Leafer Madness (Hop Harvest Edition) | 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: Fall

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-26-2008

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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

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Photo of Jason
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
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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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 ElGordo
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
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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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz picked up yesterday at the Boise Coop... I had heard that this was gonna be released, but had not anticipated it would be this soon. Label identical to the normal Leafer Madness except it has a Green Stamp on the label that says "2008 Hop Harvest Edition." The cap is also green... not the normal bright yellow... I think I paid $6.50.

Here's what the website has to say, "This edition of Leafer Madness Imperial Pale Ale was brewed with 200 pounds of fresh Chinook hop flowers. The 2008 fresh hop harvest edition of Black Flag Imperial Stout was brewed with 200 lbs of fresh CTZ hop flowers. Both of these special brews are designated with a green bottle cap and stamped on the right side of the label with "2008 HOP HARVEST EDITION". Only 2400 bottles of each of these special beers were packaged. Available in October, 2008!"

1" head .... fairly aggressive pour into my Smokestack Goblet... descent lacing ... brew is very hop hazed orange.

Aroma is a powerful punch of grapefruit ... sorta an orangey honey maltiness also.

Wow... this is more bitter than I remember the regular version. Huge hop flavor profile.. big grapefruity.. sorta pithy... I even have grapefruit flavored burps (gross I know, but descriptive right?) ... plenty of malty sweetness... but it's pounded off my palate by a thick wave of oily hops... Body is on the thick side, but it is accentuated by a fairly low carbonation level.

The finish is a loooong tongue coating pink grapefruit blast.

Edit: Wow.. this is really similar to my review of the regular version... except I need to make sure everyone knows this one is just soooo fresh tasting.


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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 wchasse222
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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 -8.4%
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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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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 johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of harrymel
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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 Wasatch
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
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 illidurit
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of KingGerman
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
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 ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Meantime snifter, Leafer Madness (2008 Hop Harvest Edition) is a lightly hazed bronze with a bone colored head that leaves really nice, heavy lace, with thick chunks lining 2/3rds away around the inside of the lip.

Smell is strong hops, this version heavier on the citrus and fresh herbals, mint, lemons and cat pee. There is an very nice apricot Jolly Rancher candy element, strong but not as pungent and resiny as regular Leafer Madness, very nice. I'm not sure I've had a

Taste is strong, sharp spicy hops, with a nice malty backbone and big punch of booze on the finish, at first pretty much in line with the original...but the hops are still much more herbal, with a sweet, fruity aftertaste that helps cut the fusels and spicy bitterness. The malt is equally bright, well balanced with notes of toast and caramel. The full spectrum of what hops have to offer, this might be the ultimate wet hop ale! Drop the ABV (or at least clean it up) a tad and this would be a perfect DIPA.

Mouthfeel is on the smoother side, light and oily for the size, thin but not too watery. The ABV adds a prickly dryness to the tongue, but I suspect it's cut by the slickness of the hop oils. While I feel they did a pretty damn good job with the mouthfeel given the parameters of the beer they made, it's still probably the most abusive facet of this great beer.

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. On the other hand it's so damn good that by the time I got to the second bomber I probably wouldn't be worried about that and slurp it down to fast! Listening to Tommy McCook's Spanish Eyes, Si Si indeed!

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Photo of adamparker05
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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 bitterthebetter
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a rich, enticing copper gold with a super bubbly, almost shiny white head.

rich rich, green, thick, grapefruit, tingly hops with a slight malty note

upfront its all chunky, crispy hops leading to grapefruit, lemony zest, sturdy pine, and a dry clean long long finish with a slight caramely/ sweet malty note, not to be overshadowed by the smooth, crisp, green and chunky dry hops

solid and insanely balanced for the 90+ IBUS, super crisp and chunky, floaties all abound, no trace of the alcohol, and just a super smooth tasty brew

a tasty, balanced, smooth, delicious, and enjoyable ale. by far, by far the best fresh hop ale I've ever had, and definetly one of the most memorable ales, I look forward to aging a bottle or two for a delicious treat down the road and if you see this beer, get it

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Leafer Madness (Hop Harvest Edition) from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 40 ratings