Workhorse IPA | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Workhorse IPAWorkhorse IPA

Brewed by:
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Njcampbell62
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of pounce
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
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

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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?

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Photo of mac31
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of glorytoArnulf
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
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

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Photo of elNopalero
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to find this to be nothing special. Overly sweet and muddled flavor with candied orange notes. Forgettable in an otherwise demanding market.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good orange color and full inch of white head. Looks good. Aroma went citrus and bitter.

Taste leaned the same way too. Unlike a lot of pacnw ipas, this one keeps the malts light and toasted, not caramel, heavy and woodsy. Alcohol and bitterness are there, this one really straddles the line between an imperial and whatnot.

Its good stuff.

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Photo of tempest
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great IPA. Big peach and apricot, almost juicy, but then spicy pine and finishes with dry grapefruit. Medium bodied and quite drinkable for the strength

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly named. A very sessionable, "I need a beer" IPA. Citrusy & clean, easy to find, great price.

A go-to brew when in Oregon.
July/16: Back in PDX! Already had two 6-pks of Workhorse. Life is good again.
...If the PDX carpet was that big a 'thing, Workhorse IPA should be in the Smithsonian.

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Photo of KelvinWalls
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a fantastic IPA. It is exactly what I look for in a great IPA. Hoppy with some citrus yet drinkable. So good can't get much better than this!

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a cloudy burnt golden color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Light lacing stuck to the glass in a speckled sort of way.
The smell had a sweet to bitter crisp dry pine blended with slight tropical fruits. A super light dry caramel maltiness also blended in for the balance.
The taste pretty much copied the aroma with an even greater subdued maltiness than the aroma. I mean, well, its there, just super light.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a sly carbonation hitting the bitterness and being a gentle harshness to it.
Overall, this is a stellar AIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky golden yellow with a small white head. The aroma is a big sniff of pine with citrus and hops. The flavor is pine and hops in a nice blend with some citrus at the end. An excellent IPA.

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Photo of kidneythief
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm lucky enough to live very close to this brewery and get keg after keg for my personal pub.

The pour is a beautiful murky gold and the citrus overtones are amazing. You get that strong hoppy taste without it being too bitter and a nice citrus finish. This is by far my favorite IPA coming out of the Portland area at this time. I will say the head is thicker than I'd usually prefer but I think it's more a result of my poor kegging skills than the beer itself. I've messed with CO2 with no luck. In any event, Workhorse has been a staple in my house and will continue to be until something better comes along.

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Photo of DudMan
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Laurelwood in PDX airport 8/30/15

L- orange/copper look. One inch head w nice lacing.
S- a balance of citrus, fruit and pine
T- perfectly balanced fruity and piney. A little malt backbone.
F- perfect carbonation and feel.
O- a fantastic IPA. This would be a staple if I lived in the NW!

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Photo of wasatchback
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this beer is great. So easy to get, not too expensive and honestly I think it's the best IPA coming out of the Northwest. So crazy drinkable and smooth. Yeah maybe it could be a little more complex but it is so damn smooth I don't care. I would drink this over Sculpin any day.

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