Workhorse IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Workhorse IPAWorkhorse IPA

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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 91
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
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Laurelwood Public House & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerZack on 03-30-2008

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Photo of oberon
4.37/5  rDev +4%
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.

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!

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.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of mverity
2.95/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

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.

Photo of BurdockBoy
4.58/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of dabone
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from draft. Dark orange and clear with a small amount of white head.

Photo of appenzeller
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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

22 oz. bomber poured into a straight pint glass.

A: Golden amber in color with a nice white head of foam that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Aroma is of hops and sweet citrus fruits such as grapefruit and orange. Slight hint of cat urine present that lets you know that the hops are in full effect.

T: Incredibly smooth with a full bodied hop and citrus flavor. Hint of caramel and honey in the back.

M: Good carbonation and a full-bodied mouth feel. Slightly oily with just the right amount of bitterness.

O: This is a fantastic IPA that I've had numerous times in the past but never reviewed. At less than $5 at most chain grocery stores in the Seattle area, this is well worth picking up on a regular basis. Highly recommended.

Photo of ElGordo
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The latest offering on my home system, draft poured into a pint glass. Body is a rich golden hue, topped by a thick, creamy white head that forms some nice peaks and valleys as it recedes, along with some nice lacing on the glass. Sharp aroma of grassy hops with heavy notes of grapefruit, offset only slightly by an underlying layer of mild biscuit malt. Heavy notes of grapefruit overshadow the palate up front, with grass and lighter citrus flavors popping up. A very light sweetness from the biscuit malt keeps the hop profile from being completely overwhelming. Body is full and just a touch sticky, just about perfect for a West Coast IPA. The strength keeps this one from being a true session beer, but I can find several in an evening to be quite enjoyable, which is something to be said for such a hoppy ale. Just an excellent local IPA.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Laurelwood in PDX. Part of a taster tray.

A finger of offwhite head, copper-clear body. Lice lacing.

Faint, faint hops on the nose.

Nutty, vegetal hops with a piney finish.

Smooth, nice mouthfeel.

A nice accessible IPA, but not much else.

Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, purchased at Special Brews but available everywhere

cracked on a scalding 84 degree seattle afternoon

appearance: served in a brookyln lager shaker pint - clear, bright orange-copper body, light sticky white film

smell: tangerine, lemon zest, really nice hop profile, pineapple

taste: Why has it taken me almost 2 months to get around to this? Beautiful hop profile - tangerine, pineapple, fresh citrus, lemon zest. Light, refreshing, and wonderfully flavoured.

mouthfeel: low bitterness, light and full flavoured - 7.5% is buried

overall: great

Photo of RickS95
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a pretty color, but lacks a good head. The pour is a burnt orange color, mostly translucent. The head is only a finger thick and looks the part for about 20 seconds...then it starts to thin. The finale is an exceptionally thin, barely there lace.

It kills in the scent department. Both citrus and tropical fruits dominate. Orange, pineapple, peach mixed in with standard issue pine notes. Really impressive.

Scent characteristics carry over to the taste. Very fruity taste throughout, which is a bit different that most other IPAs where the pine oil cuts in. From midsip on, the pine does build, but it never completely masks the fruity flavors.

So gentle, so smooth. Very fruity with some sweetness and acid from the front of the tongue til the finish. You pick up the 80 IBUs of bitterness, but the fruity sweetness helps temper it from destroying the palate. Medium bodied. Crisp dry finish.

I'd never heard of this brewer until I started buying from Let's Pour, but now I'm glad to have tried this. It's really an exceptional IPA, and an amazing beer in general. Very easy to drink. The alcohol never shows its head. Really good stuff.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured one finger of head on a cloudy straw colored body.
The aroma is bold pine right in your face.
The taste is citrus and pine bitterness with a mild sweet finish to round it out.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Pretty nice and enjoyable.

Photo of mikey711
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received recently in a BIF from Mikesgroove.

A: Bright golden orange color with a huge fluffy shite head that holds very well. the beer itself is perfectly clear and has great lacing

S: Lemon and pine up front with some mango as well. There was a bit of a soapy aroma as well, but this was one pungent IPA

T: Starts out with some nice citrus hop notes mainly lemon and mango before transitioning to a very nice grapfruit bitterness with a piney grassy finish

M: This is exactly what i am looking for in an IPA, no heat, very good body and creaminess but not too heavy at the same time.

D: This is one damn good IPA that I would love to add to my regular rotation

Photo of scootpolute
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours cloudy amber, chunks of hops that twirl around and eventually settle, with thick white head...with brownish chunks of hops- some great lacing.

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - grapefruit and orange...VERY SWEET!

T - BOOM!!! A sweet hop lovers dream...Crazy hopiness with very sweet & pine-like flavour.So smooth...SO GOOD!!!

M - Great carbonation, I like the fullness. In parts a bit 'too' fruity/sweet.

D - This one goes down as one of the best!!! Yet not considered an Imperial (Double) IPA?! I think it's pretty close, actually better than many of the 2x’s I've had. At first the brown hoppy head residue was kind of a turn off, but later acted as a reminder for what a rustic, full, awesome IPA this beer is...The way it should be.

