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Workhorse IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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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
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerZack on 03-30-2008)
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wagenvolks

Texas

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

22oz bottle courtesy of sdawson; poured into a Delirium tremens tulip.

Not the most convincing 'hiss' as the cap is cracked open, and the viscous pour confirms the sluggish carbonation level. Still, enough of a paperboard-colored head forms to coat the radiant tangerine body with a patch of foam. Gorgeous color with a slight haze. Nice aroma, too, with west-coast piny-ness from the hops balanced well by juicy caramel malt. Some pineapple and mango fruits thrown in the mix as well, but not so much that the sweetness becomes overpowering.

Flavor delivers bitter pine resin and fresh-tasting hop cones to the front and sides of the tongue. Crisp malts take the backseat, but add just the right amount of pale sweetness before the finish of hop juice and a light booziness. Body is a picture perfect example of the style, showing off none of the heaviness that the above-average ABV might suggest. Crisp, clean, nicely-carbonated...all around a well crafted IPA. Looking forward to the other half of this bomber, all the while hoping that I one day cross paths again with this beauty of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 02:54:14 | More by wagenvolks
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

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

Bought recently at The Biercafé in Portland, OR.

Pours a not-quite clear, honey/orange with a 2-finger, off-white head that falls to a cover with good lacing.

The smell is bright, piny & floral hops followed by a solid, sweet malt aroma.

The taste starts with the pine, followed by nice, sweet toasty malt and finishes with a good dose of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with ample carbonation throughout the bottle.

Drinkability: Well, it does fit the PacNW IPA profile well. There are hops a-plenty but there is a good stab at balance as well. No feeling of the alcohol while drinking. It would be nice to have 2-3 glasses of these on tap.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 00:43:55 | More by meatyard
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beagle75

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a nonic pint at the Laurelwood pub located on Sandy.

A: Slightly hazy light amber color with patchy white foam head. Lacing is continuous almost halfway down the glass.

S: A combination of floral and tropical fruit hop aromas that hint at this beer's better qualities but stop well short of overpowering the senses.

T: Begins slightly sweet with grapefruit citrus and tropical fruit quickly taking over. Hop aromatics give way incrementally to increasing bitterness, but linger remarkably in the finish. Although this description doesn't really sound noteworthy among other beers of this style, it is the taste that sets this IPA apart from most others coming out of Portland today.

M: Light to medium viscosity with light carbonation.

D: Considering the alcohol content and the fullness of the flavors present, this beer blurs the line between single and double IPA (compare, for example, that Hair of the Dog Blue Dot is considered a DIPA at 7% abv). It comes across very refreshing, yet the alcohol is high for the style. It is remarkably similar to the Russian River IPAs (Blind Pig, Pliny the Elder). This may be Portland's best IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 21:04:37 | More by beagle75
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charliedvrs

Massachusetts

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

22oz. bottle into tulip glass. Thanks msu!

A - Pours a clear amber with two fingers of thick white head that laces the glass the whole way down.

S - I was afraid I had let this one sit around for too long before drinking it, but boy, that hop aroma was still strong. Sweet citrus abound with plenty of grapefruit and orange.

T - The citrus hops take the mainstage though bits of pine and floral or definitely creeping in. A sweet resin taste rolls down your tongue and leaves a dry, but not very bitter finish. The malts are there, and lend a bit of roastiness, toffee. Alcohol warmth is not existent.

M - Medium to high carbonation, but fits perfectly. Mouthfeel a bit on the lighter side.

D - This one went down so smooth and so quickly. A very easy drinking IPA, especially when you consider the 7.5 ABV almost borders on DIPA territory. Find this beer, you won't regret it!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 20:14:58 | More by charliedvrs
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John_M

Oregon

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

On tap at the NW public house today.

The beer pours a prototypical peachy orange IPA color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is all NW hoppy goodness, showing considerable pine, some lemon and pepper. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose in this dry, well hopped IPA. There is also a hint of roastiness and burnt toast on the finish, which compliments the bitter finish quite well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but with a long, hoppy/bitter finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and I did not get any heat on the finish. However, you can sort of tell this isn't exactly a session beer, and it's apparent that there is some alcohol in this IPA.

