Workhorse IPA
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Oregon, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #158
Ranked #3,491
4.18 | pDev: 8.85%
Jul 04, 2020
Mar 30, 2008
Workhorse IPAWorkhorse IPA
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4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by TheBricenator from Oregon

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
3.61 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Apr 05, 2020
4.25 by mwvman from Indiana on Nov 05, 2019
4.5 by adam36 from Illinois on Jul 22, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

Had this on 2019-05-30 in Portland, OR at the brewery.

May 31, 2019
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4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Goodxcharly from Washington

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
4 by Pretendeer from Washington on Apr 01, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by strohme2 from Michigan

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
4 by gopens44 from Virginia on Mar 16, 2019
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4.89/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by CynthiaSpencer from Oregon

Fresh and crisp. Bright finish

Feb 24, 2019
4.1 by ArnoldBlumenthal from Maryland on Jan 11, 2019
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3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by CraftBeerRunner from California

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
4.23 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Jun 07, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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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4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by LoganLevi88 from Oregon

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
4.09 by wisegreensoul from Idaho on Jan 14, 2018
3.75 by kingtusk from Oregon on Dec 10, 2017
3.91 by Noles9585 from Washington on Dec 08, 2017
4.25 by AngusOg from North Carolina on Nov 19, 2017
3.94 by Brushkanna from New Jersey on Oct 02, 2017
4.2 by chrishiker1409 from New York on Sep 23, 2017
4.42 by mecmd from Tennessee on Aug 31, 2017
3.65 by kkenagy from Oregon on Aug 09, 2017
4.03 by Shanty76 from Georgia on Aug 06, 2017
4.09 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jul 10, 2017
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3.31/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
by hreb from Washington

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
4.06 by dsshuck from Delaware on Jul 08, 2017
4.36 by Noooddle from Washington on Jun 08, 2017
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4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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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3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Radcpa from Washington

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
3.5 by Rick778 from California on May 24, 2017
2.88 by SamuelMiller from Montana on May 18, 2017
4.02 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on May 05, 2017
Photo of Rogerlb
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Rogerlb from California

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
4 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Apr 15, 2017
Photo of Njcampbell62
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Njcampbell62 from New York

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
4 by paulish from New York on Apr 11, 2017
3.9 by gshak from Texas on Apr 07, 2017
4.06 by Mack from Canada (QC) on Mar 31, 2017
Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 669 ratings