Laurelwood Megafauna
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #213
Ranked #1,752
4.3 | pDev: 8.6%
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Oregon, United States
Laurelwood MegafaunaLaurelwood Megafauna
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twelveinches from Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Oct 30, 2014
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John_M from Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Laurelwood SE location today.

The beer pours an orange copper color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is all DIPA goodness and then some, with considerable dry citrus, pine, white pepper and a dollop of sweet malt. The beer is every bit as good on the palate, with the pine and dry citrus really showing through. Although the beer has a considerable malt back bone, this DIPA is ultimately quite dry, with a long, bitter, finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, hoppy, somewhat boozy finish. This beer reminds me very much of the Avery Maharajah, but if anything is even better, with the hoppy bitterness perfectly balancing the malty midpalate. Alcohol is noticeable, but ultimately is well integrated into the flavor profile.

This is just an excellent, all around, well made DIPA from Laurelwood. Impressive.

Apr 15, 2013
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rab53 from Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Aug 30, 2014
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meatyard from Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Jul 14, 2013
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one that I NEVER thought I would have seen without a trip to PDX... Instead it was enjoyed 4-5 times tonight at the 10 Barrel IPA fight/fest.

Pours a light orangish with a tight white head.

This is one of the most hop forward beers I have ever had and still is a "bit" balanced... tons of tropical fruits and huge citrus zest... tangerine/red grapefruit.... and hints of pine on the finish.

Lighter than should be body... carbonation is nice.

For 9+% this is a teddy bear... drinkability is off the charts... super beer for sure.


Sep 15, 2013
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drewone from California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Feb 19, 2014
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HopHead84 from California

3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle into a snifter. Thanks, Luke!

A: Pellucid orange with an impressive mass of soapy foam that clings to the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes, leaving off-white sheets in its wake.

S: Resinous pine with a bit of onion and earth. Bread and caramel balance things out and there's an ephemeral sugary quality to the sweetness at times. There's a bit of mango as the beer opens up.

T: Juicy orange and grapefruit flesh meet citrus pith, onion, and pine. Malt is undaunted, providing sweetness to balance the smooth moderate bitterness, as well as bread and caramel (to a lesser extent). I think the sweetness is nice and makes the beer really drinkable, but I'm not on board with the expressive malt flavor. The finish is dry with a light spiciness. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Upper medium body with a nice level of medium carbonation. Very sticky mouthfeel with some alcohol warming.

Overall: This is a good Northwestern-style Double IPA, but it's simply heavier on the malt flavor than I like, no matter where the beer is brewed. It goes down easy and I enjoyed the bottle.

Jul 13, 2013
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mabermud from Washington

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A big robust DIPA with a deep amber/orange body, and a white clingy head. Today, the smell is of sparkling grapefruit, some juicy fruit, and honey. The taste is a rich, magnificent tropical fruit, grapefruit, hops, and pine. The mouthfeel is just right.

Overall, this is a nice notch up from the Workhorse IPA. The Workhorse is outstanding, and this is just as good. The Workhorse IPA is cute and pretty. This is her big sister, sexy, voluptuous, and robust.

A new favorite DIPA of mine from the growing lineup of the Pacific Northwest.

Update - This rating is for Megafauna from the tap...

Oct 12, 2014
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Sarlacc83 from Oregon

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Winner of the Brewing News National DIPA championship.

A: Dark orange with a lazy white head that settles into a ring. Tiny bubbles are running up through the glass. Leaves some stains on the glass.

N: There's quite a bit of dried pineapple here, and a modest amount of mango, tangerine, and grapefruit. Some onion drives through the middle as well as some crystallized sugar. Hops are definitely at the forefront here, leaving very little room for the malt. Very nice.

T: Very big and very well balanced. Both the tropical sweetness and a pleasant bitterness combine to make this a worthy sipper.

M: Big bodied and sticky at the beginning, and then very dry by the end. I love the effect, honestly. There's a very pronounced alcohol here, so watch out.

O: It doesn't break any new ground, but the ground it treads is quite worthy. I can see how this ended up the winner of the DIPA grouping among 65 other beers. Think I'm going to go finish the bottle now.

Jul 07, 2013
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jodan from California

4/5  rDev -7%

Jul 17, 2013
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snaotheus from Washington

4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a large mug. Bottle date is 8-20-14. I hope that's the bottled on date, not the best by.

