Workhorse IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Workhorse IPAWorkhorse IPA

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Reviews: 156
Hads: 530
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 92
Gots: 100 | 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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Reviews: 156 | Hads: 530
Photo of surfbouy
2.42/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Aggro pour into pint snifter gives a two finger head that dissipates into a very thin layer. Nice lacing and golden/copper color.

Aroma: Cat pee! Maybe some pine and citrus thrown in, but cat pee for sure.

Flavor: Follows the nose

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, decent balance on the tongue.

Overall: This was touted as being very comparable in flavor to PtE by the bottle shop guys. I’m here to refute that line of thought. Due to my location, I have the opportunity to drink a great deal of WCIPAs and this isn’t one of the better ones. I like many of Laurelwood’s other beers and was very disappointed I didn’t find my “poor man’s” Pliny. (667 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 JohnGalt1
3.31/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up last night at Brewforia Meridian... Paid too much. Poured tonight into my HotD goblet with an off white head atop a slightly hazy orange brew.

Nose shows big citrus but a very pronounced maltiness that really mutes the hops.

Flavor mirrors the nose.. IMO, this is really not very good... pithy citrus hoppiness and a thick malt profile that doesn't jive with the brew.

Body seems a bit thick... but I am thinking this could be an old bottle from Brewforia, wouldn't surprise me.

3.75/3.25/3.25/3.5/3.25 (521 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.32/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a fresh bottle of this from the whole foods in downtown Seattle on a trip. Been meaning to try this beer for a while, and almost traded for it a while back. Honestly, I'm glad I didn't because I find that in the seriously saturated category of American ipas, this is very middle of the road.

Pours a nice hearty orange color with great head and retention. The nose is very average to poor: it has some bready malts and I struggle to find too much hoppiness, but it's there in the form of bitter grass notes if i literally get my nose all the way in the glass. The taste seems sort of like that ipa you would try at a local brewpub that is just a touch better than average: not too hoppy, but bitter enough, and malty in a very grainy way. Some orange rind or zest. Not too memorable at all unfortunately.

I was hoping this would be great, and I went into tasting it thinking it would be great and that might have tainted my review here, but overall I don't think this is really worth going out of your way for. (1,023 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 harrymel
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Unknown bottle date: boo!

A: Pours a copper ale with excellent clarity (some floaties) and a <single finger fine white foam dissipates over the coarse of a couple minutes. Sheets of white lace.

S: Plenty of malt on this (surprised actually), grapefruit, citrus, hints of pine. Good nose.

T: Sweet, floral, citrus, bitter with decent middle palate pine and resin tones. Fairly standard IPA for the PNW, not bad.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Leaves palate free from reminders of it's presence.

D: Very drinkable IPA, recently has been one of my favorites. It's not a standout IPA, but totally enjoyable. (620 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled September 2011
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a one-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a red-copper / pale amber color that shows a clear, bright orange-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells a bit metallic (sort of like wet tin) from a distance, this is still evident close up, but here it mixes in with a mix of sweet tea like crystal malt, toasted biscuit, lots of sticky caramel and toasted spicy grain character (that is typical of crystal malt). The dominant malt is backed by a soft hop character that contributes notes of pine and grapefruit. This is definitely on the soft side for an IPA.

The beer is bitter as it first hits my tongue, this mixes in with a pine like character and in the finish a metallic character that seems to be contributed from both the hop character and the ample crystal malt character. There is also some grapefruit zest notes and other swet citrus zest flavors here, though they aren’t nearly big enough for this beer to scratch my IPA craving. The finish has a biting, fairly substantial bitterness to it that lingers for some time on the palate and even has a touch of astringency to it. The malt character is not quite as noticeable as the hop character, but it certainly contributes substantially to this beer; notes of metallic crystal malt, toasted / brown-sugar biscuit character, spicy whole grain character and definite sweet tea character.

Definitely not my preferred type of IPA; there is a bit too much focus on crystal malt here, some of this is likely accentuated from some oxidation and age, but this still isn’t nearly hoppy enough for my tastes. Still this is not bad and is enjoyable enough to finish off a 22oz of this. (1,742 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Chris before On Photon...Medium copper, light tan head that is very watery. Despite a finger of head rising its gone quickly to reveal only a few watery bubbles, no lacing...Nose of grapefruits, subtle pine hops, and a weird gym sock finish, quite disturbing...Taste is strong alcohol with pine hops. Loses most of the citrus notes, leaves the taste a little lacking. Not a huge fan of this, average overall. (425 characters)

Photo of D-Stylz
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is much to like about this IPA. It has a very nice hop nose and the hop flavors on the tongue are distinct. However, it was not as well balanced as I prefer. Also, I didn't think it had anything about it that was unique. It is a solid, hoppy IPA that will please most. (274 characters)

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. (302 characters)

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. (253 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a good sized head that is a light yellowish white. The body is a typical IPA body, medium amber, a little hazy. The foam is dissipating fairly quickly while leaving behind a net of lacing.

