image of Laurelwood Imperial Workhorse Imperial IPA courtesy of our Flickr pageThe dining room table just got a bit more crowded as another Double / Imperial has joined the ranks. Earlier this year one of Portland's more beloved breweries celebrated their 10th Anniversary by doing what else, releasing a beer.

Suggested Guidelines by the Brewers Association

Imperial or Double India Pale Ales have intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. Alcohol content is medium-high to high and notably evident. They range from deep golden to medium copper in color. The style may use any variety of hops. Though the hop character is intense it’s balanced with complex alcohol flavors, moderate to high fruity esters and medium to high malt character. Hop character should be fresh and lively and should not be harsh in quality. The use of large amounts of hops may cause a degree of appropriate hop haze. Imperial or Double India Pale Ales have medium-high to full body. Diacetyl should not be perceived. The intention of this style of beer is to exhibit the fresh and bright character of hops. Oxidative character and aged character should not be present

Brewery Description *located on the back of the bottle.

In celebration of our 10 year anniversary, we wanted to brew a beer that spoke our brewery's history while rewarding our loyal fans with something unique. Imperial Workhorse get its inspiration from our classic Workhorse IPA. The imperial version takes the floral levels and exhibits the same characters that has made our IPAs sought by hopheads around the region. Cheers to the next 10 years!

9.5% ABV

image of Laurelwood Imperial Workhorse Imperial IPA courtesy of our Flickr page Out of its 22 ounce cocoon Imperial Workhorse pours deep orange with strong clarity that offers strong support for the over two inches of frothy, white, foam resting on the surface. Warming up this once prominent cap of white recedes leaving behind an obstinate, curtain of lace, that almost mirrors its former self, inside the glass.

Sniffing a short time later we detect notes of pine needles, grapefruit rinds, hints of fresh cut grass (almost floral), and bits of biscuit malt.

Not wanting to wait much longer, the next logical thing to do is take our first sip, which is rewarded by an initial wash of pine, toasted barley and citrus. As our taste buds recover a lingering of . Overall this beer feels medium to strong on the palate and there is a minor stickiness that is anticipated given the style.

image of Laurelwood Imperial Workhorse Imperial IPA courtesy of our Flickr page Overall Thoughts.
You Should Try This. Assuming that brewer Chad Kennedy decides to repeat this recipe next year you can expect to find this writer picking this up for personal consumption. If on the other hand you are one who has a bottle sitting in the fridge, drink it now! Food pairings abound we definitely suggest some sharp cheeses (cheddar, blue, jack, monterey, etc.) or grab a big-ol pile of bacon and put it into a sour dough BLT.

We apologize for the timing of this review, given that the beer was released back in April (2011) and more than likely is gone from the shelves. However, our tasting notes were collected during the third week in April and we couldn’t bear to keep our thoughts private.

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About the photos’ author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.

In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.

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