Portland, Oregon–Today is the release date for 22-ounce bottles of Laurelwood Brewpub‘s beloved Workhorse IPA. The floridly hopped piney and citrusy golden-amber-bodied ale received national recognition last year when in beat out 63 other nationwide entries to win the Second Annual Nation IPA Competition. According to Laurelwood brewmaster Chad Kennedy:
“Workhorse is a true West Coast IPA, featuring over-the-top hop flavor and aroma. Three separate dry hop additions in the fermenter make this one of our hoppiest beers to date.”
The 7.5% ABV brew with 80 IBUs sets the precedent for what a Northwest India Pale Ale should be winning over the hearts and palates of beer lovers around the Pacific Northwest. You may remember back in June of 2006 when the beer won a blind tasting at Laurelwood Pizza and Pub known as Laurelwood’s Intramural Dream IPA Contest, decidedly making it the brewery’s preferred hoppy offering by local pub goers.
Laurelwood general manager Micah Bell had this to say of the Workhorse:
“I’m pleased to let everyone know that we will be bottling Workhorse IPA (this) morning. It should be hitting the shelves in Oregon and Washington shortly after that. Workhorse is a true West Coast IPA, featuring an aggressive yet balanced flavor and aroma. Winner of the National IPA Competition in 2009, this robust ale showcases a true character of Northwest brewing and hops. Ringing in at 7.5% Alc. by Vol. and nearly 80 IBUs, Workhorse has been a house favorite since it’s creation in 2007.”