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Hopworks IPA - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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182 Reviews

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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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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no discernible dating for freshness or bottling. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - About as beautiful as you could expect an IPA to look. A foamy two-finger head of yellowish cream color that retains for quite awhile. Eventually disappears leaving fantastic, bubbly sheets of lacing like Lorraine Swiss cheese. Over time, the sheets transform into a sticky mess of cobwebs. Body is a glowing hazy orange body with mango flesh colored highlights and amber hued shading.

Smell - Hints of floral bouquet are dragged behind a dominating nose of citrus and tropical fruit, with some faint but pleasantly biting astringency. There is also a bit of herbal, almost vegetal quality that seems to come through very faintly. Not bad, but it somehow doesn't fit with the fruitier elements.

Taste - Very bold and hop-forward, with some pine needles and resin now complimenting citrus zest and grapefruit flesh, and again an herbal, garden-like characteristic. Here, the vegetable profiles are a little less forward than in the smell, and there is a faint caramel-like sweetness that makes a brief appearance--almost the way sweetness is fleeting on kettle corn.

Mourthfeel - Juicy and effervescent with a highly drinkable, refreshing quality to it. Finish is mostly dry and the body is medium.

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Photo of drpimento
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at a good temperature with a nice foamy, frothy head that lasts and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is very mild, hop, malt, grain. Flavor's like nose, bitter and carbonic tang in front with substantial residual malt sweet. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, long, and a bit boozy.

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Photo of Sintech
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Golden orange hue.

Smell - Pine.

Taste - Malt and pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation.

Overall - Average IPA.

Grade (B-)

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Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud, surprise date on the bottom of the can, 2/11/14, not the freshest.

Pours a decent slight creamy fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a fair rate, very light lacing, golden honey orange color.

Nose nice citrus, little orange and a mild creamy note brings a creamscicle like aroma, mild generic fruit and touch of apricot like, hint of a nice juicy malt base, touch of candied orange peel. It has a decent hop aroma but flashes of it fading, perhaps not as fresh as it should be.

Taste brings a decent malt base at first, caramel, little creamy, toasty reddish malt and faint toffee note with little sweetness but not much. Then hops, again citrus and generic fruit but not a ton of hops. Little candied orange, mild orange creamscicle again, touch of zest and grapefruit flesh which comes out more as it goes. Hint of resin. Finish is dry but a touch sticky, fair bitterness, little grapefruit fresh and orange zest, mild fruit, and a little sweet caramel malt.

Mouth is med bod, little creamy, nice carb.

Overall decent, nice malt profile but doesn't play as well with the hops, which seems like they were better when fresh but decent hop profile.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a silk screen 22 oz bottle into a Jester King pint.

A- Pours a light orange with a 2 finger off-white head. Small wall of lacing remains atop the beer on the edge of the glass.

S- Faint citrus, predominantly orange and lemon.

T- Caramel malts, orange, grapefruit and some pine bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Has a nice faint creaminess to it.

O- Above average ipa. Glad I tried it, but won't seek out again.

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Photo of minterro
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought in Portland, Oregon

A&S: Lively transparent tangerine colored beer. Head pours a little less than a finger, but retains in a thin layer and leaves a speckling of lacing. Lots of citrus in the aroma, but not super powerful. Some maltyness.

T&M: Similar to the aroma lots of citrus more of a malty backbone present than the aroma would lead you to believe. Extremely drinkable, surprisingly smooth. On the high side of medium bodied and the low side of medium carbonation.

Overall: Another fine IPA from Oregon. I have a little beef with majority of the breweries out there being so IPA centered, however I find it hard to complain when they are great tasting beers. Not mind blowing, but pretty good... pretty .... pretty.. good

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

02/02/11- Review of a 22 oz bottle of this.
A: Sligthly hazy amber, it poured with a one-finger white head that died to a nice film and lacing.
S: Sweet tangerine pine hops that are slightly green, bananas, floral yeast notes... overall nice.
T: Very piney bitterness, cheese, slightly dry orange rind, apple juice. Not as good as the smell, but still all right.
M: Thinner, but frothy.
D: Good.

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Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the November Baltimore Area BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy golden amber color with a ring of off white head clinging to the glass.

Smell: Sweet with some citrus peel hop notes. I'm also getting a fruity citrus note separate from the hop bitterness.

Taste: I thought this was a bit sweet for an IPA. There is a hint of a flavor that reminds me of an herbal tea. The bitterness builds towards the end and you end up with a good balance.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a finish that is very dry.

