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Hopworks IPA | Hopworks Urban Brewery

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189 Reviews
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
Reviews:
189
Ratings:
615
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
18%
 
 
Wants:
95
Gots:
70
For Trade:
0
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Photo of olmatty
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a clear golden color with a sticky white head with nice white lacing

Smell- Piney and slightly herbaceous hops, some cereal grains

Taste- Hops hit immediately, piney, herb flavor and a bit of sweet grapefruit. Malts are buried deep under

Mouthfeel- moderately crisp carbonation and a somewhat sticky on the tongue

Drinkability- Smooth, flavorful and fantastic if you love hops.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber in a small pint tasting glass. No obvious best before date on the bottle, but lots of other interesting information! New arrival in the local speciality store so it should be fresh!

A - copper in color, clear with a very frothy white head that leaves caked lacing around the glass. Very fluffy head that never quite resolves and leaves lacing all over the glass.

S - one of the finest smelling IPAs I've ever had the enjoyment of sniffing; stunning citrus and floral notes with just a hint of rich maltiness behind it. Slight grassy undertones. INTENSE.

T - bitter, but not excessively so; quite balanced in its hop attack with equal parts lemon peel and grassy hops. Very solid malt underneath just barely gives a sweet toasty note before the enduring bitterness coats the mouth. Finish is a combination of pine resin and citrus.

M - medium bodied but with less carbonation than the fluffy, clinging head would suggest. I expecting serious effervescence but the light to medium carbonation leaves the finish creamy and a bit juicy.

Really tasty IPA; the star for me was absolutely the nose on this beer. If anything the taste didn't quite live up to its intensity (initially), but the clean and balanced bitterness provides a delightful enduring memory to this beer. This is a "must try" for IPA fans.

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Photo of cbros
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a mug. Got this as an extra from madhombrewer

A- Pours an orange/ straw yellow color. There is some good carbonation activty during and after the pour. There is a small one finger white lace that stays around till the end. There is also a fair amount of cling to the glass as well.

S- I am getting strong citrus flavors, more specifically grapefruit. I am also getting the hop notes that are present in the citrus flavors.

T- The flavor of hops and citrus/grapefruit come out in the taste as well. That citrus flavor is quickly overtaken by a bitter ending. Overall a good solid American IPA. In my opinion a little heavy of citrus but nothing that kills the experience.

I got this as an extra from Ben as I make my way through as many Pac NW IPA's as I can. As far as this one goes it is a solid IPA that has some good flavor but when compared with other IPA's from this area in my opinion it does fall a little short. I would like to try other offerings from Hopworks Urban and see how there other stuff stacks up.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden hue, with a small off-white head, w/light retention and lacing.

S - Honestly, one of the finest IPA scents I've come across! Smell is of a perfect blend of lemon peel, grapefruit, pine, and caramel. The classic PNW IPA traits, executed flawlessly here.

T - Taste starts out with a blast of lemon and grapefruit citrus notes, kicks in with piney, moderately bitter (but not too aggressive) hops during mid-sip, and finishes w/just the right amount of bready caramel malt to keep things in check. Excellent!

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, and finishes crisp and smooth. A great middle ground between body and drinkability here.

O - Overall, this is a top notch IPA, and quite possibly just made it's way into a 3-way tie w/the other two IPA's I judge others by (Green Flash and Pliny). Highly recommended for the hop fans! Now if only I could find it in six packs..

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Crystal clear gold with tinges of amber a thin head on top. Decent lacing and very little carbonation activity.

A: Floral hop aroma of grapefruit rind, peach and some pine with a clean, nutty maltiness backing it. Classic Amercian IPA.

T: A smooth bitterness upfront, moves into hop flavors of grapefruit and peach with some spicy and piney earthiness. The malt brings in fantastic balance to the hop flavors, helping give a backbone to the beer and really increase the drinkability. A medium body provides a great base for the flavors and the hops and slightly bisciuty malt flavors linger on with a dry finish.

Overall, a top-tier Northwest IPA. The flavors are bold and perfectly balanced, and the beer is unbelievably drinkable. This is a must try.

