Workhorse IPA | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

Workhorse IPAWorkhorse IPA
649 Ratings
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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Added by BeerZack on 03-30-2008

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Reviews by MaltsOfGlory:
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard pour yields a big two finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is completely white and is actually pretty creamy, fluffy, and pillowy looking. Lacing looks decent, but well see how it goes throughout the beer. Head retention is pretty damn good so far, I still have one and a half fingers of head left. The body looks pretty standard but also very nice, the carbonation looks just about perfect, just a little bit over medium. The body is your average orange with hints of yellow in the color. The beer is pretty cloudy, as a good IPA should be, I can just barely see a few things on the other side of this beer. Overall it's a really excellent looking beer, one of the nicer IPA's I have seen in quite some time, really perfect on the appearance so far, the head is still hanging in there too. We'll see how the lacing goes, but this looks freaking awesome so far! Smell is just as amazing, HUGE citrus and hops on the nose, man they just punch you right in the face. The hops smell more potent than in some double IPA's, and the citrus is just enormous, hopefully it's not too much. There is a little bit of malt to balance things out, but really I don't expect the malts to make too much of a presence. There is some sweetness and a little bit of alcohol present on the nose. Overall this ber smells freaking amazing, it's exactly what an IPA should be, and it's super generous on the hops, my only concern is that the citrus, and maybe even the hops will be too much. Either way, it's an awesome smell, no doubt about that. Well....the taste is really not what I was expecting at all. It's not nearly as hoppy, citrucy, or crisp as I was hoping for. It's still an awesome taste, just not an amazing one. It has a nice hop character, and a nice malt note, along with a little bit of sweetness, and a tiny tiny alcohol flavor to it. They actually do a really nice job of hiding the alcohol, considering it's 7.5%. I really don't get a whole lot of that citrus that I was getting on the nose, it's mostly just a well balance of hops and malts, obviously with the hops being more dominant. It's a very conservative taste, it's more of a standard, but very good IPA, where it could have taken some chances and tried to be a really amazing IPA. It's still a really good taste, just not all it could have beer. For sure a great beer to turn to if you want a good IPA, no complaints, it's just not "world class". The mouthfeel on IPA's continues to disappoint, in a beer this hoppy, I want a crisp and refreshing beer, with some bite. Well this beer is pretty flat and bland on the mouthfeel. The appearance lead me to think that the carbonation would be perfect, but it's far from it. The appearance made me think the carbonation was a little above medium, well the carbonation in reality is for sure low. The body is for sure big enough for the style, but it doesn't have the carbonation to back it up. I don't want this beer to be hugely carbonated, but something more than this....I mean this is pretty bad in terms of carbonation. It's too bad too because the carbonation is really ruining the mouthfeel for me, the body is big enough, and it has a little bit of hop crispness, it just doesn't have the carbonation. Overall an ok mouthfeel, if the carbonation was there it would really be awesome, but since it doesn't have's just ok. The drinkability isn't bad, like I said they do a good job of covering up that 7.5% ABV. It's also a tasty beer, and there isn't much stopping it from being an easy drinker, good drinkability. Overall this is a damn good beer, a little all over the place in the different categories and rankings, but it's a solid beer. It was a few hairs away from being excellent in smell, taste, and mouthfeel. As it stands now, great smell, great taste that could have been amazing, and a mouthfeel that is ok and could have been really good with carbonation. This is a beer that if they tweaked it just a tiny bit it would be amazing. As it is now though, very good IPA.

The appearance turned out to be just perfect, probably the best looking beer I have ever gotten the pleasure to look at. The head started out huge, and is still hanging around even now that I am to the bottom of the glass. The head was also creamy and just looked amazing all over. The body was pretty standard but just....perfect. And the lacing, freaking gorgeous, followed me all the way to the bottom of the glass and was a force to be reckoned with.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial nonic a deep burnt orange tinged amber with a large two finger fluffy crown that really took a long time to settle,leaving broken globs of foam.Big juicu ctrus fruit aromas,I mean they come out in a blast,some caramel malt is thrown in but the big grapefruit and tangerine aromas steal the show.Wow that is one smooth beer,it glides down effortlessly,no rough edges at all,very nice.More resiny hop flavor on the palate than in the nose to go along with the citric element,the caramel/biscuit malt base really holds up well to the hops,as it warms a tinge of sweet alcohol shows itself.A damn fine left coast ipa,I expected it to be good,it was great.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you BeerKangaroo for this great IPA.