Overall: This wasn't a super hoppy IPA, but I thought it was interesting. I enjoyed the note that reminded me of herbal tea. I'd have more.

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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.

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Photo of philbertk
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hopworks Urban Brewery--HUB--Hopworks IPA iNdiA Pale Ale Organic Beer--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 6.60% ABV. 75 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Thin lacy white head. Clear bright rich dark gold color. No sediment. Mild floral hop front. Crisp nice CO2 dry sweet fully fermented mild earthy pine grapefruit light caramel pils malt Golden Ale body. Burpy rich hop spice clean bitter end. Tasty Bitter Organic IPA. Sampled 7/29/2010. 2 @ $6.50 Each.

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Photo of olmatty
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a clear golden color with a sticky white head with nice white lacing

Smell- Piney and slightly herbaceous hops, some cereal grains

Taste- Hops hit immediately, piney, herb flavor and a bit of sweet grapefruit. Malts are buried deep under

Mouthfeel- moderately crisp carbonation and a somewhat sticky on the tongue

Drinkability- Smooth, flavorful and fantastic if you love hops.

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Photo of beertunes
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz. Poured a nice light gold color with a tall white head that had good retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was great, pine, floral, citrus and a touch of bittering hops were all present. Not much of a malt base though. The flavor had a enough malt for the hops to grow from, and all those hop aromas transferred nicely to the tongue.

The body was way too thin, even for a style that's not known for it's body. Drinkability was very good, I killed a 22 easily would happily drink this on tap if it were local to me. Overall, a very nice version of a Northwest IPA. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Lothore
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep reddish orange hue with an ample off white head.

S - lots of citrus. Grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest.

T - Starts in with orange and a light bready note and moves into a rather intense grapefruit bitterness.

M - medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D - this is a nice hophead ipa. Highly recommended.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes: Light golden color, minimal head. Aroma of fresh grass, citrus. The flavors pop nicely yet somehow convey a refined, almost delicate character despite the freshness. Low key lemon-lime citrus, yellow grapefruit ... Quite dry and tart with some herbal, almost minty notes, fresh-cut grass ... Flavor profile develops nicely over time. Sweet malt backbone lurks in the background. Seems light in terms of mouthfeel as well. Certainly one of those brews that gets better over the course of a pint, after an unassuming start.

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Photo of vkv822
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz : pint glass

Poura clear golden yellow with a foamy white head.

Citrusy, lightly piney aroma and taste.

Fairly standard, medium body, foamy carbonation.

Nothing ground breaking, just a very well done IPA. Something I would definitely enjoy again.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 01/31/2010. 22 oz. bottle thanks to kenb. The beer pours a clear orange with a small white head. The aroma is of garlicky hops, citrus, grassy hops. The flavor is of caramel malt, some iced tea, citrus, light pale malts. Super drinkable. A tasty IPA!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: A clear orange colored brew with a white head and some lace.

SMELL: Citrus, Jasmine tea, grass, herb.

TASTE: Pine, fresh grapefruit, herb, tea, generally citrus. Light honey like pale malt body. Moderate bitterness.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth, easy to drink.

OVERALL: One of the better IPA's I have had from the can. Light, hoppy, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of shand
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours out a hazy orange color with two fingers of head. The aroma is a nice mix of grapefruit and piney hops, with just a touch of that "dank" feel. The taste is nicely piney hoppy at first, but there's a touch of sharp metallic taste in the middle between the smooth, biscuity malts that throws things off the rails a bit here. I poured my second serving into a different glass in case it was a sanitation error on my part, but nope, there was a strong metallic taste. The metallic taste was amplified even further from the bottle. Perhaps a sanitation error at the brewery? It's still better than a lot of beers I've had, but it is a bit offputting.

That said, the drinkability is quite good. Maybe it was me trying to pin-point the metallic taste, but this beer went down very fast. It's a shame that there's an obvious problem with the bottle I got, since this is probably a very good beer otherwise. As it stands though, it's still a pretty good beer. I'd still recommend it.

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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.

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Photo of julian
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very little haze, light coppery color with a good 1/2" of dense head formation. sporadic lacing.

S: strong citrus, grapefruit, mild maltiness, a little earthy and grass on the back end.

T: Highly hoppy up front, although not overly bitter. earthy aftertaste, slightly grassy. I don't know...not much complexity here.

M: medium bodied, smooth, carbonation on the lower side.

