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Hopworks IPA - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Reviews: 182
Hads: 580
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 18%
Wants: 90
Gots: 66 | 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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Reviews: 182 | Hads: 580
Photo of bangerang
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found it. I've read somewhere that if Ghod had a beer on tap, then the Abyss would be it. I havent had the Abyss yet, its aging in my fridge right now...But I have to argue that this would be Ghods beer. Medium to little head, but thats what you get with cask.

The initial look was a yellowy pinkish orange/brown color. The smell was subtle and fresh from across the table but when it reaches your face, you just stop. and breath. So fresh and brittle but straight and full of herbal remedies. I wanted to just sit and smell this. I compare it to cannabis. Not a skunky strong lingering smell but openness and like a flowering plant blowing on a cool breezy 70 degree mountain hillside.

The taste was unbelievable. I could drink it all day and only that forever. Again, I got a taste of weed and in every sip but not overpowering and unflavorful. It had every flavor I want in an IPA.

I could go on but this was just amazing

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Photo of detlefchef
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I found my perfect IPA. The one that does exactly what I want an IPA to do. While certainly bitter, it mostly delivers layers upon layers of amazing mango and peach fruit. Apparent both in the nose and palate. So, the bitterness is just along for the ride, not the main player. At least, that's what I'm looking for.

The color is a brilliant orange and the texture is downright lovely.

Altogether, basically a perfect beer. I had to leave myself a bit of room to go higher if I ever found something "better", hence the two 4.5s.

I smuggled back a selection of NW beers on a recent trip and would not have grabbed this one were it not for the insistence of the guy working the beer section at Newport Mkt in Bend, OR. Thanks dude! This beer freaking rocks.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler fill from the brewery.

appearance - golden/amber with tiny bubbles, excellent full head, good retention, sticky lacing

smell - big earthy and spicy hop nose

taste - earthy and resinous hops, hop forward, dank flavor, strong hop bitterness, a huge hop showcase, slightly bready body

mouthfeel - full bodied, well carbonated, slightly dry finish

drinkability - exceptional ipa, especially when fresh off the taps, not much to complain about

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter on 9/21/09

Much thanks to PDXHops

A - Moderate amber color. Pale & cloudy. Poured a ¼ inch & thins to a large clump of top bubbles. There's a bit of lace at the start & remains spotty throughout

S - Spicy hop aroma with citrusy goodness aplenty. Juicy grapefruit elements with solid notes of pine, too. A faint breadiness is largely obscured by hop splendor. Hints of orange & pineapple become apparent as the beer warms.

T - Good grief this is spicy to the utmost degree; it has some serious teeth about it. Vibrant bitterness chock full of citrus & pine. The Amarillo hops are bombastic. What seems to be a dry maltiness lingers in the shadows but in all actuality the taste is the nose to the 10th power.

M - Medium-bodied with ample carbonation that most righteously stimulates the taste buds. While I've never done it, I imagine this is similar to sticking a lit 4th of July sparkler in your mouth.

D - Freaking awesome; this beer is out of control tasty!

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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.

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Photo of Intrinsic
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer reminds me of Schneider Hopfenweiss. Its has the same orange-ish tinge and cloudyness, with a heavy dose of citrus/piney hops. It's uncanny. When I picked this one up off the shelf I wasn't expecting this at all. Great beer. I will DEFINITELY buy this one again. Incredibly bitter, with a fair amount of grapefruit flavour. The smell is a perfect example of how to dry-hop your beer. Almost no malt to speak of, but I find that makes this an even better example of the style.


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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden hue, with a small off-white head, w/light retention and lacing.

S - Honestly, one of the finest IPA scents I've come across! Smell is of a perfect blend of lemon peel, grapefruit, pine, and caramel. The classic PNW IPA traits, executed flawlessly here.

T - Taste starts out with a blast of lemon and grapefruit citrus notes, kicks in with piney, moderately bitter (but not too aggressive) hops during mid-sip, and finishes w/just the right amount of bready caramel malt to keep things in check. Excellent!

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, and finishes crisp and smooth. A great middle ground between body and drinkability here.

O - Overall, this is a top notch IPA, and quite possibly just made it's way into a 3-way tie w/the other two IPA's I judge others by (Green Flash and Pliny). Highly recommended for the hop fans! Now if only I could find it in six packs..

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Photo of PDXHops
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, poured into a snifter.

