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Workhorse IPA | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Workhorse IPAWorkhorse IPA

Brewed by:
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerZack on 03-30-2008

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Reviews: 166 | Ratings: 590
Photo of mabermud
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%

A - Deep orange.
S - Juicy fruit
T - Balanced hop and sweet, tropical fruit flavor. Semi-crisp.
M - Medium carbonation and density. Smooth and juicy.
O - World-class, all-around, balanced IPA. A Pacific Northwest favorite.

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Photo of GJ40
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at The Beer Shoppe in Haverford, PA.

A - Golden and quite clear with a big white head. Fantastic!

S - Citrusy, floral and fruity. Everything I'd expect from a west coast IPA.

T - Citrusy, floral and fruity once again with a moderate bitterness. Little from the malt but it does provide a nice foundation.

M - Moderate and somewhat creamy consistency with a low carbonation left after the pour.

O - A great beer. Reminds me of my visit years back to the creaky Laurelwood brewpub in Portland.

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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 LambicPentameter
4.13/5  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.

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Photo of alexrichman
3.93/5  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

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Photo of RickS95
4.44/5  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.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

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Photo of Spikester
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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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 micromaniac129
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic aroma. Plenty of fresh, wet hops, stone fruits , tropics, floral and dankness.
The appearance is no slouch either, with it's fluffy dense head and a beautiful orange amber color.
Taste is quite good with tons of hoppy freshness. It's tropical and fruity and piney malts balance nicely with a frresh sweet bitter finish.
A surprise find and excellent decision on my part, don't you agree.

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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 BurdockBoy
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 220z bottle into a pint glass.

A: beautiful orange amber color with 2 fingers of ivory head. Decent lacing.

S: piney hops with faint citrus.

T: well balanced hops, citrus,and pine. Slightly bitter, but not over so. Older bottles will be more bitter.

M: mild carbonation, but smooth.

O: I love this IPA. It's always a go to if I'm in need of a trusted favorite. Well balanced, decent price, and now in 12oz bottles. A great NW IPA.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you BeerKangaroo for this great IPA.

In a pint glass the beer was a hazy orange color with a medium-sized white head. There was a good deal of lace.

Mostly citrus and floral aroma. A little bit of pine. Sweet malt background.

Grapefruit taste. The pine came out more in the taste, and there was less of a flowery taste. Caramel.

A nice hoppy, sweet IPA. Send me more, Adam!

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Photo of surfbouy
2.42/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Aggro pour into pint snifter gives a two finger head that dissipates into a very thin layer. Nice lacing and golden/copper color.

Aroma: Cat pee! Maybe some pine and citrus thrown in, but cat pee for sure.

Flavor: Follows the nose

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, decent balance on the tongue.

Overall: This was touted as being very comparable in flavor to PtE by the bottle shop guys. I’m here to refute that line of thought. Due to my location, I have the opportunity to drink a great deal of WCIPAs and this isn’t one of the better ones. I like many of Laurelwood’s other beers and was very disappointed I didn’t find my “poor man’s” Pliny.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass.
Thanks BeerKangaroo for this one!

What a lovely beer, beautiful orange-gold color and, thanks to my aggressive pour, a nice foamy and lasting head that mounds nicely above the rim of the glass. It dissipates to some lovely and long-lasting lacing.

A great aroma goes a long way towards making a beer among my favorite IPA's and this one is very nice. This isn't quite up there with some of my all-time favorites but it's excellent. The pine hits me first and then some nice floral notes and a bit of citrus, maybe a little pineapple as well.

The taste is top-notch. I'm hit straight off with the pine, then a mix of pine and and citrus and a little bit of the sweet malt backbone (which becomes more pronounced as the beer warms a bit). There is a piney resinous taste that lingers at the back of the tongue. Yeah, the bitter sticks around, in a very good way.

There is a fair amount of carbonation here but it serves to keep the taste buds alive for the next sip. There is a little lingering stickiness that is not at all unpleasant.

This is a very nice IPA that, were it available to me, I would buy regularly. Excellent.

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Photo of Oakengroves
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - A light copper with minimal foam.

S - Very light, piney hop scent with minor fruity tones.

T - Delightful upfront hops that are counterbalanced with a pine and citrus flavor. The beet is very floral and hoppy. Very delightful.

M - Very carbonated but smooth. Enjoyable!

