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Abominable Winter Ale - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

228 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 31
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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)
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Anidrew

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

10-08-2013 23:32:25 | More by Anidrew
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dvsbizzyb

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

09-11-2013 06:07:14 | More by dvsbizzyb
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souvenirs

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, $5.99 + deposit at BC Liquor Store at 8th and Cambie, Vancouver.

A: warm golden brown with about a finger of head and good retention.
S: grapefruit and other citrus, plus a more general fruitiness. Some sweetness.
T: grapefruit, malt, moderate but not overwhelming bitterness.

Based on the name, I was expecting a winter warmer. I see the it's listed on here as an American amber / red ale, which is definitely more accurate. I think I need a beeradvocate.com app so I can check out beer info from the liquor store before I make my purchases! This wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't what I wanted.

Would I get it again? I wouldn't seek it out, but I definitely wouldn't turn it down either.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 00:21:09 | More by souvenirs
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PZBREW

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

06-11-2013 17:52:57 | More by PZBREW
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DarrenStory

Oregon

4/5  rDev -2%

06-05-2013 03:06:01 | More by DarrenStory
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HarmonMW

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

05-13-2013 22:18:22 | More by HarmonMW
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SMITHAND

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-28-2013 01:23:09 | More by SMITHAND
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zduerr

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

04-21-2013 19:27:12 | More by zduerr
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Poserdisposer

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

04-13-2013 06:39:50 | More by Poserdisposer
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

4/5  rDev -2%

03-30-2013 00:21:46 | More by bluckbeyes
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leedorham

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-25-2013 14:52:04 | More by leedorham
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, has a confusing date on the bottom along with "Happy 2013!" which is nice, so presumably this was canned sometime in 2013. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy amber copper color, topped with an inch of creamy off-white head, leaves nice lacing.

S- Lots of citrusy, piney, floral hops, some fruit, caramel malt.

T- Nice amount of citrus, mostly orange but also some grapefruit, some pine. Towards the finish a lot of caramel and bready malt takes over, with a mildly bitter, grassy finish.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, good carbonation.

O- A solid hoppy red ale, worth checking out.

Serving type: can

03-24-2013 21:39:08 | More by WillCarrera
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bfg75 for this bottle as an extra, which has since been resting in the fridge to slow it down. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife while watching my first Twins spring training game of the year. Yippee!

Pour is clear copperish red, & clean & clear as a whistle. Nose is nice floral, grapefruit, dash of sweetness, but one has to get out the shovel to dig much up.

Abominable Winter Ale could be renamed Abominable Biscuit Beer. Huge malty biscuitness jumps out of the woods & ambushes the palate; there's certainly plenty of hops, but the breadiness is ascendant. Hops kick in underneath the falling biscuit as bitter, mild grapefruit, but much more in the mouthfeel, which is very slick & neat. High point of the beer, though it's certainly easy to drink.

Eh. Just to the right of the middle of the road, this is a nice, inoffensive beer that's easy on the palate but without much in the way of character. Pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 01:54:18 | More by maximum12
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loren01

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

03-09-2013 17:26:02 | More by loren01
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SuperCutePanda

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-05-2013 02:10:50 | More by SuperCutePanda
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anteater

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

02-28-2013 21:21:09 | More by anteater
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

02-26-2013 21:40:25 | More by IanSpindler
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -2%

02-26-2013 05:47:04 | More by drewone
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to VoodooImpStout for sharing this one at jmgrub's birthday tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a herbal hop flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 03:06:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall boy can served cold into an imperial pint glass. 70 IBU, 17 Plato.

Abominable Winter Ale is a slightly hazy amber red color with thick off-white head. It has good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is nice and hoppy with a sweet fruity character. Fresh citrus and candied ginger come through.

Flavor is plenty hoppy but, at the same time, more malty than expected. It has a fair dose of bitterness from the hops but the big malt bill goes a long way towards balancing it. Bready with a hint of rye malt and a big citrusy, resiney hop profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a very good hoppy amber rye winter (and whatever else you want it to be) ale.

Serving type: can

02-24-2013 00:45:58 | More by GilGarp
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superspak

Michigan

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a nice 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange rind, orange zest, pineapple, pine, caramel, floral, grass, bread, honey, and hop earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes; with a great hop/malt balance. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, pine, orange rind, caramel, floral, grass, honey, bread, and light earthy pine spiciness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, pine, caramel, honey, bread, floral, grass, and light earthy pine spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop flavor; with a great hop/malt balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice red ale. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavor with great malt balance; and dangerously easy to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 06:48:19 | More by superspak
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danwho

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-16-2013 17:42:05 | More by danwho
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510a

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

02-02-2013 22:14:31 | More by 510a
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brinkdeer

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

02-02-2013 03:39:21 | More by brinkdeer
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Prost76

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-01-2013 21:41:14 | More by Prost76
Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.