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 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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Photo of PatDreadful
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: A very thin white head that was gone after just a moment but left a slight lacing throughout. The color is a superb golden brown that I can only describe as a rustic pumpkin.

Smell: Warm floral aromas with a very strong fruity hops presence. The first thing that comes to mind is Cascade but it may even be Centennial because of the huge scents involved. As the beer warmed I began to notice a slight woodsy tinge to the overall smell which was extremely inviting. Next time I enjoy this brew I will certainly wait a few minutes before diving in so I can maximize all of the aromas.

Taste: Based on the smell I was expecting a huge hop flavor followed with s good amount of bitterness. What I got was a huge hop flavor that gives way to a malty sweetness and left me with just a tiny bitter bite in the back of my mouth. I am really amazed how well the sweetness played against the hops. It left the mouth completely refreshed.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is done to perfection while the big hop flavor works on the tongue and the alcohol warms the mouth. Usually the big hop flavors wears out my taste buds after a few pints but the malty sweetness really helps cleanse the mouth and leaves you craving another.

Drinkability: This is a very approachable beer despite the 9% ABV. I had a 22 and would have cracked open a second if only I was fortunate to have one. I think I'll be going back to the deli where this was purchased and clearing them out. This is one special brew.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy dark golden with an extremely large and thick bright white head. I’ve never seen a head as dense and fluffy as this. At nearly four fingers tall it’s like whipped cream or mousse sitting at the liquid. A dense sheet of lacing was left down the glass as it slowly faded.
S: I get sweet notes of honey, juicy citrus, pineapple, caramel, and leafy hops. This isn’t the most fragrant of brews but what’s there smells great.
T: Sweet up front with a great leafy bitterness in the finish. I get notes of citrus, honey, and ‘green’ leafy hops. A bit of biscuit malt comes through as well along with tea-like flavors in the finish. The aftertaste is full of bitter citrus and sugar cookies.
M: Medium-full body, greasy and slick mouthfeel, with soft and smooth carbonation. A hearty drinking dipa.
O: A well hopped dipa that has a great leafy green flavor. I can see where this beer gets its name. This beer is very hearty though and takes some time to drink.

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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 beer2day
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy lemon gold pour with dense 2-finger paper cream head. Leaves behind a good finger of head and laces thickly all around the glass.

Nose is floral hops, light tropical fruit, and grassy hops. Slight alcohol burn mixed in with the hop traffic.

Very understated flavor at first. Almost watery at the first sip. Hops start to assert about midway through the glass. Esters, grass, and floral notes in the finish. A very grassy, earthy feel here.

Body is thinner than I would like for the strong hop character.

Overall, a solid IPA but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, from the co-op in Boise, ID, just a whisper across the border - that trip across the Oregon desert from Portland was a speedometer-enlightening endeavour, to say the least. And I have to admit, the pot puns always get me right in the pocketbook.

This beer pours a cloudy, sediment-strewn medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of solid rocky off-white head, which maintains excellent retention, eventually leaving some random splattered lace around the glass. It smells of bitter pine, aged citrus, and spicy hops, over a much more meek bready caramel maltiness. The taste is still big on the hops - astringent and musty pine needles (RIP, Rescue Me!), the pithiest of citrus rind, and a somehow perceptible floral character, damping down an otherwise respectable caramel/toffee malt backbone. The carbonation is just south of moderate, the body a stolid medium weight, smooth in light of the overriding, somewhat stilted hoppy astringency. It finishes still off-dry, in the sense that Vichy France was still French...

A pretty decent IIPA, the big 9 points of booze hardly noticeable. And I don't get the griping about lack of hops - this is one hoppy mutha, if irregularly so.

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Photo of flexabull
3.89/5  rDev +1%
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 Klym
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a lost abbey tulip. No bottle date.

A: Pours an almost opaque, murky brownish with a slight orange tinge. Small head that leaves splattered lacing.

