Woodstock IPA | Portland Brewing Company

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Woodstock IPAWoodstock IPA

Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-09-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by Jordan:
Photo of Jordan
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic dark amber color, transparent/clear appearance. Head dissipates quickly into a lace around the edge of the glass. Notes of wild hops and citrus fruits. A strong hops bitterness, with a medium malt character interlaced. Slightly complex, but fairly straight forward from what I would consider a top notch IPA. If this was a blindfolded taste test, I would easily be fooled, thinking this was an American style Pale-Ale.

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Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Redbones in a 12 oz flute.

Amberish hue, thin lacing. Hoppy aroma of citric and grassy hop oil ... tad woody. Good balance between the hops and malt, decent crispness. Sort of a mild of the road IPA when it comes to craft beer, nothing special but drinkable none the less. I think I am pretty confused by who owns this brand and if it still brewed the same way ... either way not too bad for an IPA.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This slightly hazy orange-amber IPA holds its head fairly well and leaves some minor craggy lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is welcoming and clean with a waft of grassy hops and yeasty fruitiness atop a lightly sweet and caramelish malt. It's gently crisp in the mouth with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation and surprisingly medium-light body. The flavor does offer some of the promised woodiness from oak-aging; as well as a nice balance of light malt, yeasty fruit, and grassy/leafy hops. A note of vanilla and some delicate, bready and caramelish malt appears at the swallow; followed by a solid bitterness that rises to leave it dry and refreshing. It's easy to drink and a bit more exciting than your average beer, but it falls slightly short on the IPA scale.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am not a fan of IPA's to say the least and this one was just way too bitter tasting for me. It poured a small sized white, smooth, creamy head with fine-small sized bubbles that mostly dissipated. The body was slightly cloudy and carbonated with an orange hue. The nose was hoppy, fruity, sweet and peaches(?). The taste of this beer was very bitter, hoppy, sour, tart, sweet with a lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel was tingly, thin and a bit watery and medium bodied. The lacing was fair.

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Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Brent
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably the sweetest IPA I've run across. Aroma of candy and berries. Nicely hopped with clear strawberry and other berry notes. Well moderated bittering at the finish. Good for one bottle, but too sweet for more than that at a sitting.

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Photo of StevieW
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A different tasting IPA.. Copper in color, transparent, thick fluffy head on the pour then faded fast. Some yeasty, biscuit like smells, not the hop explosion we have come to expect from American IPA's. The hop taste was also lacking, noticed some sweet carmel malt, and again a dry biscuity finish. The oak was really noticable at the botom of the glass, as the beer thinned out. The tastes were subtle, but very balanced. More sweetness, and less big oily hop tastes than I expected. The doughy, and oak tastes make it worth a try.

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Photo of Gusler
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the pour a pleasant deep bruin color with the head pertinent in size and frothy in texture, the color a light tan, after decomposition the lace forms a thin covering upon the glass. Nose is floral, fruit sweet, and a light earthiness as in yeast with malt under tones. Front is slightly malt sweet, the top skinny, the finish is sparingly acidic, intermediately hopped, dry aftertaste, an average IPA, drinkable, but nothing to shout about.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper color with a small off-white head, good carbonation, and slight lace. Very aggressive hop aroma as well as a rather sweet caramel maltiness. Taste begins with sweet caramel malts and a slight tingling from the carbonation, towards the middle of the taste some oak tannins are noticeable. Near the end of the taste the expected hops appear, although not as pronounced as the aroma would suggest. Finish is rather dry. The mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant. A bit different from most IPAs I have tried, but, nonetheless, pleasant.

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Photo of marc77
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper in hue w/ a thin head. The mildly grassy Goldings hop nose could be a bit more pronounced for an IPA. Slight generic caramel sweetness in malt aroma. It's not particularly exciting in the nose. The oily yet thin mouthfeel is a bit odd, while the one dimensional hop profile is reminescent of the use of hop extracts not real hops. A slight soapy hop flavor is present also. There's nothing outstanding in malt character. Woodstock finishes with slight bready malt notes and non descript hop bitterness. This is certainly an odd and subpar IPA. It tastes almost processed.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle pours an amber colored fluid with a slight white head. Smell is woody, with smoked malts, and a subtle hop aroma. Medium bodied with a rich, creamy mouthfeel. Taste has a strong malt presence followed by a tasty hop bitterness.
A unique taste here, definately not your typical West Coast IPA.

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Photo of gwfrankpsu
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a slightly sweet IPA, I'd like a bit rougher edge. Drink this at the brewery, cask conditioned and the flavors come out - while still sweet, the woodsy flavor is stronger and very welcome.

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Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of dauss
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Woodstock IPA which has been oak aged. Its got a strong bitterness at the very first sip all over the tongue. Stong carbonation, a little malty and woody. The bitterness lingers for a bit after you swallow. Pours a beautiful golden tan color with a big white head that has some good staying power. It also smells good, no off scents at all. Only if the beer tasted as good as it looked and smelled. I thought it was way too bitter, and that woody and bitterness aftertaste I didn't enjoy at all. Its an ok beer, but its not bad or good.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought I'd finally give this brew a try after seeing it dozens of times. It poured a deep copper color with a thin sheet of foam on top. The lacing was decent. I liked the aroma of this beer, it hit me as soon as I opened the bottle. A very strong grapefruit smell which led into the overall citrus aroma. The smell also consisted highly of bitter hops. The taste was a bit fruity up front with sweet malts in the middle and a good hoppy fininsh. The mouthfeel was medium which went down fairly smooth, although it finished kind of dry. Overall I thought this beer was well-balanced and I would drink it again.

