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Hopworks IPA | Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Hopworks IPAHopworks IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John_M on 10-19-2007

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Reviews: 185 | Ratings: 599
Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to bro-in-law Jeff!

Bomber served cold in a pint glass.

Hopworks IPA is a very hazy golden orange color with smooth white head. It settles slowly but leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is very big on citrus hops. Candied citrus peel with lots of lemon and orange. Grapefruit too.

Flavor is really nice too - a great west coast hop-forward IPA. The same citrus from the aroma comes through in the well-balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and good carbonation. Balance is very good for a big hoppy IPA. There's just the right amount of sweetness.

Overall an excellent IPA and one I wish I could get around here.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Inviting and foreboding at the same time. A bright apricot color is noticeable where the light strikes the glass, with a darker amber color in the center. Medium sized carbonation bubbles cling to the edges of the glass at first, then release to help maintain the head. The head is white and rocky at first, slowly fading from the initial level but retaining nicely. Splotches of lace cling to the glass.

Smell: Pale malt is definitely used to set the table for the monster hop bill. Tons of citrus bursts out of the bottle and into my nose. Once I get down into it, juicy pink grapefruit, tangerine, and candied orange are in play as well. Soft caramel sweetness as well.

Taste: I definitely appreciate the level of flavor to IBU's here. Light breadiness comes out and is more noticeable with each sip. A caramel flavor sneaks in up front and intermittently throughout. The hops are all citrus - grapefruit, tangerine, and orange. A bit of bitter pine resin steps in at the end as a reminder of what kind of beer this is.

Mouthfeel: Tons of hops packed in here contribute to an oily feel behind the lips that lingers after the taste. There is some that would remain on the tongue as well except for the light salivation drinking it causes along with the crisp carbonation that lifts the oil as well. Fuller than medium carbonation creates this effect. It drinks with a medium body. It starts to gain a creaminess as my palette adjusts and the beer warms a bit.

Drinkability: This is a solid IPA. Hoppy, but with enough balance and flavor that I don't lose interest. Both beers I have had from Hopworks have been solid.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- very clear straw color with a nice pillowy white head. Good lacing through sips.

Smell- earthy and piney hops and a little bit of malt.

Taste- nice balance of hop and malt. Good bitterness at the end of the sip that is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel- good mouthfeel for an IPA. I don't really care for an IPA with a big mouthfeel.

Drinkability- very nice. I wish they made these in 6 packs. I could easily put down 3 a night and be fine.

Hopworks is one of my favorite breweries and this is one of my favorite beers they have. Highly recommend.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 01/31/2010. 22 oz. bottle thanks to kenb. The beer pours a clear orange with a small white head. The aroma is of garlicky hops, citrus, grassy hops. The flavor is of caramel malt, some iced tea, citrus, light pale malts. Super drinkable. A tasty IPA!

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Photo of nkersten
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into imperial pint. Golden yellow with some amber hues and a tiny fizzy white head that settles into a collar with some lacing. Cool bottle, I like the totally random "ride your bike" logo. Smell is pretty subdued and balanced, pine and citrus hops with an equal amount of malty bread crust. Taste is an equal part bitter pine hops and biscuit malt. Not sweet at all, but the pilsner malt is very noticeable. Very resinous, but I would have liked to have tasted more of the amarillo. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and light carbonation, slightly heavy finish for the style. A very drinkable beer because of the balance. A very good IPA, I would love to try this at the brewery to get all the hop freshness out of it.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 0z bought from Roths Sunnyside Market, poured into a dimpled mug. Nice but typical IPA orange in colour, great frothy,thick off white head though. Handsome beer. Very spicy/citric,lemon grass hoppy aroma! Really beautiful taste to this one..semi-sweet toffeeish malst flow and meld freely with lemongrass, bitter sweet hopping..leaving a bit of lemon zest at the end.Lovelly Great smooth palate on this one.. Overall a very nice smooth drinking IPA.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice golden color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Grass, hops, flowers and grains

T: Was grass and subtle mix of flowers and citrus, plenty of caramel malt, balanced

M: Nice feel, bittering hops on the end

D: Good IPA and easy to drink

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Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden bronze with a white head, light retention leaves some great lacing.

