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Alphadelic IPA | Hop Valley Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hop Valley Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DiabolikDUB on 05-21-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
252
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
19.17%
 
 
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Reviews by MaltsOfGlory:
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very standard one finger white head into my standard pint glass. The head is much like the last hop valley head, a little soapy looking, somewhat fluffy, and more small bubbles, overall a better look than the Double D Blonde from hop valley, but still not a great look. Decent head retention, it's not dissipating too quickly. Very good lacing all the way throughout the glass. The body is pretty dang cloudy, basically no visibility through this beer at all. The body is a deep orange, with hints of yellow, it kinda looks like mango juice or something, if that even exists. Carbonation looks pretty small from what I can see. I'm actually going to change my opinion on the head because it lasted for quite a while, and it's got a very impressive layer of foam on top of the body and the lacing is very good. Overall a pretty good looking beer, the body is almost perfect for the style, a little odd looking, but very good non the less; and the head started off not looking good, but it's impressing me now! Very nice smell on this beer, nice citrucy hops, very fresh and crisp. Maybe it's just the fact that I haven't had an IPA in a while or maybe it's just the beer, but this smells so appetizing right now. It's just super crisp and clean smelling. The hops are maybe a tiny tiny bit smaller on the nose than I would like them to be, but it's not really a problem because it's not a double IPA. It's not an out of this world smell, but it's a very very solid IPA smell, and a good beer to turn to (I'm assuming) if you want to know what a good IPA is. This is all just going from the smell though, so lets dig in! Hmm, well the taste is for sure not as crisp as I would have liked, it's refreshing, but that might only be because it's cold. It does have a little crisp factor, but frankly I think the carbonation is just too low. As for flavors, well it is bitter, and that's good, but it doesn't really have that crisp hop kick that you look for in IPA's, it's all there, it's just not coming through the right way. Small malt, and a small sweetness. The sweetness isn't big at all, and it actually compliments the beer very well, but it's very possible that it's taking away from the crispness as well. Overall the beer is just a little bland and boring, the bitterness dominated the flavor for sure. It's not a bad flavor, it's very good, just not quite what I was hoping for on the smell. This beer still gets a 4 for taste, just because it's still a good beer, no doubt about it, but it's for sure on the lower end of a 4, rather than on the higher end. As far as mouthfeel goes, well I already mentioned it's lack on crispness, which isn't good. In terms of thickness, the body is thick enough for an IPA, but for sure not what I'm looking for, more watery than what I generally like. The beer is super easy to drink, and the mouthfeel helps with that, but that doesn't mean I don't want more out of the mouthfeel. It pains me to do this, just because it's a very good beer, but 3.5 for the mouthfeel. The drinkability is this beers best quality for sure. You can barely notice the 6.5% ABV, and it's just very easy drinking and very smooth. It's not necessarily what I look for in an IPA, but on some occasions it'll hit the spot. Take tonight for instance, it's not what I was looking for, and I was expecting something different, but I still really enjoyed it. Overall what more can I say, a very good beer, not what I was hoping for, but it works.

The lacing on this beer followed me amazingly to the bottom of the glass, I want to give this beer a 4.5 for appearance, but that beginning soapy look is preventing me. Still a great appearance. As I drank more and more of this beer the taste got a lot smaller and became more sessionable. Usually I would be displeased, but it works for this beer, it's still tasty.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BurdockBoy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BBaltus
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Solid IPA. Good mouth feel and finish.

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Photo of Kybartle
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of takusan1000
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool vibrancy to the orange pour, 1.5" head looks quite the part. Aroma was minimally hoppy, slightly disappointed by the lack of a better dry hop aroma. My standards are high for ipa's and aroma.

Taste, not bad, ample bitterness, better hop mouthfeel than aroma. Plenty of grassy and pine mixed in there. Good feel of customary hops and a nuance of new (simcoe?). They don't skimp on the bittering/flavoring hops, just maybe the aroma, but there's no dating on the label so who knows. Light enough body.

A good but not great ipa. Worth checking it out when it is $5 or less for a bomber.

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Photo of Beer21
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of nhirsch04
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hammerhead18
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very smooth ipa. Great taste and finish.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz pint, on-tap at Henry's Tavern in downtown Portland, Oregon.

This beer appears a slightly hazy, pale golden amber hue, with one finger of broadly foamy, somewhat bubbly and yet kind of creamy off-white head, which leaves a wall of filmy lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of watery orange and white grapefruit citrus, softly bready caramel malt, further indistinct tropical fruit, and more piney, herbal hops. The taste is an immediate upgrade (no offense to the aroma), with some bitterly resinous pine, acrid citrus rind, crackery and faintly toasty caramel/toffee malt, a touch of grassy, floral hops, and maybe a wee bit of warming alcohol.

The carbonation is moderate in its swirling and probing frothiness, the body more or less average (I'm becoming stats-worthy) in weight, and fairly smooth, those hops taking a well-earned breather here. It finishes off-dry, but with the hops certainly still calling the shots.

It doesn't always have to be this way, but it's still rather nice when a beer gets better as the pint moves along. A big, brash west coast American IPA, is what we have here, and it's even better once the late afternoon music kicks in, while the easy-drinking bitterness continues to tickle my sundry senses.

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Photo of jeffdevries
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and golden in color with a white, finger width head. Good retention, breaking down to a thin, consistent layer of suds across the top. Great lacing consisting of broken webbing winding it's way around the glass and a few spots found between.

Smell - Tropical aroma that's more pineapple than orange, along with hints of grass, pine and spice. Crackery malt undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Hops hit on mild pineapple character and some orange skin. Malts are distant, providing a light crackery and slightly grainy taste that's hardly noticeable.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with moderate carbonation. Lightly velvety texture with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Decent IPA, but lacks depth of flavor. It's easy to drink in the least and should work well for my upcoming rafting trip.

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Photo of FreeBeer_Score99
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rivenin
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dertyd
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DSTUR001
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a bit of haze. Aroma is balanced between the malts and hops, making you think of sweet citrus fruits. Taste starts also balanced and gets quite bitter in the finish. Hop profile is the classic west coast style with citrus fruits and pine. Pretty good IPA overall.

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Photo of PaulWaters
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chavinparty
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head on a hazy lighter straw body.
The aroma has orange, lemon, grapefruit, pine and background mango all wonderfully mixed up.
The taste is ramped up orange and grapefruit bitterness starting at the beginning with a long bitter finish.
The texture is crisp.
It's super hopped.

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Alphadelic IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
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