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Workhorse IPA | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Workhorse IPAWorkhorse IPA

Brewed by:
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerZack on 03-30-2008

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Reviews: 166 | Ratings: 590
Photo of LampertLand
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Laurelwood Brewing ' Workhorse IPA' @ 7.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $7.80
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a clear amber in the glass with a fluffy medium size white head leaving a fine spotty lace along the pint
S-lots of hops
T-crisp & clean , dry bitter finish
MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-ok pnw ipa & beer
prost LampertLand

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Photo of elNopalero
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to find this to be nothing special. Overly sweet and muddled flavor with candied orange notes. Forgettable in an otherwise demanding market.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good orange color and full inch of white head. Looks good. Aroma went citrus and bitter.

Taste leaned the same way too. Unlike a lot of pacnw ipas, this one keeps the malts light and toasted, not caramel, heavy and woodsy. Alcohol and bitterness are there, this one really straddles the line between an imperial and whatnot.

Its good stuff.

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

Great IPA. Big peach and apricot, almost juicy, but then spicy pine and finishes with dry grapefruit. Medium bodied and quite drinkable for the strength

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Photo of KelvinWalls
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a fantastic IPA. It is exactly what I look for in a great IPA. Hoppy with some citrus yet drinkable. So good can't get much better than this!

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a cloudy burnt golden color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Light lacing stuck to the glass in a speckled sort of way.
The smell had a sweet to bitter crisp dry pine blended with slight tropical fruits. A super light dry caramel maltiness also blended in for the balance.
The taste pretty much copied the aroma with an even greater subdued maltiness than the aroma. I mean, well, its there, just super light.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a sly carbonation hitting the bitterness and being a gentle harshness to it.
Overall, this is a stellar AIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky golden yellow with a small white head. The aroma is a big sniff of pine with citrus and hops. The flavor is pine and hops in a nice blend with some citrus at the end. An excellent IPA.

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Photo of kidneythief
4.89/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm lucky enough to live very close to this brewery and get keg after keg for my personal pub.

The pour is a beautiful murky gold and the citrus overtones are amazing. You get that strong hoppy taste without it being too bitter and a nice citrus finish. This is by far my favorite IPA coming out of the Portland area at this time. I will say the head is thicker than I'd usually prefer but I think it's more a result of my poor kegging skills than the beer itself. I've messed with CO2 with no luck. In any event, Workhorse has been a staple in my house and will continue to be until something better comes along.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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 with 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 to quench that cravin' for hops.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
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