Beer Review: Hopworks Urban Brewery Powell IPA


Brewery: Hopworks Urban Brewery
Beer: Powell IPA
Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 6.4%
Character: Brewed with Cascade, Mosaic, Citra, and Chinook hops
Ratings: BeerAdvocate: 3.89/5 | Untappd: 3.74/5
Metal Connection: SUN OF THE SLEEPLESS – The Owl

BeerMetal Rating: 4.25/5

20-PowellIPA-WMFor many years I would see cans from this brewery at bottle shares around town, as at one point it seemed to be a brewery that the locals here in San Antonio really wanted tog e their hands on. I always remember seeing at least one HUB logo out there among the many beers brought to the share. Well Hopeworks Urban Brewery is now being sold here in TX, so we are getting a bunch of their different beers here now regularly, which is nice. I think they make some excellent beers. According to my Untappd, I first had a beer by this brewery back in 2013, and it was their Winter Seasonal beer, the Abominable Winter Ale. Then we jump to early 2020, when their beers were first hitting the taps here in S.A. I have had 3 different beers on tap, and now I am diving into my 5th beer by this Oregon brewery.

This is a 12oz can with a beautiful label. I just wish that they opted for the plastic wrap around the can instead on the printing directly on the can, but it still came out very nice. I just feel the wrap would have really made the artwork stand out even more. As you can see from the photo here, this can is mostly black with an orange and silver owl drawn as the label for this beer. As a can collector, this one was definitely one I wanted for my collection, so I purchased a single can from my local Spec’s Wine, Spirits & Finer Foods.

I poured this beer into an IPA glass. The appearance of this beer is a semi hazy golden pale color topped with a large white fluffy head. This one had great head retention throughout the session, leaving lines of lacing down the glass.

The aroma was pretty heavy on the melon. I picked up on Cantaloupe and honeydew mixed with some peach, lemon, slight strawberry, and some orange peel. There was a bit of a dank aroma, but it was well hidden behind all the fruit flavors. There is also some pale male characters blended in as well as a sugary sweetness.

The taste of this beer follows the aroma. The fruit flavors are up front and the main focus point here. Cantaloupe, honeydew, lemon, orange peel, and the slight hint of strawberry. The sugary sweetness and pale malts follow the fruit flavors. The bit of the dank flavor comes towards the end. The aftertaste is sugary sweet melon with a slight bit of dank.

The body was medium in thickness. The mouthfeel was sticky sweet and a velvety. medium to high carbonation. The finish was semi-dry.

As some people might call this style of IPA outdated or boring, this one is right up my alley. It’s a regular American India Pale Ale. What I really enjoyed about this one so much was that the website said in the description that melon and fruits were in the flavors of this beer, and they were. I love it when the beer gives what is promised. That is a key element for me when reviewing beer. So with that being said, I gave this one a great score of 4.25/5. I am definitely seeking out more cans of this beer, and hopefully when the local bars re-open, this one will be on tap at my favorite Craft Beer watering holes around town, as I will gladly down a few of these from the taps. I’m happy to have HUB available in my city.

SunOfTheSleeplessMetal Connection: The search criteria for a Metal song to pair with this beer was a no brainer. I really thought I would find more Metal songs about owls, but I only found just a handful of songs. I came across a band I had never heard before, which definitely happens since there are a countless amount of Metal bands around the world. No way have I heard them all. This is the band SUN OF THE SLEEPLESS, a one-man Black Metal band from Germany. The man behind this project is Ulf Theodore Schwadorf. His real name is Markus Stock, and he is also part of other projects like THE VISION BLEAK, NOEKK, EWIGHEIM, EUDAIMONY, EMPYRIUM and DEINONYCHUS. I have actually heard EMPYRIUM and DEINONYCHUS before, so I am familiar with his work. SUN OF THE SLEEPLESS was active from 1999-2005, then he brought the project back to life in 2014 and is currently still active. Within the active years this band has put out a couple of EP’s, some split albums, and only one full length album to date. in 2017, the full length album, To the Elements was released through Lupus Lounge. This album contains 7 songs, totaling 41 minutes worth of music. One of these songs from this album is our Metal Connection. Below is a link to a video of the song, “The Owl.”


Author: BeerMetalDude

Owner of Beer Metal Media. Creator/Host of The Beer Metal Show Podcast & It Came from the Cellar Podcast

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