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Ace Of Spades - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

205 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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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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oregone

Oregon

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-22-2013 16:56:10 | More by oregone
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 03:25:51 | More by superspak
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argyle324

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-25-2013 19:04:46 | More by argyle324
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-20-2013 02:58:39 | More by artoolemomo
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle generously shared by El Douchous, or as we call him around here, Duane.

Pours a slightly cloudy medium orange with slight retention and some stick.

Smells of caramelized apples

Tastes much the same with a lingering bitter rind finish along with smack of blood orange. Malts serve as a healthy support system by propping up the firm fruits.

Carbonation on the low end with a medium bodies feel makes this drink a bit syrupy

Overall, a pretty good double

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 01:05:53 | More by BarrytheBear
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SRossman

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-05-2011 00:04:11 | More by SRossman
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anteater

Oregon

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-15-2013 03:07:51 | More by anteater
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-14-2012 23:50:20 | More by cbnz
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bifrost17

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-04-2012 03:07:39 | More by bifrost17
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Mphis

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Oregon

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Ace of Spades is a bright bronze, with a small, tight off-white head leaving scattered, foaming lace. I either like very pale DIPAs, or red ones, like this, opposed to that thick, murky orange middle ground (in case you were interested).

Smell is bright citrus hops, fairly aggressive but not quite hitting me over the head with a hammer like a expected. Still, quite nice. Picked this out of the cooler from my local whole foods. The resinous stays strong through the bomber letting you know this is no joke.

Taste is similar to their regular IPA, but cranked up a notch. Bit maltiness, nice bright hops, but really not as exciting as I'd hopped. The alcohol is strong but clean, I guess I really just expected a more gratuitous hop display, but then again, this batch has been out for a month plus IIRC. Still, as I work through it, my respect grows. Probably just a bit jaded from the 10 Barrel IPA I had, expecting this would someone be double that!

Mouthfeel is oily, bone dry (ABV), tongue-coating resins, medium bodied.

Drinkability is okay, a tasty hop bomb, but strong enough for you to check yourself and take your time. Their regular IPA is my favorite available locally, on fresh draught. I'd like to try this one that way as well to get the complete experience, but for now, color me a bit disappointed. Maybe it's just the biggest IPAs in town have reached such hop saturation, that doubling the malt to crank up the alcohol can only take away from the purity.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 01:53:48 | More by ccrida
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours clear gold with a one inch head of beige. A few streaks and dots of lacing with a partial skimcoat throughout the glass.

Aromatics are fairly pungent but not abundantly floral or hop-laden. Heavy on the pine with traces of grapefruit coming after, with ripe malt and crisp gypsum following through.

Medium bodied with a crisp but tacky mouthfeel.

Plenty of zingy, bracing alphas start the palate, with plump malt in support. Loads of resinous pine with grapefruit oil under, and a mild sting from the bitterness.
A slightly drying mineralness keeps the sweet malt in check, as does the stiff bitterness and bright alcohol.

Finishes with a lingering, chaulky bitterness, a sting of high alpha hops, and a warmth in the throat.

Tasty beer. I prefer a much more pungent, tropical, floral nose, and more hop complexity on the palate. A pretty straightforward IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 23:03:10 | More by brewandbbq
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ricecracker420

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%

10-14-2013 01:24:57 | More by chinesebeatle
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ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-08-2013 06:08:11 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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BillHilly

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-23-2013 01:54:17 | More by BillHilly
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Kylemif

Oregon

4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Oregon

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-20-2013 18:36:52 | More by teddyarrowhead
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-09-2012 18:01:15 | More by dmorgan310
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snaotheus

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter shaped glass

Pours brownish amber, pretty clear, very little head, but looks like a lot of small, slow, fine carbonation going on in there. Smell is honeysuckle sweet with a lot of piney hops, some orange blossom floral. Smells good, but a little muted (maybe not the beer's fault -- I'm a little congested).

Taste is very bitter, lots of grapefruit rind flavor, overpowers most everything else. There's some of the floral and honeysuckle sweetness in there somewhere. Opens up a little as you get into and it warms up a bit.

Mouthfeel is quite dry. Overall, a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 00:15:49 | More by snaotheus
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-28-2012 22:46:23 | More by CliffBrake
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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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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-29-2013 06:48:06 | More by schopenhauerale
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -4%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 01:16:26 | More by Rutager
Ace Of Spades from Hopworks Urban Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.