Uberhoppy IPA
Valley Brewing Company

Uberhoppy IPAUberhoppy IPA
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American Imperial IPA
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4.09 | pDev: 11.74%
Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
Uberhoppy IPAUberhoppy IPA
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a darker orange kind of vibe to it, the hop oils seem to keep it from forming much of a head unfortunately for the eyes. Aroma wasn't the usual hop Americana smells, this was like a noble hopped double ipa from across the pond.

Taste brought lots of bitterness, a mild malt sweetness that doesn't offset much. Viscous. Just thought the crystal and red? malt selection made it too heavy, the hops were there, but they didn't provide much beyond an earthiness and bitterness to the equation.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex citrus hop aroma. Medium to full body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer.

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Photo of hoppyhampy
2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No freshness info. Pours a clear, deep reddish orange with almost no foam or carbonation and very little lacing. Nose is quite rich with malt, more roaster than sweet. Hops take a back seat here, barely showing at all. Mouthfeel is syrupy and heavy with no carbonation, almost like a barley wine style. Rich, caramel malt with a good amount of resiny texture on the finish, enough to cut the heaviness of the malt and remind you that this is classified as a DIPA. Hops are quite citrus-y but don't show well enough to make up for the over-abundance of malt. I am really not feeling this one. It has almost nothing I look for in a DIPA.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Darker Amber color with a very light off white Head. Lacing was nice but I would have liked to see at least 1 finger of head.

S - Smells of Caramel, Minerals, Honey, Orange, Pineapple and Hops(of Course).

T - Tastes of Citrus, Caramel, Minerals, Spice, and Alcohol.

M - Very Heavy, Oily and Sweet. Not much carbonation to speak of.

D - This is not highly drinkable because of the Sweetness and Alcohol but I will be buying it again.

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Photo of veinless
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber reddish color, with a nice frothy head.

Aroma was of citrus and hops to the max.

Bitterness was incredible, overpowering all other tastes in the beer. Some malt was discerned but not much.

Had an awesome "bite" upon swallowing at the back of the throat. Phenomenal IPA, and much different than other very hoppy ones like Stone Ruination.

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Photo of sbauer
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz (bottle-conditioned)

A: Dark amber-brown. Light lacing.

S: Burnt toast, fresh hops, cherry liquor.

T: Coffee, dark chocolate, cherry, toffee, a bit syrupy. Light pine hops on the finish along with the dark chocolate.

M: Full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

D: An aperitif with strong, dark flavors. A great dessert beer for a hop lover.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 1/2/2010. Bottle thanks to mkade883. Pours a deep, clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of grapefruit, sweet citrus, apricot and other tropical fruits. Flavor is also quite sweet and fruity initially with a bitter hops finish. Lots of malt too. Good IIPA but it doesn't have the easiest drinkability.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 rate.

Bottle, thanks Matt! Pours a clear plum red with a sticky beige head. Strange, herbal nose. Hard to pick out the elements of this, but it's more than grass and forest pine. Almost like smoked bacon. Flavor is a gorgeous expression. Light and nimble, with a fresh, almost minty finish that explodes with piney hops. Balance is perfect. This would have been even better right after the release, but its merit is evident nonetheless.

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Photo of pixieskid
2.74/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviews from Summer 10' Poured into SN 30th Glass.

Full body, slick but slightly creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.
Syrupy sweet malt presence upfront with strong notes of caramel.
Fair hop presence with notes of citrus and piney hops with a hint of floral hops.
Finishes with a rich sweetness and fair bitterness.

Definetely Uber Malty but Not Hoppy:
(could have been a freshness issue)

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Photo of aquaderek
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. The brew is a cloudy dark brown, light lacehead. The nose is great, sweet caramel, slight piney hopes. The taste and mouthfeel mirror the nose, I have a little problem with the lack of carbonation. The mouthfeel is slightly oily from the lack of carbonation. A really good beer, but not uberhoppy.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. from liquor store in Elk Grove. Part of last distribution of Uberhoppy according to Steve Altimari.

A - Pours deep copper with 2 fingers of foamy white head, and dissipates moderately. Leaves a 1 finger ring and some light lacing.

S - Caramel malts dominate the aroma while flowery hops with perfume back the craft beer. Not exactly what I expect out of an IIPA.

T - Caramel is very prominent along with flowery hops and a finish of notable bittering hops. The brewer has altered the water profile to give it a London-like flavor (similar to Fuller's). There is also some slight warmth.

M - Malt dominated, with a medium mouthfeel. Finishes dry with a touch of heat, which is to be expected from a IIPA.

D - As the beer warms up, I feel more accustomed to the flavors, but expect a bit more hoppiness from a WC IIPA, but cannot date this beer. Though an IIPA by nature should not have a London-ish feel (water + caramel notes), this one is an exception. The brewer has definitely created a beer unique to the category that is enjoyable.

