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Hopworks IPA - Hopworks Urban Brewery

Hopworks IPAHopworks IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

400 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%


Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: johnmichaelsen on 10-19-2007)
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Belekinbeer

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 01:10:02 | More by Belekinbeer
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Fader

Alberta (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice golden colour, cloudy, mediocre head, minimal lace.

S - Nice hoppy smell, with an amazing citrus aroma.

T - Great hop front end, flooded with great citrus flavor.

M - Good carbonation, smooth drink, slightly bitter.

O - Great beer, the northwest flavor does not disappoint, a top IPA

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 02:08:20 | More by Fader
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ssteakley

Washington

3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This IPA is one for all....You have to drink a full glass to really appreciate the fullness of this beer. The second glass does the convincing. I am sure those who know this beer are proud of it. It is a bit funky but right on with the PNW culture for sure. IN just 8 short weeks I get it. Nike does not.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 05:08:08 | More by ssteakley
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 15:45:23 | More by LambicPentameter
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kagent777

Utah

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle with no freshness date that I see, but a reassuring story about how they are saving the planet :( Thanks for the bottle Myke! Poured into my beer goblet drank while eating some burger sliders on wheat buns.

Appearance: A nice looking golden copper color with a compact white head the width of one finger. Wonderful lacing.

Smell: Pine is the dominant hops characteristic. Citrus fruit (oranges, mostly) lingers behind the pine. Nothing from the grain bill in the nose

Taste: A very solid IPA. Balanced hops and body from the beer itself. The hops are prominent with being over bitter. This is a pretty tasty beer. The hops do take front stage here. A tiny bit of alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is big without being syrupy. Flavors coat the mouth very well.

Overall: I like this one quite a bit, and of course wish that I could get it here.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 01:16:22 | More by kagent777
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. My good friend SatlyMalty surprised me with this one. Bottom of can has an unreadable freshness date but I see a 13 so it must be from this year.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains nicely before slowly relinquishing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and plentiful surface foam. Clots of semi-resilient lacing slide down the glass when I swirl.

S- Piney aroma that's fresh and effervescent as the carbonation puts off great hop fumes. A faint bit of caramel-like malt is detected beneath. Musty and earthy.

T- Mostly vegetal hop flavor that brings to mind celery, broccoli and arugula. Bitterness is mild and balanced on the malt base. Alcohol is very toned down allowing for lots of quaffing.

M- Smooth and pretty crisp with medium carbonation and a body on the lighter side.

O- I like Hopworks, but man do they dig the earthy types of hops, mainly cascade. I guess I just want more variety since the only other beer of theirs I've had was their Double Dry Hop IPX - Cascade. This is a very sessionable IPA, as was the other so I guess I'm just dying to see what they can do with a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 23:59:03 | More by Immortale25
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Big_V

Maryland

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First Review! Poured bottle into my pint glass...

A - Light golden color with white head about 2 fingers

S - Citrus ,pine

T - The taste kind of surprised me. Very crisp, clean, easy to drink as if it was brewed with spring water. Must be where the organic comes from.

M - Light, not overwhelmingly bitter

O - I like my IPA's with a little more ABV, but great non the less. Could drink all day in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 12:25:15 | More by Big_V
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sam_bliss

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 06:33:30 | More by sam_bliss
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05Harley

New Hampshire

4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 01:04:46 | More by 05Harley
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Idris

Washington

4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 06:42:54 | More by Idris
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demuzik

Oregon

4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 00:46:19 | More by demuzik
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CA_Infidel2o9


4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a sam adams cup

A- golden body, 3/4" fluffy off white head

S- dank (marijuana dank), spicey, citrus, pils malts, grainy, hay

T- citrus, pils &caramel malts, sour lemon like tartness

M- medium body, crisp carbonation

O- i'm not sure what to call this brew, a lager? An ale? Though hops dominate the front, the supporting malts leave you confused. I've never had a beer that tastes so much like a pils, be so hoppy. Usually a lager is somewhat watered down to me but the caramel malts and hops fill in the blanks and make an awesome beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 23:17:45 | More by CA_Infidel2o9
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. No obvious bottle dating that I can see.

A real nice amber orange and slightly cloudy/hazy. Real good hue, getting into just the hints of dark chestnut brown. Creamy head, very tiny bubbles inside with about two fingers off the pour and lacing nicely. A simple solid looking ale, I do like this amber hue, it looks a little unique.

