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Hopworks IPA - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Hopworks IPAHopworks IPA

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543 Ratings
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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 87
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 10-19-2007

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Ratings: 543 | Reviews: 181
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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Pacific NW IPA to try...oh darn.Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear light to medium golden with a bit of orange hue,a well defined but quick to fade white head atop.Amarillo hops show themselves in the nose lending a dose of resin along with light citrus and oddly enough I picked up some hay,maybe from the two kinds of pilsner malt?Lightly toasted with definent citrus hop flavors on the palate,not really in your face hop attack but well pronounced,quite bitter in the finish.This is a pretty good IPA,(compared to Laurelwood Workhorse not so much)its hops seem a bit subdued and has that organic beer thing going on...dont ask me what it is I just can tell.

Photo of Jason
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Rimmed with a thick white lace, slightly hop hazed golden amber color. Massive citric hop nose, from pulp to rind with some other suggestions of evergreen ... exactly where it should be for the style. Bitterness is pretty hefty ... 75 IBUs is very believable and right at the edge but not going overboard. The flavor from the hops is amazing with orchard citric ranging from rind to juice to blossom. Maltiness spikes here and there but seems to want to break through the most in the finish with a slight toasted breadiness. Alcohol is modest but warming with a quick toss in of fruitiness. Hops never lose their grip on the palate, finishes bitter and semi-dry.

Wow, what a killer IPA this is ... as I said, the hops are right on the verge of being over the top though if they were a little bit I would not mind. Balanced? Sure, for the style while pushing the envelope a bit.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At the brewery, real cool, almost glowing orange. Tons of cascading lace when you have it on tap. Killer hop aroma. A plethora of hop varieties in the dry hopping I would guess.

Beautiful display of hops on the tongue, bitterness is just about perfect, not grating, not just a long boil, but massive hop mouthfeel, green, vegetal, could tell me it was a fresh hop ale and I'd believe ya. Hops shine despite a solid malt presence, this one isn't light in that department. To get that orange, in a single, just nice man, so nice. Pine is huge, citrus is large. Pine trees and tangerine together again. Dry finish.

A must for all hopheads.

EDIT: 4/13: I've had this so many times lately that were not as good when fresh or something. I dunno. Great stuff at the brewery, not so great in cans,bottles etc. . .

Photo of LXIXME
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big light off white head settles into a nice lacing above a clear copper-bronze colored beer.

Citrus, pine, and fresh grass hops aroma that seems to be on the lighter side.

Nice hops taste that is not overwhelming but definitely there with some citrus, some pine aspects and a little bit of fresh grass attributes, giving this IPA a pleasant IPA taste.

A dry slightly bitter hops taste aspect to the aftertaste of this medium bodied beer.

A decent beer definitely worth a try if you are into IPA's or the Portland beer scene.

Photo of 05Harley
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date??
Estimated calories - 198/12oz

Purchased through LetsPour

Price - $9.00/bomber

Pours a deep golden color with just a slight hazey presence. If you like head (who doesn't) this one won't let you down. Big three finger soapy head from the start with polka dotted lacing all around the glass. Sediment free and mann, what a looker...

Aroma is not lacking in citrus fruit. Pineapple, grapefruit and orange followed by biscuit, pine resin and a hint of caramel malt. The combination of ingredients fits well here. A little on the light side but pleasing enough.

The flavor follows the nose with the Centennial and Cascade hops contributing to that juicy fruit flavor. The caramel malt adds a nice balance and puts the breaks on the hop bite keeping this on the sweeter side as far as IPA's go.

The mouthfeel is fresh and clean resulting in a highly drinkable, dare I say sessionable beer. The body has a medium feel with little to no carbonation. A noticeable hop bite is present along with some stickiness but in the end it finishes surprisingly smooth.

Overall this is a solid IPA and one I'll be enjoying regurarly, especially during the hot months. Well balanced, low abv and quite refreshing. Thumbs up.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, very Portland hippy-dippy, but I won't hold that against them, until the goods are uncovered, at least.

