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Hopworks IPA - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

181 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 181
Hads: 569
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 5.33%
Wants: 87
Gots: 60 | 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: 181 | Hads: 569
Photo of cbros
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a mug. Got this as an extra from madhombrewer

A- Pours an orange/ straw yellow color. There is some good carbonation activty during and after the pour. There is a small one finger white lace that stays around till the end. There is also a fair amount of cling to the glass as well.

S- I am getting strong citrus flavors, more specifically grapefruit. I am also getting the hop notes that are present in the citrus flavors.

T- The flavor of hops and citrus/grapefruit come out in the taste as well. That citrus flavor is quickly overtaken by a bitter ending. Overall a good solid American IPA. In my opinion a little heavy of citrus but nothing that kills the experience.

I got this as an extra from Ben as I make my way through as many Pac NW IPA's as I can. As far as this one goes it is a solid IPA that has some good flavor but when compared with other IPA's from this area in my opinion it does fall a little short. I would like to try other offerings from Hopworks Urban and see how there other stuff stacks up. (1,064 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (384 characters)

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Straw yellow a little hazy, nice head a little hazy.

S= From the nose there was strong citrus notes, I also got a lot of "earthy" notes from this one.

T= Taste to me was more "earthy" didn't get a huge hop taste. Mainly earthy with a slight lemon taste.

M= Clean, crisp right amount of carbonation.

D= Pretty smooth very drinkable would be nice on a summer day. (368 characters)

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. Bomber into Pint glass.

Pours a glowing crystal clear orange with a half-inch bubbly white head that dissolves quickly into a fine layer around the glass. Aroma has sweet, caramel malt, orange peel and piney hops. Flavor has orange peel, more of that piney hop flavor that is tangy, caramel malt upfront with a lingering sweet, biting bitterness that coats your mouth. Its a medium bodied and slightly sticky. It seems very balanced and its very drinkable. (477 characters)

Photo of nkersten
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into imperial pint. Golden yellow with some amber hues and a tiny fizzy white head that settles into a collar with some lacing. Cool bottle, I like the totally random "ride your bike" logo. Smell is pretty subdued and balanced, pine and citrus hops with an equal amount of malty bread crust. Taste is an equal part bitter pine hops and biscuit malt. Not sweet at all, but the pilsner malt is very noticeable. Very resinous, but I would have liked to have tasted more of the amarillo. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and light carbonation, slightly heavy finish for the style. A very drinkable beer because of the balance. A very good IPA, I would love to try this at the brewery to get all the hop freshness out of it. (732 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Pale golden, clear, good head and retention, thick lacing. SMELL is More malty sweet than floral/earthy hoppy. TASTE strong sweet and malty base balances well with floral and slightly citrusy hop. Share bitterness in teh middle fades into mostly clean finish. FEEL overly fizzy/tingly detracts from otherwise pleasant texture, medium body, bit of lingering bitterness. OVERALL very tasty, feels a bit fuller than size would indicate. Sessionable. (458 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Poured a deeper and slightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral hoppiness, and some citrus. Some skunky weed too. Tastes of citrus, some floral hoppiness, pine, some spiciness, and some caramel in the finish. Medium bitter with a lighter sweetness in the finish. I found the body to be a tad on the weaker side. Light lacing left on the glass (402 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,087 characters)

Photo of EspressoGuy
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,143 characters)

Photo of chumba526
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a medium bodied amber gold color with a sizeable white head.

It smells quite citrusy: in particular I smell a lot of grapefruit. There is a sweet smell and a bit of a pine smell as well.

It tastes initially very citrusy there is a lot of grapefruit and traces of orange peel. I also get a little bit of a sweet grassy flavor as well. The slight sweetness of the ale goes away quickly and leads to a nice bitterness. This is a hop forward beer but the beer highlights the fruity citrus flavor, the grassiness and the bitterness of the hops. There is a nice balance of the flavors.

The carbonation is moderate low.