S: Really nice smell. Major piney spicyness lingers with the hops. A nice fig/date maltiness lies beneath. Great smell.

T: Pretty much exactly the nose, though with a less well-defined difference between the malt and hops.

M: Medium bodied with tons of carbonation. Maybe a little overcarbonated for the body and tastes but not bad.

O: A really good DIPA that would probably be even better fresh. Nice characters here, worth a shot.

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Photo of rye726
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like the pun, but not the beer. Lacks the explosive hops I look for in an IPA of the double caliber. Exceptional pour. Hazy cedar with a perfect lacy head. Nose has piney citrus hops and candy malts. A bit mellow and dull. As is teh taste though. Full, creamy body. Nice finish.

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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 CooperEllis
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from afksports into a set of glasses, split two ways.

The aroma is very hopforward, citrus pith and resin.

Golden color, good body, cloudy, nice head, foam more than bubbles.

complete with citrus, no malt presence in the aroma or taste, so if you're looking for a balanced IPA, this is not is. However, the taste is more balanced than 100% hopbomb, the hops flavor is indelicate but still layered, and provides nice depth.

Even more intense hop flavor when you consider than it sticks on your tounge, it is a sticky mouthfeel, with a robust finish/aftertaste.


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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus and marmalade. In the taste, sticky-sweet orange marmalade, and ending with some pine hops. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry gingerbread like malt and pine hops in the aftertaste. Big citrus hops, nice presence of pine and malt, really nice.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted March 29th 2011

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Cloudy golden orange, almost 3 finger white head, serious lacing

S - Not a lot on the nose. Sweet, hops, malty, yeast, wheat, fruit but so subtle its hard to decipher what they are. Maybe bananas, apples and a citrus. The alcohol is prevalent

T - Alcohol, HOPS, MALT, sweet yeast, apples, banana and maybe tangerine? The wheat is nice and yeast is sweet and makes the hops pop.

M - Very acidic, nice and light, carbonated, not a huge finish. The alcohol you can taste but the yeast balances it out

D - Huge bitter bomb. Nice complexity, but not well balanced. Be nice if this came in a sixer

Final thought - If you like hops, sweet malt and yeast. Alcohol is nice but not overwhelming. $6.49 and 9% stokes me out

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Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Poured a hazy light amber with a finger of thick looking, bubbly white head that stayed a while and left some thick lacing.

Smell. Earthy, herbal hops. Some sweet pineapple, oranges, alcohol and light grains.

Taste. Nice herby hops backed by some toasty malt. Clean finish with some nice bitter citrus rinds.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Some warm alcohol.

Overall. Like the name, like the beer. Have bought before but will hold out for the fresh hop version next time.

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Photo of Glibber
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light and cloudy appearence with a pine scent. Some grapefruit up front, but crisp hoppiness on the back end. The hops really seem to hide the alcohol in this beer, but despite going down so easily, the powerful hoppiness at the back end would make it tough and filling to drink to many.

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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 barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a burnt orangish color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap

S: Orange rind, flowers, lemon, pine needles and caramel

T: While this beer is advertised as Imperial Pale Ale it is really an IIPA. The Pale Ale is a play on words because this had IIPA written all over it. Floral, citrus, caramel,pine bitterness on the end, a good amount of hop oil

M: Nice body, good feel

D: Very good and tasty

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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 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 corby112
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a very dark hazy golden orange color with a thick frothy off-white head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic chunks of soapy lacing in it's wake.

Very earthy dank hop aroma with hints of citrus fruit qnd pine. Slightly oily with a decent malt presence that gives off some biscuit n the nose.

Chewy medium body which is on the fuller end with lots of fresh earthy and citrus pine flavor. Hints of grapefruit and citrus peel balanced out by a biscuit like malt backbone. Well balanced with a bone dry finish. Decently balanced with well masked ABV making this pretty quaffable.

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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 LosAngelesJoinMe
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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 -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 RJLarse
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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 -12.2%
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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Leafer Madness from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
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