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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 LosAngelesJoinMe
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a bomber at Main Street Liquer store in El Segundo. Not too impressed but was not let down either. Got better as it got warmer so I recommend not to drink it fully chilled.

Appearance- Very nice three finger head upon pouring in glass. Darkish golden brown in color. Nice looking beer and very nice lacing.

Smell- Sweet piney bitter orange. Very nice IPA distintion smell.

Taste- Very sweet and extremely hoppy. Pine and grapefuit bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Strong and powerly bitter.

Drinkability- Hoppiness is too over powered by the sweetness so I'm rating the drinkability as average because it is definitely does not swallow smooth.

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Photo of maximum12
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
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 RJLarse
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a bomber of Leafer Madness in a beer store. $6.99. Poured in to a pint glass. No freshness date, but this one discharged a bit of foam when the cap was removed, so I suspect it had been "bottle conditioning" for a while.

Pours a rich gold color and is slightly hazy. A bubbly, at first, off-white head gives way to a foamy core that has two tones of color in it. A white and a dingier off-white color. The foam is very resilient and leaves sheets of lace on the glass.

Smell is a sweet citrus fruity aroma. Lemon blossoms and orange notes for the most part.

Taste is also sweet with a caramel malt flavor up front, followed by a slightly bitter citrus grape fruit finish, and just a touch of pine.

Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied, slightly cloying, with some alcohol heat in the back of the throat.

Very drinkable for the style. A little too high on the ABV to be sessionable, but a very good DIPA.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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 jdhilt
3.19/5  rDev -17.4%
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 czechsaaz
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This a bottle that the retailer who I trust about everything told me was very fresh. So, the lack of hop aroma is kind of curious. There's some pine and the slightest hint of citrus but DIPA with light hop aroma? Nice malt notes of honey and cereal and some fruity esters.

Nice gold color with a great foamy head, about half an inch thick and persistant with tons of lacing. It is a bit cloudy.

Right off I get a really nice sweet malt effect, more honey and fruit punch (yeast & malt) and a solid two-row nutty grainy sweet. But that is quick and then it's hops. Very high bitter and lots of citrus hop flavor and a woody pine late hop in the aftertaste. The aftertaste is really well balanced lingering maltiness and hop oil. Very well balanced while still being a big hop monster.

Full bodied with a very nice carbonation level and a little alcohol warmth.

Nice beer. Best I've had from the brewery so far.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego, CA. I can't remember how much it was, but I remember it being in the $6 range...maybe?

A: Cloudy pale gold in color with an enormous white head, easily two inches worth, extremely dense, frothy head, great lacing. Tons of carbonation moving around in this beer as well. A little more clarity would be nice. Its a 3.75, but I will round up for the sake of head retention and lacing.

S: Major piney hops right up front, a little booze and some cracker/grainy malts. A little underwhelming, a few really resinous hop profiles start to shine as it warms. Kind of reminds me of pine-sol.

T: Pretty intense on the bitterness, which is really nice, piney and grapefruit citrus rind notes are really strong. Some nice black tea profiles as well. Underneath that there is a light malt profile, slightly grainy and sweet, but as one would expect its the hops that really shine in this one. A few notes of earth in the aftertaste. Some nice caramel notes as well. Overall a decent DIPA.

M: Slightly dry and astringent, warm booze all the way down, nice carbonation, and a decently thick body. Pretty nice here, a little more toned down booze would be nice.

D: This bomber is pretty tasty but it has satisfied my need to try it. Honestly I got sucked in by the name and label, but still not a bad purchase. Works pretty good as a hop fix, but there are better DIPA's out there. I'd say give it a shot if you see it though.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from the local bevmo. Plenty of carbonation. Slow pour is probably best on this puppy. Light copper bordering on golden body with an energetic head.

Its somewhat balanced when cold but as it warmed up a huge pine tree sapped my tongue. The front of each drink was moderately balanced leaning towards citrus piney sap. The hops have some resinous hold on the back of each gobble. Fairly dry. Has a bit of a hemp green taste the more it approached room temperature.