Nose- This is warm and sunny, very inviting. Perfect for the first day of summer. Mostly citrus with some fruit but no pine detected yet. Lemon, orange, strawberry. I can see why they wait for certain hops to be available. This is a very specific aromatic profile. All citrus, no pine, no soap.

Taste- The first things that pop out are lemon and woody bitterness and earwax. It finishes with a mouthful of woody bitterness. There is some grapefruit but so far bitter hops are very dominant in this flavor profile. There is a lot of oak in this one. I can't detect any cedar as one reviewer noted. This is a very old school style of West Coast IPA. It hammers you hard with bitter hops. Mostly lemon, orange, and grapefruit for the non woody, non bitter notes. Other than that, there isn't much complexity. At this point, it's just another IPA in a sea of IPAs.

Mouthfeel- This seems a little too heavy and a little too carbonated for the style. There is a little syrupiness to it as well

Drinkability- The alcohol is muted but the dominance of bitter hops will prevent anyone from chugging this. It's above average but in field populated with good to exceptional IPAs, that is almost meaningless.

Overall- It's an above average IPA. It doesn't innovated. It's not that complex. It delivers bitters hop with lemon. If you're a bitter hophead, you'll like this one. If you like fruit and flowers, this won't do. If you want more of both, this really won't do either. It's about a B, maybe a B+. (1,711 characters)

Photo of peacebone116
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this beer up while visiting Bend, OR. Poured from the bomber into a tulip glass only a few days after purchase.

A: Lots of off-white head that sticks around for a while.--great lace that clings to the sides. Body is a light copper (a little darker than expected for the style) that is partly clear with a bit of sediment at the bottom.

N: Light pineapple and grapefruit, but not very powerful.

T/M: Oily and bitter with a somewhat heavy mouth-feel for the style. Tropical fruit notes are not as perceptible on the tongue as the nose, but there is a pleasant citric sweetness balancing the great resinous bitterness.

This is a pretty decent beer, but it is a little bit malty for an IPA, even by Oregonian standards--this is almost like an Imperial Red. Maybe not the freshest of bottles either, but regardless, the malt forwardness of this ale is a little out of my preferences. (890 characters)

Photo of route66pubs
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a relatively orange / copper color, very clear and pretty bubbly

S - Citrus aroma, mostly orange.

T - Orange and grapefruit in the taste, not a ton more, from front to back.

M - definitely good carbonation leading to a crisp refreshing feeling at the front of the mouth, and good bitterness at the back leaving that "popping" feeling all the way through

O - nothing at all wrong here, and nice overall complexity, but nothing horribly memorable, either. Would I have it again? Certainly. Would I go out of my way to get another? Nope. (549 characters)

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Amber in color nice foamy head that disappears quickly spotty lacing.

S= I smell a lot of pine and citrus in this one.

T= I like the pine and fruit taste but I think the carmel backbone is to strong.

M= Medium bodied, would like more carbonation.

D= Pretty drinkable, Just wish the backbone wasn't so strong in this one (326 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - very dark golden color, almost a light brown. Having a medium-bodied look, it's midway between semi-clear and murky. A small layer of cream-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - the aroma is as hoppy as one would assume it to be, given the description on the bottle. It's given a heavy does of hops throughout the process. The aroma seems to belie a mix of Cascade hops and something else. These were probably used in the dry-hoping part of the process. Then there's also another element that I cannot identify that helps to balance out the hops, something sweeter perhaps.

Taste - Very interesting quality to the taste. The hops tasted are different than the ones smelled. The middle of the taste brings in that same element in the aroma that imparts a certain sweetness. It's probably this element and in combination with the malts that help to balance this brew out. Making it quite drinkable, despite the high IBUs.

Mouthfeel - medium-bodied, slightly creamy in quality.

Overall - a very interesting brew, definitely worth tasting and worth having in the fridge. (1,128 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Mad Fox shaped pint glass. It poured a dark amber, almost copper looking color. It started with a frothy white head covering the beer and sticking to the sides of the glass. Very nice head retention as well as lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a candied fruit like flavor to it with grapefruit, orange and caramel being two of the things that stand out to me. It has a sweeter flavor going on but also shows some herbal, earthy, hop bitterness as well.

The taste has a pretty big malt profile to it with some bready and caramel notes to it. The hops come through with a little zesty citrus at first. It turns more herbal and bitter as it gets to the finish. It has a bit of that candied fruit like flavor to to the taste as well.

