Deluxe Organic Ale (DOA) - Hopworks Urban Brewery
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4.75/5 rDev +28.4%
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.
Another well-executed brew from HUB.
It would be great to see this in 6-packs as it's a really great beer.
01-26-2013 02:28:28 | More by MadeInOregon
4.35/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
11-16-2012 03:43:43 | More by smakawhat
4.33/5 rDev +17%
10 oz. nonic at the Horsebrass on cask, where they had this listed as the Deluxe Old Ale (DOA). I didn't realize until I reviewed my notes from the Deluxe Organic Ale that it was one in the same, and that Horsebrass simply had the name wrong (I verified this with HUB to be sure). Interestingly, I gave it the exact same score as on CO2. Rather then reiterate my review below, I'll just enumerate the differences.
The cask had a smaller head and left a bit more lace.
Smell was a little bit more fruity, bubblegum esters then on C02.
Taste was equally delicious, well balanced and smooth.
Mouthfeel was a bit softer, with with a thinner body, and seemed more oily then on C02.
Drinkability was equally kick ass. What a beer!
03-27-2008 22:12:03 | More by ccrida
4.22/5 rDev +14.1%
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!
10-18-2008 04:58:27 | More by Magpie14
4.22/5 rDev +14.1%
A pint, found on tap at Kelly's Olympian for a paltry $3.75.
A: Served with little ivory head in a chilled glass; ruby-kissed amber and a clear, almost carbonation-less appearance. Despite a minimal head, this leaves regular bands of woven lace up and down the glass.
S: Berry-like fruitiness, orange/citrus hopping, nutty caramel.
T: Strong on the spiced apple, orange pith and malt-sweet toffee with a covering of zesty green hops. Never too sweet nor too bitter.
M: Falls just short of 'syrupy', definitely has a heavier mouthfeel and body. Juicy and sticky all at once, spicy hopping dances on the tip of the tongue and gummy malt lingers in a lip-hugging ring.
D: Deceptively drinkable, dangerous. Have had this a number of times before (including a 6-month barrel-aged version just days ago); always enjoyable and certainly worthy of recommending.
10-17-2008 20:55:37 | More by msubulldog25
4.2/5 rDev +13.5%
Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Service Glassware, 3oz Shot Glass.
The ale pours orange with a nice level of clarity. A white medium foam dissipates into a ridge-line of lace lies shortly after it settles.
Under the nose I detect a dance of malt some pine and a subtle floral.
The balance of sweet carmel and some raisin, dances almost intersecting with the hops. Overall Mouthfeel, is medium.
05-20-2008 03:38:33 | More by mnapier
4.1/5 rDev +10.8%
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!
06-05-2009 00:01:41 | More by Docer
British Columbia (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
01-06-2013 02:24:36 | More by EspressoGuy
4.08/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
06-09-2011 02:08:40 | More by Beerenauslese
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
I asked my server about this beer as neither the name nor the menu listing are particularly descriptive. She fell back on the menu listing which reads, "Strong like bull but sweet like your momma." I told her my momma wasn't so sweet to which she laughed and replied, "Everybody says that."
What she served to me moments later was a pint of exceptionally clear mahogany ale with modestly strong carbonation holding up a regal cap of creamy froth. Wall-to-wall lace would soon drape the glass. I inhaled a bright candied aroma - sugary though not overly strong. The flavor was strong with elements of cherry syrup and honeysuckle. Very nice, though the alleged 55 IBU remained sequestered.
I've variously heard that this is a strong ale or an imperial red. Either moniker will do nicely though DOA also shares some qualities with a winter warmer.
06-13-2008 00:40:42 | More by RedDiamond
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
04-27-2010 02:10:36 | More by tempest
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
11-11-2009 20:14:53 | More by PDXHops
Deluxe Organic Ale (DOA) from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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