Deluxe Organic Ale (DOA) - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ccrida on 03-27-2008

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Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Pils glass, as the tap takeover at the Underground grinds along on a Monday night.

This beer appears a murky, dark orange brick amber colour, with one thick finger of puffy, bubbly, and loosely foamy beige head, which leaves a broken wall of old concrete lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of bready, light sugary caramel malt, red wine grapes, spiced apple pie, earthy yeast, and peppy leafy, weedy, and citrusy hops. The taste is grainy caramel malt, complex and confounding ripe orchard fruit, a hint of white pepper spice, and still up for it leafy, citrusy, and hay-like hops.

The bubbles are quite understated, and barely noticeable at times, the body an adequate medium weight, and plainly smooth, the fruity esters yo-yoing about. It finishes perfectly off-dry, the malt dancing a dance of fools with the playfully schizoid fruitiness.

An enjoyable and drinkable hopped up red ale, the fruity essences ruling the day. Could see putting back a few of these on another occasion, given how it hides its near 7 points of alcohol so well - worthy of checking out.

Photo of Magpie14
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: amber color with red tints all around, minimal head followed by minimal lacing

S: sweet malts, acidic fruits...smoke from bar

T: bang on! smooth caramel and malt with flowery hop kick at the end. Sweetness is reminiscent of a fruits (apple, oranges) sweet. Never had this brew, never heard of it, and it has made its way to the top of my list for it's kind. Great overall body and taste with nice touch of bitterness, super well rounded. Great vibe!

M: medium body and carbonation

D: yea, great drinker, nice-nice beer!

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle at Belmont Station. Man, this yet another great beer from Hopworks. It comes off sort of like an extra big ESB. The malt has a delicious sugar cookie taste that's backed up by a spicy hop kick. Overall this is a well-balanced strong ale with a lot of character. Check it out.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours red-tinges amber with a fading head.
Malty aroma of bready melanoidin malt and spicy hops. Somewhat faint.
Similarly malty flavours with more bready malt and golden syrup, along with a bit of nutty malt. Finishes sweet with a little booze and a mild bitterness.
Could use more carbonation and a lighter body.

Photo of Docer
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was just at the pub, but bought a bottle of this before hand because I knew I was going to try 2 of their other offerings before this one... so I got a bomber for at home... poured into my new Hopworks full pint glass and opened with my free Hopworks keychain opener.. lol.. love the stuff..

- Nice red-ale color... dark amber, coper.. clear.. thin eggshell head.. lacing all about..

- Roasted grain and malt... barley... smells earthy, grainy, and good! Nothing like the all-natural sugars for this yeast to munch on... really smells like a true ale.. bit of some mild bittering.. but seems balance is what is in store.. bit of brown sugar.. must be what it is!

- Smooth sweet grain.. caramel, bread, barley and malt mash... just a huge grain profile... seriously good, and in a way that would make a hop-head look at other alternatives for their favorite beers...

- Little dry, chewy from the grain.. light alcohol leftovers..

- Carbonated well.. almost too well.. but right for the style, so i can't say it's too much. Very drinkable as there isn't much of an alcohol burn at all. Overall a very good unique ale.. something every beer lover should try.

Must say.. today was my first Hopworks experience.. and I have lived in the Portland Metro area all my life... but I have seriously found a new favorite brewer and place to hang when i can get down there!

Photo of smakawhat
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint (nonic) glass at 52 degrees as instructed (50-55).

Pours a nice orange amber, hitting the glass and making a real foamy off tan head. Four fingers deep, and settling down to three with very good retention and top. Body is a bit dull and goes more to a dull orange/rust and brown color. Kind of dull looking otherwise not too bad.

Nose is real impressive. Fruit powder sugar of cherry. Light herbal tea hop notes. Light maple syrup sweetness. Maybe even a little bit of marmalade orange sensations also. Quite unique and appetizing!

Palate hits with a real nice juicy fruit character. Chewing gum like fruit hubba bubba, tea like aromatic bitters mixing with sweet malts and light maple syrup also. Bouquet brings all the notes to the palate nicely. A bit of powdered cinnamon toast quality and bready brown crust on the finish too. Body has moderate carbonation, even some depth but a very light feel to it strangely enough.

This is my first Hopworks brew I've had and so far I am very impressed.

