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Worthy Imperial IPA - Worthy Brewing Co.

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Worthy Imperial IPAWorthy Imperial IPA

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83
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17 Reviews
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Reviews: 17
Hads: 63
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Worthy Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: artoolemomo on 10-27-2013

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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 63
Photo of Goliveidaho
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this beer at the Worthy brewery, in Bend summer 2013. It's smoothness amazed me. 8 hop varieties blended perfectly. It pours bright, illuminates the table, head is coconut white, lacing fragile. Carbonation lively, it almost purrs as it reaches the head. Taste is lite citrus, pineapple flows to the front, no bite, no bitter. I can't find the 8.5 ALC near the surface, it must hide at the bottom of the glass. Great beer, very enjoyable, melts into a smile after each swallow. Cheers! (497 characters)

Photo of AdamSnodgrass
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22, nice head, decent lacing. Smell is fruity and inviting. But the 8 hop varieties must be of all pine and citrus notes with perhaps one of mango. The balance of honey malt and a tad bit of caramel along with the hop schedule make for a very bright and surprising first pull. For me the bittering is perfect and yet another great beer from Bend Oregon. (368 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden blonde color with a decent, frothy head into my glass. As pale as it can possibly be.

The use of 8 different hop varieties makes for a difficult analysis of the aroma profile. It has the new school citrus mated to old school pine. But, it's also spicy and balanced.

It's citruspineexplodusfragilicus. I can't think of any other way to describe it. A rogue's gallery of hops.

Biscuity texture comes through in the finish with a dogpile of citrus, pine, spice and so forth.

This would make an excellent introduction to the style. It takes the elements of the more popular IPAs and crams them into one bad mother. (637 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. 41 F. Bottle code is 0833 A2 1506, whatever that means. I hope it doesn't mean March of last year.

Pours slightly coppery golden, with a head that elicited the word "cuddly" from my imagination: medium-large, fluffy, creamy, silky. Lots of carbonation. Clear. It looks nice. Head retention is midrange, fades to halfway quickly and then slowly from there. Smell is Quite hoppy, some honeysuckle and lots of generic flower, citrus blossoms and citrus rind.

Taste is orangey -- not just citrus, specifically orange. I'm a little on the fence about whether this is good or not, but I'm enjoying it right now. Plenty of zest bitterness, lots of flower sweetness.

Mouthfeel is dry, light, nice. Overall, this is good. I like it. (763 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep gold with two fingers of long lasting cream colored head. Plenty of lace.
Smell is crushed wild strawberries. Some bready malt as well.
Taste is hop oil resins with tangerine and mango. Plenty of sweet bready malts to smooth out the hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to full with plenty of carbonation. It has a long lasting resinous semi dry bitter finish. Overall I really liked this beer. I think it was quite fresh as it is fairly new to the store. It was a decent buy also from a convenience store. It cost about $4.69 for the bomber. I did note the alcohol slightly in the taste. It wasn't off putting but it was my first beer today so a 8.5% abv is noticed. I have been tasting this for about 15 minutes and it still has a cap of head and leaving an almost solid sheet of lace. I would definitely buy this again and hope to find it in the canned version. (874 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured from the 22 oz bomber into a tulip.
Pour clear medium amber with an inch of tiny bubbly head.
Smells malty and hoppy. Good balance.
Taste is classic west coast IPA. Malts and hops are balanced. Not overly hoppy. Not overly bitter.
Mouthfeel was excellent.
For a west coast IPA, I thought it was quite good. (317 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice off white head, golden body with some deep browns and even a hint of red in there. Nice, but not surprising in any regard, smell. Standard hops with a little malt in the background, fresh and citrusy and a little sweet. Nice taste, smooth and creamy with a little spice to it. The hop taste is actually really nice and balanced, almost silky. Not enough carbonation, medium body. Over all a good beer but not groundbreaking. (429 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Pours a semi translucent amber color with a half inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is grapefruit, sweet citrus and some toasted malts. The taste is light citrus and tropical fruit notes with a fair amount of toasted malts. Grapefruit and mango towards the end. Pine hop notes. Good malt backbone and pretty balanced. Somewhat boozey. A bit oily and medium bodied. Overall, pretty good Imperial. (410 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 11.11.13

A - Pours a hazy, medium orange with a small light tan head that is gone fast.

S - Orange and malty sweetness.

T - Oranges, earthy leaves, caramel malts.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Nice balanced and above average IPA. Yes, my first worthy, and I guess it is. (307 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up last week at Brewer's Haven in Boise... Poured tonight into my GT 25th tulip... slightly hazed darker golden... decent enough white head with an okay cap... middle of the road lacing.

The nose is pretty well done.. good citrus and tropical fruit notes... a bit of a floral essence with warmth... smells like it is going to have a thicker malt presence.

Flavor is okay too... I like my DIPA's drier with significantly less pale maltiness... I think it mutes the bitterness AND the hop flavors and I think I am certainly right in this case... hop flavors show as a sorta tangerine zest that blooms with the malts, but is still not focused enough.

Body is a touch thick for an 8.5% DIPA.

Despite all my above "negatives", this is a good beer.

3.75/3.75/3.5/3.5/3.5 (779 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a handsome golden orange color with a modest but fine-grained foam in the angular snifter. This has kind of a watery, gulpable mouthfeel but eventually the alcohol warns you.

