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A Hopwork Orange - Blue Mountain Brewery

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A Hopwork OrangeA Hopwork Orange

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30 Reviews
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Reviews: 30
Hads: 165
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 21.05%
Wants: 7
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DavidHume on 05-17-2014

Our orange-infused IPA will be available in cans March 2015! Light crystal malt with a heavy hand of Simcoe, Cascade and Centennial hops complemented by natural orange flavoring.

65 IBU
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Reviews: 30 | Hads: 165
Photo of woodychandler
4.61/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I have been working on winnowing down the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, which has led to the exclusion of my beloved AIPAs & DIPAs as well as my giving short shrift to what really matters - The CANQuest (tm). For today, at least, things are back on track!

From the CAN: "Orange-Infused IPA".

The Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN and also gave a squirt across my fingers to underscore the idea of its fullness. I performed an inverted Glug which produced just over two fingers of dense, rocky, eggshell-white head with great retention. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like ... dare I say it? Fanta Orange pop! And 7.0% ABV, to boot. I foresee only good things coming of this. Mouthfeel was medium. Good news! While definitely and unmistakably orange in its flavor, it was nowhere near as sweet as the nose had led me to expect. It was very citrusy in the mouth, but how much was orange and how much was hops? Who cares?!? Man, I was straightening out my hops jones and my hops monkey on my back was actually quieting down. I am a self-avowed hophead who is a recovering hops junkie and there are times that, man, I get an itch that CAN't be easily scratched. Dig? Oh, man, I just scoped out the sticky lacing that was beginning to form and I hate cleaning that s**t up. F**kin' resins everywhere, man! The finish was dry, citrusy and lip-smackingly tasty. Once more, if you are going to drink something like this out of a CAN, do so in the summertime. It was great on an unseasonably warm winter's day, but it would be phenomenal when it is hot, humid and sticky out.

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Photo of Stolenface1
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orange color with a quickly disappearing head. Aroma of malt, piney/cirus hops and slight orange. Flavor is Slightly hoppy with enough malt to balance(almost too much) and a slight orange which I walk away wishing for more. More Hops and More orange. Or slightly less caramel malt, one or the other. This is close to being a VERY good beer, just needs a little boost. Alcohol flavor is non-existent. Light and spritzy on the tongue - nicely carbonated. Overall like I said I would like a little more hop flavor (a little more cascade/centennial @ 30 & 15 min-not necessarily bitterness) and orange. I would not turn this beer down. Definitely worth a try, especially for those who may not be into IPA's as an intro.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It is a bright, mainly clear orange. An average off-white head disappeared fairly quick. Leaves a little bit of lacing.

I get almost nothing but malted barley smells. Very fresh, like sticking your head in the fermenting tank. It is good, but probably not what it should be. Faint fruit and hops.

I taste the orange that was advertised right away. A little non-ripe tasting. That "green" taste is a sublte, but lingering flavor as it carries through the end, leaving a slightly medicinal aftertaste. The bitterness, which is pretty well balanced with the grains and sweetness, is consistent, but maybe a hair on the higher side. Especially cold. This beer is much better as it warms.

It has a bit of a sparkling crispness to it. Pretty easy to drink overall though.

There are some things about this beer I like, and some things I don't. I would say it is as much of a hoppy Pale Ale as an American IPA, and may score better as such. An enjoyable beer either way.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can stickered with BB 1/2016:
Pours a slightly orange-tinged golden, turning it slightly to the darker end of the latter. Head is normal amount of buildup, and tries to stick around but does end up as a haze atop the beer, with a medium ring and some lacing.

After pouring the beer, I got a distinct whiff of orange even though my nose wasn't near the beer. Getting my nose closer didn't bring much more, citrus in the form of orange and maybe a light hint of grapefruit. An indistinct tropical note as well - a typical citrus hop beer. The strength of the nose actually and surprisingly, given the first whiffs, not that strong.

Opening notes are orangey-citrus - unsurprisingly. Warmth brings the orange out a tad. A crisp tingle of carbonation joins in with a pithy bitterness - like unripe/green orange pith as well as the ubiquitous grapefruit kind.
The beer is fairly clean, and the hops are subtle. They are definitely present and lingering, but they sort of sneak up on you. That said, this isn't an overly sweet beer either. A nice balanced beer eventually get a little hops injection is how it seems to me.