Photo of EspressoGuy
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: like an brown/amber beer bottle

S: fresh, light, pineapple, green grape; green leaf

T: refreshing, slightly bitter finish, not a strong hop character; well balanced malt/hops; very appealing; surprised that it's 6.9% alcohol-- no heat or heaviness at all.

M: medium bodied

O: a really nice "house" beer. I love beers with lots of character and big flavours but sometimes I just want a simple likeable good beer -- and this is it.

Photo of Reidrover
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, Dang all froth with a careful pour..I hate these types of bottled beers. After the froth monster calms down it appears to be a murky brown ale, with still a huge tan head..thick and bubbly. Aroma? quite subdued but i get English toffee malt hints.. Taste is mainlly malty,,sweet ,caramel, fudge.Little hop in the end lucky i like sweet malt-bombs! Palate is just fine for style, thick yet smooth, goes down well ,sweetness isnt too cloying. Over all a nice enough beer but does not distinguish itself.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm pretty sure the only other strong ale I have had is Arrogant Bastard. I just cracked open the bottle and it really smells nothing like Arrogant Bastard, so we shall see. Pours maybe a one finger head into my standard pint glass. The beer was fighting me in the way of head, I poured it pretty aggressively and it only gave me a little bit. The head is about 50% small bubbles, 25% big bubbles and 25% medium bubbles, not really creamy or soapy or anything like that, just looks like your standard head. It might be just a hair off white in color. We will see about lacing once I start to drink the beer, head retention is decent, but I didn't get a whole lot to start out with. The body is somewhat see through, but dark enough that I can't see all too much. The body is a dark orange with hints or red in it, I will say that it looks somewhat similar to Arrogant Bastard. Carbonation looks about medium. Like I said we will see how the lacing goes, but so far I am liking the look of this beer. The head has gone substantially but there is still a solid layer of foam on top of the body. Now that I'm smelling it for a second time....not much has changed, it still doesn't smell anything like Arrogant Bastard. It's a pretty standard ale smell, decent amount of hops, maybe a touch more malts than hops. Pretty clean smelling, refreshing, etc. Maybe some roasted or caramel malts. I do get a bit of a yeast smell in here, which is a little surprising. There isn't much in the way of alcohol on the nose, which is good. Overall it smells good, just very standard and really nothing to write home about. That's a very interesting beer, just like the last Hopworks beer I had was. It's really hitting me at all angles and I can't tell if I like it or not. There really isn't one dominating flavor, but I'll try to just start from the beginning. There are some hops in here, but they are for sure less than the malts, again though, like with the last Hopworks beer, the malts aren't super overpowering, which is good. This beer is very sweet, but not overly sweet, one thing this brewery does great is not overdoing it in any category, with that being said, they have so far underdone it a tiny bit in the hops category, this beer included. I do get a very nice like...maybe holiday spice in the background of this beer, maybe cinnamon or something like that? It's very nice, hard to identify, but it adds character to a beer that is already pretty complex. There also may be just a hair of fruit in here, but it is very small if there is any. There is more of an alcohol presence than I thought there would be, but frankly it adds a nice touch to the flavor. When I first sipped this beer I really wasn't going too nuts over it, I was thinking 3.5, but now that I've had a few more sips it's kinda growing on me, I'm thinking 4, because it's not a bad tasting beer, and it's very very complex. Maybe it even deserves more than a 4, but for now I'm not going to make any big leaps. Mouthfeel is about where it should be, the body is a little thin for my liking, but I suppose it's big enough for the style. The alcohol leaves a bite in your mouth and that really dominates the mouthfeel. Carbonation is pretty low and doesn't affect the mouthfeel much. Overall a pretty good mouthfeel. Drinkability is....eh, not bad. The alcohol is for sure more present than I thought it would be when I smelled the beer, but it's not ridiculous and it adds to the flavor of the beer nicely. It's really not a hard beer to drink, it goes down pretty well for a strong ale. Overall this is a pretty dang good beer, super complex and not a bad flavor at all. The beer really grew on me, and I can for sure give it a solid 4 for taste. As for appearance, the lacing was just like the last Hopworks beer I had, amazing to start out with, and then got very patchy, still a solid 4 because of the lacing to start out with and the good looking body. Overall a pretty good beer.

