Megafauna - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
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Reviews by Aml42000:
4.55/5 rDev +5.1%
This poured dark copper with a fluffy white head.
The aromatics are amazing. Dank piney hops w/grapefruit floating about. Loads of depth & power.
This is pitch perfect DIPA. Bitter citrus & a light, crisp malt backbone.
A big beer, but crisp & drinkable. Easy to drink & easy to love. Dry finish which brings you right back to the glass. No heaviness or oily textures.
Amazing stuff. Lives on the same block as Pliny, Hop Venom, Sucks etc. Would love to drink all year long.
07-07-2013 00:35:44 | More by Aml42000
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3.5/5 rDev -19.2%
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance -Deep orange body. Off white head. Medium collar.
Smell - Citrus hops. Caramel malt. Boozy.
Taste - Tropical fruit and citrus. Caramel malt. Toasted malt. Booze and a fruity finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium to medium heavy. Boozy. Medium low carbonation.
Overall - I expected more from the ratings this gets. It's pretty sweet and doesn't quite deliver the hop flavor for such a high ABV.
08-23-2014 23:29:35 | More by Alieniloquium
4.24/5 rDev -2.1%
This is one that I NEVER thought I would have seen without a trip to PDX... Instead it was enjoyed 4-5 times tonight at the 10 Barrel IPA fight/fest.
Pours a light orangish with a tight white head.
This is one of the most hop forward beers I have ever had and still is a "bit" balanced... tons of tropical fruits and huge citrus zest... tangerine/red grapefruit.... and hints of pine on the finish.
Lighter than should be body... carbonation is nice.
For 9+% this is a teddy bear... drinkability is off the charts... super beer for sure.
09-15-2013 04:39:48 | More by JohnGalt1
4.29/5 rDev -0.9%
Poured from a bottle into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a lightly hazy medium copper amber with a one finger light khaki head with great retention and lacing. Aroma evident on pouring; caramel malt with great piney, herbal and citrus hops, tropical and light citrus fruit. Flavor is dominated by hops, resinous pine, somewhat dank with grapefruit rind citrus, lightly caramel malt, mixed stone and tropical fruit. The finish is also resinous with a long, lingering grapefruit and pine bitterness. Medium bodied with active carbonation. I think this has a substantial malt body, but the hops are so intense that the malt flavors are lost in the onslaught. A great hop blend that differentiates itself from other Northwest IIPAs. Fairly complex fruit flavors too. Dangerously drinkable for the ABV, I really had to pace myself with this one as it invited tasting. Nice job for Laurelwood and lives up to its fanfare.
08-21-2014 03:17:08 | More by LiquidAmber
4.71/5 rDev +8.8%
Had it on tap for the first time last Friday at the Sellwood Public House (Laurelwood)
Poured into a Laurelwood IPA glass.
Appearance is a nice reddish/copper color that almost brightens as the bubbles reflect the light.
Smell was intense - in a very good way. Floral hops dominate, some pine and big grapefruit/citrus notes.
Taste - Hops dominate, but very well balanced by malty sweetness. I would never have guessed that this IPA is 9.5% ABV and 140 IBUs!
Mouth feel –Smooth finish, a little dry but the malts smooth that out. Perfect amount of carbonation.
Overall – A very good DIPA. Probably my current favorite. I might be a bit biased since its brewed in my back yard, but I liked it enough to get a growler filled for $16.
04-24-2013 18:29:44 | More by daveski
3.75/5 rDev -13.4%
While it's quite good, I think this beer is too malt-forward to be consolidered "top-tiered" DIPA. It's probably because of the malt profile, I taste mango, pineapples. Hops are present for sure and they add bitterness, pine notes, citrus. Alcohol is very well hidden.
08-23-2014 20:30:28 | More by sukwonee
4.56/5 rDev +5.3%
A: Pours a coppery ruby red body, with a dense frothy beige colored head. The lacing on this one is immaculate, clinging to every bit of open glass as the head slowly fades.
S: First waft is tones of evergreen and pine. Lots of exotic fruits - pineapple and mango mostly. A bit of sweet caramel malt backbone. The hop character practically leaps out of the glass here.
