Chehalem Mountain IPA | Golden Valley Brewery and Pub

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Chehalem Mountain IPAChehalem Mountain IPA
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Chehalem Mountain IPAChehalem Mountain IPA

Brewed by:
Golden Valley Brewery and Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 05-11-2004

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of Dschamp
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of constantine_272
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark copper with a light tan head. Taste piney but a little acidic with a bright herbal dry finish. I felt it was too dry and the dry finish just wasn't balanced well enough.

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Photo of fredmugs
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nqdell
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Vipin
3.04/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Boozecamel
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

1.5/5  rDev -52.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of loren01
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color, good head with good lace down the glass
S: Smells fruity almost like sour apple scent. Also smells of English style hops
T: Slight sour flavor up front followed by some bitter hop flavor.
M: Medium bodied beer, carbonation is a bit on the high side
O: This beer is kindof weird, the label says its supposed to be a NW style IPA but it tastes more like an English style IPA to me. It also says its made with Centennial and Cascade but it doesnt taste typical for those hops at all. Not sure what to make of this. The more I drink the more i just dislike this beer. There is a problem someplace this cant be what the brewers are going for.

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Photo of jtosch
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of shelby415
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of RedBiddy
1.34/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I actually was so disappointed by the first 22 ounce bottle I bought I had to go and buy a second to give them a fair shake. The second confirmed the first - this beer truly cannot be classed as an IPA ... or any other respectable style from a microbrewer in the great Northwest. It was weak...appearance - weak, smell - weak, taste - weak, mouthfeel - weak, overall - guess?
I hate to attribute any sort of shameful grade to a northwest brewer for a beer that has expected standards to reach for, but this one was well deserved. It's on par with a Yuengling IPA...sad. There is no style of beer to compare this one. BLECK!

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Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of dgilks
3.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden coliur with a nice creamy off white head. Good head retention. Great lacing.

Light caramelly aroma with notes of diacetyl cut by a grassy hop character. The diacetyl is a bit dominant.

Smooth pale malt with a dose of diacetyl. Good moderate hop bitterness with a small dose of grassy hops. Unfortunately the fermentation fault kills this beer.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Good.

There is real potential int his beer with some nice light malt and hop character. Unfortunately, diacetyl has killed this beer and renders it no more than okay.

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Photo of olmatty
2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazed orange amber with a thin white head.

Smell- Slight Malts and hops with a slightly sour aroma mixed in. Not unpleasant, but not much happening either.

Taste- Quite a bit of sourness in the malts right up front, some flat bitterness and herbal and citrusy hops. Frankly, there's quite a bit of unpleasant flavors. Long, bitter, sour aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Sticky, even greasy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- Low, not very enjoyable.

I've had this beer before and enjoyed it much more, but I can not identify any of the flavors as a specific off flavor. I'll be giving this another chance at some point and I hope I will have the more favorable experience.

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Photo of hophead247
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber orange color with a bit of a haze to it,small off white head that fades quickly leaving little behind.The aroma was lightly malty with a decent hop showing a bit of grapefruit and pine as well.The flavor was pretty decent...mildly sweet with a nice malt side. Good showing from the hops with a nice bitterness...not really over powering in any way but drinkable and worth another try.

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Photo of PapaJ
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the tap at Venti's Basement Beer Bar, 13 July 2009.

a: cloudy, medium copper
s: floral and citrus hops
t: citrus hops dominates / well balanced with malt
m: full and satisfying
d: very drinkable; less bitter than the flagship IPA of most NW brewery

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Photo of Spikester
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy amber with a moderate off-white head and minimal lacings. Mild floral hop aroma. Taste is medium citrus floral hops, some grapefruit, fair amount of malt backing. Mildly bitter finish. I admit I have had punchier Pale Ales but this had no bad attributes either. An enjoyable, sessionable IPA. Actually very close to what many British IPAs taste like.

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Photo of Vancer
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welp, this one pours decently - hazy amber, egg shell topping that does it's damnest to lace the ol' Corsendonk tuplip.