In any event, another well made, well crafted IPA from the folks at Laurelwood.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 20:30:01 | More by John_M
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to hopsbreath and the Support Your Team! BIF for this bottle!

Best part of getting a BIF box from across the country: receiving some brews from hitherto unknown breweries. This example thereof pours a clear copper topped by a finger or so of cream-colored foam. The nose comprises plenty o' piny and citrus hops, tending toward the grapefruit, along with a stiff toffee. That's what I like about IPAs: nice, simple noses. The taste follows closely, though a hint of hoppy onion finds its way in there as well. The toffee is mostly drowned out by the hops, but the experience is not an unbearable one. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a solid West Coast IPA, a nice, hoppy bit o' beer-y goodness.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 07:30:54 | More by TMoney2591
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ibbjamin

California

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $4.50 for a pint at the Beer Stein in Eugene, OR. It was really tasty. When at the Portland Airport, I found a Laurelwood Brewery/Restaurant as well. Luckily my flight was about a half hour delayed and they had the Workhorse as their seasonal. Worked out nicely and with free WiFi, here we go with the review. Served in a pint glass.

About a quarter inch off white head with good layer of retention. Quite dark in color for an IPA. Dark copper and pretty cloudy with good rising carbonation bubbles. All lacing and very thick. Very little visible clear glass left as I consume this one.

Great northwest hoppy aroma. Floral, pine, dank hops and grapefruit. There is a caramel malty backbone to hold up this hop forward IPA.

Taste is as the nose suggested. For a single IPA, this certainly is in 'hop bomb' territory. So tasty.

Medium body with some lively carbonation. Moderate oily resin from the hops, which is quite welcomed. Medium-long bitter/grapefruit citrus finish. Somewhat puckering and dry as if I finished eating a grapefruit without sugar.

All around, this is among the best in its class and I think this can easily compete with other more know IPAs. My only concern is the lack of distribution. I can't get this back at home; it will have to be a memory of this vacation.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 01:42:58 | More by ibbjamin
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womencantsail

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Jeff for giving me a bottle of this.

A: The pour is a nice copper-ish color with a big white head and lots of streaks of white lacing.

S: The nose is wonderfully fresh and intensely hopped. Lots of grapefruit, pine, and floral aromas that work well together. I don't note any malt at all, just the way I like my IPAs.

T: A really well balanced bitterness that compliments the grapefruit, tangerine, and floral flavors. This is just so smooth in terms of the flavor profile.

M: The body is medium with a crisp carbonation and a really refreshing feel overall.

D: I would gladly take another of these any day. A really great IPA (bordering on a DIPA).

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 19:05:20 | More by womencantsail
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ArrghPiraat

California

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

W: Gift from Mr. Crotty.
W: Consumed in NV in RR pint glass.
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A: Clear amber - nice appearance overall. Nearly one-inch head that leaves lacing and a soapy top.
S: Great citrus aroma - really liked the smell. Very balanced.
T: Solid IPA taste with lots of citrus flavors and a light taste of alcohol considering for 7.5%. Malty taste left over.
M: Medium-bodied with an average amount of carbonation for an IPA. Slight alcohol/dry finish.
D: Fantastic. I would easily enjoy 2-3 of these without tiring of the taste. A great IPA all around.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 01:21:48 | More by ArrghPiraat
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JTahoe

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap served in a pint glass at Hopvine Pub.

A - clear glowing copper with respectable beige-colored head, decent retention and some nice sticky lace.

S - super floral with tuberose character, and evergreen freshness.

T - Sweet rose juxtaposed against tart citrus fruits and pine sap. the floral sweetness deftly weaves through the bitter hops and toasty malts.

M - moderate body with crisp feel and dry finish.

D - A very enjoyable example of a small batch PNW IPA. recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2010 03:02:59 | More by JTahoe
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appenzeller

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-amber with a vanilla colored head. Aroma, wow, pops out of the glass with citrusy hoppiness. This is a big, bold IPA in the classic West Coast style, beer carries a subtle sweet malt tasting of honey that is massively overshadowed by massive hops. I'm not one who likes all big hops beers but this one is outstanding. Laurelwood has a big winner here, no surprise to me the other reviewers think the same.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2010 06:08:34 | More by appenzeller
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grittybrews

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a muddy amber into a Duvel tulip with a thin film of white head. Strong hoppy aroma of sweet pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and pine.

