Hopworks Urban Brewery

BEER AVG
3.85/5
Hopworks Urban BreweryHopworks Urban Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2944 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, Oregon, 97202
United States

(503) 232-4677 | map
hopworksbeer.com

Notes:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am – 12:00am

Happy Hour: 3:00pm - 5:30pm daily

Added by John_M on 10-15-2007

BEER STATS
Beers:
77
Ratings:
3,036
Reviews:
1,005
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Ratings:
140
Reviews:
57
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
5.49%
 
 
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Photo of bitterthebetter
2.66/5  rDev -36.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I had heard lots of good things, so finally made it down to the brewpub. Went on a Friday around 6 or so and sure enough the place was hopping. Only problem was they had open tables upstairs, but not enough staff (how can you not find servers on a Friday night) so had to stand huddled with my 3 other friends near the door. Went for the IPA first, and it was all grapefruit, caramel, and a 3 second finish. It left me wondering what IPA won the medals cause it certainly wasnt mine. It was far too basic and had no balance or finish. I went for the 7 grain stout next, cause that sounded like a big, beefy delicious stout, but once again was vastly let down by a light bodied, slightly dry stout without music of a finish (again) It was ok, but nowhere near as complex or big as I had hoped. Tried one more beer which was the pale, which tasted like fried chicken that has been sitting in a box losing its heat for 10 minutes. Needless to say I sent it back, closed my tab, and left wondering if I had gone to the right brewery, because the beers were all completely forgettable, and in Oregon, there is just too much out there that is way better. Don't believe the hype

Laurelwood offers a much better consistent quality and variety of beer, so if you must drink orgainc in Portland, go for Laurelwood or Roots

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Photo of BeerMeDrD
3.05/5  rDev -27.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of SweetReverend
3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of SmokingWood
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Photo of AnchorsAndAxes
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

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3.32/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Geeks_who_drink
3.44/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

We went to Hopworks in hopes to sample their IPAs. What left a bad taste in our mouth before we even got to said beer, was the fact that we couldnt just sample thier 5 IPAs. In fact, in order for us to try the beers we wanted, we had to buy the 15 beer sampler! So, basically we had to get 10 other beers that we had little interest in trying. However,i did end up liking their ESB on nitro, but it didn't blow me away. We thought we would love their Mosaic IPA, but it fell flat. I guess I wanted more flavor, more hoppy "punch". Sadly, for us, none of the IPAs managed to wow us. I doubt we will visit again, when there are so many great breweries nearby. I have to put this brewery in the same category as I do with Rogue... the "chain" craft brewery, that has plenty of options for it's customers, just nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A decent place to visit. Atmosphere was pretty generic / sportsbarish, with an obvious bicycling theme going on. I don't know who's idea it was to combine beer and bike, but to me, those are two things that just don't belong together by any means. "Don't drink and drive," the sign says. Yeah, well, you can still get a DUI for riding a bike drunk, FYI.

Anyway, there was quite an array of house beers to choose from, although really only two or three stood out as particularly good to me, the best clearly being the vintage barrel-aged barleywine. Comfort foods on the menu for the most part, but all good. Service was decent and prices were pretty friendly all over. A nice place, but I'd be fine skipping it on my next visit to the fine city of Portland.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of loverofthecraft
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of schroeder1200
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Jodi215
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Last time we were here which was about three years ago they were making their own soy cheese for their vegan pizzas. It was the best soy cheese I'd ever had so I was really looking forward to having it again. They no longer make their own cheese, they use daiya now so I had soup and salad. Very disappointing. The soup was good but just didn't make up for the great pizza I thought I was going to have. Atmosphere here is nice, bicycle themed with lots of wood and copper top tables. A little worn looking but comfortable. Very family friendly and not real noisy so that was a plus. Quality was okay. Service was a little slow and not outwardly friendly. Could be better. Beer selection was very good. They do have quite a few vegan selections which I always look for.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of mklisz
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of cstapp
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of SeeingMeansMore
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of squaremile
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Hopworks is a regular destination for me but it sure isn't a perfect place. First, the beers are incredible. I have Crosstown Pale as a 5.0 beer on here, and the IPA is also world class. Everything else are good beers for their styles, but being more of an extreme drinker, the selection bores me a bit. The food quality is great but every single time I have ordered dinner, something has come out wrong (and I am anything but a picky food guy). I also had a problem with their policy of bringing in any size bottle you want and they will fill it. Well OK so I brought in a few flip top 32oz bottles and the person complained the entire time about filling them and then did not know how to charge me for them. This happened with another bartender as well. Basically the beers are so good I keep going back.

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Photo of Mothergoose03
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

This was stop #17 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here early on a Saturday morning to try their beers as a kick-off to our Saturday version of our pub-crawl. The pub is situated in a storefront of a multi-story, modern building that looks like it has apartments above the brewery. The interior has a bicycling theme, and there is a long bar with some bar tables and stools that are separated from the larger dining area.