T: Initial taste is pine, then the juicy fruitiness from the explosion of hops takes over. Pineapple and lemon, mixed with some grapefruit and tangerine sweetness. Just the right amount of bitterness finishes off and lingers, balancing the sweet fruit notes. The malt character is practically non-existent because of everything else that is going on - and its awesome.
M: Oily. Full body, but not very malty tasting. Moderate carbonation. A bit of boozy warmth near the finish.
O: Holy crap was I surprised by this one. I wasn't ready to believe the hype, but it certainly deserves all of the high praise. This is definitely on the same level as Pliny and all of the other heavy hitters on the west coast. Fortunate I was able to try it.
07-17-2013 01:41:00 | More by Justin_Neff
4.54/5 rDev +4.8%
On tap at the Laurelwood SE location today.
The beer pours an orange copper color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is all DIPA goodness and then some, with considerable dry citrus, pine, white pepper and a dollop of sweet malt. The beer is every bit as good on the palate, with the pine and dry citrus really showing through. Although the beer has a considerable malt back bone, this DIPA is ultimately quite dry, with a long, bitter, finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, hoppy, somewhat boozy finish. This beer reminds me very much of the Avery Maharajah, but if anything is even better, with the hoppy bitterness perfectly balancing the malty midpalate. Alcohol is noticeable, but ultimately is well integrated into the flavor profile.
This is just an excellent, all around, well made DIPA from Laurelwood. Impressive.
04-15-2013 05:06:08 | More by John_M
3.9/5 rDev -9.9%
Bottle opened on 7.12.13
A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a thick tan head with good retention and lacing.
S - Lots of pine, earthy, resin, heavy ripe oranges.
T - Still some pine, pineapple, melons, grass.
D - Good carbonation with a medium body, bitter finish.
O - This drinks pretty unique for a DIPA, lots of pine, grass, and pineapple, there is lots going on here. I think people are giving this one to much credit. Solid beer.
07-29-2013 17:44:20 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.38/5 rDev +1.2%
22oz into a tulip. Pours a nice deep amber w/ a frothy one-finger head, patchy lace.
Aroma is a big sticky blast of tropical fruits. Grapefruit, pineapple, pine resin.
Taste follows nose. Tons of sticky dank hops balanced by copious amounts of malt. Powerful bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little sticky, oily, resinous. Still dangerous for 9.5%.
Overall this is a big, shamelessly powerful DIPA that lives up to its name.
08-19-2014 01:24:40 | More by draheim
4.15/5 rDev -4.2%
Appearance- Pours up a minimal amount of head which seems to have little retention as well. The head is pure cotton white while the body is an almost medium/honey which glows orange when held up to the light. The body is fairly clear. Some lacing is left behind.
Nose- Very warm and inviting. Doesn't seem very complex at the moment- lots of citrus (orange and lemon, not so much grapefruit) and tropical fruits but not much else. Not that I'm complaining. I get some caramel when I smell from the bottle. Notes of honey/nectar as well. If the nose is any indication, it would appear that this is going to be a citrus/tropical fruit/ honey bomb. Slight pine and resin on the nose but this beer's aroma is all about the fruity and the floral.
Taste- Light hints of honey and caramel to start off while a pronounced pine and resin asserts itself. Lots of lemon, some spicy green fruit (like papaya), and some matchstick. Not as fruity as the nose would have led me to believe. Malty sweetness is very assertive. Definitely does not taste like 140 IBUs. Some orange comes out as well. Some mustiness (armpit, dirty feet) and grapefruit are apparent. Very juicy and very easygoing. I feel that there's something missing that puts this just short of the Pliny/Sucks/Hop Venom category. A good imperial but I don't think I would pay 9 bucks for it again. The hops aren't oxidized by any stretch of the imagination- I simply thought this would taste fresher. This is getting better as it opens and starts to harmonize with my expectations. Very well balanced, very well rounded. Probably not worth 9 bucks though.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with some stickiness/syrup. Nice amount of carbonation balances that out.
Drinkability- Pretty subdued for a DIPA- it's actually quite dangerous. No real heat to speak of but there are other imperials that I would opt for before this one.
Overall- Solid beer that suffers from being a medium fish in a big ocean of big IPAs. Wouldn't mind giving it a go on tap.
07-08-2013 01:46:21 | More by artoolemomo
Megafauna from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.