The mouthfeel feels a bit heavy for the style, but probably medium bodied overall. Carbonation is moderate. Drinkabinity is pretty good, it had some nice flavors to it and was an easy drinking beer. It really didn't wow me with the hops though, and the malt played a much bigger role then I expected. A decent beer but not quite in the same class as the very best of the style in my opinion. (1,164 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to hopsbreath and the Support Your Team! BIF for this bottle!

Best part of getting a BIF box from across the country: receiving some brews from hitherto unknown breweries. This example thereof pours a clear copper topped by a finger or so of cream-colored foam. The nose comprises plenty o' piny and citrus hops, tending toward the grapefruit, along with a stiff toffee. That's what I like about IPAs: nice, simple noses. The taste follows closely, though a hint of hoppy onion finds its way in there as well. The toffee is mostly drowned out by the hops, but the experience is not an unbearable one. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a solid West Coast IPA, a nice, hoppy bit o' beer-y goodness. (803 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very clean and clear golden-copper color, with 3/4 inch of white head that had below average retention and OK lacing.

A strong pine hop scent greets the nose, with a hint of malt in the background. The taste wasn't as crisp and well defined as the aroma had led me to expect. The pine hop flavor was there and a nice bit of malt for a foundation, but everything was just a bit too subdued for what I like in an IPA.

The body was good, a bit fuller than average, and drinkability was good because this is one of the smoothest IPA's I've had in a long time.

Overall, a decent brew that's worth your time. (645 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber from John's Market in Portland

a - pours a deep burnt orange color, one-inch ivory head with good retention and lacing, fairly clear with only a little haze

s - big piney aroma with strong notes of orange and other citrus, you can almost smell the hop resin and citrus juices oozing from the glass

t - fairly sweet orange and grapefruit flavors up front, big bitter pine burst on the midpalate that overwhelms the citrus, decent biscuit malt backbone on the finish that mixes with the piney hops, light alcohol presence

m - medium-bodied, fine carbonation, moderately dry finish, slight alcohol warming

d - not overly drinkable, wears a bit on the palate and the flavors aren't all that interesting or refreshing

Slightly let down by this one given the high ratings many have given. Decent IPA overall, and like the HUB IPA I tried out of the bottle last night, I would like to give this a shot on-tap to see how it compares. (938 characters)

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. (257 characters)

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. (911 characters)

Photo of Ranbot
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I received this 22-oz bottle in a trade from my west coast beer-buddy Docer.

The color is a very nice golden yellow. The beer is unfiltered and there's a fair amount of large off-white chunks of yeast floating around. (I probably should have left the last oz in the bottle, so I'm not subtracting any score for the large floaties). A moderately agressive pour yields ~1 inch of white foam initially settled quickly into a thin coating. A lot of lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell carries a lot of citrusy grapefruit, and unripe organge with a faint bit of spruce. There's some grain in there too, but it's mostly hops.

West coast IPA all the way. The taste is initially dominated by pineapple and grapefruit with a healthy dose of pine/spruce. There's a caramel-like malt underpinning the hops. Piney flavors linger into the aftertaste with a little bit of alcohol. (My fiancee is more sensitive to alcohol flavors that I and she said it was definately hot with alcohol.) There's just enough malt to off-set the hops so that you don't feel like your mouth is being washed out with hops. I wouldn't call this beer balanced...it is certainly a "west coast IPA" but it's not quite hop-mouthwash. The pine flavors get stronger as the beer warms and they definately linger more...I feel like microscopic pieces of pine needles are burrowing into my tastebuds.

The mouthfeel is clean, smooth, crisp, and mildly carbonated. I would personally like a little more carbonation.

I think it's drinkability is average. The pine flavors built up on me over time. I think I could have one, maybe two of these before I'd be looking for something else. (1,647 characters)

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. (684 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my longest standing "wants" list beer...glad to finally get a chance to try it

Pours a copper/yellow with a finger and a half of head and some lacing. The aroma is a beautiful mix of clean floral/citrus hoppiness. Noticeable sweet caramel malts. Smells balanced, which means it smells like it might be right up my alley....

....and it doesn't quite hit the mark but comes close. There is a nice sweet malt backbone underneath the hops but the hops aren't quite bright or flavorful enough to stand up to it. This would work well as an Amber Ale but as an IPA it just needs a bit more. I'm being harsh simply because I really liked the aroma and this beer has been so highly praised. If this were available at my local brewpub however, I would definitely order it quite often with my meal. Pretty nice.

The body is medium and slick and carbonation is low. Overall this is a finely crafted beer, but comes a bit short of being great. (941 characters)

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Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.