Notes: This is worth seeking out to see if it fits your palate. I found it to be worth the dough. Its complex and well thought out. Good on its own merits.

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

Pours a murky orange color with thick beige head. Kind of an aggressive pour leads to a guinness draft like settling of the beer. Lots of stick lacing around the glass.

Smell is of citrus, pine, caramel, malt, grapefruit.

Has a spicy hop bitterness, and malt sweetness. Taste is very much like the nose and really chewy. Carbonation is present. Finish has a lingering bitterness, with sweet malt and grapefruit.

A very tasty DIPA. Big thanks goes out to jerz!

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks beachrez !!!

pours a orange and yellow with plenty of haze. massive pillow head with crazy retention and some of the best retention ive ever seen on a DIPA.

scent as weak, very faint malts with little to no hops.

very bitter. tons of pine with a strong earthy, resin, grainy flavor. super bitter grapefruit linger in the finish. malts are hidden well behind the bitter pine.

very full bodied, thick as can be. moderate carbonation.

although the scent was weak, this is actually pretty good. tons of bitterness that cease to end. and one of the best names ever.... leafer madness? amazing!

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Photo of djbreezy
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR. Poured into a 10 oz imperial glass.

appearance - amber, good retention, some lacing

smell - citrus hops dominate, malt

taste - mainly citrus hops, smooth and subdued malt body

mouthfeel - shockingly light bodied, mellow carbonation, smooth but has the occasional plume of body

drinkability - insanely smooth for a 9% IPA, very deceiving but amazingly drinkable

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a nice golden orange with a half finger head that dissipated real quick and had sticky lacing on the glass.

S: had malts, mild hops, caramel in the aroma and hints of orange zest in the nose.

T: has more of a malt character than hops with caramel notes in the mixture and a slight bitter finish.

M: medium body with very little carbonation and a slight bitterness at the end of a sip.

D: this beer has a bigger malt backbone than a hop kick for the style. It still drinks well but barely makes the cut for a imperial pale ale.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is most definetely on the side of balanced double IPA. The hops are there but the beer has an oily thick mouthfeel anchored by the malt with the hops as part of the whole. I liked the beer once I understood that it was not going to rip my face off. The name of the beer suggests a super fresh hop nose but the beer is rather a subdued affair

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Photo of SShelly
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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 jeffjeff1
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My fiance got this for me at her work.

Appearance- orangish amber color, nice thick head

Smell- very nice hops

Taste- mostly hops, pretty good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Overall this was a really good beer. I guess I'm just used to more hops and more bitterness because this wasn't too bitter at all, very balanced I guess. I really liked it though.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy, dark orange with a one finger off white head. sticky lacing coats the glass

S: smells like earthy hops, malts, some candy and citrus fruit undertones

T: tastes a little more sweet than I like in a DIPA. bitterness comes through on the back end. fruity hops mixed with malts

M: feels thick and oily. medium carbonation. warming alcohol presence

D: 9% abv is hidden well so it goes down fairly smooth. a little to sweet for me to wanna drink more than one.

Glad I got to try this one but not something I would go out of my way to have again.

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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 brushtachio
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
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 velmalikevelvet
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into chilled mug.

Massive, creamy head with nice lacing sits atop an almost coppery-orange, slightly cloudy body. Pungent citrus & spice aroma, quite lovely.

Taste is nice & bitter without being too much; more hoppy than malty, as it should be. Also a caremely note. But an over-the-top grapefruit bite that continues a bit more than necessary keeps it from being stellar.

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Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
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 illidurit
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the free table at Woodshop 5.0. Pours a clear gold with a fine white head. Aroma is spicy and grassy with citric notes in there as well. Flavor is similar: pine, grass, orange, grapefruit, with a prominent pale malt backbone. Nice solid bitterness and a well-carbonated medium body. Doesn't hold a candle to the hop harvest version but it's not bad.

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Photo of froghop
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
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 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 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 snaotheus
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Leafer Madness from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 241 ratings
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