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Photo of armock
2.74/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops and cat piss

T - Like the nose theres citrus grapefruity hops and the cat piss smell in the taste

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - While this DIPA isn't over the top and the abv is well hidden I just don't like IPAs that have the cat pissy characteristics to them but if thats your thing go grab one

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for this generous extra, Chris! Shared with Jeff during our double brewday.

Pours a dark amber-orange. Great head formation fades to a film, good lace and retention.

Aroma is nice, but not as hop forward as I would have liked. Some apricot and a substantial malt profile that is really great actually. Resiny, some sticky pine too. Taste has a big malt character, biscuity with fruity flavor. Low-moderate sweetness offset by big bitterness. A slight twinge of alcohol in the finish. Interesting hop profile though never really distinct, overall is a combination of herbal and sticky pine flavors, somewhat distracted by the malt.

Great mouthfeel, low carbonation, but well done. Approaching chewy and great substance akin to PTY. I really enjoyed this beer despite the less than stellar aroma as far as top-notch DIPAs go. I would like to try this again fresh at the source or on tap, but I hear that won't be possible with the brewer leaving?

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy amber, not much head released nor that much retention either, and just a little lacing on the glass.

Strong sweet malt aroma and fruity hops.

Taste is sweet malt, then super concentrated, resinous, grapefruit hop flavor. Can taste the alcohol level a bit. Tongue burning bitter hop finish. Actually, the hop taste is quite harsh.

Body is light as is the carbonation, producing a flat mouthfeel.

This is a strong ale, and it's drinkability is limited by the 9.5% ABV and by the hops that are so rich and strong that one 22 oz bottle is sufficient. It is sort of an Altoids like beer, curiously strong (and harsh), so you can only have one or two, that's it. Plus, I enjoy hoppy beers that are not so built on a sweet malt backbone--maybe that was necessary to get to 9.5%, but contrast this with Pliny The Elder, which has a more balanced hop taste and finish. The harshness of this beer really builds on the palate.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared from Joe on our double brew-day.

The appearance of this beer was great. Deep red/amber color, with a white head of good consistency.

The aroma is nice, but was a bit dissapointing on the hop end. It had a touch of pine, herb, wood, and apricots, but all in too low of a concentration for a DIPA. Luckily, everything else about the aroma saves it. Nice, fruity boquet from the yeast, and deep, sweet malts with a little bit of carmelization.

The flavor is sweet and malty with a solid caramel sweetness. Hop flavor is good, but the bitterness is only "uberhoppy" aspect of the beer. This feels like 100+ ibu's bitter, so good job there.

The mouthfeel is thick and smooth, with a really good finish that contains a bit of dryness. Half a bottle was plenty. This was a really good beer, but not an excellent DIPA.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.4/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. It's the last keg in the area, and since the brewer was fired, probably the last ever. It's rare omg rare.

A: Pours a clear amber in the glass with a frothy 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Retention is great, even frustrating, because I want to sip it.

S: Floral, green -- like smelling wet twigs. Tea-like. Piney. It's somewhat different from how I remember the bottle (don't remember this much pine). It's very, very hoppy on the nose. Which is fine; smelling doesn't cost anything, and I like it.

T: It's hoppy on the palate, too. In fact, it's incredibly bitter and harsh. Very tea-like, nearly tannic/astringent. I feel like I'm sucking on a hop, here. It's somewhat piney, but I'm having trouble picking out the flavors over how bitter this is. There's a general biscuit or caramel sweetness, but again, the hops are thrusting themselves to the forefront in an aggressive, unrefined fashion. Was Steve angry when he brewed this batch?

M: It's mostly dry, with a long-lasting bitterness that promises to wreck my palate, even after half my glass (which was nominally a 0.3L pour). I really don't enjoy such sticky beers; I prefer a cleaner finish.

D: This was very intense, and at times unenjoyable. It's still on tap at GHS, but I don't plan to get another.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank back to back with the cobrahood/west coast at the brewpub. Darker. No head, yet left good amount of clingy lace.

Aroma was englishesque. Double. Taste, sweeter, more astringent. Doesn't feel like as much dry hopping, less Amarillo, more chinook & cascade. Not too heavy. Old school hop resin. A little thick. Touches of imperial red feel to it. Has it's place in the world, dimensions of a lil bit of a few styles in this one.

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Photo of Lunch
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade with azureoval (Thanks!) into my Brooklyn snifter at cellar temperature (05/15/10).

A: Pours darker than expected. A cloudy medium brown with one finger of an off-white head.

S: I was expecting a hop bomb, but this aroma is very much of a slightly burnt caramel, biscuit malt. Some resinous piny hops are in there but they are in the back.

T: Taste follows the nose and this is certainly a malty DIPA. Nice flavors and I really enjoy the biscuit tones, but the hops are lacking in this one.

M: Fuller-bodied and pretty thick with low and creamy carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable, but the burnt tones tend to get in the way.

Overall this was a very interesting DIPA that I enjoyed, but I was hoping for it to live up to its name and truly be Uberhoppy. Thanks again for the bottle, Josh!

