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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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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 279
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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 mactrail
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

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 chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
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 womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -21.6%
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 Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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 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 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 JohnGalt1
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 picked up at the COOP, but most of the bottleshops are carrying this one now and even some grocery stores/bodegas. Pours a clear dark golden with an okay white head.. little to no lacing... Fruity hops remind me of melon and mango but are lighter than most PNW DIPA's and balanced nicely by the maltiness... Bitterness is restrained and also balanced and leaning more toward the back.. Body is light given the 9%.. Bubble is spot-on... Very drinkable and perfectly balanced, I just prefer my DIPA's a bit more aggressively hopped.


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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 puboflyons
2.93/5  rDev -27.3%
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 beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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 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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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 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 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 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 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 snaotheus
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at 41 F with no bottle code on it. Reviewed entered from notes; actually drank it yesterday.

Pours clear, golden, with a medium head that dissipates quickly. Medium carbonation. Smell is grassy fairly mild, lots of grapefruit, a little floral.

Taste is very bitter, some straw-like sweetness, strong grapefruit rind/pine bitterness. Slight honeysuckle sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and thin, smooth. Overall, quite good.

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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 jdense
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Hop_God
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Hoptometrist
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
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 artoolemomo
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
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 deebo
3.99/5  rDev -1%
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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Alpha Centauri Binary IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
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