Rise Up Red | Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Rise Up RedRise Up Red
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RedDiamond on 07-12-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
149
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
14.29%
 
 
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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Throwing aside the tired notion that amber ales should be malt-balanced with crystal and caramel malts, some brewers decide to go another direction. Strongly hopped and firmly malted, Hopworks shows how good American amber ales can be.

Deep russet red in color, the nearly maroon and mildly hazy beer builds a dense creamy head of off white, barley-stained head with tremendous retention and lace. Surprisingly, the early low carbonation yields very little foam character but the beer proves to be very creamy as it warms and generates more of a head and lace.

Firm malt aromas are not all caramel, but rather that of freshly kilned barley, bread crust, peanut brittle, and cola nuts. The complex malt and grain matrix provides the foundation for hop aromatics to shine. Grapefruit, pine, earth, grass, and citrus zest delivers a pithy scent that promises resin and zest.

The rich malt flavors do much the same for taste as it does for aroma. Crusted breads somewhat of crissant with buttered toast, toffee, cola, and brittle swirl to give impressions of Cracker Jacks candy with a hearty Grape Nuts earth character. Hoppy as hell with the resiny deliciousness of white grapefruit pith, orange zest, pine needles, and freshly muddled grasses; and then sappy resins in its bitter and dry taste to finish. The malts fall off substantially after the mid palate and allow the hops to dictate the finish much like IPA.

Medium bodied for most of the session, the full creaminess of stubbornly dissolved carbonation slowly releases and keeps the beer expansive and bready. Only late in the finish do the malts waiver and allow the dryness of piney hops, minty alcohol, and dry malt to conclude the beer in semi-dry fashion.

The highly drinkable ale reminds me of a less sweet and drier malt version of Rogue's Dead Guy Ale. But with a more confident hop balance, this beer steers away from sweeter palates and gains favor with hop heads.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by a tightly bubbled ecru head; nice retention and lacing

Smell: Balanced aromatics with caramel/fruity/biscuity malts and robust piney hops

Taste: The malts appear first and are almost like what you would expect from an ESB, with fruit and biscuity flavors enhanced by a bit of caramel; by mid-palate, the piney hops assert themselves aggressively and linger in the finish along with the malts, in a very balanced fashion

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am not the biggest fan of ambers but this one is quite good in that it has an interesting malt bill and adequate hop balance to keep the hop heads happy

Thanks, kemoarps, for the opportunity

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, very 'Red Dawn' reminiscent imagery on the label.

This beer pours a moderately hazy, medium copper amber hue, with two solid fingers of puffy, bubbly, and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a consistent wash of dripping painted lace around the glass as it evenly settles.

It smells of creamy caramel malt, a bit of Toffifay, rather pleasant orange, grapefruit, and lime citrus notes, a spearmint spiciness, a touch of dark fruit sweetness, and further leafy, earthy hops. The taste is moderately sweet caramel/toffee malt, consistently assertive pine needle and citrus rind bitterness, musty tea, indistinct savoury spices, aided and abetted all by some herbal organics of the same nature (yeah, I don't know what that means either).

The carbonation is just a bit on the low and sly side, and kind of ethereally frothy, the body a slim medium weight, and decently smooth, given that meddling fracas of hop astringency. It finishes more sweet than otherwise, but not off-puttingly so - the base malt and over-reaching hops coming to a particularly modest detente.

I may have been inferring that Rise-Up Red is something akin to a DIPA, but no, this is actually just a pleasant amber ale, one subjected to the whims of a West Coast hop treatment - the extremities otherwise unknown in this style are suddenly here in spades, and enjoyable in their game-bringing. While not an Imperial Red (I do like the sound of that), given the restrained ABV, everything else points to yes - as in, yes, more please.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Lightly roasted caramel grain malts aroma with a light citrus hops also coming through.

Full light roasted caramel malts taste with some hops backbone gives this beer a nice blend of the two.

A dryish aftertaste that keeps a light roasted malts hanging around with this medium bodied beer.

Pretty good stuff, sort of like Sam Adams Boston Lager meets west coast hops with good success.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland, OR) on 9/4/11. Served in a mug.

Pours a clear amber, with a ½ finger of off-white head. This retains with a rich foamy creaminess, which leaves back a sudsy cascade of lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells freshly flora, piney, and spicy, set against a backdrop of juicy grapefruit and some deep underlying sweet caramel malt, which combine to give this a rich hoppy twang. Man, this is dry and flavorful in the nose, with a perfect Pacific Northwest feel to it.

