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Alpha Centauri Binary IPA | Hop Valley Brewing Company

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Alpha Centauri Binary IPAAlpha Centauri Binary IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hop Valley Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
270
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
21.29%
 
 
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13
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80
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 270
Photo of puboflyons
2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

From the 650 mil. bottle with no bottling date. Sampled on June 30, 2016 maybe months after it was released.

Yup, for me this highly rated beer was a malt bomb.

It looked nice with its orange-amber and heady pour.

The nose was stale malts and only the slightest hint of fruit or citrus but mainly stale malts.

The body was medium and maybe better.

The taste was malt forward and low to no hops behind it. I almost didn't review because I didn't think I could give this a fair shot given its apparent age. But at the same time I probably won't get to try this again anytime soon. Hopefully I can try a fresh one sometime.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing, Gil.

A: The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a finger of white head.

S: Grassy hops with a bit of pine and citrus peel. Lightly floral with just tons of bready malt and sweet toffee and caramel. Maybe a touch of sweet peaches.

T: Caramel and toffee flavors with a light floral and piney hop flavor. Moderate bitterness with a hint of alcohol and citrus peels. More sweetness than anything else.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Another failed, sweet, malty IPA.

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Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a 12oz goblet, this brew was a pale gold color, and had just a thin bit of white head. The aroma was certainly hop forward, and had no malt presence. On the tongue, sharp and bitter hops were dominant, although there was just a bit of malt.

The body was way thinner than I prefer for the style. Drinkability was good, but the bitter finish was just a bit too harsh for me. Overall, a nice enough brew that would hit a lot of other palates better than it did mine.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the brewpub

A- Poured a dark orange/amber color with a slight haze, frothy head, and left some big chunky lace

S- Fairly faint aroma, bigger sweet caramel, some light citrus and pine notes

T- Big caramel sweetness, some citrus, grapefruit, and pine up front, with more bitterness and some tropical fruit on the finish. Quite a bit of alcohol in the taste. Much more flavor and bitterness on the aftertaste than on the sip

M- Pretty slick, some prickly carbonation, finished fairly dry

O- A nice beer with a much bigger sweet malt presence than hop presence than I like for the style, but a pretty good beer.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty decent pour only gives me a half finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is white and has a nice creamy look to it, but it also has a lot of big bubbles, so by no means perfect. The carbonation looks pretty standard. The body is a nice deep orange color, with hints of yellow, it looks just like an IPA should look like, but it does has some wheat beer characteristics, that's how cloudy it is. Zero visibility through this beer. The head has left a fair amount of foam on top of the body, which I always like. The head is also giving some good lacing throughout the beer. Overall it's a pretty good looking beer, the body is very nice, the head is good in some areas and irritating in others, overall good though. Fresh fruit (maybe grapefruit and oranges) and hops dominate the nose. For sure a sweet smell, which is too bad, I don't like an overly sweet double IPA (but they usually are due to the alcohol content). There is a small malt smell here as well, but for the most part it's all fruit and hops. Frankly it's not even that much hops, it's mostly just clean fruit smell. Not very crisp smelling, just clean. It smells good, but it doesn't have enough in the way of hops or maybe other flavors other than fruit. Good, but dropping the ball in some areas. Well there is for sure more of a hop bite and a hop bitterness on the flavor than I detected on the smell, which is good. Is it huge? Not really, but slightly bigger than I thought it would be. Very smooth, for sure not a crisp summer IPA, more of a kick back and relax smooth IPA. Is that a bad thing? Well I'd for sure like some crispiness to my IPA'S, but smoothness works in some beer, it worked in there Alphadelic IPA, not sure if it's working here though. There is some fruit in here for sure, but not as much as I thought there would be. Overall it really just tastes a little watered down to be honest. I mean....it's a tough beer to grade, because the hops are there, and it tastes good, and you can totally tell it's a quality brew, it's just....not really what I want in an IPA, it's also a little watery. The Alphadelic IPA was not this watery, and that's one of the reasons it pulled off the smooth feel, because it still had a backbone, this one doesn't as much. I'm rambling, overall it has a good flavor, and I hate to give it a 3.5 because it's a quality brew, but I have to say it deserves it. As far as the mouthfeel goes, I've pretty much said everything I can, it's very smooth, not very crisp at all, the carbonation is extremely low. The body is big enough for the style, but it doesn't make up for the lack of carbonation to the point where it almost feels like water. Not a terrible mouthfeel, the body is big enough, but it's just too un-crisp for me. Overall a good beer, it's just not put together the way it could be. Most of the pieces are there, they just aren't how I like them. The lack of carbonation and the lack of overall flavor are my two biggest problems.

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Photo of hreb
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, factually proclaiming "contains alcohol". Served in a chalice. Beer appears orange and significantly hazed. Big citrus juice aroma. No surprises, the flavor features layers upon layers of hops. Finishes like I'm chewing on a grapefruit rind. A lot of great hop flavors here, but as the label not-so-subtley promises, this beer is all about the bitter, no balance.

