Abominable Winter Ale - Hopworks Urban Brewery
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4.73/5 rDev +15.9%
Poured a nice semi-dark amber, one finger head, clear into a tulip glass.
Presents a nice malty aroma. Caramel notes.
Smooth taste. Yummy. Totally enjoyable. No cloy at all. Caramel follows through.
Another great offering from Hopworks Urban Brewery.
04-11-2012 22:17:45 | More by NWer
4.6/5 rDev +12.7%
22 oz bomber poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid comes out a nice, light amber color. Looks clean with excellent clarity, you can practically read a book through this. Off white to a yellow/orange cream colored head that's about 2 and a half fingers thick after a hard pour. Decent lacing to the beer, all in all a really good looking beer, especially for the style.
Smell is good, nice and strong. Hops stand out the most to the nose. Pretty hoppy, the website indicates Cascade, Centennial, and Simcoe hops, all are awesome! Nice bittersweet citrus (sort of like a grapefruit/tangerine blend). Don't be fooled though, this does not lack in the malt department as well. Plenty of toasted malts here, brown and pale, caramelized I would say. Smells really good.
Taste is equally as wonderful as the smell. Another great balanced between generous hops and generous malts. Initially starts sweet, brown sugar, plenty of sweet roasted (maybe even toasted) malts. Loving the hoppiness of this beer. Citrus and pine, strong on both.
Moutnfeel is again great. Texture is light to medium but with such huge flavor. Good carbonation level and no real bite from the alcohol. Not that 7.3% is high, but it's above average for the style. Great drinkability, any beer lover could polish off a bomber before they knew it. Well balanced full bodied, and just awesome.
HUGE props to googzoid10 for the killer extra. Thanks Greg!
01-15-2012 23:47:34 | More by AndyAvalanche
4.6/5 rDev +12.7%
Abominable winter pours a deep red amber with a nice, slightly off white head. The aroma is piney, citrusy and grapefruity, with a nice deep caramel maltiness. More awesome grapefruity hops in the flavor with a really nice rich maltiness. The alcohol flavor is mild, and the sweetness lingers in the finish.
02-04-2012 06:24:26 | More by ericj551
4.58/5 rDev +12.3%
Picked up a 22oz bomber for 4.99 at the local grocery store.
Poured a rich copper-amber into a pint glass with 3/4 inch yellowish head. Slightly sweet aroma of caramel and i got a lot of floral scents... specifically, pine.
Moderate carbonation with sticky mouthfeel. Sweet carmely taste at the beginning and then finishes with a dry floral taste.
Very easy drinking beer. One of the best seasonal beers i've had in a while. I could drink 10 of these if my budget allowed.
overall- great beer.
11-12-2010 05:16:37 | More by SeattleReign
4.55/5 rDev +11.5%
What can I say which hasn't already been said?
Appearance is a nice clear amber with about a finger's head and low head-retention.
The nose hits you with a slight floral and heavy citrus, particularly a fresh, aromatic grapefruit.
If you swish a little around in your mouth, you become overwhelmed by the hops - clean, bright, bitter, citrus...heavy grapefruit. Then the winter spice hits you, subtly...a peppery clove is what I taste. The hops stay with you through the whole ride. Then it finishes with a caramel malt, not too sweet, and it seems to blend well with the other flavors. I agree that the yeast doesn't seem to add a lot to the flavor as far as I can tell. As the beer warms up a little, the malt comes out more which lends to slightly more balance. Very good!
Medium body. Definitely a hop-centric beer for a winter ale...so much you can feel the oily resin on your tongue. But it's nice...
I often don't like winter beers that much because they seem unbalanced - too sweet. This one is different - it's balanced to the side of hops, which is something that I can get behind. I would be curious what would happen if there was just a bit more spice to add to the complexity and bring out the "winter beer" more. Overall, very good...to be expected from such a great brewery!
11-17-2012 22:23:31 | More by Holy_Hop_Head
4.53/5 rDev +11%
On draught at Bailey's, Abominable is clear dark bronze with an of-white head that leaves foamy lace.
Smell is a blast of hop resins, some cat piss and soapy notes, with toffee coming out as it warms.
Taste is great, a hop explosion for sure. The centennial notes from the nose, with some spiciness, somewhat balanced by the caramel sweetness and amber malt backbone, a very yummy, NW style winter warmer.
Mouthfeel is dry and spicy, resinous, with a medium body.
Drinkability is very good, a great winter IPA. Beers like this is why Portland is Beervana!
12-31-2009 21:20:44 | More by ccrida
4.53/5 rDev +11%
On tap at le glorious Eastside, the A Bomb returns!
Fairly clear amber with minimal head, and some pretty staining on the glass. Smells sweet with big citrus and mango.
The hops are big in this one, leading with a bitterness that plays well with the caramel sweetness. Little bit of toastiness to accompany the orange and mango flavor. Very hoppy, quite delicious.
11-28-2010 10:33:15 | More by dragonWhale
Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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