Ace Of Spades - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

252 Ratings
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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 67
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Docer on 08-26-2009

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Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinkin this beer in celebration of JV's no hitter!Poured into an imperial pint glass a lighter shade of bronze with a thinner white head atop,big hop oils in the nose,very green citrcic qualities,piney and pithy it exudes hops.Its not a hop onslaught but more of a melding of hop flavors,citric and pithy mixed with some booze and overripe tropical fruit.Although the booze is noticable its still quaffable and not to sweet,a top notch beer of the style.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

Hop-hazed pale amber, it's not lacking head retention, that's for sure. Ruby red grapefruit and blood orange rind from the hops; alcohol shows some fruit and malt shows caramel, making for an awesome aroma. What you smell is what you taste, but add in a heavy hand of bitterness. Tobacco and leather. A scraping bitterness that's fresh and pungent. Alcohol warms and lends a tropical fruit flavor. Bitter end with some trace maltiness. This beer is brewed to style and pulls no punches. Superb.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If this ain't becoming one of my favorite breweries in the world. . .

Big orange pour, looks great, perfect 1.5 finger head gets all clumpy. Aroma was so great, as close to perfect as one can get, amarillo, maybe summit and simcoe as well throughout. Big pine and citrus all over the place, nose, palate etc. . ..

Same with the taste, on par with anything from the all time greats just about. Hid the alcohol extremely well. Was so refreshing every drink, I found myself quite under the influence after this one. Chased it with a Pliny. Would trade Pliny for this since its almost twice as expensive. I really loved this beer, the keg of it was crushed at Hopfest, just as good if not better than the bottle version.

Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, black and white poker imagery. I feel like I've been in a casino indeed, after having shelled out close to 15 bones for this bottle alone. Sing it, Lemmy!

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with one finger of densely foamy, rocky, and bubbly ecru head, which settles at a slow, even pace, rendering a jagged island profile of lace around the glass in its briefly mourned wake.

It smells of zippy grapefruit and orange peel, juicy tropical fruit, pine resin, and muted sweet caramel malt. The taste is more sweet caramel/toffee malt, bitter domestic and exotic fruity citrus (ok, grapefruit, orange, lime, kiwi, pineapple, and gooseberry - is that enough?), mild chalky notes, a musty, somewhat dirty hippie earthiness, and some edgy, bristling warming alcohol.

The carbonation is on the low side, just a plain and able frothiness prevailing, the body medium-heavy in weight, smooth and a tad sugary. It finishes still malty sweet, joined by a sturdy complement of leafy citrus bitterness, and rising alcohol heat.

A decent and well-rendered west-coast DIPA, lots of the usual you know what, and whatzit, and all, with a certain, well, green-ish character. The organics, maybe? Sure, but how would this particular northern carnivore really know? Certainly worth it for the flavour, but not the dear shelf sticker, I'm afraid.

Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great find at Zyn's. Average appearance of golden body with a good sized head. Hoppy aromas. Hop flavour and mouthfeel tremendous balance. 99 plus IBU rarely tastes this good. Great drinkability, spot on the style, and my palate survived it all.

Photo of ElGordo
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Gordon tulip glass. Body is a a pretty orange-amber color, topped by just a thin ring of creamy head that doesn't leave much lacing. Huge aroma of hops, hops, and more hops. Grapefruit and weed are the primary notes, balanced by a bit of sweet caramel malt.
Palate is sweet up front, the caramel malt blending with a slightly vinous hop character. The citrusy character comes through towards the back of the tongue, bringing out grapefruit and weed. A decent amount of heat makes its way through on the finish and builds long after the swallow.
Body is thick and full, alternately sticky and creamy. For something this super-hoppy and strong, it goes down pretty easily. One of my favorite brews each year, the Ace is difficult to trump.

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. It's IPA Day, also, FU GABF

appearance: served in my great lakes chalice, bright orange-copper body, nice white film

smell: candied sugar, orange peel, sugared grapefruit, sweet malt

taste: potent - fiercely hopped, candied grapefruit rind, moderate to high bitterness, orange, pine resin, sticky and bitter

mouthfeel: big, heavily hopped, bitter

overall: enjoy this one - been through 2 bombers and a few drafts

Photo of tempest
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man Hopworks is awesome. They're about the only organic brewery I've sampled that only happens to use organic ingredients.