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Photo of bcm119
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish/amber with a pretty durable off white head. Fragrant sweet malt, butterscotch/toffee aroma with hops adding a touch of candied tropical fruit. Malt-heavy on the palate, with a strong, pervasive sweetness that shows toffee, red fruit, and some overripe citrus. The hops are submissive in terms of flavor to the malt, but they cut the sweetness enough to prevent a cloying or syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is long and cola-like, with hops making a late citrus rind and tannic black tea showing, and some coffee notes even come through late. An interesting beer, maybe more appropriately named Ubermalty, but nonetheless a bold and complex beer. I'll remember this one, and hope Steve brews it again at his next gig.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. It's an orange-amber color in the glass, slightly hazy and unrefined in appearance with a thick two-finger head capping it. The aroma is intensely hoppy, reminiscent of tangerines and blood oranges. Citrus-heavy, there's a solid malt foundation beneath the hops and hints of evergreen and stonefruit. Hops and malts hit the tongue evenly upon first sip, but the malt is quickly washed away by the sharp bitterness. Layers of citrusy hop flavors unfold on the palate, from tangerine to grapefruit to pineapple. It's quite chewy in texture, but it finishes dry with a long building bitterness that wrecks the palate after a glass or two. Surprisingly, it's an easy beer to drink despite the intensity of it, and it's very well balanced between hop flavor, aroma and bitterness. The orange/tangerine hop profile makes it pretty unique in my mind. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to azureoval for hooking this up.

Appearance: Pours a dark cherry / burgundy color, with a nice 3 cm off-white head. Not a ton of retention and just a little bit of sticky lace on the glass.

Smell: The malt is the first thing on the nose, and it is extremely roasted. A great switch up. Tons of hops to go along with it, citrus and pine mostly.

Taste: A great variety of hops here. The flavor is different than I have seen in other DIPA's. Some burnt sugar, chocolate, and smoke join the toffee sweetness to start. After the roasted malt front, citrus hops (mostly apricot and grapefruit) take over, but there are some great pine notes as well. Alcohol sneaks in right at the end, but it is barely present.

Mouthfeel: Very noticeable dryness here. Nice creamy feel, with medium carbonation in a full body. A light hoppy oil residue after each sip.

Drinkability: A killer DIPA is always drinkable.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think my fiance got this for me at her work.

Appearance- dark amber color, thin head

Smell- hops

Taste- hops, some sweetness, very interesting

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was really good. It had a really interesting flavor that I enjoyed.

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Photo of cavedave
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Major thanks to wavers1 for allowing me the privilege of this.

Pours a an amber beauty, topped by a one finger beige head that lasts. Lots of lathery lace. Nice.

Smell is a light/med. aroma full of caramel, citrus, floralhop, and pine. Prominent caramel a surprise, but hops just what you hope for in a beer like this.

As it warms this beer really gets it together. At first there is a neutral sweet, but progressive sips reveal more of a burnt sugar to this, a delicious, dark ghost of sweet that ushers in a wave of citrus, floral, and pine. Besides for the roasty malt tones there are even hints of bitter chocolate in there, adding a complexity to the finish. It finishes very dry, the floral taking a dank turn with bitter citrus, and pine. The component flavors of this just get better and better.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Plenty of carb., but not too much for style, very viscous, clean flavors, almost creamy, clean, long lasting finish.

Drinkability is of self-demolition variety. No taste of the alc. in this big beer, great flavor, nice complexity. Given an unlimited supply, I could drink this non-stop until dark matter is explained.

Impression: Yet another superb beer that requires cross country travel to revisit. Hopheads get this if you see it, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another gem that I recieved lately that I decided to crack open on Memorial Day. This was one of three bottles opened up with dinner. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/31/2010.

Very nice dark amber pour with a nice looking head of white that reached a height of around an inch and a half before settling back down. Smooth lacing coats the sides of a medium cloudy and overall fine looking ale.

Aroma is pungent, sharp hops that mean business from the moment you crack the bottle, no doubt about that. Ripe grapefruit, tons of biting, sharp citrus notes. Hints of a piney, resin like aroma as well. Well round and huge west coast style. Thick feel, really almost like syrup except saved by very nice carbonation. Rich and bitter hops coat the tongue and really throw off a ton of rich flavors. Warming does tend to bring out a little more of a buttery, sweet malt balance that is very well placed. ABV again is well hidden and over this is put together quite nicely.

Overall a solid DIPA. A sleep for me as I felt it after the pint. Would not really have a complaint against this one.

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Photo of sidetracked
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wavers1 for including this in a recent trade.

Pours a clear deep amber with a soapy dark cream head. No lacing.

Smell is sweet green apple candy, bitter citrus, pine, and caramel.

Upfront taste is bitter citrus hops leading to a rich, sweet caramel malt middle. The sweetness lingers into the finish when it combines with bitter grapefruit and piney hops. Nice lingering bitterness.

Full bodied and syrupy with medium to low carbonation.

Very unique flavor with an amazing mix of sweet and bitter. The malts really compliment the hops rather than simply balancing them out.


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Uberhoppy IPA from Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 102 ratings