Moderate carbonation and a resinous, creamy mouthfeel. Pleasant caramel biscuit sweetness up front followed by some tart citrus and a slightly dry bitterness on the finish. Very smooth drinking with a well-balanced progression of flavors. Bravo to Laurelwood...!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 05:15:27 | More by grittybrews
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WeisGuy

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber from John's Market in Portland

a - pours a deep burnt orange color, one-inch ivory head with good retention and lacing, fairly clear with only a little haze

s - big piney aroma with strong notes of orange and other citrus, you can almost smell the hop resin and citrus juices oozing from the glass

t - fairly sweet orange and grapefruit flavors up front, big bitter pine burst on the midpalate that overwhelms the citrus, decent biscuit malt backbone on the finish that mixes with the piney hops, light alcohol presence

m - medium-bodied, fine carbonation, moderately dry finish, slight alcohol warming

d - not overly drinkable, wears a bit on the palate and the flavors aren't all that interesting or refreshing

Slightly let down by this one given the high ratings many have given. Decent IPA overall, and like the HUB IPA I tried out of the bottle last night, I would like to give this a shot on-tap to see how it compares.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 06:44:10 | More by WeisGuy
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philbertk

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Laurelwood Public House & Brewery--Battleground Pub. Workhorse IPA 2010 3 oz. Taster, 12 oz. Draft, 64 oz. Growler. 7.50% ABV--80 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Thin white mild lace head. Clear pretty bright rich amber gold color. Floral hop front foreshadows huge hop resin citrus pine grapefruit earthy tangy rich sweet smooth caramel body. Tangy citrus hop spice clean smooth dry end. Zestier on Tap than in Growler. WOW. NIPA Champion. Sampled 4/4/2010. Taster $1.99, 12 oz. Draft $3.25. Growler $14.00. Laurelwood Public House & Brewery--Workhorse India Pale Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. 80 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Lacy thin off white head. Clear bright thin rich amber color. Earthy floral hop pine front. Cloying mellow sweet soft pine hop resin doughy earthy caramel malty rich smooth IPA body. Smooth rich hop spice bitter balanced herbal end. Smooth NW IPA! Sampled 6/26/2010. 2 @ $5.49 Each.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 19:12:33 | More by philbertk
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gford217

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Mike for this one.

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a thick creamy head that recedes to a soapy cap and leaves sticky lacing along the sides.

Aroma is very nice with some pithy grapefruit and hints of sweeter citrus, oranges and pineapples. There is enough sweet malts to keep things in balance a bit.

The taste is wonderfully hoppy with lots of grapefruit and pineapple but, more than the aroma, there is a substantial resinous pine flavor coming out. There is a balanced caramel malts and lightly toasty malt backbone underneath.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for an IPA with good carbonation and just the right amount of sticky hop juice.

This is an excellent IPA and I'd really consider it more of an IPA + 1/2. It's definitely on the hefty side of a normal IPA. No matter the style and comparable beers, this is a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 23:22:43 | More by gford217
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While I used to enjoy Workhorse on-tap at the Laurelwood brewpubs, this particular (fresh) bottle was brought back from Portland via the Laurelwood at PDX (Portland International Airport). I love that you can buy bottles after security and bring 'em across the country in your carry-on!

Anyway...

appearance is stellar... beautifully rich golden amber with hints of ruby. A sturdy pour yields a billowy eggshell head that stays and stays, leaving chunky lacing down the glass. This looks even better than I remember.

Aroma is pleasantly familiar and heartwarming. Pine, citrus, a touch of honey. Reminds me of canned mandarin oranges mixed with pine. Fruity and a touch floral, with caramel notes coming through subtly.

Flavor follows suit deliciously... sweet up front, giving way to an impressive malt backbone that intertwines with a bit of alcohol heat to prevent this one from being a typical NW hop bomb. Citrus and piney hops are definitely present, but the honey, caramel,and grasy earthy notes are surprisingly balancing. maybe a touch on the boozy side...

Mouth is pretty impressive... smooth, creamy, and full with a smidgen of heat and just a touch of hoppy bitter astrigency. A bit full and creamy for the style, but interesting.

