Cobra-Hood IPA | Valley Brewing Company

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Cobra-Hood IPACobra-Hood IPA

Brewed by:
Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerBeing on 10-19-2007

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by jeffjeff1:
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Monument Wines and Spirits a couple days ago.

Appearance- coppery color, very thin head, almost none

Smell- citrus hops

Taste- citrus hops, pretty balanced

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good.I would have it again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ brewery, figured I should check it out at the source before they trash the place and recipes.

Nice standard copper appearance, great citrus and pine aroma. Good bitter beer with ample hopping. Average malt body, neither too heavy nor massively unbalanced. Hit a weird snag midway where the hops gave way to bitterness, but overall, $4 a pint, decent deal.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks again to mjl21 for everything. Mike, you are the best ever! Review from notes.

A- Pours a lighter golden orange color. My glass was lightly hazed as well. Little 1/2 finger white head that died down rather quickly in my glass. Some soapy lacing that slides back down into the glass.

S- Big citrus and piney hops in the nose. Smells a little dirty (earthy) with something else I can't put my finger on. Light malts in the background which come and go. Malts balance out the citrus more than the pine.

T- Not packing quite the punch that I thought it would. The citrus hops come though more than the piney hops in the front. The middle of this beer has a earthy taste still to it mixing in well with the malt in this beer. Light piney taste in the background that could pack a little more punch. For a regular IPA this is about right in taste.

M- Light-medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good in this beer. Leaves a light cirtus/bitter hops taste in my mouth. Nothing really too standout flavor wise. Average mouthfeel altogether.

D- This is a good IPA for being just an IPA. I think all these hopbombs I am used to drinking have taken a light toll on these non-hopbomb gems.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Hazy orange-amber, raw and unrefined appearance with a dense frothy two finger head that retains well.

Very perfumey hop aroma. Grapefruit, orange and pine. Only a faint whiff of malt despite the dark body.

Big citrusy hop flavors wash the palate, grapefruit being especially prominent. One of the most grapefruity hop flavors I've come across, in fact. Very dry with a hefty, oily, chewy body, perhaps a bit heavier than I like for a single IPA. Juicy, citrusy mid-palate but ultimately dry with a bitter kick in the finish. Lingering pine and grapefruit flavors. This is excellent, very happy to find it on tap locally.

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Photo of vacax
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at the brewpub. Pours orange in color with a plentiful head. Good retention and extensive amounts of web-like lacing left behind. Aroma is full of tropical fruits, lots of pineapple and papaya, all balancing out with a bit of pine. Lots of crisp hoppiness, only the hint of malts that gets lost in fruit. The flavor itself centers more around a crisp pine note, not too resinous, with an herbal taste. Full hop bitterness on the midpalate, then the finish has a mild cookielike malts and herbal hops. Medium bodied with a full, prickly carbonation. This is a good IPA, nice hop notes, not too much malts. The hop profile could be more complex, but this is fairly good.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - pours a fairly bright golden color, big ivory head with great retention and lacing, pretty clear on the first pour

s - big orange and grapefruit aromas on the nose, a little bit of caramel malt, not much by way of alcohol

t - very well balanced on the palate, big orange and citrus flavors mixed nicely with caramel and biscuity malt adding some backbone to the bitter citrus hops; finish is bitter from the hops but also has a mild malty sweetness that balances out the hops, alcohol is really well masked

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish, mild alcohol warming

d - pretty drinkable for a 7.5% IPA, more balanced than most bigger IPAs, which makes it easier on the palate and hence, fairly drinkable

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Photo of rpstevens
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ipa247 for another west coast ipa. Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint.

The beer pours an amber orange/straw color, with a thick bone white head. As the head fades it leaves behind a very sticky lacing on the walls of the glass. The look is a little light compared to other ipas I have been drinking lately.

The smell is a nice blast of pineapple, orange peel and resinous pine hops. There is a malty backbone to this one, but just enough to provide balance. There is also a very earthy hop that is present throughout the entire flavor, I'm not sure that it quite belongs...

The taste is a bitter blast of pine and citrus hops. The pine flavors cut through first, followed by a nice wave of orange and pineapple. The biscuity malt characteristics balance out the flavors and are washed away by more bitter hops.

The beer is well carbonated and has a nice medium body. The alcohol isn't present at all and I am really happy I got to try this relatively obscure west coast offering.

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Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from alano - A standup trader and guy who should be congratulated for just taking the grueling California Bar Exam.

A - A murky, almost dirty golden brown color with a nice foam head that dissipated to a little bit of stick on the side.

T - Very citrusy, maybe even a little bit of mango in this one. Very smooth and sweet tasting with some mild piney hop taste and a nice bitter resiny bite. Good stuff.

M - Appropriate amount of carbonation in a smooth brew makes this a great, medium bodied drink.

