Gearhead IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
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2.7/5 rDev -27.2%
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.
07-14-2012 17:40:08 | More by beagle75
3.05/5 rDev -17.8%
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 :~)
05-06-2012 22:38:55 | More by scootpolute
3.13/5 rDev -15.6%
Another one of my LetsPour west coast IPA bombers. This one is way too out of balance for my liking, way too heavy on the hops with nothing to back it up. Leaves too much of a cloying sweetness in the mouth and is mouthpuckeringly bitter. Still drinkable (if you love hops like I do) but they really need to work on this one to appeal to the masses and fit in with the large amount of other IPAs available.
07-29-2012 20:10:23 | More by oriolesfan4
3.25/5 rDev -12.4%
Clear red amber with moderate foamy tan head, great retention and lacing. Citrus aroma and light pine. Balanced with earthy malt and toffee, caramel, and citrus with a moderate linger. Moderate body with a crisp finish.
Good balanced IPA with a good complex malt background. Provides a nice drinking IPA although I think it may have been better off as a pale ale because the malt is definitely more interesting.
06-05-2012 00:00:59 | More by Bfarr
3.45/5 rDev -7%
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
09-29-2011 19:45:18 | More by Reidrover
3.45/5 rDev -7%
Had on-tap at Collins Pub in Seattle.
Pours a golden orange hue with a filmy, white head. Very minimal, patchy lace. It has a decent weight to the body and fine carbonation as a result. A bit generic, but not bad overall.
Nose is a deep, bland citrus with some caramel undertones. There's a touch of lemon custard tart, some husky grain and a hint of deeper earthiness. It's OK, but very similar to any number of other generic IPAs.
Taste is similar to the aroma, in that it doesn't offer anything pronounced or exciting. Citrus rind, pithy, some earthy grain notes and a touch of carbonic acidity. Coupled with all this is a really pronounced and slightly too forward bitterness, giving ashy tobacco on the finish. Very generic, and not all that good. Feel is exceptionally light, even more so than usual for a generic IPA.
Overall, yes, it's an IPA. And it's not bad. But it's exceptionally dull. What's more the bitterness builds to a level that's a touch offensive—or at least, it's a bitterness that's not earned; one without purpose and drive.
07-18-2012 09:13:28 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
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!
01-04-2012 03:23:34 | More by Rifugium
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
Served in straight pint glass. Poured an attractive coppery gold color with just a thin cap of white head that had decent retention and lightly moderate lacing.
The aroma had a solid malt base and the expected blast of citrusy hops that typify PNW IPAs. The flavors had the same features, with the big hops showing upfront and on the finish, some pine/floral hops in the middle, and the mildly sweet malt offering both support and counter-balance.
The body was just on the fuller side of typical for the style, and I like that. Drinkability was good, I rarely have more than one IPA in a row and would have a couple of these. Overall, a good, solid, well made example of the style. If you want to know what PNW IPAs are like, you could do worse than using this beer as a guide. Worth trying if you see it
08-12-2012 21:03:37 | More by beertunes
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
10-09-2012 22:35:33 | More by smakawhat
Gearhead IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.