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Hopworks IPA - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Hopworks IPAHopworks IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

523 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 88
Gots: 41 | 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:
Beer added by: John_M on 10-19-2007

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Photo of EspressoGuy
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

15 degrees Plato. 75 IBU
Clean, crisp and very nicely balanced. Not a full-bodied beer. Especially good with food because of the nice line of crisp bitterness. Refreshing. Aroma is fresh and pleasant without overpowering. Carbonation level is good. Agree with the grapefruit character.

Photo of scootpolute
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours semi-cloudy golden/amber, with a fair white head...- some good lacing.

S - HUGE fresh Hops scent and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...

T - Smooth & Bright! A great hop kick at the top, followed by some sweet citrus (grapefruit & orange tones), then ending with more hops, bit of pine-like spices...Pleasant & refreshing!!

M - Great carbonation! There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice balances the beer out wonderfully!

O- This is a 'good' IPA!! Sorry for the ‘edit.’ I originally had ‘great,’ but the second ½ beer proved to be ‘less-desirable' than the 1st (fast loss of carbonation, going flat, along with a soapy aftertaste)?! But at the first, immediately from removing the cap from the bottle, I enjoyed the fresh aroma of hops. I think the beer's balance is great (hops, fruity-flavor, pine/spice, carbonation, and last but not least, alcohol level).

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Super aggressive pour give me a two finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is pretty much completely white, which is a little surprising for an IPA, usually the head has a tiny tiny bit of color to it. The head has a lot of big bubbles, probably due to the aggressive pour (but it's not my fault that they made a stingy beer, when pouring head). The head does seem a little creamy underneath the big bubbles though, my main reason for thinking that is because it looks like it's giving pretty darn good lacing, but we'll see how that goes throughout the beer. Head retention is decent, it hasn't gone completely away, but it's less than a finger now. The body is a little cloudy, and a little bit dark, but I can still see a decent amount of things on the other side of the glass. The body is a dark orange with some hints of yellow, pretty standard IPA appearance. Overall I like the look of this beer, pretty standard for a Hopworks beer, good lacing, good body, ok head. The head is pretty much gone now, but like with all the other Hopworks beers, it's left some foam on top of the body. We'll see how the lacing goes, but for now it's a good looking beer. The first thing I notice on the smell is citrus, sure there is a decent amount of hops and a somewhat good amount of malts as well, but the citrus, MAN! I usually don't even notice citrus or pine or any of those sub-flavors, that well, but this is very clear to me. It almost smelled like orange juice to me, that's how acidic it smells. I just hope this beer isn't too acidic, it'll be good if they didn't overdo it there, but from my experience Hopworks doesn't overdo anything, which is good. I'm not getting much else other than the citrus, hops, and malts. Pretty standard smell, but not bad at all. Interesting IPA, but at the same time pretty darn standard. I get a fair amount of hops, and a good amount of malts, not much in the way of citrus, so I guess my nose was wrong. They didn't skimp out on the hops, which is good, it's an IPA, it should be hoppy. It's a good tasting beer, and there isn't too much wrong with it, but it's just not really that amazing, at all, nothing to write home about, at all. There is one things that is bad about the taste, and that's the water, it tastes somewhat watered down. This leads me right into the mouthfeel, the flavor is a little watered down, and so is the mouthfeel. There is a tiny bit of a bite on this beer, but for the most part it's very dull and not much carbonation or crisp feeling whatsoever. I guess the body itself is big enough for the style, but that watery feeling really isn't helping. I mean overall the taste is just way too boring and a little watered down. It's not a bad taste, it's good, just very average. Same with the mouthfeel, except even more so with the mouthfeel, because at least the taste has hops and malts to make it interesting, the mouthfeel is just super boring, not bite at all, super low carbonation, and not much bite from the hops. The drinkability is very nice, it's a very session able IPA due to the fact that it's watered down, but...I don't really think an IPA should be session able, that's what pale ales are for. Overall it's not a bad beer, it's easy drinking and it tastes good, it's just...why buy this when I can buy a really awesome IPA? I guess if I want something to sip on a hot day this would do the trick, but as for sitting down and really enjoying every bit of a beer, this isn't cutting it for me. Overall good beer, but very average in a LOT of areas.

