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Gearhead IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Gearhead IPAGearhead IPA

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24 Reviews
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Reviews: 24
Hads: 61
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MADhombrewer on 09-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 61
Reviews by LittleDon:
Photo of LittleDon
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint at the Heathman Hotel bar on 4/16/12.

Clear amber tinged with a dense fluffy head. Decent amount of lace. Resinous aroma with plenty of tropical fruit. Clean front with a decent amount of licorice-like bitterness middle and finish. Malt sweetness does a decent job at keeping this one from going over the top. Active carbonation and medium body. Makes a good everyday IPA.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an impy nonic a dull copper color with a frothy 1/2 finger white head atop that left a few broken rings of lace behind as it settled slowly.Left coast grapefruit and piney hop aromas,almost basic American IPA
in nature but it fits the style to a T,light sweet boozy alcohol is in there as well.Citric hops and sweetish alcohol on the palate,the hops are big but so is the sweetness behind it,almost like overripe drunken fruit, maybe a small DIPA in style.A damn good ipa that seems bigger than what it is in my opinion.

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Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of scootpolute
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One Pint 6 FL OZs...Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Clear brassy hue…Leaves behind some fluffy rings of lacing.

S: Wheat, caramel, ripe pear, Orange citrus, lemon juice, light florals and grass.

T: Upfront there is pineapple… lemon juice followed by leafy, dried grass, lightly toasted bread, clean caramel notes mid-palate. Finishes with pine and grassy floral…drying finishes…

M: On the fuller side of medium bodied, juicy, crisp and bitter, with a strong wheat aftertaste.

O: An OK American IPA...Acturally suprised since the last two Laurelwood's I've had (Workhorse double IPA and the Hooligan Brown were so good)...Hmmm...this was disapointing :~( Chasin' Cheers :~)

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Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Date of 01.11.12 on the label. I sure as hell hope that is not a best by date.

Pours a clear bronze color with a nice two finger of head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of hops that is a combination of citrus and herbs. Also pick up a little sweet malt.

To this drinker this seems like a throwback IPA. Much more malt in the flavor that adds noticeable sweetness. Moderate amount of citrus hop flavor. Bitterness seems moderate as well.

Good amount of heft to the body and nicely carbonated.

Nothing really exciting about this IPA. Certainly nothing wrong with it either. Solid and worth a try.

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Photo of DanE
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jellikit
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Auburn. Orange-red. Thin head. Thin, short-lived lace.

Smell: light. Malt is Sweet. Hops are Floral.

Taste: Hops are citric. Malt is medium and body is there. Good balance.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation. Nice body.

Overall: Good beer. Alcohol, malts and hops are balanced.

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Photo of Docer
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)
- Darker caramel copper color.. mostly clear, and a couple fingers of frothy white foam.. settles to a large foamy ring, and some scattered pockets creating a thin blanket. Not quite the west coast look I was looking for. Little dark like an Amber.

Smell: (4.0)
- I can see they were really aiming for the citrus aromas here. First off I get a huge lemon-like zest punch right to the face. Lots of pine, citrus, and herbal aromas. Nice caramel malt backing.. bready, and slightly sweet. Piney hops really show up front.

Taste: (4.0)
- Very balanced. Certainly plentiful with northwest hops. Lots of pine, citrus, and grassy zest. Rides nicely with a subtle and not-too-sweet caramel malt backing. Easily stands out as a unique IPA. Almost a tea-like quality to it. Not bad.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Overall it is a well carbonated medium bodied brew. It's dry. I like dry. The finish really leaves the tongue feeling dry but yet the watering continues for more because of the zesty fresh tasting hops. Resinous (as stated on the bottle) is true. Slightly sticky. Chewy a little.

Overall: (3.5)
- Overall this is a very solid and well balanced IPA. Does it stand out from many? Yes of course. But it doesn't rise above like I would expect it to. Though very solid, and certainly holds up to many of the other local offerings around. It isn't the west coast style light colored biscuity IPA I was looking for, but it certainly has some unique and zesty aromas. Certainly does display some talent in brewing.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a cloudy/hazy orange to more brown amber body, with an off white three finger head. Very good retention on this, with some aggressive lacing. Pretty good looking.

