Woody Organic IPA - Roots Organic Brewery
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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
3.45/5 rDev -8.7%
Pours a hazy dark orange with a big head that dissipates quickly. Big floral and grapefruit aroma. Flavor of citrus and pine needles, with some sweet carmel notes. The only problem I had with this beer is that it was fairly watered down, very weak body. The hops definitely make up for what it is lacking, but leaves the beer somewhat unbalanced. I typically do not have good luck with organic beers, but this was not bad.
02-14-2010 06:38:21 | More by hophead247
3.53/5 rDev -6.6%
Pours slightly hazed copperish amber with a thin head that almost immediately becomes a vanishing swirl. Minimal small lacing slides down the glass. Very "average"-looking.
The smell is musty wood (cedar?) with grapefruit and a hint of caramel.
The taste is of grapefruit with a tea-like spicing turning to wet tobacco leaf and musty wood. Astringent bitterness and a minty spicing that last well into aftertaste dominate with just the slightest bit of malt backing.
Medium-bodied and has a certain smoothness despite the raw hops. Nice mild to medium carbonation that helps the beer flow.
This is pretty raw. Bitter. I expect - and look forward to - hops in my IPA, but this is too lop-sided and I would like a bit more flavor accompanying the bitterness. Worth trying though, if you want a "hop fix".
12-24-2009 14:00:53 | More by jwc215
4.18/5 rDev +10.6%
On tap at Saraveza, a place I miss dearly, although I've only been gone a couple of weeks. Pours a see-thru but rather dark caramel amber with a finger of off-white head. OK retention and lacing. Interesting IPA. It starts off with a rather bold sweet malt/hint of charred wood combo, but the citrus/pine 1-2 punch build strength like a snowball clear to (and past) the swallow. Drinks like a bigger beer than it is. Good stuff.
09-17-2009 19:24:52 | More by PDXHops
3.8/5 rDev +0.5%
On tap into an 8 oz. glass; while waiting for 'take away order' at Venti's Cafe, Salem, OR, 27 June 2009.
a: cloudy amber / dark cooper with minimal head
s: mild - slight aroma of piney hops / hints of citrus
t: piney / hoppy / intense / distinctive
m: dry, dry, dry und bitter / abrupt finish; the taste, in my sample, did not linger - not a bad thing
d: drinkable / notable / rich and intense but not a taste I will seek daily
Unique in my limited experience with the Pacific NW IPA cult beers. Memorable. I look forward to another pint in future. Not my daily pint; I be spoilt for choice at my local.
06-28-2009 03:03:55 | More by PapaJ
4.03/5 rDev +6.6%
Just grabbed a bomber at Beaumont Market, poured into my Hopworks Tall Pint Glass.. I poured it slow.. and..
- Wonderful dark cloudy copper look.. looks like a west coast IPA. The head and foam is insane though.. kind of a poof of foam when opened... and it all immediately raced to the top of my glass... leaving 1 inch of brew... and about 7 of foam. Now as I have poured a few more times, the top looks like a scene out of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory.
- Great citrus hop notes and sweet caramel scent... smells smooth and refreshing.
- Great strength in the malt.. wonderful caramel profile.. candied like flavor.. and citrus fruity zesty hop.. with a nice bitter zinger as well.. really a well balanced IPA.
- Slightly chewy and oily feel.. bit dry, bittern afternotes..
- The taste is great, but a bit overcarbonated.. took forever just waiting to get a sip.. and I still got a foam mustache... has everlasting head that can be duplicated many times with the same glass of beer.
06-04-2009 22:08:31 | More by Docer
3.63/5 rDev -4%
Chilled bomber into a glass. Another gift courtesy of end 0))) / ramnuts. Thanks again Frank!
A: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color. Poured with two fingers of foam that lasted for a few minutes before lapsing into a light film on the brew. Leaves some lacing behind.
S: A good balance of citrus hops, caramel malt, and a pepper sting. Interesting.
T: Follows the nose, but leans toward citrus hops with a slight pine character. Caramel malt comes in second and provides a contrasting sweetness. The finish is dry, with a nice pepper bite to it.
M: Medium bodied, with medium carbonation and an oily / resiny feel.
D: I thought this was an above-average IPA, but not an outstanding one. I love trying locals from elsewhere, so I'm glad I got to try it. Nothing about it makes me rabid, though.
05-20-2009 07:25:41 | More by Arbitrator
4/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours amber with a huge cream color head. Very good lacings. Nice piney hop aroma. Nice bitter piney earthy hops and a good amount of sweet rich malts. Relentlessly bitter but in an enjoyable way. Best organic IPA ever. Mouthfeel was good carbonation an smooth going down. Quite sessionable for an IPA with an abv of 6%.