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Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub in Eugene, Oregon.
Medium amber with excellent clarity and a very good head. Some sticky lacing is left on the glass.
Nicely flavored, this is a relatively mild and easy drinking DIPA, with limited bitterness and partially hidden alcohol.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep gold with slight orangish brown tints. Medium well carbonated, but left low natural head. Left some large sticky bubbles around the rim.

S: Orange rind and grapefruit. Small amount of maltiness with a sunflower seed nuttiness. Feels a little light here though.

T: Starts off slightly sweet of light oak and fresh green grass. Big heavy alcohol oiliness fills out the middle. Big pine flavored hop backbone cuts the huge greasy alcohol. The hops carry forward with more sour apple and grapefruit and even a little unripened apricot. Finishes with a long salty earthy leafy finish way in the back of the throat.

M: For a 9%/100ibu beer, this is surprisingly drinkable. I didn't expect anything that big to be this mellow. The long dry salty finish is a little big, in no way surprising. A little viscous from the big dose of booze. It also feels like it coats your mouth too.

O: Truly a good example of the the imperial ipa. More of a double if you ask me. However, I felt it was slightly dry. It's not like a dry hopped dryness, but a wet fresh acidic dryness from boiling a lot of hops for a short time. It's clean and not muddled by all the earthiness that a dry hopped beer brings.. Thus, the flavor profile is great! Bright and citrusy and subtle fruitiness. The 22oz bottle is a little too much. A 8oz snifter would have been sufficient.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which looks to have pretty good retention. The head is a fluffy, pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber which looks a mix of pale amber and golden straw in the light. Lacing tends toward sheeting.

Nose- Very pine and resin forward which indicates this might be the type of hop bomb many hopheads love but I won't. Some mustiness. A little bit of grapefruit. Some caramel. Much more pine and resin forward from the bottle than the glass which shows much more citrus (orange and lemon) with a touch of honey.

Taste- Starts off with some grapefruit but quickly moves into pine and resin and then matchstick. This needs to warm up a bit but this is exactly the sort of high hopped beer that I don't like. That is not to say that it's a bad beer- I understand fully why many would love this. This is bitter as hell and I would have loved it when I first started drinking IPAs. Still quite tasting as there's a nice spice tingle on the finish and the linger is mellow and rounded. Malt bill is definitely pretty clean at this point as I really get nothing in that department. Very small citrus notes start to appear, even a hint of peach. Some caramel and honey do appear near the middle but this is still dominated by resilient pine and resin hops. Spiciness borders on pepper or even gin botanicals. Good beer that is a solid representation of one aspect of the style.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with a bit of rich creaminess. Nice and smooth. Good amount of carbonation but blends well with the texture.

Drinkability- A little much for me because of the bittering hops but still quite accessible. No heat and rounded enough as not to obliterate the taste buds. Great price- just a little over 4 bucks for a solid IIPA.

Overall- A good, solid beer. Nothing more, nothing less. The flavor profile is not preferred but will probably appeal to most IPA drinkers. But after the Plinys, Heady, Notorious, and Sucks, I just can't do these types of beer anymore. A must try for hopheads.

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Photo of Goliveidaho
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable pouring a 22 oz bottle at Whole Foods in Boise Idaho. Laces the glass like strip cartoon. Light head, first swallow, gentle mouth feel, light for an imperial.Refreshing, lacks depth, all up front. Two thumbs up for a very good 9% IPA.

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Photo of justiceavocado
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at concordia in Portland after a big meal at tastee's and sons.

A-- half a finger of white head, hardly any lacing, very clear and the color of honey.

S-- very much a sniffer; strong pine, pine sap, freaking pine needles. This is not going to be citrusy, no doubt.

T -- how right I was. This guy is leafy! Maybe lemon on the finish, but you have to work to taste it. The finish goes by too quickly, in my opinion, but it lengthens as it gets warmer.

M -- pretty standard ipa feel. Small carbonation, more linen than velvet.

O -- better than okay, but not a whole lot better. DRINK WARM, way way better.

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Photo of rblib
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden copper with a fluffy head that dissipates pretty quickly into thin lacing. The taste is sweet stone fruit at first but soon relinquishes into a bitter assault on the palate that somehow I really liked. It's good.

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Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Some pleasant sweetness. Slightly hot with alcohol and a moderate acidity. Big fruity aromatics. Hoppy with a mango tang.

Mellow malt and a bitter burn of aftertaste. This is like a Tripel, a light whiskey, with the malty clean taste. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at New Seasons Market in Portland.

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Photo of 5pmsomewhere
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Best part about this beer is the smell - citrus/pineapple in nature. None of this transfers to the taste, which is bitter superhop from start to finish. There is an earthy character to this beer that lingers for a substantial amount of time.