S: Piny, a little catty (in a good way), citrus rind & grass. A nice American hop nose.

T: Citrus rind, pine and grass with underlying hints of bready malt and toffee. Assertive bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth with a light acidity and a very crisp finish.

D: A good drinker, though perhaps a little abrasive for the non-hop-heads.

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Photo of velosuds
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. No bottle dating apparent. Purchased at local grocer for $5.29.

A-Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a two finger, bone white head with great retention and copious, sticky lacing. Very nice appearance.

S-Floral and citrus hops are very fragrant. Grapefruit and pine resin come to mind.

T-Grapefruit and resinous piney hops are aggressive but balanced by a biscuity malt backbone that doesn't get in the way. Very well done to showcase the hop induced 75 IBUs.

M-Very smooth and extremely well balanced. Carbonation is perfect.

D-This is my second Hopworks beer and I like what they are trying to do (organics, sustainability, promoting cycling, etc.).This is a very fine IPA. I wish it were available in 12 oz. bottles by the six pack.

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Photo of chumba526
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a medium bodied amber gold color with a sizeable white head.

It smells quite citrusy: in particular I smell a lot of grapefruit. There is a sweet smell and a bit of a pine smell as well.

It tastes initially very citrusy there is a lot of grapefruit and traces of orange peel. I also get a little bit of a sweet grassy flavor as well. The slight sweetness of the ale goes away quickly and leads to a nice bitterness. This is a hop forward beer but the beer highlights the fruity citrus flavor, the grassiness and the bitterness of the hops. There is a nice balance of the flavors.

The carbonation is moderate low.

The drinkability is very good I could easily drink a few of these.

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Photo of boralyl
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

A - This beer pours a brilliant medium golden-orange. It's clear and produces an inch of white head. As the head recedes it leaves some nice lacing.

S - The aroma seemed to be a little muted. The most prominent smell was citrus, but there was also a very light caramel in the background.

M - Light to medium in body with nice crisp carbonation. Just about perfect for the style.

T - The taste is a delicious concoction of orange and piny hops. Throughout this beer there are hints of pale and caramel malts. It finishes with a medium bitterness that lasts into the aftertaste.

This is a very delicious IPA. It's got great North West hops flavor and isn't too bitter to be enjoyable. Give this one a try.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler fill from the brewery.

appearance - golden/amber with tiny bubbles, excellent full head, good retention, sticky lacing

smell - big earthy and spicy hop nose

taste - earthy and resinous hops, hop forward, dank flavor, strong hop bitterness, a huge hop showcase, slightly bready body

mouthfeel - full bodied, well carbonated, slightly dry finish

drinkability - exceptional ipa, especially when fresh off the taps, not much to complain about

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Brewforia on the way home from work tonight... poured into my Old Guardian goblet.

Big foamy 2 finger white head... nice retention and lacing... the brew is fairly clear golden.

Wow... the nose delivers the hops more than I was expecting... Tons... tons of grapefruit zest.... forget about the malts.. this is all about the hops... Big and American.

Bracing bitterness up front grudgingly gives way to the pithy citrus zest.... resinous and oily... Pale malts show only to deliver the hops from front to back... hints of dry toast, but only in the far background..

The body and and carbonation are expected...

This is my first HUB (I think) brew and I am pretty impressed... Pretty stoked to have some of their other bottled lineup available locally.... Thanks Rick for pulling this from the back for me.

4/4.5/4/4/4.5

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Photo of blackc5
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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 beagle75
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint.

A: Clear, pale amber color with a thick, persistent residue of off-white (yellowish) foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Moderate grapefruit citrus and faint caramel that struggles to be noticed.

