Chehalem Mountain IPA | Golden Valley Brewery and Pub

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Chehalem Mountain IPAChehalem Mountain IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 05-11-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
35
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.19
pDev:
19.12%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of RedBiddy
1.34/5  rDev -58%
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 BESTIALEX
1.5/5  rDev -53%

Photo of ATLbeerDog
2/5  rDev -37.3%
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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Photo of loren01
2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
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 olmatty
2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
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 nvsblman
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice amber color with a thick, long lasting head. Nice citrusy aroma, maybe a little pine. There is a light piney note in the taste, but there's not much more to it with the hops. Decent malt background. Kind of a thin mouthfeel. The carbonation seems to linger on the tongue. Just seemed like there was something missing with this one, but I would drink it again if it were available.

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Photo of ElGordo
2.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the 22oz bottle a pretty opaque orange color with golden highlights, topped by a creamy, off-white head that leaves some nice sticky lacing on the glass. Nose is dominated by some serious astringency, with some light, citrusy hops and light, mild malt, and a touch of pepper. Palate is again dominated by astringency, with notes of pepper and citrus peeking through before disappearing into an astringent finish. Mouthfeel is highly astringnet and tingly, much like chloraseptic. Not completely unpleasant, actually, but a pretty rough interpretation of the "northwest styel" IPA.

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Photo of marc77
2.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper hue. Creamy, dense ivory white head yields tattered, sparse lace. Mild, sugared citrus zest along with a suggestion of lemon drops. Understated light lovibond caramel malt attempts depth. Prosaic, but clean aromawise. In flavor, hop flavor is rather tepid, consisting of diluted notes of orange syrup and key lime. Malt character is underwhelming, but functional. Token bready pale malt undertone and vapid light toffee hints. Mildly bittered, but meager in malt presence. Nearly bland, but balanced overall. Malt sweetness augments as it breathes, becoming dominant and oddly tea like. Functionally dextrinous mouthfeel that suits the flavor profile, but no more. Finishes mostly watery and sweet, with vague biscuit and syrup notions. A middling IPA at best. Too soft all around and lacking any assertive hop presence. Clean, but insipid.

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Photo of jtosch
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of shelby415
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -5%
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 Vipin
3.04/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of dgilks
3.06/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Reidrover
3.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have had a mixed success rate with this brewer so here goes .. 22 oz bomber. NOt a vert attractive beer at all when poured into my glass :dull,lacklustre pale orange with a small unattractive bubbly head. Aroam is mainlly hoppy but quite subdued compared to other IPAs..slightly spruce like...some maltiness. Taste is quite sweet with a good showing of the malts..the hops for my taste, are rather weak and wishy washy. Mouthfeel is alright..there is a pleasant mildly bitter aftertaste. So once again Golden Valley fail to impress me..not that this was a bad beer..it just didnt strike me as something i would tell a friend about.

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Photo of freed
3.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Lucky Lab. It poured beautifully with a brilliant coppery golden body and a curdled white foam head. The foam had those nice crusty brown edges to it, and laced the glass something phenomenal.

The aroma was rather mild and just hinted that it was an IPA. There were nice almost old world spicy and herbal smells. Nothing spectacular, but there was a nice yeasty addition as well.

The taste was simple, clean, and fresh. Nice malt body with a bready feel to it. Very mild bitterness and smooth grass and herb flavors. Nothing offensive or bold.

The beer drank well enough, but wasn't that noteworthy other than its appearance.

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Photo of grumpy
3.09/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of Boozecamel
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of nqdell
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of hophead247
3.35/5  rDev +5%
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 RedDiamond
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served with a cask-like head of big soapy bubbles exuding a bright herbaceous aroma. The shiny copper body is vastly cleaner than the slurry gobbed stuff that comes from the bottle. But I also don’t remember the bottled version as being so thin.

Clear in appearance and taste with sharp, concise bittering. Very drinkable but the watery body is surprising.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
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 SurlyDuff
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
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 CoryR
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of constantine_272
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Chehalem Mountain IPA from Golden Valley Brewery and Pub
3.19 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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