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Hopworks IPA - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Hopworks IPAHopworks IPA

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528 Ratings

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 87
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: John_M on 10-19-2007

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a couple of inches of foam; leaves a nice pattern of shards behind

Smell: Grapefruity, with bready elements underneath

Taste: Bready, almost toasty, up front, with a developing floral grapefruit flavor that dominates through the finish; a bit of the bready elements linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but crisp, carbonation

Overall: A very nice example of a west coast style IPA; like that the hops are not too pithy nor does the malt get in the way

Thanks, gkatsoris, for the opportunity

Photo of GJ40
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this at the Horse Brass on a business trip to Portland. It was an IPA on cask so I had little choice but to try it. I was very impressed.

It has an hazy orangey, golden color with a creamy head. The aroma is both floral and fruity. The flavor has lots of hops with a moderate bitterness. There was nothing not to like.

I found it very drinkable. Try it on cask if you can!

Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased via liquidsolutions

Appearance: On the golden side of the golden orange IPA classic look. 2 finger white crown with some retention and lots of lace.

Smell: Nice blend of floral hops (amarillo), citrus hops (cascade and centennial), German Munich Malt, Caramunich malts, and Canadian pilsner malt.

Taste: Citrus hops up front with an amarillo hop finish over a bed of tasty pilsner malt. Lots of sticky resinous hops and just the smallest touch of sweetness from the malt combine to form perfection. Nicely done in my humble opinion. This is a great IPA.

Mouthfeel: A touch sticky but with a crispness from the pilsner malt that really play nicely together.

Drinkability: All day long baby!

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delightfully well balanced IPA, strikes a fine balance between not being too hoppy but still being flavorful and bitter enough to catch your attention. Nice mouthfeel, medium bodied, with a strong tasty finish. This is a very smooth beer that goes down all too easy, one of the better IPA's you could probably get your hands on and thankful I got to try it due to LetsPour!

Photo of Belekinbeer
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a amazing IPA. Very fresh and tasty. Picked up a 22 oz bottle at Portland Int.
While in town I wanted to visit this brewery but ran out of time so I was stoked to see this in the airport.

Poured a cloudy amber hue.
Smelled of a light citrus
Mouth feel was perfect. Not to light and not to heavy.
Taste is amazing. Light carbonation really hits you with the citrus. A little bit of pine finishing with a nice bitterness
This is one of the best balanced IPAs I ever have had. A must have in the Portland area.

Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, with some pine notes. The taste is really nice, hoppy, bitter, slightly malty, with some sweetness, citrus/piney. Medium body, nice and chewy. Very drinkable, a very tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Inviting and foreboding at the same time. A bright apricot color is noticeable where the light strikes the glass, with a darker amber color in the center. Medium sized carbonation bubbles cling to the edges of the glass at first, then release to help maintain the head. The head is white and rocky at first, slowly fading from the initial level but retaining nicely. Splotches of lace cling to the glass.

Smell: Pale malt is definitely used to set the table for the monster hop bill. Tons of citrus bursts out of the bottle and into my nose. Once I get down into it, juicy pink grapefruit, tangerine, and candied orange are in play as well. Soft caramel sweetness as well.

Taste: I definitely appreciate the level of flavor to IBU's here. Light breadiness comes out and is more noticeable with each sip. A caramel flavor sneaks in up front and intermittently throughout. The hops are all citrus - grapefruit, tangerine, and orange. A bit of bitter pine resin steps in at the end as a reminder of what kind of beer this is.

Mouthfeel: Tons of hops packed in here contribute to an oily feel behind the lips that lingers after the taste. There is some that would remain on the tongue as well except for the light salivation drinking it causes along with the crisp carbonation that lifts the oil as well. Fuller than medium carbonation creates this effect. It drinks with a medium body. It starts to gain a creaminess as my palette adjusts and the beer warms a bit.

Drinkability: This is a solid IPA. Hoppy, but with enough balance and flavor that I don't lose interest. Both beers I have had from Hopworks have been solid.

Photo of Magpie14
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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 msubulldog25
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have enjoyed this brew several times in the past, always on-tap. This is a new 22 oz. bottle, poured to a pint glass. This beer won Hopworks a Bronze medal at GABF 2008 (not as an 'IPA', but as an 'American-Style Strong Pale Ale'...).

