However, our local good beer store—Newport Market here in Bend—started carrying their Woody Organic IPA. I snapped up a bottle when I found it. You can see where they came up with the name for this from my notes…
Appearance: Hazy copper orange. Light tan head was slight and slow to form.
Smell: Hoppy—woody and grassy and twiggy. Sweet sugar—candy. Almost a fresh hop character. Slightly (grape)fruity like a Cascade hop, but not entirely… one of the other similar varieties? (Their website says Magnum.)
Taste: First hit is the hops—oily strong and very woody—very bitter. Hops definitely dominate this beer. Malt—what you can taste of it, anyway—is a pale ale base with some sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Nicely bodied, a bit thick without being chewy. Hop oils(?) are strong on the mouth—very coating, you taste them well after.
Overall: One highly hopped and bitter beer, this one. They want to get your attention for sure. It’s not bad, especially if you like hops, but I do think it’s overbalanced in their favor. It’ll be off-putting to the casual beer drinker.
On BeerAdvocate, of the 10 reviews so far, it scores 3.58 out of 5 (not enough for their 100-scale scoring) and nine out of 10 approved. On RateBeer, it scores 3.67 out of 5 and is in their 89th percentile.