A Hopwork Orange | Blue Mountain Brewery

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A Hopwork OrangeA Hopwork Orange
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States
bluemountainbrewery.com

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

Added by DavidHume on 05-17-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
205
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
8.38%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
49
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 205 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of Jason_cs
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nace4
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 88caprice
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +17.3%
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 +14.7%
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 -0.8%
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 -2.6%
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 +0.8%
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 +3.7%
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 +11.3%
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 -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JustinAbs
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IckyT2012
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lemmy187
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is orange and it reminds me of dish cleaner. The taste is pretty good, light hops and oranges. overall, an average beer.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SoccerSeuss
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass from brewery.

Poured a nice amber color with a slightly off white head with decent lacing. As expected the aroma was orange and hoppy. Taste mirrored the smell. Had a clean feel, slightly heavy on the carbonation.

Had after I ran an 8 mile obstacle course/endurance run at Wintergreen and was quite refreshing. It had come highly recommended from one of my buddies that had run on the race team.

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Photo of RandalFlagg
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JPDOG
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vabeerguy
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of buckyp
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lupercmda
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattXT
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OldSwampy
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with slightly yellowish white head. Head is ample and leaves lacing. Nose is rather hoppy, but the orange aroma is definitely present as well: a pleasing blend. The taste profile is clearly hoppy as expected in an IPA, but in the middle to back of the profile an orange peel taste grows and lingers into the aftertaste. Interesting. Mouthfeel has a little oiliness on the backside, and is slightly sudsy, but overall leaves a clean impression. How high you rate the flavor will definitely depend on what you think of the bitter orange aspect. Some bitter hoppy aftertaste as well. Taste is perhaps not as blended and balanced as the nose suggests. Poured from a can with a best-by date of 8/16... enjoyed on 21 June 2016.

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A Hopwork Orange from Blue Mountain Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 205 ratings.
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