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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Photo of NickSMpls
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
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 +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 8BaconBits
3/5  rDev -21.9%
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 -8.9%
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 -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Franziskaner
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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 -23.2%
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 Beaver13
2.27/5  rDev -40.9%
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 +5.2%
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 +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChuckTom
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of B_B
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueSpader
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of souvenirs
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of brodericksloth
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of bondjedi
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rarigney
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopresin19
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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!!

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Photo of elNopalero
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of gandres
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured to wine glass
Appearance: Dark yellow/amber, hazy, cloudy, medium tan foam, lacing
Aroma: Very Fragrant- hoppy
very Bitter
long follow through, bitter aftertaste, medium carbonation
Overall: Very good beer, even got a growler of this beer.
Drank: February 27, 2017 10pm

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Photo of morrowd3
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hagenmccombs
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
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 johnnyminor
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alphadelic IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 337 ratings