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Workhorse IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Workhorse IPAWorkhorse IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

159 Reviews
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Reviews: 159
Hads: 541
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 91
Gots: 105 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 159 | Hads: 541
Photo of DudMan
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Laurelwood in PDX airport 8/30/15

L- orange/copper look. One inch head w nice lacing.
S- a balance of citrus, fruit and pine
T- perfectly balanced fruity and piney. A little malt backbone.
F- perfect carbonation and feel.
O- a fantastic IPA. This would be a staple if I lived in the NW! (302 characters)

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

Wow this beer is great. So easy to get, not too expensive and honestly I think it's the best IPA coming out of the Northwest. So crazy drinkable and smooth. Yeah maybe it could be a little more complex but it is so damn smooth I don't care. I would drink this over Sculpin any day. (285 characters)

Photo of mrjez
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Craft Beer Base.
L: pours a clear copper with two fingers of light foamy head, tonnes of lacing.
S: a big fruity floral punch leaps out, some pine, like other well-known west coast IPAs.
T: delicious. A lot of grapefruit, other citrus and tropical flavours, a little pine.
F: very easy drinking, nice mouthfeel and bittnerness. Actually a touch watery for the ABV. Medium-bodied.
O: really took me by surprise, right up there with the best. Could be bolder at 7.5%, but I'm nitpicking. (501 characters)

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

Appearance: Deep gold color that pours clear. White head.

Smell: Pine and floral aromas. Very pleasant.

Taste: Citrusy and floral. Sweet. Very smooth and easy to drink. A little sweeter than I generally like, but one of my go-to IPA's.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation / medium bodied.

Overall: This IPA leans more towards the sweet hoppy taste than malt - the balance is not perfect. That being said, it is very easy to drink and you won't be able to stop at one. It's also generally priced lower than better known IPA offerings that are either its equal or worse. (571 characters)

Photo of Jeffsta1
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden color, looks filtered, uncloudy. Pale off-white head, fine foam, not very persistent.

Smells great, hoppy, apricots. Smells like Dogfish Head 90 tastes.

Initial flavor hit is a mild, sour, hoppiness. A bit richer and deeper on the midpalate, hints of malt.

Mouthfeel is quite good, rich, could handle a tiny bit more carbonation (which is much better than having too much IMO).

Finish is subtle, long, bitter. OK but not great.

Overall a very solid IPA but not a wonderful one. (494 characters)

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

On-tap during happy hour at Safeco Field for $6. Went ahead and Googled this beer. BA had it scored 93, so I went ahead and got one.

Something about this beer is familiar to me. The hops remind me of a beer I know I've had before, but I'm not sure what. Maybe Two Hearted? I'm not sure, but it has a significant fruity and floral flavor that's fantastic. Nice bitterness, but well balanced all the way through. Very good stuff. (428 characters)

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. (821 characters)

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... (355 characters)

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. (385 characters)

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. (201 characters)

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. (602 characters)

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. (152 characters)

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.

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

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

Taste
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.

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

Overall
Extremely smooth, mellow, and easy drinking. A lot of dankness with a balanced bitterness. (532 characters)

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. (252 characters)

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. (208 characters)

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. (562 characters)

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! (942 characters)

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. (555 characters)

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. (225 characters)

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. (533 characters)

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 (638 characters)

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. (2,209 characters)

Photo of alexrichman
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A) Clear & dark-golden with hints of copper. Poured a small 1/2 finger head with a small amount of lacing that persisted throughout.

S) Bright aromas of citrus, peach, and pineapple with wafts of brown sugar

T) Hops very present on the tongue. Delightful tropical fruits and citrus. Malt comes in on the finish, resembling slightly burnt sugars. A bit of alcohol remains on the exhale. Wonderful balance.

M) Average thickness with good carbonation, semi dry finish. Very drinkable.

O) A very tasty IPA that weighs in at a hefty 7.5% while keeping things drinkable. A true gem of the Pacific NW (624 characters)

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. (1,150 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Review from detailed notes about a month ago. Bottle date is 2/11/14.
Served chilled in a teku.

A truly perfect appearance for an IPA. Brilliant clarity with a luminous golden amber color, displaying the lazy carbonation as if through a sun-tinged crystal display case. A slow pour yields a fat egg-shell-white foam that stands three fingers thick, crowning over top of the glass with perfection. The head retains it's character and as the beer subsides, it coats the glass with sticky, hop-laced foam.

The aroma is immediate and bold, with a popular and desirous bouquet of peaches, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and kiwi. The sweet malts and aromatic hops come together here to create something very beautiful, and full of rich tropical fruits. It would be hard not to love this smell, and it epitomizes the American IPA style perfectly right now.

The body is extremely well-balanced, with not a trace of alcohol shown, and a light bitterness showing it's edge in the aftertaste. The flavor is of light citrus fruits, which goes well with the medium-body and soft carbonation. Honey malt shows up in the finish, towards the swallow. The complexity of the aroma isn't there in the flavor, but the beer shows itself as a well-crafted IPA.

Really, this is just an outstanding IPA (don't hate me Kern River). The beauty of Workhorse IPA's appearance in the glass and the smell of it as you raise it to your lips is simply mesmerizing! I honestly wasn't expecting so much. The alcohol is well-hidden (careful!) and the balance is perfect. This beer is World-Class, and well deserving of whatever awards it has brought home! (1,627 characters)

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Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.