Anyways, the beer holds a nice tall white and looks a clear amber. There's a big, floral bouquet of herbal citrus rind and lemon zest with mild toast, perfume and garden aromas. The flavor starts with a fresh-squeezed orange note and then dives into spicy, earthy (like a fresh root) tastes. There's a hint of citrus-flavored hard candy and leafy grassy notes. The finish is big and bitter, but doesn't knock out your palate completely. This brew does a great job of mixing fruit and natural hop flavors. Damn it's good.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared this with my BA in crime andrenaline
A - slightly hazy copper orange, thumb of head with decent retention, not much lacing to speak of
S - piney and bright citrus, light herbal note and mild woodiness
T - nice citrus hop start, then a herbal and resiny charater, sweet caramel malt backbone throughout, and lightly musty
M - Medium bodied, smooth start that finishes with a pleasant dry bitter, with sweetness lingering
O - a very solid double IPA, classic flavour and very easy drinking with well hidden alcohol, worth a try but probably not a regular for me

Photo of KTCamm
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a perfect pint glass. 1/7

Pours medium amber, cloudy, some foam on top. Lots of lacing. Spiky pine citrus nose that bursts from the glass. Light sweet malt, subdued floral paired with a pine back.. All expertly balanced below the malt. Light and powerful. Excellent.

Photo of jellikit
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange-orange. No head. Just small bubbles. Not much lacing. Thin and quick.

Smell: faint floral and a little orange peel. Not in your face aroma.

Taste: hate to say it, but orange peel and more citrus. Not too powerful. But hops linger for a few. Balanced well with the high alcohol level.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation. Medium-large. Not thick, but full body. Think Jenny McCarthy.

Overall: hoppy taste and strong bittering make this a hoppy, strong beer. Good. I would buy it again.

Photo of Rutager
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a slightly cloudy gold-amber with a finger of sticky, pale yellow head.

Smell. Caramel and toasty grains, sweet grapefruit, honey and some tangerine.

Taste. Pine sap, bitter pink grapefruit rind, orange zest, floral grassy hops. Alcohol there, but not too offensive.

Mouthfeel. Close to a full body with smooth, medium-light carbonation. A little syrupy and a little warm.

Overall. A decent sipping beer. Good hop punch and bitterness.

Photo of Docer
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yay, had on-tap finally for lunch today....

- Rather clear copper amber... small white head, mild to little lacing....

- Huge citrus smell.. some pine, and floral notes... a hop forward monster with subtle caramel and roasty grain scent....

- Wonderfully smooth and balanced double IPA... huge citrus hop, some pine.. caramel and roasty flavors...

- Not sticky or overly oily which is shocking to me... not even all that dry.... almost a thirst quenching IIPA... if that makes sense!

- Huge huge marks on drinkability... might be too hoppy for some... but this hides any sign of being 9.2% alcohol by far.... certainly zesty and fruity.

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a tour of HUB we got to try a glass of this awesome DIPA directly from the source, fresh as it gets.

A - Slightly cloudy orange tinted, fair head.

S - strong bouquet of citrusy hops, slight malt sweetness to the smell as well.

T - One of the best imperial IPA's I have had. Well balanced, complex, very hoppy as expected, smooth.

M - Well carbonated, medium/heavy bodied.

I will seek this beer out anytime I am in Oregon. Bonus that its organic.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a rich medium red orange amber. Nice color. Light head and lacing. Intense hop aroma with light fruit and malt. Pleasant medium body with sweet malt, grapefruit, light and dark fruit, a hint of caramel and like the aroma, intense floral hops. The base approaches a barley wine. Nice intense bitter aromatic hop finish. Well made and enjoyable. An absolute must buy each year.

Photo of slicknuss
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. This is one of my favorite DIPA's. The beer goes down very smooth, but you get a strong hop flavor as well. It is like melding the best of both worlds. An easy to drink, hop heavy beer. Whenever bombers of this beer come in to my local beer store, I am down there buying it ASAP. I just prefer to drink this beer whenever I can. This is everything a west coast DIPA should be.

Photo of claspada
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice slightly hazy dark orange/amber colors with a nice inch or so of eggshell head with nice bubbles and lacing on the sides of the glass.
Aromas begin quite dank with heavy doses of resiny pine and grapefruit hops. Some blood orange and lemon rind in the background. There some sweet bready malts also emerge but are very light compared to the copious green hops. Smells a little "hippie-ish" if you catch my drift.
The tastes begin different than I expected. I get a lot of the citrus hops flavors up front with the sweet mandarin orange, blood orange and grapefruit dominate here (as opposed to the pine that dominated the nose). As it warms the pine begins to join the party and actually dominate the lingering bitter flavors along with the grapefruit. All the while there is a really nice bready and slightly caramel malt backbone to help balance out the huge hops here.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is sticky and resiny but not palate wrecking bitter. It's definitely not your beginner's DIPA for sure and it probably higher is the bitter department, but still finishes pretty crisp and clean but definitely drys out the palate and sticky throughout.
Overall this was the most hop dominant, bitter DIPA I have actually enjoyed. It borders on being a palate wrecker and probably is for you introductory craft beer drinker, but if you are a lover of West Coast Hops, this will be a definite winner for you. I definitely recommend this to any advanced DIPA drinker, if you dislike extreme resiny/sticky beers, look elsewhere. Do I need to have it again, no, but I am very very glad I did try it. Oregon is slowly overtaking California as my favorite West Coast beer state as they continue to churn out winners.

Photo of velosuds
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $8.19 at John's Marketplace in Portland, Oregon.

