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Rise Up Red - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

116 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-12-2009)
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Braz, Mar 07, 2014
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #66 (July 2012):

LOOK: Hazed reddish copper, great lacing

SMELL: Toasted bread, citrus rind, mint, hay, caramel, spice, figs, yeast

TASTE: Very smooth, creamy, toasted bread, hop bitterness, buckwheat honey, earthy, orange rind, nutmeg, evergreen, faint alcohol warmth, dried plums, peppery, grainy, semi-bitter finish

An all-around solid and very well-balanced American Red Ale with that PNW trademark lien to hops. Organic as well, which seems to be no longer a trend but perhaps a life-choice for some. Thankfully for them, they have beers like this. Great job on this one!

BeerAdvocate, Nov 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

dimitrov, Jun 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

chickenm, Jul 28, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big light off white head settles into a nice lacing above a clear reddish copper colored beer.

Lightly roasted caramel grain malts aroma with a light citrus hops also coming through.

Full light roasted caramel malts taste with some hops backbone gives this beer a nice blend of the two.

A dryish aftertaste that keeps a light roasted malts hanging around with this medium bodied beer.

Pretty good stuff, sort of like Sam Adams Boston Lager meets west coast hops with good success.

LXIXME, May 20, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, very 'Red Dawn' reminiscent imagery on the label.

This beer pours a moderately hazy, medium copper amber hue, with two solid fingers of puffy, bubbly, and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a consistent wash of dripping painted lace around the glass as it evenly settles.

It smells of creamy caramel malt, a bit of Toffifay, rather pleasant orange, grapefruit, and lime citrus notes, a spearmint spiciness, a touch of dark fruit sweetness, and further leafy, earthy hops. The taste is moderately sweet caramel/toffee malt, consistently assertive pine needle and citrus rind bitterness, musty tea, indistinct savoury spices, aided and abetted all by some herbal organics of the same nature (yeah, I don't know what that means either).

The carbonation is just a bit on the low and sly side, and kind of ethereally frothy, the body a slim medium weight, and decently smooth, given that meddling fracas of hop astringency. It finishes more sweet than otherwise, but not off-puttingly so - the base malt and over-reaching hops coming to a particularly modest detente.

I may have been inferring that Rise-Up Red is something akin to a DIPA, but no, this is actually just a pleasant amber ale, one subjected to the whims of a West Coast hop treatment - the extremities otherwise unknown in this style are suddenly here in spades, and enjoyable in their game-bringing. While not an Imperial Red (I do like the sound of that), given the restrained ABV, everything else points to yes - as in, yes, more please.

biboergosum, Sep 09, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint sized can served cold into an imperial pint glass.

Rise Up Red is a suitably reddish amber color with a slight haze. The head is somewhat thin and short lived.

Aroma is hoppy and sweet with a citrus candy character. Nice and fresh but no recognizable date stamp.

Flavor is more malty and balanced than I expected given the aroma. The hops are still there but they have a rich amber malt base to compete with.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Well balanced and enjoyable.

Overall a very good American red ale. Hoppy without being overly so and nicely balanced.

GilGarp, Mar 29, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a corny keg for the home system at the brewery. Pours a pretty orange-amber color with a couple of fingers of creamy off-white head that leaves a nice coating of lace on the glass. Aroma is big on caramel malt and a big dose of fruity hops, with notes if grapefruit and a touch of wood.
Palate is a nice balance between caramel malt and assertive, piney hops. Notes of oak, grapefruit, and mild pepper come through before the fairly dry, slightly chalky finish. Body is full and rather creamy, which is great for the flavors involved here. A solid, NW-style red ale for sure.

ElGordo, May 01, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish copper hue with a big one-inch head; decent lacing

S: Slightly subdued but the hops do eventually come out: tea leaves, lemon, some grapefruit; there's a touch of a bready malty undertone; I just wish the aromas were a bit more pronounced

T: More pronounced flavors than aromas: hop bitterness with plenty of citrus and tea leaves; balanced by a bready malt backbone; really refreshing

F: Medium body and a touch sticky

O: I like this beer a lot; bready and hoppy and refreshing; my first beer from HUB and I will definitely be back

dbossman, Oct 12, 2012
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2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a snifter. Copper color, almost transparent held up to the light with a half inch of white head.

S - Smells like a handfull of hops. Sharp citrus with malty notes.

T - Initial watery taste, then the hops kicking in some bitterness and a slight malty sweetness. There does not seem to be any complexity, pretty one-sided and unbalanced by the bitter.

M - Crisp and bubbly. Light body and quick finish.

D - Not really excited about this beer. The nose and appearance were really good, but the taste was a let down. Not a great drink, but not bad either.