The lacing turned out to be not that great, only 1/3 of the top of the glass gave me good lacing, the rest of the entire glass was pretty dang patchy. I'll give it a 4 on appearance, just because it's right in between a 3.5 and a 4.

Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a smooth but short-lasted white head. Great lacing.

Bright and floral hop aroma with a grapefruity edge. Nice.

Mild malt with a big dose of bitey hops. Very citrussy and a touch floral. Good grassy finish.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

A solid IPA with really nice hop flavour. Not lacking in anything.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hopworks, poured into a Hopworks mug.

A - Pours a dark, but clear orange with a nice white head that fades slowly. It leaves lacing streaks down the glass.

S - Citrusy, pine, slightly sweet.

T - Taste is a nice Malty, and hoppy balance. Lots of grass and pine. Finishes with some citrus bitterness.

D - Good Carbonation, average body.

O - A solid IPA.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/8" soapy white head that left slight lacing over rich golden amber liquid with medium clarity.

S: Peppery hops, yeast, and a hint of citrus.

T: Peppery hops at the start, wheat and malt in the middle, with citrus and a slightly bitter floral hop finish. Exceptional taste profile that is crisp and clean.

M: Perfect level of medium viscosity and a medium to low level of carbonation.

O: One of the best, if not the best, American IPA I have ever had. The taste is what really stands out here.

Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, ballard street market

appearance: served in a nonic great dane imperial pint, bright straw-orange body, full creamy white crest and good retention

smell: fresh and floral citrus notes, dry grain and malt backdrop, bready

taste: nice hop profile - amarillo detected, lots of grapefruit and lemon, light tangerine, grassy notes, grain/bread, lightly toasted malts. a good find, though not differentiated from a lot of other regional options

mouthfeel: on the lighter end of medium, refreshing

overall: good

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark golden amber; didn’t get much of a head, but this was a glass that had sat out for a bit. Aroma is seriously hoppy with a strong grapefruit undertone. Hoppy, piny flavor has a hint of sour citrus, mainly grapefruit with a touch of orange. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and farly fizzy, and hoppy, grapefruit finish is slightly bitter.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass to produce a half inch head. Body is clear gold, with an eggshell white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a ring and cap, leaving small amounts of lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, hay, fresh floral citrus hops, and salt. Very enticing aroma.

This tastes great and is exceptionally well-balanced between the sweet, biscuity malt and floral, citrus (orange and grapefruit) hops. There is a nice light citrus rind bitterness in the long finish.

Body is light and carbonation is medium with a little fizziness, providing a lightly creamy mouthfeel.

With plenty of malt and hop flavor, this is a light and refreshing beer. And at only 6.6% ABV, it is exceptionally drinkable. A superb entry in the crowded IPA field and a great choice when you want great, strong flavor without an alcohol wallop.

Photo of detlefchef
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I found my perfect IPA. The one that does exactly what I want an IPA to do. While certainly bitter, it mostly delivers layers upon layers of amazing mango and peach fruit. Apparent both in the nose and palate. So, the bitterness is just along for the ride, not the main player. At least, that's what I'm looking for.

The color is a brilliant orange and the texture is downright lovely.

Altogether, basically a perfect beer. I had to leave myself a bit of room to go higher if I ever found something "better", hence the two 4.5s.

I smuggled back a selection of NW beers on a recent trip and would not have grabbed this one were it not for the insistence of the guy working the beer section at Newport Mkt in Bend, OR. Thanks dude! This beer freaking rocks.

Photo of snaotheus
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a giant mug

Pours slightly cloudy orange golden, medium head that fades fast and leaves a lot of lacing. Smell is impressive. It practically filled the room as soon as I popped the crack. Super floral hoppy, it just smells beautiful.

Taste is more muted and one sided, but still tasty. Bitter hops, floral hops, nice malty sweetness. Very nice beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light, a little sticky. Overall, quite good beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At the brewery, real cool, almost glowing orange. Tons of cascading lace when you have it on tap. Killer hop aroma. A plethora of hop varieties in the dry hopping I would guess.