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Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a sam adams cup

A- golden body, 3/4" fluffy off white head

S- dank (marijuana dank), spicey, citrus, pils malts, grainy, hay

T- citrus, pils &caramel malts, sour lemon like tartness

M- medium body, crisp carbonation

O- i'm not sure what to call this brew, a lager? An ale? Though hops dominate the front, the supporting malts leave you confused. I've never had a beer that tastes so much like a pils, be so hoppy. Usually a lager is somewhat watered down to me but the caramel malts and hops fill in the blanks and make an awesome beer!

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. Bomber into Pint glass.

Pours a glowing crystal clear orange with a half-inch bubbly white head that dissolves quickly into a fine layer around the glass. Aroma has sweet, caramel malt, orange peel and piney hops. Flavor has orange peel, more of that piney hop flavor that is tangy, caramel malt upfront with a lingering sweet, biting bitterness that coats your mouth. Its a medium bodied and slightly sticky. It seems very balanced and its very drinkable.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date??
Estimated calories - 198/12oz

Purchased through LetsPour

Price - $9.00/bomber

Pours a deep golden color with just a slight hazey presence. If you like head (who doesn't) this one won't let you down. Big three finger soapy head from the start with polka dotted lacing all around the glass. Sediment free and mann, what a looker...

Aroma is not lacking in citrus fruit. Pineapple, grapefruit and orange followed by biscuit, pine resin and a hint of caramel malt. The combination of ingredients fits well here. A little on the light side but pleasing enough.

The flavor follows the nose with the Centennial and Cascade hops contributing to that juicy fruit flavor. The caramel malt adds a nice balance and puts the breaks on the hop bite keeping this on the sweeter side as far as IPA's go.

The mouthfeel is fresh and clean resulting in a highly drinkable, dare I say sessionable beer. The body has a medium feel with little to no carbonation. A noticeable hop bite is present along with some stickiness but in the end it finishes surprisingly smooth.

Overall this is a solid IPA and one I'll be enjoying regurarly, especially during the hot months. Well balanced, low abv and quite refreshing. Thumbs up.

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Photo of blackc5
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, deep golden amber with a great lingering head and some intricate lacing.

S - Nice strong citrus - lots of grapefruit and pine. Just a hint of yeast and grainy malt.

T - First off, let me say this is one of the better IPAs I can recall having out of a bottle. Not sure of how fresh this was overall, but I did drink it the day after I bought it. Whatever it's age, it was excellent. A complex mix of hoppy goodness, ranging from grapefruit to lemon zest to a balanced earthy herbalness in the bitter aftertaste. It is quite bitter, but in a great way that avoids any of the occasional unpleasantness from lesser brews. Color me impressed.

M - Fairly thick and resiny on the tongue - if it wasn't for the lower ABV, I would have assumed this was a DIPA based on the texture. Moderate+ carbonation.

D - Could drink this all day, and would love to try it on tap. Will look for it.

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Photo of prosper
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very, very hazy. Thin tan head.

Smells hoppy. Bright orange-citrus.

Tastes like hop squeezings. Definitely a citrussy cultivar hop in here, tangerine and orange peel. No pineapple or passionfruit. Something sort of candy-like, bubblegummy. Maybe some yeast character combined with the hops?

Mouthfeel is good; carbonation is moderate, and a good compliment to the rest of the beer.

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Photo of mudbug
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 16 oz "pounder" into an English pint glass results in a hazy light orange body under a nice one inch fluffy head that recedes slowly, after that it's pretty still.
Aroma is outstanding with juicy tropical fruit and grapefruit rind riding on a slightly sweet smelling breakfast bread.
Taste is all about the balance here, bitter,sweet, fruity, fresh bread. It comes together like a nice scenic painting, pleasing in the overview more than it's particular parts.
Juicy on the aftertaste.
A super nice brew in a very nice format. Bravo

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Photo of Intrinsic
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer reminds me of Schneider Hopfenweiss. Its has the same orange-ish tinge and cloudyness, with a heavy dose of citrus/piney hops. It's uncanny. When I picked this one up off the shelf I wasn't expecting this at all. Great beer. I will DEFINITELY buy this one again. Incredibly bitter, with a fair amount of grapefruit flavour. The smell is a perfect example of how to dry-hop your beer. Almost no malt to speak of, but I find that makes this an even better example of the style.