Pours a see-thru golden orange with a fluffy 2-finger cap of off-white head. This dies down after a couple of minutes to a quarter-inch that sticks around for a long time and leaves some pretty good lacing.

Excellent nose, with a light maltiness, some pine, some grassiness and loads of citrus- grapefruit, orange, pineapple. The flavor profile pretty much follows along, except the hops are even more blistering. Just a lively and tasty-as-hell beer.

Mouthfeel's great. This brew is crisp and tingly, with lingering resiny hops trailing down the throat and drying the mouth out after the swallow.

Overall impression: Top-notch IPA, would definitely recommend picking up a bomber or 2 to those whose travels take them through Beervana.

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Photo of bsonk
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hopworks IPA- 6.5% abv

A: very orangey amber with head that stays in a lazy sud layer on top.

S: Orangey hops, breadiness.

T: Complex, fruity flavor. Sweet citrus and bitter peels, with breadish malt backing. Well balanced.

M: juicy, sweet malt lingers on the tongue. A little bitter to drink quick but it’s complex enough to chill with for a bit.

O: One of my go to beers living in inner SE PDX just minutes from the brewery. Brewed very close to here and widely available around. Very citrusy and complex but also balanced. 4.75/5.

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Photo of demuzik
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely solid IPA.

Loads of hop aroma, piney galore and fruit to boot; yet the malt backbone is where its at. Using 'Canadian Pils' as the base malt (a somewhat unusual choice for American IPA), this is surprisingly satisfying after the hops fade and the crackery/bready background holds everything together... the perfect marriage of malt and hop, right here, folks.

This is a very good 'session IPA' IMO, plenty of flavor and balance, but nothing overbearing; it certainly wouldn't be a chore to knock out a few of these in a sitting.

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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

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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

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light copper in color with a frothy off-white head. Very clear and clean. Head foams to about 2 fingers and slowly fades leaving behind some light lacing. Settles to a thin foam cap.

S - Big bold hop aroma right off. Lots of citrus aromas with grapefruit and tangerine coming to mind. Even a little pine mixed in. A little sweet bread aroma lingers underneath. Big hop punch to the nose though.

T - Wow, possibly the best tasting regular IPA I have had. Big citrusy hops with just the faintest bit of sweetness. Great hop taste without the astringent bitterness that keeps good IPA's from being great. Dont get me worng, there is plenty of bitterness in this beer, just not the rough un-good (yes, that is a word) kind.

M/D - Feel was a touch light but still closer to medium than light bodied. Excellent carbonation and very easy drinking.

This was my first beer on my weeklong Oregon beer adventure, and what a way to start things off. Great IPA here.

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Photo of prosper
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very, very hazy. Thin tan head.

Smells hoppy. Bright orange-citrus.

Tastes like hop squeezings. Definitely a citrussy cultivar hop in here, tangerine and orange peel. No pineapple or passionfruit. Something sort of candy-like, bubblegummy. Maybe some yeast character combined with the hops?

Mouthfeel is good; carbonation is moderate, and a good compliment to the rest of the beer.

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Photo of yllwsmly
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had the pleasure of enjoying this beer for the past year or so, ever since it's debut at the North American Organic Brewers Festival. Now that the brewpub is open, I get to enjoy HUB IPA with fair regularity.

Hopworks IPA is one of my favorite Northwest-style IPAs. Its balance of citrus aroma to hop bitterness contrasts beautifully with the malty goodness of organic pilsner base malt. As they do with all of their beers, they are able to turn a organic pils malt with some other organic specialty malts into a surprisingly flavorful and complex beer.

This is definitely a go-to beer when you're in the Portland area. Also, congratulations to Hopworks Urban Brewing (HUB) for winning the 2008 Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup for American-Style Strong Pale Ale with this beer; bravo!

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Photo of Philabeerphia
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An extra from a trade with pintplease. Awesome. One sip of this beer and my eyes pop open wide. After three sips I mentally have placed this in my top three IPA's of all time.
22oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. 3/29/10. No bottled on date discernible. Aggressive pour. "Ride your bike", "A Northwest classic", "generous additions of Amarillo, Centennial, and Cascasde hops find their way into the kettle, hop-back and dry-hop". Cold war propaganda style graphics and type font. Thank you Comrade Ettinger, for our wonderful livelihood!

fluffy bone colored head - a lively mix of centimeter wide, 1-2mm wide and micron bubbling are growing and receding, creating a sense of tension. Sticky webs of lacing lend to this, while beneath rests a peacefully clear beer, lightly honeyed in color. Approachable and sessionable are a few words entering into my brain.

