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Workhorse IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Workhorse IPAWorkhorse IPA

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362 Ratings
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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 88
Gots: 36 | 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 jrallen34


3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

12-19-2010 18:53:47 | More by jrallen34
Photo of vkv822


4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

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!

12-19-2010 04:53:54 | More by vkv822
Photo of drabmuh


4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

12-17-2010 02:44:55 | More by drabmuh
Photo of billab914


3.65/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

12-07-2010 01:34:46 | More by billab914
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

11-30-2010 23:14:24 | More by koopa
Photo of caskstrength


4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

thanks ramnuts.

Darker than I expected. Looked a bit like Furious, which got me a bit excited.

Smells are wonderfully west coast IPA in character. cit.. pin... you know how it goes.

tastes are what I hoped for. Straightforward citrus and pine, enough malt to keep things rational. Some buttery notes in the malt, wonder if those wouldn't be there fresh off the tap line in Portland.

Mouthfeel keeps the streak going. No off flavors. Crisp and clean with some welcome resin.

I have a sense this would be insane fresh out of the brite tank and in my glass. ISO: flight to Portland.

11-27-2010 02:57:57 | More by caskstrength
Photo of BarrytheBear


4.55/5  rDev +8.1%

Bomber split with, and courtesy of, milwaukeeclassic. Thank you Duane!

Cloudy and hazed orange pour with some whispy whites and oily legs like a well primed stripper.

Smells bitter and quite piney along with a healthy dose of citrus hops. Nose was evident upon opening the bottle and wafted across the table to greet me. Wafts of orange, grapefruit, and forest floor. Fresh, vibrant, and inviting.

Taste along the same line as the nose but includes a moderate caramel spine that helps support the healthy hop profile. Juicy hops pop on the back end in the form of pineapple as well.

Medium bodied, smooth, and moderately oily. Ample carbonation and a really nice feel.

Overall quite nice and I wish this were available locally. Thanks Duane.

11-20-2010 23:03:04 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of alcstradamus


3.88/5  rDev -7.8%

This is my longest standing "wants" list beer...glad to finally get a chance to try it

Pours a copper/yellow with a finger and a half of head and some lacing. The aroma is a beautiful mix of clean floral/citrus hoppiness. Noticeable sweet caramel malts. Smells balanced, which means it smells like it might be right up my alley....

....and it doesn't quite hit the mark but comes close. There is a nice sweet malt backbone underneath the hops but the hops aren't quite bright or flavorful enough to stand up to it. This would work well as an Amber Ale but as an IPA it just needs a bit more. I'm being harsh simply because I really liked the aroma and this beer has been so highly praised. If this were available at my local brewpub however, I would definitely order it quite often with my meal. Pretty nice.

The body is medium and slick and carbonation is low. Overall this is a finely crafted beer, but comes a bit short of being great.

11-03-2010 01:20:46 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Exciting and vibrant coppery orange color, 1" head. Pine, grapefruit and lemon aroma. Nice, very nice.

Taste, pine and lemon stay upfront, grapefruit down the stretch. Good PacNW hopping, seems to use the cascade hops in a very good way (not that I've seen them used bad aside from some homebrews). A lighter malt accompaniment, this one doesn't come close to being syrupy or heavy. A higher strength ipa, this could easily pass for an imperial, but the abv never imposes its will on you, let's you take the beer in without being hot or imposing. Wish I bought more of these when I had the chance.

10-24-2010 16:26:38 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

Ordered this from Liquid Gratitude. No bottle date. Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of slow-dissipating creamy white foam that settle to thick cap. Some patches of lace are left as the drink is consumed. The body is a slightly hazed dark golden color, with some visible tiny bubbles.

S - Drats! This is no-so-fresh. There's still some slightly stale lemon and citrus hop character, as well as light cattiness and pine. Malt character is sugar and bread.

T - Taste has aged more gracefully, with a pleasant mix of bready malt, tropical fruits, and candied citrus. The finish is very piney and bitter, and lingers long into the aftertaste.

