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Ace Of Spades - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

222 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 61
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of mpenning13
3/5  rDev -28.6%

mpenning13, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of dgilks
3.1/5  rDev -26.2%

Clear golden colour with a creamy, off-white head. Fair head retention.

Malty sweet aroma with some floral hops. A bit light on the aroma hops.

Smooth malt with a hint too much sweetness. Good bitterness and some citrussy hop flavour.

Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Fair.

An okay beer but as an IIPA it is too thick and malty.

dgilks, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.18/5  rDev -24.3%

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.

beagle75, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Ribsandwhiskey
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Ribsandwhiskey, May 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

leftoverburrito, Apr 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Drunkonmusic
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Drunkonmusic, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous gift from ramnuts. Thanks, Frank! Shared at a tasting.

A: Pours a clear amber with some tall white head. Retention is short, leaving a thin collar in short order.

S: It's slightly solventy, with an overall barleywine aroma. Pine hops, some floral perfume, and a fair amount of grapefruit rind.

T: Following the nose, there's a lot of pine backed by perfumey roses. I pick up grapefruit peel, orange rind, and tangerine. Strong caramel malt in the backbone.

M: Surprisingly solventy. Good flavors, but the balance leaves something to be desired. I pick up a lot of bitterness in the aftertaste.

D: Granted, I had this toward the tail end of a tasting, but it felt so heavy and boozy that I coudln't bring myself to finish my glass. Definitely rough on the palate. As far as West Coast DIPAs go, it's pretty skippable.

Arbitrator, May 14, 2010
Photo of coastiefish
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%

"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.

coastiefish, May 30, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%

4/23/2010

Thanks! I've been looking forward to this one since it won gold at GABF in 2009. On the bottle I see "ORGANIC BEER" and "SUSTAINABLE" in bold typeface, yet sadly...no bottle date. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I don't care what you brew it with or how sustainable your process is if you don't respect the beer enough to bottle date it. ESPECIALLY an Imperial IPA. But, enough about my views on the importance of IPA freshness. Printing "ORGANIC" on the label is ostensibly more important than meaningless information like how long the beer has been sitting on the shelf. I feel so much better about myself after having read those words that temporal triviality is no longer a concern.

Poured from a bomber, the beer is dark orange with a frothy beige head, good retention, and minimal lacing. The beer displays good clarity.

In the nose I find perfumy pine, grapefruit rind, and orange pith. There is a pretty decent malt foundation that provides sweetness, reminds me of caramel, and lends a candied quality to the citrus. Alcohol is evident but it's neither detracting nor distracting in the aroma. The beer smells awesome.

The taste exhibits vibrant hop flavors in the form of bitter grapefruit, orange pith, and pine resin. This is not a dry Imperial IPA, and the sweet malt is caramel in character. This has the makings of a good Imperial IPA flavor, if not for the ridiculous alcohol presence. The booze is overpowering, and that's not something that can be remedied with age because of the style. What you taste is what you get, and this is an alcohol bomb. This is the rare case where the beer drinks like one 2-3% higher in ABV. The underlying flavors are quite good, but the alcohol profile is brutal. The finish is a bestial onslaught of bitterness and alcohol burn. Ouch. The beer displays a moderate level of carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel.

I have difficulty believing this particular batch would have won gold at GABF. The hop aroma and taste are great, but the alcohol in the flavor is monolithic and distracting. I'm working my way through the first small tulip and I can already tell that this will be a bit of a chore to finish.

HopHead84, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of kemoarps
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

kemoarps, Jul 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

jmccullough108, Oct 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Piddmeista, Jan 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

cherche, Jul 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of CoolEthan
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

CoolEthan, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of seeswo
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%

Pours a reddish-golden light brown. Nose is tropical hops, malt sweetness and a bit of booziness. Another malt forward DIPA, this one uses the malt sweetness to balance against the juicy, grapefruit hops. Not as much of a tropical hop bomb as some beers, but the balance works pretty well. Again, my preference is for the malt to be in balance or trailing the hop flavor in a DIPA. This is a solid contributor to the spacious 2nd tier of good, but not elite DIPAs. This one just narrowly misses a really nice balance - demanding a bit more hop flavor to really excel. The mouthfeel is nice - a good head, good carbonation and some hop stickiness hangs out on the tongue, but isn't excessive. Overall, I could really see this beer potentially being fantastic when super fresh, but that is not what is in front of me. I can only assume that this is fresh enough, but with some additional hop flavor, it could really excel.

seeswo, May 13, 2011
Photo of zoolzoo
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%

Thanks to ever generous oregonskibum for this one.

A: Clear burnt golden, bubbly, white frothy head

S: Pungent bitter hop aroma, piney and spicy. Pretty apparent whiff of booze as well. Big aroma, smells nice.

T: A sweet and resiny DIPA, same bitter hops from the nose backed up with bready caramel malt and a dash of tropical fruit. Gotta knock the T and D a bit because of the fusel alcohol presence in the back of my throat. This finishes really "sharp" with a killer lingering bitterness coupled with booze evaporating off of my tongue. Mouthfeel is coating, but finishes super dry.

zoolzoo, May 17, 2010
Photo of srhoadsy
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a rich copper/amber color with a quarter inch of light beige head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of caramelized sugars and citrus.

Flavors of the aforementioned caramelized sugars along with candied orange peel. Hints of pine and floral notes, as well. A full range of hop flavors.

Moderate to heavy mouth feel with light carbonation and sweet finish. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall a nice representation of the style, with a complex hop profile and sweet body.

srhoadsy, Aug 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

switzer, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

henrisimo, Aug 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

markcp, Jul 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Hopmodium, Jan 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

zestd, Aug 11, 2014
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Ace Of Spades from Hopworks Urban Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.