In a pint glass the beer was a hazy orange color with a medium-sized white head. There was a good deal of lace.

Mostly citrus and floral aroma. A little bit of pine. Sweet malt background.

Grapefruit taste. The pine came out more in the taste, and there was less of a flowery taste. Caramel.

A nice hoppy, sweet IPA. Send me more, Adam!

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Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint served in a nonic at Laurelwood Public House & Brewery.
Pared with their absolutely fantastic Brat sandwich.
This beer is a worthy representative of the West Coast IPA style.
Poured a shade darker than golden nice head retention.
Fruity, balanced, mild hoppyness makes this a very drinkable and enjoyable experience.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass.
Thanks BeerKangaroo for this one!

What a lovely beer, beautiful orange-gold color and, thanks to my aggressive pour, a nice foamy and lasting head that mounds nicely above the rim of the glass. It dissipates to some lovely and long-lasting lacing.

A great aroma goes a long way towards making a beer among my favorite IPA's and this one is very nice. This isn't quite up there with some of my all-time favorites but it's excellent. The pine hits me first and then some nice floral notes and a bit of citrus, maybe a little pineapple as well.

The taste is top-notch. I'm hit straight off with the pine, then a mix of pine and and citrus and a little bit of the sweet malt backbone (which becomes more pronounced as the beer warms a bit). There is a piney resinous taste that lingers at the back of the tongue. Yeah, the bitter sticks around, in a very good way.

There is a fair amount of carbonation here but it serves to keep the taste buds alive for the next sip. There is a little lingering stickiness that is not at all unpleasant.

This is a very nice IPA that, were it available to me, I would buy regularly. Excellent.

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Photo of nwsharksfan
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep gold color that pours clear. White head.

Smell: Pine and floral aromas. Very pleasant.

Taste: Citrusy and floral. Sweet. Very smooth and easy to drink. A little sweeter than I generally like, but one of my go-to IPA's.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation / medium bodied.

Overall: This IPA leans more towards the sweet hoppy taste than malt - the balance is not perfect. That being said, it is very easy to drink and you won't be able to stop at one. It's also generally priced lower than better known IPA offerings that are either its equal or worse.

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Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mverity
2.95/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Very light amber color, good lacing, medium collar, wisps. Aroma is muted earthy malt, some citrus and floral hops. Taste is bitter earthy hops, astringent as hell. Medium body and medium high carbonation.

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Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of GarrettB714
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of sgn4779
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a wine glass.

Pours a clear Brite amber with a small white head with a lot of sticky lacing. Nose is very fresh and Brite its hoppy and herbal.

Taste is quite bitter and a bit medicinal but still very enamel ripping. Mouthfeel is sharp and crisp with a good bite on the end.

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Photo of BCborn
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sourdog
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BurdockBoy
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 220z bottle into a pint glass.

A: beautiful orange amber color with 2 fingers of ivory head. Decent lacing.

S: piney hops with faint citrus.

T: well balanced hops, citrus,and pine. Slightly bitter, but not over so. Older bottles will be more bitter.

M: mild carbonation, but smooth.

O: I love this IPA. It's always a go to if I'm in need of a trusted favorite. Well balanced, decent price, and now in 12oz bottles. A great NW IPA.

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Photo of vince_arch_beer
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exciting and vibrant coppery orange color, 1" head. Pine, grapefruit and lemon aroma. Nice, very nice.

Taste, pine and lemon stay upfront, grapefruit down the stretch. Good PacNW hopping, seems to use the cascade hops in a very good way (not that I've seen them used bad aside from some homebrews). A lighter malt accompaniment, this one doesn't come close to being syrupy or heavy. A higher strength ipa, this could easily pass for an imperial, but the abv never imposes its will on you, let's you take the beer in without being hot or imposing. Wish I bought more of these when I had the chance.

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Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
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