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Hopworks IPA - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Hopworks IPAHopworks IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

480 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 85
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
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: John_M on 10-19-2007)
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Photo of beagle75
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

beagle75, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of jdense
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

jdense, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

froghop, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of appenzeller
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

appenzeller, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Beasticles
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

Beasticles, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

philbertk, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of loren01
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

loren01, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of WeisGuy
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

WeisGuy, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

biboergosum, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of shivtim
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

shivtim, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.83/5  rDev -7%

Poured into 10oz. Poured a nice light gold color with a tall white head that had good retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was great, pine, floral, citrus and a touch of bittering hops were all present. Not much of a malt base though. The flavor had a enough malt for the hops to grow from, and all those hop aromas transferred nicely to the tongue.

The body was way too thin, even for a style that's not known for it's body. Drinkability was very good, I killed a 22 easily would happily drink this on tap if it were local to me. Overall, a very nice version of a Northwest IPA. Worth trying if you see it.

beertunes, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of brewandbbq
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy gold with an inch-plus head of whipped white. A thin skim coat on the surface and smeary lacing last throughout the glass.

Aromatics are pungently dank and hoppy. Pine resin, grapefruit, tangerine pith, cannibus. Caramel undertones with a touch of plump malt.

Medium bodied with a tacky, gummy mouthfeel. A slight chew with sticky oils.

Dank, woodsy sap and pithy citrus start the palate. Bitterness is substantial but not coarse or tiring. Pine-rubbed citrus with a kindbud skunkiness. Tasting very fresh and the hops are rockin'.

Finishes with a lingering, drying bitterness, sticky hop resins, and a mild warmth.

Great IPA. A terrific balance of grapefruit with plenty of dank Columbus in the finish. I could drink this one by the pitcher.

brewandbbq, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of livewire78
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Thanks to mykie73 for this bomber.

Pours a hazy golden amber. Decent head and good lacing. Head retention is really good.

Smells of strong amounts of citrus hops and piney goodness.

Tastes really intense for an IPA. Flavors are a cross between Gumballhead and Bitter Woman. Bitterness is pretty impressive. Fades to the back for the typical citrusy hoppy flavors to come through. What malt? Who cares about malt? This one is about the hops dammit!

Carbonation is fairly good. Just enough bubbles for the ride into the belly. Still smooth though. Crisp.

This is actually pretty impressive. Should be a flagship beer for the style. Something other brewers should strive for.

livewire78, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of BDTyre
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

Nice, mild American IPA.

Orangey-amber with a very thin head. Colour is on, but almost seems a bit light.

Hops, definite scent of apricots and lemons. Very pleasing on the nose.

Rich hoppy scent, low malt presence. Grassiness, citrus and a bit of malt sweetness. A good example of a standard American IPA - high hops but not overwhelming.

Good carbonation, and very nice to drink.

BDTyre, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

Thanks to DiabolikDUB for getting a bottle of this out to me.

A: Pours a nice light copper color with a two-finger white head and plenty of retention.

S: Very nice herbal and citrus notes coming out of the nose without too much of anything else. Definitely detect Amarillo, which is confirmed by the bottle...not much of an accomplishment, as sadly I think that it still the only hop I can readily identify.

T: Good amounts of citrus and herbs with a bit of earth. Nice bitterness to it and just a hint of residual sweetness.

M: Light to medium body with a nice dryness.

D: Glad that this is lower in alcohol than many IPA's, as Sunday afternoon while catching up on reviews seemed like the perfect time to knock back this one.

Thorpe429, May 23, 2010
Photo of Jason
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%

22oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Rimmed with a thick white lace, slightly hop hazed golden amber color. Massive citric hop nose, from pulp to rind with some other suggestions of evergreen ... exactly where it should be for the style. Bitterness is pretty hefty ... 75 IBUs is very believable and right at the edge but not going overboard. The flavor from the hops is amazing with orchard citric ranging from rind to juice to blossom. Maltiness spikes here and there but seems to want to break through the most in the finish with a slight toasted breadiness. Alcohol is modest but warming with a quick toss in of fruitiness. Hops never lose their grip on the palate, finishes bitter and semi-dry.

Wow, what a killer IPA this is ... as I said, the hops are right on the verge of being over the top though if they were a little bit I would not mind. Balanced? Sure, for the style while pushing the envelope a bit.

Jason, May 19, 2010
Photo of Gyle41386
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pale golden pour, with about two fingers of plush foam. Head retention is excellent. Decent stickage.

Tons of citrus in the nose. I know I'm going to like this one. Loads and loads of orange and grapefruit, along with an herbal pine/tobacco smell.

Hopworks IPA has a pretty intense bitterness, yet remains very drinkable. It tastes every bit of the 75 IBU on the label. Big bitterness. Big grapefruit, with a resinous finish. Very pithy, with maybe even a bit of a peppery kick. This is what I expected Ninkasi Tricerahops to be.

Medium bodied. Pretty slick, oily feel, with tons of lasting flavor. The 6.6% ABV is never noticeable. Tasty stuff. An aggressive IPA, for sure, and a surprisingly easy drinker. I'll definitely be seeking this out again when I'm in Portland this summer.

Gyle41386, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -2.9%

22 oz. bomber from madhomebrewer - thanks! Poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear and surprisingly light golden peach,
light both for the style and speaking absolutely - definitely not the hue I'd expect an IPA to be, though pleasant enough. The head is slightly off white, fizzy, and initially a good finger in height, though the retention leaves a little to be desired. The lacing is initially streaky, cloudy in places, but ultimately runs off fairly quickly. A solid start.

Aroma: Sticky resinous tobacco and mint wrapped around slices of citrus fruits. Freshly squeezed orange juice and grapefruit mingle with moderately roasted malt undertones.

