Hopworks IPA - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

558 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 87
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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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 Philousa
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
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...

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of kagent777
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of dvb
2.28/5  rDev -44.5%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of jvillefan
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Big_V
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of sam_bliss
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Photo of 05Harley
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date??
Estimated calories - 198/12oz

Purchased through LetsPour

Price - $9.00/bomber

Pours a deep golden color with just a slight hazey presence. If you like head (who doesn't) this one won't let you down. Big three finger soapy head from the start with polka dotted lacing all around the glass. Sediment free and mann, what a looker...

Aroma is not lacking in citrus fruit. Pineapple, grapefruit and orange followed by biscuit, pine resin and a hint of caramel malt. The combination of ingredients fits well here. A little on the light side but pleasing enough.

The flavor follows the nose with the Centennial and Cascade hops contributing to that juicy fruit flavor. The caramel malt adds a nice balance and puts the breaks on the hop bite keeping this on the sweeter side as far as IPA's go.

The mouthfeel is fresh and clean resulting in a highly drinkable, dare I say sessionable beer. The body has a medium feel with little to no carbonation. A noticeable hop bite is present along with some stickiness but in the end it finishes surprisingly smooth.

Overall this is a solid IPA and one I'll be enjoying regurarly, especially during the hot months. Well balanced, low abv and quite refreshing. Thumbs up.

Photo of Idris
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An aggressive pour into my tasting tulip produced a slightly haze, amber gold beer with a voluminous white head that leaves delightful remnants throughout the glass. This beer has a magnificent aroma! Big bright citrus hop notes, with just a tiny perceivable malty note. The bitterness is present throughout, but never in an unpleasant manner. Malt toastiness does punctuate the hops. This is just a splendid IPA and one I can drink over and over again. This is going to be my go-to beer for sitting in a lawn chair and letting my mind go blank all summer.

Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear, deep amber pour. Mid-sized but very fluffy off-white head. Fades slowly with great retention. Substantial fluffy lacing.

S: Citrus and tropical fruits. A touch of resin.

T: Nice grapefruit and pine up front with hints of tropical fruit. Very fresh and crisp. Kind of a cracker-like malt base. Bitter resin and pine in the finish with some spices maybe? Almost get black pepper like a saison or something.

M: Medium bodied but slightly astringent with all the hops. Mouth coating hop resin between sips.

O: A nice pungent and tasty IPA. Very drinkable and smooth despite large amounts of hop flavors and bitterness.

Photo of demuzik
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely solid IPA.

Loads of hop aroma, piney galore and fruit to boot; yet the malt backbone is where its at. Using 'Canadian Pils' as the base malt (a somewhat unusual choice for American IPA), this is surprisingly satisfying after the hops fade and the crackery/bready background holds everything together... the perfect marriage of malt and hop, right here, folks.

This is a very good 'session IPA' IMO, plenty of flavor and balance, but nothing overbearing; it certainly wouldn't be a chore to knock out a few of these in a sitting.

Photo of Tucquan
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-12-26 in Columbia, PA

A - Mostly clear golden-orange with a 1.5-finger white head and very good lacing.

S - Light tropical, biscuit, citrus, hop floral. Pleasant but not real pungent.

T - Orange, peach, well-baked biscuit, pine, pepper. Initially the bitterness is well-integrated and it isn't until the aftertaste you realize how many IBUs are packed in this brew. Not quite as intense as the IBUs in the Marble Brewery IPA I had side-by-side with this, but leaning that way. There is some orange/peach flesh sweetness in this aftertaste that works well.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Lightly prickly yet smooth.

O - A enjoyable beverage from a brewer I'd not tried before. I'm looking forward to trying more styles from HUB.

Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
4.2/5  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!

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  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.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of 1234Jack
4.2/5  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.

Photo of Lothore
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of Durge
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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