Monday, January 23, 2012

HUB (Hopworks Urban Brewery) Hopworks IPA

Type: IPA
Origin: Portland, OR
Price: $3.99/22 oz
ABV: 6.6%
NSP: 10.75 (unscaled)

Beer #7 of the BeerPlow. The bottle says "Ride Your Bike". Ah, Portland. I like the vaguely communist-era, Rage Against the Machine-looking label style. It definitely makes it pop on the shelf.

This is the only Pacific Northwest non-imperial (more on that later) IPA I had with a nose that's as robust as a San Diego IPA. But it only lingers for a few moments right after the initial pour. It fades quickly to a pretty muted pininess, leaving me wishing it had stuck around longer because it was pretty nice.

The first shot on the palate raised my expectations that this might be a standout, with a good malt balance and nice sharp bitterness. But after a few seconds, I got a metallic flavor that knocked everything askew. And it never quite recovered the initial balance, with the malt fading quickly and the hops lingering for a long time with the metal accent on the side. Out of all of the IPAs I had in Portland, this is the only one that had the same hop muscle of the bigger San Diego IPAs, and a cleaner finish and better balance could put it on the top shelf.

1 comment:


    Whole foods is COR-POR-RATE!!