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Workhorse IPA | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,742
Reviews:
193
Ratings:
664
pDev:
8.85%
 
 
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Ratings: 664 |  Reviews: 193
Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a nonic pint at the Laurelwood pub located on Sandy.

A: Slightly hazy light amber color with patchy white foam head. Lacing is continuous almost halfway down the glass.

S: A combination of floral and tropical fruit hop aromas that hint at this beer's better qualities but stop well short of overpowering the senses.

T: Begins slightly sweet with grapefruit citrus and tropical fruit quickly taking over. Hop aromatics give way incrementally to increasing bitterness, but linger remarkably in the finish. Although this description doesn't really sound noteworthy among other beers of this style, it is the taste that sets this IPA apart from most others coming out of Portland today.

M: Light to medium viscosity with light carbonation.

D: Considering the alcohol content and the fullness of the flavors present, this beer blurs the line between single and double IPA (compare, for example, that Hair of the Dog Blue Dot is considered a DIPA at 7% abv). It comes across very refreshing, yet the alcohol is high for the style. It is remarkably similar to the Russian River IPAs (Blind Pig, Pliny the Elder). This may be Portland's best IPA.

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More User Reviews:
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 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 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 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 IronLover
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep copper orange in color with a slight haze. Poured with a short white foam that reduced to a billowy, rich cap that left thick sheets of sticky lacings down the glass. Aromas were a nice combination of light tropical fruit, fresh earthy mint, and a hint of pine. Smooth, creamy feel with a light tanginess in the middle and a clean finish. Solid sweet malty backbone in both aroma and flavor. Pine hop flavors with tangy mint and a  tropical fruit notes beneath. Mint flavors peak near the end as this finished cleanly with a lingering pine hop bitterness.

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Photo of MJSJr
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RichK1
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of fsck
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to hopsbreath and the Support Your Team! BIF for this bottle!

Best part of getting a BIF box from across the country: receiving some brews from hitherto unknown breweries. This example thereof pours a clear copper topped by a finger or so of cream-colored foam. The nose comprises plenty o' piny and citrus hops, tending toward the grapefruit, along with a stiff toffee. That's what I like about IPAs: nice, simple noses. The taste follows closely, though a hint of hoppy onion finds its way in there as well. The toffee is mostly drowned out by the hops, but the experience is not an unbearable one. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a solid West Coast IPA, a nice, hoppy bit o' beer-y goodness.

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Photo of SMITHAND
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.32/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a fresh bottle of this from the whole foods in downtown Seattle on a trip. Been meaning to try this beer for a while, and almost traded for it a while back. Honestly, I'm glad I didn't because I find that in the seriously saturated category of American ipas, this is very middle of the road.

Pours a nice hearty orange color with great head and retention. The nose is very average to poor: it has some bready malts and I struggle to find too much hoppiness, but it's there in the form of bitter grass notes if i literally get my nose all the way in the glass. The taste seems sort of like that ipa you would try at a local brewpub that is just a touch better than average: not too hoppy, but bitter enough, and malty in a very grainy way. Some orange rind or zest. Not too memorable at all unfortunately.

I was hoping this would be great, and I went into tasting it thinking it would be great and that might have tainted my review here, but overall I don't think this is really worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of Ribsandwhiskey
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured one finger of head on a cloudy straw colored body.
The aroma is bold pine right in your face.
The taste is citrus and pine bitterness with a mild sweet finish to round it out.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Pretty nice and enjoyable.

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Photo of anarchia
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange with a thick, frothy head. Then it smells like oranges too, almost like an Orange soda (but in a good way). Lots of grapefruit in the aroma also. Just a massive fruity hop bomb. Nice malt background but the hop assault continues in the flavor. Very citrusy, lots of fruit, not a lot of piney flavors. Super fruity in general. One of the best Oregon IPAs.

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Photo of LarryMyers
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of facesnorth
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Greels
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of MikeRice1969
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Gold with a 1/2 finger of white head. Good clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Pine, dank greens, grapefruit zest, papaya, and honey.

Taste
Dank greens and sappy pine. Lighter notes of grapefruit zest and papaya. Light caramel and honey backing with residual candy sugars and hints of biscuit.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, smooth, and oily with a medium-light bitterness.

Overall
Extremely smooth, mellow, and easy drinking. A lot of dankness with a balanced bitterness.

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Photo of markcp
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a good sized head that is a light yellowish white. The body is a typical IPA body, medium amber, a little hazy. The foam is dissipating fairly quickly while leaving behind a net of lacing.

Nose- This is warm and sunny, very inviting. Perfect for the first day of summer. Mostly citrus with some fruit but no pine detected yet. Lemon, orange, strawberry. I can see why they wait for certain hops to be available. This is a very specific aromatic profile. All citrus, no pine, no soap.

Taste- The first things that pop out are lemon and woody bitterness and earwax. It finishes with a mouthful of woody bitterness. There is some grapefruit but so far bitter hops are very dominant in this flavor profile. There is a lot of oak in this one. I can't detect any cedar as one reviewer noted. This is a very old school style of West Coast IPA. It hammers you hard with bitter hops. Mostly lemon, orange, and grapefruit for the non woody, non bitter notes. Other than that, there isn't much complexity. At this point, it's just another IPA in a sea of IPAs.

Mouthfeel- This seems a little too heavy and a little too carbonated for the style. There is a little syrupiness to it as well

Drinkability- The alcohol is muted but the dominance of bitter hops will prevent anyone from chugging this. It's above average but in field populated with good to exceptional IPAs, that is almost meaningless.

Overall- It's an above average IPA. It doesn't innovated. It's not that complex. It delivers bitters hop with lemon. If you're a bitter hophead, you'll like this one. If you like fruit and flowers, this won't do. If you want more of both, this really won't do either. It's about a B, maybe a B+.

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Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 664 ratings