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 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 LamontCranston
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Copper/orange without much foam

S-Hoppy//piney/citrus tones that quell the hop tones

T-Tastes almost exactly as it smells, upfront hop tones quickly dulled by pine and citrus tones, very drinkable, I honestly don't taste much malt in this beer, mild malty tones lost somewhere in the hops/citrus, but I do enjoy it very much.

M-Sort of dry, the right amount of bubbley, I dig it

O-I have a special place in my heart for the Laurelwood Workhorse IPA, they've just recently began bottling it into 6 packs. This beer has an amazing hop complex with a perfect piney/citrus balance... I've honestly never tasted a beer that stacks up. Perhaps it's the fact that I live really close to brewery and drink them as they've just finished brewing, but damn, this is one FINE beer. Laurelwood has outdone themselves with this amazing beer, highly recommended.

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

A: hazy burnt orange amber colored body; a finger's worth of head is about all and dies at a nice pace leaving a nice foamy clingy lacing

S: sweet / bitter grapefruit, pine, floral scents through the hops, malts do present themselves but it really takes a while

T: bright sweet citrus aftertaste and a dry citrus yet piney finish, sweet citrus and pine with some nice floral notes

M: light to medium, somewhat sessionable and leaves a nice bitter harshness

O: This is the beer that I prefer to drink every single day. Every time I have something different or the store is out I'm reluctant to purchase anything else because nothing compares. There are many # 2's but this is my #1.

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

Workhorse is a true West Coast IPA, featuring over-the-top hop flavor and aroma. Three separate dry hop additions in the fermenter make this one of our hoppiest beers to date.
7.5% ALC by Volume.

A- Bright orange with a frothy sitcky head. Heavy lacing down the whole glass.

S- Smells like it tastes! Huge hop aroma. Sweet grapefruit, orange and tangerine.

T- Citrus! Grapefruit, Tangerine dominate. It's extremely well balanced, and the alcohol is deftly concealed.

M- Sweet and dry up front with a oily hoppy bitterness in the end.

Overall- Overall: A truly masterful example of fine brewing skill. IMO, this is the holy grail for hopheads. From talking to the brewers, this beer is made with Amarillo, Simcoe, and Centennial hops. I've had just about every IPA in Portland. The Workhorse is probably the best IPA in town.

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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 CascadiaGrokker
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the premier IPA's out there. For less than $5 a bomber, this is a steal!

It has all of the characteristics of a great IPA: super grapefruit, spruce needles, tropical fruit, and floral notes accompany biscuit malts to make up the ideal IPA.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a transparent copper/ amber color with a small white head, that leaves slight lacing. Some carbonation is visible. Smells strongly of citrus hops, a lot of orange hits the nose right off the bat, great smell. Taste starts with the citrus hops (a little more of a grapefruit flavor now) then you get a touch of malts then it ends with a pine hop resin flavor. Mouthfeel is medium with slight carbonation. It drinks really easy, but be careful of the 7.5% ABV as it is quite well hidden. This is a great example of pacific northwest beer, well made, great strong hop flavor without being a punch in the mouth.

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Photo of Oakengroves
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - A light copper with minimal foam.

S - Very light, piney hop scent with minor fruity tones.

T - Delightful upfront hops that are counterbalanced with a pine and citrus flavor. The beet is very floral and hoppy. Very delightful.

M - Very carbonated but smooth. Enjoyable!

O - One of the best commercially available Northwest style IPAs. Very reasonably priced. This is an outstandingly balanced IPA that is a great example of Northwest, piney IPAs. An excellent choice that I have enjoyed many times before and will enjoy again!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thrilled to get a hold of this one, really kind NW BA sent me a few of these to get to try. Cracked one open with dinner and went right into to it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/26/2010.

The pour was perfect. Deep amber in color with a great clarity that really showed off the amazing amount of carbonation that was streaming up through the glass throughout the session. Big head of white foam then caps the top of the glass for the entire session, really just showing a powerful IPA look.

Aroma is deep and huge. Tons of ripe citrus just spills over through the air. Orange and grapefruit, deep and sweet with a huge bitter component to it as well. This was exceptional, really a perfect aroma. I cannot say enough about it as the resins were just superb and the pungent aroma, perfect. Each sip follows this wonderfully. Crisp and clean with an amazing grapefruit bite that seriously just takes over the palate. Warming brings oranges, lemonzest, hints of light sweetness and a small sampling of a buttery backbone. Each sip is as good as the first as the dry finish makes the lips stick to the teeth and begs for another sip, but its all gone.

So under the radar, this is a superb IPA, one of the best I have had in a long, long time. Please go get this, hell I will trade you one.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Laurelwood on 52nd and Sandy (not the pizza place).

Light golden-orange color with big off-white head that laces well.

Intense fruity, almost tropical aroma. Grapefruit, pineapple, mandarin, tangerine and biscuits & honey. Some red apple.

Soft creamy bubbles and low carbonation make this medium bodied brew smooth and very drinkable.

