Delta 9
Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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American IPA
Ranked #6,665
Ranked #43,438
3.46 | pDev: 12.14%
Beer Valley Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another review from the shooting pile of 2014.

Has a auburn/copper color pour straight out of the ibu wars. 1/3" white head on it. The aroma is equally malty and hoppy, plenty of copper tones (badum) and caramel waves of grain.

The taste is also those copper tones and caramel waves, but with ample amount of C hop fortified pine and grapefruit. Its sticky and malty alongside a slight woody presence to it. Chewy shit. One upside of this beer is it was routinely available for $4-5 per bomber. The malt quantity is more reminiscent of a double ipa. Another one of those earthy malty ipas with a high alpha acid like bitterness and old school hop flavors. If you like the taste of pennies draped in caramel, pine trees and grapefruit, well this is your jam!

Its a low cost of entry, so for that reason alone, I wouldn't discourage anyone from checking it out once, but I don't foresee myself booking a return trip.

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Photo of stevoj
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the brewery. Leafer Madness's funky little sister. Deep copper pour with substantial fluffy head. Aroma is citrus and pine, sharp hoppiness. Taste is also resinous, mildly tangy, hints of grapefruit. Finishes fast. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of fitius5150
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy copper from a 22oz bottle into an Imperial pint glass, with one of the thickest heads I have ever seen. Seriously, it was like meringue on a pie. It took 15 minutes for it to dissipate and it left great lacing on the glass. The aroma was sweet, resinous, and wonderfully citrus. It was my favorite thing about the beer. This is a very enjoyable IPA, although nothing else jumps out at you. I think that is a good thing. I will definitely pick up another pounder when I see one.

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Photo of Spikester
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy amber with three fingers of dense off white head. Amazing head retention and lacings.
After the initial pour I had to go outside for 15 minutes or so. When I came back there was still a good one finger of head!
Smell is floral a bit of pine and some light grains.
Taste is bitter pine resinous hops with an above average malt base for the style. Some tropical fruit and pink grapefruit but not very prominent.
Mouthfeel was more full than most IPAs and carbonation seemed low. Made for easy drinking but no spice of pepper on the tongue. Medium dry slight leather bitterness in the finish.
Overall an exceptional appearance and a bit down on the other points. Could be old or not so well kept. No date on the bottle. Would like to try a fresher version.
Says unfiltered and bottle conditioned. Second pour I timed the head retention at 12 minutes.

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Photo of loren01
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a dark amber with ample head and good lace
S: musty piney hop scent as well as Copenhagen juice...kinda weird
T: slight malt up front with a big time piney hop bite. The hops aren't the freshest ever. Also tastes kinda hop extract was added.
M: medium to full bodied beer
D: this is a different ipa to be sure. I don't think it's the freshest. Reminds me of that frankenlou beer from silverton though this is prob better. Not sure if ill be able to drink it all though.

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Photo of Rutager
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours a rich gold-orange with 3 fingers of off-white head that leaves some patchy lacing.

Smell. Grainy malts and caramel, tropical fruits and floral hops with a little citrus and cedar.

Taste. Sweet grainy malts, tropical fruits and floral hops, some oranges and grapefruit with a little bit of bitter citrus rind in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with below medium smooth carbonation.

Overall. A decent ipa with good balance.

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Photo of popery
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy and a dark orange-ish tan color. Nice creamy head, bone white. Aroma is tropical fruit, grapefruit, sugary caramel, a touch of onion and some pine. It's nice but not particularly exciting. Some good hop flavors but it doesn't really have that juicy fresh quality in really good hoppy beers. Also, there's a little too much malt presence for my taste. Taste is bitter and mildly dry. Some toasty malt notes are apparent. There's some citrus flavor to the hop bitterness, but it's fairly bland, unfortunately. The mouthfeel isn't noteworthy. I guess I'd call it mildly light with a touch of hop oiliness. Standard carbonation. Decent enough IPA but doesn't do anything to stand out and that's not great for a style with such strong competition. It's just ok.

