Hopworks IPA | Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Hopworks IPAHopworks IPA

Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by John_M on 10-19-2007

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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.


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

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a nice orange amber w/ a frothy off-white head that leaves a thin coating of lace.

Aroma is a really clean 50/50 mix of citrus and pine. Classic West Coast IPA goodness. A little muted, this one could be on the way downhill. But I've had it before and this one is a wonderful aromatic beast when fresh. Just has a really powerful, clean hop aroma.

Taste follows nose. Some nice dry biscuity pale malt with a dash of caramel malt, balanced by copious juicy tropical hoppy goodness. Really pretty straightforward, and very tasty.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, moderately dry.

Overall this is an outstanding IPA. I'd buy it regularly if it came in cans or 6-packs.

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

Thanks to Coreylag for the bottle. Cheers!

Slightly hazy light orange color with an off white head that leaves a curtain of lacing.

Light citrus aroma - grapefruit is prominent. Big hop flavor - lemon, grapefruit, with lots of pine and spice coming in. One of those hoppy beers that earns the descriptor "dank." Good malt base that supports and balances the hops, but otherwise lets the hops hog the limelight.

Juicy medium body with good carbonation. This is a delicious IPA. A new favorite!

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

Browsing through a washington beer store I totally ignored this one. The label is a bit tacky, which I guess is why I didn't pick it. Then I told the bartender what I was looking for and he recommended this. AWESOME. Lots of grapefruit on the nose. A little spicy, a little floral. Flavors were consistent with the smell, but had a nice balance between the hops and the busquity malt. Awesome lacing, carbonation, etc. Very, very good IPA that I hope to get another bottle of before I go back to california.

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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 Kaibosh
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy (unfiltered), deep amber, dark golden

S - Grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, fresh

T - Grapefruit, bitter hops, slight white pepper overtones, spicy when it sits on your tongue

M - Mineral, sharp, moderate dry finish, heavier feel for an IPA

O - Classic IPA, only better! New favourite beer

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

First had: on tap at HUB, Portland, OR

Poured a hazy golden-yellow with a small white head. Fruity aroma, citrusy, various hop profiles. Pine and grapefruity hops in the taste, grassy, with a solid bready malt base. Crisp and dry in the finish. Light-medium body. Solid, drinkable IPA overall.

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

Had on-tap at HUB in Portland, OR. Poured a yellow/orange color with a very thin off-white head that left very spotty lacing. Aroma was floral/earthy hops, citrusy hops, grass and a slight malt sweetness. Taste followed the nose though I also noticed a bit of grainy flavor in there.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry from the bitter hops. VERY interesting/complex yet well-balanced IPA. Enjoyable for sure!

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

55th Review
Bottle to proper pint

From notes. Shared as part of bspringer's Golden Birthday Bash the Wednesday of GABF week 2011. Thanks to whomever sent this as an extra!

A: Glowing orange. Half finger nail (frothy white) head on gentle pour.

S: Citrus hops. Hint of pine. Hops...lots of them.

T: More hops (go figure). Balanced pine, wood, and grass. Missing bitterness though. Sad

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Frothy and smooth - just like I want all my IPAs to be. This was the most enjoyable aspect of this beer for me.

O: An alright IPA; however, I am curious to know if this one sat too long. I could not find a freshness date, but am thinking I would have enjoyed it more had it been fresh. I will seek it out again at some point in the future. Maybe next time I visit the lovely town of PDX!

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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.


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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 leaddog
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Thick white head when initially poured. Opaque golden nectar colour, very cloudy.

Smell - Citrus and tropical fruits on the nose, passionfruit and kiwi aromas.

Taste - Mild bitterness throughout, but pleasant to drink. I pick up a hint of the passionfruit that I originally detected in the aroma. Slightly hoppy.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied ale with tingly/prickly bubble sensation on the tongue.

Overall - Very good organic IPA. Although the hops and bitterness are strong, this is quite a tasty drink. Enjoyable through and through.

