Hopworks Urban Brewery: Rise-Up Red

Hopworks Urban Brewery: Rise-Up Red

A guest blog post by Matt Anderson. You can follow Matt on Twitter @supermatt28.

Normally when I think of Oregon I only have bad memories. My first car trip through the state I got a flat in the middle of nowhere and the car was stranded for the weekend with that flat. However, the breweries I have been writing reviews about have worked to change my feeling toward Oregon, and this beer is no exception. Due to a recent post about organic chocolate on linkedin.com by fellow writer Mike Smith, along with the admission that the word “organic” on my food scares me, I decided to venture out and try an organic beer. To be honest, my expectations were not very high. I also decided to pick a lighter ale than I normally choose for myself.

As the title suggests, I went with a red-ale. Rise-Up Red is a NW Red Ale that is “hopped to the rafters with locally grown Cascade and Centennial hops,” according to the bottle. I love hops (to be honest I love most things that go in beer), and a beautifully hopped ale is just what I wanted to drink! This beer has an IBU rating of 60, my fellow brewbeat writer Bill Fishburn just informed me that the human tongue can’t distinguish IBU above 100, so this beer is going to feel more bitter on the palate.  If you like IPA’s you will love this beer. It also has an abv of 5.8% so, it is a little safer to drink out of the 1 pint 6 oz. bottle I bought.

My first smell and taste of this beer hinted, hinted is an understatement here really; perhaps, screamed is a better word…this beer screamed hops. The scream begins in the bouquet which contains the floral aroma of hops. The initial sip, especially with the head remaining on top, overwhelms the palate with the bitterness of hops. Once your senses return, there is a smell and taste that I liken to scotch or whiskey, a warm malt flavor. It is ever so faint and in the background, however, it balances out the hop flavor of this ale nicely.

As you can see, I used an English style Pub glass to drink this beer. I chose this glass because it is still on the darker side, and the English Pub glass is designed to enhance darker ales. However, a normal pub glass, or craft pub glass, will also serve just as well. There is no need for any super specialized beer glass with this ale, which is not to say that it is not a special ale.

Over All-Rating: 8.25

Approachability (for new comers): 6

Flavor: 8

Pour/head: 9

Bouquet: 10

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