Hopworks IPA - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Reviews: 180
Hads: 564
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 88
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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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 draheim
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a nice orange amber w/ a frothy off-white head that leaves a thin coating of lace.

Aroma is a really clean 50/50 mix of citrus and pine. Classic West Coast IPA goodness. A little muted, this one could be on the way downhill. But I've had it before and this one is a wonderful aromatic beast when fresh. Just has a really powerful, clean hop aroma.

Taste follows nose. Some nice dry biscuity pale malt with a dash of caramel malt, balanced by copious juicy tropical hoppy goodness. Really pretty straightforward, and very tasty.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, moderately dry.

Overall this is an outstanding IPA. I'd buy it regularly if it came in cans or 6-packs. (694 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very cloudy, dusty tan-yellow color with a thin but blanketing white foam skin on top and lots of lacing. The nose gets a solid hit of citrus hops and dusty cereal grain. Great blend with a malt backbone! The flavor is consistent with the aroma bringing sweet oat/rice grain with a sharp citrus-grass. I get oak malt and maybe a little evergreen. Real nice hop brew here with a medium-light body, a crisp feel thanks to a pretty delicate but effective carbonation. Hop heads will enjoy this very drinkable IPA. I loved it! (524 characters)

Photo of mtrentm
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a golden amber color with an off-white head that leaves behind some nice off-white sticky lacing.

S: On first whiff I smell a lot of grassy & citrus notes of grapefruit followed by spicy pine aromas. When I go in for another whiff I pick up on sweet malt lingering in the background.

T: The taste of this brew pretty much follows the nose...starts out with a grassy, grapefruit flavor. Next follows the malty sweetness which gets cut by the nice hop spice bitterness making it finish nice and dry.

M: This is a medium-bodied ipa it's oily and resiny with (what I feel) is the perfect amount of prickly carbonation making it finish dry on the palate.

D: In my opion this is a very solid organic ipa. I'm very glad that they are bottling and would recomend this ipa to anyone who enjoys a westcoast style of ipa! (868 characters)

Photo of sam_bliss
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The HUB IPA fills my glass with copper clarity, evident carbonation, and impressive eggnog head. It smells leafy and then fruity. Peach scents are strong and berries come in underneath. Caramel and amber malts make up the mash, as far as my nose can tell. Needly bitterness dominates the highly fizzy mouth experience. Oily hops don't leave the roof as quickly as the liquid is swallowed. This is a little citric but less so than I expected and remembered from previous encounter with this beer. The taste suggests pale and pilsner malts as well, with very little sweetness other than that of the fruitiness. Apricots and underripe tropical fruits give this kick-ass taste-bud destroyer a bit of softness and some quality flavor. The lacing on my glass is not great but my dad had the other half of this 22-ouncer and his glass had magnificent foam rings up and down the sides. This one goes down smooth and need not be downed quickly. Quaff at a leisurely pace and enjoy every sip, gulp, slug, chug, and mouthful.

HUB IPA is super bitter but surprisingly pleasing because of the fruit tastes, presumably thanks to the yeast strain, and also owing to a malty character that stand far from center stage yet mellows the hops considerably. (1,237 characters)

Photo of mnapier
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Service Temp. 35 degrees Farenheit. Service Glassware, 4oz Taster Shot.

Peering into this between the condensation that forms and the sunny sky outside I spot a dark straw & clear complexion. The draft pours a mild white foam, with a cob web of lace that is left behind.
A waft under the nose, is sharp and dry with an expected pine tree of hops and some minor grapefruit.
Sipped the familiar initial pine hops recede to reveal the biscuit and caramel only to be revisited by the hops previously mentioned.
Mouthfeel is medium and lingers.

Had this one with a chicken sandwich.

Cheers (588 characters)

Photo of jdense
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle consumed at Summer 2010 Chillin' and Grillin' Fest, The Big, OR, 8.22.2010.

Finger and a half of white head, medium dissipation with signficant lacing. Deep gold/amber clear body, multiple trails of carbonation. Pretty big tropical fruit/bubblegum hit up front, floral and grassy hops for balance, significant malt bill, some breadiness produces a relatively dry nose along with caramel malts for sweetness. Big hoppiness on the tastebuds, bitter, resiny and fruity, asserts dominance over the malts in the flavor profile, quite tasty and balanced. Medium full mouthfeel, good effervescence. Really good drinkability, the ABV is quite well hidden. One of Beervana's best IPA, which means BAs from other parts of the country need to try this award-winner. Highly recommended, especially fresh. (806 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.45/5  rDev +8%
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. (1,381 characters)

Photo of mjl21
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Henry's 12th Street Tavern in Portland. Poured into a pint glass. Unsure about abv. Notes taken from my phone.

