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Workhorse IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Workhorse IPAWorkhorse IPA

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361 Ratings
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 88
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
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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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.14/5  rDev -1.7%

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no dating that I can find. That said, the website I purchased this from declares that the bottling date was 5.28.14 and to drink by 7.28.14. Perhaps that information only comes on the case packaging. Poured into the Spiegelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance - A beautiful IPA with many different hues at play. In the base of the glass--the ridged part that isn't as thick, there are hints of amber and lemon, with the slight haze not preventing light from filtering through the way it does on late afternoons when you can see the dust in the air inside your house. In the thicker part of the glass, it trends towards a more opaque apricot orange, with a ruddier hue directly beneath the massive frothy three-finger head that shadows the body. Retention is excellent, and as I drink it down, the stark white head leaves spotty rings of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell - Big, bright notes of citrus and tropical fruit along with some floral nectar overtones to give it some depth of character. Orange zest and pineapple are present alongside some slightly pungent, but not overpowering, grapefruit pith. And as noted, there is a slight floral quality here, giving the impression of clover or wildflowers with the juicier citrus notes.

Taste - The floral aspect seems to have gone by the wayside with the taste, being muscled out by big, fruity characteristics from the hop bill. Again with grapefruit and orange from the citrus family, and pineapple from the tropical side of things, but that is joined by some sweeter hints of mango. There is an herbal quality to the aftertaste that blends in with the hop bitterness. And while they are far from the star, I do get some pleasant grainy sweetness from the pale and caramel malts. Just enough to reassure that there is more to this drink than hop juice.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a luscious, juicy feel on the palate.

Overall, just a stellar West Coast IPA. I'm quickly becoming a huge fan of this brewery and will definitely make a point to seek out more of their brews. This one was a tasty, reasonably-priced beer that would stand up well to any of the best in style, I imagine.

06-19-2014 07:34:47 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +4%

Poured into a imperial nonic a deep burnt orange tinged amber with a large two finger fluffy crown that really took a long time to settle,leaving broken globs of foam.Big juicu ctrus fruit aromas,I mean they come out in a blast,some caramel malt is thrown in but the big grapefruit and tangerine aromas steal the show.Wow that is one smooth beer,it glides down effortlessly,no rough edges at all,very nice.More resiny hop flavor on the palate than in the nose to go along with the citric element,the caramel/biscuit malt base really holds up well to the hops,as it warms a tinge of sweet alcohol shows itself.A damn fine left coast ipa,I expected it to be good,it was great.

09-23-2010 20:18:17 | More by oberon
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-18-2014 19:58:11 | More by CavemanRamblin
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4.21/5  rDev 0%

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!

03-30-2014 19:02:45 | More by lordofthewiens
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Pint served in a nonic at Laurelwood Public House & Brewery.
Pared with their absolutely fantastic Brat sandwich.
This beer is a worthy representative of the West Coast IPA style.
Poured a shade darker than golden nice head retention.
Fruity, balanced, mild hoppyness makes this a very drinkable and enjoyable experience.

03-18-2011 13:14:06 | More by NWer
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South Dakota

4.44/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

03-20-2014 20:48:17 | More by SD-Alefan
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4/5  rDev -5%

07-10-2013 04:23:32 | More by warnerry
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1%

03-27-2014 04:24:14 | More by megamass
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-26-2011 07:18:44 | More by GarrettB714
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4/5  rDev -5%

04-28-2014 01:04:24 | More by chossboss
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3.53/5  rDev -16.2%

22oz bomber poured into a wine glass.

Pours a clear Brite amber with a small white head with a lot of sticky lacing. Nose is very fresh and Brite its hoppy and herbal.

Taste is quite bitter and a bit medicinal but still very enamel ripping. Mouthfeel is sharp and crisp with a good bite on the end.

10-12-2011 02:31:31 | More by kingcrowing
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

03-16-2014 17:57:22 | More by sourdog
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4.6/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

04-10-2014 02:06:08 | More by BurdockBoy
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-09-2014 19:23:26 | More by HoppySeb
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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Exciting and vibrant coppery orange color, 1" head. Pine, grapefruit and lemon aroma. Nice, very nice.

Taste, pine and lemon stay upfront, grapefruit down the stretch. Good PacNW hopping, seems to use the cascade hops in a very good way (not that I've seen them used bad aside from some homebrews). A lighter malt accompaniment, this one doesn't come close to being syrupy or heavy. A higher strength ipa, this could easily pass for an imperial, but the abv never imposes its will on you, let's you take the beer in without being hot or imposing. Wish I bought more of these when I had the chance.

10-24-2010 16:26:38 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5%

12-26-2012 21:54:59 | More by SPRichard
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4/5  rDev -5%

11-22-2011 20:12:53 | More by kevwcamp
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New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-19-2013 23:02:58 | More by LXIXME
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -28.7%

03-07-2012 21:04:14 | More by acurtis
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

08-09-2014 23:45:51 | More by BraveMountie
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4/5  rDev -5%

06-19-2014 00:59:01 | More by nhirsch04
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-30-2013 19:25:46 | More by switzer
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-02-2013 21:04:13 | More by mdaschaf
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

05-22-2013 18:14:38 | More by DStoked
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4.38/5  rDev +4%

Pours an orange-amber with a vanilla colored head. Aroma, wow, pops out of the glass with citrusy hoppiness. This is a big, bold IPA in the classic West Coast style, beer carries a subtle sweet malt tasting of honey that is massively overshadowed by massive hops. I'm not one who likes all big hops beers but this one is outstanding. Laurelwood has a big winner here, no surprise to me the other reviewers think the same.

07-31-2010 06:08:34 | More by appenzeller
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Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
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