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Woodstock IPA - Portland Brewing Company

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Woodstock IPAWoodstock IPA

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35 Ratings

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-09-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by beerceller99:
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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle pours an amber colored fluid with a slight white head. Smell is woody, with smoked malts, and a subtle hop aroma. Medium bodied with a rich, creamy mouthfeel. Taste has a strong malt presence followed by a tasty hop bitterness.
A unique taste here, definately not your typical West Coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2005 18:42:58 | More by beerceller99
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Photo of buzzy


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-14-2014 00:22:24 | More by buzzy
Photo of shelby415


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-26-2012 08:31:13 | More by shelby415
Photo of cdwil


3/5  rDev -16.2%

12-26-2011 14:13:49 | More by cdwil
Photo of Jason


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Redbones in a 12 oz flute.

Amberish hue, thin lacing. Hoppy aroma of citric and grassy hop oil ... tad woody. Good balance between the hops and malt, decent crispness. Sort of a mild of the road IPA when it comes to craft beer, nothing special but drinkable none the less. I think I am pretty confused by who owns this brand and if it still brewed the same way ... either way not too bad for an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2005 01:30:32 | More by Jason
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This slightly hazy orange-amber IPA holds its head fairly well and leaves some minor craggy lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is welcoming and clean with a waft of grassy hops and yeasty fruitiness atop a lightly sweet and caramelish malt. It's gently crisp in the mouth with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation and surprisingly medium-light body. The flavor does offer some of the promised woodiness from oak-aging; as well as a nice balance of light malt, yeasty fruit, and grassy/leafy hops. A note of vanilla and some delicate, bready and caramelish malt appears at the swallow; followed by a solid bitterness that rises to leave it dry and refreshing. It's easy to drink and a bit more exciting than your average beer, but it falls slightly short on the IPA scale.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 21:47:12 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good IPA with no real "wow" qualities to it except for drinkability. Pours a clear copper colour with just a slight head after a vigorous pour. The aroma was citrucy with orange and grapefruit. There was also a nice grassy smell to it. The taste was well balanced with a malty sweetness and a citrusy bitterness from the hops. It went down very easy and I could se myself drinking a lot of these durring the summer months when I want an IPA, but nothing over the top.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2004 14:19:21 | More by CBFanWish
Photo of dauss


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Woodstock IPA which has been oak aged. Its got a strong bitterness at the very first sip all over the tongue. Stong carbonation, a little malty and woody. The bitterness lingers for a bit after you swallow. Pours a beautiful golden tan color with a big white head that has some good staying power. It also smells good, no off scents at all. Only if the beer tasted as good as it looked and smelled. I thought it was way too bitter, and that woody and bitterness aftertaste I didn't enjoy at all. Its an ok beer, but its not bad or good.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2004 22:26:16 | More by dauss
Photo of 86MonteSS


4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is pretty much what you'd expect from an IPA. The head jumped out of the bottle, and once poured, looked solid. Amber body (no shit, right?).

Very well balanced flavor. Definitely maltier than most of the other IPA's I've sampled though, and being a lover of English pale ales, I really liked this. Unique among IPA's. If I can find it again, I'll buy it.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2003 04:04:51 | More by 86MonteSS
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2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am not a fan of IPA's to say the least and this one was just way too bitter tasting for me. It poured a small sized white, smooth, creamy head with fine-small sized bubbles that mostly dissipated. The body was slightly cloudy and carbonated with an orange hue. The nose was hoppy, fruity, sweet and peaches(?). The taste of this beer was very bitter, hoppy, sour, tart, sweet with a lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel was tingly, thin and a bit watery and medium bodied. The lacing was fair.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 07:35:53 | More by hotstuff
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3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber color. Medium head. Malty and fairly hoppy IPA. Very oaky taste. Very hoppy and bright. Mellow flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter. A very traditional American IPA, bold and very hoppy. This IPA is much hoppier than Portland Brewing's IPA. They are the same beer are they?