A-Pours a clear light orange with a small off white head that gradually rests at a filmy layer. It leaves awesome lace in between sips.

S-Lots of fresh citrus hops. It smells like a lighter version of Sculpin. There is also pine. It becomes more grapefruity as it warms.

T-The citrus and pine dominate the flavor. There is a little sweet malt in the middle and finish that gives way to more citrus and pine.

M-Medium bodied with a nice crisp level of carbonation.

D-A really good IPA. It is not heavy and is a great thirst quencher.

This was my favorite beer from my PDX trip. I picked up a few bottles and am curious to see how they compare to the tap version. (788 characters)

Photo of troutmask96
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So yeah I frolicked through the fields and picked bushels and bushels of fresh hops and cross-pollinated the flock to create baby bushels and then I strained, minced, and dry-hopped every last morsel until the perfect hop nectar was created and this is what I got.

Sweet... (274 characters)

Photo of Ranbot
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle from Docer in a trade. Thanks man!

Poured in a pint glass. Has a nice amber color and white head that settled out quickly, with minimal lacing. A couple streams of very small bubbles. It looks pretty good.

The smell is full of citrusy hops, with a touch of grain and pine.

The taste is an explosion of hops! At first the taste is mostly of citrusy pineapple, grapefruit and a bit of lemon, then pine rounds out the back end and lingers on the back of the tongue after swallowing. The grainy pale malts accompany the hops well without distracting from them at all. I can't taste any alcohol as my taste buds are way too preoccupied with the hops.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Light to moderate carbonation tickles the mouth perfectly.

Drinkability is excellent. I could drink this all night.

The piney hops are perfect to round out the flavor, without washing out the palate, like some of the more piney IPAs do to me (like "the Gargoyle" does). If I had to compare this to something I'd say it's like Bell's Two Hearted with a touch of pine. This is an excellent west coast IPA and certainly the best organic IPA I've tasted. Organic brews have a bad rap for sub-par offerings [and rightfully so], but don't let this one pass you by. (1,261 characters)

Photo of Philousa
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very clear, pale gold, with a thin white head that is typical of an American IPA. To style to say the least. Lacing is moderate and noticeable. Aroma is what you'd expect and want from a west coast IPA: Lots of pine with grapefruit and other light citrus, with a helping of tropical fruit, such as mango. These aromas yield to malt aromas as it warms, and quite rapidly. There's some white bread crust in there as well, so the malt is going to play a role in the taste as well I'd assume. Overall, aroma is very light and zesty. Pretty awesome. The malt is lighter than anticipated, mostly French bread on the front end with lemon zest and some tart yeast flavor in the transition. The end is not very bitter at all. It's somewhat nutty, piney, a little barkish, and just bitter enough to remind you it's a hop forward beer. This is the least bitter IPA I think I've had. Which is actually pleasant, since I get more of the citrus and pine flavors with the void in bitterness. The feel is middling if slightly viscous and the finish is decidedly dry.

This is a great IPA. I wish I had the opportunity to have this more often. I also wish I had the prices of Oregon beer stores. If only I could move there and keep my current salary... (1,249 characters)

Photo of pjbear05
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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! (440 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Horse Brass today. This is an excellent IPA, but on cask it's divine.

The beer pours a prototypical light orange peach color with an impressive, creamy head. There is very good head retention with lots of sticky lacing. The beer is very perfumy and floral on the nose, with plenty of orange citrus and a touch of sweet malt and pine. This IPA smells terrific. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except on cask this beer has a lovely creamy mouthfeel, with mouthpuckering bitterness. The beer has an excellent citrus flavor, and is so, so light on the palate. Drinkability is terrific as well.

HUB does a lot of stuff well, but they truly have a knack when it comes to IPA's. This is excellent stuff. (727 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass to produce a half inch head. Body is clear gold, with an eggshell white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a ring and cap, leaving small amounts of lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, hay, fresh floral citrus hops, and salt. Very enticing aroma.

