Alphadelic IPA | Hop Valley Brewing Company

Alphadelic IPAAlphadelic IPA
BA SCORE
75.8%
Liked This Beer
3.86 w/ 297 ratings
Alphadelic IPAAlphadelic IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hop Valley Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
hopvalleybrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DiabolikDUB on 05-21-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,866
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
297
Liked:
225
Avg:
3.86/5
pDev:
9.33%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
69
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 297 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopstout
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of benloho
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can

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Photo of corywalston
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of heymikew
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Shanty76
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickSMpls
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 8BaconBits
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can says it's 7.2% ABV

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Thecalmdrinker
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Franziskaner
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
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

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Photo of Beaver13
2.27/5  rDev -41.2%
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.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChuckTom
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of B_B
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueSpader
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of souvenirs
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Alphadelic IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 75.8% out of 100 with 297 ratings
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