Hopworks IPA - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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THE BROS
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Reviews: 180
Hads: 564
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 88
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: John_M on 10-19-2007

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Reviews: 180 | Hads: 564
Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Crystal clear gold with tinges of amber a thin head on top. Decent lacing and very little carbonation activity.

A: Floral hop aroma of grapefruit rind, peach and some pine with a clean, nutty maltiness backing it. Classic Amercian IPA.

T: A smooth bitterness upfront, moves into hop flavors of grapefruit and peach with some spicy and piney earthiness. The malt brings in fantastic balance to the hop flavors, helping give a backbone to the beer and really increase the drinkability. A medium body provides a great base for the flavors and the hops and slightly bisciuty malt flavors linger on with a dry finish.

Overall, a top-tier Northwest IPA. The flavors are bold and perfectly balanced, and the beer is unbelievably drinkable. This is a must try. (758 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz : pint glass

Poura clear golden yellow with a foamy white head.

Citrusy, lightly piney aroma and taste.

Fairly standard, medium body, foamy carbonation.

Nothing ground breaking, just a very well done IPA. Something I would definitely enjoy again. (255 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (1,172 characters)

Photo of minterro
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought in Portland, Oregon

A&S: Lively transparent tangerine colored beer. Head pours a little less than a finger, but retains in a thin layer and leaves a speckling of lacing. Lots of citrus in the aroma, but not super powerful. Some maltyness.

T&M: Similar to the aroma lots of citrus more of a malty backbone present than the aroma would lead you to believe. Extremely drinkable, surprisingly smooth. On the high side of medium bodied and the low side of medium carbonation.

Overall: Another fine IPA from Oregon. I have a little beef with majority of the breweries out there being so IPA centered, however I find it hard to complain when they are great tasting beers. Not mind blowing, but pretty good... pretty .... pretty.. good (738 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip. 16oz can.

A - Poured a very nice crystal clear dark golden hue with a one finger creamy white head that faded to leave a nice light lacing and a thin blanket with a fluffy halo.

S - Aromas of lightly bitter pine, citrus peel (orange, grapefruit), super light malts. This thing is mostly wonderful citrus notes.

T - Taste is note quite as good as the nose. Bit more malts, light caramel and malty sweetness, nice light pine, good citrus (though a touch generic) with some good grapefruit rind.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. Wish it was a bit more as it feels just a little watery.

O - Overall, a solid IPA offering from the west coast. Quite tasty and very easy drinking. Solid. (754 characters)

Photo of Belekinbeer
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of Fader
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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 (296 characters)

Photo of JG-90
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hopworks IPA pours a clear honey orange with a large, just off white head that is dense and bubbly. Head has good retention and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma contains a bunch of resin, along with juicy orange and grapefruit, just a hint of light bready malts.

Taste starts with a bit of bread then bitter grapefruit and rindy orange, with a juicy orange and sweet tangerine finish. Fruity and resinous aftertaste. Feel and carbonation are pretty average for a beer like this, carbonation maybe just a touch more than usual, and both work very well along with a bit of creamy/breadiness. (587 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a slightly amber copper color with a magnificent 1.5 finger dense caramel/tan head. Perfect retention, superior lacing as well. I've never seen a better looking IPA

S - Lots of great citrus rinds, grapefruit, orange, bitter hops, minimal caramel malts.

T - Light citrus good mingle with a wonderful caramel sweetness. Grapefruit, orange, mango and an abundance of caramel malty sweetness. Almost a hint of breadyness. Mild dry bitterness at the finish, a little weak on the bitterness spectrum. Aftertaste is dry hitter and citrus sweetness.

M - Fantastically drinkable, well carbonated, lightish bodied.

O - Really digging the caramel sweetness in this one but at the same time it takes away from the bitter hoppy goodness that my lions yearn for. (762 characters)

Photo of ssteakley
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a decent amount of head that, at the moment seems to have pretty good retention. The head is almost a pure cotton white (just a little off-white) while the body is a little more than medium amber and is a pale amber when held up to the light. Good amount of lacing has already been left behind.

Nose- This is much more muted from the glass than from the can. The can throws up citrus (some orange and lemon) but mostly grapefruit with hints of spice and tropical fruit. Some pine and resin in the background as well. Swirling shows some orange, lemon, even a little bit of white grape.

Taste- Starts off with hints of citrus which quickly get bullied by woody bitterness that contains hints of pine, resin, and spice. Lots of matchstick and grapefruit. Noticeable caramel which combined with the matchstick tastes a little burnt. This is a beer that I used to drink quite a bit and I don't remember it as being as bold. Certainly has a lot of presence which may not be entirely positive. Some tropical fruit but still a lot of matchstick on the finish. A little bit of linger to it. Lots more earwax on the linger in the back of my throat. I still find it enjoyable but it is more of the traditional West Coast IPA that I've become somewhat bored with. Good beer and solid; it simply has so much competition as an IPA. I also think drinking it from the can mellows it slightly by muting the matchstick and hoppy bitterness while highlighting some of the caramel. Hopheads will appreciate this beer.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied. A slight bit of syrup to the texture. A little over carbonated.

Drinkability- If the hoppy bitterness were more rounded, this would be a lot more easygoing. Pretty easygoing despite that but now I'm rethinking the price point. This is reasonable at 4 bucks a pint at a bar but at 2.50 a pounder? I don't really think so. Bring on the year round Sucks and I won't even have to think about it.