Wow.

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

15 degrees Plato. 75 IBU
Clean, crisp and very nicely balanced. Not a full-bodied beer. Especially good with food because of the nice line of crisp bitterness. Refreshing. Aroma is fresh and pleasant without overpowering. Carbonation level is good. Agree with the grapefruit character.

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Photo of mnapier
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Service Temp. 35 degrees Farenheit. Service Glassware, 4oz Taster Shot.

Peering into this between the condensation that forms and the sunny sky outside I spot a dark straw & clear complexion. The draft pours a mild white foam, with a cob web of lace that is left behind.
A waft under the nose, is sharp and dry with an expected pine tree of hops and some minor grapefruit.
Sipped the familiar initial pine hops recede to reveal the biscuit and caramel only to be revisited by the hops previously mentioned.
Mouthfeel is medium and lingers.

Had this one with a chicken sandwich.

Cheers

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Photo of spree92
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A clear golden cooper with a 1" foamy head. Great retention. Large carbonation bubbles are constant. Apple, citrus and a nice floral scent tickle the nose. Quite a bitter beer for 6.6% abv. All the smells are on the taste, the by some pine first. Leaves the mouth dry and sticky, kinda heavy. Easy drinking and one that could be consumed often, if hops are your preference.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz poured to tulip

Pours a hazy amber. 1 finger of head disappears immediately. Hop particles, I assume, left in the bottom of the bottle

Faint citrusy aroma

First note is kind of grassy, Rounds out with a full sweetness and orange and sugar cookie. Decent bitterness and some resiny pine hiding in the aftertaste

Seems a little slick on mouthfeel... more carbonation would help

Overall: I really wanted to love this beer, but none of the elements struck me as outstanding. Head / head retention is an issue for me, and the initial grassy hit in the flavor is overpowering

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Photo of Fader
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice golden colour, cloudy, mediocre head, minimal lace.

S - Nice hoppy smell, with an amazing citrus aroma.

T - Great hop front end, flooded with great citrus flavor.

M - Good carbonation, smooth drink, slightly bitter.

O - Great beer, the northwest flavor does not disappoint, a top IPA

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Photo of troutmask96
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So yeah I frolicked through the fields and picked bushels and bushels of fresh hops and cross-pollinated the flock to create baby bushels and then I strained, minced, and dry-hopped every last morsel until the perfect hop nectar was created and this is what I got.

Sweet...

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

A clear golden orange with a white head that diapates to a soft cap. The nose is pleasant with orange, grapefruit and some soft pine. The taste is very clean ithe bitter orange and a bit of pine in the background. The mouthfeel is light and not overly dry. This is a good beer and a nice hop fix.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(draft, Hopworks Brewery, Portland 7/11)) vaguely cloudy, moderately bitter throughout, pretty solid IPA. Wish I had more time at this brewery.

Others:
IPX Single Hop; SImcoe (favorable)

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Photo of Philabeerphia
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An extra from a trade with pintplease. Awesome. One sip of this beer and my eyes pop open wide. After three sips I mentally have placed this in my top three IPA's of all time.
22oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. 3/29/10. No bottled on date discernible. Aggressive pour. "Ride your bike", "A Northwest classic", "generous additions of Amarillo, Centennial, and Cascasde hops find their way into the kettle, hop-back and dry-hop". Cold war propaganda style graphics and type font. Thank you Comrade Ettinger, for our wonderful livelihood!

fluffy bone colored head - a lively mix of centimeter wide, 1-2mm wide and micron bubbling are growing and receding, creating a sense of tension. Sticky webs of lacing lend to this, while beneath rests a peacefully clear beer, lightly honeyed in color. Approachable and sessionable are a few words entering into my brain.

