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Rise Up Red - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

115 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by a tightly bubbled ecru head; nice retention and lacing

Smell: Balanced aromatics with caramel/fruity/biscuity malts and robust piney hops

Taste: The malts appear first and are almost like what you would expect from an ESB, with fruit and biscuity flavors enhanced by a bit of caramel; by mid-palate, the piney hops assert themselves aggressively and linger in the finish along with the malts, in a very balanced fashion

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am not the biggest fan of ambers but this one is quite good in that it has an interesting malt bill and adequate hop balance to keep the hop heads happy

Thanks, kemoarps, for the opportunity

brentk56, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Throwing aside the tired notion that amber ales should be malt-balanced with crystal and caramel malts, some brewers decide to go another direction. Strongly hopped and firmly malted, Hopworks shows how good American amber ales can be.

Deep russet red in color, the nearly maroon and mildly hazy beer builds a dense creamy head of off white, barley-stained head with tremendous retention and lace. Surprisingly, the early low carbonation yields very little foam character but the beer proves to be very creamy as it warms and generates more of a head and lace.

Firm malt aromas are not all caramel, but rather that of freshly kilned barley, bread crust, peanut brittle, and cola nuts. The complex malt and grain matrix provides the foundation for hop aromatics to shine. Grapefruit, pine, earth, grass, and citrus zest delivers a pithy scent that promises resin and zest.

The rich malt flavors do much the same for taste as it does for aroma. Crusted breads somewhat of crissant with buttered toast, toffee, cola, and brittle swirl to give impressions of Cracker Jacks candy with a hearty Grape Nuts earth character. Hoppy as hell with the resiny deliciousness of white grapefruit pith, orange zest, pine needles, and freshly muddled grasses; and then sappy resins in its bitter and dry taste to finish. The malts fall off substantially after the mid palate and allow the hops to dictate the finish much like IPA.

Medium bodied for most of the session, the full creaminess of stubbornly dissolved carbonation slowly releases and keeps the beer expansive and bready. Only late in the finish do the malts waiver and allow the dryness of piney hops, minty alcohol, and dry malt to conclude the beer in semi-dry fashion.

The highly drinkable ale reminds me of a less sweet and drier malt version of Rogue's Dead Guy Ale. But with a more confident hop balance, this beer steers away from sweeter palates and gains favor with hop heads.

BEERchitect, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

jaydoc, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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
Photo of Kegatron
4.43/5  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.

Kegatron, Sep 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

oriolesfan4, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly hazy reddish orange color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice thick cap that lingers. Some good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, caramel, orange, toast, pine, herbal, floral, and earthiness. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance; quite a bit of sweetness, a little bit stale feeling. Taste of grapefruit, caramel, toast, biscuit, pine, floral, orange, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, pine, toast, bread, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of sweetness/bitterness; with a good overall balance and complexity of flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good red ale. Nice hoppy flavor with good malt balance; very smooth to drink. Nicely enjoyable offering. Questioning the age of this though.

superspak, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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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3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a reddish mahogany color with an active, off-white head filling the top inch of the glass.

The aroma has a juicy citrus flavor to it with some notes of pineapple and grapefruit coming through. Some malty sweetness compliments the juicy hoppiness very nicely. Pretty nice hoppy aroma overall.

The taste shows a very nice hoppiness to it throughout the flavor. I get a mix of resiny, bitter, grapefruit like hoppiness and juicy, fruitier, pineapple like hoppiness to it. The malt doesn't add a lot of distinguishing flavors, but are evident in the sweetness coming in more towards the finish. Very easy drinking and flavorful beer.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty nice beer. It had some nice hoppy flavors to it and was definitely an easy drinker. My only criticism is that it felt a little light at times. Pretty nice beer overall though.

billab914, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5/1/2012

A: Reddish orange with a finger of beige froth. Nice head retention and some scattered lacing.

S: Strong caramel presence in the nose with lots of earth. Bready malt blends with grapefruit and a little pine.