M - The feel is terrific, with enamel-melting hop resins and a nice dry finish. The carbonation is spritzy but not harsh, and the body is viscous and creamy.

D - It's very rare that I'd bother with 22oz of an IPA that I'm guessing is 5 months old, but the solid flavor and excellent feel make up for a slightly stale nose. I promise to revisit this when I can guarantee it's a fresh bottle.

10-13-2010 00:32:19 | More by MasterSki
Photo of woosterbill


3.98/5  rDev -5.5%

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip; shared at a tasting.

A: Dark amber body with a thin, short-lived head of coarse white foam. Forgettable.

S: Big, biting hops. A bit of citrus, but far more tropical fruit and bitter pine. A little caramel malt provides balance. Excellent hoppiness.

T: Rich piney hops dominate, with some hop fruitiness and malt sweetness following up. Not bad at all.

M: A little lighter than I'd like, but still enjoyable.

D: Extremely bitter, but I like that.

Notes: I was really looking forward to this one, and it was a welcome blast of hoppy intensity. While quite an enjoyable IPA, it isn't quite at the level where I'd go out of my way for it. It was awesome to get to try it, and big thanks go out to Matt for sharing this Portland nectar.


10-07-2010 02:26:32 | More by woosterbill
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.47/5  rDev +6.2%

Radiant kumquat orange with bright Sunkist edges and several steady streams of slowly rising bubbles. The golden beige crown is good-sized and looks like whipped marshmallow. As it melts, gauzy sheets of fine lace are being left on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is an absolute treat for anyone who loves American hops. The brewers have chosen a killer lineup that includes Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade and Columbus. Pineapple is at least as prominent as pink grapefruit and orange. Laurelwood hasn't disappointed yet when it comes to IPAs... and it doesn't smell like they're going to start now.

Workhorse maintains the standard of excellence where this brewery and American India pale ales are concerned. This is a wonderfully drinkable version of the style that is big in all the right places. A more exciting name and label are in order, since the beer itself is more than fine just the way it is.

The malts include pale, caramel and Carapils. Unfortunately, the result is more toasted and earthy than caramel or toffee-like, which is my only (slight) nitpick with the flavor profile. Never fear, because 80 IBUs worth of hops quickly rush in with loads of bright citrus zest and pineapple juice. What a hoptastic brew!

The mouthfeel doesn't bobble the ball, much less fumble it. This brew is easily big enough for the style/ABV and has a glassy smoothness that cruises to, through, and well beyond the finish.

Laurelwood Public House & Brewery isn't often mentioned when the talk turns to great Pacific Northwest breweries. Looking back, though, these guys can compete with just about anyone. Boss IPA, Hop Monkey IPA, Green Elephant IPA... and now Workhorse IPA. All are delicious hop-soaked treats that make me want to visit Portland, Oregon sooner rather than later.

09-28-2010 13:22:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +4%

Poured into a imperial nonic a deep burnt orange tinged amber with a large two finger fluffy crown that really took a long time to settle,leaving broken globs of foam.Big juicu ctrus fruit aromas,I mean they come out in a blast,some caramel malt is thrown in but the big grapefruit and tangerine aromas steal the show.Wow that is one smooth beer,it glides down effortlessly,no rough edges at all,very nice.More resiny hop flavor on the palate than in the nose to go along with the citric element,the caramel/biscuit malt base really holds up well to the hops,as it warms a tinge of sweet alcohol shows itself.A damn fine left coast ipa,I expected it to be good,it was great.

09-23-2010 20:18:17 | More by oberon
Photo of wagenvolks


4.25/5  rDev +1%

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.

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


4/5  rDev -5%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

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


4.25/5  rDev +1%

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!

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


4/5  rDev -5%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

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


4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

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


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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).

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


4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

W: Gift from Mr. Crotty.
W: Consumed in NV in RR pint glass.
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.

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


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +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.

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


4.53/5  rDev +7.6%

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...!

07-29-2010 05:15:27 | More by grittybrews
Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
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