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Workhorse IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Workhorse IPAWorkhorse IPA

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381 Ratings
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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 88
Gots: 44 | 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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Photo of peacebone116
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%

Picked this beer up while visiting Bend, OR. Poured from the bomber into a tulip glass only a few days after purchase.

A: Lots of off-white head that sticks around for a while.--great lace that clings to the sides. Body is a light copper (a little darker than expected for the style) that is partly clear with a bit of sediment at the bottom.

N: Light pineapple and grapefruit, but not very powerful.

T/M: Oily and bitter with a somewhat heavy mouth-feel for the style. Tropical fruit notes are not as perceptible on the tongue as the nose, but there is a pleasant citric sweetness balancing the great resinous bitterness.

This is a pretty decent beer, but it is a little bit malty for an IPA, even by Oregonian standards--this is almost like an Imperial Red. Maybe not the freshest of bottles either, but regardless, the malt forwardness of this ale is a little out of my preferences.

peacebone116, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of distantmantra
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

22 oz. bomber poured into a straight pint glass.

A: Golden amber in color with a nice white head of foam that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Aroma is of hops and sweet citrus fruits such as grapefruit and orange. Slight hint of cat urine present that lets you know that the hops are in full effect.

T: Incredibly smooth with a full bodied hop and citrus flavor. Hint of caramel and honey in the back.

M: Good carbonation and a full-bodied mouth feel. Slightly oily with just the right amount of bitterness.

O: This is a fantastic IPA that I've had numerous times in the past but never reviewed. At less than $5 at most chain grocery stores in the Seattle area, this is well worth picking up on a regular basis. Highly recommended.

distantmantra, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of sergeantstogie
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

I passed this up several times in the past two weeks just due to its ease of availability here in the Seattle area. Damn I was wrong!

The Workhorse poured a nice bright yet hazy orange/gold with a really fluffy 1 inch creamy head that left lace all the way down my pint glass.

The smell told me this was a really fresh IPA. Strong juicy citrus hops fill your head before you even take a sip.

The taste was initially a let down followed very soon by complete joy, evolved into a quite complex little IPA and ended on kind of bad note. (more on that later)

The juicy citrus hops I got in the nose were not initially matched by the bitterness on the first few sips. But after only a few minutes, they seemed to be getting along and playing nicely. After the beer warmed a bit, it ramped up to a very enjoyable and complex juicy citrus bomb (which I like) that made me wish it wasn't in the 8% range. For me a bomber in the 8% and higher range means I am either having one or getting hammered that night. Tonight was not a night to get hammered.

However, toward the end, after reaching near room temp, the last two sips had a slight urine flavor to them. Not sure if it is fair to mention since by then, it was really past its best serving temp, but I know I can't be the slowest drinker in the world.

The mouthfeel was great. Really thirst quenching and the head was light and creamy at the same time.

Overall, this was a damn good beer and one I will have a few more times before I leave and go back home.

sergeantstogie, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of flexabull
4.05/5  rDev -4%

Pours a dull orange color, with not much of a head.

While this looked blah, it makes up for it with the nose. Hard candies, green floral resins, with some sweet orange, and citrus hops. Smells very good.

Taste is bitter up front, kind of grassy, with some creamy caramel malts, and light sweetness. Beer then finishes with some pine and resiny bitterness, and hints of orange.

Mouthfeel is good, full and smooth.

Overall, this is a solid IPA, it doesn't pour all that well, but after that, everything is good. I enjoyed this one, and would happily order it again.

flexabull, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of scootpolute
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours cloudy amber, chunks of hops that twirl around and eventually settle, with thick white head...with brownish chunks of hops- some great lacing.

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - grapefruit and orange...VERY SWEET!

T - BOOM!!! A sweet hop lovers dream...Crazy hopiness with very sweet & pine-like flavour.So smooth...SO GOOD!!!

M - Great carbonation, I like the fullness. In parts a bit 'too' fruity/sweet.

D - This one goes down as one of the best!!! Yet not considered an Imperial (Double) IPA?! I think it's pretty close, actually better than many of the 2x’s I've had. At first the brown hoppy head residue was kind of a turn off, but later acted as a reminder for what a rustic, full, awesome IPA this beer is...The way it should be.