A: Copper penny orange, filtered for clarity; an initial burst of vigorous carbonation then a gradual die-down to random risers. Puff of creamy eggshell foam on top, climbing above a finger-high, interrupted by larger suds. A steady sheet of lace.

S: Aroma is rife with fragrant citrus (Amarillo, Centennial and Cascade hops are all present. Then the pine and tingling spice erupt. Smells like, uh, a well-made Northwestern IPA should.

T: Flavor is a jolt of pine, citrus rind, and a bracing spice - like mixed field greens and black pepper. Herbal green-ness gets to be almost overbearingly pungent, pithiness jarring. Really big hop flavors are balanced with a cake-y sweet maltiness.

M: Crisp, biting feel - full of dry spice. Nice viscosity, medium body. Lasting citrus tang, hop oils hold strong.

D: A damn good IPA, one I guess I haven't had in almost a year. This is HUB's 'flagship', but I'm often drawn to their seasonals and one-offs. Good to come back to this one, it's really terrific. Very easy to drink and a 'reasonable' 6.6% ABV. Certainly worth recommending!

Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy gold with an inch-plus head of whipped white. A thin skim coat on the surface and smeary lacing last throughout the glass.

Aromatics are pungently dank and hoppy. Pine resin, grapefruit, tangerine pith, cannibus. Caramel undertones with a touch of plump malt.

Medium bodied with a tacky, gummy mouthfeel. A slight chew with sticky oils.

Dank, woodsy sap and pithy citrus start the palate. Bitterness is substantial but not coarse or tiring. Pine-rubbed citrus with a kindbud skunkiness. Tasting very fresh and the hops are rockin'.

Finishes with a lingering, drying bitterness, sticky hop resins, and a mild warmth.

Great IPA. A terrific balance of grapefruit with plenty of dank Columbus in the finish. I could drink this one by the pitcher.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pale golden pour, with about two fingers of plush foam. Head retention is excellent. Decent stickage.

Tons of citrus in the nose. I know I'm going to like this one. Loads and loads of orange and grapefruit, along with an herbal pine/tobacco smell.

Hopworks IPA has a pretty intense bitterness, yet remains very drinkable. It tastes every bit of the 75 IBU on the label. Big bitterness. Big grapefruit, with a resinous finish. Very pithy, with maybe even a bit of a peppery kick. This is what I expected Ninkasi Tricerahops to be.

Medium bodied. Pretty slick, oily feel, with tons of lasting flavor. The 6.6% ABV is never noticeable. Tasty stuff. An aggressive IPA, for sure, and a surprisingly easy drinker. I'll definitely be seeking this out again when I'm in Portland this summer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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 velosuds
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. No bottle dating apparent. Purchased at local grocer for $5.29.

A-Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a two finger, bone white head with great retention and copious, sticky lacing. Very nice appearance.

S-Floral and citrus hops are very fragrant. Grapefruit and pine resin come to mind.

T-Grapefruit and resinous piney hops are aggressive but balanced by a biscuity malt backbone that doesn't get in the way. Very well done to showcase the hop induced 75 IBUs.

M-Very smooth and extremely well balanced. Carbonation is perfect.

D-This is my second Hopworks beer and I like what they are trying to do (organics, sustainability, promoting cycling, etc.).This is a very fine IPA. I wish it were available in 12 oz. bottles by the six pack.

Photo of dshansen1184
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bugstuff
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Really quite solid. Not as hop abrasive as something like, say, Sixpoint Resin, but along those lines. Feels a little thin, but the smell and taste sing IPA. I'd drink it again and again. Oh...and organic to boot!

Photo of NickThePyro
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of John_Brewster_III
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of billab914
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured a hazy amber color with a thick, bright white head filling the top two inches of the glass. Very good head retention as well as lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a very nice and bright hoppiness to it. It has a juicy, pineapple, mango, grapefruit flavor going on. It's all about the hops as I don't get much else coming through. Love the juicy hoppiness though.

