Leafer Madness (Hop Harvest Edition)
Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,479
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4.12 | pDev: 12.86%
Beer Valley Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States
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Photo of stevoj
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft at Bitter Creek. Another stellar looking beer. Curtains of lacing. Gentle hoppy aroma. Taste is also gentle, but sublime. Fresh hops gives this one a nudge in the right direction. Not overly bitter, but a textbook example of the style.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle. The beer was drank fresh sometime last fall.

The beer pours a yellow-gold color with a large white head. The aroma has quite a bit of juicy orange citrus, with some pine and a little bit of biscuit malt. The flavor is a little bit different. Up front I get a ton of orange and resin notes, with a medium amount of bitterness. There is also some bread from the malt. Overall, the beer is very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes.

Might have waiting a touch long to review this one, I like to hit hoppy beers fresher than this. 22oz bomber, 2011 Fresh Hop addition, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Light coppery gold with some haze, beautiful rocky off-white head that recedes slowly with that iceberg effect...awesome lace. Definitely bottle-conditioned.

S: Nice but a bit muted...spiced peaches, piney and herbally, with citrus and hop oil...pungent and pithy...some nice fruity, flowery esters as well.

T: Ok here, good bitterness. Decent piney-citrus palette with herbal spicyness and hop oil...papaya, grapefruit bitterness.

MF: Mouthfeel is soft and fluffy, medium body and lower carbonation levels, pretty nice for this beer.

O: Underwhelmed with this beer again but this time it might be the age...still a solider drinker

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle given to me by my friend Bruce, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a hazy golden color with a huge fluffy white head that displays mad retention and lace. The aroma drips with hop juice, pine resin citrus they are all here. Faint malty background of bread and caramel barely pokes through. The flavor gives off more malt than I would have thought from the aroma. The hops are still here in full force but there is more bready malt than I expected. Medium body and carbonation level, sweet resinous sticky mouthfeel. Really good fresh hop ale to bad its brewed so far away and not easily obtainable.

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Photo of dbmernin83
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy toasted straw color with head that won't quit. Lacing Victoria secret would be envious of.
Huge skunky sticky piney herbal hops on th nose. A faded distant malt echoing from the depths of nowhere.
Huge hops, everything in the nose. Bitter. Malt cleans up at first but lasts maybe a second. The booze plus malt add a fruity, yet slighty medicinal flavor that for some reason goes well with the hops.
I love the hop harvest season. Screw Octoberfests and pumpkin beers. All hail the hops!

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Photo of harrymel
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hop Harvest 2011, fresh!

A: Pours a copper ale with two full fingers of whipped tan foam which persists for quite some time before resigning to a full quilt of the same. Sheets of lace. Near excellent clarity.
S: Reserved pine, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple and resin. The malts are not coming through. This is madness! An interesting hint of fresh muddled mint.
T: Whoa, packs a punch! The bitterness is stronger than anticipated, and is followed by plenty of citrus rinds and some resiny oily hops. Some grassy and hay like flavors.
M: Medium bodied with moderately hi carb finishes dry.
O: As advertised, plenty of hops. Primary wish is that more thought would go into the scheduling. Not much nose complexity or enticement.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium golden with creamy white head. Nose is peach focused with some mixed citrus, light herbal notes. Palate offers quite a punch of hoppiness with caramel/toffee sweetness to round it out. I still get the peach and herbal components on the palate too, as with the nose. Creamy, medium bodied, maybe full bodied. Finishes a little chalky/hoppy, in a good way.

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Photo of Jason
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber, 2010 edition.

Epic looking head, it does not want to go anywhere either. Chill hazed deep golden color. Cookie like maltiness hides within a thick blanket of orange zest and green peppercorn from the hops and exotic fruit from the alcohol. Smooth with a creamy slickness on a pretty hefty body. Hops come at the taste buds in waves, never ending. Bitterness is there, flexed and ready to thrown down. Leafy flavor sticks to the palate from start to far into the finish. Bready malt peek in quick but gets pushed back down. Alcohol tag teams the malt as well, warming and fruity with a faintness of solvent but never goes hot. Bitterness is relentless ... sip after sip it goes at the taste buds harsh but for a hophead like me it quells my desire for excessive hops. Finishes ... um, bitter and alcoholic and delicious is a chaotic way.