T: Begins with spicy and floral hop aromatics balanced by off-dry, weak toasty malt. Flavors become more focused on grapefruit citrus and fruity esters as astringent bitterness rises and lingers.

M: Light-medium viscosity is sticky on the palate with moderate carbonation. Astringency issues are present but do not overpower the experience.

D: This organic IPA stands out among its green fellows of the style, which are all too often found to be glaringly lacking in some way. This contribution demonstrates balance in a style that is well-known for eschewing it, satisfying a useful reference point for balance among its peers--organic or not. While this beer was overshadowed on a tasting flight at the pub by a seasonal DIPA, a solitary bottle now allows it to assert itself as a worthy Oregon IPA that could bear repeat visits.

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Photo of jdense
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle consumed at Summer 2010 Chillin' and Grillin' Fest, The Big, OR, 8.22.2010.

Finger and a half of white head, medium dissipation with signficant lacing. Deep gold/amber clear body, multiple trails of carbonation. Pretty big tropical fruit/bubblegum hit up front, floral and grassy hops for balance, significant malt bill, some breadiness produces a relatively dry nose along with caramel malts for sweetness. Big hoppiness on the tastebuds, bitter, resiny and fruity, asserts dominance over the malts in the flavor profile, quite tasty and balanced. Medium full mouthfeel, good effervescence. Really good drinkability, the ABV is quite well hidden. One of Beervana's best IPA, which means BAs from other parts of the country need to try this award-winner. Highly recommended, especially fresh.

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Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-cloudy light amber with a small off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of caramel, malt, hops, and citrus.

taste is creamy, malt, some lemon, some hops, a light organic back, caramel, and a few nuts, ends somewhat on the bitter side.

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Photo of appenzeller
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Beasticles
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of philbertk
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hopworks Urban Brewery--HUB--Hopworks IPA iNdiA Pale Ale Organic Beer--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 6.60% ABV. 75 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Thin lacy white head. Clear bright rich dark gold color. No sediment. Mild floral hop front. Crisp nice CO2 dry sweet fully fermented mild earthy pine grapefruit light caramel pils malt Golden Ale body. Burpy rich hop spice clean bitter end. Tasty Bitter Organic IPA. Sampled 7/29/2010. 2 @ $6.50 Each.

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Photo of loren01
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orange color, good sized frothy white head great lacing down the glass.
S: Smell is citrusy with slight yeasty scent in there.
T: Slight malt up front followed by grapefruity hop taste. Very well balanced out.
M: Medium bodied perfect amount of carbonation
D: very drinkable IPA, I bet this it nice on tap, I'll have to check these guys out next time I'm in Portland.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber

a - pours a bright golden amber color, one-inch ivory head with great retention and lacing, some haze

s - piney hop resin, grapefruit and orange abound in the aroma, slight hints of sweet malt in the background, light alcohol heat

t - like the aroma, big flavors of pine resin and grapefruit up front, light malt backbone in the midpalate lends some depth to the hops, finish is quite bitter and dry, if not somewhat short-lived, alcohol is not very noticeable

m - medium-to-light bodied, on the higher side of carbonation, very dry finish, light alcohol warmth

d - pretty intensely bitter and harsh on the palate, but there is some depth to the flavors, can't say I'd want to drink more than this one bomber, but slightly above average for the style

Slightly disappointed in this IPA that I've been wanting to try for awhile, but I had pretty high expectations. Overall, a decent but not great IPA. I hope to try this on-tap somewhere here in Portland before leaving just to compare, as there's no dating on this bottle and I fear that it might be a bit old.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of shivtim
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this one on cask.
Served in a HUB mug... not ideal.
It's golden, with some red. Small white head.
Nose is hops and pine. Simple but nice.
Taste is more straightforward pine hops. Bit of malt.
Good mouthfeel and drinkability.
Overall a simple but well done IPA.

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