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 18:04:12 | More by beerguy101
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3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a horrible beer, but not a tremendous beer either....pales in comparision to the west coast IPA's but would stand up nicely as a APA....Oak Aged...pours a light bronze color with an impressive white fluffy head that rims the glass nearly perfectly...you get some of the wood barrel aging on the nose...almost a hint of bourban too...some maltiness and some fresh floral hopping...the body is medium...flavor is pretty balanced between the malt and hops....the hops don't blow you away like a lot of the West Coast IPA's but they are nice in their own subdued manner..they exert their influence a little more on the finish when some citrus notes become more pronounced...overall a nice APA to have with dinner....not an IPA to blow you away though...

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2003 21:47:34 | More by ZAP
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South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a nice head to it and it lasted long. The color of the beer was a redish caramel color. I'm not too huge on IPA's, but I saw that the selection of this brew was dwindleing at my beer store, so I thought I would try it. It was ok, but nothing spectacular. I am more into dark "beefy" beers, so this just wasn't really in my forte. I was just trying to broaden my horizons.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2003 11:18:55 | More by JISurfer
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3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank on cask at Portland BC. Slightly hazy light amber with a thin white head and poor retention and lacing...clearly inferior in looks to the plain tap version. Aroma is of faint floral hops (much less so than I would expect for an IPA), and sweet caramel malts. Mouthfeel is woody and soft with very mild carbonation. Taste is again very fruity with suggestions of rotting apples and cherries, the unpleasant fusels kick in, followed by round English hops and a prolonged earthy bitterness and woody dry finish. Very mild with a thin to medium body. Not up to snuff for an IPA, and inferior to the tap version of the same name.

Serving type: cask

06-20-2003 17:07:55 | More by Mitchster
Photo of BierReise


3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been a little overwhelmed with IPA's recently but I thought I'd try yet another west coast IPA. This one was actually better than the others I've had recently and deserves a chance. Poured very clear and lighter in color than most. Not much head but tasted very smooth, not overly bitter and had almost a delicateness to it. The oak aging wasn't all that present but certainly led to smoothing out the rough edges of a usually bitter style. Not on the top of my list but not a dissapointment either. I'd like to sample more from this brewer

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 16:57:01 | More by BierReise
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is slightly lighter than many other IPAs, gold with a touch of orange. The head was minimal and what was there faded rather quickly. In addition to a healthy dose of hops, the smell of oak is certainly present. With the exception of the light oak flavor, the taste is more or less middle of the road IPA. The mouthfeel and drinkability also lack any real distinguishing characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2003 21:16:49 | More by mickeymac
Photo of Riggo


4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't know what the other people who reviewed this were smoking--this is a very good beer. Unique among the IPA's i've sampled, this ale is aged in oak barrels, and you can taste it. According to the brewery, the original IPA's were distinguished not only by the now familiar heavy amount of hops for preserving the beer in its voyage to India but also a pronounced oak flavor from the wooden barrels they traveled in. (Note: I have since learned that the claim to oak flavor in IPAs being authentic is, at best, controversial. Regardless, that flavor element in this beer is a plus in my book.)

Pours a clear bronze/pale-orange. On a normal pour, the head on this beer is slight, but a hard pour delivers an inviting foamy, creamy beige head with fantastic lacing. Some of the best lacing i've ever seen, which brought up the numbers on appearance. The nose is a gorgeous mixture of earthy oak and fruit--orange, grapefruit, peach, and lemon-citrus hops. Taste is initially of butterscotch perhaps, an earthy, oakey nuttiness balanced with a grapefruity hop bite. Some alcholic warmth noticeable on the tongue (6% abv) and a long, dry, cedary hop finish. Mouthfeel is crisp yet chewy and soft, coating the tongue. A very drinkable brew, first in that it's well-balanced but more in the sense of just wanting another.