Photo of Rifugium
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at HUB, Portland, OR

Poured a darker amber color with a small cap of off-white head; minimal lacing. Good balance of caramel malts and citrusy hops in the aroma, notes of light fruit. Not as much balance in the taste; sweet malts, citrus, apple skins, with some fresh hops in the background. Sticky, medium body, nothing tremendous, but drinkable nonetheless.

Photo of vkv822
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz into tulip pint

Pours a clear, coppery amber with a thick, foamy off white head, thick lacing.

Malty, caramel notes with a lightly grassy, floral hop background.

Medium body, foamy active carbonation.

Nothing particularly fancy, just a well done, tasty amber ale.

Photo of GreenCard
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: copper-orange, fairly clear, big layer of off-white spongey foam that stays around forever

Aroma: lush biscuity caramel and passion-fruit hops

Flavor: robust malt sweetness laced with more passion-fruit and a touch of citrus; caramel, a hit of peppery alcohol, and a pretty smooth bitterness reaching into the semisweet finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation, and a slickness in the mouth

Photo of PDXHops
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, poured into a snifter.

See-thru amber with 2 fingers of fluffy cream-colored head. Nice retention and pretty good lacing.

Quite a sweet-smeeling brew, with plentiful caramel, baked apples, and a fairly strong orange/tangerine citrusy qualilty. A bit of grass and grain underneath the sweetness.

The grass and grain are more pronounced in the mouth. In combo with a plentiful caramel sweetness, this makes for quite a robust, multifaceted malt profile. The moderate citrus flavors team up with the caramel to make a nice juicy mouthfeel. Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall impression: Solid brew from Hopworks.

Photo of MadeInOregon
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Halfway between a brown ale and an IPA. I would say, if I had to categorize it, that it's a pale ale more than a "strong" ale. The alcohol is there but it's more muted than you might expect.

Very balanced.

Very sessionable.

Another well-executed brew from HUB.

It would be great to see this in 6-packs as it's a really great beer.

Photo of beagle75
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with less than one finger of eggshell-tinted foam head. Medium lacing remains on the glass.

S: Resin-laced caramel, restrained bread, slightly buttery.

T: Begins off-dry, with rich toasted malt and candied orange peel. Acidity is very mild into the middle where flavors turn slightly drier, but with some of the aromatic qualities of maple syrup. The finish is mildly bitter, excellently complemented by metered herbaceous spice and honey.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, resinous but otherwise balanced on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This stock ale is an exemplary rendition of the American amber style, if a bit strong. It shows that balance and restraint can be an interesting quality in and of itself. With the exception of one small-batch sour, this is HUB's best beer yet encountered.

Photo of froghop
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-cloudy dark amber-red a small off white head, and good lacing.

smell is of malt, a little sweetness, and caramel.

taste is slightly oily, sweet, caramel, an organic background, malt, and some hops in the back, ends with a slight organic funk aftertaste.

Photo of warmstorage
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: medium to dark amber, moderate off-white head, leaves moderate to significant lacing rings. Nice.

Aroma: grainy malt, a slight hint of alcohol, and very light earthy hops. Not remarkable.

Taste: distinct malty grainy sweetness, some earthiness. Minimal hop character. Kind of unremarkable.

Mouth: relatively full and flightly slick. Sticks around for a while. A small alcohol note.

Overall: meh. My least favorite of the HUB beers I've had. Kind of muddled and unremarkable. Kind of like an attempt at Arrogant Bastard, but without the hop body. Drinkable, and I wouldn't turn it down if someone offered it, but HUB has much better stuff to offer.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy burnt orange color with a 1/2 finger tan head.

S: It took a lot of effort to pick up much of a smell in this one. After I put it in a snifter, I could pick up some faint aromas of dried mango, orange peel and burnt manzanita wood. There are interesting smells here, they're just hard to get to.

T: The taste was pretty thin as well. Lemon and a bit of hop sourness but not much of a hop bite. The hops seemed a bit faded to me. Big bready malts on the finish. Glad I got to try this, but I probably wouldn't rush to try another.

Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Handsome rich amber color, clear, with a nice foam in the tall glass. Plenty of carbonation, and a decent beery mouthfeel.

A huge sugary caramel flavor seems to dominate the initial taste, followed by the bitter twang of hops. This is oddly sweet, though it has an interesting spiciness to go with it. Moderate hoppiness with some dank and leafy notes. Some dark medicinal bitterness at the end.

