Rise Up Red - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

132 Ratings
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86
very good

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-12-2009

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Ratings: 132 | Reviews: 58
Reviews by cratez:
Photo of cratez
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle purchased by my dad at The Brewery Creek Liquor Store in Vancouver, British Columbia. Shared with mrmanning. Pours a brilliant, hazy copper red with amber hues, a thick ring of cream white head, and dots of lacing on the tulip. Smell is orange peel, citrusy hops, Clementine, some spices, sweet fruitiness (lychee?), perfume, very bright and floral, pink grapefruit, quite resinous. Taste is light toasty graininess up front, blood oranges and caramel in the body, with a pithy, citric, and lingering hop bitterness to end. Mouthfeel is slick, oily, medium, and juicy. Finishes dry and bitter, but the hops don't smack you in the face like an IPA or DIPA. In fact, just as one would expect of a true American amber, this beer is exceptionally balanced. At 5.8% ABV, Rise Up would be a regular session brew for me if I had consistent access to it. A solid effort from HUB.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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!

Photo of LXIXME
4.06/5  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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of ElGordo
3.88/5  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.

Photo of dbossman
3.88/5  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

Photo of Fatehunter
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Photo of hopsbreath
3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of jellikit
3.94/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Docer
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pounder can picked up tonight at the COOP... Enjoyed at the wife's office... Pours a clear glowing amber with a great off white head that leaves great lacing. Not as bitter as I expected, but a very balanced hoppiness perfumes the aroma and flavor with PNW hops and is tempered by a biscuity-dry toast maltiness that is surprisingly dry given the malty complexity... Very drinkable with a light/medium body and standard bubble.

3.75/4/3.75/4/4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of cbarrett4
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Photo of LampertLand
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hopworks Urban Brewing 'Rise Up RED' a NW Red Ale @ 5.8% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $9

A-pour is a dark amber with a good size off white head leaving a patchy lace along the stein

S-Cascade & Centennial hops

T-crisp & smooth tasting , with just a hint of bitterness at the end

MF-good carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok/good beer , bit pricey for a bomber

prost LampertLand

Photo of velosuds
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a 22 oz bomber with my son. Poured into a clear pint glass. No bottle dating apparent. Purchased at John's market for $4.99.

A-Pours a beautiful light mahogany hue with a one to two finger light tan head, which receded into a modest lacing.

S-Very pleasant bouquet of citric hops, caramel malt, and spice.

T-Mildly fruity with ample hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Nicely balanced. There was an unpleasant metallic aftertaste somewhere between when it was first poured cold into the glass and when it was no longer noticeable after it warmed. Odd.

M-Very smooth, but a tad thin due to inadequate carbonation.

D-Quite drinkable and pleasant, although there are better, more complete amber ales available. I wanted to like this and hoped to give it a higher rating since it is organic and because the brewery is committed to sustainable practices. Not quite there. Perhaps better on tap.

Photo of Reidrover
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Capital Market Salem Dark amber. almost brown ale body, with a large frothy,bubbly tan head. Very hoppy aromas..mainlly resiny/piney Taste?..all hop all the time very bitter even for an APA..some berry fruitiness near the end. Ok on the palate nothing special though. Overall a very hoppy APA..probably an IPA in reality

