Alpha Centauri Binary IPA | Hop Valley Brewing Company

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Alpha Centauri Binary IPAAlpha Centauri Binary IPA

Brewed by:
Hop Valley Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
100 IBU

Added by John_M on 07-23-2010

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Photo of loren01
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice clear orange color, good sized frothy head with great lacing
S: Very citrusy/grassy hop scents. Slight nutty malt and honey in there as well
T: Nutty/toffee maltiness up front followed by huge burst of grapefruit flavor
M: Medium bodied beer, finishes a little on the dry side
O: This is as good of a Imperial IPA as I've had recently...and I live in an area with a ton of good ones. I'm very impressed with this one.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Didn't have a Brew date (this is STILL a pet peeve)
BTW: No dates given, but a "CONTAINS ALCOHOL" warning on the label. Wow.

100 IBUs...centauri. ....Ahhh.
Anyway, very good beer, nice first taste, nice mouth feel, nice citrusy hop profile, very slightly sweet aftertaste. No hint whatsoever that this is 9% abv.....a technically impressive feat, and one that could get the "unaware" in!
July/16 addendum: Still no label dates. Good lacing. Great beer --- very good value for abv dollar. Rating unchanged.

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Photo of coastiefish
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A little story to warm up my review.
Ive tried Hop Valley Red & IPA and found I did not care for either.
I am a huge hop head, I love over-the-top hops, the bitterness in and lingering, piney, resin, grapefruit, that stuff that-ll bust in late at night when you just kicked your feet up to relax and just wreck havoc (delicious havoc!) all over your freshly cleaned floors-er, I mean palette.
I decided to try the Double IPA after a couple of conversations with a Beer Guru buddy of mine, I was convinced to try it. Out one night I saw it on draught. I tried it, and I loved it. Now for a bottle review.

A - Pretty frothy foamy head, 2 fingers deep. Nice carbonation working its way through a lightly hazed golden orange sea.

S - Green pineapple-awesome. Slight biscuit, slightly grassy. A touch of sweetness mingles with a very faint alcoholic odor.

T - Grapefruit, a tiny bit of green pineapple, grassy,

M - Smooth, creamy and a tiny bit slick. Great body.

O - Great beer. Love the 8.5% love what it brings to the table. Does not disappoint. Finishes clean enough to go back and want more.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is a hazy gold with a foamy off-white head. Has good retention, leaving lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells of nutty malts, earthy hops, cheese, brown sugar, and alcohol. Nice earthy aroma.

Tastes pretty nice, with sweet malt upfront turning to a bitter, earthy, citrus and pine hop finish. Lots of citrus rind in the finish supported by malt sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable.

Body is medium and carbonation is sufficient to give this a lightly creamy mouthfeel. The hop oils give the tongue a little burn.

This is a very nice tasting DIPA with a strong malt backbone and balanced earthy, citrus, and pine hops. Just a little on the boozy side.

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Photo of Marius
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lighter in colour and lighter in body than most DIPAs. Very nice hop profile, with citrus and pine notes both in the nose, as well as in the mouth, just as it's advertised. The malt body does cut a bit of the bitterness, but doesn't overwhelm, as it sometimes happens in other beers of this style. A bitter/salty refreshing aftertaste. Surprisingly drinkable, for its ABV, though it will get to your head easily.

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Photo of jeffronius
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alpha Centauri has a crisp finish with a good hop rush. It seems like it has a lower final gravity which I prefer in an IPA. I like the design of the label too. It peels off easily for reuse with home brew. The finish has a grassy hop aroma. It does not seem overly bitter like 100IBU's of bittering.

It's one of the better double IPA's that I have tasted recently. Its also reasonably priced in 22oz bottles. All it lacks is that silly beer folklore following and a lot of marketing hype. It easy to find in Santa Rosa CA so It's my go to bottled DIPA's these days.

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Photo of alexgash
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle.

Mostly clear golden apricot body. Tall, three fingers of thick, whipped, light beige-white head. Great lacing. Lots of pine and citrus on the nose. Grapefruit and lemon oil. Broken white fir needles and orange peel.

Toasted malt soon gives way to citrus and pine hop bitterness. Juicy Fruit gum malt sweetness. Caramel. Sticky, sappy fir needles mix with orange and grapefruit citrus juiciness. Pineapple in the finish, with lingering bitterness. Medium-full body. Nice, slightly syrupy feel with gentle carbonation. Well done.

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Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the OBF yesterday.

The beer pours an amber orange color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is all IPA goodness, showing considerable pine, dank earth, skunky MJ, black pepper and dry citrus. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely in this dry, West Coast style IPA. There is some noticeable sweet malt, but it's not very prevalent and is just enough to keep the impressive hoppy bitterness in check. Mouthfeel is medium body, but with a long, bitter, dry finish. Drinkability is very good, with the alcohol nicely integrated into the flavor profile. The beer is not the least bit heavy or tiring on the palate, and IMHO, this is one of the more easy drinking DIPA's I've come across.