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Photo of sinistersteve
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Semi-cloudy copper color. Not much head. Lots of citrus flavor. I wish this had more of a hop presence. Seems to be a rather average beer. Not much stands out to make this an exceptional ale. Although, it should be known that I prefer the American style IPA over the English ones.

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Photo of Riggo
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't know what the other people who reviewed this were smoking--this is a very good beer. Unique among the IPA's i've sampled, this ale is aged in oak barrels, and you can taste it. According to the brewery, the original IPA's were distinguished not only by the now familiar heavy amount of hops for preserving the beer in its voyage to India but also a pronounced oak flavor from the wooden barrels they traveled in. (Note: I have since learned that the claim to oak flavor in IPAs being authentic is, at best, controversial. Regardless, that flavor element in this beer is a plus in my book.)

Pours a clear bronze/pale-orange. On a normal pour, the head on this beer is slight, but a hard pour delivers an inviting foamy, creamy beige head with fantastic lacing. Some of the best lacing i've ever seen, which brought up the numbers on appearance. The nose is a gorgeous mixture of earthy oak and fruit--orange, grapefruit, peach, and lemon-citrus hops. Taste is initially of butterscotch perhaps, an earthy, oakey nuttiness balanced with a grapefruity hop bite. Some alcholic warmth noticeable on the tongue (6% abv) and a long, dry, cedary hop finish. Mouthfeel is crisp yet chewy and soft, coating the tongue. A very drinkable brew, first in that it's well-balanced but more in the sense of just wanting another.

Despite its coming from the northwest U.S., this IPA is more English in its restrained use of hops not to mention in its rounded, earthy tones. A very charming beer that deserves higher numbers. When's the last time you had an oak-aged IPA? Well, that's too long.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pale brownish-copper color, with a slight, but present head that hangs in there for the whole beverage, if drunken fast. There is a definant clingy lace that hangs to the side of the glass durring each drink, a nice view from here.

The aroma is strange but interesting. There is not much hop presence, for in IPA, but there is a strong oak smell and another smell i cant put my finger on. Is it alcohol or Juniper berries as was suggested in another review.

There is a solid but mellow taste that comes from this beer that scores it points in the drinkability. Smooth, pretty tasty and a decent mouthfeel. The flavor seems to hit all sides of the tounge.

Overall, this is a decent beverage. If i was brewing a beer, though, i dont think i would be content with a decent rating. There seems to be much room for improvement here.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a nice head to it and it lasted long. The color of the beer was a redish caramel color. I'm not too huge on IPA's, but I saw that the selection of this brew was dwindleing at my beer store, so I thought I would try it. It was ok, but nothing spectacular. I am more into dark "beefy" beers, so this just wasn't really in my forte. I was just trying to broaden my horizons.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is pretty much what you'd expect from an IPA. The head jumped out of the bottle, and once poured, looked solid. Amber body (no shit, right?).

Very well balanced flavor. Definitely maltier than most of the other IPA's I've sampled though, and being a lover of English pale ales, I really liked this. Unique among IPA's. If I can find it again, I'll buy it.

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Photo of John
4.84/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A most unique IPA with obvious oak tendencies. Pleasant malt and balanced hop profile.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a classic IPA. The nose does give off a fair amount of hops against a background of caramel malts. The appearance is of a cloudy copper with a very thin slightly off-white head. The head didn't last any time at all. Despite the lack of a head there was a small continuous amount of non-sticky lacing. The flavor started out tasting mostly of caramel malts, but switched to a more heavy hop sense as the brew warmed. Fairly sweet in the front, bitter in the back. The reasonably full body is creamy, buttery, and oily.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber color. Medium head. Malty and fairly hoppy IPA. Very oaky taste. Very hoppy and bright. Mellow flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter. A very traditional American IPA, bold and very hoppy. This IPA is much hoppier than Portland Brewing's IPA. They are the same beer are they?

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Photo of CBFanWish
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good IPA with no real "wow" qualities to it except for drinkability. Pours a clear copper colour with just a slight head after a vigorous pour. The aroma was citrucy with orange and grapefruit. There was also a nice grassy smell to it. The taste was well balanced with a malty sweetness and a citrusy bitterness from the hops. It went down very easy and I could se myself drinking a lot of these durring the summer months when I want an IPA, but nothing over the top.

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Photo of John1985
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful copper color with a nice white head on top. Aroma was slightly fruity. Hop bitterness up front which smoothes out into a malty middle and the hops come back for the finish. The oak flavor is evident and makes the flavor rather unusual. May be tame compared to other IPA's but has plenty of flavor for me.

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Woodstock IPA from Portland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 35 ratings