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy off-white head, which takes its time melting away, leaving a broken wall of thin sudsy lace around the glass.

It smells of peppy grapefruit, orange rind and pleasantly generic tropical fruit, with a smidgen of pine resin, and some mildly bready caramel malt. The taste is somewhat brash citrus and pine needle hops, a touch of pineapple and peach orchard fruitiness, a kind of doughy, and biscuity caramel malt, and a bit of warming alcohol.

The carbonation is moderate, just a wispy prickliness here and there, the body on the light side of medium weight, but smooth and fairly viscous. It finishes clean and mostly dry, the pine and weedy hops most evident in this morass.

I rather enjoyed this IPA - the initial hop surge mellows to a more balanced affair - finishing this bomber off was no big deal - mental note to check this out on draft, if I'm ever given the option.

Photo of mudbug
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 16 oz "pounder" into an English pint glass results in a hazy light orange body under a nice one inch fluffy head that recedes slowly, after that it's pretty still.
Aroma is outstanding with juicy tropical fruit and grapefruit rind riding on a slightly sweet smelling breakfast bread.
Taste is all about the balance here, bitter,sweet, fruity, fresh bread. It comes together like a nice scenic painting, pleasing in the overview more than it's particular parts.
Juicy on the aftertaste.
A super nice brew in a very nice format. Bravo

Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to bro-in-law Jeff!

Bomber served cold in a pint glass.

Hopworks IPA is a very hazy golden orange color with smooth white head. It settles slowly but leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is very big on citrus hops. Candied citrus peel with lots of lemon and orange. Grapefruit too.

Flavor is really nice too - a great west coast hop-forward IPA. The same citrus from the aroma comes through in the well-balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and good carbonation. Balance is very good for a big hoppy IPA. There's just the right amount of sweetness.

Overall an excellent IPA and one I wish I could get around here.

Photo of appenzeller
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a few bottles of this after a big shipment of newbies arrived at the neighborhood PCC.

Pours a light amber with excellect white lacing. Aroma is strong, pine, smells like a Pacific Northwest forest on steroids. Excellent. Super flavor, based squarely on hops but the freshness gives this beer dimensionality, pine resin, grapefruit, apple, there is a very slight underlying sweetness from the malt--just enough to give this beer enough balance to be palatable to a hophead.

Very nice, I haven't dropped in on HUB yet when I'm down in Portland but this one makes me want to next time I'm in down in the Rose City.

Photo of Magpie14
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: the head formed quickly and sat atop for good round. The fuzzy cap is near white with a hint of yellow. The body is a light hazed amber with with caramel, gold, and orange hues. It just looks like a solid IPA

S: busting out with little greens, mostly C & C (cascade and centennials). It holds lemon and orange citrusy notes with a peppery pine whiff here and there backed with sweet caramelized malts. Nose reminds me of a few double IPA's....

T: malts fade away amongst the flaky, crispy, biting hops. Hops hit with a spiced pop composed mostly of pine needles and a squeeze grapefruit with a few dried leafy greens (cannabis-like, more in the nose than on the palate, but just the same). What is really nice is that the hop flavors are booming and yet nothing is overly bitter. As the caramel crusted maltiness shines a dim light in the back. Things are fairly balanced, while favoring the hops...nice hop monster

M: medium body and flavors linger with a touch of hop oils. Nice interplay between the body and flavors. Carbonation is just enough to give the body a crisp feel and finish

D: my second Hopworks brew since they started bottling and another solid liquid consumption experience

Photo of nkersten
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into imperial pint. Golden yellow with some amber hues and a tiny fizzy white head that settles into a collar with some lacing. Cool bottle, I like the totally random "ride your bike" logo. Smell is pretty subdued and balanced, pine and citrus hops with an equal amount of malty bread crust. Taste is an equal part bitter pine hops and biscuit malt. Not sweet at all, but the pilsner malt is very noticeable. Very resinous, but I would have liked to have tasted more of the amarillo. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and light carbonation, slightly heavy finish for the style. A very drinkable beer because of the balance. A very good IPA, I would love to try this at the brewery to get all the hop freshness out of it.

Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, ballard street market

appearance: served in a nonic great dane imperial pint, bright straw-orange body, full creamy white crest and good retention

smell: fresh and floral citrus notes, dry grain and malt backdrop, bready

taste: nice hop profile - amarillo detected, lots of grapefruit and lemon, light tangerine, grassy notes, grain/bread, lightly toasted malts. a good find, though not differentiated from a lot of other regional options

mouthfeel: on the lighter end of medium, refreshing

overall: good

Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my pint glass, this IPA with a clear amber with a white head. This was a fantastic mouthful of hoppy goodness that ranks among my favorite IPA's. It's right on the thin line of becoming so hoppy that the wonderful herbal citrus flavors are no longer delicate and complex, but over-the-top and indistinguishable. Find this beer, travel West if you have to. This rich orange peel and grapefruit flavors will make your tongue sing.

Photo of Kaibosh
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy (unfiltered), deep amber, dark golden

S - Grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, fresh

T - Grapefruit, bitter hops, slight white pepper overtones, spicy when it sits on your tongue

M - Mineral, sharp, moderate dry finish, heavier feel for an IPA

O - Classic IPA, only better! New favourite beer

Photo of scootpolute
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours semi-cloudy golden/amber, with a fair white head...- some good lacing.

S - HUGE fresh Hops scent and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...

T - Smooth & Bright! A great hop kick at the top, followed by some sweet citrus (grapefruit & orange tones), then ending with more hops, bit of pine-like spices...Pleasant & refreshing!!

M - Great carbonation! There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice balances the beer out wonderfully!

O- This is a 'good' IPA!! Sorry for the ‘edit.’ I originally had ‘great,’ but the second ½ beer proved to be ‘less-desirable' than the 1st (fast loss of carbonation, going flat, along with a soapy aftertaste)?! But at the first, immediately from removing the cap from the bottle, I enjoyed the fresh aroma of hops. I think the beer's balance is great (hops, fruity-flavor, pine/spice, carbonation, and last but not least, alcohol level).

Photo of Kegatron
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask, via hand pump, @ the Hopworks BikeBar (Portland, OR) on 9/5/11. Served in a mug.

Pours a clear copper, with a thin and sudsy looking layer of bright-white head. This dissipates pretty quickly, leaving back just a light smattering of lacing. The aroma smells leafy and a little grassy, with some sharper notes of pine and citrus mixing in. Malt and a touch of spice sit underneath and combine with the other flavors to give the nose a fresh green twang in the nostrils.

The taste has a deeply resinous and pithy bitterness to it that is just unleashed here on cask. It’s not thankfully overbearing though, as the malts do a good job of helping to balance the hops with notes of sweet caramel and lightly toasted biscuits. Pine and bitter rind linger in the backend but the overall finish here is coming off as more flavorful than assertive. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but very slick and easy in the mouth, especially for all of the hops and alcohol that are present here. Wow, I mean the mellow smoothness of this just glides across the palate. This is very drinkable and is one of the better casks feels that I've experienced lately.

As an overall IPA, I thought that this was decent to good but the cask conditioning just ratcheted the whole package here up a notch in my eyes. It really opens up those aggressive hop flavors but then counteracts that with a super easy flowing body that makes this much more quaffable than it probably has any right to be. There’s definitely more good than bad going on with this one. Especially here on cask.

Photo of Idris
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An aggressive pour into my tasting tulip produced a slightly haze, amber gold beer with a voluminous white head that leaves delightful remnants throughout the glass. This beer has a magnificent aroma! Big bright citrus hop notes, with just a tiny perceivable malty note. The bitterness is present throughout, but never in an unpleasant manner. Malt toastiness does punctuate the hops. This is just a splendid IPA and one I can drink over and over again. This is going to be my go-to beer for sitting in a lawn chair and letting my mind go blank all summer.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a murky orange hue, solid white head left consistent sticky lacing as it receded
S - strong floral and citrus notes, sharp grain, and some light pine
T - strong hop mix of florals, perfumes, and citrus & pineapple fruitiness, toasted grain malt backed it up, and piney hops come through on the finish, so good all around
M - medium carbonation, starts smooth and moves to a subdued bitter that stays wet throughout
O - a hop heads delight, so glad I picked this up at random just because I hadn't seen it before

Photo of alleykatking
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 22oz bottle in trade with mjl21. Thanks again for everything Mike! Review from notes.

