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Hop Valley Alpha Centauri Binary IPA

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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Big flavor, intense pine and citrus aroma. We keep the malt profile clean in this Imperial IPA to let the love lights shine on the fine Northwest hops.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBaboon (1660) - FINLAND - FEB 21, 2015
Pours clear orange with white head. Aroma is fruity and caramel. Flavour is heavy bitter, pine and light to medium sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mile (3207) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle. Golden, hazy, average and mostly diminishing head. Moderate malty and sweetish aroma, light caramel and some tropical fruitiness, piney - some grapefruit hoppyness. Body is average to full, malty and lightly sweetish, light caramel and tropical fruitiness with piney light grapefruit hoppyness, light alcohol. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, light caramel and fruitiness, lots of piney - some grapefruit hoppyness, light - some alcohol. Well hopped IIPA - not too sweet. Maybe bit too much alcohol considering the body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (6803) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 13, 2015
65 cl bottle. No freshness info.
Pours clear golden-copper color with a medium sized head. Nice tropical fruits on the nose with resinous hops, noting over the top but nice floral appealing notes, mild pale malty notes with piney notes and some spruce. Lemon and some grapefruits on the flavor, some bitter hops and gooseberries, not that malty on the flavor, which is good, slick lingering bitter hoppy palate. I’m guessing this is not as fresh as I would have wanted it to be, but feels very crisp and hoppy anyway. Alcohol doesn’t come into play at all, I would probably have guessed this as an IPA. Excellent fruity DIPA.
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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (2462) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 8, 2015
Bomber. Piney hop nose, mixed with citrus, a bit stinky. Medium straw color, fine thin head. Concentrated pale malts in initial. Hops jump in to blend briefly. A strong resiny residue, quite spicy. Finshes sort of balanced. Medium body. 100 IBU... it’s all there, but doesn’t really knock you off your feet. Not so much texture or mouthfeel from all that. Nice, but not a great imperial IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartlebier (2235) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 3, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2015 66cl bottle pour@Nieuwjaarsreceptie Gentse Biervereniging, merci. Diced mango-sweet, well-behaved pine-forward and near-creamy DIPA in the Heady Topper family: fragrant candied grapefruit zest and mango sirup in the nose accompanied by fresh tree rind and sap. Taste has the same, elegantly dosed on a mouth-filling mousse of a hop liquid. maybe also has some rougher cheesy, say curd, edges as part of that creamy mouthfeel of mango smoothie lidded by pine sap, but never goes into resinous overdrive. A very pleasant DIPA that demonstrates with elegance that those at the source do not need to blast the hop goodness all in your face in one go to make a hoppy DIPA shake.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2613) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Bomber from Fred Meyer. Hazy golden/orange with some dark colors. Sweet grapefruit nose. Some peel as well. Somewhat pungent and bitter up front, followed by sweet grapefruit juice. Finish is grapefruit peel with a touch of sweetness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3407) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Copper body with a poofy head. Splendid resiny, coniferous bitterness comprises the bouquet. The body is bitter, but the bitterness quickly fades to reveal a subdued twangyness. Floral and fruity hop with gushes of grapefruit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6172) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle. Clear amber color with ivory head. Nice spicy, light dank, citrusy aromas. Smooth medium body. Soicy, citrusy tropical fruit medium bitter flavors with a light malt sweetness---very tasty

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (1582) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2015
Butelka 66cl. OCZY : piwo jest przejrzyste o wzorowym, złocistym kolorze. Piana jest niewielka ale bardzo trwała i dobrej faktury. NOS : jest moc. Piwo ma mocne nuty żywicy i sosny. Do tego bardzo wyraźny i można by powiedzieć książkowy zapach mango. Skórka pomelo i tarta. Profil słodowy nie jest tak tortowy jak zwykle. Przypomina mi słody pilzneńskie często używane w belgijskich triplach. USTA : piwo jest umiarkowanie słodkie ale klejące o nutach biszkopta. Całkowicie zdominowane nutami chmieli. Gorycz jest mocna o nutach pestki cytrusów, żywicy i szyszki. Nie zalega i tutaj słody pełnia wzorowo swoja funkcje by w posmaku ugasić ten pożar goryczy. ODCZUCIA : wzorowe piwo po każdym względem. Pewnie można lepiej, bardziej dekadencko, czarująco ale tutaj jest wszystko na topie. Referencja stylu bez dwóch zdań jeżeli chodzi o wciąż orzeźwiające i łatwo pijalne DIPy. OCENA : smak : 8/10 pijalność : 8/10 styl : +1

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Baramba (294) - ITALY - JAN 15, 2015
Bottle @ vlc on tap. Hazy amber with huge creamy off- white head. Aroma is citrus, pine. Floral flavour, dangerous drinkable


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