Sweet lightly toasted biscuity malt is bursting with juicy hop flavors. Big pink grapefruit impression, orange, tangerine and piney resin on a lingering bitter finish without being offensively bitter. Hugely drinkable. Probably the best IPA I found in Portland.

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Photo of ccrida
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 23rd st pub, served in an imperial pint. Workhorse IPA is a bronzed orange with a hazy, off-white head that leaves very nice lace.

Smell is resinous hops, pine, some citrus, fresh and robust.

Taste is similar, big fresh hop flavor, very bright, a bit more complex then the nose, more floral. Pungent, a bit spicy but not that bitter, with a slight honey sweetness on the finish. Awesome.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, a bit oily.

Drinkability is dangerously high. In fact, I love it so much, I could use a tad less ABV, I think it was 7.5%, I'd prefer 7. Great example of a Portland IPA, one of my favorites, very well made and suited to my taste in the style - huge hop flavor, but not to bitter or malty. Nothing beats a fresh, local IPA, this one's always a treat.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 5/31/10

Copper & dark amber hued, Workhorse is a nice looking beer. The pour yields two fingers of off white foam which thins after several minutes leaving a good bit of lace. Retention is rather thin, though swirling helps it along. Ok lacing throughout; better on the second pour.

The aroma is deceptively airy & very impressive. Only slightly floral, initially the hops tend toward sharp pine notes. With warmth, prominent ripe citrus notes emerge - grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine & hints of peach. Definitely thinking Amarillo, possibly Simcoe. There is still balance to be had with hints of sugar cookie, biscuit & a dollop of caramel. Faint booziness & yeast undertones. At times it reminds me of lemon cake; yum.

Workhorse has dense hop flavor while maintaining restrained levels of bitterness. Low-key pine tingliness is overshadowed by a surprising amount of floral notes (though the former is no less resinous because of it). Citrus notes are kind of jumbled together as opposed to the clarity of the nose. Caramel & toasted bread hints round things out; only mildly sweet. I could go for a little more bitterness, but it's a small gripe.

Medium bodied; quite resinous & gritty. The low carbonation serves the grittiness well - this beer is not wont to leave quickly (not that you'd want it to). Just the slightest inkling of alcohol. Sticky pine resin lingers on the finish.

When it comes to IPA dynamics, the Pacific Northwest approach (in this case, Portland) continues to intrigue me - often managing a combination of airy complexity in the nose; even-keeled, flavorful hop/malt profiles & a densely resinous feel to boot. This, my first Laurelwood brew, is no exception. On a recent trip to Portland, it was recommended that I try any Laurelwood IPA; now I'm passing that recommendation along. Good lookin' out, Jeff.

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Photo of madtappers
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a english pint glass, nice hazy copper color with a lovely aroma of citrus and piny hops.

First smell this beer gives off an awesome aroma of fresh hops, even though it is not a fresh hop beer. You can taste these same citrus and piny hops on your tongue. For an 80 IBU beer this has little or no hop after taste and is very drinakable.

Would recommend this beer to hop lovers and no hop lovers, however I think fellow hop heads would get more enjoyment out of it, worth a try!

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Review from detailed notes about a month ago. Bottle date is 2/11/14.
Served chilled in a teku.

A truly perfect appearance for an IPA. Brilliant clarity with a luminous golden amber color, displaying the lazy carbonation as if through a sun-tinged crystal display case. A slow pour yields a fat egg-shell-white foam that stands three fingers thick, crowning over top of the glass with perfection. The head retains it's character and as the beer subsides, it coats the glass with sticky, hop-laced foam.

The aroma is immediate and bold, with a popular and desirous bouquet of peaches, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and kiwi. The sweet malts and aromatic hops come together here to create something very beautiful, and full of rich tropical fruits. It would be hard not to love this smell, and it epitomizes the American IPA style perfectly right now.

The body is extremely well-balanced, with not a trace of alcohol shown, and a light bitterness showing it's edge in the aftertaste. The flavor is of light citrus fruits, which goes well with the medium-body and soft carbonation. Honey malt shows up in the finish, towards the swallow. The complexity of the aroma isn't there in the flavor, but the beer shows itself as a well-crafted IPA.

Really, this is just an outstanding IPA (don't hate me Kern River). The beauty of Workhorse IPA's appearance in the glass and the smell of it as you raise it to your lips is simply mesmerizing! I honestly wasn't expecting so much. The alcohol is well-hidden (careful!) and the balance is perfect. This beer is World-Class, and well deserving of whatever awards it has brought home!

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Photo of BurdockBoy
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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 cavemanlawyer
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap from my kegerator. Keg filled at the brewery this morning.

Pours a beautiful clean amber gold color. Pure white lacing with about an inch of foam. The head subsides leaving a nice thin layer of bubbles on the surface.

Aroma on the Workhorse is out of this world. Unbelievably floral and fresh. My wife does not drink beer and she said it smelled delicious (she did not like the taste, though). Secondary notes of citrus and honey.

