Hopworks IPA | Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John_M on 10-19-2007

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Reviews:
188
Ratings:
610
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
18%
 
 
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Photo of Gyle41386
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pale golden pour, with about two fingers of plush foam. Head retention is excellent. Decent stickage.

Tons of citrus in the nose. I know I'm going to like this one. Loads and loads of orange and grapefruit, along with an herbal pine/tobacco smell.

Hopworks IPA has a pretty intense bitterness, yet remains very drinkable. It tastes every bit of the 75 IBU on the label. Big bitterness. Big grapefruit, with a resinous finish. Very pithy, with maybe even a bit of a peppery kick. This is what I expected Ninkasi Tricerahops to be.

Medium bodied. Pretty slick, oily feel, with tons of lasting flavor. The 6.6% ABV is never noticeable. Tasty stuff. An aggressive IPA, for sure, and a surprisingly easy drinker. I'll definitely be seeking this out again when I'm in Portland this summer.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to bro-in-law Jeff!

Bomber served cold in a pint glass.

Hopworks IPA is a very hazy golden orange color with smooth white head. It settles slowly but leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is very big on citrus hops. Candied citrus peel with lots of lemon and orange. Grapefruit too.

Flavor is really nice too - a great west coast hop-forward IPA. The same citrus from the aroma comes through in the well-balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and good carbonation. Balance is very good for a big hoppy IPA. There's just the right amount of sweetness.

Overall an excellent IPA and one I wish I could get around here.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, with some pine notes. The taste is really nice, hoppy, bitter, slightly malty, with some sweetness, citrus/piney. Medium body, nice and chewy. Very drinkable, a very tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Is this a 6.6% really.... man be careful cause this seems like a 0.0% abv.

Never had a beer that was so clean and smooth that it simply doesn't have any bite to it like this ipa.. no bitterness whatsoever.
That being said the flavors are dim also because of the low bitterness.. (75 ibu) btw
You simply get the happiness to this beer and it's great. So easy drinking.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Inviting and foreboding at the same time. A bright apricot color is noticeable where the light strikes the glass, with a darker amber color in the center. Medium sized carbonation bubbles cling to the edges of the glass at first, then release to help maintain the head. The head is white and rocky at first, slowly fading from the initial level but retaining nicely. Splotches of lace cling to the glass.

Smell: Pale malt is definitely used to set the table for the monster hop bill. Tons of citrus bursts out of the bottle and into my nose. Once I get down into it, juicy pink grapefruit, tangerine, and candied orange are in play as well. Soft caramel sweetness as well.

Taste: I definitely appreciate the level of flavor to IBU's here. Light breadiness comes out and is more noticeable with each sip. A caramel flavor sneaks in up front and intermittently throughout. The hops are all citrus - grapefruit, tangerine, and orange. A bit of bitter pine resin steps in at the end as a reminder of what kind of beer this is.

Mouthfeel: Tons of hops packed in here contribute to an oily feel behind the lips that lingers after the taste. There is some that would remain on the tongue as well except for the light salivation drinking it causes along with the crisp carbonation that lifts the oil as well. Fuller than medium carbonation creates this effect. It drinks with a medium body. It starts to gain a creaminess as my palette adjusts and the beer warms a bit.

Drinkability: This is a solid IPA. Hoppy, but with enough balance and flavor that I don't lose interest. Both beers I have had from Hopworks have been solid.

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Photo of Belekinbeer
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a amazing IPA. Very fresh and tasty. Picked up a 22 oz bottle at Portland Int.
While in town I wanted to visit this brewery but ran out of time so I was stoked to see this in the airport.

Poured a cloudy amber hue.
Smelled of a light citrus
Mouth feel was perfect. Not to light and not to heavy.
Taste is amazing. Light carbonation really hits you with the citrus. A little bit of pine finishing with a nice bitterness
This is one of the best balanced IPAs I ever have had. A must have in the Portland area.

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

Poured from a bomber into my pint glass, this IPA with a clear amber with a white head. This was a fantastic mouthful of hoppy goodness that ranks among my favorite IPA's. It's right on the thin line of becoming so hoppy that the wonderful herbal citrus flavors are no longer delicate and complex, but over-the-top and indistinguishable. Find this beer, travel West if you have to. This rich orange peel and grapefruit flavors will make your tongue sing.

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

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. No obvious bottle dating that I can see.

A real nice amber orange and slightly cloudy/hazy. Real good hue, getting into just the hints of dark chestnut brown. Creamy head, very tiny bubbles inside with about two fingers off the pour and lacing nicely. A simple solid looking ale, I do like this amber hue, it looks a little unique.

Nose is a faint sweet malt, and sweet hop front. Aromatic and citrusy, with a mix of pine and orange. Hints of juice, and creamy character seem to be coming. A little dank sense hides in the back. Varied. I am diggin this.

