Workhorse IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Reviews: 155
Hads: 529
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 92
Gots: 99 | 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: 155 | Hads: 529
Photo of RedDiamond
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don't know why Laurelwood decided to add a second IPA to their regular lineup, but I won't complain. Workhorse delivers on the hop imperative with a green and immediate fragrance of bine-fresh floral hop goodness. It smells divine at first sip and carries that bold hop aroma to the bottom of the glass. It is copper-yellow with relaxed haze, soapy suds, and thin, abundant lace.

A classic NW hop dragon built on three dry-hop additions. The body is a little thin, but you'll get over it. (493 characters)

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

Workhorse is a true West Coast IPA, featuring over-the-top hop flavor and aroma. Three separate dry hop additions in the fermenter make this one of our hoppiest beers to date.
7.5% ALC by Volume.

A- Bright orange with a frothy sitcky head. Heavy lacing down the whole glass.

S- Smells like it tastes! Huge hop aroma. Sweet grapefruit, orange and tangerine.

T- Citrus! Grapefruit, Tangerine dominate. It's extremely well balanced, and the alcohol is deftly concealed.

M- Sweet and dry up front with a oily hoppy bitterness in the end.

Overall- Overall: A truly masterful example of fine brewing skill. IMO, this is the holy grail for hopheads. From talking to the brewers, this beer is made with Amarillo, Simcoe, and Centennial hops. I've had just about every IPA in Portland. The Workhorse is probably the best IPA in town. (831 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Laurelwood on 52nd and Sandy (not the pizza place).

Light golden-orange color with big off-white head that laces well.

Intense fruity, almost tropical aroma. Grapefruit, pineapple, mandarin, tangerine and biscuits & honey. Some red apple.

Soft creamy bubbles and low carbonation make this medium bodied brew smooth and very drinkable.

Sweet lightly toasted biscuity malt is bursting with juicy hop flavors. Big pink grapefruit impression, orange, tangerine and piney resin on a lingering bitter finish without being offensively bitter. Hugely drinkable. Probably the best IPA I found in Portland. (619 characters)

Photo of freed
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewpub. And how.

Pint is served with a thin coat of off-white odd-sized bubbles on top of a copper body. Beer is somewhat hazy and the pint is opaque.

Aroma is like a lupalin covered boot kicking you in the nose. But in a good way. The aroma is an incredibly pleasant combination of citrus (mostly grapefruit) and pitch.

Taste is similarly hoppy with strong citrus and sweet but there's just enough malt sweetness to buttress the hop dump.

This beer is impressively drinkable a joy for a hop nut like myself. (546 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this beer on-tap at the Public House, the winning beer in Laurelwood's "Dream IPA" contest. Listed at 68 IBU, 7.0% ABV.

A: A rich golden orange with a decent-sized (maybe 1 finger) frothy white head, which dissapated fairly quickly. Moderate lacing.

S: Tons of pine and citrus hop aroma - extremely fresh. Very little malt. Smell fades as head dies down.

T: A hophead's delight. Initially lots of resinous pine, zesty grapefruit, touches of grassy/earthy and sourdough maltiness. mellows to a sweeter malt-oriented backbone, but with plenty of bitterness in the finish. Seems very well-balanced.

M: Thick & creamy. Medium/full mouthfeel. Light carbonation.

D: A strong and hoppy brew, excellent on the hot summer Sunday afternoon when I tasted it. Again, hopheads should love this one - I enjoyed it alot but stopped at one, wanting something more malty. Give Workhorse a try while it's around - all summer let's hope. (940 characters)

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Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.