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Abominable Winter Ale - Hopworks Urban Brewery

Abominable Winter AleAbominable Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

220 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%


Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Made with Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook hops and six organic malts.

70 IBU

(Beer added by: ElGordo on 12-24-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 220 | Reviews: 101 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by coastiefish:
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coastiefish

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 poured into tulip

A- Great clear cherry ruby color. Light foamy head gathering mostly at the sides of the glass

S - sweet, fresh hops, (sweet) fruit and floral

T - Hops give off a nice floral perfume touch of spiciness too. The hop character makes this beer one of the edgier winter brews Ive ever tasted. The malt lends a little sweetness to round it out. The spice lingers a bit.

M - Very thin and clean, dries fairly quickly

D - I think the spice gives it meaning to be a winter brew, but I wish there was a bit more malt profile to give the body a touch more solidity.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 02:20:50 | More by coastiefish
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jellikit

Washington

3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: red. Slightly hazy. Medium, foamy head. Thick, persistent lacing.
S: slight malt. Low hop aroma (my can is 6 months old though). Sweet.
T: well balanced between sweet and dry. Bready. Malty. Alcohol (not too much). Medium bitterness at the end
M: medium carbonation. Medium body. Smooth.
O: this is a good imperial red ale. Will buy again.

Serving type: can

04-16-2014 03:09:57 | More by jellikit
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yeaprolly

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

03-14-2014 21:30:00 | More by yeaprolly
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brewtalthrone

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

03-08-2014 22:02:25 | More by brewtalthrone
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy, medium brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, spices, some sweetness. Taste is good, malty, spicey, a touch of hops, balanced and flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer.

Serving type: can

02-27-2014 00:06:22 | More by tone77
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mrchrisray

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

02-22-2014 04:21:03 | More by mrchrisray
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear ruby orange, some carbonation, two finger head with some lacing.

S-Caramel, nice malt, earthy hops, pine, grass.

T-Similar to the nose, caramel and earthy. Nice hop presence and some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O-Not a traditional winter ale, more hoppy than spicy, but well balanced. Just a solid Red Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 00:44:45 | More by rlee1390
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle like the one pictured here into an American pub glass. A "winter ale" according to the label but no other style info is given. This brew is a dark orange amber to light brown color, with a pretty pungent grapefruit/orange rind aroma from C-hops ... Cool, was not expecting that degree of citrus and pine on the nose. There is a dark malt undercurrent as well, with butterscotch, faint molasses, and dark fruit. Nice aroma that recalls a red IPA albeit rather less aggressive than some of these beers. Taste closely mirrors the nose, featuring a decent blast of orange oil, grapefruit flesh and rind, hemp resin, and spicy menthol coupled with brown sugar, dried apricots, and raisins. Not particularly toasty or roasted. Somewhat thicker than many red ales I've had, coats the mouth, leaving an oily residue that causes the IBUs to accumulate a bit as you go ... Again, very nice. The alcohol is almost completely hidden. Low to moderate carbonation and does finish more crisp and clean than expected. I've had a few scrumptious red ales lately and this one holds its own.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:03:23 | More by CalgaryFMC
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chossboss

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

02-01-2014 08:56:00 | More by chossboss
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Fuzzycuffs

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

01-30-2014 17:26:06 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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Washington

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

01-30-2014 04:48:09 | More by NickThePyro
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Bricelyn

Idaho

5/5  rDev +22.2%

01-30-2014 03:52:59 | More by Bricelyn
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-24-2014 15:19:06 | More by KStark
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switzer

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

01-18-2014 06:18:37 | More by switzer
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bernat1971

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

01-15-2014 23:27:15 | More by bernat1971
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jason_nwx

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

01-13-2014 02:10:31 | More by jason_nwx
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mactrail

California

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seriously sparkly in the mouth. Yipes! Try a big gulp of this. Attractive dark coppery amber color in the Ciney snifter. Lovely warm malty taste to start, with the carbonation giving it a sharp edge right off. Something like roasted parsnips and winter squash with that slightly sweet vegetable flavor.

The hops are fairly subdued. Just a touch of hop flavors, though this finishes with a fair amount of bitterness. More woody and yam tasting roasted malt flavors. This is definitely on the sharp side, but if you like a fizzier beer it's quite pleasing. Well balanced, and a different sort of winter seasonal. From the 16 oz can purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

Serving type: can

01-10-2014 06:51:16 | More by mactrail
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks, big ups and major props to msubulldog25 for having sent this to me in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "Hopworks Urban Brewery [-] Abominable Winter Ale [-] Arr-R-Ganic"; "Illustration of Mr. Yeti by Martin Ontiveras (www.martinhead.com)"; "Certified Organic by Oregon TILTN"; "Certified Carbon Neutral"; "Drink Responsibly"; "Think-Drink-Smile-Recycle."; "World Class Beer, Sustainably"; "Aaarganic!".

Aaarrgh! The Crack! unleashed Mr. Yeti and I was not entirely ready for him to make his presence known. Drastic action was needed and so I employed an inverted Glug which resulted in a pseudo-cascade and him becoming even angrier. It was like the old adage of not being able to put the Genie back in the bottle, but here, I could not get Mr. Yeti back in the CAN! Ooh, I'm so frightened. The graphics on the CAN are MUCH better than what is pictured on the bottle and I am keeping this one for my own small CAN collection. Being a glutton for punishment, I CANtinued to empty the CAN, causing both a roaring noise and the formation of a finger of rocky, tawny head with undying retention. What have I done?!? Color was a slightly-hazy copper (SRM = > 17, < 22) and I could see Mr. Yeti peering out at me from within its depths. The nose was redolent with minty, evergreen hops, indicative of his living environment and I have to admit, my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium, but cool and dry, endorsed by Marshall McLuhan, who believed that beer and television are a cool medium. Actually, my beer seemed colder than usual and my throat began to CANstrict from its icy temperatures. Mr. Yeti was doing me no favors. Seriously, though, it had a really cool, minty flavor and I was really digging this one. Finish was like good rye whiskey, smooth, cool and dry. Inhalation was like smoking a menthol cigarette. Phew. The extreme finish even produced a caramel sweetness and I was left with a lot of nice lacing in my glass.

Serving type: can

01-08-2014 00:12:14 | More by woodychandler
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Kylemif

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

01-02-2014 20:45:22 | More by Kylemif
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

12-30-2013 00:16:34 | More by DarthKostrizer
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-27-2013 04:11:02 | More by cjgiant
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

12-25-2013 01:29:36 | More by PlinyThePiney
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

12-22-2013 06:41:58 | More by fivetime
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

12-18-2013 20:58:04 | More by mendvicdog
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davegray

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-18-2013 09:25:55 | More by davegray
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Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.