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Ace Of Spades - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
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205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 60
Gots: 9 | 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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stakem

Pennsylvania

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

Bomber into a pint glass, thanks to psiweaver for the opportunity to try this generous extra via a recent trade. No freshness dating to be found and it appears to be filtered/no sediment in the bottle.

This brew appears a clear copper orange color with a finger of yellowish head. Lots of bubbles rise to the surface in support of the head which lasts with fairly decent retention. As the cap fades, it leaves a ring of lacing that droops forming a leggy pattern about the glass.

The aroma of this brew is quite fruity with hops. A little bit of a floral component mixed with some fusel alcohol and some citrus rind and herbal notes. Some caramel malt sweetness continues to accent and build up the fruity sweetness of this brew's scent as it warms. A light amount of grassy notes are evident across the back mixed with orange zest.

The taste is modestly bitter with some herbal hoppiness. A sharp spicy hop bite is present which mixes with the fusel alcohol before becoming mildly sweet across the back from a bit of residual sugars from what seems to be caramel malt. The aftertaste is grassy with hops, somewhat herbal and catty. At times it gets a little clingy with oils but it brings out some fruity rind flavors like orange and grapefruit. The alcohol is fusel in flavor across the back which exaggerates the bitterness of the hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Fairly decent representation of the style and well balanced across the board. A noticeable amount of maltiness provides some hints of sweetness that get crushed by the hoppy oils and bitterness. The 9% alcohol is felt throughout and not that hidden but it is enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 23:59:48 | More by stakem
More User Reviews:
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep, clear gold with a thin white head and good lacing. Very little carbonation streaming from the bottom.

A: Pungent hop aromatics of pine resin and tropical fruit with pear, grapefruit and tobacco complexities. The malt is noticeable in the form of a clean toasted biscuit character, and the alcohol is noticeable as well adding a sweetness that enhances the tropical fruit notes (amarillo).

T/M: Firm bitterness upfront, very smooth, that moves into fresh hop flavors of tropical fruit, pear, pine and earthy tobacco, and a nice biscuit and nut malt backing. The body is moderately full and the finish lingers with a tinge of sweetness the pulls the tropical flavors through to the end. Very little palate wear for such a strong DIPA.

Overall, a fantastic Imperial IPA that is as balanced and drinker friendly as you will ever find. Hopworks has found perfect harmony between malt and hop, if I were to choose a DIPA that would be the best to introduce to a first time drinker, this would be the one. It pulls off a fantastic balance between bitterness, hops, and malt that would likely be enjoyable to even those unfamiliar with hops. I will always pick up a few bombers if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2014 06:00:19 | More by Siriusfisherman
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HoppySeb

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

05-05-2014 04:04:23 | More by sunshinethewolf
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mpenning13

Ohio

3/5  rDev -28.6%

04-18-2014 00:46:26 | More by mpenning13
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

04-11-2014 22:08:13 | More by leftoverburrito
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HopTopher2014

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-02-2014 03:34:09 | More by HopTopher2014
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Paincane

Georgia

4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 23:31:02 | More by Paincane
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-07-2014 03:27:33 | More by Kurmaraja
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Eighty

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-24-2014 21:47:46 | More by Eighty
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Mphis

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-01-2014 05:43:21 | More by Mphis
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ricecracker420

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-31-2014 03:19:26 | More by ricecracker420
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Piddmeista

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-27-2014 21:20:05 | More by Piddmeista
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CoolEthan

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-27-2014 18:41:33 | More by CoolEthan
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akang

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

01-27-2014 07:38:39 | More by akang
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-27-2014 06:05:58 | More by SocalKicks
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Smarty_Pints

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-27-2014 03:30:53 | More by Smarty_Pints
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Braz

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-27-2014 03:11:00 | More by Braz
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 13:08:52 | More by KTCamm
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switzer

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

01-18-2014 06:19:05 | More by switzer
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fitius5150

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-10-2014 07:04:13 | More by fitius5150
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Kylemif

Oregon

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-02-2014 20:46:21 | More by Kylemif
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2014-01-01 in Columbia, PA

A - Mostly opaque dirty orange with a 1/4-finger off-white head and moderate lacing.

S - Fresh red grapefruit, pine, hop cone floral. A nice potpourri of hop aromas. It's not real strong but it is very pleasant.

T - Nice burst of orange citrus flesh and zest up front, light but balancing bread and caramel malt flavor, flavorful leafy-vegetal/tobacco. Finishes at first like an alcohol-infused orange candy drop but this quickly yields to significant but not overpowering bitterness. These flavors really work for me.

M - Thick body and light carbonation. Syrupy (not cloying), resinous, lightly prickly, substantial, coats-the-mouth in a great way.

O - I really enjoyed this holiday-gifted beer. Very satisfying and a great way to say hello to 2014. This is my favorite so far from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 22:37:11 | More by Tucquan
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Pearlstreetbrewingco

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-29-2013 02:02:58 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-29-2013 06:48:06 | More by schopenhauerale
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Ace Of Spades from Hopworks Urban Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.