Hits all the notes I look for in an IPA, and really reminds me why I like IPAs. A touch full-bodied and a hint boozy, but that doesn't mean it isn't delicious... it just means it's a touch strong to be truly drinkable. But that doesn't mean I'm already wishing I had another bottle!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 05:19:12 | More by djeucalyptus
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livewire78

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mykie73 for this one.

Pours a transluscent golden amber. Fluffy head with incredible lacing. Almost adhesive in texture.

Smells pretty typical of an IPA. Citrusy and piney. This one had a smell of caramel and a grassy floral character.

Surprisingly enough, this one starts out really sweet and then falls into the rest of the flavors. This, unlike other IPA's, blends all the flavors together. There is no beginning, middle, or end to certain flavors but rather they are very well intermingled. No malt backbone but a malt presence. Citrusy, hoppy, piney all at the same time. I haven't had one that blends the flavors together so well.

Carbonation and mouthfeel are pretty good. Sticky and resinous. No burn at all but rather a firm booziness.

This one will become a huge hit. It's amazing how the flavors are blended together instead of standing alone like so many others. Darth Vader said it, "Very impressive, indeed."

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 19:34:57 | More by livewire78
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received recently in a BIF from Mikesgroove.

A: Bright golden orange color with a huge fluffy shite head that holds very well. the beer itself is perfectly clear and has great lacing

S: Lemon and pine up front with some mango as well. There was a bit of a soapy aroma as well, but this was one pungent IPA

T: Starts out with some nice citrus hop notes mainly lemon and mango before transitioning to a very nice grapfruit bitterness with a piney grassy finish

M: This is exactly what i am looking for in an IPA, no heat, very good body and creaminess but not too heavy at the same time.

D: This is one damn good IPA that I would love to add to my regular rotation

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 23:04:24 | More by mikey711
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 5/31/10

Copper & dark amber hued, Workhorse is a nice looking beer. The pour yields two fingers of off white foam which thins after several minutes leaving a good bit of lace. Retention is rather thin, though swirling helps it along. Ok lacing throughout; better on the second pour.

The aroma is deceptively airy & very impressive. Only slightly floral, initially the hops tend toward sharp pine notes. With warmth, prominent ripe citrus notes emerge - grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine & hints of peach. Definitely thinking Amarillo, possibly Simcoe. There is still balance to be had with hints of sugar cookie, biscuit & a dollop of caramel. Faint booziness & yeast undertones. At times it reminds me of lemon cake; yum.

Workhorse has dense hop flavor while maintaining restrained levels of bitterness. Low-key pine tingliness is overshadowed by a surprising amount of floral notes (though the former is no less resinous because of it). Citrus notes are kind of jumbled together as opposed to the clarity of the nose. Caramel & toasted bread hints round things out; only mildly sweet. I could go for a little more bitterness, but it's a small gripe.

Medium bodied; quite resinous & gritty. The low carbonation serves the grittiness well - this beer is not wont to leave quickly (not that you'd want it to). Just the slightest inkling of alcohol. Sticky pine resin lingers on the finish.

When it comes to IPA dynamics, the Pacific Northwest approach (in this case, Portland) continues to intrigue me - often managing a combination of airy complexity in the nose; even-keeled, flavorful hop/malt profiles & a densely resinous feel to boot. This, my first Laurelwood brew, is no exception. On a recent trip to Portland, it was recommended that I try any Laurelwood IPA; now I'm passing that recommendation along. Good lookin' out, Jeff.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 02:05:08 | More by Ryan011235
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beertunes

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very clean and clear golden-copper color, with 3/4 inch of white head that had below average retention and OK lacing.

A strong pine hop scent greets the nose, with a hint of malt in the background. The taste wasn't as crisp and well defined as the aroma had led me to expect. The pine hop flavor was there and a nice bit of malt for a foundation, but everything was just a bit too subdued for what I like in an IPA.

The body was good, a bit fuller than average, and drinkability was good because this is one of the smoothest IPA's I've had in a long time.

Overall, a decent brew that's worth your time.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2010 22:45:00 | More by beertunes
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thrilled to get a hold of this one, really kind NW BA sent me a few of these to get to try. Cracked one open with dinner and went right into to it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/26/2010.

