Workhorse IPA
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

Workhorse IPAWorkhorse IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #88
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,990
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 8.81%
Reviews:
194
Ratings:
669
From:
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  99
Gots
  152
SCORE
93
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Rich, clear, deep/dark reddish-orange with a good head that settles in leaving good lacing
Aroma: Citrus fruits, some dank, some fir and pine notes, blueberries, freshly baked bread lingering in the background
Taste: Follows the nose but much more pronounced. Citrus, fir needles (orange), and dank up front, followed by hints of blueberry. Good maltiness holds it all together. Good bite and medium dryness on the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, silky and smooth overall – really good and honestly less carbonated-tasting than I expected, especially given the freshness
Overall: This is tasty stuff. This used to be a go-to for me for some time but then I got away from it so glad I was able to be reacquainted as this is really good. A well-made and great, balanced WCIPA that is readily available fresh in these parts. I’m sure it didn’t hurt just how stinking fresh this is too – I’m consuming it five days after it was canned (canned 6/4/20, drank 6/9/20)

Jul 04, 2020
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Goodxcharly from Washington

4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good consistant solid IPA. Even out of a can. Money well spent. I was quite surprised as my previous encounters with Workhorse were in a bottle. Which was good too.

Apr 13, 2019
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strohme2 from Michigan

3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, dated 12/11/18. Poured into tulip glass.
Pours a deep orange, just off white head. Some chill haze but poured out of the can crystal clear. Rings and spots of lacing. Well presented beer.
Aromas of grapefruit, resiny, weed, onion/garlic going on.
Classic west coast. Grapefruit, orange pith, pine tree finish. Still some of that garlic and weedy notes at the end.
Thick syrupy mouthfeel at first which leads to a lighter finish.
This beer packs a huge hop punch. I usually don’t care for the big resiny/weed beers but the citrus hop profiles help to balance some of that out.

Mar 17, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, peaches, some pine. Taste has lots of pine, very bitter, light peaches, hints of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Jul 26, 2018
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CraftBeerRunner from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I’ve had way better IPAs, but honestly, this really is a workhorse - I committed to a 6 pack, and greatly enjoyed all 6. And approachable and easy drinking ipa that may become my go-to for the summer. June 2018. Portland OR. Green Zebra Mart.

Jun 28, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once more, the Tavour service comes through for The CANQuest (tm) is a big way! I may not be buying many bottled beers through them, but you CAN bet your bottom dollar that I am snapping up CANs as they become available.

From the CAN: "Huge hop flavor and aroma in a balanced Northwest-style IPA."

I Crack!ed open the vent & CANmenced a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. I was overjoyed when it created two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head all on its own without any bidding. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was utterly resinous with pine & now my hophead mouth was watering! Think of it - no haze, no tropical fruit, no B.S.! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was so full of pine that I thought that I was holding the knob end of George Brett's bat! Mmmm. This was exactly the sort of thing that I had been jonesing for! It had a light woodiness and a little bit of a peach flavor to accompany the intense pine with a bit of biscuitiness. Mmmm, I was really pleasantly surprised since I thought that this type of beer was either impossible or illegal to produce currently. I jest, of course, but this was a welcome throwback to the sorts of beers that originally got my attention & made me realize that I am a self-described, self-avowed hophead. Finish was dry, bitter and just the way that I like them. YMMV.

May 17, 2018
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LoganLevi88 from Oregon

4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The problem with some WC Style IPA’s is that the brewer puts the abv above the flavor. Not on this beer though. This is a well balanced ipa, throughly impressed. The smell doesn’t do justice to its mouthfeel & flavor. On the nose, i get “basic ipa”.. didn’t expect this flavor. Very god WC ipa. Worth the trip if you’re in Portland.

May 03, 2018
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hreb from Washington

3.31/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz pkged on 05.30.2017 and served in a can glass. Beer pours mid-amber to orange, clear, and topped with considerable white head. Strong citrus hop aroma of orange peel and grapefruit. Aroma is, truly, one of the greatest. Flavor focuses that citrus hop aroma into an aggressive, resinous laser of bitterness. This flavor is not my favorite, which is a let down after how well executed the dry hopping is. The out of balance bitterness is exacerbated by an underwhelming dose of carbonation, which allows the hop oil to sit on the tongue and feel heavy. While strong for a non-Imperial IPA, the alcohol flavor doesn't overtake it all, so I guess it's got that to redeem it.

