Hopworks IPA - Hopworks Urban Brewery
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4.13/5 rDev 0%
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.
05-23-2010 22:07:28 | More by Thorpe429
4.5/5 rDev +9%
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.
09-09-2009 14:45:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
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
02-29-2012 03:36:56 | More by brentk56
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
10-22-2011 16:04:25 | More by BEERchitect
4.13/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-01-2009 21:22:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.85/5 rDev -6.8%
Another Pacific NW IPA to try...oh darn.Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear light to medium golden with a bit of orange hue,a well defined but quick to fade white head atop.Amarillo hops show themselves in the nose lending a dose of resin along with light citrus and oddly enough I picked up some hay,maybe from the two kinds of pilsner malt?Lightly toasted with definent citrus hop flavors on the palate,not really in your face hop attack but well pronounced,quite bitter in the finish.This is a pretty good IPA,(compared to Laurelwood Workhorse not so much)its hops seem a bit subdued and has that organic beer thing going on...dont ask me what it is I just can tell.
09-23-2010 21:09:33 | More by oberon
4.23/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
06-20-2012 21:20:32 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev -3.1%
22oz bottle, very Portland hippy-dippy, but I won't hold that against them, until the goods are uncovered, at least.
This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy off-white head, which takes its time melting away, leaving a broken wall of thin sudsy lace around the glass.
It smells of peppy grapefruit, orange rind and pleasantly generic tropical fruit, with a smidgen of pine resin, and some mildly bready caramel malt. The taste is somewhat brash citrus and pine needle hops, a touch of pineapple and peach orchard fruitiness, a kind of doughy, and biscuity caramel malt, and a bit of warming alcohol.
The carbonation is moderate, just a wispy prickliness here and there, the body on the light side of medium weight, but smooth and fairly viscous. It finishes clean and mostly dry, the pine and weedy hops most evident in this morass.
I rather enjoyed this IPA - the initial hop surge mellows to a more balanced affair - finishing this bomber off was no big deal - mental note to check this out on draft, if I'm ever given the option.
07-10-2010 05:28:47 | More by biboergosum
4.58/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
05-19-2010 00:41:53 | More by Jason
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
On cask, via hand pump, @ the Hopworks BikeBar (Portland, OR) on 9/5/11. Served in a mug.
Pours a clear copper, with a thin and sudsy looking layer of bright-white head. This dissipates pretty quickly, leaving back just a light smattering of lacing. The aroma smells leafy and a little grassy, with some sharper notes of pine and citrus mixing in. Malt and a touch of spice sit underneath and combine with the other flavors to give the nose a fresh green twang in the nostrils.
The taste has a deeply resinous and pithy bitterness to it that is just unleashed here on cask. It’s not thankfully overbearing though, as the malts do a good job of helping to balance the hops with notes of sweet caramel and lightly toasted biscuits. Pine and bitter rind linger in the backend but the overall finish here is coming off as more flavorful than assertive. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but very slick and easy in the mouth, especially for all of the hops and alcohol that are present here. Wow, I mean the mellow smoothness of this just glides across the palate. This is very drinkable and is one of the better casks feels that I've experienced lately.
As an overall IPA, I thought that this was decent to good but the cask conditioning just ratcheted the whole package here up a notch in my eyes. It really opens up those aggressive hop flavors but then counteracts that with a super easy flowing body that makes this much more quaffable than it probably has any right to be. There’s definitely more good than bad going on with this one. Especially here on cask.
09-29-2011 15:49:41 | More by Kegatron
3.65/5 rDev -11.6%
Received in a recent trade. Top 50 IPA, nice.
Beer is brown and mostly clear with moderate carbonation but a lazy head, low lacing.
Aroma is grainy, not malty, mild earthiness from the hops.
Beer is medium in body and wet on the palate. There is a slight hop flavor at lead off then this earthy / sulfury / grassy midpalate to the beer that is a little off putting finishing up with a moderately bitter but slightly dry finish followed by a grainy aftertaste. Not the best IPA I've had by a long shot but it was OK overall. I won't go out of my way to have it again but perhaps one day when I'm in Oregon with my family I can grab a pint on draft.
03-03-2011 20:59:11 | More by drabmuh
3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
Thanks to rudzud, surprise date on the bottom of the can, 2/11/14, not the freshest.
Pours a decent slight creamy fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a fair rate, very light lacing, golden honey orange color.
Nose nice citrus, little orange and a mild creamy note brings a creamscicle like aroma, mild generic fruit and touch of apricot like, hint of a nice juicy malt base, touch of candied orange peel. It has a decent hop aroma but flashes of it fading, perhaps not as fresh as it should be.
Taste brings a decent malt base at first, caramel, little creamy, toasty reddish malt and faint toffee note with little sweetness but not much. Then hops, again citrus and generic fruit but not a ton of hops. Little candied orange, mild orange creamscicle again, touch of zest and grapefruit flesh which comes out more as it goes. Hint of resin. Finish is dry but a touch sticky, fair bitterness, little grapefruit fresh and orange zest, mild fruit, and a little sweet caramel malt.
Mouth is med bod, little creamy, nice carb.
Overall decent, nice malt profile but doesn't play as well with the hops, which seems like they were better when fresh but decent hop profile.
06-02-2014 03:02:26 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev -3.1%
First had: on tap at HUB, Portland, OR
Poured a hazy golden-yellow with a small white head. Fruity aroma, citrusy, various hop profiles. Pine and grapefruity hops in the taste, grassy, with a solid bready malt base. Crisp and dry in the finish. Light-medium body. Solid, drinkable IPA overall.
01-08-2012 22:00:14 | More by Rifugium
3.88/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
11-12-2012 05:59:17 | More by oline73
3.95/5 rDev -4.4%
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!
09-09-2009 22:27:51 | More by jwc215
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
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!
07-28-2012 19:51:06 | More by oriolesfan4
Hopworks IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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