This beer's nose is a well blended bag of maple, shortbread, grapefruit and wild grasses. Nothing seems to stand out more than the other, and that's a good thing. Balance in the nose adds some complexity, if not raw hop power. Later I go back for a sip and start to pick up some warming, deeply floral hop that spreads in my nose and makes me tingle. There it is.

This IPA moves lightly in the mouth. The carbonation keeps the liquid from coating, while a bit of raw hop oils and malt body provide an anchor for tastes to both seep and shine. Starts with a sweetly prickly tangerine hoppiness... just shining here. It spreads and deepens, exposing cannabis characteristics that get the tongue bracing. What a transition. Beyond that there's just enough round malt backing to provide a platform for hops to dance and jump, and even to make a quick caramel impact and the height of the tongue. Hops are tropical again in the finish, leaving a bright (mango), but ultimately bitter finish. This transition between bright tropical fruits and deeper, earthy bitterness is outstanding. The top of the mouth is temporarily numbed with hops, but recover quickly and are ready for more. Just dry enough (muted in some ways), to keep the anticipation high for the next sip.

If this beer was my local, I'd have a hard time restraining myself. Very drinkable for the 6.6% abv and the 75IBU. I don't know how Portlanders do it.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/8" soapy white head that left slight lacing over rich golden amber liquid with medium clarity.

S: Peppery hops, yeast, and a hint of citrus.

T: Peppery hops at the start, wheat and malt in the middle, with citrus and a slightly bitter floral hop finish. Exceptional taste profile that is crisp and clean.

M: Perfect level of medium viscosity and a medium to low level of carbonation.

O: One of the best, if not the best, American IPA I have ever had. The taste is what really stands out here.

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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.

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Photo of JG-90
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hopworks IPA pours a clear honey orange with a large, just off white head that is dense and bubbly. Head has good retention and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma contains a bunch of resin, along with juicy orange and grapefruit, just a hint of light bready malts.

Taste starts with a bit of bread then bitter grapefruit and rindy orange, with a juicy orange and sweet tangerine finish. Fruity and resinous aftertaste. Feel and carbonation are pretty average for a beer like this, carbonation maybe just a touch more than usual, and both work very well along with a bit of creamy/breadiness.

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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

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

From the mother's teat in Portland at the Hopworks Brewery.

Clean gold appearance without too much head. Slightly more CO2 than many IPA's, which gives it a clean mouthfeel to match the appearance. Hops with citrus fruits and forest pine. Tastes like the Great Northwest should. Crisp and refreshing, yet still captures the weightiness of an IPA exceptionally well.

The hops won't knock you over, but blend well with the fruits and woodiness. Super well balanced. Great brew.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber in a small pint tasting glass. No obvious best before date on the bottle, but lots of other interesting information! New arrival in the local speciality store so it should be fresh!

A - copper in color, clear with a very frothy white head that leaves caked lacing around the glass. Very fluffy head that never quite resolves and leaves lacing all over the glass.

S - one of the finest smelling IPAs I've ever had the enjoyment of sniffing; stunning citrus and floral notes with just a hint of rich maltiness behind it. Slight grassy undertones. INTENSE.

T - bitter, but not excessively so; quite balanced in its hop attack with equal parts lemon peel and grassy hops. Very solid malt underneath just barely gives a sweet toasty note before the enduring bitterness coats the mouth. Finish is a combination of pine resin and citrus.

M - medium bodied but with less carbonation than the fluffy, clinging head would suggest. I expecting serious effervescence but the light to medium carbonation leaves the finish creamy and a bit juicy.

Really tasty IPA; the star for me was absolutely the nose on this beer. If anything the taste didn't quite live up to its intensity (initially), but the clean and balanced bitterness provides a delightful enduring memory to this beer. This is a "must try" for IPA fans.

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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.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.51/5  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.

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Photo of pjbear05
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer in Oregon, at the Highland Still House in Portland. Served in pint mug.

Deep amber color with one finger head that left good lacing.

Inital aroma of hops not overwhelming as with most IPA's.

Light citrus noted in taste, followed by hop finish.

A different mouthfeel for me, as this was my first cask ale ever. Very nice to try a beer that was not ruined by serving too cold-a definite treat.

Would absolutley order again!

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Hopworks IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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