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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of hopsbreath
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber split between my wife's and my shaker glasses. Bought for $4.50 at John's Marketplace.

Appearance is a clear gold with a finger of odd white head sitting atop. There is some lacing throughout the course of the drink.

The smell is probably the best part of the brew. Big fruity tropical aromas abound! Pineapple and papaya are definitely there. Some of the resiny hop oil is quaffable behind the tropical.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of sweet pineapple and other citrusses are tasted. Bitterness is refreshing and begs for a second sip.

Mouthfeel is about right for the style but is slightly gummy at end.

Drinkability is just ok. I like the beer overall, but am not hankering for another one. I don't think I will be buying another one. The value is good enough that if there are less interesting options, I would go for this real value. I recommend trying it as an example of a solid PNW IPA.

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Photo of jdense
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle from Whole Foods Hollywood PDX $3.99 on sale score.

"I wish this was bottled" and obviously Laurelwood complied with my request -:). Hard pour into shaker pint glass resulted in big semi-rocky white head, fairly slow dissipation. Golden amber body with quite a bit of visible carbonation. Nose is citrusy goodness, caramel malts with some bready dryness and floral hops on back end. Taste is grapefruit, mangoes, a bit malty sweet in the middle, and sharp hop attack on the backend which rises considerably as the brew is warmed, I wouldn't drink this at too cold of a temperature, I really noticed the hoppy finish more after warming. Fairly full mouthfeel, nice effervescence. Certainly not the fresh taste of on-tap or even growler versions, but for an Eastsider I'm stoked I can take some of this home from Beervana. One of my favorite PDX (D)IPAs, highly recommended.

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Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, big thanks to my boy jethro for sharing.

Pours a slightly hazy amber, some golden highlights, very thick and chunky white head forms and settles down to a thick ring around the glass, huge chunks of lace stick, looks pretty good.

Smell is real nice, big piney and grapefruit notes, very nice hoppy nose, very fresh, some floral, nice citrus, solid malty base, this is very balanced stuff, lightly toasty, caramel, good sweet malty middle, more citrus and pine, a touch of alcohol.

Taste is similar, a bit sweet and malty up front, caramel, biscuit, lightly fruity, some grapefruit and orange, a lot of pine, very fresh, very balanced, perfect bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. A real solid IPA, just about perfectly balanced. Thanks Ron!

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Photo of cbros
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a murky pale orange/dark yellow. There is a small one finger white head that won't stay very long. The cling around the glass is average at best.

S- The first thing I think when I smell this beer is damn piney much? There are huge notes of piney which is combined nicely with some citrus undertones. These smell notes work well together and I find this beer to have a nice smell flavor balance.

T- This is a very nice tasting Pac NW IPA. There are strong piney bitter hops that are front loaded that ends with some bitterness. A very nice tasting beer but unfortunately this beer comes across like a lot of over IPA's from this region. It doesn't really seperate itself from others in this area.

I recieved this as an extra from my Pac NW connection madhombrewer. Ben is very gracious in his extras and knows that I am a sucker for obth a good tasting IPA and Laurelwood. Overall this is a good tastig IPA and if available to me would be in my regular rotation. I have yet to try anything from Laurelwood that I did not like an d I can't wait till I can get my hands on some more of their offerings.

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4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

clear bronzed orange with a nice white cap. great laces.

Big and hoppy nose: grapefruit and orange. floral.

Lots of hops, dominantly citrus and floral. A solid malt backbone that balances it just enough. nice bitterness without being overboard.

Great MF. med body, smooth, nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is great. A nice tasty somewhat balanced IPA. I like this a lot. They need to bottle this and ship it to me!

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Photo of mjl21
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade...thanks Mike. 22 ounce bottle poured into my Moonlight glass. Comes in at 7.5%. No bottling info is given, but this was just released.

A-Pours a slightly hazy amber color. It has a little bit of sediment. It has a one finger off white head that slowly breaks down to a nice bubbly layer. Some good lacing is left with this one.

S-Smells really fresh. It is loaded with juicy citrus aromas, particularly orange.

T-Lots of fruit upfront along with some toasted pale malt in the middle. Nice bitter grapefruit flavor at the end adds to the fruitiness.

