Leafer Madness | Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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Beer Valley Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: American 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 bunnyhustle
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a suprise. I thought this was an amazing drink. Poured into pint glass, pours with a thick, rocky, white head with great retention and lacing. Smell is of fresh hops, a bit of a caramel-ish back bone, but dominated by fresh West Coast hops. Taste is good as well. Very hoppy as expected, with a bit of a citrus kick to it. Balanced fairly well, but the emphasis here is all hops. Mouthfeel was somewhat light with a oily hop residue left behind. Overall a great beer and I have to say the ABV was hidden very well I thought, almost dangerously well.

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

Pours a hazy amber golden with a thin white head. Aroma is lightly sweet toasty pale malts and grassy, resiny pine and citrus hops. Flavor definitely leans toward the bitter side with a huge dose of NW American hops to the point where the mouth tends to pucker. Medium bodied, resiny texture. Finishes dry, long and smooth.

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

I gave it a good hard pour, eliciting a tightly-packed, one inch solid head that retains pretty well. This includes the one finger cap that retains throughout most of the glass. Great lacing that seems to leave a little something on each bit of the glass.

Hoppy aromas, strongly focused on the citrics and including a heavy dash of herbal pine. The malts are sweet, but not caramelized, definitely paler and mostly cracker-like. A little meek for the style, but appropriate with most of the characters.

Pleasantly lush right away on the tongue, although the mouthfeel is undermined by the overly aggressive carbonation (which actually breaks down in the finish and doesn't quite clean up the palate).

Good hop bitterness on the tongue for the most part, fairly bright and clean resins leaving some grapefruit and pine along with plenty of other citric zests to sift through. The malt is crunchy enough, but not exemplary, while the alpha acids seem to mellow out as it warms a bit.

Not a ton of balance, definitely focused on bringing the hops straight to your tongue. I enjoy it but won't seek it out for another go.

**Note** I've reported this beer to the admin as an American Double/Imperial IPA. When I reviewed Leafer Madness it was listed as an American Pale Ale, which is clearly wrong to me. The label states Imperial Pale Ale, which does leave off "India" but I don't think should be any indication that this beer should be judged against Alpha King rather than Dreadnaught.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A brisk pour produces a four finger-thick, light tan colored head that just crests the top of my 25cl tulip glass without overflowing. The beer is a clear, red-tinged, amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is suitably hop focused with notes of pine needles, a green herbal note and sharp citrus notes of grapefruit and sour orange zest. Really the aroma is quite herbal in focus (including ample pine notes). The aroma finishes with a significant, though clearly supporting, biscuit and cracker like maltiness. Not the most hop complex nose, but certainly serviceable for a hop lover.

Creamy textured up front, but then a fizzy carbonation kicks in and ruins this a bit. Amply bitter from the get go with a strong, green, herbal hoppiness that just lingers on the palate long after the sip has left my mouth. A sharp, grapefruit hoppiness lies just behind the dominant pine and bitter notes, but this seems to be the most notable part of the citrus hop component. The hops in the finish get a little astringent especially when coupled with some hot alcohol flavors. A chewy malt character kicks in towards the middle of each sip accenting a solid biscuit character. This has a chewy body, enough to help support the hop character, but not so much that it is overly in the Barleywine category. As the beer warms up it softens up a bit and becomes more drinkable as it loses some of the harsh hop notes; though it starts to pick up a lacquered hop, almost phenolic, curing plastic note as well.

Definitely an aggressively hoppy brew. It doesn't have the hop balance that I like to see in a double IPA though; I prefer an ample hop fruit character that is tempered by the herbal & pine notes, while this one is opposite to that. Allowing this to substantially warm up from the 52°F / 11°C starting temperature really goes a long way to improving this beer though (despite that phenolic / lacquer note that is a bit nagging in the finish).

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of BrewMonkey
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Initially poured clear but became cloudy, may have poured to aggressively considering the bottle conditioning.