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

On cask, via hand pump, @ the Hopworks BikeBar (Portland, OR) on 9/5/11. Served in a mug.

Pours a clear copper, with a thin and sudsy looking layer of bright-white head. This dissipates pretty quickly, leaving back just a light smattering of lacing. The aroma smells leafy and a little grassy, with some sharper notes of pine and citrus mixing in. Malt and a touch of spice sit underneath and combine with the other flavors to give the nose a fresh green twang in the nostrils.

The taste has a deeply resinous and pithy bitterness to it that is just unleashed here on cask. It’s not thankfully overbearing though, as the malts do a good job of helping to balance the hops with notes of sweet caramel and lightly toasted biscuits. Pine and bitter rind linger in the backend but the overall finish here is coming off as more flavorful than assertive. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but very slick and easy in the mouth, especially for all of the hops and alcohol that are present here. Wow, I mean the mellow smoothness of this just glides across the palate. This is very drinkable and is one of the better casks feels that I've experienced lately.

As an overall IPA, I thought that this was decent to good but the cask conditioning just ratcheted the whole package here up a notch in my eyes. It really opens up those aggressive hop flavors but then counteracts that with a super easy flowing body that makes this much more quaffable than it probably has any right to be. There’s definitely more good than bad going on with this one. Especially here on cask.

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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 BobCS
3.07/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: gorgeous crystal clear orange amber with a tall white head that falls to a lacy white ring

S: althought this beer has a reputation for a huge citrous presence, I am not getting a lot of that - hops seem more grassy and muted more than anything else

T: relatively malty balance for an IPA - hops are coming through at the end with some grapefruit and a clean bitter finish

M: med-full mouthfeel and just a bit warm - especially warm for the style

O: I'm really wondering how what I'm drinking matches up to what I've read about this beer - the comments and reviews by others seem all over the map (cloudy vs clear, hoppy vs malty, big vs little etc). I think this is a decent IPA, sort of middle of the road in most respects, balanced towards malt, and it seems much warmer than I'd expect from 6.6% ABV. Enjoyable, and with a very nice presentation, I'd be happy to drink a few of these.

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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 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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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Super aggressive pour give me a two finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is pretty much completely white, which is a little surprising for an IPA, usually the head has a tiny tiny bit of color to it. The head has a lot of big bubbles, probably due to the aggressive pour (but it's not my fault that they made a stingy beer, when pouring head). The head does seem a little creamy underneath the big bubbles though, my main reason for thinking that is because it looks like it's giving pretty darn good lacing, but we'll see how that goes throughout the beer. Head retention is decent, it hasn't gone completely away, but it's less than a finger now. The body is a little cloudy, and a little bit dark, but I can still see a decent amount of things on the other side of the glass. The body is a dark orange with some hints of yellow, pretty standard IPA appearance. Overall I like the look of this beer, pretty standard for a Hopworks beer, good lacing, good body, ok head. The head is pretty much gone now, but like with all the other Hopworks beers, it's left some foam on top of the body. We'll see how the lacing goes, but for now it's a good looking beer. The first thing I notice on the smell is citrus, sure there is a decent amount of hops and a somewhat good amount of malts as well, but the citrus, MAN! I usually don't even notice citrus or pine or any of those sub-flavors, that well, but this is very clear to me. It almost smelled like orange juice to me, that's how acidic it smells. I just hope this beer isn't too acidic, it'll be good if they didn't overdo it there, but from my experience Hopworks doesn't overdo anything, which is good. I'm not getting much else other than the citrus, hops, and malts. Pretty standard smell, but not bad at all. Interesting IPA, but at the same time pretty darn standard. I get a fair amount of hops, and a good amount of malts, not much in the way of citrus, so I guess my nose was wrong. They didn't skimp out on the hops, which is good, it's an IPA, it should be hoppy. It's a good tasting beer, and there isn't too much wrong with it, but it's just not really that amazing, at all, nothing to write home about, at all. There is one things that is bad about the taste, and that's the water, it tastes somewhat watered down. This leads me right into the mouthfeel, the flavor is a little watered down, and so is the mouthfeel. There is a tiny bit of a bite on this beer, but for the most part it's very dull and not much carbonation or crisp feeling whatsoever. I guess the body itself is big enough for the style, but that watery feeling really isn't helping. I mean overall the taste is just way too boring and a little watered down. It's not a bad taste, it's good, just very average. Same with the mouthfeel, except even more so with the mouthfeel, because at least the taste has hops and malts to make it interesting, the mouthfeel is just super boring, not bite at all, super low carbonation, and not much bite from the hops. The drinkability is very nice, it's a very session able IPA due to the fact that it's watered down, but...I don't really think an IPA should be session able, that's what pale ales are for. Overall it's not a bad beer, it's easy drinking and it tastes good, it's just...why buy this when I can buy a really awesome IPA? I guess if I want something to sip on a hot day this would do the trick, but as for sitting down and really enjoying every bit of a beer, this isn't cutting it for me. Overall good beer, but very average in a LOT of areas.

