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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Ratings: 301 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of corywalston
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kkenagy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 8BaconBits
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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 CMC73
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Giggy
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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 unclekeith
3.26/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of WDJersey
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


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Photo of Beaver13
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
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 Spaceman_Jer
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Montanabeerz
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skrumpy
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elglueckert
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lobina
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Abraca_dabra
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
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 +3.7%
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 +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 Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -12%
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Rating from notes taken Zwanze Day 2014:


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Photo of boisehack
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hop Valley Brewing Company’s Alpha Centauri

I sampled this at my neighborhood Albertson’s, and said “I hasta have!”

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a big ol’ Kirin mug. A nice head formed, about a finger and a half, which slowly degraded to an uneven foamy surface with different sizes of bubbles, very nice! Tendrils of foam clung to the glass as the foam subsided. I thought the bar to be hazy, but it was very cold, and the mug was just frosty, the brew was clear, and a nice light amber color. The head persisted, nice and dense, about a quarter of an inch, after several minutes. The smell… hops(!), and a little citrus, not a huge aroma, to my surprise.
The first sip said Imperial IPA in your face, and on your tongue, buddy! I could taste every one of those 100 bitterness units. Puckered the roof of my mouth! The flavor reminds me of when I chew a leaf of yarrow or sagebrush. Are there turpenes in hops? Yes there are! And there was a bit of what I decided was carambola fruit. All of this hid the 9% alcohol very well.
So I sipped, and sipped, and refilled from the bottle, and sipped. Actually, I should say I’m sipping. I sip, and then inhale through my partially closed mouth, and there is not as much aromatics going on as some beers I have had, with a minty cool like effect, but I can feel the hop oils coating my mouth. As far as maltiness is concerned, my taste buds are not as attenuated to that.
There is no lacing on the mug, curiously, as there is still a foamy, almost scummy head. Have you ever gone hiking by a stream, and noticed a scummy foam hanging out along the bank, trapped by sticks and rocks and grasses? No? Too bad, but like that. Now I do detect that aromatic, almost minty feel when I suck air into my mouth, a bit. I also feel a bit tipsy. Listening to the Beatle’s “Girl” from Help helps. Another sip, another Hop Bomb! Yum! I shake the last dribble from the bottle into the glass.
I notice that there is a patch of lacing at the back of the glass, with bands indicating my sips, and I wonder if I smoked something, but maybe it is just my dishwasher messing with me. Note to self- hand wash beer mugs, please.
The hop sensation has worked itself all around and under my tongue, very nice. The Kinks’ “I’m Not Like Everybody Else” is playing on the radio, and this beer could sing this song, if it could sing. I can relate!
Did I mention mouthfeel? Here goes: Nice mouthfeel, kind of thick, maybe due to the oils in the hops.
That’s all folks!

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Alpha Centauri Binary IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 301 ratings.
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