Well, if you are going to do it then just do it. Bigger is not always better but in the case Beer Valley wins me over. Sort of like a big fuzzy teddy bear that wants to suffocate you with hops. ;-)

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer Valley Leafer Madness DIPA 2010 Fresh Hop Edition

Appears a clouded amber golden peach haze hue with a big chunky off white head forms fine lacing all around my imperial pint glass.

Aroma has a nice peach pit infused, earthy tea leaf, herbal, slightly citric quality about it. It also has a nice mint ridden fresh hopped appeal to it with each smell balanced out with loads of malts.

This beer seems pissed off at my palate with a 100+ IBUs this beer is a palate wrecker, it hits with so many levels of bitterness and hop flavors it throws the palate into shock.
With each sip I developed a tolerance to the initial hop barrage, and instead caught the vibe of a very nice rounded malt profile that I new had to be there with 9% abv. Sweet biscuit malts/hints of caramel sweetness impressively bitter and dry in the finish. A very tannic herbal hop blast experience that varies from the average West Coast DIPA citrus explosion.

Very different creamy smooth sweet/yet bitingly bitter dry finish, mellow carbonation gives it that texture. Body is full on resinous oily sticky icky Leafer Madness. I understand what they were going through but the semi hot alcoholic hoppy bitter palate punishing finish doesn't make me want to take another sip.

Drinkability is definitely challenging one of those beers that you really want to enjoy but it ends up beating you up. I like the fresh hop qualities, however it's not all about hops in hoppy beers. It's about the balance and cohesion of two polar forces colliding on my palate. This one stays very isolated initially all sweetness appeals to the palate up front in the finish straight up tannic harsh bittering compounds leave you with the feeling that it's time to brush your teeth. It lacks that wave of flavors that send the palate into confusion mode on whether or not your getting sweetness from actual citrus fruit or a combination of citric bittering hops and sweet malts balancing out the combination.

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Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up in a shipment from Southbay Drugs. Almost forgot it was the hop harvest edition until I saw the writing on the label that said 2009 fresh hop edition.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a thick two finger white head. The head subsided but still left a nice layer on top of the beer. Very good lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is floral and citrusy with some pineapple and grapefruit. There is also a decent amount of pine and sweetness to it as well. Taste is hoppy with citrus and pine up front. There is also a sweetness to it that comes through as well. The finish is moderately bitter and piny.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed drinking this one and would gladly have another. It's probably not the best west coast DIPA but it's a pretty darn good one.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The label is stamped "2009 Fresh Hop Edition" so I am thinking this is the Hop Harvest Edition that is listed as a separate beer.

First comment, there is literally whipped cream on my beer. The head is unreal. Retention is amazing and clumpy lacing is everywhere. Slightly hazy amber beer with some specs of floaties suspended. I was actually careful in pouring this.

Aroma is fresh, floral, quite perfume like. Big aroma.

Man, this is a hop whollop monster. Front to back fresh, juicy, sticky and oily hops. Can't say there is a lot of balance here, but that's fine since I am in a hop bruising beer mood. The best part is that as you become more accustomed to the intense hop bitterness you can taste some of the underlying flavors. Some other fruit flavors, a touch of sweetness and then right back to the bruising hop bitterness. It gets you in the back of the cheeks. Resin, oily hops just lay in your mouth for minutes after you have swallowed the beer.

Oily, medium bodied, but VERY bold in your mouth.

I enjoy this, but it's a palate killer and you wind up savoring it over time with the big hop flavor.

Really glad I tried it.

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Photo of KingGerman
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I wouldn't call this beer fat, but it's definitely got curves. The head on this looks nice and creamy, and the feel of the beer in your mouth is the same: thicker, substantial, but not overbearing. The smell is a little underwhelming only because of some of the crazier aromas you've tasted before, but Leafer Madness more than makes up for it in taste which is creamy smooth going down and leaves you with a nice bitter kiss to remember it by.