Beautiful display of hops on the tongue, bitterness is just about perfect, not grating, not just a long boil, but massive hop mouthfeel, green, vegetal, could tell me it was a fresh hop ale and I'd believe ya. Hops shine despite a solid malt presence, this one isn't light in that department. To get that orange, in a single, just nice man, so nice. Pine is huge, citrus is large. Pine trees and tangerine together again. Dry finish.

A must for all hopheads.

EDIT: 4/13: I've had this so many times lately that were not as good when fresh or something. I dunno. Great stuff at the brewery, not so great in cans,bottles etc. . .

Photo of Neffbeer
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It pours a light amber color with burnt orange hues. There is a two finger white head that hangs around briefly leaving very small bits of lacing.

S: The nose is very intriguing. There is a strong rush of funky pine cones, citrus, and then toasted malt sweeps in. The hops are very strong, but the malt is holding it's own. This is one of the most balanced West Coast IPA's have come across as far the smell is concerned.

T: There is no question this is a hop monster (it is a fresh bottle). A wave of pine and citrus assault the palate and linger for some time. The malt makes a statement mid palate and also shows up nice and toasty on the back of the palate. The finish also reminds one of the lingering hops as it finishes dry and bitter.

M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied mildly carbonated.

O: Maybe it is the organic malt, but the balance is truly exceptional in this beer. The hops are still upfront, so no worries for all of the hopheads. I would seek this one out again for sure.

Photo of grittybrews
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark, hazy orange amber into a tulip with a finger of loose white head. Gentle Cascade hop aroma with grapefruit, tangerine, and pine.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, slightly resinous (almost thin) mouthfeel. Grapefruit up front with a gentle caramel honey sweetness followed by some not-too-astringent pine on the finish.

Really balanced and easy-drinking; nothing too extreme but very well-executed.

Photo of EnemyWithin
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Unibroue glass. Not sure when bottle as I could not find date.

Appearance: 4.5
Golden orange body with slight haze. White-orange tinted head that fades into a thin surface covering. Great lacing.

Smell: 3.5
Mild citrus aroma of grapefruit/orange with notes of pine too. Pleasant, but too subdued for my liking. Touch of bready malt also present.

Taste: 3.5
Classic moderate bitterness in citrus and piney flavors of hops. Balanced nicely with crystal, biscuit malt presence. But I find the beer a little bland and boring compare to the many other IPAs I've had. I suspect this is may be the result of aging and hops fade, but I cannot confirm. I do anticipate a much more robust flavor profile if had extremely fresh.

Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smooth, but thinner than I'd like. Mild Carbonation. Moderate astringency from hops, countered nice by sweet feel of malt.

Overall: 4
A nice IPA because it is very well balance and still quite drinkable. But I find it doesn't do much to stand out among the many of other IPA available. Recommend trying once if fresh.

Photo of LazyL
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear golden orange with a white head that diapates to a soft cap. The nose is pleasant with orange, grapefruit and some soft pine. The taste is very clean ithe bitter orange and a bit of pine in the background. The mouthfeel is light and not overly dry. This is a good beer and a nice hop fix.

Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle on the suggestion of my fellow BA...

A - Pours a nice golden orange, finger of head with some retention and some sporadic sticky lacing.

S - Slightly mild given the hop presence, but earthy hops with a sweet toffee malt and a touch of earl gray tea.

T - The bitter hops shine through, coming off with a peppery presence amongst some earthy cedar and pine notes. The toffee malts come through on the finish and linger with some biscuit notes also coming through.

M - Medium bodied, goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness. Perfect for an IPA and not overly dry.