This tastes great and is exceptionally well-balanced between the sweet, biscuity malt and floral, citrus (orange and grapefruit) hops. There is a nice light citrus rind bitterness in the long finish.

Body is light and carbonation is medium with a little fizziness, providing a lightly creamy mouthfeel.

With plenty of malt and hop flavor, this is a light and refreshing beer. And at only 6.6% ABV, it is exceptionally drinkable. A superb entry in the crowded IPA field and a great choice when you want great, strong flavor without an alcohol wallop. (825 characters)

Photo of MADhombrewer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- very clear straw color with a nice pillowy white head. Good lacing through sips.

Smell- earthy and piney hops and a little bit of malt.

Taste- nice balance of hop and malt. Good bitterness at the end of the sip that is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel- good mouthfeel for an IPA. I don't really care for an IPA with a big mouthfeel.

Drinkability- very nice. I wish they made these in 6 packs. I could easily put down 3 a night and be fine.

Hopworks is one of my favorite breweries and this is one of my favorite beers they have. Highly recommend. (563 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/28/2010

An extra courtesy of mykie73. Thanks! I tried this on tap at the brewpub half a year ago but my palate was destroyed from Fredfest 2009 so I don't remember much about it. Poured into a snifter. The beer is sun kissed dark orange with a voluminous beige head and excellent retention.

The aroma is of orange pith with grapefruit flesh and a pine resin presence that countervails the citrus. A touch of peach can be perceived as well. The pungency is transcendent. Malt is faint and crackery, allowing my attention to be completely focused on the hop effulgence.

The flavor does not disappoint. A plethora of hop flavor accompanies a high level of bitterness and a shadow of malt. I detect notes of orange pith, grapefruit, and peach, in descending order of strength. The pine is resiny and delicious, and only a whisper of sweetness is present midpalate, but that is quickly obliterated. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky, and carbonation is at a perfect upper medium level.

I'd prefer to see a date on the bottle in place of the word Organic. I couldn't give a damn if it's Organic if the hops have faded. Regardless, this one tastes fresh and it's awesome. Assuming batch consistency, this is one of the best Northwest IPAs I've had. (1,246 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tropical sunset orange when backlit with a beautiful Midwestern sunrise. A large scoop of polished ivory colored cream is perched atop the beer, resulting in one of the best looking lids that I've seen in quite some time. All that, plus extensive lace that actually looks like lace... the score practically chooses itself.

IPA is an explosively hoppy IPA that smells fantastically fresh and vivid. The website claims Amarillo, Centennial and Ahtanum. The label says Cascade instead of Ahtanum. It doesn't make a bit of difference because sweet orange and pink grapefruit is busting out all over the damn place. If they didn't ruin it with the malt bill, this should be an outstanding ale.

Hopworks IPA is my kind of beer. Malt flavor stays out of the way (for the most part) and well-chosen American hops were clearly added with a heavy hand. I wish all brewers could find a way to unlock this much resinous hop flavor without combining it with crushed aspirin bitteress. Hopheads, pay attention... all 75 IBUs have been put to excellent use.

Canandian pilsner malt is definitely more prevalent than German Munich and CaraMunich. The hint of toasted whole grain bread and caramel provided by the mid-range malts adds flavor interest without making a nuisance of itself. That means that hops have the run of the place, which is just as it should be. Tangerine, white grapefruit, juicy pineapple and pine give the tongue a quasi-aggressive thrashing. Thank you sir, may I have another!

Even though mouthfeel (and ABV) favors the lighter end of the spectrum, it works out beautifully in terms of gulpability. Besides, with time and warming, the beer acquires a sneaky supple silkiness that is impressing more and more with each passing ounce. This elixir is air-tight all the way around.

Hopworks Urban Brewery has a pretty tough row to hoe if they want to get noticed in the jam-packed world of Pacific NW craft beer. From what I've tasted so far, though, this up and coming outfit is well on its way to becoming something special. IPA is a certified humdinger. (2,064 characters)

Photo of 05Harley
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (1,229 characters)

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (758 characters)

Photo of DoktorZee
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (1,328 characters)

Photo of Kaibosh
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
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 (300 characters)

Photo of Beasticles
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (921 characters)

Photo of JG-90
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of Philabeerphia
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (2,281 characters)

Hopworks IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.