Another organic oddity with a taste of bitter squash soup. Why is alleged organic barley so peculiar? It's OK for some sipping but gets tiresome after a glass. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Wine World and Spirits in north Seattle.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer doesn't really fit the bill of an American Strong Ale. Never gonna compete with other strong ales like Matt and Melange #3. This would be better classified as a pale ale or even a red ale.

Body is a reddish gold, with a thick sudsy head with good retention.

Smells of malt and earthy hops. Some brown sugar sweetness.

Tastes of sweet malt and earthy hops. Has a sweet malt kick on the tongue that a red ale might have. Some fruity esters too, with elements of tropical fruits/pineapple. While this has a pretty big malt bill and sweetness, the hops work to balance this out a bit, but not completely.

Body is medium, with moderate carbonation, providing a creamy mouthfeel.

A good beer, definitely liking the taste of the sweet organic malts with the fruity esters, but this remains rather sweet overall. This is a hard beer to categorize. Nevertheless, another good entry from HUB. A pretty drinkable beer, but I would move on after one of these to something less malty.

Photo of kemoarps
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice ruby/amber with a decent off white head that lingers for a while before moving on to more important tasks such as lacing the sides of my glass.

The nose is primarily sweet, with a sugary almost fruit influence. ALmost a bit creamy as well.

The taste presents layers of caramel and light fruity sweetness balanced by not-quite-bready malts and a little bit of bitterness that comes through in the second half and lingers. Intriguing.

May be a little more carbonation than I seek in the style, but not bad. Drinkable, but I wouldn't want more than one at a time.

Worth checking out if you're looking for something you've not had before, but not one that requires tracking down or grabbing at first opportunity.

Photo of bret27
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of guy411

Deluxe organic ale? bottle makes no statement to clarify that. This site lists it as a strong ale. Well... at least we know it's not full of chemicals.

S: bready, yeasty, floral hops

A: lite golden amber. off-white foamy head

T: honey, hops, sweet, caramel, minimal bitter hop bite.

M/D: medium/thin body. Fairly sweet and lite. Don't really taste etoh.

Overall: Kind of pale ale-ish. Seems a little off. Drinkable, but not really memorable.

Photo of illidurit
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy Guy411. Pours a clear dark gold/amber color with a thin beige froth. Aroma is heavy on iced tea crystal malt character, with some perfumey hops. Flavor is again crystal malt with some breadiness and vague fruity hops. Light bitterness. Drinkable but possibly not fresh.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, OR, in an attempt to get more local Portland brews to bring hom to Sydney. This one, I shared with @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a hazed amber-red hue, with a frothy, bubbly head of off-white tending to orange if I had to pick a coloured direction. Body is pretty light and a bit dull. Lacing is spotty and patchy. Not bad overall.

Nose is mildly fruity, and hit with a pleasant, moderated roasted note, or something else grainy at least. It has a solid citrus bite to it, and a hint of something green and vegetative. Not inspired, but solid enough.

Taste is oddly sweet, with a firm malty base coming through and giving a caramel and carob character to the brew. Cutting this is a slight earthy bitterness, that does lift it slightly. It's nicely balanced, but it feels as though it's missing some complexity, or some breadth on the palate. Again, it's solid stuff, but it's firmly within the lines.

Feel is solid and smooth: it very much suits what this beer ends up being.

Overall, it's a good beer. It's even perhaps a very good beer. But it's just a bit dull. I mean, c'mon, we've seen this before from any number of other places. I'm on the lookout for standout beers now, for beers that recast a style or make me think about the whole concept of beer. This beer doesn't do it, but if you're after solid and pedestrian, go right ahead.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden reddish hazy brew with a good clingy lacing.

S- Caramel, chocolate, and malts. This has a huge malt presence in the nose.

T- I'm getting what I smelled, caramel and a slight bitter chocolate, with a huge bitterness in the end. But I'm getting what almost tastes like a lager yeast taste too. Not too bad of a brew.

M- Easy on the mouth, medium bodied, not thin or thick.

D- Good drinking brew, over all not too bad.

With American Strong Ale being a cluster fuck of a style it is hard to nail down any specific characteristics that help in reviewing vs other ASA. This is however different then most I've had, maltier by far.

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Deluxe Organic Ale (DOA) from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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