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Ace Of Spades - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

214 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 60
Gots: 11 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Docer on 08-26-2009)
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Reviews by kemoarps:
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kemoarps

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -16.9%

This is certainly a pretty beer. Deep amber, opaque, minimal white head. No lacing.

The nose is... different than I had anticipated. There's some grapfruit hops, and something that I can't quite get my finger on. Wet.

This is a potently bitter beer. It's crisp, yet quite large. No balance, just damp vegetation.

Not a well balanced IPA. One that might appeal to those who just want a hop bomb, but it doesn't really do much for me. Even other high-hop/high-IBU brews I've had and enjoyed, they had some balance to them. I probably wouldn't drink it again.

07-30-2012 03:28:16 | More by kemoarps
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oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

05-07-2011 23:17:28 | More by oberon
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

01-11-2011 02:53:24 | More by BeerAdvocate
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NWer

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

01-19-2013 22:03:29 | More by NWer
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getinked

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

06-26-2012 03:00:08 | More by getinked
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev -4.5%

08-06-2013 13:34:55 | More by virinow
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

11-20-2011 02:29:03 | More by chickenm
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Kasabuske


5/5  rDev +19.3%

10-06-2012 02:40:52 | More by Kasabuske
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HoppySeb

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

06-09-2014 19:13:13 | More by HoppySeb
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

09-23-2010 17:56:28 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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jpbebeau

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

01-20-2013 21:54:21 | More by jpbebeau
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kevwcamp

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-17-2011 21:24:01 | More by kevwcamp
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WaydeRafnel

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.5%

07-27-2012 19:11:15 | More by WaydeRafnel
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switzer

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

01-18-2014 06:19:05 | More by switzer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with one finger of dense, foamy, rocky ecru head, which settles in a slow, even pace, rendering a jagged island profile of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of grapefruit and orange peel, juicy tropical fruit, pine resin, and muted sweet caramel malt. The taste is more sweet caramel malt, bitter domestic and exotic fruity citrus, a musty, dirty earthiness, and some edgy warming alcohol. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium-heavy in weight, smooth and sugary. It finishes still malty sweet, joined by a fair complement of earthy citrus bitterness and rising alcohol heat.

A decent DIPA, lots of the usual you know what, and whatzit, and all that, with a certain, well, green character. The organics, maybe? Sure, but how would this carnivore really know?

05-18-2011 02:29:31 | More by biboergosum
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.5%

06-27-2013 19:13:32 | More by mdaschaf
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

02-27-2012 03:33:52 | More by twowheelssoar
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

07-24-2011 04:18:04 | More by Sammy
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

07-20-2010 06:28:31 | More by ElGordo
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henrisimo

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

08-06-2013 17:47:16 | More by henrisimo
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dirtylou

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

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

08-03-2012 03:39:14 | More by dirtylou
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

03-12-2010 22:40:52 | More by tempest
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markcp

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

07-11-2013 16:52:30 | More by markcp
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

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

06-09-2011 03:39:52 | More by joemcgrath27
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

01-20-2014 13:08:52 | More by KTCamm
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Ace Of Spades from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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