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Workhorse IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

Workhorse IPAWorkhorse IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

289 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%


Brewed by:
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerZack on 03-30-2008)
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mactrail

California

4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Handsome orangey amber color with a decent foam iin the Ciney snifter. Aroma is deliriously fruity. It smells like mango nectar with flowers and I like what emerge077 said, papaya and honeysuckle. Pleasantly sudsy in the mouth.

Some warm malt and plenty of sweetness. This is a juicy fruit bomb that brings the word "luscious" to mind (second time this week with the Wingman Tripel). This is one of the fruitiest IPAs I've had. Bitterness is pretty restrained, though you wouldn't mistake it for anything but a whole lotta hops. Scratchy bitter aftertaste but the aromatics are still with you.

Seriously spicy and for a few sips I thought it wasn't as acidic as a lot of hop-heavy IPAs, but it becomes increasingly sharp. Still, it's an outstanding IPA worth trying especially at it's moderate price. From the 22 oz bottle bought at The Market in Anacortes, WA.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 06:47:34 | More by mactrail
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic aroma. Plenty of fresh, wet hops, stone fruits , tropics, floral and dankness.
The appearance is no slouch either, with it's fluffy dense head and a beautiful orange amber color.
Taste is quite good with tons of hoppy freshness. It's tropical and fruity and piney malts balance nicely with a frresh sweet bitter finish.
A surprise find and excellent decision on my part, don't you agree.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 13:29:53 | More by micromaniac129
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emerge077

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for sharing this one!
Quick review from written notes.

Bright golden orange color, tight cap of white foam that leaves behind sudsy lacing.

Pungent hop aromas of honeysuckle and papaya, sticky dank maryjane funk.
Light feeling with a clean lingering hop bitterness, resinous and hoppy with flavors of bitter greens and dried citrus. Very drinkable with an expressive hop character. I'd seek this out again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 04:37:21 | More by emerge077
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BurdockBoy

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 220z bottle into a pint glass.

A: beautiful orange amber color with 2 fingers of ivory head. Decent lacing.

S: piney hops with faint citrus.

T: well balanced hops, citrus,and pine. Slightly bitter, but not over so. Older bottles will be more bitter.

M: mild carbonation, but smooth.

O: I love this IPA. It's always a go to if I'm in need of a trusted favorite. Well balanced, decent price, and now in 12oz bottles. A great NW IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 02:06:08 | More by BurdockBoy
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you BeerKangaroo for this great IPA.

In a pint glass the beer was a hazy orange color with a medium-sized white head. There was a good deal of lace.

Mostly citrus and floral aroma. A little bit of pine. Sweet malt background.

Grapefruit taste. The pine came out more in the taste, and there was less of a flowery taste. Caramel.

A nice hoppy, sweet IPA. Send me more, Adam!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 19:02:45 | More by lordofthewiens
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surfbouy

Oregon

2.4/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Aggro pour into pint snifter gives a two finger head that dissipates into a very thin layer. Nice lacing and golden/copper color.

Aroma: Cat pee! Maybe some pine and citrus thrown in, but cat pee for sure.

Flavor: Follows the nose

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, decent balance on the tongue.

Overall: This was touted as being very comparable in flavor to PtE by the bottle shop guys. I’m here to refute that line of thought. Due to my location, I have the opportunity to drink a great deal of WCIPAs and this isn’t one of the better ones. I like many of Laurelwood’s other beers and was very disappointed I didn’t find my “poor man’s” Pliny.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 21:51:16 | More by surfbouy
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass.
Thanks BeerKangaroo for this one!

What a lovely beer, beautiful orange-gold color and, thanks to my aggressive pour, a nice foamy and lasting head that mounds nicely above the rim of the glass. It dissipates to some lovely and long-lasting lacing.

A great aroma goes a long way towards making a beer among my favorite IPA's and this one is very nice. This isn't quite up there with some of my all-time favorites but it's excellent. The pine hits me first and then some nice floral notes and a bit of citrus, maybe a little pineapple as well.

