Pig War - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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16 Reviews
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 44
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 6.61%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 12-02-2010

English Imperial IPA with Wilamette and Cascade hops from San Juan Island estate. 80 IBU
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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 44
Photo of unclekeith
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned about 6 weeks ago - served in a Teku

Straw colored with a small white head. A bit cloudy. Citrus on the nose. Citrus, not too bitter, some sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden. Approachable IPA (203 characters)

Photo of muldersha
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had from a 22oz bomber purchased in Portland, OR. Label has quite a bit of info on it. Made from certified organic barley and organic hops from San Juan Island. 14 degrees, 60 IBUs, and 6.0% ABV

Pours a lightly hazy straw/golden color with an ample white head, solid retention, and nice lacing.

Aromas of candied grapefruit, orange zest, fresh-cut grass, pine, spice, and white flowers.

Medium-bodied and very lithe on the palate. Fresh and racy with plenty of carbonation. Has a nice wheaty acidity, but a very crisp and dry finish of cracked white pepper, orange peel, birch, and paper. (597 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

AUG 29, 2014
On tap at Hopworks last night. A hazy light orange with a dense, white head with decent retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is blah. Chalky grapefruit hops, a pronounced wheat and grain aroma with minimal sweetness, some bread. Hip character is mild on both nose and palate with mild citrus, some orange juice, a moderate wheat malt character and some bread. Drying but with a dextrinous fullness on the finish, this beer is decent. Meh. (463 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A frosty looking ruddy amber. Cloudy, except at the edges where it thins out a bit. Frothy cream head. Good retention, solid lacing.

The nose starts vinous and sweet. Very green. Bright with a belgian yeasty fruitiness

A good bit of juicy hoppiness finishes with a fruity skylight finish. The texture and body of the wheat become apparent

I love me the Pig War and memories of Cattle Point from HS, and this is an enjoyable IPA, but I wouldn't... start... a war... over it (nice)? (483 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a modest head. Foams up nicely with every pour. Light body with a pleasant spritzy mouthfeel. Light and lemony with a tangy, malty background. Some sweet malt and the sharp hoppy oils. Warm and fragrant taste with a hint of fruit and the slightest vegetal dankness. Bitterness is more of an afterthought, so it's not the typical hop blast. A very drinkable and friendly IPA.

Brewer rates this at 60 IBUs. From the 16 oz can bought at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene. (495 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Bottle code is 146 01 0651, near as I can tell. Label is different than pictured (currently, picture is blue, this is primarily green and yellow). Also, ABV according to label is different than listed on this beer (6% on label, 8% according to BA). Label says it's supposed to be a White IPA, which I understand is a semi-made-up style.

Pours pretty clear, golden with a bit of an amber tinge, smallish pale head that seems like it'll leave some cool lacing (based on the clumping along the glass). Small amount of fine carbonation. Smell is flower, mild, citrusy, a little grass.

Taste is a bit piny, a hint of banana, citrus bitter. A little grassy sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and airy and nice. Overall, pretty good beer. (770 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into my Bier Stein snifter, Pig War is clear gold with an off-white head leaving light foamy lace.

Smell is candied citrus hops, orange marmalade, moderate, some resins.

Taste is fine, it's a decent if generic PDX IPA. The wheat, ehh, I guess it's there, it's clean and bright, some fresh cereals, but this is an IPA, and the flavor forward, low bitter citrus hop bill is the star.

Mouthfeel is very foamy, soft, light bodied.

Drinkability is fine, it's an easy drinking IPA but unremarkable. Overpriced, I doubt the cheaper wheat would make a difference in taste. (585 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Evil 22oz bottle format poured into 9oz pilsener glass. What's up with the weird hamster on the label? How come a Washington brewery didn't jump on this idea. Perhaps the old San Juan Brewing did. The beer was a hazy/lightly cloudy yellow with about 1/4 inch of white head that had very low retention and lace.

The aroma was pretty nice, mostly floral hop forward, on top of some light grains and with a hint of citrusy hops at the back. The flavors were pretty similar, and somewhat disappointing. Very light-to almost no malts, the hop tastes were all kind of blurred together, nothing really distinctive. The hops did linger on the back end though, so there's that.