O - One of the best commercially available Northwest style IPAs. Very reasonably priced. This is an outstandingly balanced IPA that is a great example of Northwest, piney IPAs. An excellent choice that I have enjoyed many times before and will enjoy again!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy amber with trailers of bubbles and an off white shaving cream stiff head that rings.
Musty Citra lemon nose with papaya and guava underneath.
Oyster crackers with mango, lime sorbet, and tangerine rind hops.
Taffy leave and lemon rind linger.
Salty, oily, medium, creamy.

Lots of tropical fruit, silky, and a subtle but firm bitterness. A bit too salty-sweet, but understated in that the IBUs creep up. Never quite cloys and the hopback and dry hop additions shine through. Superb balance between fruity + bitter, creamy + sharply dry, mellow + assertive.

Top shelf PDX IPA.

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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 LamontCranston
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Copper/orange without much foam

S-Hoppy//piney/citrus tones that quell the hop tones

T-Tastes almost exactly as it smells, upfront hop tones quickly dulled by pine and citrus tones, very drinkable, I honestly don't taste much malt in this beer, mild malty tones lost somewhere in the hops/citrus, but I do enjoy it very much.

M-Sort of dry, the right amount of bubbley, I dig it

O-I have a special place in my heart for the Laurelwood Workhorse IPA, they've just recently began bottling it into 6 packs. This beer has an amazing hop complex with a perfect piney/citrus balance... I've honestly never tasted a beer that stacks up. Perhaps it's the fact that I live really close to brewery and drink them as they've just finished brewing, but damn, this is one FINE beer. Laurelwood has outdone themselves with this amazing beer, highly recommended.

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

A: hazy burnt orange amber colored body; a finger's worth of head is about all and dies at a nice pace leaving a nice foamy clingy lacing

S: sweet / bitter grapefruit, pine, floral scents through the hops, malts do present themselves but it really takes a while

T: bright sweet citrus aftertaste and a dry citrus yet piney finish, sweet citrus and pine with some nice floral notes

M: light to medium, somewhat sessionable and leaves a nice bitter harshness

O: This is the beer that I prefer to drink every single day. Every time I have something different or the store is out I'm reluctant to purchase anything else because nothing compares. There are many # 2's but this is my #1.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wide-mouth mason jar. Bottled Dec. 19 2013.

A- Hazy burnt orange amber with a medium white head that dissipated to a thin film.

S- Sweet and bitter grapefruit, pine, nice floral notes. Big hop aroma in this one.

T- More citrus, pine and medium floral notes. A bright bitterness that finishes mellow. Has a light toasted malt presence.

M- Nice creamy carbonation alcohol is right around that sweet spot of 8% which makes a hefty yet very drinkable IPA.

O- I got this as an extra in a trade and I am very impressed with this beer. Would love to get a 6er of this some time. It has a body very similar to 2Hearted and a bit more subdued floral character which is what I like. Hadn't heard of this brewery before but they are definitely on my radar now.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours solid orange/gold with a small white head that falls fast.

Smell is of danky wet hops, resinous pine sap, and lime. Kind of unique.

Taste is a well balanced cross between lime like citrus and a strong malt backbone. Deep bread flavors keep this ale from being to watery, and lively pungent hops make it tingle the tongue.

Feel is just about right in the middle, and carb is medium.

I like this IPA alot, I am glad I found it.

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Photo of anarchia
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange with a thick, frothy head. Then it smells like oranges too, almost like an Orange soda (but in a good way). Lots of grapefruit in the aroma also. Just a massive fruity hop bomb. Nice malt background but the hop assault continues in the flavor. Very citrusy, lots of fruit, not a lot of piney flavors. Super fruity in general. One of the best Oregon IPAs.

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Photo of TheeWalrusHunter
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a nice yellow-orange, good looking beer - looking like it wants to be drank.

S: Strong smell upfront, very aromatic with notes of pine and pineapple. Has a crisp yet sticky nose - I think my nose got too close.

T: Great carbonated bite up front, hop bitterness with some citrus flavors pouring through. The crisp bitterness plays up front, knocking my tastebuds across the net and not allowing many citrus notes playing in the back to have much fun. Good for doubles tennis, ok for beer.

M: CRISP! Exactly what i want an single IPA to feel like. Also feels wet, mostly cause its liquid.

O Easy drinker, then again - it aint rat poisoning. It's a go to of mine - easy to find in sixers, on tap around me, and of course at the pub.

Easier drinking than most west coast styles, would (and do) by again and again. Best IPA brewed in the portland city limits in my opinion and holds its own with the likes of highly rated IPAS around the country. Thats saying something for a city that is more know now for Belgians, Wilds, and Germans (beer, not people) than it is known for IPAS

Laurelwood is one of the most underrated breweries in the city.

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Photo of wordemupg
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 166 ratings.