We ordered a flight of 10 beers out of the 15 that were available (there were also 3 Radlers or Ciders). All of the beers were brewed very well to their respective style, and all but two were well above average so that the 10 beers averaged out to a 3.8 out of a grading system with a 5.0 max score. (Any individual beer score above 4 is difficult to come by in our scoring, so this is a great score.) It was too early to eat, and only one person was at the time, but we didn’t even look at the menu, thus no food score is included in this review.

This was a great place to start our day, and definitely a place that we’d return to when we come back to Portland. This is a Must-Stop place.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

First of all I will give the disclaimer that before I came here I ate too much at the food cars on 12th. After finding a parking spot way in the back I stepped in to a very cool looking place full of woodwork with even a Hopworks vehicle outside. Place had a good vibe and also showed me how popular pro soccer is there. Bought a sampler and their beers were solid, although IPAs probably were the winner here... I seemed to detect hops in all their beers, even the stouts and porters. Wished that there were a few exclusive or barrel aged beers there, maybe I was there on the wrong day. As with other places in the city, I might visit again if there weren't so many other places to visit in the city and it weren't so far away. I definitely would recommend a first visit, just don't eat too much food at the food carts before you go.

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Photo of KDawg
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Hopworks isn't in the easiest part of SE Portland to get to. It's a bit out of the way, but definitely worth getting to.

Even on a saturday afternoon, there was a good amount of people here and most of the tables were filled. Thankfully my friends had grabbed a table here to begin with.

The HUB brews that I tried were pretty good. Nothing that blew me away, but very drinkable and enjoyable. The service was decent. Sometimes it was hard to find our own waiter, but it usually wasn't too hard to get a hold of a different server to get a beer or food.

The food itself was pretty damn good. I liked the pretzel that my friends got and the ancho lime chicken sandwich that I got was really good.

HUB's location makes it a bit harder to get to than other places in SE Portland. It's definitely on my return list, but not right at the top.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

A fairly standard brewpub - it seemed set up decently well for families. We were there at lunchtime on a weekday, so not sure that's the best time to judge vibe.

The beers were all quite good, though the IPAs stood out as being very solid NW IPAs. The variety included some mid-colored beers (winter warmers and amber offerings) as well, so not too bad overall. A little more breadth and depth would go a long way, but you probably won't go lacking for a style you can enjoy unless you really pigeonhole yourself. There were some really good beers, but nothing jumped out as top notch, which is fine.

The service was friendly, though just barely on the side of laid back. The food was tasty, but we had varying degrees of warmth to our party's meals. Hard to judge if this is a consistent thing or a one time thing with only one visit. I think this rating has the best chance for a bump on subsequent visits.

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Photo of oggg
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

We made a visit here based on a number of hot and cold recommendations on a Sunday afternoon.

The decor is is sorta Centipede/80s video arcade machine with recycling plant modern chic. Recycled kegs are split in half and made into planters. About a hundred bicycle midsections are lined up above the sleek long bar. One table is situated inside a room sized safe. A fire pit is also present. I like the decor overall. No complaints about service.

I had the sampler. The HUB lager was surprisingly good and hoppy. They were unconsconably out of the 7Grain Survival Stout -- no dark beers. I'd say the quality was a little better than average.

We had the cajun fries, which were pretty good.

Overall: I'd definitely come back to try the stout.

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Photo of jera1350
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Very large place with a cool biked theme decor. Great looking colors and logo.

Large variety of beers (12 I believe) with a varying range of styles. Tend to lean towards more of the hoppy styles. We did the sampler and all of the beers were all solid with my favorite being the 7 grain porter/stout with coffee. Service was very good and helpful.

Beer is available to go with some shirts and glasses available also. We did not try the food.

Good experience overall, but I don't feel like this place is a must visit in Portland. Not a bad choice though.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
3.94/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Dulcie and Aylwin's ongoing beer adventure. Slightly amazed that this is the first review on BA. Brunch at the Hedge House set us up nicely for a cultural contrast at the ultra-clean, ultra-modern eco-conscious Hopworks. Lots of groovy marketing here with logos and teeshirts and different glasses and so forth. In character with most Portland joints it is ridiculously easy to park at and is not crowded - although Sunday afternoon is probably not the peak time. We did note however the catering to the family as there appeared to be an entire area devoted to infants. Was there a children's beer menu? This seems to be a Portland theme: parents taking their infants to pubs so they can carry on their lives as if nothing has changed.

The area is rather industrial but the view from the balcony does gaze on the hills of Portland across the Willamette.

We did not try food, but sampled the IPA (quite strong at 6.9 %) and the Old Organic Ale (also quite strong). Unlike most establishments they do not do halves, which is a drag if you are doing a tour. Beer was good if not memorable.

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