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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 | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours solid orange/gold with a small white head that falls fast.

Smell is of danky wet hops, resinous pine sap, and lime. Kind of unique.

Taste is a well balanced cross between lime like citrus and a strong malt backbone. Deep bread flavors keep this ale from being to watery, and lively pungent hops make it tingle the tongue.

Feel is just about right in the middle, and carb is medium.

I like this IPA alot, I am glad I found it.

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Photo of anarchia
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange with a thick, frothy head. Then it smells like oranges too, almost like an Orange soda (but in a good way). Lots of grapefruit in the aroma also. Just a massive fruity hop bomb. Nice malt background but the hop assault continues in the flavor. Very citrusy, lots of fruit, not a lot of piney flavors. Super fruity in general. One of the best Oregon IPAs.

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Photo of TheeWalrusHunter
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a nice yellow-orange, good looking beer - looking like it wants to be drank.

S: Strong smell upfront, very aromatic with notes of pine and pineapple. Has a crisp yet sticky nose - I think my nose got too close.

T: Great carbonated bite up front, hop bitterness with some citrus flavors pouring through. The crisp bitterness plays up front, knocking my tastebuds across the net and not allowing many citrus notes playing in the back to have much fun. Good for doubles tennis, ok for beer.

M: CRISP! Exactly what i want an single IPA to feel like. Also feels wet, mostly cause its liquid.

O Easy drinker, then again - it aint rat poisoning. It's a go to of mine - easy to find in sixers, on tap around me, and of course at the pub.

Easier drinking than most west coast styles, would (and do) by again and again. Best IPA brewed in the portland city limits in my opinion and holds its own with the likes of highly rated IPAS around the country. Thats saying something for a city that is more know now for Belgians, Wilds, and Germans (beer, not people) than it is known for IPAS

Laurelwood is one of the most underrated breweries in the city.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 15/12/13 thanks OakedCanuck for the bottle

A clear golden liquid with plenty of bubbles moving around some tiny suspended particles while feeding a well sustained two finger foam that slowly falls to a thick film leaving a few thick rings of lace

S lots of tropical citrus, sweet orange, lemon, pineapple, some pine, a little catty, some floral hops, smells quite strong, just a little toffee and very faint booze

T a little more pine and rind then the tropical flesh on the nose, has some malt creating some palace but its a hop runaway for the most part and that work for me, just a little lime as it warms

M has a bitter snap to it, lighter side of medium, creams up a little, just a little booze on the way down, grit left behind and lots of pine and rind lingering

O this one went down the hatch in no time, solid IPA at every point, very well hopped and the nose is fantastic

a stereotypical West Coast IPA and that's fine by me, this one would be in my regular rotation if I could get it in my part of the world

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in snifter, courtesy buzzliteyear

A: clear (on top) and cloudy (on bottom) straw amber color (much like ice tea); 1.5 finger head; good carbonation and lacing
S: pine, but dank aroma detracts from an otherwise inviting, pleasant smell; cascade and a bit of amarillo hops
T: complex ipa; the four types of hops makes this very interesting, semisweet, lingering bitterness, well-balanced; great range of hoppiness, from the dry hopping; characterized by pine and grapefruit
M: creamy, silky, a premium with me personally (disagreement with buzzlitebeer)

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Photo of Lothore
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a deep orangey hue with a small, off white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving ample lacing on the way down.

S- Grainy up front with a huge, resiny, piney back end.

T- Piney up front with a resiny, slightly bitter back end.

M- Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D- Intensely drinkable, huge notes of pine ... a great ipa.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.31/5  rDev -21.2%
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 draheim
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this one now that we're getting fresh, bottle-dated 6-packs at a very competitive price.

12oz (bottled 9/11/2013) into a tulip. Pours a glowing orange w/ a sudsy head, some nice sticky lace.

Aroma is good resinous grapefruit with an underlying sweeetness, some tropical notes. Just a hint of booze. Smells like a classic West Coast IPA, more citrus that pine.