The taste is top-notch. I'm hit straight off with the pine, then a mix of pine and and citrus and a little bit of the sweet malt backbone (which becomes more pronounced as the beer warms a bit). There is a piney resinous taste that lingers at the back of the tongue. Yeah, the bitter sticks around, in a very good way.

There is a fair amount of carbonation here but it serves to keep the taste buds alive for the next sip. There is a little lingering stickiness that is not at all unpleasant.

This is a very nice IPA that, were it available to me, I would buy regularly. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 20:48:17 | More by SD-Alefan
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Oakengroves

Oregon

4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - A light copper with minimal foam.

S - Very light, piney hop scent with minor fruity tones.

T - Delightful upfront hops that are counterbalanced with a pine and citrus flavor. The beet is very floral and hoppy. Very delightful.

M - Very carbonated but smooth. Enjoyable!

O - One of the best commercially available Northwest style IPAs. Very reasonably priced. This is an outstandingly balanced IPA that is a great example of Northwest, piney IPAs. An excellent choice that I have enjoyed many times before and will enjoy again!

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 03:06:56 | More by Oakengroves
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StJamesGate

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy amber with trailers of bubbles and an off white shaving cream stiff head that rings.
Musty Citra lemon nose with papaya and guava underneath.
Oyster crackers with mango, lime sorbet, and tangerine rind hops.
Taffy leave and lemon rind linger.
Salty, oily, medium, creamy.

Lots of tropical fruit, silky, and a subtle but firm bitterness. A bit too salty-sweet, but understated in that the IBUs creep up. Never quite cloys and the hopback and dry hop additions shine through. Superb balance between fruity + bitter, creamy + sharply dry, mellow + assertive.

Top shelf PDX IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 17:08:44 | More by StJamesGate
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in trade from BeerKangaroo, thanks for the opportunity.
My wife found this in the back of the fridge tonight apparently it got misplaced.
Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a decent sized off white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma on this is citrus, pine, resin, green onion, a hint of dank and a solid bready caramel. Flavor is a bit sweet with bready caramel but certainly has plenty of hop flavor to go around. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Great ipa tha almost got away.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 03:42:44 | More by johnnnniee
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LamontCranston

Washington

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Copper/orange without much foam

S-Hoppy//piney/citrus tones that quell the hop tones

T-Tastes almost exactly as it smells, upfront hop tones quickly dulled by pine and citrus tones, very drinkable, I honestly don't taste much malt in this beer, mild malty tones lost somewhere in the hops/citrus, but I do enjoy it very much.

M-Sort of dry, the right amount of bubbley, I dig it

O-I have a special place in my heart for the Laurelwood Workhorse IPA, they've just recently began bottling it into 6 packs. This beer has an amazing hop complex with a perfect piney/citrus balance... I've honestly never tasted a beer that stacks up. Perhaps it's the fact that I live really close to brewery and drink them as they've just finished brewing, but damn, this is one FINE beer. Laurelwood has outdone themselves with this amazing beer, highly recommended. Can't wait for the bros review, just make sure to order it from the brewery so it's fresh. Nothing beats a fresh workhorse.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 20:17:04 | More by LamontCranston
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BrianBack

Oregon

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: hazy burnt orange amber colored body; a finger's worth of head is about all and dies at a nice pace leaving a nice foamy clingy lacing

S: sweet / bitter grapefruit, pine, floral scents through the hops, malts do present themselves but it really takes a while

T: bright sweet citrus aftertaste and a dry citrus yet piney finish, sweet citrus and pine with some nice floral notes

M: light to medium, somewhat sessionable and leaves a nice bitter harshness

O: This is the beer that I prefer to drink every single day. Every time I have something different or the store is out I'm reluctant to purchase anything else because nothing compares. There are many # 2's but this is my #1.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 23:09:38 | More by BrianBack
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome to Alaska - Laurelwood!