Overall- Good. Solid. Not as good as I remember it though. Part of that is nostalgia, part of that is being burnt out on IPAs. Still worth a try. And I can see myself buying this again. (2,148 characters)

Photo of Philousa
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very clear, pale gold, with a thin white head that is typical of an American IPA. To style to say the least. Lacing is moderate and noticeable. Aroma is what you'd expect and want from a west coast IPA: Lots of pine with grapefruit and other light citrus, with a helping of tropical fruit, such as mango. These aromas yield to malt aromas as it warms, and quite rapidly. There's some white bread crust in there as well, so the malt is going to play a role in the taste as well I'd assume. Overall, aroma is very light and zesty. Pretty awesome. The malt is lighter than anticipated, mostly French bread on the front end with lemon zest and some tart yeast flavor in the transition. The end is not very bitter at all. It's somewhat nutty, piney, a little barkish, and just bitter enough to remind you it's a hop forward beer. This is the least bitter IPA I think I've had. Which is actually pleasant, since I get more of the citrus and pine flavors with the void in bitterness. The feel is middling if slightly viscous and the finish is decidedly dry.

This is a great IPA. I wish I had the opportunity to have this more often. I also wish I had the prices of Oregon beer stores. If only I could move there and keep my current salary... (1,249 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (1,345 characters)

Photo of kagent777
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of dvb
2.28/5  rDev -44.7%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I feel so ashamed! I received a box of CANned beers from msubulldog25 a while back, put them in the reefer to chill and then got bogged down with the school year and a backlog of bottles to the point that people were beginning to wonder what had happened to The CANQuest (TM). Not to worry! I am getting back on track.

From the CAN: "'Do what you CAN'"; "Ride your bike"; "Certified Carbon Neutral"; "Organic Pounder"; "Think-Drink-Smile-Recycle"; "Certified Organic by Oregon TILTH"; "World Class Beer, Sustainably"; "Drink Responsibly".

The Crack revealed yet another brimful CAN and it was time for an inverted Glug! I quickly had two fingers of dense tawny head with excellent retention. Nose smelled like a pine forest in the middle of winter - wintergreen, minty, resinous, cool and my mouth was watering in anticipation. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and I was suddenly involved in hand-to-hand combat with King Midas and Croesus to see who got the first sip! I won, thankfully, and the mouthfeel was medium with a more muted mintiness than the nose had led me to expect. It was still quite minty, though, and very refreshing, like having gargled with mouthwash. Finish was semi-dry and lingering with a minty aftertaste. Mmm. (1,260 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the can into a nonic glass

A- Poured a very clear light amber color with fluffy off-white head with big bubbles, some light visible carbonation

S- Big caramel malt, piney notes, citrusy orange, lots of sweetness. Pretty balanced aroma for an IPA but pleasant.

T- Big orange citrus, piney, grassy hop notes and big caramel malt backbone. Tastes like a big Amarillo and Chinook hop presence.

M- Soft carbonation, medium body, mostly dry finish

O- Some nice hop character and a very nice malt backbone. Very balanced for an IPA, but flavorful and refreshing. Lots of sweetness from the hops and malts, some dirty/earthy hop character too. (652 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big light off white head settles into a nice lacing above a clear copper-bronze colored beer.

Citrus, pine, and fresh grass hops aroma that seems to be on the lighter side.

Nice hops taste that is not overwhelming but definitely there with some citrus, some pine aspects and a little bit of fresh grass attributes, giving this IPA a pleasant IPA taste.

A dry slightly bitter hops taste aspect to the aftertaste of this medium bodied beer.

A decent beer definitely worth a try if you are into IPA's or the Portland beer scene. (529 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy deep almost mustard yellow body with a one finger head that quickly dissipates.

S: Very bready and malty in the front of the beer with some dank bitterness in the back.

T: There is a sharp bitterness in the front. There is some citrus flavors in the hop character but the best way I can describe it is grass-like. The malt is very mild and has very subtle caramel qualities to it.

M: Good body with maybe too much carbonation.

O: It is an average IPA. Nothing special here. (487 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber with a large, white head.
Aroma of orange marmalade, peaches, rich sweet malt, resinous hops and pepper. Nice.
More resinous hops as a flavour, along with loads of sweet crystal malt and orange marmalade.
Good stuff, damn enjoyable. (252 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,166 characters)

Photo of Big_V
4.09/5  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. (413 characters)

Photo of sam_bliss
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (1,237 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another beer from the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hoppy, some citrus. Taste is hops, bitter, a bit of citrus, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer. (269 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$3.75 for a stein on cask at the brewpub on Powell. Ridiculously good price IMO. IIRC, this is the first cask beer I've had in at least 6 months. Oh, how I've suffered...

A surprisingly clear copper orange with a thin, off-white head that falls off rather quickly, leaving little lacing, this looks decent. The nose, however, is a big step up. Bright, dank, pungent, this is very refreshing. Pungent grapefruit with some pine and citrus zest are immediately noticeable. Minimal malt character is present. Some weed-like notes are present. The palate opens with a blend of big, pungent, mildly resiny bitterness, mostly dank with some fruit. Pine, orange zest and some pineapple are most prominent. The malt character is not really noticeable, this beer is all about the hops. There's a little bit of toasted grain in there, but for the most part, this beer is just a solidly enjoyable hop bomb. The mouthfeel is quite good. Nice, resiny bitterness, with pleasant enough carbonation but for a cask pour, this feels rather lifeless (possibly because this was over-filtered?). In addition, there's a certain weirdness about how this beer feels even otherwise (not grassy hops, not grainy tannins, not quite the water) that I can't put my finger on. That said, I will gladly drink a second pour of this to dig deeper into what's off here...

As an aside, I've held off on buying their beers simply because they don't date their bottles. Just put a damn date code on it! (1,466 characters)

Hopworks IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.