Jul 09, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a sturdy burnt orange almost copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Sly rings of foamy lace.
The aroma had a wonderful blend of sweet crisp floral to citrusy sweet and smooth bitter hops. Some sweet pine smooth hop qualities slide in underneath right before the malts start showing up.
The flavor was moderately sweet with the bitterness trying to make a great effort to balance as it continued to warm. Aftertaste was inviting with a juicy citrus and sweet pine.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, really good AIPA, west coast styled and well worthy of wanting more of.

Jun 06, 2017
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Radcpa from Washington

3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber appearance with white head that dedicates quickly. Very hoppy aroma with some fruity hint. Taste is a very strong hoppy and some fruit without any alcohol aftertaste.

May 30, 2017
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Rogerlb from California

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber, slightly opaque golden. Slight head with a curtain of lacing, very nice. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, rind, all the things you want. Quite rich and citrus/nice.

Taste is a citrus-forward IPA, hops and strawberries, cream, bread, malt, bitter around 40 or so (this is a guess, I don't know), crisp. 7.5% is invisible, yet has a boozy effervescence that underscores this finely balanced IPA. Citrus is sweet without being cloying, drinks almost like a DIPA.

Malt keeps a lid on it making it a great drinkable IPA in the PNW style.

Apr 21, 2017
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Njcampbell62 from New York

4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Orange, Straw, slight peach color, with half finger of off white foam, great lacing, nice carbonation. S: Candied citrus, tropical notes of papaya and peach nectar. T: Subtle Bitterness, grapefruit, grapefruit pith, tropical juicy flavor. F: Wonderful moderate, with dry mouthfeel. Overall: This beer is one of my new favorite IPAs. I would highly recommend anyone who enjoys IPAs to get their hands on this stuff! A++ exceptional beer.

Apr 12, 2017
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Taybeh from Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic pint...this review is from a single, though it matches my impressions from having it on tap over the years. Pours a chilled slightly hazy amber dark peach with an off-white 2 finger head, good lacing. Nose has a great balance of sweet and flowery citrus, a little resiny pine, as well as good bready almost biscuity malts and faint caramel malts, all of which carry through to the taste. A great lively mouthful, moderately substantial body, middling good resiny bitterness that pairs wonderfully with all the sweet citrus notes, and ends fairly dry. Great balance and integration between parts. Though the profile of Workhorse is a little different, tasting it again after some time, I was reminded of Two Hearted...maybe because they both strike me as such classics.

Mar 26, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2017-01-14
12oz bottle served in a tulip. Bottled on 01/06/17.

Looks clear, amber-golden with a biggish head and lots of attractive, sluggish carbonation. Smell is mild, vaguely hoppy and yeasty. Doesn't smell bad, but it doesn't smell.

Taste is nice -- mixture of tropical and piney profiles. A little bit of orange flavor. Not super flashy, but well constructed and very tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth, moderately thick, perfectly effervescent. Overall, very nice beer.

Jan 15, 2017
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stevoj from Idaho

4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is what NW IPAs are all about, big and hoppy, beautiful pour with medium fluffy head, nice resiny aroma, more hoppy taste with an oily resin finish. Great looking and tasting, from start to finish.

Dec 28, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and light grapefruit notes with some bitter notes. Taste is a good mix of grapefruit and citrusy hops with some bitter hoppy notes and light residuals sugar notes with some good malt presence. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nothing earth shattering and maybe tad more bitter then I would like but still good overall.

Oct 30, 2016
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northwestdr from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12-oz. bottle, poured into a conventional-shaped, Detroit Red Wings pint glass. I have drunk a few six-packs of this fine brew, and have also enjoyed it at a Laurelwood establisment in Portland, Oregon.

It has a golden amber color and is slightly hazy. Thin head, which is fine by me, perhaps because I poured it gently down the side of the glass. Early on, there were some carbonation bubbles, which dissipated over time.

This is a well-balanced, hearty IPA. Moderately hoppy, with pleasant bitterness. Clean barley malt taste, not burnt or particularly caramelized. A substantial feel in the mouth, but not syrupy at all. Easy to drink for a beer with 7.5% ABV.

Oct 25, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Laurelwood Brewing Company, Portland International Airport (Terminal A), Portland, OR

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short dense head.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste has flavors of orange citrus along with notes of caramel malts and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't too difficult to drink and has a good balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: on-tap

Oct 02, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle - I intended to, but never actually wound up going to one of this brewery's locations when we were in Portland a few years ago, kickin' it on Hawthorne Blvd.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and sort of creamy ecru head, which leaves some chunky bloated blimp profile lace around the glass as it lazily sinks out of sight.

