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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Added by BeerZack on 03-30-2008

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Photo of dirtygirlscout
1.44/5  rDev -65.6%

Photo of surfbouy
2.42/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Aggro pour into pint snifter gives a two finger head that dissipates into a very thin layer. Nice lacing and golden/copper color.

Aroma: Cat pee! Maybe some pine and citrus thrown in, but cat pee for sure.

Flavor: Follows the nose

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, decent balance on the tongue.

Overall: This was touted as being very comparable in flavor to PtE by the bottle shop guys. I’m here to refute that line of thought. Due to my location, I have the opportunity to drink a great deal of WCIPAs and this isn’t one of the better ones. I like many of Laurelwood’s other beers and was very disappointed I didn’t find my “poor man’s” Pliny.

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Photo of Eden
2.48/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of jrempel
2.75/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SamuelMiller
2.88/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 seabeemom
2.98/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of edwardkersh
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of eire
3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hreb
3.31/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.31/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up last night at Brewforia Meridian... Paid too much. Poured tonight into my HotD goblet with an off white head atop a slightly hazy orange brew.

Nose shows big citrus but a very pronounced maltiness that really mutes the hops.

Flavor mirrors the nose.. IMO, this is really not very good... pithy citrus hoppiness and a thick malt profile that doesn't jive with the brew.

Body seems a bit thick... but I am thinking this could be an old bottle from Brewforia, wouldn't surprise me.


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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 TheSevenDuffs
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nassstnate
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange/cedar color, some cloudiness, rich Carmel head. Tastes malty and heavy to me (???), surprisingly not a fan after all the reviews and praise. Almost a super hoppy barley wine presence. Maybe it's an old bottle, as I imagine this is what it would taste like if I left it in my car over the summer in an Arizona mall parking lot. But what do I know...

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Photo of harrymel
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Unknown bottle date: boo!

A: Pours a copper ale with excellent clarity (some floaties) and a <single finger fine white foam dissipates over the coarse of a couple minutes. Sheets of white lace.

S: Plenty of malt on this (surprised actually), grapefruit, citrus, hints of pine. Good nose.

T: Sweet, floral, citrus, bitter with decent middle palate pine and resin tones. Fairly standard IPA for the PNW, not bad.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Leaves palate free from reminders of it's presence.

D: Very drinkable IPA, recently has been one of my favorites. It's not a standout IPA, but totally enjoyable.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled September 2011
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a one-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a red-copper / pale amber color that shows a clear, bright orange-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells a bit metallic (sort of like wet tin) from a distance, this is still evident close up, but here it mixes in with a mix of sweet tea like crystal malt, toasted biscuit, lots of sticky caramel and toasted spicy grain character (that is typical of crystal malt). The dominant malt is backed by a soft hop character that contributes notes of pine and grapefruit. This is definitely on the soft side for an IPA.

The beer is bitter as it first hits my tongue, this mixes in with a pine like character and in the finish a metallic character that seems to be contributed from both the hop character and the ample crystal malt character. There is also some grapefruit zest notes and other swet citrus zest flavors here, though they aren’t nearly big enough for this beer to scratch my IPA craving. The finish has a biting, fairly substantial bitterness to it that lingers for some time on the palate and even has a touch of astringency to it. The malt character is not quite as noticeable as the hop character, but it certainly contributes substantially to this beer; notes of metallic crystal malt, toasted / brown-sugar biscuit character, spicy whole grain character and definite sweet tea character.

Definitely not my preferred type of IPA; there is a bit too much focus on crystal malt here, some of this is likely accentuated from some oxidation and age, but this still isn’t nearly hoppy enough for my tastes. Still this is not bad and is enjoyable enough to finish off a 22oz of this.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Chris before On Photon...Medium copper, light tan head that is very watery. Despite a finger of head rising its gone quickly to reveal only a few watery bubbles, no lacing...Nose of grapefruits, subtle pine hops, and a weird gym sock finish, quite disturbing...Taste is strong alcohol with pine hops. Loses most of the citrus notes, leaves the taste a little lacking. Not a huge fan of this, average overall.

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Photo of vince_arch_beer
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of DStoked
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of markcp
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of kylemckinnis
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of pisano
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
4.18 out of 5 based on 644 ratings.
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