Workhorse IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
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2.4/5 rDev -43%
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.
03-20-2014 21:51:16 | More by surfbouy
3.3/5 rDev -21.6%
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.
11-06-2013 04:24:28 | More by JohnGalt1
District of Columbia
3.35/5 rDev -20.4%
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.
02-14-2013 06:55:38 | More by Dreadnaught33
3.45/5 rDev -18.1%
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.
03-11-2011 09:52:13 | More by harrymel
3.48/5 rDev -17.3%
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.
02-12-2012 18:54:38 | More by Gueuzedude
3.5/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
02-02-2013 19:39:53 | More by D-Stylz
3.5/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
12-19-2010 18:53:47 | More by jrallen34
3.51/5 rDev -16.6%
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+.
03-21-2013 00:34:48 | More by artoolemomo
3.53/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
10-12-2011 02:31:31 | More by kingcrowing
3.55/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
07-21-2011 20:18:27 | More by peacebone116
3.6/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
12-31-2011 20:48:07 | More by zaphodchak
3.63/5 rDev -13.8%
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
02-14-2011 01:43:07 | More by LiquidBread219
3.65/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
08-28-2011 20:27:59 | More by route66pubs
Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
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