T: Sweet bready malt with caramel. Very smooth and lightly metallic. There's a low earthy bitterness with restrained pine and grapefruit.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and sticky.

Overall: A pretty good Red, though maltier than I prefer.

HopHead84, May 07, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a 22 with a couple of friends. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a nice, semi cloudy reddish-amber with a half inch of slightly off-white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was nicely malty with a strong hop presence. The flavor was a bit of malt and a mostly hop profile. Pretty much this is a red IPA with a bit more body.

The body was a bit thinner than I prefer for the style listed, but still OK. Drinkability was very good, if this were on tap near me I'd certainly have it as a regular. Overall, a very nice brew, worth seeking out.

beertunes, Nov 30, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

tobelerone, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 6/9/11

A clear reddish amber with a three finger cream colored head that quickly falls to a thin film that leaves only a couple random patches of lace

S some caramel to go with loads of leafy and citric hops

T mimics the smell quite well with some grapefruit rind and pine I didn't smell, I like the combo of earthy citrus with a little sweetness pretty tasty stuff

M medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation, leaves a little behind without turning your mouth to sandpaper

O pretty solid stuff going on here, if you like a hopped up Red Ale this one will work for ya

when in doubt add a shitload of hops and there you have it, I don't like paying 8$ a bottle but this one was worth it, try it if you get the chance

wordemupg, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
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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4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass, Rise-Up Red is pale, ruddy caramel with a fluffy light tan head that leaves foamy lace.

Smell is resinous hops, pine forest and cedar, minty well.

Taste is full and satisfying, with the hop flavor dominating the clean, cracker flavored malt. More citrus in the flavor, with moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, dry, oily.

Drinkability is very good. Great amber ale, full flavored but smooth, well hopped for the local palate. Get it while it's fresh.

ccrida, May 25, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a dark coppery golden with a thick, yellow-beige head. Rich, malty aroma has a spicy undertone. Mouth-filling malty flavor has tones of cloves and fruit as well as hints of caramel and hops. Smooth, fizzy texture leaves behind a fruity finish.

Cyberkedi, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper colour with a smooth, off-white head. Fair head retention. Good lacing.

A bit of sweet malt with some mild resinous hop aroma. A little fruity.

Crisp piney hops with a small dose of caramel malts. Fine if unexceptional.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent red ale that fails to do anything spectacular. It's still very nice to drink.

dgilks, Aug 08, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Succulent, resinous aroma, sustained head retention, and assertive bittering with alt-like undertones contribute to a russet colored ale with an appealing wooden nuttiness. Turbid and zesty. Rise Up Red is further testimony to Hopworks resilience and reliability.

RedDiamond, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hoppy red ale that tasted like an Imperial Red without the high ABV. Lots of bitterness in the finish though the malt comes through with the midbody. Well crafted and very drinkable this brewery is impressing me with their commitment to quality and use of different grains

canucklehead, Nov 06, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

twelveinches, Dec 05, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

strongaf, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Reidrover
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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

Reidrover, Oct 16, 2010
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3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned: hard to tell based on info on bottom of can

It's a toasted amber with a solid quilt of protein tan foam. Smells of tea, some resin hops, lots of crystal malts, not much else. Has that Special B smell. Has that Special B flavor, some tea, some caramel, a bunch of bitter with grassy hop character. Full bodied for the style with low carb and a wet finish. Nice amber if you ask me.

harrymel, Jun 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale amber with a web of tan froth.
Floral and waxy lemon Cascade nose with some sour caramel.
Salted toffee, a big whack of crystal malt, and then pine sap, orange rind, and nectar hops.
Caramel comeback and bitter linger.
Light, slightly clingy, metallic.

A bit thin, the hops barely hold up, and it’s too strong to session. Still, I do believe the 60 IBUs, and it’s flavorful enough to hold your interest if you do stick with it. Works as a substitute for dull IPAs.

StJamesGate, Mar 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

flexabull, Aug 24, 2012
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Rise Up Red from Hopworks Urban Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.