It smells of resinous pine needles, mixed domestic citrus fruit rind, gritty and grainy caramel malt, a hint of ethereal yeastiness, clover honey, and further leafy, weedy, and grassy green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, some biscuity toffee, a muddled pome and citrus fleshy fruitiness, still existant yeast, and more herbal, grassy, and floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are adequate in their plain and supportive frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a touch of hop acridity wanly attempting to spoil the party here. It finishes off-dry, the malt and fruit holding tough against the waning of the bitter hop light.

Overall, this offering does indeed provide a pleasantly balanced yin/yang interplay of hops and malt, with the shared fruitiness falling somewhere in between. Easy to drink, and something that seems like a go-to brew, were it a tad more affordable and broadly available - y'know, a local thing, but that's the rub, innnit?

Sep 21, 2016
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mac31 from California

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Intense candy sweetness balanced out by a burst of hops in the entry. Hops are grapefruit, orange, pineapple, candy and piney flavors. Hops are clean, modestly bitter with some resin noted as well. Bitterness dissipates quickly in the finish with only minor notes lingering on the palate. Malts are sweet and lightly bready. The soft breadiness gives the hops a nice pillow to land on and complements the hoppiness of this beer very well. A nice balance is struck between the malts and hops. Carbonation seems softer than what it should be for an IPA. I'm always a fan of soft carbonation. Body is slightly thicker than the average. A solid, solid IPA. Not overly complicated, but well executed. I could see the hop "burst" coming off as aggressive for some, BUT if you're and IPA fan this is a very nice beer to enjoy.

Aug 29, 2016
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at C4 Deli, on to the beer:

Toasted orange colored with visible bubbles running through and a creamy head on top. The aroma of grapefruit rises like perfume, orange peel compriments and gives the nose a kiss of sweetness. My palate gets a belong of both bitter citrus and sweet citrus, and the two play off each other well. Very smooth and also easy to drink despite its alcohol, I'm glad to see this Portland-based brewer available in Orange County for the moment.

Aug 16, 2016
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Super clear copper gold color with a frothy white head that slowly dissipates, no lacing, but lots of carbonation. A very pretty looking beer.

S: Lots of citrus with hints of tropical fruit. A nice background of pine with some caramel malt and cracker malt.

T: Citrus and lots of tropical fruit, a very nice piney bitterness, with some caramel and cracker malt. This beer definitely feels like an old school west coast IPA, but very tasty.

F: Creamy smooth carbonation and medium carbonation, bitter but not astringent. Very easy drinking.

O: Definitely a really good West Coast Style IPA.

Jul 29, 2016
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Skrumpy from Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color, mostly clear, bubbly head with streaky lacing. The aroma is tropical fruit, apricot, citrus, herbal and floral notes. The flavor is oranges and mixed citrus with pine and herbal qualities. A bit of malt to cut through the big hops flavor. Juicy and resinous. A very good IPA.

Jul 23, 2016
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glorytoArnulf from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best by 8/8/16, aggressive pour into pint glass.

L: pours a beautiful, honeyed amber with a persistent 1/2 inch head. Great head retention, with light lacing.

S: fresh honey and fruit blossoms, I can't get over how great this smells. It's light and fruity without any lurid sweetness.

T: remarkably similar in palate to Two Hearted (my college fridge staple beer), Workhorse has a lingering hop bitterness that is powerful upfront but that recedes mid-palate as the field fruits take over. Finishes clean.

F: Fine, but nothing special. Compared to that king of Central Oregon IPAs, Fresh Squeezed, this mouthfeel seems remarkably thin. Although flavorful, the feel complements the taste but does nothing to enhance it.

O: At $8.99/sixer, this is one of the most accessible and affordable Oregon IPAs - and one that is nearly always in my fridge. Hop heavy, but without astringent bitterness, I would recommend this to any newcomer to IPAs.

Jul 04, 2016
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Laurelwood Brewing ' Workhorse IPA' @ 7.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $7.80
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a clear amber in the glass with a fluffy medium size white head leaving a fine spotty lace along the pint
S-lots of hops
T-crisp & clean , dry bitter finish
MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-ok pnw ipa & beer
prost LampertLand

Jun 25, 2016
Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 669 ratings