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Photo of ADZA
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden hue with a creamy three finger head that stays and leaves heaps of clingy sudsy lacing,the smell is fresh citrus,peaches,boiled candy and ripe fruit,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied and medium carbonated with tastes of grapefruit,caramel candy,passionfruit,lychee and finished with mix ofr boiled candy and citrus bitter hops,overall its no world beater and just above average but personally i would not revisit there is too much other better versions of this style especially at its price cheers.

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Photo of coastiefish
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber, poured into an imperial pint glass

A - Think cloudy (can barely see the carbonation rising up!) Deep orange. Head dwindles down to a frothy thick packed half inch layer of foam

S - Bready malts on the nose, touch of caramel, floral and pine. Decent, but faint

T - Bread follows through in the taste as well. I find a little bit of bitter in there, but a lot of malt coming through mostly. Faint pine, tiny bit grassy. The hop profiles are not coming out the way I would expect them too.

M - Thin, a bit slick on the tongue, but then creates a chewy feeling in the mouth.

O - I anticipated a bigger hop presence. In a quick google search, I wasn't able to find much information on the brew.

That aside, I think this was off the mark to be called a legitimate IPA; the bread and chewiness is just a bit too much for me (when seeking an IPA). I think it needs to be refined, sharpened up, and more hop forward.

Sidenote - the reviews seem to be all over the spectrum more than usual, just an observation on this particular beer. I've had Leafer Madness several times on a consistent basis. However, this is my first time having Delta 9. Ill perhaps have it again for further judgement!

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Photo of beertunes
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy orange-yellow color with 1/2 inch of white head that had OK retention and good lacing.

Bad beer! You dirty, dirty beer! Earthy, funky hops grab the aroma receptors and give you a hint of what's to come. There were also some floral notes and some light citrus as well. On the tongue, The flavor was basically the same, a very nice blend of hos that featured those dirty, funky, earthy notes, floral and citrus aspects, all on top of a surprisingly solid malt base.

The body was on the thin side of average for the style, but the sticky hops lingered long enough to earn a slight bump in the score. Drinkability was great, the beer went down smooth and easy, and i would surely have a few. Overall, another fine job from the folks out in the sticks of Ontario, OR. a very good beer that's probably a must try if you see it.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.48/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass at my house on July 31, 2012 (picked it up for $4.99 at KnB Wine Cellars in San Diego, Calif., on July 28, 2012). Lots of head, maybe 3-4 fingers. Hazy, caramel, toffee color. Lots of thick, frothy, foamy, white lacing on the top. Great retention (foamy) on the sides and the top.

Smelled wet (cascade?) hops. Soap, poor man’s pine, lime. Got a little mint in there as well.

Taste wasn’t much better than the smell. Really bland. Got some pepper spices, which I didn’t smell. Also light pine and soapy notes. Bitter on tongue after.

Light-to-medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt bitter finish.

Just didn’t think this beer was anything special at all. Skip it!

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Photo of suspect
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Muled back from Idaho by mrmarmot.

A: Pours a clear golden color with golden hues. Mildly aggressive pour leads to a 2 finger white head that dissipates slowly. Lacing is plentiful.

S: Citrus hops not much malt and a weird soapy smell.

T: Follows the nose along with the soapy flavor. I can't tell what it is but it's not great.

M: A little overcarbonated, not a great feel not terrible either.

O: A very average IPA. Not great, not awful.

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Photo of harrymel
2.84/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled: unk

Amber on copper with persistent peanut foam. Grass, resin, pine, and hints of pepper on the nose. Malt rides second string. Flavor is bitter with plenty of sweet crystal malts and a bit of alfalfa flavors. Simple flavor. As it warms it becomes more one-dimensional. Medium bodied with reserved carb and a dry finish. Meh, I'd drink in a pinch, but wouldn't pick over many others.

