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Hopworks IPA - Hopworks Urban Brewery

Hopworks IPAHopworks IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

400 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
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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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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smakawhat

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. No obvious bottle dating that I can see.

A real nice amber orange and slightly cloudy/hazy. Real good hue, getting into just the hints of dark chestnut brown. Creamy head, very tiny bubbles inside with about two fingers off the pour and lacing nicely. A simple solid looking ale, I do like this amber hue, it looks a little unique.

Nose is a faint sweet malt, and sweet hop front. Aromatic and citrusy, with a mix of pine and orange. Hints of juice, and creamy character seem to be coming. A little dank sense hides in the back. Varied. I am diggin this.

First sip is a surprise. A giant quick malt rush, when does malt ever RUSH? Then the hops come forward and hit large and diverse. Juicy fruit action followed with a mellow sugar turbanado brown sense. Afterfinish is quick and doesn't linger so much, but leave a good stinging pine. Borderline almost crisp, but there is just too much density. THere's this hinting biscuity crackly cookie sense also.

Overall, this a fun IPA, really enjoying the stuff from this brewery. It's also quite easy to drink and feels larger than it is. I am impressed.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 04:07:30 | More by smakawhat
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden apricot color, topped with three fingers of creamy, thick khaki head that leaves a ton of thick lacing.

S- Lots of citric hops, notably grapefruit and orange, with a really nice herbal, almost earthy pungency. A nice amount of bready caramel malt is also noticeable.

T- Nice blend of citrusy, grapefruit-ey hops, some herbal hop character and bready pale malt and a bit of caramel round things out.

M- Medium bodied, has a creamy feel with a dry finish.

O- A really nice IPA, it's damn delicious and is very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 07:27:09 | More by WillCarrera
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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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Lothore

California

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep reddish orange hue with an ample off white head.

S - lots of citrus. Grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest.

T - Starts in with orange and a light bready note and moves into a rather intense grapefruit bitterness.

M - medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D - this is a nice hophead ipa. Highly recommended.

Serving type: can

11-21-2012 04:54:12 | More by Lothore
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Durge

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very cloudy, dusty tan-yellow color with a thin but blanketing white foam skin on top and lots of lacing. The nose gets a solid hit of citrus hops and dusty cereal grain. Great blend with a malt backbone! The flavor is consistent with the aroma bringing sweet oat/rice grain with a sharp citrus-grass. I get oak malt and maybe a little evergreen. Real nice hop brew here with a medium-light body, a crisp feel thanks to a pretty delicate but effective carbonation. Hop heads will enjoy this very drinkable IPA. I loved it!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 03:19:52 | More by Durge
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oline73

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the November Baltimore Area BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy golden amber color with a ring of off white head clinging to the glass.

Smell: Sweet with some citrus peel hop notes. I'm also getting a fruity citrus note separate from the hop bitterness.

Taste: I thought this was a bit sweet for an IPA. There is a hint of a flavor that reminds me of an herbal tea. The bitterness builds towards the end and you end up with a good balance.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a finish that is very dry.

Overall: This wasn't a super hoppy IPA, but I thought it was interesting. I enjoyed the note that reminded me of herbal tea. I'd have more.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 05:59:17 | More by oline73
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber in a small pint tasting glass. No obvious best before date on the bottle, but lots of other interesting information! New arrival in the local speciality store so it should be fresh!

A - copper in color, clear with a very frothy white head that leaves caked lacing around the glass. Very fluffy head that never quite resolves and leaves lacing all over the glass.

S - one of the finest smelling IPAs I've ever had the enjoyment of sniffing; stunning citrus and floral notes with just a hint of rich maltiness behind it. Slight grassy undertones. INTENSE.

T - bitter, but not excessively so; quite balanced in its hop attack with equal parts lemon peel and grassy hops. Very solid malt underneath just barely gives a sweet toasty note before the enduring bitterness coats the mouth. Finish is a combination of pine resin and citrus.

M - medium bodied but with less carbonation than the fluffy, clinging head would suggest. I expecting serious effervescence but the light to medium carbonation leaves the finish creamy and a bit juicy.

Really tasty IPA; the star for me was absolutely the nose on this beer. If anything the taste didn't quite live up to its intensity (initially), but the clean and balanced bitterness provides a delightful enduring memory to this beer. This is a "must try" for IPA fans.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 00:43:16 | More by DoktorZee
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can (awesomeness) into a pint glass -

A: Pale-ish gold in color with a creamy off-white head with tiny bubbles.

S: Straight up floral grapefruit, tangerine and citrus, juicy and rindy, with a slight suggestion of herbals hops.

T: Unfolds with flavors of citrus and light grapefruit bitterness with a ghostly flash of malt sweetness...dry hints of pine follow as this beer finishes dry and clingy. Hints of malt throughout.

MF: Creamy but dry body, moderate mouthfeel.