01-17-2009 05:28:33 | More by Spikester
4.9/5 rDev +29.6%
A very smooth powerful IPA, Kind of cool it is Organic, I am not sure if this adds to the flavor of the beer, but the less pesticides and herbacides in my system the better. I have not been to the brewery recently but as I recall their winter seasonals are very tasty.
12-17-2008 22:19:37 | More by forsport
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
22oz bomber, purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $5.19 about 6 weeks ago. First Roots beer to show up around here. No freshness date.
Dark amber/bronze color, a little cloudy. This would get higher marks in the appearance dept but for the fact that there was an insane amount of head for a beer that had not been disturbed for some time. This bottle had been placidly sitting in my fridge for several days, so I don't think it had a valid reason for being half foam. Granted, it LOOKED nice after I gave it 10 minutes for the head to fall, but it kinda sucks to have a glass half full when you had tried to pour a full pint.
Very citrusy in the nose. Also a little spicy and a (very) little caramel-ishly sweet. This marks the first time I've had a beer billed as an organic IPA that has actually featured a well-developed hop aroma. Usually they seem fairly anemic (Fish, I'm especially looking at you).
Citrusy, piney, and a little bit crisp in the hop flavor department. There's also a malt backbone to this, but it's sufficiently understated to keep you aware that this is an IPA. Dry at the swallow.
Medium bodied, with an oily, hop resin-y mouthfeel.
Definitely the best experience I've had with a beer marketed as organic. If it wasn't for the foam issues - and I noted this has been commented on by other reviewers - this would be an outstanding beer. I'll try it again, but I sure hope they fix this issue.
10-27-2008 00:10:46 | More by woemad
3.78/5 rDev 0%
Pours a clear, dull copper color with a 1 finger white head that lasts for about 60 seconds before dissipating into a ring that leaves almost no lacing.
Aroma is of piney, spicy hops and grapefruit.
Taste is very hoppy - very peppery and bitter. Pineneedle tea and peppercorn abound, with an astringent grapefruit citrus tang on the back end. The malts really don't make an appearance until the ale warms significantly, and then as a slightly biscuitty undertone.
Mouthfeel is a bit oily, very spicy on the tongue. A good, sessionable IPA.
10-13-2008 00:22:56 | More by kosmoraios
3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
Had this beer in a 22 ounce bottle. Poured out with a nice foamy head that stuck around. Clear copper color with a spicy pleasant aroma. Definitely balanced forward with malt aroma rather than hop. I was hoping for more hop presence. My wife said that it smelt a little burned.
The taste was pleasant. Not overpowering with hop but definitely there. Spicy notes, almost peppery. Mouth feel was all right, good carbonation and tone.
Unique flavor, not what I was expecting from an IPA but nice. All in all a pleasant beer. Drinkable and unusual, not the flavor or aroma that you would expect from an IPA, but still nice.
08-29-2008 02:44:13 | More by westsidemiller
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
Pours out all foam. Annoying. Once settled a bit the head is stiff and huge like meringue. Color is burnt orange and very clear.
Smells kind of like a orange rind, kind of rindy. Some caramel in the nose. Nothing spectacular.
First thing I notice about this beer is the acidic quality that it has. Very lemony and floral. Tons of bitterness all over the place. Once the carbonation has disappated a little then the sweeter maltier flavors are more pronounced and the twang reduced.
Mouthfeel is dry and astringent from the bitterness. Overall an okay IPA, I would have like to seen a little more balance in flavor and feel.
07-16-2008 06:19:37 | More by bosco7
4.28/5 rDev +13.2%
Found a 220z bomber of this at a local convenience/market down the street. Nice little find if I do say so...
Standard IPA copper with a good bit of cloudiness.
Spicy aroma, with some passion fruit and other nice notes.
Nice spicy hops, grapefruit bitterness and sour qualities, but theres also some great herbal florals in this one. Yum! A real good IPA in every respect.
Finish is good, but the aftertaste seems a bit sticky and mouthwatering puckering bitterness.
Good carbonation that foams up in the mouth and fizzy bubbles througout.
As a side note, Lynard Skynard is playing a concert at the outdoor venue/ampitheater down the street, and I can feel the rumble. Kinda weird...aren't they all dead in a plane crash or something? I had no idea they were still touring. I think i'll walk down to the river and listen for a bit. They'll probably play Freebird, right?
07-11-2008 02:15:26 | More by SurlyDuff
3.55/5 rDev -6.1%
22 oz. bomber poured into my Meantime Snifter, Roots Island Red is murky dark copper with a large, creamy, bone colored head that leaves nice lace.