Small white stamp says "Jan 08, 2014" in the bottom right corner

Into a pint glass

A: hazy burnt orange amber colored body with a decent looking transparency to it indicating some light carbonation that is seen rising; the head is about a finger's worth and dies at a nice pace leaving a nice foamy clingy lacing left in the wake

S: a mostly sweet and bitter grapefruit, pine, floral scents through the hops, malts do present themselves but it really takes a while

T: sweet citrus and pine with some nice floral notes; bright sweet citrus aftertaste and a dry citrus yet piney finish

M: light to medium, somewhat sessionable and leaves a nice bitter harshness that pounds my mouth and tongue like a good AIPA should

O: wow, what a nice AIPA by Laurelwood, though this is my first one from Laurelwood, I'm excited that they sent this up here and am hoping they'll send more

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 03:42:36 | More by BeerKangaroo
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wide-mouth mason jar. Bottled Dec. 19 2013.

A- Hazy burnt orange amber with a medium white head that dissipated to a thin film.

S- Sweet and bitter grapefruit, pine, nice floral notes. Big hop aroma in this one.

T- More citrus, pine and medium floral notes. A bright bitterness that finishes mellow. Has a light toasted malt presence.

M- Nice creamy carbonation alcohol is right around that sweet spot of 8% which makes a hefty yet very drinkable IPA.

O- I got this as an extra in a trade and I am very impressed with this beer. Would love to get a 6er of this some time. It has a body very similar to 2Hearted and a bit more subdued floral character which is what I like. Hadn't heard of this brewery before but they are definitely on my radar now.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 04:54:27 | More by PaulyB83
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BastardKing24

Oregon

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours solid orange/gold with a small white head that falls fast.

Smell is of danky wet hops, resinous pine sap, and lime. Kind of unique.

Taste is a well balanced cross between lime like citrus and a strong malt backbone. Deep bread flavors keep this ale from being to watery, and lively pungent hops make it tingle the tongue.

Feel is just about right in the middle, and carb is medium.

I like this IPA alot, I am glad I found it.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 00:40:18 | More by BastardKing24
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anarchia

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange with a thick, frothy head. Then it smells like oranges too, almost like an Orange soda (but in a good way). Lots of grapefruit in the aroma also. Just a massive fruity hop bomb. Nice malt background but the hop assault continues in the flavor. Very citrusy, lots of fruit, not a lot of piney flavors. Super fruity in general. One of the best Oregon IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 04:07:50 | More by anarchia
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TheeWalrusHunter

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a nice yellow-orange, good looking beer - looking like it wants to be drank.

S: Strong smell upfront, very aromatic with notes of pine and pineapple. Has a crisp yet sticky nose - I think my nose got too close.

T: Great carbonated bite up front, hop bitterness with some citrus flavors pouring through. The crisp bitterness plays up front, knocking my tastebuds across the net and not allowing many citrus notes playing in the back to have much fun. Good for doubles tennis, ok for beer.

M: CRISP! Exactly what i want an single IPA to feel like. Also feels wet, mostly cause its liquid.

O Easy drinker, then again - it aint rat poisoning. It's a go to of mine - easy to find in sixers, on tap around me, and of course at the pub.

Easier drinking than most west coast styles, would (and do) by again and again. Best IPA brewed in the portland city limits in my opinion and holds its own with the likes of highly rated IPAS around the country. Thats saying something for a city that is more know now for Belgians, Wilds, and Germans (beer, not people) than it is known for IPAS

Laurelwood is one of the most underrated breweries in the city.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:30:53 | More by TheeWalrusHunter
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 15/12/13 thanks OakedCanuck for the bottle

A clear golden liquid with plenty of bubbles moving around some tiny suspended particles while feeding a well sustained two finger foam that slowly falls to a thick film leaving a few thick rings of lace

S lots of tropical citrus, sweet orange, lemon, pineapple, some pine, a little catty, some floral hops, smells quite strong, just a little toffee and very faint booze

T a little more pine and rind then the tropical flesh on the nose, has some malt creating some palace but its a hop runaway for the most part and that work for me, just a little lime as it warms

M has a bitter snap to it, lighter side of medium, creams up a little, just a little booze on the way down, grit left behind and lots of pine and rind lingering

