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Hopworks IPA - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Hopworks IPAHopworks IPA

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

Poured from a 22oz. Bomber into Pint glass.

Pours a glowing crystal clear orange with a half-inch bubbly white head that dissolves quickly into a fine layer around the glass. Aroma has sweet, caramel malt, orange peel and piney hops. Flavor has orange peel, more of that piney hop flavor that is tangy, caramel malt upfront with a lingering sweet, biting bitterness that coats your mouth. Its a medium bodied and slightly sticky. It seems very balanced and its very drinkable.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of blackc5
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, deep golden amber with a great lingering head and some intricate lacing.

S - Nice strong citrus - lots of grapefruit and pine. Just a hint of yeast and grainy malt.

T - First off, let me say this is one of the better IPAs I can recall having out of a bottle. Not sure of how fresh this was overall, but I did drink it the day after I bought it. Whatever it's age, it was excellent. A complex mix of hoppy goodness, ranging from grapefruit to lemon zest to a balanced earthy herbalness in the bitter aftertaste. It is quite bitter, but in a great way that avoids any of the occasional unpleasantness from lesser brews. Color me impressed.

M - Fairly thick and resiny on the tongue - if it wasn't for the lower ABV, I would have assumed this was a DIPA based on the texture. Moderate+ carbonation.

D - Could drink this all day, and would love to try it on tap. Will look for it.

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Photo of prosper
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very, very hazy. Thin tan head.

Smells hoppy. Bright orange-citrus.

Tastes like hop squeezings. Definitely a citrussy cultivar hop in here, tangerine and orange peel. No pineapple or passionfruit. Something sort of candy-like, bubblegummy. Maybe some yeast character combined with the hops?

Mouthfeel is good; carbonation is moderate, and a good compliment to the rest of the beer.

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Photo of Intrinsic
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer reminds me of Schneider Hopfenweiss. Its has the same orange-ish tinge and cloudyness, with a heavy dose of citrus/piney hops. It's uncanny. When I picked this one up off the shelf I wasn't expecting this at all. Great beer. I will DEFINITELY buy this one again. Incredibly bitter, with a fair amount of grapefruit flavour. The smell is a perfect example of how to dry-hop your beer. Almost no malt to speak of, but I find that makes this an even better example of the style.


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Photo of mnapier
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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.


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Photo of spree92
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A clear golden cooper with a 1" foamy head. Great retention. Large carbonation bubbles are constant. Apple, citrus and a nice floral scent tickle the nose. Quite a bitter beer for 6.6% abv. All the smells are on the taste, the by some pine first. Leaves the mouth dry and sticky, kinda heavy. Easy drinking and one that could be consumed often, if hops are your preference.

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

15 degrees Plato. 75 IBU
Clean, crisp and very nicely balanced. Not a full-bodied beer. Especially good with food because of the nice line of crisp bitterness. Refreshing. Aroma is fresh and pleasant without overpowering. Carbonation level is good. Agree with the grapefruit character.

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Photo of mudbug
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 16 oz "pounder" into an English pint glass results in a hazy light orange body under a nice one inch fluffy head that recedes slowly, after that it's pretty still.
Aroma is outstanding with juicy tropical fruit and grapefruit rind riding on a slightly sweet smelling breakfast bread.
Taste is all about the balance here, bitter,sweet, fruity, fresh bread. It comes together like a nice scenic painting, pleasing in the overview more than it's particular parts.
Juicy on the aftertaste.
A super nice brew in a very nice format. Bravo

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Photo of Fader
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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

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Photo of troutmask96
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.


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

A clear golden orange with a white head that diapates to a soft cap. The nose is pleasant with orange, grapefruit and some soft pine. The taste is very clean ithe bitter orange and a bit of pine in the background. The mouthfeel is light and not overly dry. This is a good beer and a nice hop fix.

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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 Redneckwine
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into tulip

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden-amber, 1 finger head isn't exactly ample, but retains nicely and leaves good lacing.

Smell - Hops front and center with some perfumey citrus and tropical fruit, a bit piney and dank too, hint of sweet caramel maltiness in the background mingling nicely.

Taste - More balanced that I thought given the nose: Hops are still up front with ample citrusy grapefruit, tropical fruits like mango and pineapple, and musty dank pine needle. Backing the big-time hopping up is a malt backbone that complements the hops really well: bready, toasty, and clean with a good hit of caramel sweetness to balance perfectly. Finishes fairly dry with some pine resin bite and moderate bitterness.

Feel - Carbonation level is on the low side, creamy smooth medium body. Could use a touch more carb to add crispness in my opinion.

Overall - Simply a damn good IPA, and good enough to be outstanding in a sea of average-good IPAs. The hallmark of this beer, as with most great beer, is outstanding balance. When you add to that a tasty hop blast (Citra/Mosaic/Amarillo mix perhaps?), you just can't go wrong with this NW IPA.

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Photo of appenzeller
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a few bottles of this after a big shipment of newbies arrived at the neighborhood PCC.

Pours a light amber with excellect white lacing. Aroma is strong, pine, smells like a Pacific Northwest forest on steroids. Excellent. Super flavor, based squarely on hops but the freshness gives this beer dimensionality, pine resin, grapefruit, apple, there is a very slight underlying sweetness from the malt--just enough to give this beer enough balance to be palatable to a hophead.