Smell is sweet malt, tropical fruit esters and floral hops, fairly restrained though well tied together. Reminds me a bit of incense.
Taste is much more bitter then the sweetness of the aroma, with a touch of sweet fruitiness before a blast of very spicy hops. I've had this before on draught over the last year or two and have never dug it. I really love some of Roots' beers, but their two bottled mainstays are probably my least favorite. Perhaps they're their original recipes? Regardless, I think they can use a refreshment, although this one is better then the Island Red IHMO. As this really warmed from ~45F towards room temp, it gained a nice rich maltiness, reminiscent of some small barelywines.
Mouthfeel is chewy and oily, with a full, malty body. Nice creaminess, although it's too astringent to be considered smooth.
Drinkability is average, not a great IPA, nor terrible, it takes a while to work through the bottle, and seems richer then it is. I really wish they made an IPA I loved, perhaps they can come through with a more aromatic DIPA.
07-10-2008 02:58:11 | More by ccrida
4.33/5 rDev +14.6%
Pours a beautiful copper orange with bubbly white head
rich, inviting aromas of grapefruit, crisp pine, slight biscuit malt
grapefruit upfront followed by crisp pine, good body, solid hops flavors and slight breadiness.
good, clean, crisp hop flavors lead to a good finish with the hops sticking on the palate. medium bodied or so, not over the top with the ibu's
very nice IPA. Good body and balance, not too piney or citrusy. a great quencher on a hot day
06-16-2008 02:06:37 | More by bitterthebetter
3.25/5 rDev -14%
22 ounce bottle from La Bodega in Riverside for $4.99 in May, 2008.
Hugely carbonated orange beer- a huge head, then lots of streamers from the bottom keeing it big for a long time. Makes it hard to drink.
Aroma from these streams is a crisp, moderately fruity, moderately pine oily hop profile, and moderate bready malts.
Flavor is a nice orange danish, lightly sweetened at the beginning of the swallow, then switching to a strongly hopped oil ending. Rather sudden and rather surprising. One or the other may have been fine, but the two together are hard to take.
Overall, there are parts of this I like, but mainly I'll give this one a pass.
05-14-2008 01:47:17 | More by Dukeofearl
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
Light reddish amber in color with a neglible head. Nice hop aroma with a subtle sweetness. Taste is of toasted malt with a lingering hop bitterness. A mild citric twang from the hops appears towards the end. Some how I'm getting faint bitter chocolate notes as well. Straight ahead flavor profile that is slightly out of balance imo. Medium body with a slick feel on the palate. A better than average IPA.
10-26-2007 00:35:37 | More by sinistermadman
3.63/5 rDev -4%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a prodigious head that is filled with large bubbles that thoroughly lace the pint glass
Smell: Blasts the nostrils with a citrus and piney aroma; a deep sniff reveals a nice caramel base
Taste: Starts out with a touch of sweetness that is immediately overwhelmed by a piney blast that builds, mid-palate, to an almost intolerable level; after the swallow, a minty depth appears and the tingling pine sensation dances on the taste buds for a long time
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but prickly, carbonation
Drinkability: Full of flavor but a tough one to drink for all but the hardiest hopheads
06-02-2007 20:51:21 | More by brentk56
3.3/5 rDev -12.7%
Sampled April 2007
Pours with a lightly hazed, amber copper color and is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, lightly tanned, off-white head that does not quite have the staying power than one would think it would. The aroma is quite hop focused with sweet citrus notes being most prominent initially. Notes of tangelo, lychee, candied orange peel lay on top of a zesty lemon character that is a mix of lemon zest and pith. At times aromatic notes of caramelized malts and biscuit-like grain are noticeable; it is interesting though that these notes never quite escape the dominant hop character.
The taste is a touch drier than I was expecting, but it still has a soft malt sweetness to it that accentuates the fruity hop notes. In fact I was a bit worried that this would be too sweet, but it is not. There is a gripping hop bitterness that really bites into, and cuts through the palate. This bitterness starts somewhere in the middle and runs through to a long, lingering finish that is quite sharp and astringent. This beer is actually one of the most bitter balanced beers I have had in a while. Somehow the bitterness comes across as scathing, the finish is actually hot from the hops (especially if you wait a bit after the beer has left the mouth); it is almost too much, even for an IPA. There are lots of citrus hop flavors here with notes of tangelo, grapefruit, orange and lychee being quite noticeable. The bitterness combines with a raw, herbal, green, pine character.
This beer showed quite a bit of promise initially, but ultimately the raw, scathingly astringent bitterness just overwhelms this beer. This could be quite good if this was cut back on quite a bit.
