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Workhorse IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Workhorse IPAWorkhorse IPA

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

396 Ratings
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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 88
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerZack on 03-30-2008)
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

t0rin0, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DiabolikDUB for hooking me up with some of this.

A: Pours a nice, somewhat hazy orange-apricot with a nice white head with some staying power.

S: Plenty of citrus rind along with some pine and floral hops in the background. A bit of caramel malt lends some balance in the background.

T: Nice and citrusy and a bit bitter, but not at all overwhelming so. I'd say it's toward the tamer end of West Coast IPAs. The citrus characteristics lend themselves well to the bitterness, while still having caramel flavors in the background, although none of them are particularly sweet.

M: Medium body, good carbonation, and a nice dryness.

D: Very drinkable. Great sessionable (at least in terms of flavor, that is) IPA. Always love liking new things from breweries I hadn't heard much of in the past. Thanks again, Tom.

Thorpe429, May 23, 2010
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

acurtis, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.41/5  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

brentk56, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Radiant kumquat orange with bright Sunkist edges and several steady streams of slowly rising bubbles. The golden beige crown is good-sized and looks like whipped marshmallow. As it melts, gauzy sheets of fine lace are being left on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is an absolute treat for anyone who loves American hops. The brewers have chosen a killer lineup that includes Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade and Columbus. Pineapple is at least as prominent as pink grapefruit and orange. Laurelwood hasn't disappointed yet when it comes to IPAs... and it doesn't smell like they're going to start now.

Workhorse maintains the standard of excellence where this brewery and American India pale ales are concerned. This is a wonderfully drinkable version of the style that is big in all the right places. A more exciting name and label are in order, since the beer itself is more than fine just the way it is.

The malts include pale, caramel and Carapils. Unfortunately, the result is more toasted and earthy than caramel or toffee-like, which is my only (slight) nitpick with the flavor profile. Never fear, because 80 IBUs worth of hops quickly rush in with loads of bright citrus zest and pineapple juice. What a hoptastic brew!

The mouthfeel doesn't bobble the ball, much less fumble it. This brew is easily big enough for the style/ABV and has a glassy smoothness that cruises to, through, and well beyond the finish.

Laurelwood Public House & Brewery isn't often mentioned when the talk turns to great Pacific Northwest breweries. Looking back, though, these guys can compete with just about anyone. Boss IPA, Hop Monkey IPA, Green Elephant IPA... and now Workhorse IPA. All are delicious hop-soaked treats that make me want to visit Portland, Oregon sooner rather than later.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thrilled to get a hold of this one, really kind NW BA sent me a few of these to get to try. Cracked one open with dinner and went right into to it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/26/2010.

The pour was perfect. Deep amber in color with a great clarity that really showed off the amazing amount of carbonation that was streaming up through the glass throughout the session. Big head of white foam then caps the top of the glass for the entire session, really just showing a powerful IPA look.

Aroma is deep and huge. Tons of ripe citrus just spills over through the air. Orange and grapefruit, deep and sweet with a huge bitter component to it as well. This was exceptional, really a perfect aroma. I cannot say enough about it as the resins were just superb and the pungent aroma, perfect. Each sip follows this wonderfully. Crisp and clean with an amazing grapefruit bite that seriously just takes over the palate. Warming brings oranges, lemonzest, hints of light sweetness and a small sampling of a buttery backbone. Each sip is as good as the first as the dry finish makes the lips stick to the teeth and begs for another sip, but its all gone.

So under the radar, this is a superb IPA, one of the best I have had in a long, long time. Please go get this, hell I will trade you one.

mikesgroove, May 28, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Jeff for giving me a bottle of this.

A: The pour is a nice copper-ish color with a big white head and lots of streaks of white lacing.

S: The nose is wonderfully fresh and intensely hopped. Lots of grapefruit, pine, and floral aromas that work well together. I don't note any malt at all, just the way I like my IPAs.

T: A really well balanced bitterness that compliments the grapefruit, tangerine, and floral flavors. This is just so smooth in terms of the flavor profile.

M: The body is medium with a crisp carbonation and a really refreshing feel overall.

D: I would gladly take another of these any day. A really great IPA (bordering on a DIPA).

womencantsail, Aug 05, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Knapp85, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial nonic a deep burnt orange tinged amber with a large two finger fluffy crown that really took a long time to settle,leaving broken globs of foam.Big juicu ctrus fruit aromas,I mean they come out in a blast,some caramel malt is thrown in but the big grapefruit and tangerine aromas steal the show.Wow that is one smooth beer,it glides down effortlessly,no rough edges at all,very nice.More resiny hop flavor on the palate than in the nose to go along with the citric element,the caramel/biscuit malt base really holds up well to the hops,as it warms a tinge of sweet alcohol shows itself.A damn fine left coast ipa,I expected it to be good,it was great.

oberon, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Arbitrator for bringing a growler back from Portland. Copper-colored with a moderate haze, topped by 3 fingers of frothy head that slowly settles to a half-inch cap. The aroma is bright and citrusy, floral, zesty. Malt is faintly present, a touch crackery without lending much sweetness. There's a tropical presence as well, bringing to mind guava. On the tongue it's floral, crisp, citrusy. The mid-palate brings out a touch of honey-like sweetness, which transitions into a lightly bitter, floral, tropical finish. There's a touch of toasty malt flavor that clings to the palate in the aftertaste, lending slight balance to the hops. This is very good, a delicious and easy-drinking IPA.

largadeer, Mar 25, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

TMoney2591, Aug 23, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

SocalKicks, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for sharing this one!
Quick review from written notes.

