Thursday, January 21, 2010

HopWorks Organic IPA

Hopworks Urban Brewery, or HUB as they like to refer to themselves, is Portland’s first Eco-Brewpub to offer all organic beers using local ingredients. Brewmaster Christian Ettinger has spent the past year and half constructing his “dream brewpub," which, I might add, is a sustainable building.

Organics can be tricky to pick out. I'm not against the principle, but something about the process really adds a funk to the taste that isn't always in regular brews. That being said, this IPA seems to stray clear of that danger or at least buries it in powerful hops. This is Hopworks signature ale. It has some serious hop presence and back end kick probably due to the excellent selection of hops they use: Amarillo, Centennial, and Cascade. Grain bill, which is all organic, includes Canadian Pilsner, German munich, and Caramunich. A little lemon in the aroma adds to the flavor. I do wish there was balance to round out the front end, but all in all, a well crafted ale.

IPA: ****

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