The taste has a sweeter, juicy hoppiness to it up front. I get a lot of pineapple and mango to it at first. Towards the finish some of the bitter, citrus rind like flavors come out along with some grapefruit. Throughout the beer I get a bit of a malty, slightly caramel like sweetness that really compliments the hops nicely. I really liked the juicy, hoppiness that it had.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall this was a very good IPA and I really enjoyed it. The juicy, fruity flavors definitely nailed my tastes in IPA's. Very nice beer overall.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazingly flavored IPA that's chocked full of vivid citrus and tropical fruit flavor and complementary herbal elements. More impressively is the crisp dryness and slight impression of malt sweetness to really let those hops shine!

HUB IPA pours with a caramel hue mixed with copper and orange highlights. A creamy yet dainty ivory head releases from the beer with a calmer almost-cask ale appearance. Mild on lace and haze, both of these are surprisingly low for an IPA. Still, a handsome and appetizing beer.

Citrus aromas abound. Orange zest, ruby red grapefruit, tangerine, appricot, along with milder notes of pineapple and grassy herbs (which remind me of the semblance of hops to the marijuana pland), all fill the nose with a vibrant and bright aroma complex. All built upon a very soft caramel malt base, this beer is designed to showcase American hop varieties at their best.

Flavors do much the same. Where the malt sweetness makes an early impact, the sweet bready and caramel flavors are moderate and terse as the on slaught of hop flavor gain command at mid palate with all those tropical, citurs, and herbal components that make the nose so wonderful. The fruity and herbal flavors morph into a crisp and clean bitterness that throw balance to the side and dominate the beer in finish. With moderate esters that weave into the hop fruitiness very well and no real phenolic or off flavors, the yeast remaind neutral; further reinforcing the hop dominance.

Medium bodied to start, the early creaminess is foregone which ushers in a very crisp and dry finish that's missing from most common IPA's. Mild minty alcohol warmth and light resiny dryness all allow this beer to be a prime example of how IPA's should drink.

Absolutely delicious throughout, the HUB IPA doesn't overstate any one character and might make it easy to dismiss, but the sheer balance in hop flavor, clean bitterness, and absolute dryness are all attributes that aren't met by many IPAs.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$3.75 for a stein on cask at the brewpub on Powell. Ridiculously good price IMO. IIRC, this is the first cask beer I've had in at least 6 months. Oh, how I've suffered...

A surprisingly clear copper orange with a thin, off-white head that falls off rather quickly, leaving little lacing, this looks decent. The nose, however, is a big step up. Bright, dank, pungent, this is very refreshing. Pungent grapefruit with some pine and citrus zest are immediately noticeable. Minimal malt character is present. Some weed-like notes are present. The palate opens with a blend of big, pungent, mildly resiny bitterness, mostly dank with some fruit. Pine, orange zest and some pineapple are most prominent. The malt character is not really noticeable, this beer is all about the hops. There's a little bit of toasted grain in there, but for the most part, this beer is just a solidly enjoyable hop bomb. The mouthfeel is quite good. Nice, resiny bitterness, with pleasant enough carbonation but for a cask pour, this feels rather lifeless (possibly because this was over-filtered?). In addition, there's a certain weirdness about how this beer feels even otherwise (not grassy hops, not grainy tannins, not quite the water) that I can't put my finger on. That said, I will gladly drink a second pour of this to dig deeper into what's off here...

As an aside, I've held off on buying their beers simply because they don't date their bottles. Just put a damn date code on it!

Photo of MacQ32
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a slightly amber copper color with a magnificent 1.5 finger dense caramel/tan head. Perfect retention, superior lacing as well. I've never seen a better looking IPA

S - Lots of great citrus rinds, grapefruit, orange, bitter hops, minimal caramel malts.

T - Light citrus good mingle with a wonderful caramel sweetness. Grapefruit, orange, mango and an abundance of caramel malty sweetness. Almost a hint of breadyness. Mild dry bitterness at the finish, a little weak on the bitterness spectrum. Aftertaste is dry hitter and citrus sweetness.

M - Fantastically drinkable, well carbonated, lightish bodied.

O - Really digging the caramel sweetness in this one but at the same time it takes away from the bitter hoppy goodness that my lions yearn for.

Photo of nomoon
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Skye1024
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Hopworks IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.