Alpha Centauri Binary IPA
Hop Valley Brewing Company

Alpha Centauri Binary IPAAlpha Centauri Binary IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,254
ABV:
9%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,362
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 10.07%
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
349
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Hop Valley Brewing Company
 
Oregon, United States
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Alpha Centauri Binary IPAAlpha Centauri Binary IPA
Notes: 100 IBU
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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 349
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shawn brought a 12 pack of this stuff to the Nevada/Purdue game/tailgate. I've had the alpha centauri before, but I'm not sure about what this binary thing is, legit, virtue signaling marketing or otherwise. No care.

Pours into a darker gold leaning into light orange territory, 1/3" white head, relatively decent clarity. Aroma leans to the C hop and Simcoe like feels.

Taste keeps pushing a big amount of pine, tree, bitterness. They avoided dropping a hefty amount of caramel malt in this like they used to. It does still exist, but overall it can have a simple pale toasted malt backdrop that helps finish well mouth feel wise when you're pushing a hefty amount of alcohol that is there, but not obtrusive in terms of alcohol or sticky caramel maltiness. So they've improved the recipe no doubt, but at the end of the day, its still one of those 100ibu + caramel kind of double ipas. Dare I say that the InBev purchase actually led to this beer getting improved, cheaper and better distribution. Tough to argue with that, unless you're an insufferable beer nerd hipster from the city.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Roths Sunnyslope Market in S.Salem.
Great price of $3.99
Looks like a regulation PNW IPA orange in colour,slightly hazy with a small white bubbly head.
very fresh and active hop aromas. Mostly grapefruit/citric and pine!
Taste is the same very powerful yet the pine and citrus meld to an ever present pleasing hop bitterness.
Nice mouthfeel good and easy drinking for style.
Another good but not great PNW IPA

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Photo of rickrem
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle purchased and poured in Portland.

Nice dark gold color with very creamy thick, white head. Also left thick lacing all the way down the glass.

First sip is very orange/ citrus. Big, bold flavors. Nice long finish with big but not overwhelming bitterness.
A bit of sweetness hides the high ABV. I really did not detect any 'booziness' that tends to creep in on the higher side.

Certainly worth drinking a bottle.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle Best before 9/20/2019

Pours an orange body with a white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Good retention and plenty of lacing.

Hop forward and fairly prominent. I'm getting mostly pine some booze and a bready applesauce thing

Taste follows with more booze noted

Medium full feel is really nice

Overall a nice little attitude adjuster

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Photo of northwestdr
3.12/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is no session or guzzling beer! I poured it from a bottle into a pint glass. It's a hazy, honey color, with an average head that dissipates in short order.

As befitting the name of the brewery, it has an intense hop flavor, piney but bordering on medicinal. Fairly bitter in the mouth, on the way down, and in aftertaste. Not much to say about the malt character, as it's drowned out by the hops.

I will mention the brewery has an issue with quality control. I purchased a variety case of IPAs (4 different kinds) at Costco, and one of my Alpha Centauri bottles opened silently, and when I poured it into a glass, there was no carbonation/head. Obviously, the seal had been broken, so I chose to discard all of it due to the concern of contamination.

Bottom line: this is an intense, hoppy beer, without much finesse. On the other hand, it's not terrible, just average for imperial IPAs.

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Photo of WEGJART19
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First let me start by saying I love Hop Valley and I had no idea this was 9%! It hides it well. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a frosty glass with like 2-3” of head! Smell is faint, maybe from the head, smell of melon, pineapple, starfruit, alcohol, hops and a hint of pine. Color is medium gold with just a hint of haze. Tastes sweet-ish with alcohol and similar to the smell. Strong lacing in the glass with head that holds well. Bottom line, this is a strong sweet fruity beer that is good quality and hides the alcohol well. Makes you feel like your heading to Alpha Centauri.

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Photo of UWDAWG
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a IPA glass.

Look- Pale amber, above average lacing and head retention, opaque.
Smell- Pine, boozy, bready.
Taste- Pine, bready, slightly citrus.
Feel- Medium body, average carbonation.

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Photo of Beerfogle
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an amazingly thick and creamy head. The beer is very rich and that hides the high ABV and IBU which is a positive for me. The beer laces nicely as it settles down.

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Photo of Horation
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes great. Tastes like a lighter IPA, almost a session IPA, but goodness, it's strong as heck. Piney, resiny but not too resiny, and crisp. The crispiness makes it taste like a lighter beer, but the nonexistent alcohol taste is just not there. If I can find it locally I will definitely buy it. It has no malty taste, despite its strength. Goodness. Hitting me like a hammer.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with a light haze, lots of carbonation and a finger of yellow tinged head.

Smells of dank, earthy notes, cat nip, green leaf and fruity, citrus and stone fruit.

Tastes dank and earthy of garlic, yet sweet and fruity like honey and nectar.

Medium body, highly carbonated with a slight syrupy quality.

Got in Redding where I an drinking it Sept 5th, 2018. Excellent brew.

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Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent gold with a thumb of eggshell colored head. Average head retention & good lacing

S: Some citrus notes, breadyness too

T: Follows the nose, grapefruittyness, some green melon & pomelo, plus dryness up front. Pomelo, dryness & grapefruit dominate as this warms, a little bready sweetness too. Finishes a little dry with pomelo & faint breadyness

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation, good balance

A good citrussy DIPA, wish the nose was better

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Photo of stevoj
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out an orange gold with big, airy head. Musty malt aroma, little hops to be found. Taste brings some bitterness, not as much as you’d expect from a big beer. Normal IPA bitter finish.