Taste follows nose. Pale biscuity malt, citrusy aromatic hops. Orange and pineapple. Equally bitter and sweet, very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is clean, medium-bodied, finishes nice and dry.

Overall a solid, balanced, enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a clear light orange color with big fluffy off-white head, big bubbles that left dense glass coating lace.

S- Big tropical fruits, peach, mango, and big orange citrus notes, pretty dank and piney. Big pungent hop aroma with touch of malt sweetness in the nose.

T- Big orange citrus notes, definitely thinking there is a lot of Amarillo hops in this beer. Big grapefruit and pine notes, sweet crackery malt profile, tropical fruit, mango, and peach notes. Pretty assertive bitterness.

M- Very dry IPA, creamy and smooth, soft carbonation.

O- This is a great West Coast IPA with lots of different hop flavors, assertive bitterness, and creamy mouthfeel. Definitely will seek this out again.

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Photo of CascadiaGrokker
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
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 DefenCorps
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hollywood location.

Pouring a clear light amber with a dense off white head with excellent retention and lacing, thee looks great! The nose is filled with happy goodness. Piney up front with grapefruit, a little bit of dank weed, and some resin, this smells great! The malt character is reserved, with some honey and caramel. Served WAY too cold, the palate is initially bitter, boring and flatfooted but opens up nicely as it warms up. Resiny pine, bitter grapefruit, a little leafy herbaceousness and even some floral character appears. A mild malty sweetness is present, with caramel and a little toffee. Bitter on the finish with a lingering pine resin, this aspect reminds me of blind pig. However, this beer is over carbonated resulting in the first half of my glass having an acidity that doesn't wholly work. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured one finger of head on a cloudy straw colored body.
The aroma is bold pine right in your face.
The taste is citrus and pine bitterness with a mild sweet finish to round it out.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Pretty nice and enjoyable.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - very dark golden color, almost a light brown. Having a medium-bodied look, it's midway between semi-clear and murky. A small layer of cream-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - the aroma is as hoppy as one would assume it to be, given the description on the bottle. It's given a heavy does of hops throughout the process. The aroma seems to belie a mix of Cascade hops and something else. These were probably used in the dry-hoping part of the process. Then there's also another element that I cannot identify that helps to balance out the hops, something sweeter perhaps.

Taste - Very interesting quality to the taste. The hops tasted are different than the ones smelled. The middle of the taste brings in that same element in the aroma that imparts a certain sweetness. It's probably this element and in combination with the malts that help to balance this brew out. Making it quite drinkable, despite the high IBUs.

Mouthfeel - medium-bodied, slightly creamy in quality.

Overall - a very interesting brew, definitely worth tasting and worth having in the fridge.

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Photo of papat444
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Part of my CanBIF 2013 haul. Thanks Boozecamel!

Poured from a bomber, no freshness info.

Appearance: Dark honey colored body, fluffy thick head, rocky topping and strong standing.

Smell: Floral, sweet hops, raw with some delicate fruit and peaches.

Taste: Sweet fruit, sticky, spicy notes, grassy a little, real plush.

Mouthfeel: Very well balanced, slight edge to the malt over the hops though there are glimmers of bitterness. Clean finish.

Overall: Not an intense hoppy one but the flavor grew on me and liked it quite a bit.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a good sized head that is a light yellowish white. The body is a typical IPA body, medium amber, a little hazy. The foam is dissipating fairly quickly while leaving behind a net of lacing.

Nose- This is warm and sunny, very inviting. Perfect for the first day of summer. Mostly citrus with some fruit but no pine detected yet. Lemon, orange, strawberry. I can see why they wait for certain hops to be available. This is a very specific aromatic profile. All citrus, no pine, no soap.

