Ace Of Spades | Hopworks Urban Brewery

BA SCORE
92
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291 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
291
Reviews:
93
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
9.35%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass, thanks to psiweaver for the opportunity to try this generous extra via a recent trade. No freshness dating to be found and it appears to be filtered/no sediment in the bottle.

This brew appears a clear copper orange color with a finger of yellowish head. Lots of bubbles rise to the surface in support of the head which lasts with fairly decent retention. As the cap fades, it leaves a ring of lacing that droops forming a leggy pattern about the glass.

The aroma of this brew is quite fruity with hops. A little bit of a floral component mixed with some fusel alcohol and some citrus rind and herbal notes. Some caramel malt sweetness continues to accent and build up the fruity sweetness of this brew's scent as it warms. A light amount of grassy notes are evident across the back mixed with orange zest.

The taste is modestly bitter with some herbal hoppiness. A sharp spicy hop bite is present which mixes with the fusel alcohol before becoming mildly sweet across the back from a bit of residual sugars from what seems to be caramel malt. The aftertaste is grassy with hops, somewhat herbal and catty. At times it gets a little clingy with oils but it brings out some fruity rind flavors like orange and grapefruit. The alcohol is fusel in flavor across the back which exaggerates the bitterness of the hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Fairly decent representation of the style and well balanced across the board. A noticeable amount of maltiness provides some hints of sweetness that get crushed by the hoppy oils and bitterness. The 9% alcohol is felt throughout and not that hidden but it is enjoyable.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of mklisz
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a rich medium red orange amber. Nice color. Light head and lacing. Intense hop aroma with light fruit and malt. Pleasant medium body with sweet malt, grapefruit, light and dark fruit, a hint of caramel and like the aroma, intense floral hops. The base approaches a barley wine. Nice intense bitter aromatic hop finish. Well made and enjoyable. An absolute must buy each year.

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Photo of tempest
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man Hopworks is awesome. They're about the only organic brewery I've sampled that only happens to use organic ingredients.

Anyways, the beer holds a nice tall white and looks a clear amber. There's a big, floral bouquet of herbal citrus rind and lemon zest with mild toast, perfume and garden aromas. The flavor starts with a fresh-squeezed orange note and then dives into spicy, earthy (like a fresh root) tastes. There's a hint of citrus-flavored hard candy and leafy grassy notes. The finish is big and bitter, but doesn't knock out your palate completely. This brew does a great job of mixing fruit and natural hop flavors. Damn it's good.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden bronze with a white head, ring of retention, nice lace.

S: Lemon, citrus rind, tangerine and pine, cotton candy fruity esters and a little sponge toffee.

T: Lemon rind, tangerine, sponge toffee, pine, solid bitterness, candied pineapple.

M:Moderate body has a light residual sweetness, some hop acidity and a slightly drying alcohol finish.

D/O: Easy drinker for a DIPA of this strength, nice balance, well-crafted.

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Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewpub today.

The beer pours an amber orange color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get a considerable amount of green tobacco, pepper and citrus, coupled with some noticeable malt and alcohol. This smells as if it will be a good size DIPA, which of course it is. Flavors replicate the nose in this DIPA, with the beer showing a bit more sweet malt then I expected. The beer also has considerable bitterness in the finish, but the sweetness and noticeable alcohol detract just a bit from the beer's drinkability.

While this is an impressive DIPA, I have to confess that I preferred the regular IPA offering. There's just a bit too much alcohol and sweet malt in this beer, which I think is a distraction. Still, this is a pretty impressive DIPA from this excellent brewery.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of HopHead84
3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

4/23/2010

Thanks! I've been looking forward to this one since it won gold at GABF in 2009. On the bottle I see "ORGANIC BEER" and "SUSTAINABLE" in bold typeface, yet sadly...no bottle date. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I don't care what you brew it with or how sustainable your process is if you don't respect the beer enough to bottle date it. ESPECIALLY an Imperial IPA. But, enough about my views on the importance of IPA freshness. Printing "ORGANIC" on the label is ostensibly more important than meaningless information like how long the beer has been sitting on the shelf. I feel so much better about myself after having read those words that temporal triviality is no longer a concern.

Poured from a bomber, the beer is dark orange with a frothy beige head, good retention, and minimal lacing. The beer displays good clarity.

In the nose I find perfumy pine, grapefruit rind, and orange pith. There is a pretty decent malt foundation that provides sweetness, reminds me of caramel, and lends a candied quality to the citrus. Alcohol is evident but it's neither detracting nor distracting in the aroma. The beer smells awesome.

The taste exhibits vibrant hop flavors in the form of bitter grapefruit, orange pith, and pine resin. This is not a dry Imperial IPA, and the sweet malt is caramel in character. This has the makings of a good Imperial IPA flavor, if not for the ridiculous alcohol presence. The booze is overpowering, and that's not something that can be remedied with age because of the style. What you taste is what you get, and this is an alcohol bomb. This is the rare case where the beer drinks like one 2-3% higher in ABV. The underlying flavors are quite good, but the alcohol profile is brutal. The finish is a bestial onslaught of bitterness and alcohol burn. Ouch. The beer displays a moderate level of carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel.

I have difficulty believing this particular batch would have won gold at GABF. The hop aroma and taste are great, but the alcohol in the flavor is monolithic and distracting. I'm working my way through the first small tulip and I can already tell that this will be a bit of a chore to finish.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 Erik-P
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip april18 2011

A clear deep amber with a couple random bubbles popping up from random places, just a short lived film for a head though and no lace left behind

S big citric hops with some guava, a little toffee and some booze

T lots of rind and a little more booze then I could smell, caramels come out a little more and there's some pine I couldn't smell, pretty nice tasting DIPA

M full bodied for the color and there's more carbonation then what was visible in the glass, slightly sticky on the lips with a big bitter bite and a aftertaste that lingers for a long time

O no real issues with this brew, quite the hop bomb going on here the booze could be better concealed but the heats not unpleasant just noticeable

looks can be deceiving, doesn't look that great but I don't taste with my eyes, pretty expensive here in Alberta at 14$ for a bomber but that being said I'm not upset I bought one

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light amber color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Plenty of citrus, pine and floral notes here, an Earthy nose too

T: Pine, floral and grapefruit, lighter orange peel, booze is a kicker, Earthy

M: Pretty warm, just right on bitterness for me, balanced

D: After having another brewsky before prior this beer put a hurt on me.

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Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this brew! Thanks Elliot!

poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: Golden orange bodied beer almost getting to an amber color. 2 fingers of white head that drops down quickly.

Smell: This beer smells of super potent pine and grapefruit hops. Smells really resinous.

Taste: This beer is a hop monster! High end of moderately bitter almost tipping the scales at high bitterness. Brutually big pine, grapefruit rind and more citrisy flavors. You dont get much from the malts in this beer the hops just overtake everything. The bitterness just lingers around for quite a while after taking a sip!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer is oily and resinous, but has a dry finish to it. ABV is hidden well.

Overall: If you are new to hops stay away. This beer will destroy you... For a true dedicated hophead that likes a big bitter hoppy beer that gets down to business fast... its a good choice. Its a hoppy palate wrecker!

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Photo of greenspointexas
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ace Of Spades from Hopworks Urban Brewery
4.17 out of 5 based on 291 ratings.
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