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Photo of RJLarse
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a bomber of Delta 9 in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours an orange copper color, and hazy. Huge thick shaving cream style head. The head is perhaps too resilient. There is a finger left in the bottom of the glass when the beer is gone.

Smell is a malted grain flavor. Not a lot of fruit or floral notes with this IPA.

Taste is a bitter biscuit flavor up front, with some caramel, and a little cardboard like, and then a bit of a one-dimensional pine bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not particularly crisp or cloying.

Drinkable. It is a hearty IPA, sjrt on the citrus flavors and bitterness, long on bread an caramel flavors. Overaql just kind of average.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a glowing orange with good carbonation and a nice white cap, lots of lacing

S: Floral and citrus dominate the nose

T: A nice graininess upfront with floral and light citrus notes. Pretty standard.

M: Light to medium body, well carbonated, light slickness on the end

O: Just a cut above average and easy to drink

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Photo of Ratman197
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Malt and Vine poured a clear orange amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of straw, floral notes and light citrus. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, earthiness, light floral notes and light citrus with a crisp dry moderatly bitter finish.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance is slightly hazy orange outsides of the glass fade into a murky brown center. The head is good and a full finger that sticks about like cake.

Smell is mildly floral, I really had to inhale to get much of anything then a faint hint of pine. I don't see a bottled on date.

Taste is a little citrusy at first but tat is soon washed away with a biscuit like malt backbone that kills any up front bitterness. Then there is a piney residue of bitterness after a while on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium, not too dry and a good mouthful of head.

Overall a decent beer, for an IPA. Maybe fresh it would be better

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Photo of GRG1313
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing here instead of using "Hads" so that beer can get sufficient reviews for a grade.

Pours a clear amber orange with a nice white head, although it quickly fades.

Nose is a mildly assertive simple orange honey; soft. The nose is not at all typical of the style, although pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and with nice carbonation.

Flavor profile is the most complex and the most problematic of this one. There is almost no front palate and then a pine dull bitter hits you in the mid palate and carries over into a pine, cooked grapefruit bitter finish. The flavor profile is not bad although it would be much better if there was some brightness - there is a dull character that takes away from this.

Bitter pine finish is long lasting and not all that appealing. Again, very dull in character.

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Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really not a bad flavorful IPA. Huge aroma is the best feature. Slightly sweet with a lot of malt. Bitter with a spicy tang. More aromatics fill the nose. Flowery and piney. Tastes very fresh, and if they said it was dry-hopped I'd believe it. I would pour a tiny splash in a little glass and tell your swill-drinking buddy, "this is what hops smell like."

Not excessively bitter. Very friendly and drinkable. Won't win any death by IBU awards but it is totally full of hoppy flavors and aromas. A bigger beer than the ABV would indicate. 22 oz bottle from Best Damn beer store in San Diego.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up tonight at the COOP ... Poured into my new Cigar City snifter... nice little glass ... Thanks Ditmier!! 2 finger head.. the brew is slightly hop hazed deep orange... great retention and lacing.

Nose is citrus zest.. and citrus blossoms.. reminds me of lime zest.. lite but present bready pale malts.

The flavor is a bit odd for me, but I still like it. The bitterness sorta shows up front and lingers straight through the finish... it seems to blow out hop flavors a bit... a good pale malt push helps elevate the citric hoppiness, but is beaten pretty heavily by the bittering hops.

Body is about right for the style... small bubble carbonation is everpresent.. pretty nicely done.. I like this one... not a world class IPA yet, but on the right track.


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Photo of grittybrews
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy yellow-orange into a pint glass with a finger of off-white head. Aroma dominated by pine with some mild floral character and even subtler caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a full mouthfeel. Strong pine character up front with solid bready malt and a lingering astringent hop/grass bitterness on the finish. Not much sweetness hiding anywhere.

Solid IPA, although the balance is definitely skewed to the hoppy side.

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Delta 9 from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 45 ratings