The pour was perfect. Deep amber in color with a great clarity that really showed off the amazing amount of carbonation that was streaming up through the glass throughout the session. Big head of white foam then caps the top of the glass for the entire session, really just showing a powerful IPA look.

Aroma is deep and huge. Tons of ripe citrus just spills over through the air. Orange and grapefruit, deep and sweet with a huge bitter component to it as well. This was exceptional, really a perfect aroma. I cannot say enough about it as the resins were just superb and the pungent aroma, perfect. Each sip follows this wonderfully. Crisp and clean with an amazing grapefruit bite that seriously just takes over the palate. Warming brings oranges, lemonzest, hints of light sweetness and a small sampling of a buttery backbone. Each sip is as good as the first as the dry finish makes the lips stick to the teeth and begs for another sip, but its all gone.

So under the radar, this is a superb IPA, one of the best I have had in a long, long time. Please go get this, hell I will trade you one.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 01:55:03 | More by mikesgroove
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DiabolikDUB for hooking me up with some of this.

A: Pours a nice, somewhat hazy orange-apricot with a nice white head with some staying power.

S: Plenty of citrus rind along with some pine and floral hops in the background. A bit of caramel malt lends some balance in the background.

T: Nice and citrusy and a bit bitter, but not at all overwhelming so. I'd say it's toward the tamer end of West Coast IPAs. The citrus characteristics lend themselves well to the bitterness, while still having caramel flavors in the background, although none of them are particularly sweet.

M: Medium body, good carbonation, and a nice dryness.

D: Very drinkable. Great sessionable (at least in terms of flavor, that is) IPA. Always love liking new things from breweries I hadn't heard much of in the past. Thanks again, Tom.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 21:25:32 | More by Thorpe429
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hopsbreath

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber split between my wife's and my shaker glasses. Bought for $4.50 at John's Marketplace.

Appearance is a clear gold with a finger of odd white head sitting atop. There is some lacing throughout the course of the drink.

The smell is probably the best part of the brew. Big fruity tropical aromas abound! Pineapple and papaya are definitely there. Some of the resiny hop oil is quaffable behind the tropical.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of sweet pineapple and other citrusses are tasted. Bitterness is refreshing and begs for a second sip.

Mouthfeel is about right for the style but is slightly gummy at end.

Drinkability is just ok. I like the beer overall, but am not hankering for another one. I don't think I will be buying another one. The value is good enough that if there are less interesting options, I would go for this real value. I recommend trying it as an example of a solid PNW IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 02:14:25 | More by hopsbreath
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jdense

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle from Whole Foods Hollywood PDX $3.99 on sale score.

"I wish this was bottled" and obviously Laurelwood complied with my request -:). Hard pour into shaker pint glass resulted in big semi-rocky white head, fairly slow dissipation. Golden amber body with quite a bit of visible carbonation. Nose is citrusy goodness, caramel malts with some bready dryness and floral hops on back end. Taste is grapefruit, mangoes, a bit malty sweet in the middle, and sharp hop attack on the backend which rises considerably as the brew is warmed, I wouldn't drink this at too cold of a temperature, I really noticed the hoppy finish more after warming. Fairly full mouthfeel, nice effervescence. Certainly not the fresh taste of on-tap or even growler versions, but for an Eastsider I'm stoked I can take some of this home from Beervana. One of my favorite PDX (D)IPAs, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 14:08:04 | More by jdense
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, big thanks to my boy jethro for sharing.

Pours a slightly hazy amber, some golden highlights, very thick and chunky white head forms and settles down to a thick ring around the glass, huge chunks of lace stick, looks pretty good.

Smell is real nice, big piney and grapefruit notes, very nice hoppy nose, very fresh, some floral, nice citrus, solid malty base, this is very balanced stuff, lightly toasty, caramel, good sweet malty middle, more citrus and pine, a touch of alcohol.

Taste is similar, a bit sweet and malty up front, caramel, biscuit, lightly fruity, some grapefruit and orange, a lot of pine, very fresh, very balanced, perfect bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. A real solid IPA, just about perfectly balanced. Thanks Ron!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 04:08:36 | More by Viggo
Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.