M-Medium bodied and very crisp.

D-A really good and refreshing IPA.

Glad I was finally able to try this one. Well worth seeking out. One of the better PacNW IPAs.

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

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle into a belgian style stemmed glass

appearance - pours a darker orange with decent lacing and a one finger head

smell - citrus and pine hop notes, a bit earthy and resinous

taste - resinous hops up front with an earthy/pine finish, citrus notes echo the nose

mouthfeel - good body for an ipa, medium, decent carbonation

drinkability - good hop character for a single ipa, bold enough to give significant flavor but to preserve drinkability

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

Poured a bright orange with good carbonation, glowing color with a nice white head. Nose is huge hops, citrus, mainly orange peel and grapefruit. Taste was right on with the nose of this hop induced masterpiece. Citrus..pineaplle, orangepeel, little biut of floral. Mouthfeel was pretty dry, not very oily and very smooth, easy to drink, nice amount of booze. Pretty damn good and one of the best I have had in a while.

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Photo of nickd717
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Arbitrator. Big thanks to Mihir for providing this awesomeness.

Slightly hazy medium amber pour with a creamy two-finger whitish head, leaving foam on the beer.

Aroma is really excellent. A complex hop profile dominates, with citrusy, floral, and earthy notes, along with tropical fruits. Some sweet malt in the background.

Flavor is also amazing and complex. Lots of fruity notes - orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and passionfruit all noticeable in this bad boy. Some floral notes and earthiness as well. Mild pale and caramel malt backbone. A grip of things going on in this one.

Very nice palate. Medium-bodied and very dry with lots of great hop resins there to strip the enamel off your teeth. A dentist's worst nightmare.

This is definitely a quaffable quaffer. I would not mind quaffing this again. It was a real pleasure to quaff and scores high on the quaffability scale.

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Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of sprucetip
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap from the tank at the brewery. Poured an attractive bronze/amber, was very active and had a modest white head with decent retention. Patchy lacing lasted throughout the sample.

Very fresh, delightful graininess up front faded, but my sinuses are a bit stuffed up. Lightly malty with citrus hops, but was kinda faint overall. Possibly the result of my congestion?

Definition of a west coast IPA. Very sharp piny and citrus hop explosion dominating what must be a significant malty base, but which is very hard to find. Some sweetness pokes through, but ever so lightly. Definitely out of balance toward the bitter hoppy side, though I suspect that was the intention.

Smooth, medium bodied with similarly medium viscosity. Somewhat harsh bitterness lingers.

Out of balance west coast hop bomb that leaves resinous hop coating on our tongue well after it's gone. The 12oz draft was plenty for one sitting.

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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 Arbitrator
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the NW location. Thanks to ramnuts for the drive, and for lunch.

A: Pours a bronze-orange body with an inch of off-white creamy head. It retains very well and leaves thick register marks down the glass.

S: Lots and lots of citrus, in amazing varieties: grapefruit, orange rind, tangerine, and apricot. I also find lesser elements of pine needles and grass. I can barely smell some caramel malt.

T: As the nose suggests, this is heavily citrusy. It's a delight to pick out the individual fruit flavors and let them roll over the tongue. Orange is surprisingly strong, compared to the nose where grapefruit dominates. Tangerine and apricot in the mid-taste. The backend sees a development of pine. Caramel peeks through near the otherwise semi-dry finish, with a grassy and citrusy aftertaste.

M: Light-medium body. Lively carbonation. Quite a sticky flavor; it persists into the aftertaste, but it is not hugely bitter. Well-hidden ABV.

D: I love having this beer. It's all-around excellent.

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Photo of Derek
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sort of an IPA and a half...

A: Bronze with a white head, some retention & lace.

S: Great PNW hop aroma, plenty of citrus, rind, grass & a little pine.

T: Plenty of leafy hop goodness... citrus, rind & grass with hints of toffee & candied pineapple. Bitterness is a little assertive, but the alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Well attenuated, moderate body has a crisp, dry finish.

D: An easy drinker, but a little strong to session.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap 8/22 at the 51st brewpub into a pint glass.

Poured a golden orange color with a one inch off-white head on top which retains quite well, leaving some nice lacing behind.

