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Hopworks IPA - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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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 alleykatking
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 22oz bottle in trade with mjl21. Thanks again for everything Mike! Review from notes.

A- Pours a clear golden light copper color. Two finger bine white head stays for a short period. Nice ringy lacing on the glass along with some sticky streaks here and there.

S- Nice hoppy aroma right from the get go. Nothing in this is too overpowering which is a nice thing from time to time. Nice citrus (grapefruit maybe some tangerine) hop burst in the front end of the scent. There is light bready malts in the background throughout the aroma but even this is covered nicely with hops. Light pine bitter smell comes in the tail end of this beer.

T- This is what I think a IPA should be tasting like. Good citrus overtones in the front of this beer....very straightforward. The malts in this balance the beer out nicely with a light bready sweetness to it. Bitter bite in the tail end of this beer I think. Good little extra kick when you think the beer is done.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Nice hop resin is left on the teeth and all around the mouth. Light bready malts with citrus hops is left on the palate and in the aftertaste of this beer. Light creamy feel to this in the mouth as well.

D- Very drinkable IPA that I am going to try to get some more of. I would gladly pick this out time and time again. Nice sessionable IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of MURF0320
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of bangerang
5/5  rDev +21.7%
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

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Photo of Ranbot
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, poured into a snifter.

Pours a see-thru golden orange with a fluffy 2-finger cap of off-white head. This dies down after a couple of minutes to a quarter-inch that sticks around for a long time and leaves some pretty good lacing.

Excellent nose, with a light maltiness, some pine, some grassiness and loads of citrus- grapefruit, orange, pineapple. The flavor profile pretty much follows along, except the hops are even more blistering. Just a lively and tasty-as-hell beer.

Mouthfeel's great. This brew is crisp and tingly, with lingering resiny hops trailing down the throat and drying the mouth out after the swallow.

Overall impression: Top-notch IPA, would definitely recommend picking up a bomber or 2 to those whose travels take them through Beervana.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter on 9/21/09

Much thanks to PDXHops

A - Moderate amber color. Pale & cloudy. Poured a ¼ inch & thins to a large clump of top bubbles. There's a bit of lace at the start & remains spotty throughout

S - Spicy hop aroma with citrusy goodness aplenty. Juicy grapefruit elements with solid notes of pine, too. A faint breadiness is largely obscured by hop splendor. Hints of orange & pineapple become apparent as the beer warms.

T - Good grief this is spicy to the utmost degree; it has some serious teeth about it. Vibrant bitterness chock full of citrus & pine. The Amarillo hops are bombastic. What seems to be a dry maltiness lingers in the shadows but in all actuality the taste is the nose to the 10th power.

M - Medium-bodied with ample carbonation that most righteously stimulates the taste buds. While I've never done it, I imagine this is similar to sticking a lit 4th of July sparkler in your mouth.

D - Freaking awesome; this beer is out of control tasty!

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Photo of mjl21
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Henry's 12th Street Tavern in Portland. Poured into a pint glass. Unsure about abv. Notes taken from my phone.

A-Pours a clear light orange with a small off white head that gradually rests at a filmy layer. It leaves awesome lace in between sips.

S-Lots of fresh citrus hops. It smells like a lighter version of Sculpin. There is also pine. It becomes more grapefruity as it warms.

T-The citrus and pine dominate the flavor. There is a little sweet malt in the middle and finish that gives way to more citrus and pine.

M-Medium bodied with a nice crisp level of carbonation.

D-A really good IPA. It is not heavy and is a great thirst quencher.

This was my favorite beer from my PDX trip. I picked up a few bottles and am curious to see how they compare to the tap version.

