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Abominable Winter Ale - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Abominable Winter AleAbominable Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

279 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 38
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ElGordo on 12-24-2008

Made with Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook hops and six organic malts.

70 IBU

This is a Winter IPA.
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Photo of elcrawl
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of demuzik
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An enjoyable winter ale on the hoppy, fruity side - just what you need if you've OD'd on too many spiced/flavored warmers.

The mouthfeel is almost surprisingly thick for an under 8% beer... but the flavor is very well done. Balance of a hoppy fruit basket with plenty of malt undertones; totally piny yet fruity, spicy, and bready.

The color is brown and clarity is a little below average.

Worth at least a try during the colder months.

Photo of SnatchyMcPants
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of JonPablo
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Kopfschuss
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mdavidson
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BeerNW
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of oregone
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of zachhg
5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of wembly13
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Lethargy99
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of axman
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of 4ster
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jnoelani
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Bonis
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Holy_Hop_Head
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of draheim
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a tulip. Pours a clear amber w/ a frothy off-white head, good sticky clumps of lace.

Aroma is a great blend of bright citrusy hops and caramel malt. Smells delicious.

Taste is a perfect balance between dark, fruity caramel malt and clean, resinous hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, and utterly drinkable. Medium body.

Overall a really great, understated beer. Reminiscent of Nugget Nectar or Red Chair.

Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.