Alphadelic IPA | Hop Valley Brewing Company

Alphadelic IPAAlphadelic IPA
BA SCORE
3.86/5
300 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:
#10,018
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
300
pDev:
9.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
69
Trade:
0
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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 Hagenmccombs
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Look: Golden and clear with a white one inch head
Smell: smells like a generic IPA. Citrus, pine, basil, pale malt
Taste: This is where things get awful for me. Tastes exactly how I would imagine dawn dish soap to taste. Cloyingly sweet with a medicinal bitterness and a very harsh grain taste. The hops are there, but are not very aromatic.
Feel: medium full bodied. Too thick for my tastes
Overall: One of my least favorite IPAs I've tried in the PNW.

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Photo of DrMindbender
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 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 justwork
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of enznevr
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Moose90
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BRYeleJR
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 breardon1776
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Just an average IPA. Light golden straw color. Aroma was mild and not very exhilarating. Average flavor. Highest score on the feel. It did go down smooth and was not to heavy on a warm California day.

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Photo of stevoj
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can from Winco. Pours out a cloudy darkish amber and small creamy beige head. Aroma is hops, not big, but dominates the nose. Taste also features hop bitterness. Two knocks against: metallic taste and finish and kind of watery body. Good, but not great.

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Photo of MSM
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bumblebtna
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of cherche
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Beercounter1
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of richobrien
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of DamienI
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of vkv822
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden orange with a thin, short lived white head.

Pleasant mix of light resiny and citric hops.

Nothing particularly unique or memorable in the wide world of IPA's, but still a solid, well done example anyways.

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Photo of clager
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Smak_Hermann
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know what there is to say about this other than this may be your quintessential northwestern IPA. A flash of malty-sweetness eclipsed by bitter hops. Not especially fruity, not especially herbal. Down the middle.

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Photo of ssgunbond
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Alphadelic IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 300 ratings
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