Hopworks IPA - Hopworks Urban Brewery
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3.91/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
10-04-2013 05:08:08 | More by ssteakley
3.63/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
10-03-2013 00:59:30 | More by artoolemomo
4.5/5 rDev +9%
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...
09-28-2013 04:54:00 | More by Philousa
3.91/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
09-07-2013 15:45:23 | More by LambicPentameter
Hopworks IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.