Taste will not disappoint. Clean and crisp with a lot of citrus and honey. Reminds me a bit of really fresh Hopslam. Piney and clean with just a touch of alcohol (it is a sturdy 7.5%). Taste is where I think the regular Workhorse really shines over the Imperial Workhorse they recently released.

Very drinkable at 7.5%, almost too drinkable. A couple of glasses is all you need, but could drink this all night. A very balanced brew, it hides the alcohol well.

Overall I am really happy with having this beer on tap for the next few months in my home. It is smooth and balanced with an amazing bouquet and great taste. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rrock44
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really smooth ipa. Well balanced. Could easily crush a sixer, which could be dangerous. (Alcohol hidden well.) Surprised it took me so long to try it.

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Photo of Docer
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I couldn't have said it better than jamdugan below... very good review and very descriptive.

A true west coast Ale. IPA, or excellent American.. call it what you will... it holds it's own.

I am glad they brough about something other than their Boss IPA. I can only find myself comparing this one to another of theirs.. because honestly... I don't think there are any finer beers and ales that I have ever had from any brewer.

Great citrus hops, and tons of it! I am a hop freak... and this satisfies. Smell and taste is all in the same! Great fruity notes, as well as floral... and the pine.. love a strong pine taste. Easy to drink, not so thick like the Boss. Less malt the better for me. A single malt works in my case.

Mouthfeel is dry like it should be, but the flavors keep up the saliva. Way more pleasant to the gut vs. the Boss as well. But both are on my top 10. Grew up right in that neighborhood.. glad a great brew establishment moved in. They are right at home.

As I write this, there is a blizzard outside... and talking about this ale makes me want to drive the 20 miles to fill up my growler again.

Buy a growler, and try the halibut meal while you are there!

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber split with, and courtesy of, milwaukeeclassic. Thank you Duane!

Cloudy and hazed orange pour with some whispy whites and oily legs like a well primed stripper.

Smells bitter and quite piney along with a healthy dose of citrus hops. Nose was evident upon opening the bottle and wafted across the table to greet me. Wafts of orange, grapefruit, and forest floor. Fresh, vibrant, and inviting.

Taste along the same line as the nose but includes a moderate caramel spine that helps support the healthy hop profile. Juicy hops pop on the back end in the form of pineapple as well.

Medium bodied, smooth, and moderately oily. Ample carbonation and a really nice feel.

Overall quite nice and I wish this were available locally. Thanks Duane.

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Photo of freed
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewpub. And how.

Pint is served with a thin coat of off-white odd-sized bubbles on top of a copper body. Beer is somewhat hazy and the pint is opaque.

Aroma is like a lupalin covered boot kicking you in the nose. But in a good way. The aroma is an incredibly pleasant combination of citrus (mostly grapefruit) and pitch.

Taste is similarly hoppy with strong citrus and sweet but there's just enough malt sweetness to buttress the hop dump.

This beer is impressively drinkable a joy for a hop nut like myself.

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Photo of buffs9
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours a clear amber with thick white head - some great lacing.

S - Hops and lots of citrus - grapefruit and orange seem to be the stars here.

T - The citrus hops take over, just a little pine, I definitely favor the fruitier IPAs, so I'm digging this. Alcohol is well hidden and the taste is very smooth

M - Great carbonation, this is a smooth IPA and refreshes all the way down.

D - This one went down so smooth and so quickly. Very easy drinking IPA, I'd recommend this beer to anyone that likes IPAs, well worth seeking out.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a muddy amber into a Duvel tulip with a thin film of white head. Strong hoppy aroma of sweet pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and pine.

Moderate carbonation and a resinous, creamy mouthfeel. Pleasant caramel biscuit sweetness up front followed by some tart citrus and a slightly dry bitterness on the finish. Very smooth drinking with a well-balanced progression of flavors. Bravo to Laurelwood...!

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap from Laurelwood NW Public House.

This beer is exactly what I'm looking for out of an IPA.

Appearance = Orangish Gold with a little bit of haze.

Smell = Fresh Citrus hops, tangy, with a touch of pine.

Taste = Citrus flavors upfront (deliciously tangy), slight grapefruit, with a pleasant lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel = Medium-Bodied and slightly slick.

Overall = I could drink this all evening long and typically do. I'm so glad that I live just a few blocks from this place. Its always fresh and always available.

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

22 oz. bomber poured into a straight pint glass.

A: Golden amber in color with a nice white head of foam that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Aroma is of hops and sweet citrus fruits such as grapefruit and orange. Slight hint of cat urine present that lets you know that the hops are in full effect.

T: Incredibly smooth with a full bodied hop and citrus flavor. Hint of caramel and honey in the back.

M: Good carbonation and a full-bodied mouth feel. Slightly oily with just the right amount of bitterness.

O: This is a fantastic IPA that I've had numerous times in the past but never reviewed. At less than $5 at most chain grocery stores in the Seattle area, this is well worth picking up on a regular basis. Highly recommended.

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