Workhorse IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
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4.41/5 rDev +4.8%
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
06-28-2014 18:17:55 | More by brentk56
4.14/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
06-19-2014 07:34:47 | More by LambicPentameter
3.94/5 rDev -6.4%
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
06-16-2014 22:36:56 | More by alexrichman
Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.