Its Madness I Say, Madness!

reefer-madnessWhat do you get when you combine an insane amount of hops in a beer that uses plenty of two row malt and Munich malt, and age it in the bottle before releasing it?  Leafer Madness from Beer Valley Brewing in Ontario, Oregon.  Their web site states that in addition to the two malts there are generous amounts of various hops used in the brewing process of this hop bomb.  I’d say!

Oregon has long been known in the Northwest for its craft brew.  Henry Weinhard’s brewery in downtown Portland was one of, if not the first “Micro” Brewery in the US.  So Oregon has a long tradition of brewing great beer.  However, the majority of these “great” beers were crafted on the west side of the Cascade Mountains.  See Oregon is really two states, there is the Willamette Valley that includes Portland, Salem, and Eugene, and everything else!  Most of the great beers from Oregon come out of the Willamette valley, so when a beer is from the “other” Oregon, it is immediately suspect.  Furthermore, Beer Valley Brewing is located in Ontario, in the extreme Eastern part of the state, just across the Snake River from Fruitland, Idaho, making it even more of a chance than a beer say from Bend.  So how does Leafer Madness measure up?…

Leafer MadnessLeafer Madness is a 9% ABV brew that pours a cloudy golden amber color with a medium white head, and a ton of lacing on the glass.  The nose on this beer was great.  Extreme citrus and grapefruit smell, it was almost like sitting down to breakfast!  A hint of malty sweetness in the nose was where anything sweet about this beer ended! Taking a sip, the citrus and grapefruit notes about knock your socks off.  It was a very hoppy brew!  This was an Imperial Pale Ale, and I really don’t know the difference between that and an India Pale Ale, but I will say that this beer was very flavorful, but rather one dimensional.  The India Pale Ales I have had seem to be a little more complex and interesting on the palate, this was a complete and total hop bomb!

While the web site is clear to mention that there is malt in this brew the sweet maltiness never showed up.  This brew is BITTER!  Extremely bitter, but I have said before I like a bitter brew, so I really wasn’t disappointed, the flavor was intense, and everything I expected in a hop monster.  I let it warm up a bit to see if that brought out more flavor, and it didn’t, but what it did do was give the brew an incredible mouth feel.  It was thick and creamy, and wonderful.

All in all, I liked this beer.  It was intense and unapologetic. That is ok, if you can take it.  The bitterness on this brew takes it to another level, and it is a taste challenge.  Are you man (or woman) enough to handle LEAFER MADNESS? MWAAAHAAHAA!


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7 Comments on “Its Madness I Say, Madness!”

  1. November 2, 2009 at 11:09 pm #

    Love the name Leafer madness! the name alone deserves a try.

    • Don
      November 2, 2009 at 11:23 pm #

      That was my thought exactly! It is really hoppy, probably the most intense hop flavor I have had. Bitter and fruity. Kind of tasted like biting into a Grapefruit rind. Bitter and intense, but good too. The creaminess once it warms up is amazing!

  2. November 3, 2009 at 1:16 am #

    I think Leafer Madness is a great name too, but I’m not a fan of super-hopped beers. I prefer Pumpkin ales 😉

    • Don
      November 3, 2009 at 4:11 am #

      Scott, Scott, Let down your hair! I’m sorry to be so hard on you scott, but if you have searched the world over and never found a pumpkin ale that is satisfactory, maybe there just isn’t one. I hate to be the one to bring you back down to reality! I actually think that was one of the lines in a few good men, Didn’t Jack Nicholson say “you want a pumpkin ale….YOU CAN”T HANDLE A PUMPKIN ALE!” 😉

    • Jim
      November 3, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

      I’m telling you, Scott, stick to the yams!:

  3. Katie Pizzuto
    November 3, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    I lean towards the bitter IPAs anyhow, and with a name like Leafer Madness, I’m game….too cool!

    • Don
      November 3, 2009 at 5:16 pm #

      On their web site they rate this beer for Hop Bitterness/IBU at 100+! It will make your face scrunch up a little… 🙂

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