The drinkability is very good I could easily drink a few of these. (691 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint from the source at the end of our first day in Portland, reviewed from notes on my cellphone, golden orange color with some red tint, 3/4 inch slightly off white head with retention, some lacing, aroma consists of grapefruit, floral accents with a lot of dandelions, herbal accents, toffee, citrus, and pineapple, flavor is full of floral accents, some neutral malt in the middle with lots of toffee, finish has a large amount of hoppiness with more citrusy fruits than pine or anything, goes from floral to orange peel, nice rounded hop flavor nicely balanced too, dry, citrusy and floral mouthfeel, moderatate level carbonation, medium bodied, could drink a lot of this stuff, taste is a little on the weak side for a west coast IPA but that is not necessarily a bad thing, no alcohol in the flavor, pretty refreshing after nearly a two mile walk here, would like to drink again which is why it is a good thing I have a few bottles in the fridge, recommended (965 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice golden color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Grass, hops, flowers and grains

T: Was grass and subtle mix of flowers and citrus, plenty of caramel malt, balanced

M: Nice feel, bittering hops on the end

D: Good IPA and easy to drink (266 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at the Concordia Ale House in Portland, OR

Nice IPA.

Ordered a pint which came with a scant finger of head on top of the hazy orange/amber colored beer. Some brown tones to the color. Slight lazy carbonation making it's way to the top.
Aroma was bright, fresh and very appealing. Certainly citrus, some floral notes and almost some dough notes. If that makes sense...

Flavor was smooth, well balanced and very nice. Initial Hop bang that mellows to a bread flavor. This is quickly followed by some grapefruit notes and a some nice grain/malt flavors. After this the lingering hop bitterness comes back to stay a while.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and the carbonation is bright. There is a little moment of dryness before the hops bitterness takes over at the end.

I find this inviting and drinkable. A nice effort. (836 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,334 characters)

Photo of boralyl
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

A - This beer pours a brilliant medium golden-orange. It's clear and produces an inch of white head. As the head recedes it leaves some nice lacing.

S - The aroma seemed to be a little muted. The most prominent smell was citrus, but there was also a very light caramel in the background.

M - Light to medium in body with nice crisp carbonation. Just about perfect for the style.

T - The taste is a delicious concoction of orange and piny hops. Throughout this beer there are hints of pale and caramel malts. It finishes with a medium bitterness that lasts into the aftertaste.

This is a very delicious IPA. It's got great North West hops flavor and isn't too bitter to be enjoyable. Give this one a try. (732 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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 (522 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,541 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip. 16oz can.

A - Poured a very nice crystal clear dark golden hue with a one finger creamy white head that faded to leave a nice light lacing and a thin blanket with a fluffy halo.

S - Aromas of lightly bitter pine, citrus peel (orange, grapefruit), super light malts. This thing is mostly wonderful citrus notes.

T - Taste is note quite as good as the nose. Bit more malts, light caramel and malty sweetness, nice light pine, good citrus (though a touch generic) with some good grapefruit rind.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. Wish it was a bit more as it feels just a little watery.

O - Overall, a solid IPA offering from the west coast. Quite tasty and very easy drinking. Solid. (754 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask, via hand pump, @ the Hopworks BikeBar (Portland, OR) on 9/5/11. Served in a mug.

Pours a clear copper, with a thin and sudsy looking layer of bright-white head. This dissipates pretty quickly, leaving back just a light smattering of lacing. The aroma smells leafy and a little grassy, with some sharper notes of pine and citrus mixing in. Malt and a touch of spice sit underneath and combine with the other flavors to give the nose a fresh green twang in the nostrils.

The taste has a deeply resinous and pithy bitterness to it that is just unleashed here on cask. It’s not thankfully overbearing though, as the malts do a good job of helping to balance the hops with notes of sweet caramel and lightly toasted biscuits. Pine and bitter rind linger in the backend but the overall finish here is coming off as more flavorful than assertive. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but very slick and easy in the mouth, especially for all of the hops and alcohol that are present here. Wow, I mean the mellow smoothness of this just glides across the palate. This is very drinkable and is one of the better casks feels that I've experienced lately.

As an overall IPA, I thought that this was decent to good but the cask conditioning just ratcheted the whole package here up a notch in my eyes. It really opens up those aggressive hop flavors but then counteracts that with a super easy flowing body that makes this much more quaffable than it probably has any right to be. There’s definitely more good than bad going on with this one. Especially here on cask. (1,567 characters)

Hopworks IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.