The body was far thinner than I like in the style, there was bit of sticky sweetness that lingered longer than was enjoyable. Drinkability was OK, I thought a 22 was more than I wanted, 12oz would been enough. Overall, OK but, not really worth a lot of trouble to get. If you see it on tap, it's worth a shot. (980 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours a very hazy honey-amber with a thin white head.

Smell. Floral, slightly earthy hops and citrus fruits with some toasty light grains and a tough of caramel.

Taste. Dry, earthy, and lightly herbal hops with a little citrus rind and some toasty light malts. Not much sweetness here. I wasn't sure how "English" this was going to be going by the smell, but I get it now.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with smooth, medium carboantion.

Overall. A nice dry IPA with some interesting english style hops and a touch of citrus that gives it a little zip. (560 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy, light golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus, light pineapple and sweet malt. Flavor is bright citrus hops and citrus rind, mild sweet malt, finishing with citrus and pine hops, slightly floral. Medium bodied. A nice neutral malt body that is supportive, but allows the hops to shine through. Not a hop forward, intense IPA, but one that presents the hops distinctly on the tongue. I really liked this. Note that this bottle clearly states 6%, not 8%, so perhaps the ABV has been changed for this year. (612 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at an Albertson’s in Kennewick, Washington. First beer I’v ever had with the term “estate-grown hops” on it, though I’ve frequently consumed bottles of wine made with estate-grown grapes. For some reason, the label reminds me of the old Space Invaders video game.

Pours a ruddy, orangey color, very hazy. Small, beige colored head.

Big, citrusy and earthy nose. Fairly different-seeming.

Surprisingly sweet tasting. There’s some citrusy hops but there’s a lot of maltiness as well. There’s that same grainy, earthy thing that was going on in the smell, too. I’m not sure what this tastes like, but I wouldn’t expect it in an Imperial/DIPA.

Fairly slick mouthfeel, and somewhat surprising amount of body. Somewhat low carbonation, but not to a crippling degree.

Interesting beer from the folks at HUB. Although I like it, I think one bottle will do me, as it doesn’t seem like a beer for sessioning, either from flavor or abv viewpoints. (985 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - opaque brown/red, some lacing, average retention

smell - spicy and malty

taste - malt forward with a bit of a bitter hop finish, seems true to style for an english ipa (malt forward w/ higher abv)

mouthfeel - sticky, medium bodied, fizzy

overall - not my favorite style but beer seems decent for what it is, more accustomed to a hop presence from hopworks especially with the "estate grown hops" highlight on the front of the bottle...they don't really describe the beer accurately (498 characters)

Photo of MADhombrewer
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Dark caramel color with a big bubbled, off white head. 4/5

Smell- Aroma has a Belgian yeast character. Bits of clove. 3.5/5

Taste- Taste starts out like a small Belgian. Some banana and cloves flavors. The sip ends with a nice caramel malt blast. Little bitterness in the middle. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel throughout the sip. 3.5/5

Overall- Good beer. Don't know if I will be running out to get another, but enjoyable non-the-less. 3.5/5

"English Imperial IPA"?? Nothing about this is Imperial OR IPA. Don't really understand the style placement, but then again, I won't know what style to place this in either. (637 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Clear amber color, 1-finger off-white head.

Aroma is mostly caramel malt and dank floral hops.

Taste is malty, floral, and bitter - all combined. An almost grainy, herbal quality. Fruitiness is strong - apricots, mango, something a little chalky.

Medium bodied, coats the tongue. Alcohol present but not dominant.

Overall not a beer I'd seek out again. (390 characters)

Photo of loren01
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a caramelly red color not too much head no lacing, tight bubbles up the corners of the glass
S: Smells earthy and herbal. Slight caramelly maltiness.
T: Caramelly sweet maltiness with herbal and earthy hop bite at the end. Very well balanced
M: Pretty warm beer, seems a bit more than 8%, smooth going down.
O: Nicely balanced stronger English style beer, different but I like it. (389 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep golden color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Some citrus, dry leafy hops and English malts. Different.

T: Very malt forward but also has a great dose of hops with Citrus and floral notes

M: Nice feel, medium carbonation, some booze

D: Good and easy (284 characters)

Pig War from Hopworks Urban Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.