Friday, April 20th 2012
(Hop Valley Brewing Company)
Oregon is the second largest hop producing state in the country, Washington ranks number one. In the 1800's Oregon was however the "center of the hop growing universe" according to at least one article we've read. On top of that, most of the hops grown in Oregon during that time were grown in Springfield, Oregon - home to Hop Valley Brewing Company. So, yep, lots of hop history in this brewery's hometown. As this is our first brew from Hop Valley, why not start with the IPA, that makes sense right?
From the Hop Valley site:
"A true NW IPA, with an orange-copper hue, & enough malt to back it up."
Here we go...
Pour - out of the can, Alphadelic fills the glass a soft golden color with a rich, thick white head floating on top. Super clingy foam sticks on the walls of the glass. This has the makings of a fine beer.
Aroma - loads of sweet citrus, cotton candy, bitter lemon, pineapple and passion fruit. No shortage of aromas to take in as this one settles. As it warms a tad those aromas increase and those aromatic hop driven smells really come out.
Taste - can't help but start with a big sip. This smells great and has been leading me on a bit. Lots of grapefruit taste right off the bat, something I will always love about some breweries take on this style. This has the citrus, the dankness, the bitterness and the floral and raw hop flavor that drives a great IPA - and yes it really does have enough malt to back it all up. Really enjoying this beer and wishing I had more of them...
Overall - when you call your brewery Hop Valley and your based in one of the most historic hop growing areas of the country than you know people are going to expect a LOT from your hop focused beers. Alphadelic IPA does not disappoint. This was a beer we really enjoyed and would love to get out to Springfield and have on tap while learning more about the regions hop-growing history.
Note - Matt Groening, of The Simpsons fame, has revealed that Hop Valley Brewing's hometown of Springfield, Oregon was indeed the true Springfield. The town is located next to Eugene, Oregon and a trek down Route 5 from Groening's hometown of Portland. Perhaps we need a craft brewed Duff lager? Cheers!
Posted by Russ
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