The taste continues this and is quite assertive on the palate, with a lot of bitter grapefruit and sticky resins. I mean the hop flavors are just full-on here, but are tamed a bit by a sticky backbone of sweet caramel and toasted malt. The overall profile definitely puts the hops at the forefront here though, with an aggressive finish of dry pine and spice that coats the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with sharp and prickly feel to the carbonation that matches up well with all of that hoppiness, but then some underlying slickness does help keep this more smooth and slick feeling in the long-run.

I tried this since it was recommended to me by a local the previous night and I’m glad I listened! This was a fantastic American Amber, with just the type of awesome West Coast hop presence to it that I had been craving and it packed a ton of well balanced flavor into its sub 6% body. Man, this really hit the spot and is one of the best types of the style that I’ve had in a while.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly hazy reddish orange color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice thick cap that lingers. Some good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, caramel, orange, toast, pine, herbal, floral, and earthiness. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance; quite a bit of sweetness, a little bit stale feeling. Taste of grapefruit, caramel, toast, biscuit, pine, floral, orange, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, pine, toast, bread, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of sweetness/bitterness; with a good overall balance and complexity of flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good red ale. Nice hoppy flavor with good malt balance; very smooth to drink. Nicely enjoyable offering. Questioning the age of this though.

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Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a reddish mahogany color with an active, off-white head filling the top inch of the glass.

The aroma has a juicy citrus flavor to it with some notes of pineapple and grapefruit coming through. Some malty sweetness compliments the juicy hoppiness very nicely. Pretty nice hoppy aroma overall.

The taste shows a very nice hoppiness to it throughout the flavor. I get a mix of resiny, bitter, grapefruit like hoppiness and juicy, fruitier, pineapple like hoppiness to it. The malt doesn't add a lot of distinguishing flavors, but are evident in the sweetness coming in more towards the finish. Very easy drinking and flavorful beer.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty nice beer. It had some nice hoppy flavors to it and was definitely an easy drinker. My only criticism is that it felt a little light at times. Pretty nice beer overall though.

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Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A wonderful red IPA. There are lighter floral, juicy, and grapefruit notes in the aroma along with a serving of caramel. The flavor also hit peachy notes before the spicier grapefruit and citrus rind kick in. Then there's a fantastic dry bitter finish. Great example of the style, reminds me of Surly Furious and Troegs Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark coppery amber with the appropriate red tint; fine one finger off-white head with great retention a lots of lacing. Aroma of biscuit, slightly bready malt, citrus and light pine hops, light spicy fruits. Flavor is nice biscuit and bready malt, light citrus and pine hops, citrus juice, grapefruit. Finishes with grapefruit and grassy hops. Medium bodied with decent carbonation in the mouth feel. A nicely balanced, fruit juicy red ale that is not that hop forward, but has a nice lingering citrus hop finish. Slightly sweet and a bit citrus forward, but well done.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rb

Pounder can picked up tonight at the COOP... Enjoyed at the wife's office... Pours a clear glowing amber with a great off white head that leaves great lacing. Not as bitter as I expected, but a very balanced hoppiness perfumes the aroma and flavor with PNW hops and is tempered by a biscuity-dry toast maltiness that is surprisingly dry given the malty complexity... Very drinkable with a light/medium body and standard bubble.

3.75/4/3.75/4/4

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper pour with average head, but more than average lacing. Light malt, toffee aroma. Not the hoppiness you would expect from a pale ale. Taste is more malt, some caramel, mildly sweet, but not hoppy at all. Very close to an amber or brown ale.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5/1/2012

A: Reddish orange with a finger of beige froth. Nice head retention and some scattered lacing.

S: Strong caramel presence in the nose with lots of earth. Bready malt blends with grapefruit and a little pine.

T: Sweet bready malt with caramel. Very smooth and lightly metallic. There's a low earthy bitterness with restrained pine and grapefruit.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and sticky.

Overall: A pretty good Red, though maltier than I prefer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a 22 with a couple of friends. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a nice, semi cloudy reddish-amber with a half inch of slightly off-white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was nicely malty with a strong hop presence. The flavor was a bit of malt and a mostly hop profile. Pretty much this is a red IPA with a bit more body.

The body was a bit thinner than I prefer for the style listed, but still OK. Drinkability was very good, if this were on tap near me I'd certainly have it as a regular. Overall, a very nice brew, worth seeking out.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 6/9/11

A clear reddish amber with a three finger cream colored head that quickly falls to a thin film that leaves only a couple random patches of lace

S some caramel to go with loads of leafy and citric hops

T mimics the smell quite well with some grapefruit rind and pine I didn't smell, I like the combo of earthy citrus with a little sweetness pretty tasty stuff

M medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation, leaves a little behind without turning your mouth to sandpaper

O pretty solid stuff going on here, if you like a hopped up Red Ale this one will work for ya

when in doubt add a shitload of hops and there you have it, I don't like paying 8$ a bottle but this one was worth it, try it if you get the chance

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Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper colour with a smooth, off-white head. Fair head retention. Good lacing.