Aroma of sweet hops, citrus, some malt sweetness and lots of pine. Taste is incredibly hoppy, almost pine air freshener levels, but not in a bad way. Bitterness is there but not terribly heavy, maybe a bit on the bitter side for my taste, but palatable and probably necessary against what seems to be a lot of residual sweetness. Finishes dry "feeling" from the bitterness, but you'll notice a sweetness that doesn't go away and probably reduces the overall drinkability.

Not bad, but a little out of whack balance wise.

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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 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 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 sdockter
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw the Leafer Madness on the menu at Kahootz, took a risk and ordered the large (26 oz).

Nice white head, golden, light copper color. Aroma was hops (of course) citrus some pine with some malt.

Citrus and grapefruit hops flavor that was fairly well balanced with a sweet malt finish, then that lovely hops bitterness left on the tongue. A very good beer, great for the hop heads!

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

Bomber poured into an imperial pint, Leafer Madness is a hazy golden bronze with a bone colored head that leaves really nice and heavy, chunky lace.

Smell is strong hops, pine trees, herbal fresh mint, lemons and strong but clean alcohol. Very pungent and resiny, Leafer Madness for sure!

Taste is strong, sharp spicy hops, with a nice malty backbone and big punch of booze on the finish. At first it seems a bit rough, but after half a glass I really warmed up to it (although it was still at the fridge temp I served it at). The hop are oily and thick, a bit soapy at time, but a very nice fresh snap to them, yet another good Oregon DIPA.

Mouthfeel is on the smoother side, light and oily for the size, thin but not too watery.

Drinkability is pretty good, but a bit of a palate-buster with the resiny aftertaste, and it could stand to taste a bit smoother (or at least a bit less ABV). Still, I was impressed enough with the first bomber I had, shared one night amongst friends, enough so that I bought this 2nd bottle! The reasonable price didn't hurt either. This one might fall into the category of DIPA that would improve with 6-12 months of age, although it may not have enough body...

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Photo of bbothen
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
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 russpowell
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained via bottletrek,

Pours golden/honey with 2+ fingers pillowy eggshell colored head. Hazes a bit at the bottom of the bottle, very good head retention & good lacing, this just clings to the bottom side of the glass

S: Lemons, pine & some breadyness in faint amounts

T: Piney hops, lemony hops, some honey malt,& much grapefruit up front. As this warms there is still much grapefruit, some dryness & a bit of wholegrain bread, plus booze hiding on the edges. Finishes with fruittyness, aggressive citrus hops, & some honey malt

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & good balance

Drinks great for the abv, this is a DIPA, not an APA, but a near great DIPA

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Leafer Madness poured a lovely burnt orange color with a good two finger foam head. It left some wicked lacing. Good enough to take a picture.

It has some nice aroma with more of a kick with the extra hop addition. You get a good citrus aroma.

The taste is sweet. Semi malty with pretty smooth finish. After the first sip it breaks like a piece of juicy fruit. It is crisp and spicy. In the mouth it leaves some solid hop bitterness in on the tongue and roof of the mouth. It was quite lip smacking. Overall a really wonderful approach to the standard American Pale Ale on steroids. This was my first Imperial Pale Ale and it kicks some serious tail.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
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 GJ40
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a tulip glass.

Golden color with a slight haze and almost no head. Small but pleasant aroma of floral hops. Good flavor with a strong alcohol presence followed by hops and a small malt foundation.

I expected a lot from this beer but it was a bit flat. Maybe it was a bad bottle. I'd give it another try though.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This 9% "Imperial Pale Ale" is copper in color with little head. The aroma is big on tangerine / orange maybe with a little bread in the way of malt. The flavor sweet fruit hops at the start, mid-pallet changed to an aggressive grassy hop and the finish spicy with a medium bitterness and a light body. An outstanding brew that is both tasty and refreshing.

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