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Hopworks Belgian-Style Apple Ale


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 8   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Our Organic Belgian-Style Apple Ale, from Hopworks Urban Brewing, is a fantastic blend of a classic Belgian ale and organic apple juice sourced from Oregon and Washington organic apples. Sharp flavors of apple are balanced by lovely floral aromas. A subtle wheat malt body gives way to a refreshing, effervescent finish.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (9930) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2014
Keg at Hopworks Urban Brewery, 08/11/14. Clear golden with a decent off white covering. Nose is light yeast esters, spice, apple orchard notes, straw. Taste comprises apple pulp, straw, hint of citric peel, yeasty, caramel. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok for style, drinkable enough stuff.

1.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
jgb9348 (4848) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Clear golden and very light copper coloured body with the slightest orange glow and a fast-dying super thin head - this looks more like a cider than a beer. Aroma of apples, light malt, sour brett and a little bit of citrus. Light-bodied; Sharp bitter apple flavour at first with a touch of malt, light spices, alcohol and a lot of metallic notes with no depth, no complexity and no smooth flavours. Aftertaste is simple and undefined with a little more of the same tastes - bitterness, a touch of apples and no complexity. Overall, not such a great beer - missing from all sides and not worth trying - especially from across the country. I sampled this 65 cL gold-wax topped bottle purchased from Made in Oregon (Pioneer Place) in Portland, Oregon on 13-April-2013 for US$9.95 sampled at home in Washington on 18-November-2013.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pdx77 (1443) - Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2013
From bottle at Portland Cheers to Belgian Beers festival 2013. Light golden color. Aroma is sparkling apple juice; really nice. Taste has only hint of apple over a pale malt profile with a hint of yeast flavor. Fizzy effervescence on finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cory (350) - , California, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle. Aroma of apple and a little astringent, the taste is sour but not overly so. Light and short through the palate, and is a very light yellow in appearance. What I appreciate about this beer it that while having characteristics of fruit it is still a nice light beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11512) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Bomber from Made in Oregon. 5.8% ABV. 8 IBU. Pours lightly hazy pale gold with a slight white head. Aroma is rather earthy/Belgian. Light fruit esters. Med body. Flavor is arguably a bit of apple, a good bit earthy, and Belgian yeast/spice/esters. Itís dry. It finishes that way. Itís far from bitter, but the apple sort of goes earthy sour a little bit, so it has an effect of more hop bitter. Or something silly like that. Thereís a lot of flavor, and the apple backdrop keeps coming forward. This might be a beer for those who like tart/sour. It isnít exactly that, but it seems that way. Very different and challenging in its way.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alphadelic (1763) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Cloudy yellow. Maybe the tiniest hint of apple in there. Same in the mouth but with a beautifully potent chimay bread crust finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (5025) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2011
First Annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival Ė Portland, OR
Golden in color, hazy with a thin head. Light yeast and apple aroma and flavor. This was easy drinking summer time beer and very dry in the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boFNjackson (4171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Tap @ Baileyís Taproom... Poured faint, golden with a thin white head. Dry, fizzy palate with strong malted grains, a little bit of yeast and esters. Finished with a strong apple note.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3178) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 20, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2009 On tap at the Green Dragon, PDX. Aroma scares me a little. Iím too drunk to remember that I donít like apple beers and just go for the "Belgian" amidst a sea of non-belgian brewing tradition. Itís a little brazen, with some calvados alcohol, and a nip of spice. Rubbery. Aldehyde starts to show. Pours a very clear, opalescent pale yellow, with minimal head. Flavor is brash, but curt and lightly tart in a way thatís drinkable. Eventually, this isnít hard to pull down and instead has a very airy, perfumed apple character that runs somewhere along cider, fresh juice, and a snap of vinegar. Fresh-tasting. I stumble off into the Portland night with a belly full of apple/aldehyde burps and trek across the Willamette. Fair enough.


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