O - Overall a very tasty IPA, and I'm glad I took the opportunity to take it for a test drive. A solid hop presence, but nicely balanced with the toffee malts. Easily drinkable/poundable and easily a hophead's delight.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a murky orange hue, solid white head left consistent sticky lacing as it receded
S - strong floral and citrus notes, sharp grain, and some light pine
T - strong hop mix of florals, perfumes, and citrus & pineapple fruitiness, toasted grain malt backed it up, and piney hops come through on the finish, so good all around
M - medium carbonation, starts smooth and moves to a subdued bitter that stays wet throughout
O - a hop heads delight, so glad I picked this up at random just because I hadn't seen it before

Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed marmalade hue, tall frothy and chunky white head with loose bubbles and soapy lacing.

Aroma possesses layers of dry spice, sweet citrus and pine, along with some dry grains.

Dry earthy grains up front in the flavour, immediately joined by spicy, leafy hops, orange and lemon rind in the middle, with some pine and dry, astringent grapefruit pith on the finish and in the aftertaste.

Medium-full mouthfeel, soapy, oily texture, with moderate carbonation that provides a bit of kick on the finish.

A classic taste of the PNW, pretty much directly along the lines of what comes to mind for me when an American IPA is in question. This nails it.

Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy, light peachy gold. A finger of white, bubbly head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell. Light grains, yellow grapefruit and lemon and herby hops.

Taste. Spicy, herby hops! Some orange and grapefruit rind and a little anise.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium, smooth carbonation.

Overall. Nice IPA. And because it's organic, my future children should continue to have the correct number of appendages.

Photo of Shadman
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking IPA. Bright colour, hazy, with a neat cascading type action leading to a rich, thick head and tons of lacing.

Sweet bready malts and a floral pine hop that makes you want to drink some immediately.

some malt sweetness that quickly gets washed aside by waves of citrus and pine malts. Some malt attempts to break through in the finish along with a slight soapiness. finish is still bitter and slightly sticky.

full, slick, and slighty oily

Nice IPA, well balanced and very drinkable

Photo of billab914
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured a hazy amber color with a thick, bright white head filling the top two inches of the glass. Very good head retention as well as lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a very nice and bright hoppiness to it. It has a juicy, pineapple, mango, grapefruit flavor going on. It's all about the hops as I don't get much else coming through. Love the juicy hoppiness though.

The taste has a sweeter, juicy hoppiness to it up front. I get a lot of pineapple and mango to it at first. Towards the finish some of the bitter, citrus rind like flavors come out along with some grapefruit. Throughout the beer I get a bit of a malty, slightly caramel like sweetness that really compliments the hops nicely. I really liked the juicy, hoppiness that it had.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall this was a very good IPA and I really enjoyed it. The juicy, fruity flavors definitely nailed my tastes in IPA's. Very nice beer overall.

Photo of wordemupg
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip mar14 2011

A hazy golden orange with just a few slowly raising bubbles that feed a thick off white head that just sits there leaving rings of lace well down the glass

S faint toffee with a little lime and other fruit, plenty of hops and just a hint of earthy flowery goodness

T a little pine I didn't smell with some pineapple and grapefruit on top of what I smell, tasty stuff

M thick and slick, no complaints here

D I took down the bomber pretty quick and could take down another if I had one

one of the better IPA's I've had in recent memory and a nice addition to the shelves here in Alberta

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a recent trade. Top 50 IPA, nice.

Beer is brown and mostly clear with moderate carbonation but a lazy head, low lacing.

Aroma is grainy, not malty, mild earthiness from the hops.

Beer is medium in body and wet on the palate. There is a slight hop flavor at lead off then this earthy / sulfury / grassy midpalate to the beer that is a little off putting finishing up with a moderately bitter but slightly dry finish followed by a grainy aftertaste. Not the best IPA I've had by a long shot but it was OK overall. I won't go out of my way to have it again but perhaps one day when I'm in Oregon with my family I can grab a pint on draft.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

02/02/11- Review of a 22 oz bottle of this.
A: Sligthly hazy amber, it poured with a one-finger white head that died to a nice film and lacing.
S: Sweet tangerine pine hops that are slightly green, bananas, floral yeast notes... overall nice.
T: Very piney bitterness, cheese, slightly dry orange rind, apple juice. Not as good as the smell, but still all right.
M: Thinner, but frothy.
D: Good.

Hopworks IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.