Review: Rise-Up Red, Hopworks

Rise-Up Red
Hopworks Urban Brewery — Portland, OR

  • Style:  Northwest Red Ale
  • Bitterness:  60 IBU
  • ABV: 5.8% ABV
  • Malts:  Not provided
  • Hops:  Magnum, Cascade, Centennial
  • Sampled: 22 oz. bottle  (provided by brewery)
  • Price:  $4.75 at brewery ($15.55 six-pack equivalent)

Description:  "This full-bodied NW Red ale is mahogany smooth and hopped to the rafters with locally grown Cascade and Centennial hops.  Rise up and get down!"  — Hopworks Urban Brewery Inc.

Random thoughts:   This beer, Hopworks' spring seasonal release, won a Gold Medal at the 2009 Great American Beer Fest (American Red Ale category).  Pretty darn impressive!  Hopworks' other spring seasonal, Ace of Spades, is an Imperial IPA.  I have a bottle of Ace resting in my fridge and will be tasting it soon!  Both beers happen to be organic.

The tasting:  Orange-red in color, murky, with a white head that slowly transformed into lacing on the glass.  Aroma full of grapefruit and pine.  Flavor is chock full 'o grapefruit!  Pine, caramel malt, and bready malt also comes through.  Rise-Up Red is light to medium bodied and lightly carbonated.  Mid-taste, the citrus hop bitterness kicks into high gear and provides a resinous mouth feel.  The alcohol isn't very noticeable amidst the other flavors.  It finishes with sweet malt—and of course, grapefruit hop bitterness.  I didn't find this to be a balanced beer—it's hoppy!  But that's what you'd expect of a "Northwest" red, isn't it?  

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again!   I like red ales and Rise-Up was my first with the "NW" spin.  My wife is a also big fan of reds, but its hoppy bitterness was too much for her palate.  I'll just buy the "non-NW" reds for her from now on.

Have you tried Rise-Up Red or any other Hopworks beers?

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