Serving type: bottle…Goin’ to look for a tap ASAP!!!

scootpolute, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
4.05/5  rDev -4%

Pours a clear amber color with a one finger head which gives way to sheets of lace up and down the glass. Great looking beer. The aroma is of piney hops and citrus hops with a toffee backbone. Nice big and inviting aroma. The taste is much of the same, up front you get a nice piney taste with a slight citrus bite as well. In the middle you get a toffee and caramel malt backbone with just a touch of a sweet honey flavor at the end. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is a solid ipa, nice nose and taste keep you interested while the great look draws you in.

goblue3509, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

22 oz bottle from N.Salem Fred Meyers. $4.79 Nice hazy deep orange ale with a fabulous thick /rocky head..cremem coloured. Good hop aromas floral and slightly herbal. Very nice taste to this on..its hoppy but also very fruity ..lemony/citric bittersweet,good malt backbone. Nice and drinkable on the palate..not too thin though and well carbonated..nice medium bitter after taste Overall an excellent example of a more balanced PNW IPA.

Reidrover, May 30, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Another of the bottles that made the trip home from the Northwest. Also a little tip of the cap to three years of membership on BA. Just noticed today was the day!

This is pretty much the perfect looking pint. 2 fingers of creamy/foamy/sudsy off white head. The beer is a lightly hazy dull amber beer that screams fresh & local. The entire inside of the glass is a sheet of lacing. ONE BIG LACE ;-)

Aroma is fresh and yet very light. Herbal, floral notes a bit grassy & green. Citrus with a nod to some lemon peel. Nice.

This is 7.5%? Wow, hides it very well. Again, fresh is the word here. The ingredients work so well together here. A touch of honey, lots of fruit, a touch of pine at the end. Some herbal notes. The malt/fruit notes provide a base, but this is all about the fresh hop notes and bitterness. All components play well together.

Body is light, fresh and bright. Carbonation is so subtle you hardly notice, but it provides a brightness to the overall flavor.

Very nice. My last two times in Portland, I’ve driven past Laurelwood. Next time I am stopping. Well built standard IPA.

Reagan1984, May 14, 2011
Photo of iadler
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass, courtesy of vkv822. Thanks for this Vince!

A- Pours a clear amber with a fluffy two finger head and leaves some great lacing.

S- Lot's of pine, grapefruit, lemon, mandarine and some toffee malt

T- Good amount of pine hops with some citrus notes upfront. Toffee malt follows and finishes with some honey. Finishes dry and hides the 7.5 abv very well.

M- Medium carbonation that has a slight oily and resiny mouthfeel. Quite drinkable.

O- Wish there was some more citrus notes but a great offering from Laurelwood. Very well balanced and quite refreshing due to this humid Chicago weather. This is my first beer from Laurelwood, but am excited to try their DIPA. Thanks again Vince!

iadler, May 13, 2011
Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%

Enjoyed on tap from my kegerator. Keg filled at the brewery this morning.

Pours a beautiful clean amber gold color. Pure white lacing with about an inch of foam. The head subsides leaving a nice thin layer of bubbles on the surface.

Aroma on the Workhorse is out of this world. Unbelievably floral and fresh. My wife does not drink beer and she said it smelled delicious (she did not like the taste, though). Secondary notes of citrus and honey.

Taste will not disappoint. Clean and crisp with a lot of citrus and honey. Reminds me a bit of really fresh Hopslam. Piney and clean with just a touch of alcohol (it is a sturdy 7.5%). Taste is where I think the regular Workhorse really shines over the Imperial Workhorse they recently released.

Very drinkable at 7.5%, almost too drinkable. A couple of glasses is all you need, but could drink this all night. A very balanced brew, it hides the alcohol well.

Overall I am really happy with having this beer on tap for the next few months in my home. It is smooth and balanced with an amazing bouquet and great taste. Highly recommended.

cavemanlawyer, May 11, 2011
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

On tap at the Laurelwood Public House at Portland airport.

Body is a cloudy amber gold. Half inch head dissipates to a fine ring, leaving some lacing.

Smells of sweet malt and earthy, piney hops.

Taste follows the nose. Hops are quite pronounced, tasting of resinous pine, but well balanced by the sweet malt. The finish is long, hoppy, and bitter.

Body is medium and carbonation is moderate and sufficient to give this a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

This is a very nice IPA, up there with the California stalwarts. At 7.5%, it is one serious IPA. Enjoyed an Imperial version of this at Belmont Station Biercafe last night, a ramped up version of the base Workhorse at 9.5%.

Beerenauslese, May 07, 2011
Photo of buffs9
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%

22oz. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours a clear amber with thick white head - some great lacing.

S - Hops and lots of citrus - grapefruit and orange seem to be the stars here.

T - The citrus hops take over, just a little pine, I definitely favor the fruitier IPAs, so I'm digging this. Alcohol is well hidden and the taste is very smooth

M - Great carbonation, this is a smooth IPA and refreshes all the way down.

