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Workhorse IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Workhorse IPAWorkhorse IPA

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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 86
Gots: 56 | 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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Photo of beagle75
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a nonic pint at the Laurelwood pub located on Sandy.

A: Slightly hazy light amber color with patchy white foam head. Lacing is continuous almost halfway down the glass.

S: A combination of floral and tropical fruit hop aromas that hint at this beer's better qualities but stop well short of overpowering the senses.

T: Begins slightly sweet with grapefruit citrus and tropical fruit quickly taking over. Hop aromatics give way incrementally to increasing bitterness, but linger remarkably in the finish. Although this description doesn't really sound noteworthy among other beers of this style, it is the taste that sets this IPA apart from most others coming out of Portland today.

M: Light to medium viscosity with light carbonation.

D: Considering the alcohol content and the fullness of the flavors present, this beer blurs the line between single and double IPA (compare, for example, that Hair of the Dog Blue Dot is considered a DIPA at 7% abv). It comes across very refreshing, yet the alcohol is high for the style. It is remarkably similar to the Russian River IPAs (Blind Pig, Pliny the Elder). This may be Portland's best IPA.

beagle75, Aug 24, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

oberon, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
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!

lordofthewiens, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

NWer, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of SD-Alefan
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.

SD-Alefan, Mar 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

CavemanRamblin, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -4.8%

warnerry, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of mverity
2.91/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Very light amber color, good lacing, medium collar, wisps. Aroma is muted earthy malt, some citrus and floral hops. Taste is bitter earthy hops, astringent as hell. Medium body and medium high carbonation.

mverity, Nov 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

megamass, Mar 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

chossboss, Apr 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

sgn4779, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

kingcrowing, Oct 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

sourdog, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of BurdockBoy
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.

BurdockBoy, Apr 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

vince_arch_beer, Nov 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 24, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

SPRichard, Dec 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

kevwcamp, Nov 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

LXIXME, May 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

acurtis, Mar 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

BraveMountie, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

nhirsch04, Jun 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

switzer, May 30, 2013
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Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.