Very impressive... according to the OBF pamphlet, it sounds as if this is not a "one off," but is a beer that typically comes out once a year in the winter time. If so, it's a beer I'd want to keep an eye out for whenever it comes out.

Edit from 7/8/13. Sampled at the brewpub in Springfield, with little to add and consistent notes. The current version shows a lot of orange citrus, reminding me very much of Bell's two hearted IPA. This is a very well made, easy to appreciate DIPA from Hop Valley.

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Photo of anteater
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

A: Golden amber with near transparency.

S: Great nose, but not the strongest hop aroma compared to the great IPAs. Citrusy hops and sweet biscuity malt.

T: Upfront bitterness that lingers. As the bitterness settles, you really get hit with citrus and floral hops with a sweet biscuity malt in the background. Really tasty. Hardly any alcohol taste at all, this one hides it incredibly well.

M: Crisp, slightly thick mouthfeel but still incredible crisp at 9%. Perfect carbonation and outstanding drinkability.

O: One of my go to IPAs. Its tough not to pick this one up, especially at the price. Delicious, crisp, drinkable, citrusy, well balanced DIPA.

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Photo of mabermud
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly delicious.

Look: Honey colored body. White colored head that leaves a nice sticky curtain when rolled around in the glass. When looking through the body, everything is magnified.
Smell: Overripe, sweet tropical fruit. A back-drop of hops.
Taste: Sweet grapefruit, orange, and peach. A touch of tang in the finish. Smooth, juicy, and fruity.
Feel: Great. Medium carbonation. It's missing the expanding, sultry, dense, silky lather.

Overall - Juicy. Highly drinkable. This beer is summertime in a bottle. Enchanting smell. Very tasty. Add that missing later and this is better than a winner.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like the review before mine, I also had the pleasure of trying this at Oregon Brewers Festival 2010. Twice-poured (two different days) to a mug, 4 oz. samples each time. Notes are combined from each taste.

The description says that this includes a mixtures of Galena, Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial and Amarillo hops in four additions.

A: Chestnut/amber, a bit darker than expected. Topped with an off-white foam, maybe 1/2-finger - holds as a steady creamy ring with dotted lacing.

S: Spritely hops pop from the glass - a strong aroma shares sweet citrus the most from a hodge-podge of hops. Grassy, piney, and herbal...borders on 'messy' but something about it keeps drawing me back for another whiff.

T: Spiced and toasted grain plays quite well with saliva-inducing citrus and pine from that abundant hop bill listed above. At times musty and earthy, the finish is grainy (a surprise for such a boldly-bittered DIPA). Excellent balance and not nearly so bitter as a triple-digit IBU leads on.

M: Crisp bite, medium body. Steady, though not outstanding, carbonation-wise. Good clean finish.

D: Among the most 'drinkable' DIPAs I can recall of late. Great balance and a fine texture...definitely would have this agin. Just don't be fooled by its seemingly pleasant demeanor ~ 8.7% could sneak up on you.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, light amber color. Piney hops in the aroma, also some sweetness. West Coast style hop profile, piney, earthy and lots of grapefruit. Expected it to be sweeter but the taste is very balanced. Aftertaste is long and bitter. 9% ABV is very well hidden, making the beer easy to drink.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Bert’s Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bomber into a snifter
100 IBU

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium, white head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a full wisp cap and sticks to the sides of the glass. Clear amber orange with no carbonation evident, making it a touch lighter than others in the DIPA style. A faint wisp remains leaving some nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Melon, grapefruit, pineapple and honeydew melon. Very much like their Alphadelic IPA. Some piney notes here as well.

TASTE: Pale malts, honeydew melon, mango sweetness up front, before a well-balanced finish. Honeydew melon again, bitter pine flavors, grapefruit and plenty of hop bitterness linger on the palate. Some nice melon sweetness and caramel flavors balance the hops here quite nicely.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch sticky on the palate. A bit of alcohol and hop bitterness lingers on the palate. Very full and creamy, with a nice bite lingering. Quality.