This isn't the best double IPA I've ever tasted (The Maherajah is my favorite, for reference), but this is well worth the 8 bucks it'll cost you to buy it.

I don't like the beer rating system as I think it tends to overweigh stuff I don't care about, so on my scale that emphasizes flavor and mouthfeel, I give this a B+/A-.

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Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop Harvest 2009.

This doesn't seem anywhere near 9% or 100 IBU, making for an easy drinking DIPA.

A: Pale amber with a nice white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Grassy, leafy, resiny, citrus hops with a little biscuity malt.

T: Grassy, leafy hops with plenty of flavour: tangerine, nectarine, pine. Hints of biscuity malt, with a light fruitiness. Solid bitterness. Remarkably well-balanced. Very well-crafted.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a crisp finish.

D: I love it.

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Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never heard of Beer Valley before, but it certainly sounds like a nice place, and perhaps I will retire there in another 40 years (sigh). I like the look of this bomber, and the artwork certainly suggests its an ode to hops.

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange with a finger of white head that left good lace and showed some nice retention. Leafy, resiny aroma overlays peach , berries and caramel... certainly enticing! Great resin flavour mixing in with juicy grapefruit, before asserting itself more firmly in the finish. There's a nice dose of biscuit and caramel malts to balance things out, and for an imperial IPA the bitterness isn't remotely as high as I expected. Its quite drinkable and balanced, but seems to fall in between two stools for me. Its definitely bigger than an IPA, but at the same time its missing some of the key characteristics of an imperial. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation is par for the style. Its perhaps a little bit oily and slick, but that's to be expected from all those fresh hops.

Thanks to Derek for sharing.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gently hazy golden-amber body beneath a massive head of off-white froth that slowly dwindles and leaves patches of streaky lace about the glass.

Aroma: There's a solid punch of hops to this one! No distinctly malty notes get through, but there is some interesting fruitiness that's a little bit peachy/ nectarine/apricot-like. I'm pretty sure that's coming from a combination of things and not just yeast, so I won't even try to discern where it's coming from. There's obvious pine and citrus. They're in the Pacific northwest... what do you expect? I get a spritz of lemon. Some leafiness as well. It's pretty wide and complex.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma in it's complexity, and you also get some gently caramelish malt notes here. It's pretty solid, and there are a lot of IBU's here, so the senses can be quickly dulled (which is in a sort of away, kind of a defect, but common now for the style). I get a combination of things. There's the soft fruitiness, there's the pine (sometimes spruce-like, sometimes just sappy due an interaction with the bitterness), there's the citrus, some spiciness (alcohol?), some yeastiness, and it even has a bit of a woody/earthy/leafy/tea-like quality to it. It becomes a bit herbal in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bordering on medium-full with a dextrinous edge. Standard carbonation.

Drinkability: For fans of hoppy beers this one is solid. It's not massive like some, but it's fairly aggressive and complex. It will stunt the tastebuds at some point though, so there's that. I could drink a bomber of this and enjoy the changes as my palate became dulled. Nice!

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Photo of madtappers
2.36/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served out off a 22 oz bottle, poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a deep cloudy copper color with a white foamy head.

Gives of an aroma of a dirty old hop? Taste wasn't much better for an imperial IPA it just didn't have the hop profile.

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Photo of tpd975
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer from a great guy...ibrew2or3!

A: A: Pours a nice golden orange hue with a thin offwhite head. Okay retention and no lace.

S: Nice aroma with lots of grassy herbal hops. Hints of sweet malt hide beneath along with a touch of citrus.

T: The flavor is nicely hopped with citrus showing up first. In the middle the green hops rush to the front bring lots of bitterness and grass. There is a touch of caramel sweetness that hides beneath but like the non harvest version this one is about the hops.

M: Medium in body, with lots of bitterness.

D: Good, I liked this one.

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Photo of illidurit
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Bomber to pint glass. Clear gold with a tinge of amber. Fluffy off-white head with exceptional retention and very good lacing.

Nose: Lots of cidery apple notes with a sweet citrus character reminiscent of tangerine. Not especially robust.

