Alphadelic IPA
Hop Valley Brewing Company

Alphadelic IPAAlphadelic IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #3,982
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
86
Ranked #22,539
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 9.09%
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
356
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Hop Valley Brewing Company
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  12
Gots
  95
SCORE
86
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timon from California

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look is nothing too interesting. Has some small head, some lacing, and a cloudy golden color that resolves itself to a standard beer color for the IPA style. Honey, hops, and light tropical fruits dominate the smell. The mouthfeel is light with a syrupy quality, though. The taste is not quite as good as the smell or mouthfeel. It's just a bit one dimensional in its maltiness--the hops, as the head shows, are now that strong here. Overall, not bad for the price. You get what you pay for.

Mar 01, 2021
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TheBricenator from Oregon

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Almost clear burnt orange with a lively pure white head that forms and settles to a nice lid, leaving good lacing behind
Aroma: Sweet orange, pomelo, mixed berries, some pine, and bready and slightly sweet malt
Taste: A huge citrus fruit punch hits hard and fast and is followed by a strong, resinous hop flower note along with some pine sap. Bready malt holds the backbone but lets the hops shine and finishes with very strong pine and lightly citrus hop bite
Mouthfeel: Full, a little slick, medium-high carbonation, and quite dry on the finish
Overall: I dig it. This beer is, has been, and hopefully always will be exactly what it started out as – a throwback West Coast IPA. All the pine/citrus hops, a good malt base, and strong bite and dryness on the finish. One of my go-to’s when I want classic WCIPA hop goodness and high bitterness/dryness for a reasonable price

Mar 01, 2021
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up as part of the Hop Mixer 12 pack from TW Arrowhead 3-17-20 for $1.17 per bottle. Best by 6-20-20; consumed 5-22-20. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured golden orange with a beautiful white head that has some great hang time.

Nose is subdued with hints of citrus and stone fruits.

Taste is set up by a sweet but not cloying medium pale malt base that has a generous hopping tinged with orange, grapefruit, and peach. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness; 7/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly refreshing and smooth.

Overall this beer takes me back to how IPA's were 7-10 years ago with the residual sugar offset by ample hopping; in this case 90 IBU's. Likable beer that is budget friendly.

May 22, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack cans Target $8.99
Smell of caramel
Golden-amber color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium-high carbonation
Slight caramel taste, pine, bitterness, some citrus
Overall an ok beer. Not sure where that caramel taste is coming from. Probably won't buy again.

Aug 03, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i wanted to like this way more than i did, fresh on tap too, should have been at its best, but its a relatively lackluster ipa, if the alpha in the name is meant to suggest alpha acid bitterness, they got it right, because this one seems to be way more hop bitterness than hop flavor, a little generic in terms of taste but cranked way up on the finishing bite. the quality is there though, which i suppose is important in a beer thats not all that interesting, hard to be too negative, but it seems like these guys have a couple too many ipa types in the market right now, and that they could easily cull the weak ones and be just fine, or even better off for it. the pour is pretty, clear golden and tall white headed, a real good looking pint, bubbly and active and clean. aroma and flavor are mirrored, some light pine and citrus pith, but its uninteresting and overly familiar, not really holding my attention until the highly bitter finish just sort of demands it. its got a slight peppery thing to the hops, and really does pack a punch. it has some malt flavor and body pushing sweet,but the hops are intense enough at the end to make it almost brisk in feel, especially with the nice carbonation. if you want a somewhat one dimensional ipa thats not too heavy to drink on and is decidedly the opposite of the trendy dry hop stuff, you may dig this, but in the lineup of hop valley beers, this one is a little bit lost for me. good by all measures, but generic, simple, and more bitter than flavorful as the hops go...

May 21, 2019
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Captdolfinpain from Oregon

4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spilled from a 12 oz can into a pint glass

L - Mostly clear, light amber. There's a slight haze to it, but only enough to give it some character. Half an inch or so pure white head, with short lived retention.
S - It smells pretty good, I get some fruity and piney overtones, less pronounced floral aromas (specifically roses?), with milder (but still noticeable) malty notes.
T - It tastes about like it smells; predominantly pine resin and fruit. In particular it reminds me of fresh apricot. The floral rose flavor comes through more and balances the tart apricot/fruit tones. The full bodied malt flavor rounds out the aromatic fruit/floral components nicely, without completely stealing the show.
F - This is a really refreshing beer. It's light-medium bodied, not oily feeling at all. Slightly astringent, but in just the right way as to keep your mouth from feeling slimy after a swig.
O - If you're looking for an easy drinking IPA with a fun aromatic hops profile, then this is a great choice. It's an awesome brew to have in the cooler for a summer BBQ.

