with a mineral pine like bite, some hard candy sweetness, some creamy malts, and light bread dough. Finish is citrus like, with some bitter oranges, lemon, and very dry.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, pretty full feeling, with lively carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice DIPA, it just looks kind of ugly in the glass.

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Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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 Overlord
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
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 beerpadawan
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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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Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow gold body with haze, busy carbonation streams, and a big billowy snowball head with awesome lacing.

Soft fruit notes pour out as soon as the cap is sprung. Pine mixes with apricot and finishes with orange.

A thin beam of sweet malt runs down the center of the tongue. Then bitter hops waves crash behind, pushing the malt off the stage and down the throat. Juicy fruit rides atop the bitter wave, apricots more than the usual grapefruit and orange. Then just before the swallow, a sprig of mint comes over the top. Cleanish finish, nothing really lingers. Would benefit from something of a finish.

Solid pleasant mouthfeel, not as chewy as many IIPAs. Good drinkability, its going fast.

A different tasting IIPA, well worth a try.

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Photo of mtbdonn
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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