A-Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a two finger, off-white head with good retention and copious lacing.

S-Citrus like hops, especially grapefruit are prominent. Piney hops too. No wonder since three of my favorites are used: Amarillo, Cascade, and Centennial.

T-Good balance between the aggressive bitterness from the hops at 100+ IBUs and the pleasant slightly sweet, bread like and caramel malt base. But at 21.5 degrees Plato (or about 1.090 original gravity) and 9.5% ABV there is a bit more residual sweetness than I like in a DIPA.

M-Very smooth and extremely well balanced with a medium to full body, but I would like this better if it were a bit drier. Nicely carbonated.

O-Another fine beer from a brewery I like to support due to their commitment to organics and sustainability. Well done, Hopworks!

Photo of vkv822
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into snifter.

The appearance is a clear amber with slight copper hues and a nice foamy off-white head.
The aroma is a delicious mix of fruity citrus, resiny pine and floral hops. The flavor is similar to the nose, though a nice bit of malt sneaks into the beginning, but is soon taken over by strong hop notes. There is a decent amount of alcohol presence, but does not become over-powering. The mouthfeel is oily and medium bodied with a very nice amount of carbonation. This is a very drinkable DIPA, though it does seem a bit stronger than 9% alcohol.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this brew! Thanks Elliot!

poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: Golden orange bodied beer almost getting to an amber color. 2 fingers of white head that drops down quickly.

Smell: This beer smells of super potent pine and grapefruit hops. Smells really resinous.

Taste: This beer is a hop monster! High end of moderately bitter almost tipping the scales at high bitterness. Brutually big pine, grapefruit rind and more citrisy flavors. You dont get much from the malts in this beer the hops just overtake everything. The bitterness just lingers around for quite a while after taking a sip!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer is oily and resinous, but has a dry finish to it. ABV is hidden well.

Overall: If you are new to hops stay away. This beer will destroy you... For a true dedicated hophead that likes a big bitter hoppy beer that gets down to business fast... its a good choice. Its a hoppy palate wrecker!

Photo of coastiefish
3.42/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"100+ IBUs"

If it weren't for a 20% discount I receive at the store that carries this brew, im not so sure I would've bought it. After chatting up the beer guru at our store, he comforted me its worth [at the discount price].
Im a pretty big IPA fanatic. Ill drink all across the board, and take them for what they are. I have been taken back by this beers claim to be 100+ IBU (what does that even mean?) because this brew to me didn't even reach 70. 100+ IBU can mean /something/ there is a certain point when IBU's are that high...
This is *not* one of those beers.
I love HUB.
I love explosive over the top IPAs.
I think "100+ IBUs" in this case needs to be rethunk.
I drunk, & methinks while this beer is tasty, I will not agree that number should have been slapped on the bottle. Im disappointed in that; not the beer itself.
Worth a try, but not at retail price.

Photo of Paincane
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper body w/ light tan head. Pretty lacing and good head retention.
S: Citrusy and floral hoppy aromas with caramel malt notes.
T: Beautifully balanced malt backbone and crisp hop bitterness & finish.
M: Balanced body with crisp back end.
O: A great big DIPA.

Photo of Franch
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very little to say about this. it's very solid and a reliable backup IPA in the same way Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA is. the citrus comes through delightfully, and the drinkability is shocking - it hides its ABV very well compared to say, the firestone walker double jack that i had the same weekend.

Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewpub today.

The beer pours an amber orange color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get a considerable amount of green tobacco, pepper and citrus, coupled with some noticeable malt and alcohol. This smells as if it will be a good size DIPA, which of course it is. Flavors replicate the nose in this DIPA, with the beer showing a bit more sweet malt then I expected. The beer also has considerable bitterness in the finish, but the sweetness and noticeable alcohol detract just a bit from the beer's drinkability.

While this is an impressive DIPA, I have to confess that I preferred the regular IPA offering. There's just a bit too much alcohol and sweet malt in this beer, which I think is a distraction. Still, this is a pretty impressive DIPA from this excellent brewery.

Photo of beagle75
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light reddish-amber color with less than one finger of off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass in the form of a narrow upper band, but little else.

S: Rich, clove-spiced fruitcake occasionally suggests cola, vanilla, and orange zest. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with grainy caramel malt and dark orange citrus hops aromatics. Other early flavors include muted baking spices and umami. While never entirely absent, aromatic coniferous foliage takes a few beats to develop, but ultimately comes on strong by the end. Faintly smoky cherry fruit emerges in the sweeter middle but does not stay long. Moderate bitterness is featured in the finish, with crystal malt and grapefruit peel to linger on the palate. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, syrupy and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: While not in possession of what might be considered a clean sensory profile for the style, specific yeast influences are not evident in this rather schizoid DIPA. Not really a hop-bomb, it seems to try to cultivate sophistication from the breadth of qualities it displays, but doesn't really own any of them.

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Ace Of Spades from Hopworks Urban Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.