05-02-2007 20:53:13 | More by Gueuzedude
3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
Woody IPA from a 22 oz bottle pours a cloudy, deep copper with a thin soapy head. A raw, spicy hop aroma is present. Smooth and full on the palate, with muddled flavors of green, citrusy hops layered over a husky, unfinished malt profile. Not a clean beer in the traditional sense, but it finishes bitter with no hint of sweetness. A coarse, roughhewn IPA, but strangely very drinkable, partly because its interesting and partly because it has an unusually creamy mouthfeel. Odd, but worth trying.
04-27-2007 03:16:29 | More by bcm119
3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
"Early in the morning we'll be startin' out
Some honeys will be comin' along
We're loading up our woody
With our boards inside
And heading out singing our song"
--from 'Surfin' Safari' by The Beach Boys
Brilliant ochre with glossy butternut edges. A few superfine bubbles rise in slow motion and then plunk into the underside of a tight-bubbled cap. I love the buttery beige color of the foam since it's a good match for the color of the beer. The thick band of BB-shot lace currently occupying the upper reaches of the glass makes the appearance score an easy call.
The nose is nicely hoppy and doesn't lack power. My only problem with it is that I'm not really a fan of Magnum hops (a Hallertau variant). I'm sure there's at least one other member of the hop bill, probably American by birth, since the musky earthiness of Magnum is accompanied by some amount of citric fruitiness. Actually, the more I sniff, the more I like what I'm sniffing.
I'm on the fence about just how good Woody Organic IPA is. Hopheads may be the only ones able to find something to like since there's a considerable amount of bitterness on display. Unfortunately, the amount of raw bitterness outpaces the amount of hop flavor. I've never been a fan of bitterness for bitterness's sake.
It feels like there's plenty of malt on hand, it just doesn't taste like it. More malt sugars are needed to put the clamps on all the alpha acids doing a number on my tongue. It tastes like primarily pale malt with an assist from caramel malt. Bitter orange with a wee bit of bitter grapefruit pith is the dominant member of the flavor profile. I never would have guessed Magnum in a million years.
As noted above, it feels like there's enough malt present since the mouthfeel is medium-full with a silky smooth slickness that I'm enjoying. It's no surprise that the feel of the carbonation (few, fine bubbles) matches the look of the carbonation.
Roots Organic Brewery got the first part of the IPA equation correct: add lots of hops. I just wish they had done so with more skill so that their flavor would shine more brightly than their bitterness. The website description includes the tagline 'Let Us Give You a Woody'. Easy there guys, the beer isn't even close to that good.
04-03-2007 15:51:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
From a 22 oz bottle this poured a hazy orange to amber with a foamy head that looked like soapsuds that settled quickly to one finger that lingered for quite a while and left moderate lacing. Nose is floral hops with a grapefruit tinge. Mouthfeel is lively and almost oily and lingers on the teeth and tongue. Flavor is quite bitter and you know you are drinking an IPA. Finish is a nice and long and appropriately bitter. A very good IPA.
03-28-2007 04:19:22 | More by rkuhnel
3.25/5 rDev -14%
On draft at brewery. This beer was decievingly decent. It was served in an imperial pint and I instantly thought I might have made a mistake.
It was cloudy. I don't mean just a little murky or slightly hazy. It looked like they but yeast into the glass and then poured the beer on top of it. (Hefewiezen style) Don't judge a book by it's cover right?
The smell was fair. Definitely hop foward. There was a fairly strong aroma of what I can only think is yeast, kind of bready and funky but not bad. This is going better...
The first taste is fairly bitter followed by nice malt character. The breadyness continues into the taste, but there is very little of that funky yeast taste. The finish is very clean with nice hops, I asked and they said it was Magnum for the dry-hopping. Nice.
The mouthfeel is very full. Not stout-like but nice body. I can only imagine that the yeast in the glass added to this.
03-27-2007 20:58:20 | More by imrichbeeeatch
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
Dude, the smell of this beer is like, totally kind. All those dry hopped Magnum hops impart a potent fragrance thats not unlike high-grade cannabis. It smells like my old dorm room.
Seriously, this is the stickiest smell Ive ever known on a bud I mean a beer I mean what do I mean? Well, whatever.
The point is Roots wants to give you a Woody and I think thats a good idea. Er Woody is bright golden, clear, with sluggish CO2. The muscular bittering has a touch of tealeaf and tastes sativa-licious! Truly a distinctive ale with gutsy contours. The bittering is almost searing in its intensity.
03-20-2007 18:28:45 | More by RedDiamond
Woody Organic IPA from Roots Organic Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.