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: 60 | Ratings: 286
Photo of hreb
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
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 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 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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Photo of PacNWDad
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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 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 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 pdxdrum
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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 constantine_272
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 justiceavocado
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
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 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 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 Thingus
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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 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 jbakajust1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 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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Alpha Centauri Binary IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company
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