Pours slightly cloudy amber brown with a small paddle head and a medium amount of slow fine carbonation. Smell is quite nice, grassy and fresh, slight pine, significantly floral, slight citrus.

Taste is slight caramel or toffee, not an overpowering hop presence but certainly noticeable. Slow, moderately bitter finish. Slight citrus sweetness, stronger citrus zest bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little chewy, a little sticky. Overall, very nice beer.

Sep 25, 2014
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wethorseblanket from California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Dec 09, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance -Deep orange body. Off white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Citrus hops. Caramel malt. Boozy.

Taste - Tropical fruit and citrus. Caramel malt. Toasted malt. Booze and a fruity finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium heavy. Boozy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - I expected more from the ratings this gets. It's pretty sweet and doesn't quite deliver the hop flavor for such a high ABV.

Aug 24, 2014
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matto4444 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.3%

Feb 12, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a bottle into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a lightly hazy medium copper amber with a one finger light khaki head with great retention and lacing. Aroma evident on pouring; caramel malt with great piney, herbal and citrus hops, tropical and light citrus fruit. Flavor is dominated by hops, resinous pine, somewhat dank with grapefruit rind citrus, lightly caramel malt, mixed stone and tropical fruit. The finish is also resinous with a long, lingering grapefruit and pine bitterness. Medium bodied with active carbonation. I think this has a substantial malt body, but the hops are so intense that the malt flavors are lost in the onslaught. A great hop blend that differentiates itself from other Northwest IIPAs. Fairly complex fruit flavors too. Dangerously drinkable for the ABV, I really had to pace myself with this one as it invited tasting. Nice job for Laurelwood and lives up to its fanfare.

Aug 21, 2014
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NWer from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Oct 13, 2014
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mactrail from Washington

3.72/5  rDev -13.5%

Sweet and fruity in an appealing way. Handsome clear orangey color in the Affligem chalice. Modest foam but spritzy and tangy in the mouth.

Flavors of browned biscuits and orange marmalade. Mango is the big fruit flavor. Not excruciatingly bitter overall, but rather bitter aftertaste. Drier finish. On the acidic side.

A massive amount of flavor that lends itself to careful sipping. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Haggen's Market in Burlington, Wash.
4.0 4.0 3.5 3.5 3.25

Sep 09, 2014
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Adamostella from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Aug 03, 2013
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marine1975 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7%

Aug 15, 2013
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artoolemomo from Oregon

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a minimal amount of head which seems to have little retention as well. The head is pure cotton white while the body is an almost medium/honey which glows orange when held up to the light. The body is fairly clear. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Very warm and inviting. Doesn't seem very complex at the moment- lots of citrus (orange and lemon, not so much grapefruit) and tropical fruits but not much else. Not that I'm complaining. I get some caramel when I smell from the bottle. Notes of honey/nectar as well. If the nose is any indication, it would appear that this is going to be a citrus/tropical fruit/ honey bomb. Slight pine and resin on the nose but this beer's aroma is all about the fruity and the floral.

Taste- Light hints of honey and caramel to start off while a pronounced pine and resin asserts itself. Lots of lemon, some spicy green fruit (like papaya), and some matchstick. Not as fruity as the nose would have led me to believe. Malty sweetness is very assertive. Definitely does not taste like 140 IBUs. Some orange comes out as well. Some mustiness (armpit, dirty feet) and grapefruit are apparent. Very juicy and very easygoing. I feel that there's something missing that puts this just short of the Pliny/Sucks/Hop Venom category. A good imperial but I don't think I would pay 9 bucks for it again. The hops aren't oxidized by any stretch of the imagination- I simply thought this would taste fresher. This is getting better as it opens and starts to harmonize with my expectations. Very well balanced, very well rounded. Probably not worth 9 bucks though.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with some stickiness/syrup. Nice amount of carbonation balances that out.

Drinkability- Pretty subdued for a DIPA- it's actually quite dangerous. No real heat to speak of but there are other imperials that I would opt for before this one.

Overall- Solid beer that suffers from being a medium fish in a big ocean of big IPAs. Wouldn't mind giving it a go on tap.

Jul 08, 2013
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abrodsky from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 13, 2016
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Kopfschuss from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Jul 07, 2013
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petermethot from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Jun 14, 2014
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nathanmiller from New York

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 10, 2015
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Zaximus from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Aug 31, 2014
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