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Workhorse IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Reviews: 160
Hads: 551
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 91
Gots: 110 | 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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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

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Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.37/5  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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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).

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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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in trade from BeerKangaroo, thanks for the opportunity.
My wife found this in the back of the fridge tonight apparently it got misplaced.
Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a decent sized off white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma on this is citrus, pine, resin, green onion, a hint of dank and a solid bready caramel. Flavor is a bit sweet with bready caramel but certainly has plenty of hop flavor to go around. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Great ipa tha almost got away.

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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 HopHead84
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the NW Kearney location. Served in an imperial pint glass, the beer appears vibrant and slightly cloudy. The color is dark honey and it's crowned with a one inch pillowy white head. Retention is great and some thick lacing is left clinging to my glass.

The aroma is all citrus: grapefruit, orange, lemon, and apricot all are here, but orange is most prominent. A swirl of the glass summons pine notes, but they're nearly dormant otherwise. The malt profile isn't huge, but it does exist, in a caramel and crackery rendition. No alcohol is noticeable.

The flavor is killer. It's bursting with orange, lemon, apricot, and grapefruit. The bitterness is at a nice medium level. I'm surprised this is 80 IBUs. It seems less bitter than that, but I can't complain as it's at a near perfect level. A little caramel malty sweetness mingles harmoniously with the superb hop profile, but it's definitely not balancing and the beer maintains a very enjoyable light body. The finish is dry with a touch of sweetness and lingering fresh citrus bitterness. The alcohol is completely hidden.

The beer is light - light medium bodied with a nice medium level of carbonation and a dry, sticky mouthfeel.

This is the best beer I've had from Laurelwood and I'm happy I revisited it on my trip to Portland this last weekend. This is a high quality and very quaffable, light bodied NW IPA. It's perfect for a warm Portland summer day. Highly recommended.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the NW public house today.

The beer pours a prototypical peachy orange IPA color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is all NW hoppy goodness, showing considerable pine, some lemon and pepper. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose in this dry, well hopped IPA. There is also a hint of roastiness and burnt toast on the finish, which compliments the bitter finish quite well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but with a long, hoppy/bitter finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and I did not get any heat on the finish. However, you can sort of tell this isn't exactly a session beer, and it's apparent that there is some alcohol in this IPA.

In any event, another well made, well crafted IPA from the folks at Laurelwood.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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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.


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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 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.

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Photo of Derek
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sort of an IPA and a half...

A: Bronze with a white head, some retention & lace.

S: Great PNW hop aroma, plenty of citrus, rind, grass & a little pine.

T: Plenty of leafy hop goodness... citrus, rind & grass with hints of toffee & candied pineapple. Bitterness is a little assertive, but the alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Well attenuated, moderate body has a crisp, dry finish.

D: An easy drinker, but a little strong to session.

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4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 15/12/13 thanks OakedCanuck for the bottle

A clear golden liquid with plenty of bubbles moving around some tiny suspended particles while feeding a well sustained two finger foam that slowly falls to a thick film leaving a few thick rings of lace

S lots of tropical citrus, sweet orange, lemon, pineapple, some pine, a little catty, some floral hops, smells quite strong, just a little toffee and very faint booze

T a little more pine and rind then the tropical flesh on the nose, has some malt creating some palace but its a hop runaway for the most part and that work for me, just a little lime as it warms

M has a bitter snap to it, lighter side of medium, creams up a little, just a little booze on the way down, grit left behind and lots of pine and rind lingering

O this one went down the hatch in no time, solid IPA at every point, very well hopped and the nose is fantastic

a stereotypical West Coast IPA and that's fine by me, this one would be in my regular rotation if I could get it in my part of the world

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Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.