Fatehunter, Dec 29, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland, OR) on 9/4/11. Served in a mug.

Pours a clear amber, with a ½ finger of off-white head. This retains with a rich foamy creaminess, which leaves back a sudsy cascade of lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells freshly flora, piney, and spicy, set against a backdrop of juicy grapefruit and some deep underlying sweet caramel malt, which combine to give this a rich hoppy twang. Man, this is dry and flavorful in the nose, with a perfect Pacific Northwest feel to it.

The taste continues this and is quite assertive on the palate, with a lot of bitter grapefruit and sticky resins. I mean the hop flavors are just full-on here, but are tamed a bit by a sticky backbone of sweet caramel and toasted malt. The overall profile definitely puts the hops at the forefront here though, with an aggressive finish of dry pine and spice that coats the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with sharp and prickly feel to the carbonation that matches up well with all of that hoppiness, but then some underlying slickness does help keep this more smooth and slick feeling in the long-run.

I tried this since it was recommended to me by a local the previous night and I’m glad I listened! This was a fantastic American Amber, with just the type of awesome West Coast hop presence to it that I had been craving and it packed a ton of well balanced flavor into its sub 6% body. Man, this really hit the spot and is one of the best types of the style that I’ve had in a while.

Kegatron, Sep 26, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a swampy reddish brown, solid tan head left a nice consistent lace ring
S - pleasant mix of citrus, earthy, toasty, and sweet aromas, very enticing
T - strong earthy hops with undertones of citrus, strong bready and toasty malt backbone, light musty hint
M - medium to heavy body with lower carbonation, a nice consistent hop bitter through finish
O - i love the fact that they've upped the ante with two hop varieties on this, comes across more like an ESB, which is one of my favourite styles, this beer is a must

joemcgrath27, Dec 02, 2011
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3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bomber split between two pint glasses for my wife and I to enjoy. It seemed like a solid bet at $4.50 a bottle. This is my first beer from HUB.

The pour yielded about three fingers of lite beige head seated atop a clear strawberry colored body with yellow-orange edges. Some spotty lacing is visible.

The smell is very promising. Nice aromas of pineapple and biscuit is evident.

The taste is not great. Lots of generic bitter and some lemon dominate. Some burnt caramel is apparent. Its a little bland and watery.

Mouthfeel could be better. Its a little thin with low carbonation.

Drinkability is easy. Its easy, because its thin an boring. I wish it was a little more complex with a bigger body. I wanted to like this one, but didn't and won't try again. I prefer Ninkasi Believer for my red ale fix.

hopsbreath, May 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2%

jtognoni, Apr 18, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper- red. Small, thin head. Nice, sticky lacing.

S: citrus and flowers.

T: caramel malty sweetness. Citrus and grapefruit. There is a hint of chocolate malt.. Pine one finish.

M: medium high carbonation. Medium high body.

O: solid NW red ale. Like it and will purchase again.

jellikit, Jul 13, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first tasting at the OBF!

- Great clear dark amber/brown color... subtle head, bubbly, with a bit of reddish lacing...

- Nice smooth buttery malt, rich... creamy... roasty.. sweet... lots of bittering citrus.. pine....

- Smooth and light, but yet complex balance and flavor... truly a malt masterpiece with a perfect compliment of bittering and smooth pine/citrus...

- Light, clean, slightly dry... but good!

- Super good red.. and light, not over the top... and almost perfect... a great flavorful session red! Hopworks is never a let down!

Docer, Jul 28, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

spark3148857, May 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

rogerthegill, Jan 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

hannaho, May 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

jaydoc, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark coppery amber with the appropriate red tint; fine one finger off-white head with great retention a lots of lacing. Aroma of biscuit, slightly bready malt, citrus and light pine hops, light spicy fruits. Flavor is nice biscuit and bready malt, light citrus and pine hops, citrus juice, grapefruit. Finishes with grapefruit and grassy hops. Medium bodied with decent carbonation in the mouth feel. A nicely balanced, fruit juicy red ale that is not that hop forward, but has a nice lingering citrus hop finish. Slightly sweet and a bit citrus forward, but well done.

LiquidAmber, Aug 01, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

John_Brewster_III, Sep 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

kylemckinnis, Apr 30, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from tap at HUB (Hopworks Urban Brewery). Liked so much I bought and filled a growler!

Gorgeous reddish amber hue. Good foam and lace. Smells like a very nice red ale, full of fresh hops and a hint of roasted nuttiness. Some subtle malty and red fruit flavors on palate. The level of astringency and acid is well balanced. Very fresh, good body, and great to sip. Tasted with 10 Hopworks beers and this one went into my growler!

cbarrett4, Mar 07, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

throwerbri, Jul 20, 2012
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Rise Up Red from Hopworks Urban Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.