Feb 07, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades very fast to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a bready and pine hop aroma that has a good deal of citrus hop and a bit of tropical fruit. Along with these smells comes some aromas an herbal smell as well.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor that is mixed with a rather dank pine and herbal taste. As the taste advances the bready takes on more grainy notes all while the dank grows stronger and is joined by some flavors of citrus hop and a bit of yeast. Toward the end some tastes of a floral and grassy hop join the flavor profile to leave one with a rather dank and malty taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is on the moderate to slightly thicker side for an IPA of 7.2 % with a carbonation level that is rather moderate. Overall for the dank and bready tastes, the feel is rather well done and creates a medium that is fantastic for the flavors.
Overall – This is a rather nice dank and robust drinker. Flavorful, robust, and a great drinking brew.

Feb 07, 2019
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UWDAWG from Washington

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a IPA glass.

Look- Pale gold, small particulate sediment, average head retention, above average lacing.
Smell- Floral, tropical, pine.
Taste- Citrus, tropical, floral, sweet finish, not great balance.
Feel- Medium body, average carbonation, astringent finish that lingers.

Nov 13, 2018
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tomengdahl from Washington

4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have found this IPA to be the best value for flavor. Local Rite Aid sells a 12-pack of cans for $14.99. That's $4-$5 less a six-pack than other favorite IPAs and makes it a great standard for me. Couldn't have gotten through painting the interior of my garage without a couple Alphadelics. Delish!

Sep 21, 2018
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Jetlag767 from Minnesota

3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shows you how IBU numbers are estimates and don’t necessarily reflect flavor. This 90 IBU beer should be a borderline hop bomb but comes across light in the bittering hops. I good NW IPA but doesn’t live up to the IBU’s or reputation.

Aug 01, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Can
BB: OCT 09 2018

My first from this brewery.
They need to make better cans.

Poured into a tulip a nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, with some nice carbonation, with a nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, which also leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. The taste is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

Jul 02, 2018
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a Rockies game with my Dad at Coors Field. Pours a orange amber with no head and a light nose. Flavor is lasting and mostly unbalanced. This still isn't very withering or powerful for the IBU footprint. Easy drinking but also kind of boring. Fine at a ballgame, but not something worth hunting down.

Jun 19, 2018
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.02/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz can dated best before July 11.

Pours hazy gold with a large head of white. Nice retention and lacing. Piney cardboard and dusty malt in the nose. Tacky and chaulky mouthfeel. Bitter pine bark with wet paper and stale malt on the palate. Finishes with lingering bitterness and malty cardboard.

If this beer is best before July it must have never been good at all.

May 18, 2018
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redresonatedragon from Washington

3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Well balanced brew, nothing really jumped out for me, the can art was the strongest aspect for me, maybe it tastes way better on tap, also not bad either

May 02, 2018
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Fowdy from Idaho

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very slightly cloudy light amber with 1.5 inches of off white creamy head.

Smell: Some floral in with a heavy dose of hop.

Taste: Almost perfect balance of hops and malt for an ipa. Some citrus but it is subtle.

Feel: Carbonation is good. A little dry.

Overall: A very good ipa. I would buy it again.

Oct 18, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

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

Pours a semi clear orange with soft white head.

Smell is piney with good amounts of citrus and resin.

Taste is as piney as the nose, with just a little hint of booze and a sturdy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, feels somewhat undercarbonated.

Overall, a solid IPA in the West Coast tradition.

Oct 10, 2017
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NickSMpls from Washington

3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice pour of light golden ale along with light head and an aroma of light pine with a bit of bread yeast. It's a straight IPA profile, west coast style, with a citrus overlay on a solid malt backbone. We found this to be a good offering and will pick up a sixer again in the near future.

Jul 26, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can to nonic pint glass. The appearance was a hazy amber to orange color with a one finger white head. It quickly dissipates to leave light lacing roaming around in a mess sort of way. The smell started off with a crisp pine to lead into some tropical fruits, caramel malt, and then light honey. The taste was mildly sweet with light bitterness from the pine to stroll in to balance. There’s no aftertaste but it had a crisp sweet to bitter pine finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable oily texture. Overall, its a good AIPA that I could come back to.

Jun 30, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with a 2 inch frothy and dense beige head. The aroma is of tropical fruit including overripe pineapple and faint citrus and pine. There's also some light malt in the mix. I'm tasting some light tropical fruit including pineapple. There's also some citrus and pine in the mix. The mouth is faintly sticky and chewy, but overall a bit quaffable for the style.

Jun 24, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

CAN: Purchased in Centennial, CO. Best before November 07, 2017 (seems a bit optimistic, but whatevs). Pull-tab. 12 fl oz format. Silver label motif.

"India Pale Ale." 90 IBUs. 7.20% ABV. "A true Northwest IPA" brewed with "Two-row and Munich malts." Hops go unspecified.

