Ace Of Spades - Hopworks Urban Brewery
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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
4.15/5 rDev -1%
Pristine persimmon with a lovely roseate glow from the rising sun behind the pint glass. An eye pleasing crown of toasted almond colored foam sits atop the beer and looks like it will hang around for quite some time. A thick collar of finely stippled lace is starting to stick as well.
The nose is a hophead's dream come true. The brewers did an outstanding job choosing the little green cones: Amarillo, Cascade and Centennial. Only the addition of Simcoe could have improved things. Thankfully, it doesn't smell like malt will add much on the flavor front.
Ace of Spades India Pale Ale is damn good beer, but it isn't as good as Hopworks's IPA, which is called, oddly enough, Hopworks IPA. This beer isn't hop flavor forward enough and the alcohol isn't completely buried. Both of those are why I prefer American IPAs to DIPAs in all but a few special cases.
The malts aren't 100% pale, but have a toasted-caramel malty contribution that doesn't impinge on the hops too much. There's an impressive amount of juicy orange (Amarillo) and almost as much white grapefruit (Centennial). This big brew still tastes impressively green and the hop resins are building in cumulative fashion on the tongue. No reason to doubt the 100+ IBUs at the time of release.
The mouthfeel is big beer beautiful. It was impressive right out of the gate and is firming up and smoothing out as mid-bomber approaches. Slightly sparkly bubbles add just the right amount of energy without crossing the line.
The name Ace of Spades seems more suited to a roasted malty Imperial stout than an American DIPA. Nevertheless, this is enjoyable beer that, in a perfect world, would be available down at the corner store. Deal me in.
11-09-2010 13:23:17 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.23/5 rDev +1%
Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a somewhat modest head that leaves a few shards behind
Smell: Although this is a very hoppy beer, the malts come through sugary sweet in the aroma; floral citrus is present, as well
Taste: A perfect example of "Man Candy" with sugary caramel flavors balanced out by the grapefruity hops; other tropical fruit flavors build through mid-palate, with gobs of pineapple; finishes sweet, citrusy and bitter
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation
Overall: A real delight; an epitome of the West Coast DIPA style
08-03-2012 00:06:00 | More by brentk56
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
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
A - Poured out a clear, copper color with red highlights. It had a one-finger, khaki colored head with good retention. It left thin rings of lace.
S - Great aroma. Grapefruit and bubblegum dominate this one with a mix of tropical fruits and caramel.
T - It taste of bubblegum, grapefruit and sweet caramel. Good bitterness from the hops balance out the sweet fruits and caramel.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale that hides its high ABV quite well.
D - Simply put - fabulous aroma and a really good tasting DIPA.
11-09-2010 01:25:13 | More by zeff80
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
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
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
A: Poured a light amber color with good carbonation and a nice white head
S: Plenty of citrus, pine and floral notes here, an Earthy nose too
T: Pine, floral and grapefruit, lighter orange peel, booze is a kicker, Earthy
M: Pretty warm, just right on bitterness for me, balanced
D: After having another brewsky before prior this beer put a hurt on me.
08-28-2010 15:48:31 | More by barleywinefiend
4.08/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
05-15-2011 23:59:48 | More by stakem
4/5 rDev -4.5%
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy deep orange copper color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of mango, pineapple, peach, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, candi sugar, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a balanced malt profile; and good strength. Taste of mango, pineapple, orange peel, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, floral, light pine, caramel, candi sugar, and floral earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, tropical fruit, floral, light pine, caramel, candi sugar, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of hop flavors; with a well balanced malt backbone and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA style. All around good balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
09-20-2013 03:25:51 | More by superspak
3.9/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
04-06-2010 04:14:07 | More by John_M
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
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a hazy, darker amber color with a thin off-white head clinging to the edges of the glass.
The aroma has a very pleasant, juicy, fruity hoppiness to it. I get a good dose of grapefruit with a little bit of a pineapple and peach fruitiness to it. A sweeter, malty base compliments the hoppiness nicely.
The taste shows a lot of bitter grapefruit and citrus rind flavors to it. I get a little bit of a fruity, pineapple and mango like flavor to it as well. The malty base again provides some nice complimenting sweetness to it.
The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style with carbonation being a little below average. Overall I thought it was a pretty nice beer. It had some nice hoppiness to it that I really enjoyed.
06-26-2011 01:21:45 | More by billab914
British Columbia (Canada)
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
A: Golden bronze with a white head, ring of retention, nice lace.
S: Lemon, citrus rind, tangerine and pine, cotton candy fruity esters and a little sponge toffee.
T: Lemon rind, tangerine, sponge toffee, pine, solid bitterness, candied pineapple.
M:Moderate body has a light residual sweetness, some hop acidity and a slightly drying alcohol finish.
D/O: Easy drinker for a DIPA of this strength, nice balance, well-crafted.
05-28-2011 00:36:32 | More by Derek
3.45/5 rDev -17.7%
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.
04-24-2010 05:44:35 | More by HopHead84
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Taken from notes on 3.11.11
22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
I love the hidden skull on the playing card.
A - Pours a slightly reddish-orange with a thick 2-finger creamy head.
S - Smells of piney hops and grass.
T - Pine up front with a nice citrusy finish and after taste.
D - Nice bitterness and ver creamy and smooth.
O - Loved it!
06-01-2011 20:56:09 | More by HuskyinPDX
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
Ace Of Spades from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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