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Photo of olmatty
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a clear golden color with a sticky white head with nice white lacing

Smell- Piney and slightly herbaceous hops, some cereal grains

Taste- Hops hit immediately, piney, herb flavor and a bit of sweet grapefruit. Malts are buried deep under

Mouthfeel- moderately crisp carbonation and a somewhat sticky on the tongue

Drinkability- Smooth, flavorful and fantastic if you love hops.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Pale golden, clear, good head and retention, thick lacing. SMELL is More malty sweet than floral/earthy hoppy. TASTE strong sweet and malty base balances well with floral and slightly citrusy hop. Share bitterness in teh middle fades into mostly clean finish. FEEL overly fizzy/tingly detracts from otherwise pleasant texture, medium body, bit of lingering bitterness. OVERALL very tasty, feels a bit fuller than size would indicate. Sessionable.

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

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a mug. Got this as an extra from madhombrewer

A- Pours an orange/ straw yellow color. There is some good carbonation activty during and after the pour. There is a small one finger white lace that stays around till the end. There is also a fair amount of cling to the glass as well.

S- I am getting strong citrus flavors, more specifically grapefruit. I am also getting the hop notes that are present in the citrus flavors.

T- The flavor of hops and citrus/grapefruit come out in the taste as well. That citrus flavor is quickly overtaken by a bitter ending. Overall a good solid American IPA. In my opinion a little heavy of citrus but nothing that kills the experience.

I got this as an extra from Ben as I make my way through as many Pac NW IPA's as I can. As far as this one goes it is a solid IPA that has some good flavor but when compared with other IPA's from this area in my opinion it does fall a little short. I would like to try other offerings from Hopworks Urban and see how there other stuff stacks up.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed golden with a thin off-white head. Some rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of grapefruit, pine, lemon and peach. Nice hop aroma!

The taste is of citrus - esp. grapefruit - and pine. It has a grainy, almost grassy, bready support of the generous amount of hops. It has a bitter, dry finish.

The feel is not "thin" but but a bit too prickly for what I would look for.

A nice hop bill of Amarillo, Centennial and Cascade hops (stated on bottle) with an interesting malt support of Canadian pils German Munich and Caramunich malts. Different, interesting, and certainly enjoyable!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tropical sunset orange when backlit with a beautiful Midwestern sunrise. A large scoop of polished ivory colored cream is perched atop the beer, resulting in one of the best looking lids that I've seen in quite some time. All that, plus extensive lace that actually looks like lace... the score practically chooses itself.

IPA is an explosively hoppy IPA that smells fantastically fresh and vivid. The website claims Amarillo, Centennial and Ahtanum. The label says Cascade instead of Ahtanum. It doesn't make a bit of difference because sweet orange and pink grapefruit is busting out all over the damn place. If they didn't ruin it with the malt bill, this should be an outstanding ale.

Hopworks IPA is my kind of beer. Malt flavor stays out of the way (for the most part) and well-chosen American hops were clearly added with a heavy hand. I wish all brewers could find a way to unlock this much resinous hop flavor without combining it with crushed aspirin bitteress. Hopheads, pay attention... all 75 IBUs have been put to excellent use.

Canandian pilsner malt is definitely more prevalent than German Munich and CaraMunich. The hint of toasted whole grain bread and caramel provided by the mid-range malts adds flavor interest without making a nuisance of itself. That means that hops have the run of the place, which is just as it should be. Tangerine, white grapefruit, juicy pineapple and pine give the tongue a quasi-aggressive thrashing. Thank you sir, may I have another!

Even though mouthfeel (and ABV) favors the lighter end of the spectrum, it works out beautifully in terms of gulpability. Besides, with time and warming, the beer acquires a sneaky supple silkiness that is impressing more and more with each passing ounce. This elixir is air-tight all the way around.

Hopworks Urban Brewery has a pretty tough row to hoe if they want to get noticed in the jam-packed world of Pacific NW craft beer. From what I've tasted so far, though, this up and coming outfit is well on its way to becoming something special. IPA is a certified humdinger.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clearish, amber-hued body with a nicely-sized, dense, long-lasting, whitish head. A very lovely looking India Pale Ale.