Mouth: Pale malt profile, definitely not a sweet DIPA. Big herbal hops midpalate, with some orangey citrus in the finish. Nice solid bitterness with no astringency. Pleasantly dry and resinous. Carbonation is a little low, but it's not bad. A very good DIPA and a nice surprise coming from a brewery I've never heard of before this.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber
Stamped on the Side 2008 Hop Harvest Edition

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

WOW! A 9% ABV APA, it's got to be my first.

Pours a very nice cloudy golden orange/yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger thick creamy off-white head, with lots of nice thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is pretty much a hop bomb, slight malts, nice notes of citrus, slight pine. The taste is sweet on the lips, slightly bitter, very hoppy, some malts, there's a nice dab of citrus/pines. Medium body, with some nice chewiness, with a slightly dry finish. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty APA, glad to have had a chance to try it. Highly recommended. Thanks Toby for a great brew.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tomdecapolis for sharing this one...
We were lucky to have seen the "Hop Harvest" blended into the side of teh label. It's really camoflaged in there.
Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white cap that never fades. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of huge amounts of citrusy hops with an abundance of pine sap racing through the mind.
Taste is of caramel, citrus, and pine.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spicy, and yeasty.

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Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz shared thanks to TomDecapolis.

If I saw this bottle on the shelf, I never would have caught this was the Hop Harvest Edition. It was samped in green on the side of the label - and the label was colored green!

Poured a medium and hazy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, lightly spicy, pine, and just hoppy. Tastes of floral wet hops, light caramel, pine, and citrus. Yep, this one was hoppy. Alcohol content well hidden

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a subdued yellow-orange into my SA nonic glass. Pretty finger of cream colored froth. Aromas of Florida pink grapefruit jumping right out of the tree. As it warms up, a woody/fungal aroma also appears. Slight band-aid smell too with some hot alcohol whiffs.
Really bitter up front, then grapefruit hoppy, finishing again very bitter. In the back, I am getting a woodsy/fungal flavor common with fresh hop beers, I am noticing.
This one is all hops and very hoppy. A 9% fresh-hopped IPA? I applaud their effort. Not the most easy drinkingest IPA I've ever had, but certainly better than most.

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Photo of adamparker05
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours lighter than what I expected for an imperial: shows a clear straw, pale golden colour.

Nose is ALSO not what I expected... very light but crisp hoppu aroma, faint citrusy notes... some herbal content? Very light fruits- dried apricot.

Taste is piney hops, sweet malts, and big hoppy citrus notes. pineapple, more apricot.

Entry is nice and hoppy and light and finishes with a very hearty maltiness.

Very nice,but couldn't drink much more than just one bomber.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love the thick lumpy head of ivory suds though the stray flocs are somewhat distracting visually, especially late in the bottle. The body is light, clouded amber with a perfect fluffy mouthfeel delivering high quaff quotient.

The wet hopped version of this ale is among the few produced with Idaho grown hops, in this case 200 pounds of Chinook. This ale emulates the non-wet hopped Leafer in its resinous, piney dimensions and succulent hop sweetness. The head is notably improved in this version, though for some reason, the aroma is less prominent. Still, very drinkable.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a hazy golden-orange color, topped by a thin stark white head that quickly vanishes into a halo. Aroma of pure hoppy goodness, with notes of citrus, fresh-cut grass, and a hint of pepper - the perfect embodiment of a fresh hop ale.
Palate is a great vehicle for delivering tasty hops; the pale malt provides just enough sweetness to offset the bitterness, while minding its own business in the background. It is, of course, all about the hops, and they are in your face from the first pass over the tongue until well after the swallow. Spicy, citrusy, somewhat grassy hops assert themselves and don't back down.
The mouthfeel is substantial, but still light enough to not get in the way of the hops, despite the high alcohol content. I could drink this all night if it weren't surprisingly strong (with a corresponding price tag). Still, this is one of the best offerings of the fresh hop season here in Oregon. I hope they can replicate this in future years, because this time around they nailed it.

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Leafer Madness (Hop Harvest Edition) from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 40 ratings