A bit of sweet malt with some mild resinous hop aroma. A little fruity.

Crisp piney hops with a small dose of caramel malts. Fine if unexceptional.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent red ale that fails to do anything spectacular. It's still very nice to drink.

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Photo of ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass, Rise-Up Red is pale, ruddy caramel with a fluffy light tan head that leaves foamy lace.

Smell is resinous hops, pine forest and cedar, minty well.

Taste is full and satisfying, with the hop flavor dominating the clean, cracker flavored malt. More citrus in the flavor, with moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, dry, oily.

Drinkability is very good. Great amber ale, full flavored but smooth, well hopped for the local palate. Get it while it's fresh.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale amber with a web of tan froth.
Floral and waxy lemon Cascade nose with some sour caramel.
Salted toffee, a big whack of crystal malt, and then pine sap, orange rind, and nectar hops.
Caramel comeback and bitter linger.
Light, slightly clingy, metallic.

A bit thin, the hops barely hold up, and it’s too strong to session. Still, I do believe the 60 IBUs, and it’s flavorful enough to hold your interest if you do stick with it. Works as a substitute for dull IPAs.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a dark coppery golden with a thick, yellow-beige head. Rich, malty aroma has a spicy undertone. Mouth-filling malty flavor has tones of cloves and fruit as well as hints of caramel and hops. Smooth, fizzy texture leaves behind a fruity finish.

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Photo of jera1350
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber color from a can. Thick cap of foam that reduces down to a ring with some lacing.

The nose is on the lighter side and tends to be a bit more malty than hoppy. There is a nice little pine hop presence in there.

Malty, a little caramel, mild bitterness, pine needle, earthy and a little bit of toast and nuts. More of the pine in the finish.

Very soft and smooth feel. Drier finishing.

Good beer overall. Nice drinking red with a little boost in the hop department. I like that it's organic and convenient in a can.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another gem from my western BA partner.

A - Pours a nice dark amber colour with a slight haze, finger of head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet citurs hops, lemon iced tea and caramel apple.

T - The leafy citrus hops come through off the top followed by bold caramel and toffee flavours. Surprisingly intense, but extremely well balanced. Probably one of the best examples of the style I've had to date.

M - Medium bodied, but velvety smooth going down and nice and wet on the finish.

O - I really enjoyed this one. Typically, the red ale is nothing mind blowing, but if all red ales tasted like this, then the style would probably "Rise Up" in popularity. Do yourself a favour and grab a bottle.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a snifter. Copper color, almost transparent held up to the light with a half inch of white head.

S - Smells like a handfull of hops. Sharp citrus with malty notes.

T - Initial watery taste, then the hops kicking in some bitterness and a slight malty sweetness. There does not seem to be any complexity, pretty one-sided and unbalanced by the bitter.

M - Crisp and bubbly. Light body and quick finish.

D - Not really excited about this beer. The nose and appearance were really good, but the taste was a let down. Not a great drink, but not bad either.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #66 (July 2012):

LOOK: Hazed reddish copper, great lacing

SMELL: Toasted bread, citrus rind, mint, hay, caramel, spice, figs, yeast

TASTE: Very smooth, creamy, toasted bread, hop bitterness, buckwheat honey, earthy, orange rind, nutmeg, evergreen, faint alcohol warmth, dried plums, peppery, grainy, semi-bitter finish

An all-around solid and very well-balanced American Red Ale with that PNW trademark lien to hops. Organic as well, which seems to be no longer a trend but perhaps a life-choice for some. Thankfully for them, they have beers like this. Great job on this one!

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Photo of Reidrover
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Capital Market Salem Dark amber. almost brown ale body, with a large frothy,bubbly tan head. Very hoppy aromas..mainlly resiny/piney Taste?..all hop all the time very bitter even for an APA..some berry fruitiness near the end. Ok on the palate nothing special though. Overall a very hoppy APA..probably an IPA in reality

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Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hoppy red ale that tasted like an Imperial Red without the high ABV. Lots of bitterness in the finish though the malt comes through with the midbody. Well crafted and very drinkable this brewery is impressing me with their commitment to quality and use of different grains

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Succulent, resinous aroma, sustained head retention, and assertive bittering with alt-like undertones contribute to a russet colored ale with an appealing wooden nuttiness. Turbid and zesty. Rise Up Red is further testimony to Hopworks resilience and reliability.

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