A- Pours a clear golden light copper color. Two finger bine white head stays for a short period. Nice ringy lacing on the glass along with some sticky streaks here and there.

S- Nice hoppy aroma right from the get go. Nothing in this is too overpowering which is a nice thing from time to time. Nice citrus (grapefruit maybe some tangerine) hop burst in the front end of the scent. There is light bready malts in the background throughout the aroma but even this is covered nicely with hops. Light pine bitter smell comes in the tail end of this beer.

T- This is what I think a IPA should be tasting like. Good citrus overtones in the front of this beer....very straightforward. The malts in this balance the beer out nicely with a light bready sweetness to it. Bitter bite in the tail end of this beer I think. Good little extra kick when you think the beer is done.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Nice hop resin is left on the teeth and all around the mouth. Light bready malts with citrus hops is left on the palate and in the aftertaste of this beer. Light creamy feel to this in the mouth as well.

D- Very drinkable IPA that I am going to try to get some more of. I would gladly pick this out time and time again. Nice sessionable IPA in my opinion.

Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another beer from the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hoppy, some citrus. Taste is hops, bitter, a bit of citrus, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Neffbeer
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It pours a light amber color with burnt orange hues. There is a two finger white head that hangs around briefly leaving very small bits of lacing.

S: The nose is very intriguing. There is a strong rush of funky pine cones, citrus, and then toasted malt sweeps in. The hops are very strong, but the malt is holding it's own. This is one of the most balanced West Coast IPA's have come across as far the smell is concerned.

T: There is no question this is a hop monster (it is a fresh bottle). A wave of pine and citrus assault the palate and linger for some time. The malt makes a statement mid palate and also shows up nice and toasty on the back of the palate. The finish also reminds one of the lingering hops as it finishes dry and bitter.

M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied mildly carbonated.

O: Maybe it is the organic malt, but the balance is truly exceptional in this beer. The hops are still upfront, so no worries for all of the hopheads. I would seek this one out again for sure.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber with a large, white head.
Aroma of orange marmalade, peaches, rich sweet malt, resinous hops and pepper. Nice.
More resinous hops as a flavour, along with loads of sweet crystal malt and orange marmalade.
Good stuff, damn enjoyable.

Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy, light peachy gold. A finger of white, bubbly head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell. Light grains, yellow grapefruit and lemon and herby hops.

Taste. Spicy, herby hops! Some orange and grapefruit rind and a little anise.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium, smooth carbonation.

Overall. Nice IPA. And because it's organic, my future children should continue to have the correct number of appendages.

Photo of KDawg
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bomber into a pint glass. Pours a medium orange color with a nice head.

Nice floral aromas along with hops and navel oranges. Very good aromatics with nice depth.

Medium bodied, but lacking some depth and a bit hollow along with flavors of oranges, grains and some hops.

A solid IPA, but a bit disappointing. I had high hopes for this, but it just lacked a bit of body and flavor

Photo of Docer
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap today for lunch, paired w/ their scratch and black bean veggie burger which was delicious...

- Golden orange.. not cloudy really.. but a slight haze. Great white lacing... minimal head.. they must pour very well..

- Great caramel sweetness with a citrus, pine, and bitter hop scent.. lives up to their stated IBU's just in scent as well as in...

- ...flavor, great hop aroma.. natural citrus, pine, and sweetness.. roasty flavorful malt.. very well balanced. A must have IPA if in Portland.

- Oily mouthfeel.. slightly dry, but overall very good.

- This would almost be a perfect IPA if it wasn't so bubbly... the carbonation is just a bit excessive for me.. as I tend to like undercarbonated west coast IPAs... but it is still very drinkable based on its great flavor alone.

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Hopworks IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.