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Hopworks IPA - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Hopworks IPAHopworks IPA

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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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Reviews: 182 | Hads: 580
Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of mudbug
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
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

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.35/5  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!

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Photo of drpimento
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of chodinheaven
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  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.

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Photo of Fatjack
3.16/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1348th Review on BA
Bottle to Small tulip

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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of WesM63
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.49/5  rDev -39.4%
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?

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Photo of shand
3.7/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of KDawg
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
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

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  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.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a silk screen 22 oz bottle into a Jester King pint.

A- Pours a light orange with a 2 finger off-white head. Small wall of lacing remains atop the beer on the edge of the glass.

S- Faint citrus, predominantly orange and lemon.

T- Caramel malts, orange, grapefruit and some pine bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Has a nice faint creaminess to it.

O- Above average ipa. Glad I tried it, but won't seek out again.

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Photo of troutmask96
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So yeah I frolicked through the fields and picked bushels and bushels of fresh hops and cross-pollinated the flock to create baby bushels and then I strained, minced, and dry-hopped every last morsel until the perfect hop nectar was created and this is what I got.


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Photo of draheim
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a nice orange amber w/ a frothy off-white head that leaves a thin coating of lace.

Aroma is a really clean 50/50 mix of citrus and pine. Classic West Coast IPA goodness. A little muted, this one could be on the way downhill. But I've had it before and this one is a wonderful aromatic beast when fresh. Just has a really powerful, clean hop aroma.

Taste follows nose. Some nice dry biscuity pale malt with a dash of caramel malt, balanced by copious juicy tropical hoppy goodness. Really pretty straightforward, and very tasty.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, moderately dry.

Overall this is an outstanding IPA. I'd buy it regularly if it came in cans or 6-packs.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Coreylag for the bottle. Cheers!

Slightly hazy light orange color with an off white head that leaves a curtain of lacing.

Light citrus aroma - grapefruit is prominent. Big hop flavor - lemon, grapefruit, with lots of pine and spice coming in. One of those hoppy beers that earns the descriptor "dank." Good malt base that supports and balances the hops, but otherwise lets the hops hog the limelight.

Juicy medium body with good carbonation. This is a delicious IPA. A new favorite!

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

Browsing through a washington beer store I totally ignored this one. The label is a bit tacky, which I guess is why I didn't pick it. Then I told the bartender what I was looking for and he recommended this. AWESOME. Lots of grapefruit on the nose. A little spicy, a little floral. Flavors were consistent with the smell, but had a nice balance between the hops and the busquity malt. Awesome lacing, carbonation, etc. Very, very good IPA that I hope to get another bottle of before I go back to california.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a couple of inches of foam; leaves a nice pattern of shards behind

Smell: Grapefruity, with bready elements underneath

Taste: Bready, almost toasty, up front, with a developing floral grapefruit flavor that dominates through the finish; a bit of the bready elements linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but crisp, carbonation

Overall: A very nice example of a west coast style IPA; like that the hops are not too pithy nor does the malt get in the way

Thanks, gkatsoris, for the opportunity

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Photo of Kaibosh
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy (unfiltered), deep amber, dark golden

S - Grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, fresh

T - Grapefruit, bitter hops, slight white pepper overtones, spicy when it sits on your tongue

M - Mineral, sharp, moderate dry finish, heavier feel for an IPA

O - Classic IPA, only better! New favourite beer

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

First had: on tap at HUB, Portland, OR

Poured a hazy golden-yellow with a small white head. Fruity aroma, citrusy, various hop profiles. Pine and grapefruity hops in the taste, grassy, with a solid bready malt base. Crisp and dry in the finish. Light-medium body. Solid, drinkable IPA overall.

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