Carbonation is fine, the beer seems a little more wet deeper into a swig than I'd like. The hop bitterness does grab the palate in the long term, however.

This is not a very hoppy beer, almost like a solid citrus APA in its impression. A decent, easily drinkable offering that I am not upset I purchased.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A respectable IPA, with a decent blend of bitter & fruit juice. Comes across a tad watery and metallic tasting which leans this more in tune with a session IPA than a maltier balanced pale ale or standard IPA. Hard to figure at 7% range at which usually provides more body and thickness than what you find in session IPAs.

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Photo of HotBeerJosh
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I was real hesitant to pick this up. Mainly because I have a "Don't fruit the pizza, don't fruit the beer" rule. But I also have an affinity for orange flavor.

Honestly I enjoyed it. And so did my wife who doesn't typically like hoppy beers. I may purchase again but I wouldn't enjoy this beer with food. It would mainly be enjoyed sitting outside on a hot day. Or as a dessert after I eat.

It's hard to rate this one because it has a specific flavor profile.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

Orange body, mild haze, quarter inch of white head. Hops, citrus, orange creamsicle. Candy sweetness and sweet oranges. Hops and sweet bread. Medium bitterness. Eh...

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A shout out to the engineer of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an orange/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is surprisingly of caramel malts, oranges are present as well. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, oranges, a bit of mint. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a smooth and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, copper colored with a sticky head of white foam. Hops and orange throughout, the Orange is more candied or liquor than zest, which is not what I was expecting. Not bad, but not as good as it sounded.

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Photo of markgugs
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty much writing this review because the most recent review before mine is so off-base I'm not sure what he was drinking. Is it the best citrus-flavored/infused IPA on the market? Nope. Is it "bland" without any "hops or orange" flavor? F*ck no. If anything, there is an ample citrus presence on top of bittering hops, and a creamy malt base. Pretty spot on hops/orange citrus. Worth trying.

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Photo of oldn00b
2.79/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally got to try this at a beerfest yesterday. Great marks for an awesome name.

However it was rather on the bland side. Pours a color of an IPA mixed with a bit of orange soda.

Nose didn't reveal much and gave the impression of a rather bland beer.

Taste confirms. Very hard to pick up much of either hops or orange here. It is not bad or a bad beer by any means and I wouldn't refuse it if someone served it of course. But it just fell flat in that it really didn't have much in the way of flavor at all. If a 5 is perfect, a 1 is as bad as possible, I suppose a 3 is average and overall that's how this one comes across to me.

Edit: I had this again and stand by these comments. I would consider downgrading a bit on taste as well because the orange came through much more for me on trying again, however it was a very artificial/candy orange flavor.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer tastes a whole lot like it sounds. Hop-forward with loads of citrus. The citrus flavor as a whole isn't very impressive, but it is overwhelmingly present. Almost seems too much, the hops provide a very nice background for the orange flavor. The hop flavors consist or floral, dank, spice and a modicum of citrus, it would have been more interesting to see a bigger interplay between the simcoe and a more unique, natural citrus presence. A slightly doughy crystal malt backbone helps make this an very crushable 7% IPA.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A two and a half finger off tan head, almost yellow banana in color with decent retention and staying power. It sits on a bright and solid orange amber body color, slighly clear and with a decent amount of fine pinhead carbonation up the middle.

Aroma definitely comes up orange fruity, but not so much hop forward. Hints towards light toast and biscuit like malts as well, with a sense of light caramel sweetness in the back. There's a spicy herbality almost grass like hinting in the back on the hop angle also. Pretty solid and straightforward aroma.

Palate is a bit interesting. Light bodied juicy with a nice soft malty sweetness at first. Orange fruit comes in with a light green and minty mid palate. Finishes herbal and mouthwashing pine on the aftertaste as well. Good solid depth to this, and the orange accents a little sweetness as well.

Overall pretty solid fruited IPA, with a simple profile. Not one for the hopheads though, but makes a good contrast and accent.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into my Dogfish glass.

A: Pours a somewhat hazy light copper with 1/2" white head that recedes kind of quickly. Retention isn't bad, lacing is so-so.

