Workhorse IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Workhorse IPAWorkhorse IPA

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Ratings: 515
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 LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, grapefruit and orange. Flavor follows aroma with caramel malt, citrus and lightly resinous piney hops, lightly dank. Orange family and grapefruit citrus. A lingering, quite flavorful piney and citrus bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. While the overall flavor is great and well balanced between hops and malt, the finish is noteworthy for the fruit and pine flavors that linger in the hops finish. I can't remember drinking an IPA that I looked forward to savoring the finish more than the main flavor, but I do here. I've heard great things about this IPA and regret not trying it sooner. Well done.

Photo of Ghrymm
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dam nice IPA. Well balanced with the right hops and malt

Photo of nassstnate
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange/cedar color, some cloudiness, rich Carmel head. Tastes malty and heavy to me (???), surprisingly not a fan after all the reviews and praise. Almost a super hoppy barley wine presence. Maybe it's an old bottle, as I imagine this is what it would taste like if I left it in my car over the summer in an Arizona mall parking lot. But what do I know...

Photo of kenigator
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My favorite IPA (this month). I gladly travel 50 miles to get it since it is not distributed in my state.

Photo of Krinkle
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice and floral and definitely some honey flavor in there.
Excellent brew overall and the highest ABV at 7.5% served at Safeco Field

Photo of IsaiahHoogendyk
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle into a 8oz jam jar (splitting this my IPA-loving wife).

One of my favorite go-to IPAs. Probably the best thing about it is the aroma which is a spot-on peachy, almost mango, sweetness. Wonderful fruit flavors with a bit of the classic NW citrus tang, mostly in the aftertaste. Highly recommend, for any time of the year, especially when you need that cravin' for hops.

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 LoveOregonBeer12
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is just an outstanding IPA. Extremely well-balanced and has a complexity that leads the pack for the IPA style. One of the best.

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

I thought this the best of the 10 or so Oregon IPAs I tried on a recent visit to Portland.


Photo of THoff94
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid Traditional IPA. Pretty hoppy but not too strong of an alcohol taste.

Photo of brewale4me
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber color and slight cloudiness with a white head. Smells of peach, pear, pineapple , dried apricot and slight cherry. Green tea, peach, and pine flavor with a light smoke taste. Medium mouth feel.

Photo of Jimmys
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. A FEB 17 15 date on the bottle. Hoping for a packed on rather than an enjoy by.

A: pours a rich amber hue that is relatively clear. bright white head. good retention.

S: pine and citrus. balanced between the two hop aromas, but definitely the first aromas that pop from the glass.

T: a refreshing hop character is enhanced by a toasty malt character. really enough to balance without being a malt heavy brew. bitterness is present, but low. a classic in hop flavor.

M: moderate amount of carb, medium body. no complaints.

D: overall, a well made, easy drinking IPA. Id have seconds.

Photo of rrock44
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really smooth ipa. Well balanced. Could easily crush a sixer, which could be dangerous. (Alcohol hidden well.) Surprised it took me so long to try it.

Photo of justintcoons
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Gold with a 1/2 finger of white head. Good clarity with moderate carbonation.

Pine, dank greens, grapefruit zest, papaya, and honey.

Dank greens and sappy pine. Lighter notes of grapefruit zest and papaya. Light caramel and honey backing with residual candy sugars and hints of biscuit.

Medium-plus bodied, smooth, and oily with a medium-light bitterness.

Extremely smooth, mellow, and easy drinking. A lot of dankness with a balanced bitterness.

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold with a tall tan colored head.

BIG pine scent! Like being hit in the nose with a pine 2X4.

Flavor is savory at first. An all conifer tree flavored IPA but in a good way.

Good mouthfeel.

Overall a damn solid IPA, I can recommend this one.

Photo of Ja5onM
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How have I missed this beer?! Delicious, hoppy, yum!

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 IronLover
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep copper orange in color with a slight haze. Poured with a short white foam that reduced to a billowy, rich cap that left thick sheets of sticky lacings down the glass. Aromas were a nice combination of light tropical fruit, fresh earthy mint, and a hint of pine. Smooth, creamy feel with a light tanginess in the middle and a clean finish. Solid sweet malty backbone in both aroma and flavor. Pine hop flavors with tangy mint and a  tropical fruit notes beneath. Mint flavors peak near the end as this finished cleanly with a lingering pine hop bitterness.

Photo of alu_boh
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Smooth and yummy IPA. Can't even tell it's 7.5%

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

I received this in a trade with woemad. Thank You again buddy!

I wanted to try this brew for a long time now. I got it! This brew pours gorgeous! Honey tone with almost a burnt orange tinge. Nice white head. Let's smell this brew! First hits of tropical fruits and floral notes, then a hit of nice honey wheat malts. Very dense on the aroma. Time got the taste test! Very resinous with the flavors going toward juicy over-ripped pineapple and hints of passion fruit. Some red papaya with grapefruit pith and leaves a nice clean bitter finish. Malts are honey sweetness with some wheat cracker powder. Very nice! The feel is medium bodied with par carbonation.

Overall: This brew is very good! Enjoyable to boot and finishes so clean it aches for another sip! Could I kill a four or six pack of this? Yes I could! Am I glad I tried this brew? Yes, yes I am! Would I want more when it comes out again? You betcha! This brew is recommended!

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

I've never said anything about this until now.
Okay, well now I will.
The appearance was a nice golden amber color with a decent one finger white foamy head leading to a decent lacing.
The smell was exceptionally floral and citrusy bittersweet.
The taste took the floral and citrusy aspects to combine more than nicely.
The mouthfeel was sharp but not too overbearing, its an AIPA that lives up to the Northwest style of AIPA.
Overall, so glad to come at this again, as I've had this several times. Ya know, this lives up to its somewhat under-hyped-ness.

Photo of mabermud
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%

A - Deep orange.
S - Juicy fruit
T - Balanced hop and sweet, tropical fruit flavor. Semi-crisp.
M - Medium carbonation and density. Smooth and juicy.
O - World-class, all-around, balanced IPA. A Pacific Northwest favorite.

Photo of GJ40
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at The Beer Shoppe in Haverford, PA.

A - Golden and quite clear with a big white head. Fantastic!

S - Citrusy, floral and fruity. Everything I'd expect from a west coast IPA.

T - Citrusy, floral and fruity once again with a moderate bitterness. Little from the malt but it does provide a nice foundation.

M - Moderate and somewhat creamy consistency with a low carbonation left after the pour.

O - A great beer. Reminds me of my visit years back to the creaky Laurelwood brewpub in Portland.

Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  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

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.