Very nice, I haven't dropped in on HUB yet when I'm down in Portland but this one makes me want to next time I'm in down in the Rose City.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz poured to tulip

Pours a hazy amber. 1 finger of head disappears immediately. Hop particles, I assume, left in the bottom of the bottle

Faint citrusy aroma

First note is kind of grassy, Rounds out with a full sweetness and orange and sugar cookie. Decent bitterness and some resiny pine hiding in the aftertaste

Seems a little slick on mouthfeel... more carbonation would help

Overall: I really wanted to love this beer, but none of the elements struck me as outstanding. Head / head retention is an issue for me, and the initial grassy hit in the flavor is overpowering

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Photo of ssteakley
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of scootpolute
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours semi-cloudy golden/amber, with a fair white head...- some good lacing.

S - HUGE fresh Hops scent and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...

T - Smooth & Bright! A great hop kick at the top, followed by some sweet citrus (grapefruit & orange tones), then ending with more hops, bit of pine-like spices...Pleasant & refreshing!!

M - Great carbonation! There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice balances the beer out wonderfully!

O- This is a 'good' IPA!! Sorry for the ‘edit.’ I originally had ‘great,’ but the second ½ beer proved to be ‘less-desirable' than the 1st (fast loss of carbonation, going flat, along with a soapy aftertaste)?! But at the first, immediately from removing the cap from the bottle, I enjoyed the fresh aroma of hops. I think the beer's balance is great (hops, fruity-flavor, pine/spice, carbonation, and last but not least, alcohol level).

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Photo of EnemyWithin
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Unibroue glass. Not sure when bottle as I could not find date.

Appearance: 4.5
Golden orange body with slight haze. White-orange tinted head that fades into a thin surface covering. Great lacing.

Smell: 3.5
Mild citrus aroma of grapefruit/orange with notes of pine too. Pleasant, but too subdued for my liking. Touch of bready malt also present.

Taste: 3.5
Classic moderate bitterness in citrus and piney flavors of hops. Balanced nicely with crystal, biscuit malt presence. But I find the beer a little bland and boring compare to the many other IPAs I've had. I suspect this is may be the result of aging and hops fade, but I cannot confirm. I do anticipate a much more robust flavor profile if had extremely fresh.

Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smooth, but thinner than I'd like. Mild Carbonation. Moderate astringency from hops, countered nice by sweet feel of malt.

Overall: 4
A nice IPA because it is very well balance and still quite drinkable. But I find it doesn't do much to stand out among the many of other IPA available. Recommend trying once if fresh.

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Photo of sam_bliss
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of oceanman907
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Light golden amber with slight off-white head, minimal lacing
S- Cooling wet pine, slight tart lime, fresh cut grass
T- Cooling refreshing pine is dominant here with a grassy sunshine finish, very assertive
M- A Little under carbonated, good malt body though
O- A little too over assertive on the piney/ grassy flavors and very little citrus backbone

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Photo of livewire78
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mykie73 for this bomber.

Pours a hazy golden amber. Decent head and good lacing. Head retention is really good.

Smells of strong amounts of citrus hops and piney goodness.

Tastes really intense for an IPA. Flavors are a cross between Gumballhead and Bitter Woman. Bitterness is pretty impressive. Fades to the back for the typical citrusy hoppy flavors to come through. What malt? Who cares about malt? This one is about the hops dammit!

Carbonation is fairly good. Just enough bubbles for the ride into the belly. Still smooth though. Crisp.

This is actually pretty impressive. Should be a flagship beer for the style. Something other brewers should strive for.

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Photo of detlefchef
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I found my perfect IPA. The one that does exactly what I want an IPA to do. While certainly bitter, it mostly delivers layers upon layers of amazing mango and peach fruit. Apparent both in the nose and palate. So, the bitterness is just along for the ride, not the main player. At least, that's what I'm looking for.

The color is a brilliant orange and the texture is downright lovely.

Altogether, basically a perfect beer. I had to leave myself a bit of room to go higher if I ever found something "better", hence the two 4.5s.

I smuggled back a selection of NW beers on a recent trip and would not have grabbed this one were it not for the insistence of the guy working the beer section at Newport Mkt in Bend, OR. Thanks dude! This beer freaking rocks.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(draft, Hopworks Brewery, Portland 7/11)) vaguely cloudy, moderately bitter throughout, pretty solid IPA. Wish I had more time at this brewery.

IPX Single Hop; SImcoe (favorable)

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Photo of bsonk
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hopworks IPA- 6.5% abv

A: very orangey amber with head that stays in a lazy sud layer on top.

S: Orangey hops, breadiness.

T: Complex, fruity flavor. Sweet citrus and bitter peels, with breadish malt backing. Well balanced.

M: juicy, sweet malt lingers on the tongue. A little bitter to drink quick but it’s complex enough to chill with for a bit.

O: One of my go to beers living in inner SE PDX just minutes from the brewery. Brewed very close to here and widely available around. Very citrusy and complex but also balanced. 4.75/5.

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