O: Not spectacular but very solid IPA. 16oz cans is a huge plus. Pretty balanced taste, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: can

11-01-2012 13:18:32 | More by Scotchboy
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mudbug

Oregon

4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 16 oz "pounder" into an English pint glass results in a hazy light orange body under a nice one inch fluffy head that recedes slowly, after that it's pretty still.
Aroma is outstanding with juicy tropical fruit and grapefruit rind riding on a slightly sweet smelling breakfast bread.
Taste is all about the balance here, bitter,sweet, fruity, fresh bread. It comes together like a nice scenic painting, pleasing in the overview more than it's particular parts.
Juicy on the aftertaste.
A super nice brew in a very nice format. Bravo

Serving type: can

10-07-2012 02:03:18 | More by mudbug
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light gold with a good creamy finger of head leaving good lacing down the glass with some retention.

Smells a little juicy and citrus with some floral and pine scents as well.

Starts out with some floral hop character. Just a bit of bready caramel in the middle before finishes very dry with a good mix of pine and grapefruit.

Medium to light body with spot on carbonation.

Very nice IPA. Definitely hop forward, but all the hops are blended very well and no one characteristic stands out. Easy drinker and quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 20:54:53 | More by jmarsh123
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delightfully well balanced IPA, strikes a fine balance between not being too hoppy but still being flavorful and bitter enough to catch your attention. Nice mouthfeel, medium bodied, with a strong tasty finish. This is a very smooth beer that goes down all too easy, one of the better IPA's you could probably get your hands on and thankful I got to try it due to LetsPour!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 19:51:06 | More by marlinsfan4
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at a good temperature with a nice foamy, frothy head that lasts and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is very mild, hop, malt, grain. Flavor's like nose, bitter and carbonic tang in front with substantial residual malt sweet. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, long, and a bit boozy.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 01:02:59 | More by drpimento
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chodinheaven

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy but bright amber-orange beer with not much head off a medium pour. It quickly recedes to a patchy sheet with some patches resembling sea foam. A little bit of lacing on the glass as well. Aroma of herbal hops, possibly phenolic, mingling with some citrus and a slight earthiness. The malt has twinges of caramel and a bready character. Not crazy aromatic, but a pleasant sniffer.

Phenolic was the first taste characteristic that came to my mind with the first taste. I'm getting some slight band-aidy, medicine-like tastes that mildly distact from some very nice hop and malt flavors in the first few sips. For whatever reason, these tastes diminish a little as I drink on, showing a fine IPA with a nice balanced approach of bitter citrusy hops and earthy piney notes in the back end. Just a touch of alcohol, but very mild. It has a lighter body that showcases the hop flavors and refreshes at the same time, making for a nice combination. Nice tones of caramel and biscuit are balancing factors to the hops and work really well together to create an easy flowing IPA. The phenolic flavors are almost all but forgotten and make me wonder if I was imagining them as the hops take over. It still lingers in the background, but now as a part of the character of the beer rather than a detractor. The finish is clean and lingering with flavor.

Nice beer overall. I was a little concerned at first with some of the phenols, but it turned out to be a very well balanced and hoppy IPA that I enjoyed a lot. Definitely worth a try or two.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 03:25:06 | More by chodinheaven
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, unsure on date. Nothing quite matches up with what I see on the Fresh Beer Only site...no hashmarks or printed date. Served at around 40F.

Pours lightly hazy orange/amber with a two finger off-white head that leaves some sheets and spots of lacing behind and holds a small foamy cap.

Aroma is floral, some orange marmalade and apricot, hint of onion, good bit of bread and toast, a little caramel malt. Mild strength but gets stronger as it warms.

Flavor is orange/tangerine citrus, a bit of grapefruit rind, some apricot, some melon, bready/cracker malt in the middle with a hint of caramel, minute sweetness, solid bitterness and a bit of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat oily, a touch sticky, good carbonation.

Pretty good IPA, but has its faults. Juicy hops in the flavor, average aroma that is kind of weird...toast, orange marmalade and onions...an odd combination. Flavor is nice, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 04:09:43 | More by elgiacomo
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zeff80

Missouri

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden-orange color with a two-finger, khaki colored head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled strongly of citrus and pine. A good caramel malt backbone in the aroma, too.

T - Lots of citrus flavors like grapefruit and orange. A piney/resiney hop bitterness with a burnt toast and caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Great IPA. I've only had two Hopworks beers but they have both been fabulous.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 21:20:32 | More by zeff80
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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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FosterJM

California

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1348th Review on BA
Bottle to Small tulip
22oz

Ordered via Letspour

App- Peach and tangerine orange with some yellows and a little bit of fading gold. Soft two finger head. Small cling and lace. The second pour yields an amazing layered cling and lace. Wow

Smell- Nice well rounded citrus with that dry hop small bitter and a little grainy earthiness. More citrus out of the bottle when cap popped. In glass a bit small.