O this one went down the hatch in no time, solid IPA at every point, very well hopped and the nose is fantastic

a stereotypical West Coast IPA and that's fine by me, this one would be in my regular rotation if I could get it in my part of the world

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 02:57:28 | More by wordemupg
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in snifter, courtesy buzzliteyear

A: clear (on top) and cloudy (on bottom) straw amber color (much like ice tea); 1.5 finger head; good carbonation and lacing
S: pine, but dank aroma detracts from an otherwise inviting, pleasant smell; cascade and a bit of amarillo hops
T: complex ipa; the four types of hops makes this very interesting, semisweet, lingering bitterness, well-balanced; great range of hoppiness, from the dry hopping; characterized by pine and grapefruit
M: creamy, silky, a premium with me personally (disagreement with buzzlitebeer)

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 03:56:20 | More by Arithmeticus
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Lothore

California

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a deep orangey hue with a small, off white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving ample lacing on the way down.

S- Grainy up front with a huge, resiny, piney back end.

T- Piney up front with a resiny, slightly bitter back end.

M- Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D- Intensely drinkable, huge notes of pine ... a great ipa.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 02:33:58 | More by Lothore
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up last night at Brewforia Meridian... Paid too much. Poured tonight into my HotD goblet with an off white head atop a slightly hazy orange brew.

Nose shows big citrus but a very pronounced maltiness that really mutes the hops.

Flavor mirrors the nose.. IMO, this is really not very good... pithy citrus hoppiness and a thick malt profile that doesn't jive with the brew.

Body seems a bit thick... but I am thinking this could be an old bottle from Brewforia, wouldn't surprise me.

3.75/3.25/3.25/3.5/3.25

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 04:24:28 | More by JohnGalt1
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draheim

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this one now that we're getting fresh, bottle-dated 6-packs at a very competitive price.

12oz (bottled 9/11/2013) into a tulip. Pours a glowing orange w/ a sudsy head, some nice sticky lace.

Aroma is good resinous grapefruit with an underlying sweeetness, some tropical notes. Just a hint of booze. Smells like a classic West Coast IPA, more citrus that pine.

Taste follows nose. Pale biscuity malt, citrusy aromatic hops. Orange and pineapple. Equally bitter and sweet, very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is clean, medium-bodied, finishes nice and dry.

Overall a solid, balanced, enjoyable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 06:45:06 | More by draheim
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a clear light orange color with big fluffy off-white head, big bubbles that left dense glass coating lace.

S- Big tropical fruits, peach, mango, and big orange citrus notes, pretty dank and piney. Big pungent hop aroma with touch of malt sweetness in the nose.

T- Big orange citrus notes, definitely thinking there is a lot of Amarillo hops in this beer. Big grapefruit and pine notes, sweet crackery malt profile, tropical fruit, mango, and peach notes. Pretty assertive bitterness.

M- Very dry IPA, creamy and smooth, soft carbonation.

O- This is a great West Coast IPA with lots of different hop flavors, assertive bitterness, and creamy mouthfeel. Definitely will seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 02:44:33 | More by Hoptometrist
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CascadiaGrokker

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the premier IPA's out there. For less than $5 a bomber, this is a steal!

It has all of the characteristics of a great IPA: super grapefruit, spruce needles, tropical fruit, and floral notes accompany biscuit malts to make up the ideal IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 04:59:59 | More by CascadiaGrokker
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hollywood location.

Pouring a clear light amber with a dense off white head with excellent retention and lacing, thee looks great! The nose is filled with happy goodness. Piney up front with grapefruit, a little bit of dank weed, and some resin, this smells great! The malt character is reserved, with some honey and caramel. Served WAY too cold, the palate is initially bitter, boring and flatfooted but opens up nicely as it warms up. Resiny pine, bitter grapefruit, a little leafy herbaceousness and even some floral character appears. A mild malty sweetness is present, with caramel and a little toffee. Bitter on the finish with a lingering pine resin, this aspect reminds me of blind pig. However, this beer is over carbonated resulting in the first half of my glass having an acidity that doesn't wholly work. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2013 19:43:49 | More by DefenCorps
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Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.