Hopworks IPA
Hopworks Urban Brewery

Hopworks IPAHopworks IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #195
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,944
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 10.19%
Reviews:
192
Ratings:
632
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Hopworks Urban Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  95
Gots
  80
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Hopworks IPAHopworks IPA
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Reviews: 192 | Ratings: 632
Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased via liquidsolutions

Appearance: On the golden side of the golden orange IPA classic look. 2 finger white crown with some retention and lots of lace.

Smell: Nice blend of floral hops (amarillo), citrus hops (cascade and centennial), German Munich Malt, Caramunich malts, and Canadian pilsner malt.

Taste: Citrus hops up front with an amarillo hop finish over a bed of tasty pilsner malt. Lots of sticky resinous hops and just the smallest touch of sweetness from the malt combine to form perfection. Nicely done in my humble opinion. This is a great IPA.

Mouthfeel: A touch sticky but with a crispness from the pilsner malt that really play nicely together.

Drinkability: All day long baby!

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Photo of Floydster
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint from the source at the end of our first day in Portland, reviewed from notes on my cellphone, golden orange color with some red tint, 3/4 inch slightly off white head with retention, some lacing, aroma consists of grapefruit, floral accents with a lot of dandelions, herbal accents, toffee, citrus, and pineapple, flavor is full of floral accents, some neutral malt in the middle with lots of toffee, finish has a large amount of hoppiness with more citrusy fruits than pine or anything, goes from floral to orange peel, nice rounded hop flavor nicely balanced too, dry, citrusy and floral mouthfeel, moderatate level carbonation, medium bodied, could drink a lot of this stuff, taste is a little on the weak side for a west coast IPA but that is not necessarily a bad thing, no alcohol in the flavor, pretty refreshing after nearly a two mile walk here, would like to drink again which is why it is a good thing I have a few bottles in the fridge, recommended

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light copper in color with a frothy off-white head. Very clear and clean. Head foams to about 2 fingers and slowly fades leaving behind some light lacing. Settles to a thin foam cap.

S - Big bold hop aroma right off. Lots of citrus aromas with grapefruit and tangerine coming to mind. Even a little pine mixed in. A little sweet bread aroma lingers underneath. Big hop punch to the nose though.

T - Wow, possibly the best tasting regular IPA I have had. Big citrusy hops with just the faintest bit of sweetness. Great hop taste without the astringent bitterness that keeps good IPA's from being great. Dont get me worng, there is plenty of bitterness in this beer, just not the rough un-good (yes, that is a word) kind.

M/D - Feel was a touch light but still closer to medium than light bodied. Excellent carbonation and very easy drinking.

This was my first beer on my weeklong Oregon beer adventure, and what a way to start things off. Great IPA here.

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Photo of hopdog
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Poured a deeper and slightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral hoppiness, and some citrus. Some skunky weed too. Tastes of citrus, some floral hoppiness, pine, some spiciness, and some caramel in the finish. Medium bitter with a lighter sweetness in the finish. I found the body to be a tad on the weaker side. Light lacing left on the glass

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have enjoyed this brew several times in the past, always on-tap. This is a new 22 oz. bottle, poured to a pint glass. This beer won Hopworks a Bronze medal at GABF 2008 (not as an 'IPA', but as an 'American-Style Strong Pale Ale'...).

A: Copper penny orange, filtered for clarity; an initial burst of vigorous carbonation then a gradual die-down to random risers. Puff of creamy eggshell foam on top, climbing above a finger-high, interrupted by larger suds. A steady sheet of lace.

S: Aroma is rife with fragrant citrus (Amarillo, Centennial and Cascade hops are all present. Then the pine and tingling spice erupt. Smells like, uh, a well-made Northwestern IPA should.

T: Flavor is a jolt of pine, citrus rind, and a bracing spice - like mixed field greens and black pepper. Herbal green-ness gets to be almost overbearingly pungent, pithiness jarring. Really big hop flavors are balanced with a cake-y sweet maltiness.

M: Crisp, biting feel - full of dry spice. Nice viscosity, medium body. Lasting citrus tang, hop oils hold strong.

D: A damn good IPA, one I guess I haven't had in almost a year. This is HUB's 'flagship', but I'm often drawn to their seasonals and one-offs. Good to come back to this one, it's really terrific. Very easy to drink and a 'reasonable' 6.6% ABV. Certainly worth recommending!

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Photo of mtrentm
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a golden amber color with an off-white head that leaves behind some nice off-white sticky lacing.

S: On first whiff I smell a lot of grassy & citrus notes of grapefruit followed by spicy pine aromas. When I go in for another whiff I pick up on sweet malt lingering in the background.

T: The taste of this brew pretty much follows the nose...starts out with a grassy, grapefruit flavor. Next follows the malty sweetness which gets cut by the nice hop spice bitterness making it finish nice and dry.

M: This is a medium-bodied ipa it's oily and resiny with (what I feel) is the perfect amount of prickly carbonation making it finish dry on the palate.

D: In my opion this is a very solid organic ipa. I'm very glad that they are bottling and would recomend this ipa to anyone who enjoys a westcoast style of ipa!

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Photo of Docer
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap today for lunch, paired w/ their scratch and black bean veggie burger which was delicious...

- Golden orange.. not cloudy really.. but a slight haze. Great white lacing... minimal head.. they must pour very well..

- Great caramel sweetness with a citrus, pine, and bitter hop scent.. lives up to their stated IBU's just in scent as well as in...