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Photo of jdense
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station's IIPA fest, 9.4.2010, $4.50 a pint.

One finger white head, medium dissipation with good lacing over light amber body a bit (chill) hazy with multiple streams of carbonation. Grassy smelling hops up front in the nose with a significant dose of sweetish hops and bready malts for balance. Taste is a bit sweet up front, citrus/grapefruit, not noticing as much grassy hops as in the nose. Mouthfeel is medium, good effervescence, leading to a lingering bitter finish. Good drinkability despite the ABV. I missed this at OBF re confusion whether this would be in Buzz Tent, glad I caught it here. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to VoodooImpStout for sharing this one at my tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some earthy and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice hop presence in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden honey color, with a thin but pillowy head and a nice bit of carbonation running up the glass. Smell is sweet and fruity but not just citrus from the hops, there are whiffs of pineapple and mango hiding out in there. Taste is quite nice initially, it is not nearly as bitter as I was expecting considering the amount of hops in the nose. That being said, what bitterness is there seems to linger a little, to the point of becoming a little bit unpleasant if you drink it too fast. It's sort of like a grapefruit that isn't quite ripe yet. Mouthfeel is nice and chewy, but again, the bitterness bites a little to hard when it finally shows up.

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Photo of Thingus
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live tasting bomber into Duvel tulip...

Appearance; pours a hazy light brown color with hints of gold and a fluffy and slightly bubbly two finger straw colored head... Rentetion is pretty good, with the head falling to a thin splotchy film after a couple minutes, lacing is out of this world with a thick curtain of lave sticking to the glass all the way down...

Smell; opens right up with mango and pineapple, hints of orange and grapefruit rinds and notes of pine...

Taste; lots of candied citrus rinds, orange, grapefruit and hints of lemon... Lots of pine creeps in at the finish, with an odd soapy bitterness lingering after... Kinda bizarre but not totally off putting...

Mouthfeel; good carbonation! Bright and lively across the tongue, medium bodied with a slightly sticky aspect to it...

Overall; this beer was good, but I wound up penalizing it for the soapy aspect... Not terrible at all, but I could certainly see that becoming overbearing... Were that to be fixed, this beer would be awesome!

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Photo of deebo
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank out of a plastic cup at a cheap ass hotel in Newport, OR. This a very aromatic big beer with the 9% alcohol well hidden. Aromas and taste of pine and sweet citrus. Taste has residual sweetness to go with the malt. A very nice big ipa. First beer from this local brewery.

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Photo of pdxdrum
4/5  rDev -1%

A very bright beer. Not great head retention, but definitely has a great nose to it. Unmistakably alpha hopped (as if the namesake wasn't a giveaway). The malt comes out much more as it sits out and warms up. Has a finish that lingers.

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Photo of jbakajust1
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on tap @ Hop Valley

A - Pours a hazy orange w/ 1 finger white head that fades slow to a thin cap w/ great lacing

S - Smells of grapefruit rinds, citrus, light resin & pine, papaya, fresh cracked pepper, sweet malts and tangerines.

T - Taste follows the nose. Spicy, resiny, pine cones, citrus fruits, juicy, light malty sweetness.

M - Big bitter semin dry finish against a malty back bone that holds its own, smooth.

O - Good DIPA, big malt backbone to support lots of hops, nose is a little too light, may have been the improper glass ware though.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4/5  rDev -1%

On draft at Chuck's 85th. Grapefruit, pine resin, grassy aroma. Pours orange, slightly cloudy, with a white, thin head. Hits with a bitter taste from hops, with some sweetness and sourness in the back. Thick and full body, with a long finish.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with a black crown that has a green leaf on it.

A- Dark orange with a 1 and half finger head, off white in color.

S- This smell awesome, Pine, grass, and slightly floral. Very intense.

T- A bit of let down after the smell. Sweet up front, with a nice pine hop finish.

D- Creamy, and no bitterness.

O- Smell is awesome, taste is a letdown after that, but still a good IPA.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Orange to amber hue. Good shine and clarity. Think small bubbles

S: melon. Citrus pith. Watermelon rind. Subtle tropical fruit. Grass.

T: bitter pine. Grassy notes. Melon rind. Hops. Resin

F: crisp and clean. Very bitter aftertaste

O: decent west coast style Ipa. Was expecting a bit more tho.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Bomber bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance: Clear with a light amber color. Thin white head and minimal lacing present. Aroma: Hoppy citrus. Taste: Very hoppy with some bite. Slight citrus on the sip. Aftertaste: Ends surprisingly with more punch. Very dank citrus and pine. Flavor really becomes apparent on the back end. Overall: A little subtle on the front end but the back end is worth it! Very good. 4.04 out of 5.

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Alpha Centauri Binary IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
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