Hopworks IPA | Hopworks Urban Brewery

Hopworks IPAHopworks IPA
BA SCORE
4.11/5
626 Ratings
Hopworks IPAHopworks IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Oregon, United States
hopworksbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John_M on 10-19-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,102
Reviews:
191
Ratings:
626
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
4.57
 
 
Wants:
95
Gots:
76
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 626 |  Reviews: 191
Photo of Texasfan549
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at their bike bar spot, a delicious and very classic northwestern ipa, with a big tall white head over a fairly clear slightly orange but rather pale body with excellent carbonation. it smells like weed, there is a serious fresh sticky dankness to this that also has elements of pine sap and grapefruit peel. just enough bitterness in the flavor, but it is also counterbalanced really well by just a dash of sweeter, richer grain, not toasty or caramelized or anything, not overdone, but just enough for body and balance. the hops take the day though, juicy and bold, with an orange peel note, lots of sticky pine, and an odd cleanness not common in beers with this kind of hop complexion. its somehow all resolved by the end, not much more than a casual bitterness on the palate after the swallow, pretty impressive flavor and mouthfeel explosion and clean up here, it all happens pretty quick too. good carbonation really helps with that. perfect abv for the style too, low enough to drink a bunch of. really good stuff with their pizzas there, we had a lot of fun here and this was one of the better beers we had from these guys.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delightfully well balanced IPA, strikes a fine balance between not being too hoppy but still being flavorful and bitter enough to catch your attention. Nice mouthfeel, medium bodied, with a strong tasty finish. This is a very smooth beer that goes down all too easy, one of the better IPA's you could probably get your hands on and thankful I got to try it due to LetsPour!

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazingly flavored IPA that's chocked full of vivid citrus and tropical fruit flavor and complementary herbal elements. More impressively is the crisp dryness and slight impression of malt sweetness to really let those hops shine!

HUB IPA pours with a caramel hue mixed with copper and orange highlights. A creamy yet dainty ivory head releases from the beer with a calmer almost-cask ale appearance. Mild on lace and haze, both of these are surprisingly low for an IPA. Still, a handsome and appetizing beer.

Citrus aromas abound. Orange zest, ruby red grapefruit, tangerine, appricot, along with milder notes of pineapple and grassy herbs (which remind me of the semblance of hops to the marijuana pland), all fill the nose with a vibrant and bright aroma complex. All built upon a very soft caramel malt base, this beer is designed to showcase American hop varieties at their best.

Flavors do much the same. Where the malt sweetness makes an early impact, the sweet bready and caramel flavors are moderate and terse as the on slaught of hop flavor gain command at mid palate with all those tropical, citurs, and herbal components that make the nose so wonderful. The fruity and herbal flavors morph into a crisp and clean bitterness that throw balance to the side and dominate the beer in finish. With moderate esters that weave into the hop fruitiness very well and no real phenolic or off flavors, the yeast remaind neutral; further reinforcing the hop dominance.

Medium bodied to start, the early creaminess is foregone which ushers in a very crisp and dry finish that's missing from most common IPA's. Mild minty alcohol warmth and light resiny dryness all allow this beer to be a prime example of how IPA's should drink.

Absolutely delicious throughout, the HUB IPA doesn't overstate any one character and might make it easy to dismiss, but the sheer balance in hop flavor, clean bitterness, and absolute dryness are all attributes that aren't met by many IPAs.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, very Portland hippy-dippy, but I won't hold that against them, until the goods are uncovered, at least.

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy off-white head, which takes its time melting away, leaving a broken wall of thin sudsy lace around the glass.

It smells of peppy grapefruit, orange rind and pleasantly generic tropical fruit, with a smidgen of pine resin, and some mildly bready caramel malt. The taste is somewhat brash citrus and pine needle hops, a touch of pineapple and peach orchard fruitiness, a kind of doughy, and biscuity caramel malt, and a bit of warming alcohol.

The carbonation is moderate, just a wispy prickliness here and there, the body on the light side of medium weight, but smooth and fairly viscous. It finishes clean and mostly dry, the pine and weedy hops most evident in this morass.