S: Pretty bright citrus notes along with a subtle but detectable meaty orange. A hint of biscuity malt. Smells mild, but nice & juicy.

T: Understated. Orange/lime peel open up leading into a fairly bitter mid palate, balanced by very mild maltiness. Tiny hints of pepper go into a surprisingly rich, off-sweet finish.

M: Moderate carb married to what I'd call a slightly too heavy, syrupy malt body. Despite itself, it manages to finish fairly crisply.

O: Thoroughly average.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Oranges, orange peel, zesty, pine, grass, grapefruit and some sweet malts all come thru. A very refreshing beverage. The orange could definitely pop a little more though.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good ipa. The Orange is just right, noticeable but not to much as to overshadow the good beer in there. Would love to try this again if it finds its way to jersey next year.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, orange-gold coloring with a low profile, sparse, white surface coating of head. Aromas are piney and resinous forward, with a sugary sweet orange character, and subtle grapefruit tart and sweet. Smells like candy. Flavors are orange sweet forward, with undertones of roasted notes, piney and grassy hops, grapefruit tart, and a cracker backbone. Very orange overall, which totally works. The body is light, dry, and crisp. The beer has a tangy orange and pine pitch blend in the aftertaste, that lingers on past the dry, crisp, slightly effervesced finish. Tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of Seejae
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Terrific low IBU IPA, the Orange plays an active but non-overwhelming role. This an IPA that you might expect to be more gimmick than substance, but it delivers. The hops hold up well and the orange contributes without dominating. Well done.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very refreshing brew. I love grapefruit sculpin, and this was a nice orange counterpoint to that. Very orange heavy without tasting like orange soda, I thought. This is an excellent hot weather summer beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass a burnt orange infused dull golden with a sticky half finger white head atop.Floral hops and orange zest with a bit toasted malts in the nose.Citrusy hops but not bitter by any means over top of lightly toasted bready malts on the palate.Doesn't seem to be as big as it is flavor-wise or in the feel.Solid.

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Photo of calitrie1486
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is disgustingly underrated IMO. Very drinkable and has a fantastic aroma and flavor to it. Definitely different from what I have had across the hop board but without a doubt a very very very underrated beer, and will definitely be seeking out a trade for it or a place to buy!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a relatively clear honey copper in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and a faint amount of amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange juice, citrus/grapefruit pith, and light aromas of grainy + caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet grainy + caramel malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/orange juice and citrus/grapefruit pith hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness in the finish which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Based on the name, I was expecting even more intense orange flavors than were present in this one. Enjoyable and easy to drink but the flavors are slightly muted in my opinion. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is less than a finger high and white in shade. Even with what little head there is, retention isn't very good, nor is there much lacing left on the glass. (2.75)

Smell: Well, the aroma is typical IPA, for the most part: grapefruit, orange peel, and pine blend with lots of caramel malt. I do pick up some additional orange notes as well, though in a subdued fashion. However, this pops up more as it warms up. Not terribly impressive, but it gets the job done. (3.25)

Taste: It starts off with gentle notes of grapefruit and orange, before finishing with some caramel malts and piny bitterness. Despite the latter, this is really delicate and well-balanced. Having said that, it doesn't pop in any way. It's a decent beer with good cohesion between the orange and IPA characteristics, but little more. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: This doesn't feel as heavy as it could be, considering its usage of crystal malt. It's really balanced between being sweet and dry on the back end. Since it isn't terribly interesting, the drinkability isn't great - of course, a lot of that is due to low carbonation. (3.25)

Overall: I'm not blown away by this beer, but it definitely does some things right. It captures the essence of an orange-infused IPA nicely. Unfortunately, everything seems a little dull. Worth trying, just don't expect magic. (3.25)

3.22/5: Doesn't really excite me...but it ain't bad

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, had on tap a few months ago, but having this beer first tonight, and it's much better. Nice orange citrus scent and taste. Hoppy bitterness on the finish, very good.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought in a growler at Total Wine in Fredericksburg. Pours nicely into the glass with a small head. Nicely hopped which makes it enjoyable to the nose and mouth. Enjoyable American IPA.

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A Hopwork Orange from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.