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Gearhead IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

Gearhead IPAGearhead IPA

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84
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%


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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MADhombrewer on 09-11-2011)
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beertunes

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2012 21:03:37 | More by beertunes
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2012 09:13:28 | More by lacqueredmouse
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LittleDon

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2012 04:16:12 | More by LittleDon
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 03:23:34 | More by Rifugium
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a burnt orange color with good carbonationleaving a nice white cap

S: Mainly fresh citrus and pine needles

T: The pine is the most pronounced note at first, foillowed by citrus and then a balance is reached between the two. A little bit of caramel, nice hop bite, finishes a bit slick

M: Medium body, taste, well carbonated

O: Good

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 16:26:49 | More by barleywinefiend
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MADhombrewer

Oregon

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at 15 ave hophouse. Served in a slender pint glass.

Appearance- Orange color reminiscent of the inside of a pumpkin with an off white head. Great lacing. 4/5

Smell- Heavy grassy hop aroma. Malt background as well. Smells like it has a good substance to it. 4/5

Taste- Sweet caramel malt is first and a sizeable, grassy, hop biterness second. It finishes with more malt flavors. 4/5

Mouthfeel- I normally don't like an IPA with this much of a mouthfeel, but this works for some reason. 4/5

Overall- Good beer. A bit malty for my taste, but good none the less. 4/5

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 15:03:06 | More by MADhombrewer
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 22:35:33 | More by smakawhat
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jellikit

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 04:43:35 | More by jellikit
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 20:10:23 | More by marlinsfan4
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beagle75

Iowa

2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 17:40:08 | More by beagle75
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 05:20:34 | More by JohnGalt1
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Bfarr

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 00:00:59 | More by Bfarr
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scootpolute

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -18%
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 :~)

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 22:38:55 | More by scootpolute
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morimech

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 22:06:27 | More by morimech
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HuskyinPDX for hooking me up with this one. Cheers!

Hazy orange amber color with a big frothy, rocky head that leaves plenty of lacing. Even a careful pour produces too much head.

Light, pretty aroma of orange, tangerine, and pine. Flavor is of citrus and pine hops - pleasant but restrained, with an earthy bitter finish. It sounds good, but it is a little understated.

Light-medium body with a juicy feel and good carbonation.

A nice balanced IPA that doesn't distinguish itself in any particular way. But it is pleasant, balanced and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 01:47:22 | More by CliffBrake
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Vancoubeer

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had my eye on this not because of the fact that I love IPAs but its a local brewer that tends to make some pretty good beer. After the pour, it formed a very sticky white head and had a burnt orange color and was filtered...lame...but there is a lot of hop haze and it is not a see through beer. Looks nice. The smell was well average. It smells like the way an IPA should. Nothing special but it does have a bit of that hop citrus smell as indicated on the bottle. The taste is much better than the smell. Yes there is this citrus flavor in the beer and the bitterness is very low. Indeed it does have bitterness but very low for the style of IPAs I like but this is very nice. It has an average mouthfeel. Its not too sticky but it has that medium mouthfeel that has a very pleasant citrus after taste that lingers due to the stickyness but its not as high as others in the market. I would like to try this on draft before I rate it higher than 3.5. Its above average. Its good and its worth getting bottled but there are better in Portland, Oregon to seek out. However I am not disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 04:55:27 | More by Vancoubeer
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oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 00:08:36 | More by oberon
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BeforeNoon

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 00:19:12 | More by BeforeNoon
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djbreezy

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - bright orange, transparent, big white head that recedes nicely followed by generous lacing

Smell - lots of hops, pine, floral and citrus

Taste - citrus and floral hops, pine and grapefruit notes, light malt body

Mouthfeel - well carbonated, medium body, oily finish with some mild lingering dryness

Overall - as the temporary replacement to Workhorse (due to a proprietary hop shortage) there is a lot to live up to but I think this beer is an incredible NW style IPA and definitely a go to in my book

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 04:15:24 | More by djbreezy
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vkv822

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 03:03:57 | More by vkv822
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 04:51:24 | More by HuskyinPDX
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CharlieMurphy

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clear light amber with a mild head.

S: Very densely citrusy. Wreaks of resin and cascade.

T: Great. Again very dense and resinous, bolder than the nose yet still light in body esp as it gets toward the bottom of the glass.

M: Light! Especially for a considerably dense hop pungency.

O: Sick extra. Oregon IPA? Shouldn't have expected anything but greatness.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 01:46:15 | More by CharlieMurphy
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 19:45:18 | More by Reidrover
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Docer

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 04:00:53 | More by Docer
Gearhead IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.