Woo! Another beer to add to the review/drank list. This one comes from Beer Valley Brewing in Ontario, Oregon and has the great name of “Leafer Madness: Imperial Pale Ale”. Weighing in with a hefty 9% alcohol content, this one screamed from the shelf to ‘Buy Me!’. …which…of course, I did. I had it in the fridge for a couple of days because I wanted to make sure to be of clear mind and palette before sipping this bad bwoy. And since happy hour at the Goat happened on Friday, and Saturday was happy hour at Tatalum’s, basically today is the first day to get to this.
Upon first sappin on this thing, I notice a pretty distinct flavor. It’s good, but not exactly the spot-on IPA flavor that I look for. Not to discourage anyone from drinking it though, because it’s definitely worth drinking and trying it. It’s just a tad bit different from what I’m used to. There are definitely some serious flavor explosions once this stuff hits your tongue, and it is a thick drink (for an IPA). With such a high alcohol content though, it is surprisingly mellow and I wouldn’t guess it was 9% by the flavor.
This stuff was released in very limited quantities, so go out and grab yours soon. This is from their website: This edition of Leafer Madness Imperial Pale Ale was brewed with 200 pounds of fresh Chinook hop flowers. Only 2400 bottles of these special beers were packaged. Leafer Madness Imperial Pale Ale as created during the great hop shortage of 2008, but there is no shortage of hops in this beer. Brewed with large amounts of 2-row malt, Munich malt, and multiple hop varieties, this 9% ABV, 100+ IBU hop monster quenches the thirst of those who crave the lupulin!
*I guess that the limited amount of bottles being released explains the $6.99 price tag for a 22oz.1 comment
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