Alphadelic IPA | Hop Valley Brewing Company

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Alphadelic IPAAlphadelic IPA

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Hop Valley Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DiabolikDUB on 05-21-2009

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 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.


06.18.17 impression:


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

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

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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 dcmchew
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

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 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 aasher
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a healthy two finger head that dissipates to a thick cap, leaving lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus, piney and slightly dank hops and bready malt. Flavor is semi-sweet mildly caramel malt, high alpha citrus hops with a light piney component; finishes semi-dry with grassy and grapefruit rind citrus hop bitterness. Medium bodied. A nice, strong IPA that has more alpha bitterness than herbal flavors and a supportive, but non descript malt body. Lots of hop bitterness here and enjoyable for my hop fix, but wishing for a bit more flavor character either from the hops or malt.

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can:

Pours slightly hazed golden with a foamy white head that becomes patchy. Broken rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of citrus, pine/resin, black pepper. Some caramelized grain/bread in the back.

The taste is of citrus/pine with an herbal bitterness in the finish.

Carbonation is a bit fast at first, but slows down to become slightly understated. But it is smooth and has a nice body to it.

Some alcohol shows. Some bitterness lingers.

A refreshing, hop-forward IPA.

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

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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