OVERALL: Really good brew. A much better DIPA than their Alphadelic is an IPA. Much better balanced here, with the malt base offering a better buffer to the bitterness, and the increased hop flavor makes it more interesting. A solid feel on this one too. Top class brew that I very much enjoyed. Recommended.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Saraveza in Portland

Appearance - pours a lightly transparent amber, medium head and retention

Smell - pine and floral hops

Taste - pine and floral hops, resinous, big malt body, but hop forward

Mouthfeel - big body, good carbonation, slightly dry finish, balanced body

Overall - good hop profile, big brew, could be a bit hopper but well done

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Photo of FFreak
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22 oz bottle into glasses and shared amongst friends. A nice fairly clear bronze-copper hue with a thin head and minimal lacing. Nice resin and pine aroma with a hint of flowers and citrus. Gorgeous flavors in this - piney citrus and honeysuckle. Very nice. Hides the 9% ABV quite well. Really nice body, silky and smooth. Overall, this is a fabulous IIPA.

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Photo of brodericksloth
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bottled: poured into Riedel IPA glass

crisp clean. no hotness from 9% abv. no bite from 100 ibu's. nice translucent copper color. not heavy. easy summer brew for an imperial. not much head but alot of legs. good solid malt structure well balanced with light nutty flavor . served at 40 degrees so not much nose. good head retention. first sips shoots straight down your throat without no pain

clean hops not chewy or piney; more tropical. hard to imagine this is 100 ibu's.

very enjoyable; highly recommended

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Photo of MattinHouston
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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 BrewerB
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a coworker for trading this bottle to me. She's a big IPA fan and this beer came well-recommended.

Pours a mostly clear, orange-golden color with visible streams of carbonation and a one finger white head that collapsed slowly but left some lacing aside the glass. Enticing and prominent hop aroma that hints at mango, grapefruit, and orange upfront and followed by a light floral note in the background. Mostly clean malt with a touch of tastiness. Orange and piney hops upfront, high level of bitterness that lingers long into a medium-dry finish. Fermentation profile seems mostly neutral with scant hints of esters. Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall this is one hop bomb of an IPA. Great nose and a pleasing mix of hop flavors. Could be a touch drier as this might increase drinkability but for the most part, a very good brew.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber with a one finger fine white head with good retention and good lacing. Looks excellent. Aroma of aromatic herbal and piney hops, pineapple and light fruit. Nice citrus, caramel malt up front, fairly complex hop combination on the finish which is slightly dry compared to the start. Very tasty, lingering hop finish. Great medium, almost creamy body. I like this one a lot and will buy it again.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop Valley Brewing Company - Alpha Centauri Binary IPA, poured into a Boulevard tulip.

Look - Pours a pale hazy amber with floaties and a small soapy head that dissipates quickly. Ropey lacing.

Smell - Light malt and juicy hops. Nice tropical fruit hops. Melon and orange.

Taste - Light malt body and decent juicy hop profile. More bitter pine hops there.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with moderate carb. Not at all boozy. Rests bitter, dry, and clean. Great drinkability.

Overall - Tasty clean DIPA. Wish more of the juicy hop aroma was in the taste. Bitter pine is old school.

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Photo of cocojoe
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber

A: Clear copper body, 1.5 fingers of off white head.

S: Smoothe floral and citrus, some sweet caramel. Not a super robust aroma.

T: Nicely smoothe and clean. Sweet but a strong fruity bitterness balances it out. Well balanced IIPA. Just when you think one note seems to be taking over, the other jumps in to balance it out. More pine notes are coming out as it warms. Finishes fairly dry and bitter.

M: Medium-full body.

O: Big sweet hoppy battle between hops and malt. Sweet, bitter, piney, citrusy and delicious. Very much enjoyed.

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Photo of DallasK
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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 BoldRulerVT
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.
Smells very hoppy with a good sticky malt backbone.
Taste very balanced, not overlly hoppy or citrusy. Nicely balanced.
Finished nicely with good solid hop bitterness.
Overall, this is a classic west coast IPA that favors balance over big hoppy citrus flavors.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours relatively clear with some light sediment, this golden orange brew produces a light sandstone head that peaks at about a finger's width before dying down in fair time. This results in a thin, broken layer of surface suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Displays fair lacing with some sheeting and a few spots here and there, with good stick.

Smell - Strong tropical presence with notes of pineapple, orange, grapefruit and mango. Light pine. Faint bread sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Citrus bite with a strong mango character smoothing out the bitterness. Light pine hits mid-taste. What little malt there is comes across as noninvasive, delivering faint, vague traces of bread. A bit of banana peel with the mango? Finishes with light citrus pith.

Mouthfeel - Close to medium in body with moderate carbonation. For the style, smooth, light and entirely quaffable. At 9% this is a hell of a feat.

Overall - Pretty good. A little too much mango for me to love entirely, but there's no denying how damn easy this drinks. I can see how people would put this in their list of favorites.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thin head on clear straw body.
The aroma is mango, pine and danky pineapple. Excellent.
The taste is a bitter mix with tropical fruit sweetness. Really nice.
The texture is crisp.

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Alpha Centauri Binary IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
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