Taste- Very unique beer. Has a lot going on for the style. That german malt plays well with the dry hopping with a small bitter. Backing damp citrus makes it a touch creamy as well.

Mouth- A bit of a thicker medium body with a semi creamy medium carbonation. Residual earthy resinous hops.

Drink- Very tasty and very layered. A lot going on in this glass. Was very balanced but not overboard. Couldve pushed the citrus a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 03:47:01 | More by FosterJM
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flagmantho

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a medium haze and a nice effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam.

Smell: nice aroma of rich malt and funky, dank hops. There's a rich grapefruit buried in there, but it's not overpowering. I like it.

Taste: good malt flavor and a nice, citrusy hop character. Slightly sweet but well-balanced. Bitterness is smooth at the end. Pretty decent!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation. Decent, but not terribly creamy.

Overall: quite a good beer indeed, although I admit I'm not blown away by it. Still, I'd definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 21:49:43 | More by flagmantho
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WesM63

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a bells tulip

A: Pours a hazy amber yellow with a nice 2finger white head. Minimal head retention with excellent lacing.

S: Some hops (pine/resin), sweet malts and something I can't put my finger on. Kinda funky smelling. Maybe a hint of citrus.

T: Hops up front with a smooth malt middle and a slightly dry finish.

M: Medium body with Medium Carbonation.

O: I was expecting more. This bottle is a ~2months old, I imagine the flavors would be more profound if said bottler were newer. In it's current state, it is still very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 01:15:53 | More by WesM63
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crossovert

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. Love organic beer in bottles, keep it coming.

It pours a medium amberish gold. It is clear with some nice carbonation bubbles and a foamy white head.

The smell isn't what I would expect form a brewery called "Hopworks" Comon, I wanna be facefucked by hops. It has some hops in the smell in with light herbal citrus but it is mostly bready almost toasty malts and sugar.

The flavor is nice but again I'm not getting totally mouthfucked by hops but this is a nice upgrade from the aroma. It has a medium bitterness. Nice grassy almost spicy notes, some pine, grapefruit rind, lemon.

It is a good NW style IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 03:59:20 | More by crossovert
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

2.48/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle courtesy of Aaron. Thank you! No freshness date...argh.

Pours a dehydrated yellow with a razor thin cover and some minimal soapy cling.

Smells, well, old. Yeast, crackers, and some soap. My sniffer tells me this may not be the freshest bottle. Either that or this is one weak smelling IPA.

Oregano and tin foil all over this beer. Sourdough bread, yeast of burden, and a finish of grass and leaves. Damn, this is disappointing. I had a buddy who'd frequent Portland often and he sang the praises of this beer. I sure don't see it. The metallic vibe is really distracting. What's up with this?

Distraction upon distraction upon a vain attempt to understand.

Please, please say this is an old bottle. Then again, why would I be happy drinking that?

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 01:41:01 | More by BarrytheBear
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shand

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours out a hazy orange color with two fingers of head. The aroma is a nice mix of grapefruit and piney hops, with just a touch of that "dank" feel. The taste is nicely piney hoppy at first, but there's a touch of sharp metallic taste in the middle between the smooth, biscuity malts that throws things off the rails a bit here. I poured my second serving into a different glass in case it was a sanitation error on my part, but nope, there was a strong metallic taste. The metallic taste was amplified even further from the bottle. Perhaps a sanitation error at the brewery? It's still better than a lot of beers I've had, but it is a bit offputting.

That said, the drinkability is quite good. Maybe it was me trying to pin-point the metallic taste, but this beer went down very fast. It's a shame that there's an obvious problem with the bottle I got, since this is probably a very good beer otherwise. As it stands though, it's still a pretty good beer. I'd still recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 23:48:16 | More by shand
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KDawg

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bomber into a pint glass. Pours a medium orange color with a nice head.

Nice floral aromas along with hops and navel oranges. Very good aromatics with nice depth.

Medium bodied, but lacking some depth and a bit hollow along with flavors of oranges, grains and some hops.

A solid IPA, but a bit disappointing. I had high hopes for this, but it just lacked a bit of body and flavor

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 02:29:06 | More by KDawg
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with nice retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, herbal, floral, pine, lemon zest, bread, caramel, light mango, and honey-like sweetness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange, pine, herbal, floral, biscuit, toasted grain, honey, grass, and light caramel. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, herbal, floral, biscuit, honey, and caramel sweetness for a good bit. Fantastic balance of all flavors, not too much of anything. Great malt balance with the bitterness, and very pleasant to drink. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, crisp, and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden at 6.6% with hardly any warming noticed at all. Overall this is a highly excellent IPA. Great flavor balance, very smooth, and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 03:56:08 | More by superspak
Hopworks IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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