D - This one went down so smooth and so quickly. Very easy drinking IPA, I'd recommend this beer to anyone that likes IPAs, well worth seeking out.

buffs9, May 05, 2011
Photo of Airyk12
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured out of a bomber from By The Bottle in Vancouver, WA.

Pours a rich golden color, with a caramel tinge. 1" tan head with an aggressive pour.

Strong smell of citrusy hops, with pine and a slight fruitiness. Hint of maltiness as well.

Taste follows smell, with immediate flavors of citrus and pine hops. There's a hint of malt, but not enough to offset the obvious bitterness.

Smooth mouthfeel, with just the right amount of dryness.

Overall a solid IPA, with strong hops that never overstay their welcome. Good take on the style, if not that original. Still something any good hop head should enjoy.

Airyk12, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%

Unknown bottle date: boo!

A: Pours a copper ale with excellent clarity (some floaties) and a <single finger fine white foam dissipates over the coarse of a couple minutes. Sheets of white lace.

S: Plenty of malt on this (surprised actually), grapefruit, citrus, hints of pine. Good nose.

T: Sweet, floral, citrus, bitter with decent middle palate pine and resin tones. Fairly standard IPA for the PNW, not bad.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Leaves palate free from reminders of it's presence.

D: Very drinkable IPA, recently has been one of my favorites. It's not a standout IPA, but totally enjoyable.

harrymel, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of hopburster
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my new Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Poured a clear golden amber color with one finger of creamy head. Minimal splotchy lacing down side of the glass. Also noticed what appears to be hop residue (?) floating at the bottom of the glass

S: Primarily grapefruit with a light hint of pine. Getting light floral aromas and more pine on the second whiff. Overall pleasing aroma typical for a PNW IPA.

T: Well-balanced grapefruit and orange/tangerine citrus. Very smooth and luscious. Hint of the 7.5% abv on the finish...I like a slight burn at the end of a pull.

M: Medium bodied with a dry, bitter hop finish.

D: I really like this beer. I think it is one of the finest IPAs currently brewed in the PNW. If you IPAs, you won't go wrong with a Laurelwood Workhorse.

hopburster, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of woemad
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Came a hazy orange/amber color, with a good sized white head. Lots of lace.

Lots of hops in the nose. Mostly of the citrusy variety, though there was a piney undercurrent.

Big, sharp hop bitterness at first, then more gentle citrusy hop sweetness. the malts mostly cower in the background, though a bare-bones malt backbone could be detected, should one work hard enough to notice it. Crisp, dry zap to the palate at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a oily, resiny mouthfeel.

One of the tastier IPAs I've had in a while. This is unapologetically a PNW interpretation of the style, and I am happy to note that. If I lived in Portland , this would probably be my go-to for the style. Great stuff!

woemad, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of gkunkle
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours a transparent copper/ amber color with a small white head, that leaves slight lacing. Some carbonation is visible. Smells strongly of citrus hops, a lot of orange hits the nose right off the bat, great smell. Taste starts with the citrus hops (a little more of a grapefruit flavor now) then you get a touch of malts then it ends with a pine hop resin flavor. Mouthfeel is medium with slight carbonation. It drinks really easy, but be careful of the 7.5% ABV as it is quite well hidden. This is a great example of pacific northwest beer, well made, great strong hop flavor without being a punch in the mouth.

gkunkle, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Ranbot
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%

I received this 22-oz bottle in a trade from my west coast beer-buddy Docer.

The color is a very nice golden yellow. The beer is unfiltered and there's a fair amount of large off-white chunks of yeast floating around. (I probably should have left the last oz in the bottle, so I'm not subtracting any score for the large floaties). A moderately agressive pour yields ~1 inch of white foam initially settled quickly into a thin coating. A lot of lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell carries a lot of citrusy grapefruit, and unripe organge with a faint bit of spruce. There's some grain in there too, but it's mostly hops.

West coast IPA all the way. The taste is initially dominated by pineapple and grapefruit with a healthy dose of pine/spruce. There's a caramel-like malt underpinning the hops. Piney flavors linger into the aftertaste with a little bit of alcohol. (My fiancee is more sensitive to alcohol flavors that I and she said it was definately hot with alcohol.) There's just enough malt to off-set the hops so that you don't feel like your mouth is being washed out with hops. I wouldn't call this beer balanced...it is certainly a "west coast IPA" but it's not quite hop-mouthwash. The pine flavors get stronger as the beer warms and they definately linger more...I feel like microscopic pieces of pine needles are burrowing into my tastebuds.

