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A Hopwork Orange | Blue Mountain Brewery

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A Hopwork OrangeA Hopwork Orange

Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our orange-infused IPA will be available in cans March 2015! Light crystal malt with a heavy hand of Simcoe, Cascade and Centennial hops complemented by natural orange flavoring.

65 IBU

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Ratings: 218 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of SierraDeuce
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from grocery, poured into Blue Mountain can-shaped glass.
L: fluffy orange-tinted head, good lacing.
S: pleasant orange aroma, faint hops.
T: sweet orange citrus up front, clean citrusy hops finish. not for hopheads; for the rest of us!
M: light, but not thin. perfect for this style.
O: delicious IPA

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Photo of rorjets
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Palms
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Taste: Smooth froth citrus flavor with dominating grapefruit taste that end with surprising but pleasant bitter after taste.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has pleasant orange hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a pleasant orange hop flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A nice orange flavored IPA

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beejay
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A pale golden yellow, with a light amount of white head.

S: Bright orange zest with a huge hit of citrus.

T: Taste follows aroma with orange, grapefruit, and citrus dominating. Long lingering bitterness.

M: Medium in body with fairly assertive carbonation. Long lingering bitterness.

O: Overall pretty enjoyable, clean, refreshing, and citrus.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crewfan1952
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't see a date listed on the can.

Appearance: The body is hazy with a slightly dark shade of amber. There are numerous tiny particles suspended in the beer. The head is short, fluffy, and white with decent retention and lacing.

Aroma: The beer has a nice orange aroma with a bit of pine coming through at the end. There is a touch of garlic as the nose pulls away.

Taste: Up front there is a nice fresh grain flavor. This flavor persists throughout the drinking experience. It is followed by a grapefruit pulp flavor and a touch of lemon and mint at the end.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice moderate bitterness but it feels a bit too thick and chewy for the citrus character. It has good carbonation.

Overall: It's a nice and refreshing IPA with a bit of a citrus edge. The orange character mostly comes through in the aroma and presumably the bitterness. It would make for a good cookout or picnic beer. Being that it's in a can it would be nice during a camp-out or even by the beach. I would drink it again every now and then.

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Photo of Randyman
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Nice color with a good foamy head that dissipated rapidly. I had a hard time tasting any orange flavor at all. Not one of my favorite orange infused IPA's.

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Photo of billab914
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nosquatch
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CantDrinkEveryBeer
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An attractive 12 ounce can, poured into a Jester King Snörkel glass.

Appearance: Hazy, deep gold, with one finger of aromatic head. Small amounts of orange pulp can be seen with a swirl - a promising sign for an infused brew.

Smell: A mild hoppy smell, mixed with fresh-squeezed oranges.

Taste: Tart citrus and fruit flavor, with orange, tangerine and apricot notes at the fore. The hops are flavorful, but mellow, and the bitterness is quite mild, with a sweet malt taste coming through in the finish. This is a very refreshing and sessionable IPA, perfect for summer.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side, but very pleasing. The citrus adds a bit of acidity and bite that I find rather pleasant, balancing out the sweetness.

Overall: A delicious, creamy IPA, that drinks easy. Kind of wish I bought a six pack, as they probably won't bring these back until next summer, but now I know what to look for. Good stuff.

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nace4
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 88caprice
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

I'm not an IPA head, but this was enjoyable. Cloudy. Orange. Creamy head that persisted and lots of lacing. Bright hop aroma. Some orange flavor, but nothing g fake or crazy. Substantial hop bitterness, and a lingering deep bitterness on the far back of the tongue.

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Photo of Sven-Toano
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasty IPA with citrus overtones. Hoppy but not overwhelmingly so; a pleasurable brew.

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Photo of BeerSexLove
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A lovely, refreshing beer perfect for partaking on a sultry day.

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Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a nice orange color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, bright white head that lasted an average amount of time. Pretty good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of orange, hops, malt, pine and other citrus fruits.

T: Tasted of a tinge of pine, light, very subtle malt notes, a fair amount of orange, some hops (lower than expected), and a little bit of other citrus fruits (grapefruit, tangerine, perhaps). A decent enough flavor that's heavier on the fruit than the hops. Sweet and fruity.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: For the most part, this is a likable, easy to drink kind of beer. If you like fruitier IPAs, check this one out.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Given to me by my coworker - thanks Chris! Poured from a 12 oz can with a best by date of Apr 11. Big foamy head that quickly dissipates to a thin lining. Look is a murky golden color, quite inviting. Not too much of a smell to this one but can definitely get the orange and citrus on the nose. Taste is nice - certainly hoppy - but a bit unbalanced on the malt profile. Not a clean a finish as say Deschutes Fresh Squeezed or Ballast Point. Yet, I found this one goes down pretty easy. Wouldnt turn it down in the future

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Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dumb name, but the can art is so bad that it's charming. Can says it expires today.

Nice pour. Medium haze, dark orange, bright white head.

Smells of orange syrup, cascade hops, and wet dog. Now, I don't mean "wet dog" necessarily as a bad node--cripes, we're in an age where "horseblanket" is a desirable trait for some beers. That's part of the smell and it works pretty good in the context of the smell. Not great, but pretty good.

So, the taste is different. It's not great, but it's okay, and where it doesn't succeed it doesn't succeed by its own standards. Orange predominates. It starts off more or less natural-seeming but starts to taste like a Starburst by the end. Some beers just ride this ersatz wave out to the extreme, like Leinie's Summer Shandy, but Blue Mountain do a decent job turning this into an actual beer. That aggressive, fake orange is preceded by sharp pine hops, and then the back end of the beer is all biscuits and pine.

So... this one is weird. I can see it becoming its own style of beverage, were it released in 1996 and aggressive promoted within regional boundaries. Hell, if I lived in an area where I could get pints of this for cheap I'd probably drink it pretty regularly. As is, considering everything, I think it's just okay.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an inviting clear orange with a just off white head that leaves some traces of lace. Smells like caramelized citrus. Flavor hits the orange right off the bat, but shows off that sweet malty goodness as it warms. Feels a little rich for a guzzler, but great to enjoy over some time in the back yard contemplating where to begin with some overdue attention. Cheers!

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours cloudy orange color with thick foamy white head. Very good lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - Very mild hints of orange, grapefruit and citrus. Pine and hops, hint of malts.

Taste - There is more orange in the flavor than the aroma, nice hop bite of on back end. Just enough malt to give balance, orange peel and grapefruit bitterness as well.

Feel - Medium body well carbonated pretty dry finish

Overall - I really solid IPA, the orange is not artificial at all and it is well balanced.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemless large wine glass. Pours a golden amber with ample haze and head that leaves lacing throughout. Smell isn't particularly strong, but suggests a lot of orange and some citrusy hops. Taste is much more pronounced as well as much better than I thought it'd be. A slight sweetness hits you first, then you get the orange which quickly transitions to super citrusy hops. Think citrus zest, grapefruit pith and grapefruit juice (cascade?). Feel is light to medium in body with lively carbonation. Overall, I really like this. Not super balanced flavors, but it's what it advertised. Very hoppy and very citrusy.

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Photo of TedStrosser
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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A Hopwork Orange from Blue Mountain Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 218 ratings