I rather enjoyed this IPA - the initial hop surge mellows to a more balanced affair - finishing this bomber off was no big deal - mental note to check this out on draft, if I'm ever given the option.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a couple of inches of foam; leaves a nice pattern of shards behind

Smell: Grapefruity, with bready elements underneath

Taste: Bready, almost toasty, up front, with a developing floral grapefruit flavor that dominates through the finish; a bit of the bready elements linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but crisp, carbonation

Overall: A very nice example of a west coast style IPA; like that the hops are not too pithy nor does the malt get in the way

Thanks, gkatsoris, for the opportunity

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Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the November Baltimore Area BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy golden amber color with a ring of off white head clinging to the glass.

Smell: Sweet with some citrus peel hop notes. I'm also getting a fruity citrus note separate from the hop bitterness.

Taste: I thought this was a bit sweet for an IPA. There is a hint of a flavor that reminds me of an herbal tea. The bitterness builds towards the end and you end up with a good balance.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a finish that is very dry.

Overall: This wasn't a super hoppy IPA, but I thought it was interesting. I enjoyed the note that reminded me of herbal tea. I'd have more.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden-orange color with a two-finger, khaki colored head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled strongly of citrus and pine. A good caramel malt backbone in the aroma, too.

T - Lots of citrus flavors like grapefruit and orange. A piney/resiney hop bitterness with a burnt toast and caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Great IPA. I've only had two Hopworks beers but they have both been fabulous.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big light off white head settles into a nice lacing above a clear copper-bronze colored beer.

Citrus, pine, and fresh grass hops aroma that seems to be on the lighter side.

Nice hops taste that is not overwhelming but definitely there with some citrus, some pine aspects and a little bit of fresh grass attributes, giving this IPA a pleasant IPA taste.

A dry slightly bitter hops taste aspect to the aftertaste of this medium bodied beer.

A decent beer definitely worth a try if you are into IPA's or the Portland beer scene.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with nice retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, herbal, floral, pine, lemon zest, bread, caramel, light mango, and honey-like sweetness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange, pine, herbal, floral, biscuit, toasted grain, honey, grass, and light caramel. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, herbal, floral, biscuit, honey, and caramel sweetness for a good bit. Fantastic balance of all flavors, not too much of anything. Great malt balance with the bitterness, and very pleasant to drink. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, crisp, and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden at 6.6% with hardly any warming noticed at all. Overall this is a highly excellent IPA. Great flavor balance, very smooth, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud, surprise date on the bottom of the can, 2/11/14, not the freshest.

Pours a decent slight creamy fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a fair rate, very light lacing, golden honey orange color.

Nose nice citrus, little orange and a mild creamy note brings a creamscicle like aroma, mild generic fruit and touch of apricot like, hint of a nice juicy malt base, touch of candied orange peel. It has a decent hop aroma but flashes of it fading, perhaps not as fresh as it should be.

Taste brings a decent malt base at first, caramel, little creamy, toasty reddish malt and faint toffee note with little sweetness but not much. Then hops, again citrus and generic fruit but not a ton of hops. Little candied orange, mild orange creamscicle again, touch of zest and grapefruit flesh which comes out more as it goes. Hint of resin. Finish is dry but a touch sticky, fair bitterness, little grapefruit fresh and orange zest, mild fruit, and a little sweet caramel malt.

Mouth is med bod, little creamy, nice carb.

Overall decent, nice malt profile but doesn't play as well with the hops, which seems like they were better when fresh but decent hop profile.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Pacific NW IPA to try...oh darn.Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear light to medium golden with a bit of orange hue,a well defined but quick to fade white head atop.Amarillo hops show themselves in the nose lending a dose of resin along with light citrus and oddly enough I picked up some hay,maybe from the two kinds of pilsner malt?Lightly toasted with definent citrus hop flavors on the palate,not really in your face hop attack but well pronounced,quite bitter in the finish.This is a pretty good IPA,(compared to Laurelwood Workhorse not so much)its hops seem a bit subdued and has that organic beer thing going on...dont ask me what it is I just can tell.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DiabolikDUB for getting a bottle of this out to me.

A: Pours a nice light copper color with a two-finger white head and plenty of retention.

S: Very nice herbal and citrus notes coming out of the nose without too much of anything else. Definitely detect Amarillo, which is confirmed by the bottle...not much of an accomplishment, as sadly I think that it still the only hop I can readily identify.

T: Good amounts of citrus and herbs with a bit of earth. Nice bitterness to it and just a hint of residual sweetness.

M: Light to medium body with a nice dryness.

D: Glad that this is lower in alcohol than many IPA's, as Sunday afternoon while catching up on reviews seemed like the perfect time to knock back this one.

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