Lots of honeysuckle and sweet orange marmalade flavors. Tangy with sharp citrus sensations, and on the acidic side. Tangerine peel and a long grapefruit pith aftertaste. It's not punishingly bitter, but it does bring the largely aromatic hops to a bitter close. There is just a touch of the spoiled fruit note, but mostly it's pretty clean and avoids the murky herbal style.

This is an interesting but high octane, alcohol flavored tipple. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington. (698 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This DIPA has the maltiness tending towards an imperial, but has a flavor profile overall of a more balanced regular IPA. The appearance is a little on the lighter/golden side, but with decent head characteristics. As noted by others, the smell is light, I get piney notes if I strain.

The front of the beer is honey in sweetness, but not overpoweringly so. There is also a carbonated tingle. The beer transitions into an orange-y taste, but never really grabs you with much bitterness. A lightly dry resin coats the mouth in the end.

As others have said, it's a fine drinkable beer, but doesn't really have anything to make it stand out, and lacks a few things to make it a "solid" beer. (690 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a finger's worth of head which seems to have good retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale to medium amber which appears as golden straw to pale amber in the light. Only a few spots of lacing are left behind.

Nose- Not quite as overpowering as you would expect from an IIPA. Lacks a lot of presence. The most dominant aroma I sense is caramel, followed by some honey. They are some citrus notes (orange, lemon, and grapefruit) followed by a very slight tropical note. Does have good balance and integration, though. Swirling shows some mustiness and armpit which definitely bumps this up a notch.

Taste- Starts off with hints of caramel while indefinite hop notes start to approach. Some citrus (orange, lemon, and grapefruit) followed by notes of matchstick, pine, and resin. Right now, this beer has me asking: is this all you have to offer? I like the balance and approachability but even a sublime IIPA needs some punch, or at least, some complexity. Worthy's products seem to suffer from canning and bottling- people who have had their beers on tap seem to enjoy. I have only had it in bottles and cans and while none of their beers have disgusted me, none of them have wowed me or even slightly impressed me. Burnt caramel, matchstick, resin, and slight tropical notes seem to be the dominant aspects of the flavor profile as the citrus notes fade. Above average but average when compared to all the great IIPAs out there. Pretty weak, pretty thin. Disappointing because this is also pretty cheap.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with a very light amount of syrup to the texture. Not all that carbonated but seems to have a little too much zing. There is some grittiness to the finish as well.

Drinkability- Too easy drinking for an IIPA? No alcohol but no real hop prominence either. I'm no hophead but they have to do better than this, especially in Oregon. They are new and this is pretty cheap at under 5 bucks a bomber.

Overall- Just above average. Pretty average for an IIPA though. Worth a try- it certainly won't break your wallet. I'm still going to keep trying Worthy beers as they are new and should improve as time passes. (2,209 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber from Fred Meyer in North Salem. $4.99 Pours a clear darker golden colour with a good sized creamy,thick white head. The aroma is seriously AWOL on this bottle some resiny/floral hops and a slight smell of raw alcohol. not great to be honest. The taste is well balanced ( too well for IIPA)..the hops are definitely there but are almost sweet and compliment the substantial malts. Its nice but for SEVEN varieties of hop this is strangely a malty beer.( im judging out of style because i do like the flavor). Mouth feel is OK i suppose but it does get a trifle sticky in the end..and despite the nose the alcohol is hidden! I liked the beer but a poor rendition of an Imperial IPA. (692 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in Nonic. Poured a clean, clear medium honey-gold color, with just the thinnest cap of white head that had no retention and very light lacing.

Some nice pine notes float up the nostrils, along with some very light citrus, and a just noticeable malt scent. On the tongue, the beer has a bit more life, with the pine being brighter and the citrus sharper. The light malt aspect still seemed too underutilized to me, and I think the flavors suffered for it.

The body was too light to be solid, and too thick to be crisp, sort of a Mouthfeel Purgatory if you will. Drinkability was decent, I liked the beer well enough, but wasn't left really needing a second pour. Overall, a solid brew, and one worth a shot, but don't expect it to make your Best of Show list. (767 characters)

Photo of muldersha
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 22oz brown glass bottle purchased in Portland, OR

Pours a murky orange/copper brown color with an effusive creamy white head that dissipates slowly to a fine white lacing.

Super malty aromas of pine resin, raisin bran, orange peel, and fresh baked goods.

Thick and viscous on the palate with plenty of fruit, malt, and grain flavors that give way to a bitter hop finish. It has a relatively long finish with notes of burnt orange, pine stone fruit, and bbq'd lizard skin.

One of the weakest brews I have had from what is almost always a superb brewery. Not interesting to be frank. (596 characters)

Photo of ccrida
2.82/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured in into a nonic, appearance is gold with a white head that leaves scattered lace. I like a blonde IPA.

Smell is resinous, some sweet citrus, a little pine, some bubblegum. Definitely has some of the hop complexity expected by the label's boast of 7 hop varieties. A little skunky, and yeastiness to round it out. Not as robust as their regular IPA, which is disappointing.

Taste is similar, in that it's lacking the big hop punch of their regular IPA, rather then bringing more. There's a sharp bite to the alcohol. It's a little sweet. Moderate bitterness. Not bad, but disappointing, it's rough.

Mouthfeel is oily, hops there for sure, it's also light bodied and dry.

Drinkability is ok, in that I could slurp it down due to the lighter body. But I really don't want too. This is poorly executed, it's just too hot and lacking hop intensity. (865 characters)

Worthy Imperial IPA from Worthy Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.