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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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Reviews: 182 | Hads: 580
Photo of BDTyre
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, mild American IPA.

Orangey-amber with a very thin head. Colour is on, but almost seems a bit light.

Hops, definite scent of apricots and lemons. Very pleasing on the nose.

Rich hoppy scent, low malt presence. Grassiness, citrus and a bit of malt sweetness. A good example of a standard American IPA - high hops but not overwhelming.

Good carbonation, and very nice to drink.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DiabolikDUB for getting a bottle of this out to me.

A: Pours a nice light copper color with a two-finger white head and plenty of retention.

S: Very nice herbal and citrus notes coming out of the nose without too much of anything else. Definitely detect Amarillo, which is confirmed by the bottle...not much of an accomplishment, as sadly I think that it still the only hop I can readily identify.

T: Good amounts of citrus and herbs with a bit of earth. Nice bitterness to it and just a hint of residual sweetness.

M: Light to medium body with a nice dryness.

D: Glad that this is lower in alcohol than many IPA's, as Sunday afternoon while catching up on reviews seemed like the perfect time to knock back this one.

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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 Gyle41386
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber from madhomebrewer - thanks! Poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear and surprisingly light golden peach,
light both for the style and speaking absolutely - definitely not the hue I'd expect an IPA to be, though pleasant enough. The head is slightly off white, fizzy, and initially a good finger in height, though the retention leaves a little to be desired. The lacing is initially streaky, cloudy in places, but ultimately runs off fairly quickly. A solid start.

Aroma: Sticky resinous tobacco and mint wrapped around slices of citrus fruits. Freshly squeezed orange juice and grapefruit mingle with moderately roasted malt undertones.

Taste: A very spicy, grassy, herbal hop underpinning on this one, coupled with a lot of lighter citrus notes, orange zest and lemon. A slightly sweet, slightly biscuity malt undertone provides a good foundation for tobacco, citrus, and mint.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side with a fair amount of carbonation resulting in a fluffy, erratic, but on the whole pleasantly piercing mouth.

Drinkability: Not too terribly much to say about this beer. A low abv% IPA that tastes pretty craft - that is, rough around the edges - that's fairly enjoyable and pretty darn drinkable. Low key is the name of the game here, and I wouldn't mind seein' this in six packs.

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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 cbarrett4
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While this appears slightly flatter than the regular tap version, this more than makes up for the appearance with the flavor and texture. Take IPA, add some cask conditioning to mellow out the intensity of the hops and add a slightly woodsy note. Great IPA though sadly only available in cask at the HUB. I rate this up there with Deschutes Inversion IPA (when it is on cask... rarely)

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Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my pint glass, this IPA with a clear amber with a white head. This was a fantastic mouthful of hoppy goodness that ranks among my favorite IPA's. It's right on the thin line of becoming so hoppy that the wonderful herbal citrus flavors are no longer delicate and complex, but over-the-top and indistinguishable. Find this beer, travel West if you have to. This rich orange peel and grapefruit flavors will make your tongue sing.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer has a great head, very thick and long lasting. There isn't anything better then head that lasts a long time. Except when you want it to be over with to enjoy the goodness that is the beer. (This would have been going the wrong way if I said liquidy goodness.) Great lacing too. The beer itself is a nonhazy golden color.

S- Great hop smell, it hit my nose, pow, as I was pouring the beer. Very clean smell with grapefruit notes to it.

T- Now as I was enjoying this I was talking to my wife about how some West Coast pale ales seem almost as hoppy as this IPA. However, the hop taste does linger for quite a while where I don't get that from most pale ales. But back to this one, it is clean and refreshing, the hops are tasty.

M- It has a slight chewyness to it, that I'm digging right now. It is very cold out and this is the greatness of a hoppy beer but with a nicer body to compliment the colder weather.

D- Very drinkable, other then the fact that spending the weekend with the inlaws can make any beer more drinkable, this one is very solid.

All around this is just a solid quality brew that you can't go wrong with.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of MURF0320
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask edition on-tap at the HUB brewery.
Pretty hazy orange with a finger of off-white head with good retention and lacing. Nice floral scent with plenty of citrus. Taste has a slightly sweet maltiness that combines nicely with a medium hoppiness. Extremely drinkable, crisp, and refreshing. Highly recommend a visit to the HUB brewery in general, and definitely try this one.

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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 Ranbot
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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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 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 mjl21
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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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 sprucetip
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Pale golden, clear, good head and retention, thick lacing. SMELL is More malty sweet than floral/earthy hoppy. TASTE strong sweet and malty base balances well with floral and slightly citrusy hop. Share bitterness in teh middle fades into mostly clean finish. FEEL overly fizzy/tingly detracts from otherwise pleasant texture, medium body, bit of lingering bitterness. OVERALL very tasty, feels a bit fuller than size would indicate. Sessionable.

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Photo of cbros
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a mug. Got this as an extra from madhombrewer

A- Pours an orange/ straw yellow color. There is some good carbonation activty during and after the pour. There is a small one finger white lace that stays around till the end. There is also a fair amount of cling to the glass as well.

S- I am getting strong citrus flavors, more specifically grapefruit. I am also getting the hop notes that are present in the citrus flavors.

T- The flavor of hops and citrus/grapefruit come out in the taste as well. That citrus flavor is quickly overtaken by a bitter ending. Overall a good solid American IPA. In my opinion a little heavy of citrus but nothing that kills the experience.

I got this as an extra from Ben as I make my way through as many Pac NW IPA's as I can. As far as this one goes it is a solid IPA that has some good flavor but when compared with other IPA's from this area in my opinion it does fall a little short. I would like to try other offerings from Hopworks Urban and see how there other stuff stacks up.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed golden with a thin off-white head. Some rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of grapefruit, pine, lemon and peach. Nice hop aroma!

The taste is of citrus - esp. grapefruit - and pine. It has a grainy, almost grassy, bready support of the generous amount of hops. It has a bitter, dry finish.

The feel is not "thin" but but a bit too prickly for what I would look for.

A nice hop bill of Amarillo, Centennial and Cascade hops (stated on bottle) with an interesting malt support of Canadian pils German Munich and Caramunich malts. Different, interesting, and certainly enjoyable!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clearish, amber-hued body with a nicely-sized, dense, long-lasting, whitish head. A very lovely looking India Pale Ale.

Smell: Lightly grainy, lightly caramelly malts surrounded by pleasantly fragrant aromas of pithy, juicy citrus fruits, cut field grasses, and light pine.

Taste: Sweetish upfront malts with a touches of caramel and grains cross the tongue before you're catapulted into the hops. Vibrant hop flavors of tangerine, white grapefruit, pine resin, and even an underlying leafy grassiness. Staunch, medium-high bitterness. Finishes appropriately dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fine IPA! If you do not both enjoy the hell out of this, then you have serious problems, and will never truly enjoy anything, and I despise you.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with a pal into a Brooklyn snifter. Hazy orange in appearance, like unfiltered apple juice. Smallish white head. Earthy aroma of wild mushrooms and fragrant white grapefruit juice. Nice orange peel floral hop flavor, a little tartness on the nose. Pretzel bready malt flavor keeping the hop flavor in check. Citrus bitterness with a touch of fizzy carbonation felt on the tongue. Finishes dry and pleasantly bitter. Delicious. Very solid IPA.

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