Hopworks IPA - Hopworks Urban Brewery
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Reviews by chodinheaven:
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Hazy but bright amber-orange beer with not much head off a medium pour. It quickly recedes to a patchy sheet with some patches resembling sea foam. A little bit of lacing on the glass as well. Aroma of herbal hops, possibly phenolic, mingling with some citrus and a slight earthiness. The malt has twinges of caramel and a bready character. Not crazy aromatic, but a pleasant sniffer.
Phenolic was the first taste characteristic that came to my mind with the first taste. I'm getting some slight band-aidy, medicine-like tastes that mildly distact from some very nice hop and malt flavors in the first few sips. For whatever reason, these tastes diminish a little as I drink on, showing a fine IPA with a nice balanced approach of bitter citrusy hops and earthy piney notes in the back end. Just a touch of alcohol, but very mild. It has a lighter body that showcases the hop flavors and refreshes at the same time, making for a nice combination. Nice tones of caramel and biscuit are balancing factors to the hops and work really well together to create an easy flowing IPA. The phenolic flavors are almost all but forgotten and make me wonder if I was imagining them as the hops take over. It still lingers in the background, but now as a part of the character of the beer rather than a detractor. The finish is clean and lingering with flavor.
Nice beer overall. I was a little concerned at first with some of the phenols, but it turned out to be a very well balanced and hoppy IPA that I enjoyed a lot. Definitely worth a try or two.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2012 03:25:06 | More by chodinheaven
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4.54/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L: Crystal clear gold with tinges of amber a thin head on top. Decent lacing and very little carbonation activity.
A: Floral hop aroma of grapefruit rind, peach and some pine with a clean, nutty maltiness backing it. Classic Amercian IPA.
T: A smooth bitterness upfront, moves into hop flavors of grapefruit and peach with some spicy and piney earthiness. The malt brings in fantastic balance to the hop flavors, helping give a backbone to the beer and really increase the drinkability. A medium body provides a great base for the flavors and the hops and slightly bisciuty malt flavors linger on with a dry finish.
Overall, a top-tier Northwest IPA. The flavors are bold and perfectly balanced, and the beer is unbelievably drinkable. This is a must try.
Serving type: can
07-06-2014 05:31:28 | More by Siriusfisherman
Hopworks IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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