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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:
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Added by BeerZack on 03-30-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,401
Reviews:
186
Ratings:
650
pDev:
9.09%
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Photo of acurtis
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured out as an orange amber color with a decent white head on top. The smell of the beer has a good hop aroma to it. The taste is balanced with caramel malt and hops. The feel of the beer is pretty smooth. Overall it's a pretty good brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
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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3.97/5  rDev -5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for sharing this one!
Quick review from written notes.

Bright golden orange color, tight cap of white foam that leaves behind sudsy lacing.

Pungent hop aromas of honeysuckle and papaya, sticky dank maryjane funk.
Light feeling with a clean lingering hop bitterness, resinous and hoppy with flavors of bitter greens and dried citrus. Very drinkable with an expressive hop character. I'd seek this out again for sure.

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4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a three-fingered head; excellent lacing

Smell: Grapefruit and tropical fruit tones supported by a toffee base

Taste: Toffee with a hint of grape nuts underpinning the progression of fruit flavors; tropical fruit dominant (pineapple, custard apple and kiwi...perhaps a hint of mint) with building grapefruit tones; the grapefruit comes on even stronger in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Now here is an IPA that brings a subtle but interesting malt bill to buttress all of the hoppy deliciousness; top tier by my standards

Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity

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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Arbitrator for bringing a growler back from Portland. Copper-colored with a moderate haze, topped by 3 fingers of frothy head that slowly settles to a half-inch cap. The aroma is bright and citrusy, floral, zesty. Malt is faintly present, a touch crackery without lending much sweetness. There's a tropical presence as well, bringing to mind guava. On the tongue it's floral, crisp, citrusy. The mid-palate brings out a touch of honey-like sweetness, which transitions into a lightly bitter, floral, tropical finish. There's a touch of toasty malt flavor that clings to the palate in the aftertaste, lending slight balance to the hops. This is very good, a delicious and easy-drinking IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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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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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DiabolikDUB for hooking me up with some of this.

A: Pours a nice, somewhat hazy orange-apricot with a nice white head with some staying power.

S: Plenty of citrus rind along with some pine and floral hops in the background. A bit of caramel malt lends some balance in the background.

T: Nice and citrusy and a bit bitter, but not at all overwhelming so. I'd say it's toward the tamer end of West Coast IPAs. The citrus characteristics lend themselves well to the bitterness, while still having caramel flavors in the background, although none of them are particularly sweet.

M: Medium body, good carbonation, and a nice dryness.

D: Very drinkable. Great sessionable (at least in terms of flavor, that is) IPA. Always love liking new things from breweries I hadn't heard much of in the past. Thanks again, Tom.

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3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Handsome orangey amber color with a decent foam iin the Ciney snifter. Aroma is deliriously fruity. It smells like mango nectar with flowers and I like what emerge077 said, papaya and honeysuckle. Pleasantly sudsy in the mouth.

Some warm malt and plenty of sweetness. This is a juicy fruit bomb that brings the word "luscious" to mind (second time this week with the Wingman Tripel). This is one of the fruitiest IPAs I've had. Bitterness is pretty restrained, though you wouldn't mistake it for anything but a whole lotta hops. Scratchy bitter aftertaste but the aromatics are still with you.

Seriously spicy and for a few sips I thought it wasn't as acidic as a lot of hop-heavy IPAs, but it becomes increasingly sharp. Still, it's an outstanding IPA worth trying especially at it's moderate price. From the 22 oz bottle bought at The Market in Anacortes, WA.

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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Laurelwood Public House & Brewery (Portland, OR) on 9/4/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazed copper, with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This retains with a rich creaminess, nearly staying at about a ½ finger when swirled, and leaving back some robust swathes of sticky lacing. The aroma smells floral, and a little dank, with some lightly juicy grapefruit character, while notes of pine and spice fills out the edges. There’s a touch of sweet grainy malt underneath that melds nicely with that grapefruit flavor. This has a SOLID West Coast feel to it here in the nose.

The taste keeps things going, with fresh grapefruit character and pine that spread out zesty bitterness and plenty of sticky resins out into the mouth. There is also a hefty dose of sweet grains present that does help balance some of the bitterness out, yet still manages to keep itself in the background and keep the focus on those fresh hop flavors. The finish is a little rough around the edges, with more of gritty pithiness and dry resins that stick. It’s not too bad but does detract just a bit at the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp and lively feel throughout and an underlying slickness that helps smooth this out across the back. The overall carbonation is coming off as a little too sharp at times but things do even out a bit as this warms. Alcohol gives this a touch of heft but is well hid here for the most part.

I had heard good things about this one and it didn’t disappoint, with a lot of fresh and powerful hop character that should more than meet anyone’s expectations for a staple brewpub IPA. Especially one looking for one done in the West Coast style. Workhorse indeed. I’d love for a local place to always have this one on tap.

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Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 650 ratings
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