Taste: A very spicy, grassy, herbal hop underpinning on this one, coupled with a lot of lighter citrus notes, orange zest and lemon. A slightly sweet, slightly biscuity malt undertone provides a good foundation for tobacco, citrus, and mint.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side with a fair amount of carbonation resulting in a fluffy, erratic, but on the whole pleasantly piercing mouth.

Drinkability: Not too terribly much to say about this beer. A low abv% IPA that tastes pretty craft - that is, rough around the edges - that's fairly enjoyable and pretty darn drinkable. Low key is the name of the game here, and I wouldn't mind seein' this in six packs.

CrellMoset, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of Philabeerphia
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%

An extra from a trade with pintplease. Awesome. One sip of this beer and my eyes pop open wide. After three sips I mentally have placed this in my top three IPA's of all time.
22oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. 3/29/10. No bottled on date discernible. Aggressive pour. "Ride your bike", "A Northwest classic", "generous additions of Amarillo, Centennial, and Cascasde hops find their way into the kettle, hop-back and dry-hop". Cold war propaganda style graphics and type font. Thank you Comrade Ettinger, for our wonderful livelihood!

fluffy bone colored head - a lively mix of centimeter wide, 1-2mm wide and micron bubbling are growing and receding, creating a sense of tension. Sticky webs of lacing lend to this, while beneath rests a peacefully clear beer, lightly honeyed in color. Approachable and sessionable are a few words entering into my brain.

This beer's nose is a well blended bag of maple, shortbread, grapefruit and wild grasses. Nothing seems to stand out more than the other, and that's a good thing. Balance in the nose adds some complexity, if not raw hop power. Later I go back for a sip and start to pick up some warming, deeply floral hop that spreads in my nose and makes me tingle. There it is.

This IPA moves lightly in the mouth. The carbonation keeps the liquid from coating, while a bit of raw hop oils and malt body provide an anchor for tastes to both seep and shine. Starts with a sweetly prickly tangerine hoppiness... just shining here. It spreads and deepens, exposing cannabis characteristics that get the tongue bracing. What a transition. Beyond that there's just enough round malt backing to provide a platform for hops to dance and jump, and even to make a quick caramel impact and the height of the tongue. Hops are tropical again in the finish, leaving a bright (mango), but ultimately bitter finish. This transition between bright tropical fruits and deeper, earthy bitterness is outstanding. The top of the mouth is temporarily numbed with hops, but recover quickly and are ready for more. Just dry enough (muted in some ways), to keep the anticipation high for the next sip.

If this beer was my local, I'd have a hard time restraining myself. Very drinkable for the 6.6% abv and the 75IBU. I don't know how Portlanders do it.

Philabeerphia, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of cbarrett4
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

While this appears slightly flatter than the regular tap version, this more than makes up for the appearance with the flavor and texture. Take IPA, add some cask conditioning to mellow out the intensity of the hops and add a slightly woodsy note. Great IPA though sadly only available in cask at the HUB. I rate this up there with Deschutes Inversion IPA (when it is on cask... rarely)

cbarrett4, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of tempest
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured from a bomber into my pint glass, this IPA with a clear amber with a white head. This was a fantastic mouthful of hoppy goodness that ranks among my favorite IPA's. It's right on the thin line of becoming so hoppy that the wonderful herbal citrus flavors are no longer delicate and complex, but over-the-top and indistinguishable. Find this beer, travel West if you have to. This rich orange peel and grapefruit flavors will make your tongue sing.

tempest, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

1/28/2010

An extra courtesy of mykie73. Thanks! I tried this on tap at the brewpub half a year ago but my palate was destroyed from Fredfest 2009 so I don't remember much about it. Poured into a snifter. The beer is sun kissed dark orange with a voluminous beige head and excellent retention.

The aroma is of orange pith with grapefruit flesh and a pine resin presence that countervails the citrus. A touch of peach can be perceived as well. The pungency is transcendent. Malt is faint and crackery, allowing my attention to be completely focused on the hop effulgence.

The flavor does not disappoint. A plethora of hop flavor accompanies a high level of bitterness and a shadow of malt. I detect notes of orange pith, grapefruit, and peach, in descending order of strength. The pine is resiny and delicious, and only a whisper of sweetness is present midpalate, but that is quickly obliterated. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky, and carbonation is at a perfect upper medium level.

I'd prefer to see a date on the bottle in place of the word Organic. I couldn't give a damn if it's Organic if the hops have faded. Regardless, this one tastes fresh and it's awesome. Assuming batch consistency, this is one of the best Northwest IPAs I've had.

HopHead84, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev -2.9%

A- This beer has a great head, very thick and long lasting. There isn't anything better then head that lasts a long time. Except when you want it to be over with to enjoy the goodness that is the beer. (This would have been going the wrong way if I said liquidy goodness.) Great lacing too. The beer itself is a nonhazy golden color.

S- Great hop smell, it hit my nose, pow, as I was pouring the beer. Very clean smell with grapefruit notes to it.

T- Now as I was enjoying this I was talking to my wife about how some West Coast pale ales seem almost as hoppy as this IPA. However, the hop taste does linger for quite a while where I don't get that from most pale ales. But back to this one, it is clean and refreshing, the hops are tasty.

M- It has a slight chewyness to it, that I'm digging right now. It is very cold out and this is the greatness of a hoppy beer but with a nicer body to compliment the colder weather.

D- Very drinkable, other then the fact that spending the weekend with the inlaws can make any beer more drinkable, this one is very solid.

All around this is just a solid quality brew that you can't go wrong with.

Wetpaperbag, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
4.45/5  rDev +8%

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.

alleykatking, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of MURF0320
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

MURF0320, Jan 10, 2010
Hopworks IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.