Workhorse IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
4.6/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2010 02:05:08 | More by Ryan011235
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4.41/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a three-fingered head; excellent lacing
Smell: Grapefruit and tropical fruit tones supported by a toffee base
Taste: Toffee with a hint of grape nuts underpinning the progression of fruit flavors; tropical fruit dominant (pineapple, custard apple and kiwi...perhaps a hint of mint) with building grapefruit tones; the grapefruit comes on even stronger in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Overall: Now here is an IPA that brings a subtle but interesting malt bill to buttress all of the hoppy deliciousness; top tier by my standards
Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2014 18:17:55 | More by brentk56
Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.