First sip is a surprise. A giant quick malt rush, when does malt ever RUSH? Then the hops come forward and hit large and diverse. Juicy fruit action followed with a mellow sugar turbanado brown sense. Afterfinish is quick and doesn't linger so much, but leave a good stinging pine. Borderline almost crisp, but there is just too much density. THere's this hinting biscuity crackly cookie sense also.

Overall, this a fun IPA, really enjoying the stuff from this brewery. It's also quite easy to drink and feels larger than it is. I am impressed.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I feel so ashamed! I received a box of CANned beers from msubulldog25 a while back, put them in the reefer to chill and then got bogged down with the school year and a backlog of bottles to the point that people were beginning to wonder what had happened to The CANQuest (TM). Not to worry! I am getting back on track.

From the CAN: "'Do what you CAN'"; "Ride your bike"; "Certified Carbon Neutral"; "Organic Pounder"; "Think-Drink-Smile-Recycle"; "Certified Organic by Oregon TILTH"; "World Class Beer, Sustainably"; "Drink Responsibly".

The Crack revealed yet another brimful CAN and it was time for an inverted Glug! I quickly had two fingers of dense tawny head with excellent retention. Nose smelled like a pine forest in the middle of winter - wintergreen, minty, resinous, cool and my mouth was watering in anticipation. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and I was suddenly involved in hand-to-hand combat with King Midas and Croesus to see who got the first sip! I won, thankfully, and the mouthfeel was medium with a more muted mintiness than the nose had led me to expect. It was still quite minty, though, and very refreshing, like having gargled with mouthwash. Finish was semi-dry and lingering with a minty aftertaste. Mmm.

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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 GJ40
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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 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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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 jmarsh123
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light gold with a good creamy finger of head leaving good lacing down the glass with some retention.

Smells a little juicy and citrus with some floral and pine scents as well.

Starts out with some floral hop character. Just a bit of bready caramel in the middle before finishes very dry with a good mix of pine and grapefruit.

Medium to light body with spot on carbonation.

Very nice IPA. Definitely hop forward, but all the hops are blended very well and no one characteristic stands out. Easy drinker and quite tasty.

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

650ml bottle poured into tulip mar14 2011

A hazy golden orange with just a few slowly raising bubbles that feed a thick off white head that just sits there leaving rings of lace well down the glass

S faint toffee with a little lime and other fruit, plenty of hops and just a hint of earthy flowery goodness

T a little pine I didn't smell with some pineapple and grapefruit on top of what I smell, tasty stuff

M thick and slick, no complaints here

D I took down the bomber pretty quick and could take down another if I had one

one of the better IPA's I've had in recent memory and a nice addition to the shelves here in Alberta

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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 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 jonboyd_md
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Squealer poured into tulip. Nice head that faded to a ring. So e lacing. A golden orange color with a slight haze. Smells like grapefruit and pineapple.Light bodied. Taste are very much the same as smelly with a bit of hoppy, resinous flavor at the end. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a giant mug

Pours slightly cloudy orange golden, medium head that fades fast and leaves a lot of lacing. Smell is impressive. It practically filled the room as soon as I popped the crack. Super floral hoppy, it just smells beautiful.

Taste is more muted and one sided, but still tasty. Bitter hops, floral hops, nice malty sweetness. Very nice beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light, a little sticky. Overall, quite good beer.

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

A very cloudy, dusty tan-yellow color with a thin but blanketing white foam skin on top and lots of lacing. The nose gets a solid hit of citrus hops and dusty cereal grain. Great blend with a malt backbone! The flavor is consistent with the aroma bringing sweet oat/rice grain with a sharp citrus-grass. I get oak malt and maybe a little evergreen. Real nice hop brew here with a medium-light body, a crisp feel thanks to a pretty delicate but effective carbonation. Hop heads will enjoy this very drinkable IPA. I loved it!

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Photo of mtrentm
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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 sam_bliss
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The HUB IPA fills my glass with copper clarity, evident carbonation, and impressive eggnog head. It smells leafy and then fruity. Peach scents are strong and berries come in underneath. Caramel and amber malts make up the mash, as far as my nose can tell. Needly bitterness dominates the highly fizzy mouth experience. Oily hops don't leave the roof as quickly as the liquid is swallowed. This is a little citric but less so than I expected and remembered from previous encounter with this beer. The taste suggests pale and pilsner malts as well, with very little sweetness other than that of the fruitiness. Apricots and underripe tropical fruits give this kick-ass taste-bud destroyer a bit of softness and some quality flavor. The lacing on my glass is not great but my dad had the other half of this 22-ouncer and his glass had magnificent foam rings up and down the sides. This one goes down smooth and need not be downed quickly. Quaff at a leisurely pace and enjoy every sip, gulp, slug, chug, and mouthful.

HUB IPA is super bitter but surprisingly pleasing because of the fruit tastes, presumably thanks to the yeast strain, and also owing to a malty character that stand far from center stage yet mellows the hops considerably.

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Hopworks IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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