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Workhorse IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Workhorse IPAWorkhorse IPA

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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 88
Gots: 37 | 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 Ryan011235:
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4.6/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured into a snifter on 5/31/10

Copper & dark amber hued, Workhorse is a nice looking beer. The pour yields two fingers of off white foam which thins after several minutes leaving a good bit of lace. Retention is rather thin, though swirling helps it along. Ok lacing throughout; better on the second pour.

The aroma is deceptively airy & very impressive. Only slightly floral, initially the hops tend toward sharp pine notes. With warmth, prominent ripe citrus notes emerge - grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine & hints of peach. Definitely thinking Amarillo, possibly Simcoe. There is still balance to be had with hints of sugar cookie, biscuit & a dollop of caramel. Faint booziness & yeast undertones. At times it reminds me of lemon cake; yum.

Workhorse has dense hop flavor while maintaining restrained levels of bitterness. Low-key pine tingliness is overshadowed by a surprising amount of floral notes (though the former is no less resinous because of it). Citrus notes are kind of jumbled together as opposed to the clarity of the nose. Caramel & toasted bread hints round things out; only mildly sweet. I could go for a little more bitterness, but it's a small gripe.

Medium bodied; quite resinous & gritty. The low carbonation serves the grittiness well - this beer is not wont to leave quickly (not that you'd want it to). Just the slightest inkling of alcohol. Sticky pine resin lingers on the finish.

When it comes to IPA dynamics, the Pacific Northwest approach (in this case, Portland) continues to intrigue me - often managing a combination of airy complexity in the nose; even-keeled, flavorful hop/malt profiles & a densely resinous feel to boot. This, my first Laurelwood brew, is no exception. On a recent trip to Portland, it was recommended that I try any Laurelwood IPA; now I'm passing that recommendation along. Good lookin' out, Jeff.

06-04-2010 02:05:08 | More by Ryan011235
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
Photo of lordofthewiens


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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