Deluxe Organic Ale (DOA) - Hopworks Urban Brewery
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3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
After tasting their Abominable Winter Ale, I was determined to try more Hopworks brews.
A: heavy off-white head that lingers, with some good lacing. Clear cider-colored brew.
S: Lemons, apple, pine hop favors, and some fruitiness.
T: Tart apple, berry and sour citrus with a good malt balance.
M: Bubbly, crisp, but slightly watery.
D: Good, and Hopworks gets an extra point for producing a well-priced organic beer, but I would like more flavor.
02-08-2011 06:41:10 | More by Jeriba
3.03/5 rDev -18.1%
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.
08-29-2010 23:23:03 | More by froghop
3.23/5 rDev -12.7%
Not really sure how a sub-7% beer gets listed as a "Strong Ale", but, whatever. This my first beer from HUB and basically this is a hoppy Red Ale. This beer has a nice copper color with just an inch of off-white head that had good retention and lacing.
A nicely hoppy aroma isn't overpowering and has a bit of malt in the background. There is a bit more of a malt presence on the tongue and the hops dominate.
The body is decent, but on the thin side of either style. Drinkabiloity was good, but I think I'd get bored quickly with this beer. Overall, a decent beer that's worth your time if you see it.
06-27-2010 21:09:34 | More by beertunes
3.68/5 rDev -0.5%
On-tap at Gold Dust Meridian in Portland, OR. Pint glass.
appearance - pours a glowing orange, foamy head with good retention and spotty lacing
smell - sweet light hops and caramel malt
taste - honey, caramel malt, light hops, alcohol, not much complexity, a bit bitter
mouthfeel - carbonated, medium bodied, dry finish
drinkability - the alcohol presence hurts this one for me, but it's not a bad beer, although Hopworks makes much better stuff
05-21-2010 17:43:07 | More by djbreezy
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
"(Deluxe Organic Ale is) strong like bull but sweet like your momma."
Perfectly pleasing pumpkin orange with a fiery topaz-like glow when backlit with sunshine. A thick chunk of toasted oatmeal colored foam resides on top, melts slooowy, and does a fine job festooning the glass with scattered sheets of suds.
The nose is less than impressive. DOA smells like a lower alcohol 'golden' barleywine, with no distinctive darker malts or recognizable hops. Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo, et al, may be done to death, but it's because they provide fantastic flavor.
This offering tastes like the nose said it would. Highly-hopped quasi-Imperial Oktoberfest works as well. Trouble is, I'm not a fan of malt bills like this and hop bitterness without good hop flavor. This is shaping up to be my least favorite H.U.B. brew so far.
The malts taste mostly pale, with something moderately toasted (Munich, Victory) lending a helping hand. The hops are orange peel-like and are otherwise unimpressive from a flavor standpoint. The absence of stronger flavors is probably the biggest reason why the alcohol isn't buried as well as it could be. The ABV seems more like 8.9% than 6.9%.
Mouthfeel (along with appearance) is the highlight of this experience. The beer has a glassy smooth richness that one doesn't often experience at less than 8.0%. Nicely integrated bubbles provide exactly the right amount of lift and life.
Keeping in mind the small percentage of their lineup that I've had so far, Hopworks Urban Brewery knows their stuff. Their IPA is some kind of amazing and Crosstown Pale Ale and Survial "Seven Grain" Stout are excellent as well. Deluxe Organic Ale seems pedestrian in comparison, but I guess 'different strokes for different folks' is what makes the world go round.
05-12-2010 14:32:14 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
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
03-27-2010 01:18:53 | More by GreenCard
3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
01-31-2010 07:20:53 | More by bret27
3.18/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
01-30-2010 21:29:04 | More by illidurit
3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
01-19-2010 04:51:19 | More by Wetpaperbag
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
3.68/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
11-03-2009 03:34:58 | More by mjl21
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
10-07-2009 04:17:15 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.38/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
09-10-2009 01:19:55 | More by Reidrover
3.98/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
06-28-2009 02:48:22 | More by jdense
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
3.25/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
03-02-2009 22:25:17 | More by warmstorage
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
4.03/5 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
4.2/5 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
4.33/5 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
Deluxe Organic Ale (DOA) from Hopworks Urban Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.