hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Amber coloured with a decent sized off white head that dissipates into just a coating. The aroma is awesome, lots of fresh hops with lots of different aromas, especially considering this is a "west coast" IPA. Excuse me, DIPA...As Stine says, dank weed scents are present...a bit strange I think, but all things considered it’s not a bad thing. Other than that, the hops are a bit floral with a few hints of resin. The palate is awesome, it’s commanding in the mouth but it’s not too thick and isn’t syrupy. The flavour is fantastic, very well balanced with loads of malt, sweet wonderful malt. There is a feeling of the hops loaded into this beer, but they present themselves in a very interesting way. They are there, but not overly bitter. Some resin, a bit of grapefruit, and a tad bit of bitter. Really well made, lots of great flavours. Worthy of its spot.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Bottle, courtesy Ibrew2or3. Copper pour, lively, frothy white head and lacing. Nose is massive amounts of hops, citrus and pine. Bitter, some sweet malts. Flavor is big on hops, very bitter, tropical, with some vanilla notes. Excellent beer, very yum and plenty of unique notes to make this not just another double IPA. Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2009
(Bottle, thanks scrizzz!) Pours hazy amber with a small off-white head. The aroma is medium to heavily green-ish hoppy with fantastic fruit overtones of passion fruit, papaya, strawberries, star fruit, lychee, black currant, mango, pineapples, peach and juicy oranges/pink grapefruit. There are also some more “heavy” hop notes of fresh herbs, pine, earth, resin and roses. Easy going, toasted malt profile. A whisper of yellow apples, watermelon and ripe pears. Very clean nose - no yeast or disturbing acid notes. One of the most complex hop aromas I have ever smelled. The flavour is light sweet, medium to heavily bitter and light acidic. Very clean, citric juicy, piny, earthy, light salty and exotic fruity. Perfect toasted, light caramelly malt backbone. The mouthfeel is clean and soft at first before the hop acid tones kicks in. Near medium carbonation. Lingering afterbitterness. More resinous and earthy in the finish but there are still room for tropical fruits. Light alcohol warmth. Medium bodied. Near perfect, I love! fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2010
bottle thanks to wavers1, Baker you rock! Pours dark hazy carmel with a medium off white head that held all the way down leaving a nice lacing. Aroma is nutty with almond and peanut notes then a nice pine hop comes forward with some floral notes. Flavor is so good. Rich malt profile of biscuit, a very bready almost rye toasted malt, and again nuts. The grainyness is cut by a strong hop bitterness. Lots of evergreen and pine notes, maybe even a little spruce, just tastes green haha. Ends extremely dry, I feel my tongue loose all moisture. This is special stuff. Thanks again Baker for the opportunity to try this fresh! Lothore (644) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A- Pours a deep, golden, wheaty color with a 1.5 finger, chunky white head that fades with tons of lacing.
S- Deep floral hops, grainy with deep undertones of freshly baked bread. Hints of sweet caramel.
T- Taste is phenomenal. Starts off with lots of floral citrusey hop notes and is completmented by a wave of sweet, bready goodness. Not nearly as bitter as I was expecting but the hops play a major role in the overall flavor.
M- Thick with medium-low carbonation.
D- Incredibly drinkable. The hop character is fantastic and everything is balanced perfectly.
Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 Courtesy Boboski, thanks Jason, I finally get a chance to try this one. Pours hazy copper with lasting off white to tan head. The aroma is just huge!!! With grapefruit hop notes all over the place. I can see some on the ceiling. It has grapefruit juice, grapefruit rind, under ripe grapefruit wedges, - wow! The taste is much the same starting with bold grapefruit juice mixed with grapefruit rind and orange rind and then green under ripe grapefruit wedges. Again, wow! There is a mild malty sweetness that just barely murmurs to the surface from time to time. The whole experience progresses with ever increasing grapefruit hop bitterness that just doesn’t give up until well after the taste is over. Nik925 (795) - USA - NOV 17, 2009
Unbelievably hoppy. Not that I was expecting a pale lager but this still exceeded the amount of hops I was expecting. Sticky, completely out of balance in an amazing way. Not that malty / minimally double IPA in the malt make up, then again it is 9.5%, I guess it is just that you can’t taste the malt under all the hops. Like hop juice, wait that is a different beer. If you want hops more than beer this is perfect for you. GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Sweet citrus and caramel on the nose. Beautiful flavors of citrusy hops which is balanced nicely with a generous malt undertone. Finishes with mouth coating bitter orange peel. Awesome! Thanks ksurkin for sharing this wonderful beer! Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2010
In short: An archetypical American Double IPA, a bit of everything, on the dry side, dangerously sessionnablecranialouch (1) - USA - MAY 26, 2010 does not count
How: Bottle 22oz. Post-EBF 2010 tasting #1 with east-coast crew. Brought by ygtbsm94 (I think). Thanks for the great treat Brad.
The look: Almost clear golden body topped by a medium off-white head
In long: Nose is an explosion of hops, coniferous/foresty, citrusy, grapefruity, everything. Taste “perfectly” unbalanced. Crisp malt backbone plays second violin to an avalanche of American hops. The hops have a bit of everything that American IPAs can offer with the coniferous/foresty being a bit more upfront than the other elements (citrus, floral, grapefruits, grass, etc.). Within 24 hours I had multiple samples of the excellent fresh Pliny the Younger, then multiple samples of the even better SN Hoptimum, but I thought that this Valley Brew Uberhoppy was the best of the bunch. Given the competition that speaks volume. Plus it is much easier to find than the other two. It is pleasantly dry and way more sessionnable than the other big guns of the style. I like my big Double IPA hop bombs a bit on the dry side of things so this one is tailored made for me. A new entry in my top-5 favourite American hop fix. I used to be jealous of those Californians with their great weather and kick-ass IPAs. But now I realize that it is not doing me any good to be jealous. I’m switching over to envy. And if it doesn’t help I’ll switch to hatred.
This beer packs a lot of flavor; good aroma, plenty of hops, and good maltiness underneath.