Bright golden orange color, tight cap of white foam that leaves behind sudsy lacing.

Pungent hop aromas of honeysuckle and papaya, sticky dank maryjane funk.
Light feeling with a clean lingering hop bitterness, resinous and hoppy with flavors of bitter greens and dried citrus. Very drinkable with an expressive hop character. I'd seek this out again for sure.

emerge077, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Laurelwood Public House & Brewery (Portland, OR) on 9/4/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazed copper, with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This retains with a rich creaminess, nearly staying at about a ½ finger when swirled, and leaving back some robust swathes of sticky lacing. The aroma smells floral, and a little dank, with some lightly juicy grapefruit character, while notes of pine and spice fills out the edges. There’s a touch of sweet grainy malt underneath that melds nicely with that grapefruit flavor. This has a SOLID West Coast feel to it here in the nose.

The taste keeps things going, with fresh grapefruit character and pine that spread out zesty bitterness and plenty of sticky resins out into the mouth. There is also a hefty dose of sweet grains present that does help balance some of the bitterness out, yet still manages to keep itself in the background and keep the focus on those fresh hop flavors. The finish is a little rough around the edges, with more of gritty pithiness and dry resins that stick. It’s not too bad but does detract just a bit at the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp and lively feel throughout and an underlying slickness that helps smooth this out across the back. The overall carbonation is coming off as a little too sharp at times but things do even out a bit as this warms. Alcohol gives this a touch of heft but is well hid here for the most part.

I had heard good things about this one and it didn’t disappoint, with a lot of fresh and powerful hop character that should more than meet anyone’s expectations for a staple brewpub IPA. Especially one looking for one done in the West Coast style. Workhorse indeed. I’d love for a local place to always have this one on tap.

Kegatron, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered this from Liquid Gratitude. No bottle date. Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of slow-dissipating creamy white foam that settle to thick cap. Some patches of lace are left as the drink is consumed. The body is a slightly hazed dark golden color, with some visible tiny bubbles.

S - Drats! This is no-so-fresh. There's still some slightly stale lemon and citrus hop character, as well as light cattiness and pine. Malt character is sugar and bread.

T - Taste has aged more gracefully, with a pleasant mix of bready malt, tropical fruits, and candied citrus. The finish is very piney and bitter, and lingers long into the aftertaste.

M - The feel is terrific, with enamel-melting hop resins and a nice dry finish. The carbonation is spritzy but not harsh, and the body is viscous and creamy.

D - It's very rare that I'd bother with 22oz of an IPA that I'm guessing is 5 months old, but the solid flavor and excellent feel make up for a slightly stale nose. I promise to revisit this when I can guarantee it's a fresh bottle.

MasterSki, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Beer is amber and ahzy with a thin off white head of tiny and medium bubbles with lacing, low carbonation.

Definitely of the piny variety, nice hoppy pine aroma.

Beer is medium bodied. Nice malt backbone, a little maltier than expected. Nice pine hops in the body and the finish is quite bitter, but not dry or lingering. High drinkability.

At the time of this review, this beer is #33 on the top American IPA list.

drabmuh, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of mactrail
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Handsome orangey amber color with a decent foam iin the Ciney snifter. Aroma is deliriously fruity. It smells like mango nectar with flowers and I like what emerge077 said, papaya and honeysuckle. Pleasantly sudsy in the mouth.

Some warm malt and plenty of sweetness. This is a juicy fruit bomb that brings the word "luscious" to mind (second time this week with the Wingman Tripel). This is one of the fruitiest IPAs I've had. Bitterness is pretty restrained, though you wouldn't mistake it for anything but a whole lotta hops. Scratchy bitter aftertaste but the aromatics are still with you.

Seriously spicy and for a few sips I thought it wasn't as acidic as a lot of hop-heavy IPAs, but it becomes increasingly sharp. Still, it's an outstanding IPA worth trying especially at it's moderate price. From the 22 oz bottle bought at The Market in Anacortes, WA.

mactrail, Apr 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

MarkyMOD, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Gueuzedude, Feb 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

oriolesfan4, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright orange with good carbonation, glowing color with a nice white head. Nose is huge hops, citrus, mainly orange peel and grapefruit. Taste was right on with the nose of this hop induced masterpiece. Citrus..pineaplle, orangepeel, little biut of floral. Mouthfeel was pretty dry, not very oily and very smooth, easy to drink, nice amount of booze. Pretty damn good and one of the best I have had in a while.

barleywinefiend, Apr 06, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

LXIXME, May 20, 2013
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Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.