D - Did the bomber no problem, would go back for more.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Back when this place had a rad brewer, they made some great beers. This was a very good one. A mixture of orange and copper appearance, 1/2" white head. Aroma was equal parts pine, orange and grapefruit.

Taste still kicked down the hop notes, as it continues on, it isn't as impressive with its C hop and maybe simcoe flavors, the malt heft starts to creep downbottle.

Nonetheless, this was pretty much the best stuff around in Stockton back in the day.

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Photo of flexabull
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another recently arrived bottle of Valley Brew beer. Looking forward to this IPA.

Pours a light gold color, pretty clear, with a huge white head.

Aromas are of light grapefruits, minerals, and a light sweet malt candied note. Very nice.

Taste has a light hoppy citrus quality, mostly grapefruit like the nose, an easy candied malt flavor, and a general creaminess. Finish is crisp, with a resiny and bitter pine bite.

Mouthfeel is good, but maybe a touch thin. But still not bad though.

Drinkability is great. This is a very well made IPA. Nice hoppy flavors, good malt background, and an general easy drinking quality. Hopheads will dig this one. Very well done Valley Brew.

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Photo of aglose45
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to alexd3891 for this fine brew...

A: Nice golden brown color with an off white head. The head retention was solid, it lasted the entire glass!

S: Starts off with a quick hint of tart citrus, then switches to a nice sweet biscuit scent, before it switches to a piney note at the end. However, I wish there were more hops in the nose.

T: Starts off with a nice tart, peach flavor. This is quite pleasant since it is not everyday I taste peach in an IPA! Following this is a hint of biscuit, just enough to balance it put before it switches back to the hops, this time a touch of pine. At some point I taste a bit of grapefruit, but it's in a different spot every sip! Man, this tastes phenominal.

M: Light to medium bodied, great stickiness from the hops, and IMO this carbonation level is appropriate.

D: This beer is unique in the way that I taste peach flavor, I love that in a beer, as if is my favorite fruit! I coul drink this beer quite often if it were available to me...

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Photo of augie
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of nerow
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank at the source. Poured a beautiful dark gold with about a finger and a half of head. Gorgeous lacing. It's a hoppy, piney, slightly minty beer which certainly comes across in the smell. I couldn't manage to drink two glasses in a row, it's tough enough to finish a glass because of how hoppy it is, but my's worth every sip.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bomber poured into a pint, two finger fluffy creamy head with great retention, hazy light golden coloring with highlights of ochre yellow, crazy amounts of head cling to the glass, a quarter inch of head remains on the beer all the way down, this is a very attractive looking brew.

s- this is one tasty smelling beer, very piney, very citrusy, loads of grapefruit oozing out, some very floral notes escape as well.

t- the taste echos the nose, lots of citrus, lemon, tons of grapefruit, very piney, floral, great bitterness that lingers a good while, this is a top notch west coast ipa, no trace of the %7.8 abv.

m- medium body with lots of slickness and a bit of soapy-like coating in the mouth after drinking, that description doesn't sound appetizing at all, but it actually is!

d- this is a great ipa, i got this in a the secret santa bif, and i'm sure glad that i did, this is very tasty, i will have absolutely no problem polishing off this bomber.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap from source. Nice layout with a huge red motorcycle sitting on top of a raised bar (pretty cool idea, might try and put the same setup in my house too).

A - Bright, rich, creamy orange color. Halfway filtered, this should be interesting.

S - Slightly citrusy, earthy hops.

T - All-spice, with pine and citrus hops.

M - Wow. Spicy earth tones and tanginess from the hops. Way to bring out the hops!

D - Will have to head down again for another pint.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of beachbum1975
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from Perry's Liquors, shared with newtonty.

Pours a clear amber with a bright, white creamy head with nice lacing.

Smells of big citrus, antiseptic and spicy malts.

The taste reflects the nose. Big, chunky and almost waxy moutheel of bittering citrus, hints of honey and a spicy caramel base hidden very lightly.

Very nice - recommended!

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Photo of caresville
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

received this one from saulcharlesworth in the under 100 BIF not too long ago, thanks!!

a- copper to amber with a sudsy looking off white head, typical average lacing. not bad.

s- almost musty, barnyard stench. straw, hay, grass, dirt, etc. some hidden hops, citrus aroma and pine needles.

t&m- after the not so great smell the taste surprised me. malty and sweet yet very bitter and citrusy. i didnt pick up much grass and hay taste here, its well balanced between the floral hops and citrusy zest. quite a pleasant surprise!!

d- surprising and different, wouldnt mind to try this one again. better than most crappy, peatmoss tasting IPA's out there.