The lacing turned out to be not that great, only 1/3 of the top of the glass gave me good lacing, the rest of the entire glass was pretty dang patchy. I'll give it a 4 on appearance, just because it's right in between a 3.5 and a 4.

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

Clear golden colour with a smooth but short-lasted white head. Great lacing.

Bright and floral hop aroma with a grapefruity edge. Nice.

Mild malt with a big dose of bitey hops. Very citrussy and a touch floral. Good grassy finish.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

A solid IPA with really nice hop flavour. Not lacking in anything.

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

On tap at Hopworks, poured into a Hopworks mug.

A - Pours a dark, but clear orange with a nice white head that fades slowly. It leaves lacing streaks down the glass.

S - Citrusy, pine, slightly sweet.

T - Taste is a nice Malty, and hoppy balance. Lots of grass and pine. Finishes with some citrus bitterness.

D - Good Carbonation, average body.

O - A solid IPA.

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

A: 1/8" soapy white head that left slight lacing over rich golden amber liquid with medium clarity.

S: Peppery hops, yeast, and a hint of citrus.

T: Peppery hops at the start, wheat and malt in the middle, with citrus and a slightly bitter floral hop finish. Exceptional taste profile that is crisp and clean.

M: Perfect level of medium viscosity and a medium to low level of carbonation.

O: One of the best, if not the best, American IPA I have ever had. The taste is what really stands out here.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, ballard street market

appearance: served in a nonic great dane imperial pint, bright straw-orange body, full creamy white crest and good retention

smell: fresh and floral citrus notes, dry grain and malt backdrop, bready

taste: nice hop profile - amarillo detected, lots of grapefruit and lemon, light tangerine, grassy notes, grain/bread, lightly toasted malts. a good find, though not differentiated from a lot of other regional options

mouthfeel: on the lighter end of medium, refreshing

overall: good

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark golden amber; didn’t get much of a head, but this was a glass that had sat out for a bit. Aroma is seriously hoppy with a strong grapefruit undertone. Hoppy, piny flavor has a hint of sour citrus, mainly grapefruit with a touch of orange. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and farly fizzy, and hoppy, grapefruit finish is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass to produce a half inch head. Body is clear gold, with an eggshell white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a ring and cap, leaving small amounts of lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, hay, fresh floral citrus hops, and salt. Very enticing aroma.

This tastes great and is exceptionally well-balanced between the sweet, biscuity malt and floral, citrus (orange and grapefruit) hops. There is a nice light citrus rind bitterness in the long finish.

Body is light and carbonation is medium with a little fizziness, providing a lightly creamy mouthfeel.

With plenty of malt and hop flavor, this is a light and refreshing beer. And at only 6.6% ABV, it is exceptionally drinkable. A superb entry in the crowded IPA field and a great choice when you want great, strong flavor without an alcohol wallop.

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Hopworks IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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