Aroma was full of citrusy hops, very fresh and juicy. Some pine notes as well, and maybe even a hint of some malt sweetness peeking through.

Taste was excellent, again, to use stereotypical IPA terms, citrusy and piney with some floral tones, a complex hop stew really. Again the hops are just very fresh and juicy tasting. Not bracingly bitter, the malt comes through just enough to keep the drinkability up.

Feel was good for the style, medium bodied, crisp, but smooth going down. Just the way to keep an IPA drinkable.

This one really surprised me, it's a fantastic IPA. One of the best that I had at Laurelwood.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the NW Kearney location. Served in an imperial pint glass, the beer appears vibrant and slightly cloudy. The color is dark honey and it's crowned with a one inch pillowy white head. Retention is great and some thick lacing is left clinging to my glass.

The aroma is all citrus: grapefruit, orange, lemon, and apricot all are here, but orange is most prominent. A swirl of the glass summons pine notes, but they're nearly dormant otherwise. The malt profile isn't huge, but it does exist, in a caramel and crackery rendition. No alcohol is noticeable.

The flavor is killer. It's bursting with orange, lemon, apricot, and grapefruit. The bitterness is at a nice medium level. I'm surprised this is 80 IBUs. It seems less bitter than that, but I can't complain as it's at a near perfect level. A little caramel malty sweetness mingles harmoniously with the superb hop profile, but it's definitely not balancing and the beer maintains a very enjoyable light body. The finish is dry with a touch of sweetness and lingering fresh citrus bitterness. The alcohol is completely hidden.

The beer is light - light medium bodied with a nice medium level of carbonation and a dry, sticky mouthfeel.

This is the best beer I've had from Laurelwood and I'm happy I revisited it on my trip to Portland this last weekend. This is a high quality and very quaffable, light bodied NW IPA. It's perfect for a warm Portland summer day. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The latest offering on my home system, draft poured into a pint glass. Body is a rich golden hue, topped by a thick, creamy white head that forms some nice peaks and valleys as it recedes, along with some nice lacing on the glass. Sharp aroma of grassy hops with heavy notes of grapefruit, offset only slightly by an underlying layer of mild biscuit malt. Heavy notes of grapefruit overshadow the palate up front, with grass and lighter citrus flavors popping up. A very light sweetness from the biscuit malt keeps the hop profile from being completely overwhelming. Body is full and just a touch sticky, just about perfect for a West Coast IPA. The strength keeps this one from being a true session beer, but I can find several in an evening to be quite enjoyable, which is something to be said for such a hoppy ale. Just an excellent local IPA.

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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 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 sholland119
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Local 44 during Philly Beer Week

A-Pours a clear golden peach with a thin tan head.

S-A very strong grapefruit hop presence overwhelms all else. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

T-West Coast IPA all the way. Grapefruit and orange zestiness with an earthy hop finish.

M-A bit on the light side of medium bodied with nice lingering bitterness.

D-Light in body, full in taste for the style. Very nice!


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Photo of jjboesen
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tasted this Workhorse during the Oregon Brewers' Festival in July 2008; this reveiw is based on notes from that tasting - oh, and the names have been changed to protect the innocent.

This one begins with a full and frothy head that remained active throughout the quaff. Its color is a cloudy amber - if this is a color. Upon settling, there was minimal lacing/clingage.

The initial nose is an intense bouquet of orange, an aroma that increases as the beer acclimates to the temperature. The taste is pleasantly hopped without being too bitter. The Workhorse is a well balanced elixir of Columbus, Simcoe and Amarillo hops and is dry-hopped.

One thing for sure: this is not a session beer; it is a complex IPA that requires patience and a flexible palate. Another great beer from Portland - and another reason to return.

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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 RedDiamond
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don't know why Laurelwood decided to add a second IPA to their regular lineup, but I won't complain. Workhorse delivers on the hop imperative with a green and immediate fragrance of bine-fresh floral hop goodness. It smells divine at first sip and carries that bold hop aroma to the bottom of the glass. It is copper-yellow with relaxed haze, soapy suds, and thin, abundant lace.

A classic NW hop dragon built on three dry-hop additions. The body is a little thin, but you'll get over it.

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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 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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Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
4.19 out of 5 based on 619 ratings.
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