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Hopworks IPA - Hopworks Urban Brewery

Hopworks IPAHopworks IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

400 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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scootpolute

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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).

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 17:41:14 | More by scootpolute
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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 03:37:58 | More by EspressoGuy
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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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EnemyWithin

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 03:37:35 | More by EnemyWithin
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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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detlefchef

North Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 22:40:10 | More by detlefchef
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livewire78

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 20:35:30 | More by livewire78
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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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dvb

Washington

2.3/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A - Amber leaning toward yellow. Fluffy white head that disappears into nothing.
S - Not much here.
T - Not overly bitter, which is good, but it also doesn't balance out the bitterness is does have with sweetness. It lacks the citrusy hops I want in an IPA.
M - Thin and dry.
O - I won't be buying this one again.

Serving type: can

06-30-2013 00:58:47 | More by dvb
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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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MURF0320

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: cask

01-10-2010 04:29:24 | More by MURF0320
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mtrentm

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 17:25:41 | More by mtrentm
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BobCS

New York

3.08/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: gorgeous crystal clear orange amber with a tall white head that falls to a lacy white ring

S: althought this beer has a reputation for a huge citrous presence, I am not getting a lot of that - hops seem more grassy and muted more than anything else

T: relatively malty balance for an IPA - hops are coming through at the end with some grapefruit and a clean bitter finish

M: med-full mouthfeel and just a bit warm - especially warm for the style

O: I'm really wondering how what I'm drinking matches up to what I've read about this beer - the comments and reviews by others seem all over the map (cloudy vs clear, hoppy vs malty, big vs little etc). I think this is a decent IPA, sort of middle of the road in most respects, balanced towards malt, and it seems much warmer than I'd expect from 6.6% ABV. Enjoyable, and with a very nice presentation, I'd be happy to drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 00:45:54 | More by BobCS
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Ranbot

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 01:25:21 | More by Ranbot
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Beasticles

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2010 15:40:11 | More by Beasticles
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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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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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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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pjbear05

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Serving type: cask

09-26-2008 20:40:03 | More by pjbear05
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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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Kaibosh

British Columbia (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 04:46:29 | More by Kaibosh
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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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yllwsmly

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had the pleasure of enjoying this beer for the past year or so, ever since it's debut at the North American Organic Brewers Festival. Now that the brewpub is open, I get to enjoy HUB IPA with fair regularity.

Hopworks IPA is one of my favorite Northwest-style IPAs. Its balance of citrus aroma to hop bitterness contrasts beautifully with the malty goodness of organic pilsner base malt. As they do with all of their beers, they are able to turn a organic pils malt with some other organic specialty malts into a surprisingly flavorful and complex beer.

This is definitely a go-to beer when you're in the Portland area. Also, congratulations to Hopworks Urban Brewing (HUB) for winning the 2008 Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup for American-Style Strong Pale Ale with this beer; bravo!

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2008 21:05:07 | More by yllwsmly
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bangerang

Oregon

5/5  rDev +20.8%
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

Serving type: cask

12-23-2009 18:50:05 | More by bangerang
Hopworks IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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