HEAD: White, creamy, smooth, even, and soft, occupying a good 60% of my nonic pint. Frothy and attractive. Lasts a good 7-8 minutes, leaving no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Clean clear and filtered. Copper in colour, offering average vibrance. No yeast/lees are visible within.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a typical appearance for an IPA, and lacks any unique or special characteristics. Generally well-executed.

AROMA: Two-row and Munich are interesting choices for a hop backbone, and there's less malt foundation than most expressions of the style here if the aroma is to be trusted. Hop profile is pleasant but vague, offering muted tropical fruit, generic citrus, and above all pleasant floral aromatics. No hop rings distinct (no Mosaic-derived blueberry, no Simcoe-derived onion), but it's enticing enough. Not an oily, resinous, juicy, or "dank" (as the kids say) aroma. Hop pungency is merely moderate.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a balanced IPA with a lighter malt backbone than most.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Scratchy in the third act, dragging a bit on the palate and helping the beer's moderate hop bitterness to crush the modest malt sweetness and hit the palate hard going into the finish. I'm not a drinker who enjoys lingering overt bitterness in the aftertaste, and I find this imbalanced.

Prior to the third act, it suffers from overcarbonation but it's substantially more smooth and wet. Not a refreshing ale. Medium-bodied, with average heft and weight on the palate.

The Munich malts and 2-row barley lack the oomph to really compete with the hops here, though the hop profile isn't all that distinct or memorable. Hits heavy on generic floral flavours, offering some subsidiary tropical fruits and vague citrus.

Below average depth of flavour. Above average flavour duration. Average flavour intensity.

Doesn't amount to a gestalt or harmonious whole, but it's pleasant enough and I'll enjoy drinking my glass. Balance isn't dialed in. Build doesn't commit enough to the hops. I applaud experimentation, but the Munich malts aren't cutting it and the hops need rethinking.

OVERALL: Drinkable, sure, though it actually drinks a bit boozier than it is (I'd figure it for 8% in a blind tasting). It's far from world-class and will struggle to compete with the better expressions of the IPA style that are widely available across the contiguous U.S. (including IPAs from their down-the-road competition Deschutes), but its price is fair and I'd be curious to try this brewery's other beers. Going with Munich instead of pale malt was a risk, and it didn't pay off, but the bigger issue here is how forgettable the hops they chose are.

Enjoyable but in need of improvement to really compete in this oversaturated style.

C (2.93) / AVERAGE

***
06.16.17 impression:

Crisp and overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. Floral hops, pale malts. Hop profile isn't interesting or remarkable.

Drinkable but forgettable fare.

High C / AVERAGE

***
06.18.17 impression:

High C / AVERAGE

Jun 15, 2017
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Beaver13 from Colorado

2.27/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz can, dated 10/23/17 (best by?). Pours slightly hazy copper orange with a medium rocky white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued malty stinky hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel biscuit malt with a little off candied fruit and some harsh stinky hops that have a lot of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, didn't really care for this one.

Jun 11, 2017
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kaseydad from California

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So glad to finally be getting Hop Valley in the Bay Area.

Slightly hazy apricot colored pour with minimal foam.....but good lacing.

Whiffs of mango, cantaloupe, peach and hops.

Taste is big on hops and mucho citrus. Not getting much sweetness or malt and that's a-ok since I am liking what is given. Long, lingering grapefruit (and rind) aftertaste.

Overall this is a hop bomb, yet refreshing. The ABV has been increased to 7.2% yet is barely evident. A nice beer worth checking out for hop heads or West Coast IPA lovers.

Jun 04, 2017
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brodericksloth from Oregon

4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Valley is always one of my favorites with their Alpha Centauri leading the pack. This is their everyday beer; very good on tap. They don't say which hops is cooked into this one, but it feels like Chinook and Cascade...tropical, fruity but still with a distinct hop bite. I haven't tasted the double version of this beer but it should be interesting with 9.6 ABV and 96 IBUs
This one comes in at 6.7% ABV and 90 IBUs
Alpha Centauri is still my beer from this brewery, but for $27/24 cans at Costco this is hard to beat for your everyday beer; not a lawnmower

Apr 16, 2017
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Hopresin19 from Arizona

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 OZ can into tulip Glass,APPEARANCE: beautiful goldenrod color with slight haze,NOSE: very floral with grapefruit in the background,TASTE: nice hop profile with slight malt bill, Mango,pine,and grapefruit in the taste,with lingering hops,OVERALL: very nice brew with 90 IBU'S at 6.7 % ABV.if this was bottle conditioned,it would ROCK!!

Mar 12, 2017
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elNopalero from California

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours a light caramel amber. I get an earthy piney note on the aroma. Drying pine and lime pith on the palate. All around decent IPA. Came in a can.

Feb 24, 2017
Alphadelic IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 356 ratings