Serving type: bottle…Goin’ to look for a tap ASAP!!!

Photo of nickd717
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Arbitrator. Big thanks to Mihir for providing this awesomeness.

Slightly hazy medium amber pour with a creamy two-finger whitish head, leaving foam on the beer.

Aroma is really excellent. A complex hop profile dominates, with citrusy, floral, and earthy notes, along with tropical fruits. Some sweet malt in the background.

Flavor is also amazing and complex. Lots of fruity notes - orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and passionfruit all noticeable in this bad boy. Some floral notes and earthiness as well. Mild pale and caramel malt backbone. A grip of things going on in this one.

Very nice palate. Medium-bodied and very dry with lots of great hop resins there to strip the enamel off your teeth. A dentist's worst nightmare.

This is definitely a quaffable quaffer. I would not mind quaffing this again. It was a real pleasure to quaff and scores high on the quaffability scale.

Photo of vincicle
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am unfortunately reviewing this beer slightly after I had tried it on a recent trip to portland since I could not remember the brewery and couldn't find it for review. It was so excellent though that I felt I should comment. Being hops season just berfore my visit, I was lucky to enjoy the bounty that is Oregon hops and IPAs. This was an exceptional example of the style, and I am sad to hear that it will no longer be readily available but only seasonally brewed when the hops are available in the right quanities in the future. This is a straightforward IPA with very little maltiness and a complete balanced floral amora and taste of of NW pacific hops. Drink it while you can.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Public House. Poured a hazy light amber/orange with a puffy off-white head that held pretty firm and left a web of lacing down the glass.

The aromas provides a strong citrus (orange and lemon peel) nose with only the hint of pine with some ripe tropical fruit underneath. Smells like distinctively of NW hops but maybe a little too sweet for my liking.

The taste at first is a sharp citrus hop bite quickly followed by a sweet ripe fruit middle. No real pine in the taste that I thought I picked up in the nose. Bitter in the end, but not really dry. Overall, though, the taste is wonderful and exactly what I'm looking for in a PNW IPA. The sweetness/balance that I feared from the nose did not come to fruition in the flavor. This IPA is all about the hops. Thank goodness.


Drinkability on this wonderful elixir is high. I got no kickback from the alcohol, thought the effects are apparent after a couple of pints. This is as refreshing an IPA as you'll find. Very good on a crisp, clear, and cloudless PNW afternoon.

Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Laurelwood Public House & Brewery (Portland, OR) on 9/4/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazed copper, with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This retains with a rich creaminess, nearly staying at about a ½ finger when swirled, and leaving back some robust swathes of sticky lacing. The aroma smells floral, and a little dank, with some lightly juicy grapefruit character, while notes of pine and spice fills out the edges. There’s a touch of sweet grainy malt underneath that melds nicely with that grapefruit flavor. This has a SOLID West Coast feel to it here in the nose.

The taste keeps things going, with fresh grapefruit character and pine that spread out zesty bitterness and plenty of sticky resins out into the mouth. There is also a hefty dose of sweet grains present that does help balance some of the bitterness out, yet still manages to keep itself in the background and keep the focus on those fresh hop flavors. The finish is a little rough around the edges, with more of gritty pithiness and dry resins that stick. It’s not too bad but does detract just a bit at the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp and lively feel throughout and an underlying slickness that helps smooth this out across the back. The overall carbonation is coming off as a little too sharp at times but things do even out a bit as this warms. Alcohol gives this a touch of heft but is well hid here for the most part.

I had heard good things about this one and it didn’t disappoint, with a lot of fresh and powerful hop character that should more than meet anyone’s expectations for a staple brewpub IPA. Especially one looking for one done in the West Coast style. Workhorse indeed. I’d love for a local place to always have this one on tap.

Photo of BeerZack
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Laurelwood on 52nd and Sandy (not the pizza place).

Light golden-orange color with big off-white head that laces well.

Intense fruity, almost tropical aroma. Grapefruit, pineapple, mandarin, tangerine and biscuits & honey. Some red apple.

Soft creamy bubbles and low carbonation make this medium bodied brew smooth and very drinkable.

Sweet lightly toasted biscuity malt is bursting with juicy hop flavors. Big pink grapefruit impression, orange, tangerine and piney resin on a lingering bitter finish without being offensively bitter. Hugely drinkable. Probably the best IPA I found in Portland.

Photo of LamontCranston
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.

Photo of hopsbreath
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber split between my wife's and my shaker glasses. Bought for $4.50 at John's Marketplace.

Appearance is a clear gold with a finger of odd white head sitting atop. There is some lacing throughout the course of the drink.

The smell is probably the best part of the brew. Big fruity tropical aromas abound! Pineapple and papaya are definitely there. Some of the resiny hop oil is quaffable behind the tropical.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of sweet pineapple and other citrusses are tasted. Bitterness is refreshing and begs for a second sip.

Mouthfeel is about right for the style but is slightly gummy at end.

Drinkability is just ok. I like the beer overall, but am not hankering for another one. I don't think I will be buying another one. The value is good enough that if there are less interesting options, I would go for this real value. I recommend trying it as an example of a solid PNW IPA.

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Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
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