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Photo of lovemesumipa
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There is something very distinctive about the taste of this beer. At first I wasn't sure that I liked it but after the third pint it had grown on me.
It's one of the more memorable dipa's that I have tried.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber purchased at a grocery. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a shiny gold color, clear with a sticky white head.

Smell is a sweet citrus fruit aroma. Lemon blossom and orange.

Taste is a pine and citrus flavor. Not much balance or malt presence.

Mouthfeel is slightly cloying.

Overall a nice IPA.

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Photo of Drewfit
4.87/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

At 9% no booze taste, but I could feel it! I Honolulu this is high priced 6 pack at 7 Eleven and my recent go to beer Saturday morning after my long marathon training run. 22 miles this morning. Alpha Centauri Binary IPA and a Guinness was my reward. Seek this beer. If you like Sculpin you will like this.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear amber pour with a bright white head. Nice aroma of pine and fruit. Taste is very smooth for a 9% ABV bfew. First sip is pine and syrupy resin, with a bite of black pepper that comes and goes in a flash. Long finish. Watch out for this one.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear burnt orange, almost copper color; the liquid is capped by a full three fingers and the retention is excellent; webs of lacing cling

Smell: Big waft of caramel and pine; all of those 100 IBUs penetrate

Taste: Caramel forward and caramel underpinning; through the middle, the piney bitterness builds and builds, shredding the tastebuds, after the swallow; both the malt and the hops linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a beer of its time; in 2010, I am certain I would have rated this beer somewhat higher but we have passed into a new phase with DIPAs that this one cannot enter; it is like reuniting with a childhood crush when time has done neither of you any favors

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

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a soft semi-hazy bronzed orange color. No head nor lacing appeared. The smell started off with sweet onion running into a floral to grassy to citrus hoppiness. The taste was mainly bitter with a light sweetness from the onion part. The grassiness comes back slightly sweet and damp. Lingering sweet onion to floral grassiness starts in the aftertaste and runs into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light and leads to a damp smoothness to it. Overall, a bit different to me for a DIPA, what may lack in appearance (no head nor lacing) makes up in smell and taste. I’d probably have again.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear light copper gold with a big pillowy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready caramel malt with piney resiny hops and a little fruit.

The flavor is sweet caramel malt with some fruit and lots of bitter resiny hops that are slightly harsh. The mouthfeel is medium to fill bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a fairly well balanced DIPA.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If New England IPA gets to be a beer category, NW IPA should be considered one as well, or at least West Coast. As Bridgeport likes to put it: "Where the revolution began." That big, resinous, citrus & pine flavor. This hazy, orange beer definitely resembles that. Along with some spice, and herbal notes. Some bread malt to balance things out. Aroma follows suit. A bit of alcohol vapor. Could be a bit smoother, but nonetheless, always a good bargain for a 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a billowy white head of foam. The head has amazing retention, very slowly fading to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is huge of a nice dank hop aroma of an earthy and herbal nature. Along with these smells comes a big bready smell as well as some sweeter tangerine and bitter grapefruit hop smells. Overall the smell is dank and inviting.
Taste – The taste begins with a doughy and caramel sweet taste with a big showing of some grapefruit and herbal hops right from the start. As the taste advances some light tropical fruits and tangerine joi8n in the taste all while the caramel fades a little bit. At the same time the dank hops detected in the nose get stronger with more herbal hops and a big surge in some pine and earthy hops. At the end with a little decrease in the doughy tastes, and the increase in the hop, as well as a light alcohol taste, one is left with a nice dank and robustly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is average in thickness for a 9% abv. imperial IPA with a carbonation that is slightly lower. For the dank and robust flavors the feel is excellent and makes this a nice sipping brew.
Overall – This is quite a tasty brew overall and one I would recommend. Dank, lightly sweet, and very nice drinking.

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Photo of Abraca_dabra
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Alpha Centauri reminds me of what a double IPA wants to be like, without actually being it. It has accents of quality but lacks anything significant to define it as unique. It is a quality beverage for the price, and definitely worth drinking if available, but does not stand out among the other double IPA's on the market (i.e. it would not stand out in a line-up).

Look: A strong amber color, that is clear but a little bit too bubbly.
Smell: Hoppy, but not very strong, a slight hint of citrus.
Taste: Balanced, but not distinct, carries a typical hoppy experience that is a little bitter at the finish.
Feel: FIzzy, did not sit well on the tongue at first taste, but was tolerable overall.
Overall: Worth a try, but not recommended as one to keep on hand

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Photo of DallasK
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small wispy head leaves behind lacing after each drink. Smells tropical. Taste is very hop forward as you woulf expect. Tropical notes through and a bitterness that lingers on the palate. A solid beer.

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Photo of MattinHouston
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Maybe I'm a little biased since I got this on vacation to Portland but I know Oregon is hop central of the US and I mean bitter tasty hops. So that's what I expected when I picked this up and that's what it delivered. That's your regional flavor entirely and if you like NW US hops this is your beer. I usually favor the milder DIPA types but expecting a piney bitter brew this nailed it. Just wish I could pick it up in Houston...

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Adam. Orange body with a bone white, foamy head. Aromas of grain, hops, earthy malts. Some herbal tones in the flavor along with resinous pine. What I describe as a balanced IPA. Medium bodied with medium high bitterness. Lingering grainy notes, resinous hops, and mild warming alcohol. Ok.

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Alpha Centauri Binary IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 349 ratings