Hopworks Urban Brewery
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2.66/5 rDev -36.8%
I had heard lots of good things, so finally made it down to the brewpub. Went on a Friday around 6 or so and sure enough the place was hopping. Only problem was they had open tables upstairs, but not enough staff (how can you not find servers on a Friday night) so had to stand huddled with my 3 other friends near the door. Went for the IPA first, and it was all grapefruit, caramel, and a 3 second finish. It left me wondering what IPA won the medals cause it certainly wasnt mine. It was far too basic and had no balance or finish. I went for the 7 grain stout next, cause that sounded like a big, beefy delicious stout, but once again was vastly let down by a light bodied, slightly dry stout without music of a finish (again) It was ok, but nowhere near as complex or big as I had hoped. Tried one more beer which was the pale, which tasted like fried chicken that has been sitting in a box losing its heat for 10 minutes. Needless to say I sent it back, closed my tab, and left wondering if I had gone to the right brewery, because the beers were all completely forgettable, and in Oregon, there is just too much out there that is way better. Don't believe the hype
Laurelwood offers a much better consistent quality and variety of beer, so if you must drink orgainc in Portland, go for Laurelwood or Roots
11-17-2008 03:55:23 | More by bitterthebetter
3.5/5 rDev -16.9%
A decent place to visit. Atmosphere was pretty generic / sportsbarish, with an obvious bicycling theme going on. I don't know who's idea it was to combine beer and bike, but to me, those are two things that just don't belong together by any means. "Don't drink and drive," the sign says. Yeah, well, you can still get a DUI for riding a bike drunk, FYI.
Anyway, there was quite an array of house beers to choose from, although really only two or three stood out as particularly good to me, the best clearly being the vintage barrel-aged barleywine. Comfort foods on the menu for the most part, but all good. Service was decent and prices were pretty friendly all over. A nice place, but I'd be fine skipping it on my next visit to the fine city of Portland.
12-30-2011 04:39:21 | More by Rifugium
3.61/5 rDev -14.3%
Last time we were here which was about three years ago they were making their own soy cheese for their vegan pizzas. It was the best soy cheese I'd ever had so I was really looking forward to having it again. They no longer make their own cheese, they use daiya now so I had soup and salad. Very disappointing. The soup was good but just didn't make up for the great pizza I thought I was going to have. Atmosphere here is nice, bicycle themed with lots of wood and copper top tables. A little worn looking but comfortable. Very family friendly and not real noisy so that was a plus. Quality was okay. Service was a little slow and not outwardly friendly. Could be better. Beer selection was very good. They do have quite a few vegan selections which I always look for.
06-27-2013 21:31:51 | More by Jodi215
3.83/5 rDev -9%
Hopworks is a regular destination for me but it sure isn't a perfect place. First, the beers are incredible. I have Crosstown Pale as a 5.0 beer on here, and the IPA is also world class. Everything else are good beers for their styles, but being more of an extreme drinker, the selection bores me a bit. The food quality is great but every single time I have ordered dinner, something has come out wrong (and I am anything but a picky food guy). I also had a problem with their policy of bringing in any size bottle you want and they will fill it. Well OK so I brought in a few flip top 32oz bottles and the person complained the entire time about filling them and then did not know how to charge me for them. This happened with another bartender as well. Basically the beers are so good I keep going back.
05-18-2010 15:34:27 | More by squaremile
3.85/5 rDev -8.6%
This was stop #17 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here early on a Saturday morning to try their beers as a kick-off to our Saturday version of our pub-crawl. The pub is situated in a storefront of a multi-story, modern building that looks like it has apartments above the brewery. The interior has a bicycling theme, and there is a long bar with some bar tables and stools that are separated from the larger dining area.
We ordered a flight of 10 beers out of the 15 that were available (there were also 3 Radlers or Ciders). All of the beers were brewed very well to their respective style, and all but two were well above average so that the 10 beers averaged out to a 3.8 out of a grading system with a 5.0 max score. (Any individual beer score above 4 is difficult to come by in our scoring, so this is a great score.) It was too early to eat, and only one person was at the time, but we didn’t even look at the menu, thus no food score is included in this review.
This was a great place to start our day, and definitely a place that we’d return to when we come back to Portland. This is a Must-Stop place.
06-27-2014 14:28:53 | More by Mothergoose03
3.86/5 rDev -8.3%
First of all I will give the disclaimer that before I came here I ate too much at the food cars on 12th. After finding a parking spot way in the back I stepped in to a very cool looking place full of woodwork with even a Hopworks vehicle outside. Place had a good vibe and also showed me how popular pro soccer is there. Bought a sampler and their beers were solid, although IPAs probably were the winner here... I seemed to detect hops in all their beers, even the stouts and porters. Wished that there were a few exclusive or barrel aged beers there, maybe I was there on the wrong day. As with other places in the city, I might visit again if there weren't so many other places to visit in the city and it weren't so far away. I definitely would recommend a first visit, just don't eat too much food at the food carts before you go.
11-13-2011 08:14:54 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, OR
93 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.