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

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Added by BeerZack on 03-30-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
641
Reviews:
184
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
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102
Gots:
140
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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of northwestdr
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12-oz. bottle, poured into a conventional-shaped, Detroit Red Wings pint glass. I have drunk a few six-packs of this fine brew, and have also enjoyed it at a Laurelwood establisment in Portland, Oregon.

It has a golden amber color and is slightly hazy. Thin head, which is fine by me, perhaps because I poured it gently down the side of the glass. Early on, there were some carbonation bubbles, which dissipated over time.

This is a well-balanced, hearty IPA. Moderately hoppy, with pleasant bitterness. Clean barley malt taste, not burnt or particularly caramelized. A substantial feel in the mouth, but not syrupy at all. Easy to drink for a beer with 7.5% ABV.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of Stengelfoot
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mac31
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Intense candy sweetness balanced out by a burst of hops in the entry. Hops are grapefruit, orange, pineapple, candy and piney flavors. Hops are clean, modestly bitter with some resin noted as well. Bitterness dissipates quickly in the finish with only minor notes lingering on the palate. Malts are sweet and lightly bready. The soft breadiness gives the hops a nice pillow to land on and complements the hoppiness of this beer very well. A nice balance is struck between the malts and hops. Carbonation seems softer than what it should be for an IPA. I'm always a fan of soft carbonation. Body is slightly thicker than the average. A solid, solid IPA. Not overly complicated, but well executed. I could see the hop "burst" coming off as aggressive for some, BUT if you're and IPA fan this is a very nice beer to enjoy.

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Photo of VABA
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdTheEdge
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CMC73
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeCross
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleJ
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at C4 Deli, on to the beer:

Toasted orange colored with visible bubbles running through and a creamy head on top. The aroma of grapefruit rises like perfume, orange peel compriments and gives the nose a kiss of sweetness. My palate gets a belong of both bitter citrus and sweet citrus, and the two play off each other well. Very smooth and also easy to drink despite its alcohol, I'm glad to see this Portland-based brewer available in Orange County for the moment.

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

Photo of BCborn
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shockey
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of olideacon
4.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Parmesan
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Super clear copper gold color with a frothy white head that slowly dissipates, no lacing, but lots of carbonation. A very pretty looking beer.

S: Lots of citrus with hints of tropical fruit. A nice background of pine with some caramel malt and cracker malt.

T: Citrus and lots of tropical fruit, a very nice piney bitterness, with some caramel and cracker malt. This beer definitely feels like an old school west coast IPA, but very tasty.

F: Creamy smooth carbonation and medium carbonation, bitter but not astringent. Very easy drinking.

O: Definitely a really good West Coast Style IPA.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color, mostly clear, bubbly head with streaky lacing. The aroma is tropical fruit, apricot, citrus, herbal and floral notes. The flavor is oranges and mixed citrus with pine and herbal qualities. A bit of malt to cut through the big hops flavor. Juicy and resinous. A very good IPA.

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Photo of rkarimi
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of einman
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrempel
2.75/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of glorytoArnulf
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best by 8/8/16, aggressive pour into pint glass.

L: pours a beautiful, honeyed amber with a persistent 1/2 inch head. Great head retention, with light lacing.

S: fresh honey and fruit blossoms, I can't get over how great this smells. It's light and fruity without any lurid sweetness.

T: remarkably similar in palate to Two Hearted (my college fridge staple beer), Workhorse has a lingering hop bitterness that is powerful upfront but that recedes mid-palate as the field fruits take over. Finishes clean.

F: Fine, but nothing special. Compared to that king of Central Oregon IPAs, Fresh Squeezed, this mouthfeel seems remarkably thin. Although flavorful, the feel complements the taste but does nothing to enhance it.

O: At $8.99/sixer, this is one of the most accessible and affordable Oregon IPAs - and one that is nearly always in my fridge. Hop heavy, but without astringent bitterness, I would recommend this to any newcomer to IPAs.

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Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
4.19 out of 5 based on 641 ratings.
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