Taste- The first things that pop out are lemon and woody bitterness and earwax. It finishes with a mouthful of woody bitterness. There is some grapefruit but so far bitter hops are very dominant in this flavor profile. There is a lot of oak in this one. I can't detect any cedar as one reviewer noted. This is a very old school style of West Coast IPA. It hammers you hard with bitter hops. Mostly lemon, orange, and grapefruit for the non woody, non bitter notes. Other than that, there isn't much complexity. At this point, it's just another IPA in a sea of IPAs.

Mouthfeel- This seems a little too heavy and a little too carbonated for the style. There is a little syrupiness to it as well

Drinkability- The alcohol is muted but the dominance of bitter hops will prevent anyone from chugging this. It's above average but in field populated with good to exceptional IPAs, that is almost meaningless.

Overall- It's an above average IPA. It doesn't innovated. It's not that complex. It delivers bitters hop with lemon. If you're a bitter hophead, you'll like this one. If you like fruit and flowers, this won't do. If you want more of both, this really won't do either. It's about a B, maybe a B+.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.32/5  rDev -21%
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 D-Stylz
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is much to like about this IPA. It has a very nice hop nose and the hop flavors on the tongue are distinct. However, it was not as well balanced as I prefer. Also, I didn't think it had anything about it that was unique. It is a solid, hoppy IPA that will please most.

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Photo of velosuds
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler filled at Raen Brew Brewporium into a clear pint glass.

A-Pours a golden-orange color with a two finger, bone white head with great retention and copious, sticky lacing. Very nice appearance.

S-Floral and citrus hops are very fragrant. Grapefruit and pine resin come to mind.

T-Grapefruit and resinous piney hops are aggressive and balanced by a biscuity malt backbone that doesn't get in the way. Another fine West Coast style IPA. Would like it better if drier and more honey flavor from a lighter crystal malt.

M-Very smooth and extremely well balanced. Carbonation is very good.

O-This is a very fine IPA, and one of the better brewed in Oregon. I have not had it bottled since I have heard it is better (i.e., fresher) on tap. And more affordable at $12 a growler from a fresh keg.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
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 zaphodchak
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Laurelwood in PDX. Part of a taster tray.

A finger of offwhite head, copper-clear body. Lice lacing.

Faint, faint hops on the nose.

Nutty, vegetal hops with a piney finish.

Smooth, nice mouthfeel.

A nice accessible IPA, but not much else.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, split 2 ways.

A: Rusty orange with a vanishing head. Slides off the glass.

N: Rustic pine, and the most grapefruit I've smelled in an IPA. Clementine orange and crystallized sugars. Has a cedar baseboard overture.

T: Pine, spruce, and conifer. Grapefruit and some pineapple to give it heft. Biscuit nature is drying. Lots of clementine. Hoh rainforest floor. Balance of bitterness hits the sweet spot.

M: Medium bodied, assertive without succumbing to imbalance.

O: Best IPA made in Portland and worthy of its national win several years ago. Balanced and complex.

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Photo of vincicle
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am unfortunately reviewing this beer slightly after I had tried it on a recent trip to portland since I could not remember the brewery and couldn't find it for review. It was so excellent though that I felt I should comment. Being hops season just berfore my visit, I was lucky to enjoy the bounty that is Oregon hops and IPAs. This was an exceptional example of the style, and I am sad to hear that it will no longer be readily available but only seasonally brewed when the hops are available in the right quanities in the future. This is a straightforward IPA with very little maltiness and a complete balanced floral amora and taste of of NW pacific hops. Drink it while you can.

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Photo of dgilks
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber colour with a small light tan head. Fair head retention

Bold hoppy nose with some great piney, grassy notes and some citrus. Good.

Very light malt with a big dose of bitterness and resinous hops. A solid “workhorse” IPA.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A really solid IPA with good flavour and very easy to drink.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a wine glass.

Pours a clear Brite amber with a small white head with a lot of sticky lacing. Nose is very fresh and Brite its hoppy and herbal.

Taste is quite bitter and a bit medicinal but still very enamel ripping. Mouthfeel is sharp and crisp with a good bite on the end.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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
93 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.
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