D: Not a bad beer. easy going down. I know HUB is fairly popular and gaining popularity, but something about their flavor profile (their yeast) is just not my thing.

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Photo of EnemyWithin
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Unibroue glass. Not sure when bottle as I could not find date.

Appearance: 4.5
Golden orange body with slight haze. White-orange tinted head that fades into a thin surface covering. Great lacing.

Smell: 3.5
Mild citrus aroma of grapefruit/orange with notes of pine too. Pleasant, but too subdued for my liking. Touch of bready malt also present.

Taste: 3.5
Classic moderate bitterness in citrus and piney flavors of hops. Balanced nicely with crystal, biscuit malt presence. But I find the beer a little bland and boring compare to the many other IPAs I've had. I suspect this is may be the result of aging and hops fade, but I cannot confirm. I do anticipate a much more robust flavor profile if had extremely fresh.

Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smooth, but thinner than I'd like. Mild Carbonation. Moderate astringency from hops, countered nice by sweet feel of malt.

Overall: 4
A nice IPA because it is very well balance and still quite drinkable. But I find it doesn't do much to stand out among the many of other IPA available. Recommend trying once if fresh.

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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

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

Received in a recent trade. Top 50 IPA, nice.

Beer is brown and mostly clear with moderate carbonation but a lazy head, low lacing.

Aroma is grainy, not malty, mild earthiness from the hops.

Beer is medium in body and wet on the palate. There is a slight hop flavor at lead off then this earthy / sulfury / grassy midpalate to the beer that is a little off putting finishing up with a moderately bitter but slightly dry finish followed by a grainy aftertaste. Not the best IPA I've had by a long shot but it was OK overall. I won't go out of my way to have it again but perhaps one day when I'm in Oregon with my family I can grab a pint on draft.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a decent amount of head that, at the moment seems to have pretty good retention. The head is almost a pure cotton white (just a little off-white) while the body is a little more than medium amber and is a pale amber when held up to the light. Good amount of lacing has already been left behind.

Nose- This is much more muted from the glass than from the can. The can throws up citrus (some orange and lemon) but mostly grapefruit with hints of spice and tropical fruit. Some pine and resin in the background as well. Swirling shows some orange, lemon, even a little bit of white grape.

Taste- Starts off with hints of citrus which quickly get bullied by woody bitterness that contains hints of pine, resin, and spice. Lots of matchstick and grapefruit. Noticeable caramel which combined with the matchstick tastes a little burnt. This is a beer that I used to drink quite a bit and I don't remember it as being as bold. Certainly has a lot of presence which may not be entirely positive. Some tropical fruit but still a lot of matchstick on the finish. A little bit of linger to it. Lots more earwax on the linger in the back of my throat. I still find it enjoyable but it is more of the traditional West Coast IPA that I've become somewhat bored with. Good beer and solid; it simply has so much competition as an IPA. I also think drinking it from the can mellows it slightly by muting the matchstick and hoppy bitterness while highlighting some of the caramel. Hopheads will appreciate this beer.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied. A slight bit of syrup to the texture. A little over carbonated.

Drinkability- If the hoppy bitterness were more rounded, this would be a lot more easygoing. Pretty easygoing despite that but now I'm rethinking the price point. This is reasonable at 4 bucks a pint at a bar but at 2.50 a pounder? I don't really think so. Bring on the year round Sucks and I won't even have to think about it.

Overall- Good. Solid. Not as good as I remember it though. Part of that is nostalgia, part of that is being burnt out on IPAs. Still worth a try. And I can see myself buying this again.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber

a - pours a bright golden amber color, one-inch ivory head with great retention and lacing, some haze

s - piney hop resin, grapefruit and orange abound in the aroma, slight hints of sweet malt in the background, light alcohol heat

t - like the aroma, big flavors of pine resin and grapefruit up front, light malt backbone in the midpalate lends some depth to the hops, finish is quite bitter and dry, if not somewhat short-lived, alcohol is not very noticeable

m - medium-to-light bodied, on the higher side of carbonation, very dry finish, light alcohol warmth

d - pretty intensely bitter and harsh on the palate, but there is some depth to the flavors, can't say I'd want to drink more than this one bomber, but slightly above average for the style

Slightly disappointed in this IPA that I've been wanting to try for awhile, but I had pretty high expectations. Overall, a decent but not great IPA. I hope to try this on-tap somewhere here in Portland before leaving just to compare, as there's no dating on this bottle and I fear that it might be a bit old.

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Hopworks IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.