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Workhorse IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Workhorse IPAWorkhorse IPA

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349 Ratings
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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 87
Gots: 31 | 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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SitkaSteve

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-22-2014 08:47:04 | More by SitkaSteve
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youknowibill

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5%

06-21-2014 23:58:00 | More by youknowibill
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no dating that I can find. That said, the website I purchased this from declares that the bottling date was 5.28.14 and to drink by 7.28.14. Perhaps that information only comes on the case packaging. Poured into the Spiegelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance - A beautiful IPA with many different hues at play. In the base of the glass--the ridged part that isn't as thick, there are hints of amber and lemon, with the slight haze not preventing light from filtering through the way it does on late afternoons when you can see the dust in the air inside your house. In the thicker part of the glass, it trends towards a more opaque apricot orange, with a ruddier hue directly beneath the massive frothy three-finger head that shadows the body. Retention is excellent, and as I drink it down, the stark white head leaves spotty rings of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell - Big, bright notes of citrus and tropical fruit along with some floral nectar overtones to give it some depth of character. Orange zest and pineapple are present alongside some slightly pungent, but not overpowering, grapefruit pith. And as noted, there is a slight floral quality here, giving the impression of clover or wildflowers with the juicier citrus notes.

Taste - The floral aspect seems to have gone by the wayside with the taste, being muscled out by big, fruity characteristics from the hop bill. Again with grapefruit and orange from the citrus family, and pineapple from the tropical side of things, but that is joined by some sweeter hints of mango. There is an herbal quality to the aftertaste that blends in with the hop bitterness. And while they are far from the star, I do get some pleasant grainy sweetness from the pale and caramel malts. Just enough to reassure that there is more to this drink than hop juice.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a luscious, juicy feel on the palate.

Overall, just a stellar West Coast IPA. I'm quickly becoming a huge fan of this brewery and will definitely make a point to seek out more of their brews. This one was a tasty, reasonably-priced beer that would stand up well to any of the best in style, I imagine.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2014 07:34:47 | More by LambicPentameter
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nhirsch04

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5%

06-19-2014 00:59:01 | More by nhirsch04
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alexrichman

Oregon

3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A) Clear & dark-golden with hints of copper. Poured a small 1/2 finger head with a small amount of lacing that persisted throughout.

S) Bright aromas of citrus, peach, and pineapple with wafts of brown sugar

T) Hops very present on the tongue. Delightful tropical fruits and citrus. Malt comes in on the finish, resembling slightly burnt sugars. A bit of alcohol remains on the exhale. Wonderful balance.

M) Average thickness with good carbonation, semi dry finish. Very drinkable.

O) A very tasty IPA that weighs in at a hefty 7.5% while keeping things drinkable. A true gem of the Pacific NW

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2014 22:36:56 | More by alexrichman
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Metaltildeath

Washington

4/5  rDev -5%

06-16-2014 16:38:29 | More by Metaltildeath
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Gww1864

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

06-14-2014 18:52:03 | More by Gww1864
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terence

California

4/5  rDev -5%

06-14-2014 04:34:14 | More by terence
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JothHu

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-11-2014 01:31:54 | More by JothHu
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HoppySeb

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-09-2014 19:23:26 | More by HoppySeb
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RickS95

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a pretty color, but lacks a good head. The pour is a burnt orange color, mostly translucent. The head is only a finger thick and looks the part for about 20 seconds...then it starts to thin. The finale is an exceptionally thin, barely there lace.

It kills in the scent department. Both citrus and tropical fruits dominate. Orange, pineapple, peach mixed in with standard issue pine notes. Really impressive.

Scent characteristics carry over to the taste. Very fruity taste throughout, which is a bit different that most other IPAs where the pine oil cuts in. From midsip on, the pine does build, but it never completely masks the fruity flavors.

So gentle, so smooth. Very fruity with some sweetness and acid from the front of the tongue til the finish. You pick up the 80 IBUs of bitterness, but the fruity sweetness helps temper it from destroying the palate. Medium bodied. Crisp dry finish.

I'd never heard of this brewer until I started buying from Let's Pour, but now I'm glad to have tried this. It's really an exceptional IPA, and an amazing beer in general. Very easy to drink. The alcohol never shows its head. Really good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 02:17:36 | More by RickS95
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-05-2014 05:32:29 | More by Gatordaddy
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Aleforme

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-03-2014 15:08:32 | More by Aleforme
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BigJYoungblood

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

05-28-2014 06:54:42 | More by BigJYoungblood
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jakecattleco

California

4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-27-2014 04:21:35 | More by jakecattleco
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5%

05-25-2014 19:12:03 | More by waddellc2
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BeerBucks

New York

4/5  rDev -5%

05-24-2014 00:37:05 | More by BeerBucks
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rkinney

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

05-22-2014 20:48:13 | More by rkinney
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Asics

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-20-2014 02:06:31 | More by Asics
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Review from detailed notes about a month ago. Bottle date is 2/11/14.
Served chilled in a teku.

A truly perfect appearance for an IPA. Brilliant clarity with a luminous golden amber color, displaying the lazy carbonation as if through a sun-tinged crystal display case. A slow pour yields a fat egg-shell-white foam that stands three fingers thick, crowning over top of the glass with perfection. The head retains it's character and as the beer subsides, it coats the glass with sticky, hop-laced foam.

The aroma is immediate and bold, with a popular and desirous bouquet of peaches, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and kiwi. The sweet malts and aromatic hops come together here to create something very beautiful, and full of rich tropical fruits. It would be hard not to love this smell, and it epitomizes the American IPA style perfectly right now.

The body is extremely well-balanced, with not a trace of alcohol shown, and a light bitterness showing it's edge in the aftertaste. The flavor is of light citrus fruits, which goes well with the medium-body and soft carbonation. Honey malt shows up in the finish, towards the swallow. The complexity of the aroma isn't there in the flavor, but the beer shows itself as a well-crafted IPA.

Really, this is just an outstanding IPA (don't hate me Kern River). The beauty of Workhorse IPA's appearance in the glass and the smell of it as you raise it to your lips is simply mesmerizing! I honestly wasn't expecting so much. The alcohol is well-hidden (careful!) and the balance is perfect. This beer is World-Class, and well deserving of whatever awards it has brought home!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2014 19:34:52 | More by MusicaleMike
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FATC1TY

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5%

05-15-2014 20:07:10 | More by FATC1TY
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Spikester

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold with some amber tone. Two fingers of white head, good lacing.
Smell is stone fruit resins and light bread notes.
Taste is similar to the smell but the resin and stone fruit flavors really dominate. Some sweet malts weave in and out. Mouthfeel is medium with some crispness from the carbonation and a long dry bitter finish. Overall a bold and tasty IPA that is often a best buy as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2014 04:37:41 | More by Spikester
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Hoppy_McMalt

Washington

4/5  rDev -5%

05-13-2014 04:02:15 | More by Hoppy_McMalt
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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-11-2014 23:16:52 | More by JayCheG
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

05-08-2014 00:58:37 | More by jwat
Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.