Nose is a faint sweet malt, and sweet hop front. Aromatic and citrusy, with a mix of pine and orange. Hints of juice, and creamy character seem to be coming. A little dank sense hides in the back. Varied. I am diggin this.

First sip is a surprise. A giant quick malt rush, when does malt ever RUSH? Then the hops come forward and hit large and diverse. Juicy fruit action followed with a mellow sugar turbanado brown sense. Afterfinish is quick and doesn't linger so much, but leave a good stinging pine. Borderline almost crisp, but there is just too much density. THere's this hinting biscuity crackly cookie sense also.

Overall, this a fun IPA, really enjoying the stuff from this brewery. It's also quite easy to drink and feels larger than it is. I am impressed.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 04:07:30 | More by smakawhat
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden apricot color, topped with three fingers of creamy, thick khaki head that leaves a ton of thick lacing.

S- Lots of citric hops, notably grapefruit and orange, with a really nice herbal, almost earthy pungency. A nice amount of bready caramel malt is also noticeable.

T- Nice blend of citrusy, grapefruit-ey hops, some herbal hop character and bready pale malt and a bit of caramel round things out.

M- Medium bodied, has a creamy feel with a dry finish.

O- A really nice IPA, it's damn delicious and is very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 07:27:09 | More by WillCarrera
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1234Jack


4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Subtle hop aroma, just right, not too overpowering.

Orange-golden, head makes itself known. Transparent, no noticeable cloudiness.

Hop taste, not too grassy, with aftertaste like marijuana. ;)

Feel is refreshing and crisp. Lingering bitterness on the back-sides of the tongue.

Persistent lacing.

Each taste seems better than the first... It leaves a fresh palate, which invites another sip.

Bottle design is attractive and... urban.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 04:40:11 | More by 1234Jack
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Durge

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 03:19:52 | More by Durge
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oline73

Maryland

3.88/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 05:59:17 | More by oline73
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 00:43:16 | More by DoktorZee
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light gold with a good creamy finger of head leaving good lacing down the glass with some retention.

Smells a little juicy and citrus with some floral and pine scents as well.

Starts out with some floral hop character. Just a bit of bready caramel in the middle before finishes very dry with a good mix of pine and grapefruit.

Medium to light body with spot on carbonation.

Very nice IPA. Definitely hop forward, but all the hops are blended very well and no one characteristic stands out. Easy drinker and quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 20:54:53 | More by jmarsh123
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 19:51:06 | More by marlinsfan4
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 01:02:59 | More by drpimento
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chodinheaven

Maryland

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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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, unsure on date. Nothing quite matches up with what I see on the Fresh Beer Only site...no hashmarks or printed date. Served at around 40F.

Pours lightly hazy orange/amber with a two finger off-white head that leaves some sheets and spots of lacing behind and holds a small foamy cap.

Aroma is floral, some orange marmalade and apricot, hint of onion, good bit of bread and toast, a little caramel malt. Mild strength but gets stronger as it warms.

Flavor is orange/tangerine citrus, a bit of grapefruit rind, some apricot, some melon, bready/cracker malt in the middle with a hint of caramel, minute sweetness, solid bitterness and a bit of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat oily, a touch sticky, good carbonation.

Pretty good IPA, but has its faults. Juicy hops in the flavor, average aroma that is kind of weird...toast, orange marmalade and onions...an odd combination. Flavor is nice, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 04:09:43 | More by elgiacomo
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zeff80

Missouri

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden-orange color with a two-finger, khaki colored head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled strongly of citrus and pine. A good caramel malt backbone in the aroma, too.

T - Lots of citrus flavors like grapefruit and orange. A piney/resiney hop bitterness with a burnt toast and caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Great IPA. I've only had two Hopworks beers but they have both been fabulous.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 21:20:32 | More by zeff80
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Fatjack


3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm big on IPA's (like many) and this time around I was less impressed than when I had it a year ago while dining at their brewpub in Portland, OR.

Definitely taste the pine in this IPA, perhaps from the Amarillo hops it has. Certainly a very serviceable IPA. A year ago I really enjoyed this beer on draft at the brewpub, but then again, pretty much all beer tastes better on draft at the brewpub.

There is a nice balance of hops here without much sweetness. Overall I like it a lot, but there are others I'd choose over this if the choice were there.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 05:45:23 | More by Fatjack
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Hopworks IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.