Despite its coming from the northwest U.S., this IPA is more English in its restrained use of hops not to mention in its rounded, earthy tones. A very charming beer that deserves higher numbers. When's the last time you had an oak-aged IPA? Well, that's too long.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2003 05:16:56 | More by Riggo
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3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a classic IPA. The nose does give off a fair amount of hops against a background of caramel malts. The appearance is of a cloudy copper with a very thin slightly off-white head. The head didn't last any time at all. Despite the lack of a head there was a small continuous amount of non-sticky lacing. The flavor started out tasting mostly of caramel malts, but switched to a more heavy hop sense as the brew warmed. Fairly sweet in the front, bitter in the back. The reasonably full body is creamy, buttery, and oily.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 19:25:25 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of Pegasus


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper color with a small off-white head, good carbonation, and slight lace. Very aggressive hop aroma as well as a rather sweet caramel maltiness. Taste begins with sweet caramel malts and a slight tingling from the carbonation, towards the middle of the taste some oak tannins are noticeable. Near the end of the taste the expected hops appear, although not as pronounced as the aroma would suggest. Finish is rather dry. The mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant. A bit different from most IPAs I have tried, but, nonetheless, pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2003 18:40:33 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Quaffer


3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This was an amber beer with a weak, white head. It rose up to not quite two fingers and disappeared quickly without leaving a trace of its prior existence.

Smell: There was a rich caramel maltiness combined with a slight buttery aroma. The hops was almost undetectable. I had to really concentrate to pick any out. As the beer warmed up, a pleasant smokey aroma started to emerge. It really helped this beer out.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied brew that had a smooth, creamy feel. It reminds me of the way butter feels in the mouth: smooth and a little oily.

Taste: The main component of this beer was a sweet, caramel malt flavor up front. It was mixed in with butter (ever-present in this beer, I guess). There was only a slight hops bitterness that emerged well into the finish.

This brew wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything special either. Not enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness up front, especially for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 19:21:29 | More by Quaffer
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pale brownish-copper color, with a slight, but present head that hangs in there for the whole beverage, if drunken fast. There is a definant clingy lace that hangs to the side of the glass durring each drink, a nice view from here.

The aroma is strange but interesting. There is not much hop presence, for in IPA, but there is a strong oak smell and another smell i cant put my finger on. Is it alcohol or Juniper berries as was suggested in another review.

There is a solid but mellow taste that comes from this beer that scores it points in the drinkability. Smooth, pretty tasty and a decent mouthfeel. The flavor seems to hit all sides of the tounge.

Overall, this is a decent beverage. If i was brewing a beer, though, i dont think i would be content with a decent rating. There seems to be much room for improvement here.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 21:22:37 | More by elmocoso
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3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought I'd finally give this brew a try after seeing it dozens of times. It poured a deep copper color with a thin sheet of foam on top. The lacing was decent. I liked the aroma of this beer, it hit me as soon as I opened the bottle. A very strong grapefruit smell which led into the overall citrus aroma. The smell also consisted highly of bitter hops. The taste was a bit fruity up front with sweet malts in the middle and a good hoppy fininsh. The mouthfeel was medium which went down fairly smooth, although it finished kind of dry. Overall I thought this beer was well-balanced and I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 14:15:25 | More by Bruiser81
Photo of Morris729


3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear bright pale copper color with a creamy white head that fades into a sticky lace. Nose is sweet and fruity with notes of fresh juniper berries and some oak aromas. Light to medium in body with a bit of a slick mouthfeel from the hop oils. Taste is quite sweet at first with some candied fruit flavors. Some notes of oak become more apparent towards the middle with a good amount of bitter hop resins in the end leaving a dry finish. Not as much of a hop bite as I was expecting, but an enjoyable brew nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2003 22:22:24 | More by Morris729
Photo of DerKaiser


2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

MacTarnahan's and Portland Brewing seems to be a bastion of mediocrity, and this IPA is no exception.

The beer pours a light amber with a small white head. It has a smokey whiskey-like scent. The flavor is also a bit peaty and whiskey-like, with a moderate hop presence. It finishes somewhat dry, with a bready, cracker flavor. A little thin and somewhat stale on the palate. It's not a bad beer on the whole. It's just that there are many other better IPA's out there to choose from. I'd definetly look at other IPA's before purchasing this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2003 21:04:55 | More by DerKaiser
Photo of Dogbrick


3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one didn't exactly light a fire under my ass but it was not a bad IPA. Pours a dark and clear orange color with a medium off-white head and some lacing. Some carbonation is evident. Hoppy and yeasty aroma. There was more malt in the flavor than I like in an IPA, but maybe the oak-aging can account for that.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 07:40:10 | More by Dogbrick
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Woodstock IPA from Portland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.