Light, subtle hints of a hoppy citrus in the aroma. Pine with a wood stalk sneak in during the quaff. A nice, drinkable IPA - not over the top as some expect. Sometimes you just need a sturdy drinker instead of a hop bomb. This is it. Finishes with just the lightest coat of oil - so this one rates well with me.

A worthy contender in the populated world of IPAs.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, pale orange body with a thin ring of white bubbles.

Smell: A rather restrained aroma. Inhaling nasally like a coke-fiend yields notes of flowers, citrus, and spiced honey.

Taste: Honeyish maltiness with a quick, though mild, burst of spice. Floral and citrus hop character. Medium bitterness. Finishes bitter and questionably watery.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. A tad bit watery, I must admit.

Drinkability: Certainly not the best India Pale Ale rolling around out there.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangy amber with a fluffy head that looks almost pure white. Slight bit of sediment/particulates.

A run-of-the-mill IPA, with all the normal citrus hop and light malt aromas.

Chewy malt and a bitter, though barely sticky, hop presence. Earthy and rich deep herbal hops in the finish and aftertaste. Really a good IPA, but it's got nothing unique to offer or set it aside from all the other small brewery ipa's. It's good, don't get me wrong, and one of my favorite from GVB, just a bit forgettable.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color that is slightly cloudy - with a small head and below average lacing and very under carbonated. Light smells of hops that is lacking in aroma. First taste is extremely light not just for an IPA but for a pale ale as well. Not worth your time or money as this beer is lacking flavor.

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3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured good with a nice head. It was a little cloudy and had an orangish hue. It came off hoppy in the mouth and left the a nice finish on the front of the tongue. I didn't give me much in the aroma category. I will have it again to compare the experience. Over all it is a good IPA.

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Photo of ccrida
3.91/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a shaker pint, the Chehalem Mountain IPA is a slightly hazy pale orange with a 2 finger egg shell head, which sticks around for awhile leaving scattered, bubbly lace.

Nose is malty and sweet, mainly floral hops and a touch of pine and some spice, pepper and cinnamon. Good, but less punch then I expected.

Taste is not as malty as the nose, and while still rich, is more balanced with the hops. Still not punch I think of for a 'northwest style IPA', clearly from the subtlety of the EKG dry hopping. Also, the hops are not as floral as the aroma, with the bitterness and subdued spiciness of the centennial and EKG coming through more then the cascade. Bread dough and gingerbread, with some pepper and little soap, but overall pretty good. I didn't really care for the first few sips, mainly in that it was not what I was expecting, but by then end of the bottle, I really appreciated it.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, maybe a touch oily. Maybe not the most appetizing sounding adjectives, it suits the sessionablity of this brew.

This is a pretty drinkable IPA, more in the english style (for a NW micro), subdued and smooth. Not really a 'run out and tell all your friends' beer, but a highly sessionable IPA. 6.1% ABV is perfect.

Something about the maltiness reminds me of the Woof IPA, a generic grocery brand here in Portland. I wonder if Golden Valley contract brews it?

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Photo of grumpy
3.09/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Jeebus…. These reviews are all over the place. Inconsistent beer? Here’s my experience:

Appearance - Cloudy, pale orange. Watery looking. Not very appealing. Huge foam mass erupts upon pouring, despite the beer being well chilled, gently handled prior to opening, and trickled as slowly as is humanly possible down the side of the glass. Did I say “foam?” I meant relentless meringue. Globs of foam that just won’t go away. Forces me to pour three times to empty half the bomber.

Aroma – Wort, raw grain, a bit of floral and grassy hops.

Taste – Bitter, bitter, bitter. Not an explosion of citrus or pine, but a caustic, raw blast of hop bitterness with only subtle floral and herbal qualities. Not really my thing, hops-wise, but OK for a change of pace. Very long bitterness in the aftertaste. Malt? Well, I put a question mark after that word….

Mouthfeel – medium-light body, the absurd carbonation level, prickly biting combo of hops and CO2.

Drinkability – I have to be in the mood for this sort of beer. Despite my apparent bashing, I don’t think it’s bad at all. But I won’t rush out to buy more.

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