- ...flavor, great hop aroma.. natural citrus, pine, and sweetness.. roasty flavorful malt.. very well balanced. A must have IPA if in Portland.

- Oily mouthfeel.. slightly dry, but overall very good.

- This would almost be a perfect IPA if it wasn't so bubbly... the carbonation is just a bit excessive for me.. as I tend to like undercarbonated west coast IPAs... but it is still very drinkable based on its great flavor alone.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: the head formed quickly and sat atop for good round. The fuzzy cap is near white with a hint of yellow. The body is a light hazed amber with with caramel, gold, and orange hues. It just looks like a solid IPA

S: busting out with little greens, mostly C & C (cascade and centennials). It holds lemon and orange citrusy notes with a peppery pine whiff here and there backed with sweet caramelized malts. Nose reminds me of a few double IPA's....

T: malts fade away amongst the flaky, crispy, biting hops. Hops hit with a spiced pop composed mostly of pine needles and a squeeze grapefruit with a few dried leafy greens (cannabis-like, more in the nose than on the palate, but just the same). What is really nice is that the hop flavors are booming and yet nothing is overly bitter. As the caramel crusted maltiness shines a dim light in the back. Things are fairly balanced, while favoring the hops...nice hop monster

M: medium body and flavors linger with a touch of hop oils. Nice interplay between the body and flavors. Carbonation is just enough to give the body a crisp feel and finish

D: my second Hopworks brew since they started bottling and another solid liquid consumption experience

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Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my Gulden Draak tulip, HUB's IPA is a brassy gold with a big white head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is strong hops, pine resin and sour citrus, cat-piss notes from the centennials. Very pungent.

Taste is also pungent hops, but with a pretty strong cereal grain/bready malt backbone. There's a nice spiciness to the hops that is accentuated by the sweetness of the malts, almost rye like.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a fine IPA, but not my favorite in town. The hops are nice and pungent, although I prefer a bit more floral, but the breadiness of the malt I think is a bit much for me...I prefer more of a lighter bodied malt backbone in my IPA. A value priced 6 pack would be fine, but at $6 a bomber, I'm not gonna buy many more of these. OTOH, I certainly won't pass on it on draught.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
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 John_M
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Horse Brass today. This is an excellent IPA, but on cask it's divine.

The beer pours a prototypical light orange peach color with an impressive, creamy head. There is very good head retention with lots of sticky lacing. The beer is very perfumy and floral on the nose, with plenty of orange citrus and a touch of sweet malt and pine. This IPA smells terrific. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except on cask this beer has a lovely creamy mouthfeel, with mouthpuckering bitterness. The beer has an excellent citrus flavor, and is so, so light on the palate. Drinkability is terrific as well.

HUB does a lot of stuff well, but they truly have a knack when it comes to IPA's. This is excellent stuff.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at the Concordia Ale House in Portland, OR

Nice IPA.

Ordered a pint which came with a scant finger of head on top of the hazy orange/amber colored beer. Some brown tones to the color. Slight lazy carbonation making it's way to the top.
Aroma was bright, fresh and very appealing. Certainly citrus, some floral notes and almost some dough notes. If that makes sense...

Flavor was smooth, well balanced and very nice. Initial Hop bang that mellows to a bread flavor. This is quickly followed by some grapefruit notes and a some nice grain/malt flavors. After this the lingering hop bitterness comes back to stay a while.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and the carbonation is bright. There is a little moment of dryness before the hops bitterness takes over at the end.

I find this inviting and drinkable. A nice effort.

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Photo of pjbear05
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer in Oregon, at the Highland Still House in Portland. Served in pint mug.

Deep amber color with one finger head that left good lacing.

Inital aroma of hops not overwhelming as with most IPA's.

Light citrus noted in taste, followed by hop finish.

A different mouthfeel for me, as this was my first cask ale ever. Very nice to try a beer that was not ruined by serving too cold-a definite treat.

Would absolutley order again!

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good workhorse IPA; solid, reliable, and oozing with hops. The smell is of pinesap and garden herb with emergent fruit sugars upon warming. Hop flavor is prominent, diligent, elegant, though the beer is not overly bitter and still achieves malt balance and citric qualities. Its body is clouded orange-gold.

Cask conditioning did not especially enhance my serving, but I didn't mind. Carbonation and lather were suppressed but the mouthfeel didn't emerge with the relaxed silkiness of a cask pour.

Highly hopped but not overly hopped. And as a bonus, it's organic.

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Photo of mnapier
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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 yllwsmly
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had the pleasure of enjoying this beer for the past year or so, ever since it's debut at the North American Organic Brewers Festival. Now that the brewpub is open, I get to enjoy HUB IPA with fair regularity.

Hopworks IPA is one of my favorite Northwest-style IPAs. Its balance of citrus aroma to hop bitterness contrasts beautifully with the malty goodness of organic pilsner base malt. As they do with all of their beers, they are able to turn a organic pils malt with some other organic specialty malts into a surprisingly flavorful and complex beer.

This is definitely a go-to beer when you're in the Portland area. Also, congratulations to Hopworks Urban Brewing (HUB) for winning the 2008 Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup for American-Style Strong Pale Ale with this beer; bravo!

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Photo of GJ40
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this at the Horse Brass on a business trip to Portland. It was an IPA on cask so I had little choice but to try it. I was very impressed.

It has an hazy orangey, golden color with a creamy head. The aroma is both floral and fruity. The flavor has lots of hops with a moderate bitterness. There was nothing not to like.

I found it very drinkable. Try it on cask if you can!

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Hopworks IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 632 ratings