The mouthfeel is clean, smooth, crisp, and mildly carbonated. I would personally like a little more carbonation.

I think it's drinkability is average. The pine flavors built up on me over time. I think I could have one, maybe two of these before I'd be looking for something else.

Ranbot, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of LiquidBread219
3.63/5  rDev -14%

A= Amber in color nice foamy head that disappears quickly spotty lacing.

S= I smell a lot of pine and citrus in this one.

T= I like the pine and fruit taste but I think the carmel backbone is to strong.

M= Medium bodied, would like more carbonation.

D= Pretty drinkable, Just wish the backbone wasn't so strong in this one

LiquidBread219, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Had on tap at the Public House. Poured a hazy light amber/orange with a puffy off-white head that held pretty firm and left a web of lacing down the glass.

The aromas provides a strong citrus (orange and lemon peel) nose with only the hint of pine with some ripe tropical fruit underneath. Smells like distinctively of NW hops but maybe a little too sweet for my liking.

The taste at first is a sharp citrus hop bite quickly followed by a sweet ripe fruit middle. No real pine in the taste that I thought I picked up in the nose. Bitter in the end, but not really dry. Overall, though, the taste is wonderful and exactly what I'm looking for in a PNW IPA. The sweetness/balance that I feared from the nose did not come to fruition in the flavor. This IPA is all about the hops. Thank goodness.


Drinkability on this wonderful elixir is high. I got no kickback from the alcohol, thought the effects are apparent after a couple of pints. This is as refreshing an IPA as you'll find. Very good on a crisp, clear, and cloudless PNW afternoon.

BuckeyeOne, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Bottle thanks to Chris before On Photon...Medium copper, light tan head that is very watery. Despite a finger of head rising its gone quickly to reveal only a few watery bubbles, no lacing...Nose of grapefruits, subtle pine hops, and a weird gym sock finish, quite disturbing...Taste is strong alcohol with pine hops. Loses most of the citrus notes, leaves the taste a little lacking. Not a huge fan of this, average overall.

jrallen34, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of vkv822
4.43/5  rDev +5%

22oz bottle into tulip pint.

Pours a clear golden color with a thick, foamy off-white head and very slight visibly carbonation. The head leaves great spotty lacing down the glass.

The hoppy aroma is a wonderful blend of citric and tropical fruit, with some resiny pine in the back.

The taste is again of those sweet tropical fruit hop notes that I love. There are some notes of citric grapefruit as well. What little malt is present is of biscuit and light caramel.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation.

I was very impressed with this IPA and Laurelwood in general. The bitterness was present as any IPA, but definitely on the lighter side, which I found quite nice. Definitely going back to this beer!

vkv822, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Beer is amber and ahzy with a thin off white head of tiny and medium bubbles with lacing, low carbonation.

Definitely of the piny variety, nice hoppy pine aroma.

Beer is medium bodied. Nice malt backbone, a little maltier than expected. Nice pine hops in the body and the finish is quite bitter, but not dry or lingering. High drinkability.

At the time of this review, this beer is #33 on the top American IPA list.

drabmuh, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Mad Fox shaped pint glass. It poured a dark amber, almost copper looking color. It started with a frothy white head covering the beer and sticking to the sides of the glass. Very nice head retention as well as lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a candied fruit like flavor to it with grapefruit, orange and caramel being two of the things that stand out to me. It has a sweeter flavor going on but also shows some herbal, earthy, hop bitterness as well.

The taste has a pretty big malt profile to it with some bready and caramel notes to it. The hops come through with a little zesty citrus at first. It turns more herbal and bitter as it gets to the finish. It has a bit of that candied fruit like flavor to to the taste as well.

The mouthfeel feels a bit heavy for the style, but probably medium bodied overall. Carbonation is moderate. Drinkabinity is pretty good, it had some nice flavors to it and was an easy drinking beer. It really didn't wow me with the hops though, and the malt played a much bigger role then I expected. A decent beer but not quite in the same class as the very best of the style in my opinion.

billab914, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of koopa
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Bomber received as an extra in a trade from a generous BA.

Appearance: Surprisingly orange pour with a 2 finger slightly off white (more of that suprisingly orange tinge) crown that displays moderate retention and lots of lace.

Smell: Fruity (strawberry, candied orange, pineapple, grapefruit) malt/hop bomb.

Taste: Same as nose with a nice amount of non-astringent hop bitterness in the finish. Seriously tasty IPA.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin.

Drinkability: Super sessionable.

koopa, Nov 30, 2010
Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.