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Workhorse IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Workhorse IPAWorkhorse IPA

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Reviews: 161
Hads: 561
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 92
Gots: 112 | 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: 161 | Hads: 561
Photo of ElGordo
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The latest offering on my home system, draft poured into a pint glass. Body is a rich golden hue, topped by a thick, creamy white head that forms some nice peaks and valleys as it recedes, along with some nice lacing on the glass. Sharp aroma of grassy hops with heavy notes of grapefruit, offset only slightly by an underlying layer of mild biscuit malt. Heavy notes of grapefruit overshadow the palate up front, with grass and lighter citrus flavors popping up. A very light sweetness from the biscuit malt keeps the hop profile from being completely overwhelming. Body is full and just a touch sticky, just about perfect for a West Coast IPA. The strength keeps this one from being a true session beer, but I can find several in an evening to be quite enjoyable, which is something to be said for such a hoppy ale. Just an excellent local IPA.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap from Laurelwood NW Public House.

This beer is exactly what I'm looking for out of an IPA.

Appearance = Orangish Gold with a little bit of haze.

Smell = Fresh Citrus hops, tangy, with a touch of pine.

Taste = Citrus flavors upfront (deliciously tangy), slight grapefruit, with a pleasant lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel = Medium-Bodied and slightly slick.

Overall = I could drink this all evening long and typically do. I'm so glad that I live just a few blocks from this place. Its always fresh and always available.

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Photo of ccrida
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 23rd st pub, served in an imperial pint. Workhorse IPA is a bronzed orange with a hazy, off-white head that leaves very nice lace.

Smell is resinous hops, pine, some citrus, fresh and robust.

Taste is similar, big fresh hop flavor, very bright, a bit more complex then the nose, more floral. Pungent, a bit spicy but not that bitter, with a slight honey sweetness on the finish. Awesome.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, a bit oily.

Drinkability is dangerously high. In fact, I love it so much, I could use a tad less ABV, I think it was 7.5%, I'd prefer 7. Great example of a Portland IPA, one of my favorites, very well made and suited to my taste in the style - huge hop flavor, but not to bitter or malty. Nothing beats a fresh, local IPA, this one's always a treat.

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Photo of sholland119
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Local 44 during Philly Beer Week

A-Pours a clear golden peach with a thin tan head.

S-A very strong grapefruit hop presence overwhelms all else. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

T-West Coast IPA all the way. Grapefruit and orange zestiness with an earthy hop finish.

M-A bit on the light side of medium bodied with nice lingering bitterness.

D-Light in body, full in taste for the style. Very nice!


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Photo of jjboesen
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tasted this Workhorse during the Oregon Brewers' Festival in July 2008; this reveiw is based on notes from that tasting - oh, and the names have been changed to protect the innocent.

This one begins with a full and frothy head that remained active throughout the quaff. Its color is a cloudy amber - if this is a color. Upon settling, there was minimal lacing/clingage.

The initial nose is an intense bouquet of orange, an aroma that increases as the beer acclimates to the temperature. The taste is pleasantly hopped without being too bitter. The Workhorse is a well balanced elixir of Columbus, Simcoe and Amarillo hops and is dry-hopped.

One thing for sure: this is not a session beer; it is a complex IPA that requires patience and a flexible palate. Another great beer from Portland - and another reason to return.

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Photo of Docer
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I couldn't have said it better than jamdugan below... very good review and very descriptive.

A true west coast Ale. IPA, or excellent American.. call it what you will... it holds it's own.

I am glad they brough about something other than their Boss IPA. I can only find myself comparing this one to another of theirs.. because honestly... I don't think there are any finer beers and ales that I have ever had from any brewer.

Great citrus hops, and tons of it! I am a hop freak... and this satisfies. Smell and taste is all in the same! Great fruity notes, as well as floral... and the pine.. love a strong pine taste. Easy to drink, not so thick like the Boss. Less malt the better for me. A single malt works in my case.

Mouthfeel is dry like it should be, but the flavors keep up the saliva. Way more pleasant to the gut vs. the Boss as well. But both are on my top 10. Grew up right in that neighborhood.. glad a great brew establishment moved in. They are right at home.

As I write this, there is a blizzard outside... and talking about this ale makes me want to drive the 20 miles to fill up my growler again.

Buy a growler, and try the halibut meal while you are there!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.