Smell: Lightly grainy, lightly caramelly malts surrounded by pleasantly fragrant aromas of pithy, juicy citrus fruits, cut field grasses, and light pine.

Taste: Sweetish upfront malts with a touches of caramel and grains cross the tongue before you're catapulted into the hops. Vibrant hop flavors of tangerine, white grapefruit, pine resin, and even an underlying leafy grassiness. Staunch, medium-high bitterness. Finishes appropriately dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fine IPA! If you do not both enjoy the hell out of this, then you have serious problems, and will never truly enjoy anything, and I despise you.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, with some pine notes. The taste is really nice, hoppy, bitter, slightly malty, with some sweetness, citrus/piney. Medium body, nice and chewy. Very drinkable, a very tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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

Split with a pal into a Brooklyn snifter. Hazy orange in appearance, like unfiltered apple juice. Smallish white head. Earthy aroma of wild mushrooms and fragrant white grapefruit juice. Nice orange peel floral hop flavor, a little tartness on the nose. Pretzel bready malt flavor keeping the hop flavor in check. Citrus bitterness with a touch of fizzy carbonation felt on the tongue. Finishes dry and pleasantly bitter. Delicious. Very solid IPA.

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Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased via liquidsolutions

Appearance: On the golden side of the golden orange IPA classic look. 2 finger white crown with some retention and lots of lace.

Smell: Nice blend of floral hops (amarillo), citrus hops (cascade and centennial), German Munich Malt, Caramunich malts, and Canadian pilsner malt.

Taste: Citrus hops up front with an amarillo hop finish over a bed of tasty pilsner malt. Lots of sticky resinous hops and just the smallest touch of sweetness from the malt combine to form perfection. Nicely done in my humble opinion. This is a great IPA.

Mouthfeel: A touch sticky but with a crispness from the pilsner malt that really play nicely together.

Drinkability: All day long baby!

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

Pint from the source at the end of our first day in Portland, reviewed from notes on my cellphone, golden orange color with some red tint, 3/4 inch slightly off white head with retention, some lacing, aroma consists of grapefruit, floral accents with a lot of dandelions, herbal accents, toffee, citrus, and pineapple, flavor is full of floral accents, some neutral malt in the middle with lots of toffee, finish has a large amount of hoppiness with more citrusy fruits than pine or anything, goes from floral to orange peel, nice rounded hop flavor nicely balanced too, dry, citrusy and floral mouthfeel, moderatate level carbonation, medium bodied, could drink a lot of this stuff, taste is a little on the weak side for a west coast IPA but that is not necessarily a bad thing, no alcohol in the flavor, pretty refreshing after nearly a two mile walk here, would like to drink again which is why it is a good thing I have a few bottles in the fridge, recommended

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light copper in color with a frothy off-white head. Very clear and clean. Head foams to about 2 fingers and slowly fades leaving behind some light lacing. Settles to a thin foam cap.

S - Big bold hop aroma right off. Lots of citrus aromas with grapefruit and tangerine coming to mind. Even a little pine mixed in. A little sweet bread aroma lingers underneath. Big hop punch to the nose though.

T - Wow, possibly the best tasting regular IPA I have had. Big citrusy hops with just the faintest bit of sweetness. Great hop taste without the astringent bitterness that keeps good IPA's from being great. Dont get me worng, there is plenty of bitterness in this beer, just not the rough un-good (yes, that is a word) kind.

M/D - Feel was a touch light but still closer to medium than light bodied. Excellent carbonation and very easy drinking.

This was my first beer on my weeklong Oregon beer adventure, and what a way to start things off. Great IPA here.

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Photo of hopdog
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Poured a deeper and slightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral hoppiness, and some citrus. Some skunky weed too. Tastes of citrus, some floral hoppiness, pine, some spiciness, and some caramel in the finish. Medium bitter with a lighter sweetness in the finish. I found the body to be a tad on the weaker side. Light lacing left on the glass

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have enjoyed this brew several times in the past, always on-tap. This is a new 22 oz. bottle, poured to a pint glass. This beer won Hopworks a Bronze medal at GABF 2008 (not as an 'IPA', but as an 'American-Style Strong Pale Ale'...).