Nose is malt brown sugar, and not very hoppy. Mild sense of milk chocolate and a little bit of green herbal tea.

Palate brings a doughy creamy biscuit sense with a little wet body feel. Some light skim milk sensations, toasted light brown sugar, and a faint earthy dry hop quality on the finish. Herbality comes out a bit, with a mild milk astringency quality. Aftertaste brings most of the hop profile, not the mid palate. Very tea like.

Overall not a bad beer, but not crazy about it either.

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Photo of Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up tonight at Brewforia on the way home from work..

Capped it with a LOUD POP!! Startled me and scared the shit out of the cats. Poured into my HotD goblet... huge off white head... great lacing and retention... the brew is very slightly hazed orange.

Nose is pithy citrus hops with some background maltiness... pretty standard, but smells pretty fresh.

Hops have more of a piney presence... but still plenty of citrus... a touch more malt/caramel malt than I normally like, but it is pretty balanced across the board.

Carbonation seems a touch high... body is about right..

Meh.... Okay... I probably won't buy a bottle again, but I certainly would have it on tap the next time I am in PDX.


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Photo of ScreamForMe
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Reidrover
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber from Roth’s Vista Market,Salem. $4.99 Rather dark amber for an IPA but with a pretty eggshell wite head..thats thick and bubbly. Nice hoppy aromas, resiney,piney..nice Taste is like the aroma, but with a good malt balance,semi sweet finish. Ok on the palate but for my tastes it was rather under carbonated. Pretty average IPA really

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Photo of baklo
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Laurelwood Public House, Portland, OR

Poured orange-brown, with a small cap of white head; very nice lacing. Aroma was big with citrusy hops. A blast of citrus taste up front, slightly piney afterwards, light fruits, and a crisp, dry finish. Medium body, and quite drinkable. Nothing that hasn't been done before, but a very nice IPA nonetheless!

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Photo of vkv822
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a cloudy dark, burnt orange with frothy off white head. There is quite a bit of visible floaties, which while having no effect on any other aspect of the beer does keep me from giving a higher grade in appearance.

The nose is quite piney upfront, with some citric and tropical fruits in the backing. Also a fair amount of biscuity malt backing.

The taste follows the nose quite well, with a good balance of pine and citric fruits on top of a malt backbone.

Nice full body with pleasant carbonation.

A very well balanced IPA, nothing spectacular but still quite enjoyable overall.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BeforeNoon
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bottle poured into Portsmouth Brewery pint glass

A: light amber, translucent, almost no head

S: pine, hops

T: peach, tangerine, malt sweetness

M: citrus hops followed by a moderate maltiness with a dry crisp finish

O: I was expecting more bitterness from an IPA, which made it a pleasant surprise. The malt really comes through and has a great earthy quality. The hops compliment the maltiness very well and I'm glad it's not as bitter as I was expecting. The pine aroma is definitely my favorite part of this beer. And for $4.50 a bomber it's a pretty good deal.

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Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of caseyscarb
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of beagle75
2.71/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Plenty of lightly toasted grain, some acetaldehyde, but very little hop presence.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with soft bready malt and weak piney hops. Malt takes on a rye edge during the middle, but hops are still mostly unaccounted for. Nor are they very noticable at the end, since this beer is only mildly bitter. Acidity is mostly restrained throughout.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and fairly smooth on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: A hyper-mediocre IPA, this is a disappointment coming from Laurelwood--the brewer of the the excellent Workhorse IPA. It smells like Ballast Point Sculpin that has set on the shelf too long (yes Southern California, there are places where that happens!), but tastes like an amber blended with a thin tea of Columbus hops.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22oz bottle tonight.

A - Pours a slightly hazy, darker orange with a finger and a half light tan head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

S - Very Piney, that is all!

T - Pine, and citrus and malts balanced background.

D - A touch bitter. High carbonation, average body.

O - Well balanced, easy drinking ipa.

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Photo of mrkinnex
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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Gearhead IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.