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Deluxe Organic Ale (DOA) - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Deluxe Organic Ale (DOA)Deluxe Organic Ale (DOA)

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 114
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews: 41 | Hads: 114
Photo of GreenCard
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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 (414 characters)

Photo of bret27
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.18/5  rDev -15%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4/5  rDev +7%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of mjl21
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Belmont Station in Portland for $4.99. 22 ounce bottle poured into a SA perfect pint glass. Comes in at 6.9%. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours a clear amber with some reddish hue. It has a one finger off white head that stays at a nice foamy/craggy layer. Leaves some nice looking lace.

S-It reminds me of a fresh hop beer with lots of grapefruit from what I assume are Cascade hops that are not over the top. There is some lightly toasted biscuit malt. I also get some bubblegum and some alcohol.

T-The grapefruit and the biscuit malt dominate the flavor equally. Grapefruit bitterness is strong in the aftertaste and there is also some noticeable booze.

M-Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and creamy.

D-Defintely a grapefruit dominant beer. I found the booze to be distracting for a pale ale.

This is my least favorite of the HUB beers. The alcohol was too apparent. I'd rather have their IPA or Organic Red. (933 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark amber body layered with a sudsy, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of caramel-coated malts, hints of toast, hints of bread, citrus fruits, spicy herbs, and just a touch of standard pine.

Taste: Malty beginning with bready, faintly grainy tastes and a decidedly candied caramel sweetness. Hops display citrus, pine, and an earthy herbal quality as well as even a hint of spiciness. Medium-high bitterness present. Some additional fruitiness lurking within. Finishes bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Just a hair above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit reminiscent of Stone's Arrogant Bastard and Terrapin's Big Hoppy Monster, but that could just as easily be the deranged thoughts of a alcohol-ravaged mind. A nicely bold brew that offers plenty of malts, hops, and satisfying booze. (833 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle into Kapittel chalice.

Amber hued brew one finger head, little lacing. Nice balance in the nose with bready malts fairly prominent. Good balance on the tastebuds, a bit more piney than citrusy. Fairly active mouthfeel, happy mouth. For the style (e.g., Arrogant Bastard), quite drinkable. Not my favorite HUB regular offering, but a close second to the exempllary IPA. Definitely worth seeking out for 'Big" Beer drinkers. Quite enjoyable, and very tasty. (470 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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! (1,368 characters)

Photo of warmstorage
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of Magpie14
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
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! (526 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (858 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (851 characters)

Photo of mnapier
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Cheers (406 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (734 characters)

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Deluxe Organic Ale (DOA) from Hopworks Urban Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.