A: Copper penny orange, filtered for clarity; an initial burst of vigorous carbonation then a gradual die-down to random risers. Puff of creamy eggshell foam on top, climbing above a finger-high, interrupted by larger suds. A steady sheet of lace.

S: Aroma is rife with fragrant citrus (Amarillo, Centennial and Cascade hops are all present. Then the pine and tingling spice erupt. Smells like, uh, a well-made Northwestern IPA should.

T: Flavor is a jolt of pine, citrus rind, and a bracing spice - like mixed field greens and black pepper. Herbal green-ness gets to be almost overbearingly pungent, pithiness jarring. Really big hop flavors are balanced with a cake-y sweet maltiness.

M: Crisp, biting feel - full of dry spice. Nice viscosity, medium body. Lasting citrus tang, hop oils hold strong.

D: A damn good IPA, one I guess I haven't had in almost a year. This is HUB's 'flagship', but I'm often drawn to their seasonals and one-offs. Good to come back to this one, it's really terrific. Very easy to drink and a 'reasonable' 6.6% ABV. Certainly worth recommending!

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Photo of mtrentm
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of Docer
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap today for lunch, paired w/ their scratch and black bean veggie burger which was delicious...

- Golden orange.. not cloudy really.. but a slight haze. Great white lacing... minimal head.. they must pour very well..

- Great caramel sweetness with a citrus, pine, and bitter hop scent.. lives up to their stated IBU's just in scent as well as in...

- ...flavor, great hop aroma.. natural citrus, pine, and sweetness.. roasty flavorful malt.. very well balanced. A must have IPA if in Portland.

- Oily mouthfeel.. slightly dry, but overall very good.

- This would almost be a perfect IPA if it wasn't so bubbly... the carbonation is just a bit excessive for me.. as I tend to like undercarbonated west coast IPAs... but it is still very drinkable based on its great flavor alone.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: the head formed quickly and sat atop for good round. The fuzzy cap is near white with a hint of yellow. The body is a light hazed amber with with caramel, gold, and orange hues. It just looks like a solid IPA

S: busting out with little greens, mostly C & C (cascade and centennials). It holds lemon and orange citrusy notes with a peppery pine whiff here and there backed with sweet caramelized malts. Nose reminds me of a few double IPA's....

T: malts fade away amongst the flaky, crispy, biting hops. Hops hit with a spiced pop composed mostly of pine needles and a squeeze grapefruit with a few dried leafy greens (cannabis-like, more in the nose than on the palate, but just the same). What is really nice is that the hop flavors are booming and yet nothing is overly bitter. As the caramel crusted maltiness shines a dim light in the back. Things are fairly balanced, while favoring the hops...nice hop monster

M: medium body and flavors linger with a touch of hop oils. Nice interplay between the body and flavors. Carbonation is just enough to give the body a crisp feel and finish

D: my second Hopworks brew since they started bottling and another solid liquid consumption experience

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Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my Gulden Draak tulip, HUB's IPA is a brassy gold with a big white head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is strong hops, pine resin and sour citrus, cat-piss notes from the centennials. Very pungent.

Taste is also pungent hops, but with a pretty strong cereal grain/bready malt backbone. There's a nice spiciness to the hops that is accentuated by the sweetness of the malts, almost rye like.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a fine IPA, but not my favorite in town. The hops are nice and pungent, although I prefer a bit more floral, but the breadiness of the malt I think is a bit much for me...I prefer more of a lighter bodied malt backbone in my IPA. A value priced 6 pack would be fine, but at $6 a bomber, I'm not gonna buy many more of these. OTOH, I certainly won't pass on it on draught.

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