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Ace Of Spades | Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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93 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Oregon, United States
hopworksbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Docer on 08-26-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
290
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
9.35%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
27
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 290
Reviews by HopChef44:
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome orange appearance with over an inch of head. Aroma seemed to drop a lot of amarillo and simcoe on us. Again, very nice.

Taste was very adept at hiding alcohol, format isn't convenient as is the price per ounce, but its a really good beer. Hits all kinds of hop flavors in terms of pine and citrus (orange). One of the older beers that was before the Citra hop killed everything. Very sexy.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: Deep golden amber, crystal clear. Super fluffy white white with good retention and has a pretty good cling of lace.

Aromatics: Bright and tart full of citrus fruits (grapefruit and lemon) with floral and pine holding hands and chatting up the sweet caramel and toasted biscuits that join the party a little later on.

Taste: I'll say right up front I was not expecting the complexity in the flavours given the 100+ IBU. The flavours are packed full but incredibly well blended. I'm fairly use to getting the raw earth and pine, but this one actually starts more in the fruits, and the only really resin and dirt bitter comes near the end. The grapefruit and orange peel flavours stand out nicely but are joined by bitter-sweet maltiness and something I can only describe as roasted blackberries (even though I have no idea what roasted blackberries taste like - that is the aesthical flavour I get). I love the gentle sweetness in the middle - almost like a mango or apricot it's subtle and weens into the bitter hops very smoothly with no hints of an alcohol residue.

Feel: I'd say its a solid middleweight maybe even voluptuous (jellikit said think Jenny McCarthy - I'd say think Anna Nicole Smith), at times it feels like a de-pulped smootie soft and smooth with all the right waves. It has a brightness and fluidity like warmed honey and is bold and clean. Fairly good retention of carbonation keeps it crisp as it washes over the palate. Finishes warm and clean.

Overall: A stupendous IPA. I haven't found too many IPAs over 75 IBU that are not hop heavy, but these guys did a tremendous job of giving the full hop flavors without an overly dirt and pine bitter. It's flavour profile for an IPA is top notch in my opinion.

Pairing: With taste this bold you almost don't want to try and combine it with anything. But given its robust nature I'd stick to light-medium and go with the organic theme - Grilled/BBQ'd summer veggie kabobs, or a open fire pizza/flatbread with fresh basil, tomatoes, mushrooms, red onion, and squash or bell pepper top with feta cheese crumbles, and maybe a splash of garlic infused olive oil on top.

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Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinkin this beer in celebration of JV's no hitter!Poured into an imperial pint glass a lighter shade of bronze with a thinner white head atop,big hop oils in the nose,very green citrcic qualities,piney and pithy it exudes hops.Its not a hop onslaught but more of a melding of hop flavors,citric and pithy mixed with some booze and overripe tropical fruit.Although the booze is noticable its still quaffable and not to sweet,a top notch beer of the style.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

Hop-hazed pale amber, it's not lacking head retention, that's for sure. Ruby red grapefruit and blood orange rind from the hops; alcohol shows some fruit and malt shows caramel, making for an awesome aroma. What you smell is what you taste, but add in a heavy hand of bitterness. Tobacco and leather. A scraping bitterness that's fresh and pungent. Alcohol warms and lends a tropical fruit flavor. Bitter end with some trace maltiness. This beer is brewed to style and pulls no punches. Superb.

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Photo of FadetoBock
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of getinked
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of aquazr1
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a white head. Some residual lacing in the glass. Nose is pine and citrus. Tastes is well balanced if slightly sweet from the malts.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

Sampled at a tasting. Clean golden pale pour with a small white head. Smells of honey, grapefruit and tropical fruits. Crisp and refreshing, with taste notes that include grapefruit, pine and some tropical fruits.

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Photo of innominat
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Kasabuske
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If this ain't becoming one of my favorite breweries in the world. . .

Big orange pour, looks great, perfect 1.5 finger head gets all clumpy. Aroma was so great, as close to perfect as one can get, amarillo, maybe summit and simcoe as well throughout. Big pine and citrus all over the place, nose, palate etc. . ..

Same with the taste, on par with anything from the all time greats just about. Hid the alcohol extremely well. Was so refreshing every drink, I found myself quite under the influence after this one. Chased it with a Pliny. Would trade Pliny for this since its almost twice as expensive. I really loved this beer, the keg of it was crushed at Hopfest, just as good if not better than the bottle version.

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Photo of jpbebeau
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of kevwcamp
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WaydeRafnel
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of RockHopHead
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of switzer
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, black and white poker imagery. I feel like I've been in a casino indeed, after having shelled out close to 15 bones for this bottle alone. Sing it, Lemmy!

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with one finger of densely foamy, rocky, and bubbly ecru head, which settles at a slow, even pace, rendering a jagged island profile of lace around the glass in its briefly mourned wake.

It smells of zippy grapefruit and orange peel, juicy tropical fruit, pine resin, and muted sweet caramel malt. The taste is more sweet caramel/toffee malt, bitter domestic and exotic fruity citrus (ok, grapefruit, orange, lime, kiwi, pineapple, and gooseberry - is that enough?), mild chalky notes, a musty, somewhat dirty hippie earthiness, and some edgy, bristling warming alcohol.

The carbonation is on the low side, just a plain and able frothiness prevailing, the body medium-heavy in weight, smooth and a tad sugary. It finishes still malty sweet, joined by a sturdy complement of leafy citrus bitterness, and rising alcohol heat.

A decent and well-rendered west-coast DIPA, lots of the usual you know what, and whatzit, and all, with a certain, well, green-ish character. The organics, maybe? Sure, but how would this particular northern carnivore really know? Certainly worth it for the flavour, but not the dear shelf sticker, I'm afraid.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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Ace Of Spades from Hopworks Urban Brewery
4.17 out of 5 based on 290 ratings.
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