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a barely one finger in length head into a standard pint glass. The head is maybe just a hair off white and has a lot of big bubbles, but it does look a little creamy underneath those bubbles. Head retention is decent, there wasn't much head to start out with, but what was there hasn't gone away yet. We'll see about lacing, I can't tell right now. The body is a pretty standard, but very nice, dark red color. The body is dark enough that I really can't see much at all on the other side of this beer, it looks maybe a tiny bit cloudy, but mostly it's just dark. Carbonation looks pretty low, but we'll see on the taste. Overall it's a good looking beer, the body is nice and the head is still hanging in there, we will see how the lacing goes, but I'm really liking the look of this beer. When I first cracked open the bottle the hops really hit me hard in the nose. Now that I have poured the beer into a glass the hops have died down, but they are still more present than in some amber ales. With the amber ale style in mind, and considering that so many breweries don't put enough hops in amber ales, this is a step up from the norm, even though I think this amount of hops should be the norm. Malts are pretty well balanced with the hops, now that it's in a glass there isn't really one dominating aroma. There is for sure a roasty smell, which I'm not sure if I will like or not. I'm fine with dark roasted malts in stouts and porters, but lighter roasted malts in an amber ale really aren't my thing, but it's very possible that my nose is just deceiving me. Finally I also get a slight fruity smell and a decent sweet smell. Overall it's a very nice smell, mainly just because of the balance and the fact that they didn't skimp out on the hops. Well that is a very interesting taste. First off the hops are waaaayyy less present than I thought they would be, which is a bummer. secondly the malts are more present than the hops, but they aren't overpowering, which is good. This beer would be perfectly balanced if they just put in a little more hops, because the malt per portion is perfect. There is for sure a sweetness and perhaps some darker and/or lighter fruit on the taste. The only thing that I don't like about the taste, other than the unfortunate hop per portions, is a weird taste that I really can't identify. It doesn't really taste like anything, I doubt it's something special they used, but rather just the way they made the beer. It just tastes a little funky. I always think of bugs when a beer tastes funky, maybe just because the only because that have ever tasted funky also tasted like bugs, or because that's just where my mind immediately goes, I dunno. I'm not suggesting they put bugs in here, like I said, it tastes like it's just how they brewed it. It's really a tiny flavor in the beer and it's hardly noticeable, it's really just in the background, but it's for sure bringing the beer down, at least a little bit. Maybe it's just the hops, and the fact that they aren't the most present flavor, I don't know, I'm really over thinking it. Bottom line is that it tastes good, but I want a little more hops and I want this weird taste gone. Now that I drink more it's actually starting to taste like flowers...ahhhh, I'm so lost with this beer. ANYWAYS, mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is pretty good, the body is big enough for the style, maybe a tad bit watery, but overall big enough. The carbonation is pretty damn low, but that's not the end of the world. Slight bitter finish as well. Overall a good mouthfeel. Drinkability isn't bad, it's pretty light and it tastes pretty good, no real complaints there. Overall this is a good beer and quite frankly it's very unique, there are some things that bother me, but overall it's really good and it's got a lot of solid qualities.

The lacing did end up following me pretty far to the bottom of the glass, it started out amazing and then got patchy, either way it's a great appearance. I'm struggling between a 4 and 4.5, it's not a 5 for sure because the head wasn't big enough to start out with. I'll give it a 4.5, because it was a pretty damn solid appearance overall. Now that I drink this beer more and more that funky taste is turning into a good taste, like flowers or vanilla or something, it's very smooth. This beer is just really all over the place, I was considering changing the taste to a 4 because the bad taste had gone, but now the beer has really flattened out and is just bouncing from one good thing to another bad thing, I'm gonna keep everything the way it is and call it a night.

Photo of vkv822
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a nice amber color with a foamy tan head. Has nice citrus hop note aroma with a good malty bread base. The flavor is a nice hoppy start with good biscuity backing. A bit more hoppy then I would expect from an amber, but in nothing but a positive way, as it does not take from the malt flavors.
The mouthfeel is a dry, light to medium body, with nice carbonation. This is a very drinkable and sessionable amber, I would go so far as to say my favorite I have tried thus far.

Photo of fezmeister
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with impressive pillowy head retention. As the beer settled, the haze seemed to clear for a filtered look - interesting. Nose is grapefruit, pine, and a touch of sweet malt. Taste is similar, predominant in citrus and pine, with caramel malt balance. Finish is more bitter than maybe typical for an American Red; expected for and American Pale perhaps, quite mild to my IPA-ready palate. Hints of sour biscuits on the finish, too. A satisfyingly solid brew, nothing mind-blowing, but nice to drink. Not really labeled correctly as an American Red, but I see this site has taken care of that by re-classification.

Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice and bright amber color with a pretty good off white head.

Aromas are malty, some tea, spicy breads, and an earthy pine like hop note.

Taste is a bit dry and crisp up front. Notes of caramel, brewed tea, spices, cereal grains, and bread. Finish is earthy and resin like, but the hop flavors aren't super strong. Pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with nice carbonation.

Overall, a very nice take on the amber style. I like how this is hoppy but still contains the typical amber ale malt flavors.

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice Red Ale...Purchased on-line from BeerTrek. Pours a slightly hazy amber color into my pint glass. Good size antique white head. Good retention, lots of lacing.

Aroma is floral and piney hops...not over the top DIPA variety, just right for an APA or Red Ale.

Taste is nicely balance. The hops are there and very flavorful, but there is a balancing caramel malt presence. A nice balance of sweetness and bitterness that makes this easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich enough. Easy on the palate but still some big flavors. I had this with my Thanksgiving dinner and it was just right. Another good West Coast hoppy beer!!!

Photo of froghop
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear copper with a medium size dirty white head, and good lacing.

smell is of light grapefruit, organic funk, perfume, malt, hops, and some spice.

taste is of grapefruit, spice, caramel, malt, a touch of pine, some lemon, and a little sweetness in back, ends bitter with an organic aftertaste.

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Rise Up Red from Hopworks Urban Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.