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Photo of illidurit
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewpub. Light amber/copper color with a great off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is of sweet citrus and mango. Bright and tropical. Flavor is caramel malty with the same fruity hop profile as the aroma. Nice medium bitterness at the back of the palate. Good balance but I'd like it a bit less balanced, in favor of hoppy bitterness. Still a very good IPA.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared with alfrantzell and largadeer.

A: Pours a clear, coppery amber body with generous bubbling up the glass to produce a lively, moderately-retaining head. Quite nice lacing down the glass before I ruin it all with my "I don't know what to do with my hands" swirling.

S: Grapefruit and apricot are strongest, but there's a bit of pine hop in here too. Biscuit malt.

T: Starts off with biscuit malt, but gets progressively hoppier and blossoms into a citrus profile with grapefruit and apricot flavors. Underneath is a subdued pine presence and something herbal / tea-like that I can't place. Mild astringency in the finish.

M: On the thin side, perhaps due to carbonation that's slightly on the high side. Pretty cleansing though. I'm surprised to find this is 7.5% [EDIT: 7.8% on the bottle, thanks for the correction Arne], as there isn't a trace of that at all. Does this start to cross into DIPA territory then?

D: Nothing that changes the way I look at the world, but it's an enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

S - Is of citrus grapefruity hops

T - Follows the nose with grapefruit hops being the majority of the flavor

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

D - This is a pretty good tasting ipa making it easy to drink its worth getting or picking up to try sometime

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle that landed today, thanks Costa.

Pours clear copper with a one inch head of dense white. Plenty of layered lacing as the glass goes and a solid skim coat on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with pine boughs, tangerine pith, and grapefruit oil. Light malt follows through along with a chaulky promise. Slightly stinging and pungent. Spicey but lacking some floral finesse.

Medium bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel.

Grapefruit, pine resin, and a hint of pithy orange start the palate. A firm, bitter backbone quickly steps forward and traces of plump malt follows through.

Finishes with a lingering, drying, bitterness, pine-rubbed grapefruit, and a hint of warmth.

A good, straight-on West coast IPA. The nose is lacking the blast of floral, tropical essence found in the best examples, but certainly quaffable and an easy drinker.

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Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber color with caramel copper hues when held to a light source and a two finger off white head with excellent retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap and ring. Sporadic splotches of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus floral hop aroma with a lot lemon peel and grapefruit character in the nose along with slight caramel, biscuit and Graham crackery malt.

Crisp earthy hops with a lot of sweet citrus peel, mango and grapefruit. Slightly earthy and dry with subtle pine lasting throughout over a caramel, biscuit and graham crackery malt backbone that is a bit too strong for my liking.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served only lightly chilled, this is amply carbonated as a steady pour produces an almost four-finger thick, pale tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a burnished deep copper color with amber tints to it that shows an almost clear, rich copper hue when held up to the light; lots of carbonation is seen as well when held up to the light (too much actually). The head leaves a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass and forms some interesting structures as it slowly subsides. The aroma has a pungent, fruity hoppiness to it that definitely satisfies the cravings of my inner hophead. Notes of lychee, tangerine, bright citrus oil concentrate as well as a backdrop of softer herbal hemp oil, and a touch of pine needles are easily noticeable in this loud smelling IPA. If you really dig for it there is some malt noticeable towards the end; this is defined by a biscuit like maltiness, perhaps a touch of toffee, and some caramelized crystal malt notes.

The beer tastes a bit drier than the fruity hop aroma may lead one to believe, but there is still just enough malt sweetness here to accentuate a fruity hop flavor as well. The malt sweetness has a bit of a crystal malt edge to it towards the finish with a touch of sweet tea like notes, some caramelized biscuit notes and a touch of dry toasted grain in the final finish; this is definitely a hop dominated beer though as the malt only plays a supporting role here. A solid bitterness starts out light as the beer first hits my tongue, but it has a clean, biting character in it through the middle and the finish has an ample, lingering bitterness that couples with a light menthol hop note. There is a lot more herbal hop character than was in the aroma; notes of pine, a touch of grassy menthol, and a bit of hemp oil are all fairly noticeable. The fruity hop components still play a big role in the flavor though, as they contribute clean notes of lychee, kumquat skin and a nicely fruity citrus component. As the beer warms up the hop character becomes more spicy; almost peppery at times and it has an subtly woody component as well as a bit more menthol character.

My second pour of this that I immediately started drinking is a bit too carbonated, but some swirling of my glass gets this down to a more manageable level. This has just a hair too much crystal malt flavor for my taste in a West Coast IPA, but this is really almost a nit-pick as this is most certainly a hop lover's beer. At the end of the day this is a very nice IPA and one I will happily drink fresh anytime; actually I wouldn't be surprised if this beer has already lost a bit of its hop edge from its bottling date.

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Cobra-Hood IPA from Valley Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 41 ratings.
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