This beer's nose is a well blended bag of maple, shortbread, grapefruit and wild grasses. Nothing seems to stand out more than the other, and that's a good thing. Balance in the nose adds some complexity, if not raw hop power. Later I go back for a sip and start to pick up some warming, deeply floral hop that spreads in my nose and makes me tingle. There it is.

This IPA moves lightly in the mouth. The carbonation keeps the liquid from coating, while a bit of raw hop oils and malt body provide an anchor for tastes to both seep and shine. Starts with a sweetly prickly tangerine hoppiness... just shining here. It spreads and deepens, exposing cannabis characteristics that get the tongue bracing. What a transition. Beyond that there's just enough round malt backing to provide a platform for hops to dance and jump, and even to make a quick caramel impact and the height of the tongue. Hops are tropical again in the finish, leaving a bright (mango), but ultimately bitter finish. This transition between bright tropical fruits and deeper, earthy bitterness is outstanding. The top of the mouth is temporarily numbed with hops, but recover quickly and are ready for more. Just dry enough (muted in some ways), to keep the anticipation high for the next sip.

If this beer was my local, I'd have a hard time restraining myself. Very drinkable for the 6.6% abv and the 75IBU. I don't know how Portlanders do it.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into tulip

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden-amber, 1 finger head isn't exactly ample, but retains nicely and leaves good lacing.

Smell - Hops front and center with some perfumey citrus and tropical fruit, a bit piney and dank too, hint of sweet caramel maltiness in the background mingling nicely.

Taste - More balanced that I thought given the nose: Hops are still up front with ample citrusy grapefruit, tropical fruits like mango and pineapple, and musty dank pine needle. Backing the big-time hopping up is a malt backbone that complements the hops really well: bready, toasty, and clean with a good hit of caramel sweetness to balance perfectly. Finishes fairly dry with some pine resin bite and moderate bitterness.

Feel - Carbonation level is on the low side, creamy smooth medium body. Could use a touch more carb to add crispness in my opinion.

Overall - Simply a damn good IPA, and good enough to be outstanding in a sea of average-good IPAs. The hallmark of this beer, as with most great beer, is outstanding balance. When you add to that a tasty hop blast (Citra/Mosaic/Amarillo mix perhaps?), you just can't go wrong with this NW IPA.

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Photo of appenzeller
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a few bottles of this after a big shipment of newbies arrived at the neighborhood PCC.

Pours a light amber with excellect white lacing. Aroma is strong, pine, smells like a Pacific Northwest forest on steroids. Excellent. Super flavor, based squarely on hops but the freshness gives this beer dimensionality, pine resin, grapefruit, apple, there is a very slight underlying sweetness from the malt--just enough to give this beer enough balance to be palatable to a hophead.

Very nice, I haven't dropped in on HUB yet when I'm down in Portland but this one makes me want to next time I'm in down in the Rose City.

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Photo of ssteakley
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This IPA is one for all....You have to drink a full glass to really appreciate the fullness of this beer. The second glass does the convincing. I am sure those who know this beer are proud of it. It is a bit funky but right on with the PNW culture for sure. IN just 8 short weeks I get it. Nike does not.

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Photo of scootpolute
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours semi-cloudy golden/amber, with a fair white head...- some good lacing.

S - HUGE fresh Hops scent and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...

T - Smooth & Bright! A great hop kick at the top, followed by some sweet citrus (grapefruit & orange tones), then ending with more hops, bit of pine-like spices...Pleasant & refreshing!!

M - Great carbonation! There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice balances the beer out wonderfully!

O- This is a 'good' IPA!! Sorry for the ‘edit.’ I originally had ‘great,’ but the second ½ beer proved to be ‘less-desirable' than the 1st (fast loss of carbonation, going flat, along with a soapy aftertaste)?! But at the first, immediately from removing the cap from the bottle, I enjoyed the fresh aroma of hops. I think the beer's balance is great (hops, fruity-flavor, pine/spice, carbonation, and last but not least, alcohol level).

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