Abominable Winter Ale - Hopworks Urban Brewery
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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
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium copper amber with a healthy two finger light tan head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine hops, caramel malt and light stone fruit juice. Flavor a nice blend of caramel malt and aromatic citrus and pine hops, finishing with pine hops, malt and a hint of cinnamon. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A very nicely made hops forward amber ale approaching an IPA, with good flavorful malt support and a light touch of seasonal spice. Well done.
01-04-2013 03:27:48 | More by LiquidAmber
4/5 rDev -2%
Poured from 16oz tall can into a pint glass.
Appearance: medium red-orange hue with a haze-free body and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of pillowy light-tan/ivory foam with a hint of a reddish cast. Quite good.
Smell: clean citrusy hop nose with a base of lightly caramelly malt. I like the composition here; hops are fresh and malt is free of biscuity aroma.
Taste: hoppy flavor with citrusy and lightly piney/resiny character. Malt is somewhat caramelly and somewhat bready with that definite crystal malt flavor. A good execution of a hoppy red!
Mouthfeel: medium body with a very good carbonation and a concomitant creaminess. I like it.
Overall: a very good amber ale indeed. I'm usually not too keen on the style, but this beer is tasty and executed well, and I'd have it again in a pinch.
01-05-2013 03:11:26 | More by flagmantho
3.96/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
02-27-2014 00:06:22 | More by tone77
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
22 oz bottle courtesy of Libby pours a supa-clear copper color with a tight, frothy tan head. Nice retention and lacing...looks tasty!
Nose is resinously citric and floral hops with a toasty and slightly sweet caramel malt background. It actually smells a little like SN Celebration.
Taste throws down more sweetness than I was expecting, but that is preceded and followed by a rich hop flavor and pretty substantial bitterness. Pretty clean, the yeast does not contribute much in the flavor. The malt is rich and gives the body a nice, silky feel with plenty of heft. Hops are well done both on the flavoring and bittering side. This is a mighty tasty ale here, and my first Hopworks beer!
03-17-2012 17:10:43 | More by twiggamortis420
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
22oz bottle thanks to Mike.
Pours a hazy amber with a huge frothy white head that shows excellent retention and sticks begrudgingly to the sides on the way down.
Aroma is hoppy up front with the C hops leading the way with some pithy citrus and spicy herbal notes. The malta are sweet with caramel and balance the hops well.
The taste is a bit sweeter and maltier than the aroma with the caramel malts and juicy citrus more prevalent than the bitter hops. The finish is lightly bitter and definitely more earthy.
The mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and creamy with strong carbonation.
A top notch hopped-up amber from the Pac NW. Liked this one quite a bit.
02-08-2011 03:06:44 | More by gford217
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
Pint can received as an extra in a trade from bfg75, thanks!
Pours a dark red color with a nice inch thick white head. The smell is mildly hoppy...but also a tad malty. not too big though. Taste is a good balance between hops and malts of a typical amber, but way more hoppy than normal. Its very good and i definitely get cascade hops mainly. Good drinkability...medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall just a real enjoyable hoppy red ale right here. Recommended!
11-20-2013 22:41:42 | More by Axnjxn
3.18/5 rDev -22.1%
Split with JLindros. Forgotten about in the cellar
A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear amber hue with a thin one finger head that faded to leave light wisps.
S - Aromas of next to nothing, caramel, old hops, ugh.
T - Taste is well, awful. So so sad...hops are gone, light bitterness, caramel. Just old hops...A shame that this was forgotten about.
M - Mouthfeel is alright, lightly carbonated.
O - Overall this beer is a shame, had this for probably eight months...should never have waited this long for the beer. A shame.
05-30-2014 22:52:38 | More by rudzud
3.33/5 rDev -18.4%
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.
03-16-2013 01:54:18 | More by maximum12
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours with a finger of foamy off white head and settles to a skiff of foam. A very bright/clear amber color.. Quite a bit of carbonation rising to the surface. Some sticky lacing remains.
Aroma is very nice. Very fruity with some citrus & floral notes. A nice balance here with some toasted malt and a slight sweetness to the aroma.
Very fruity and juicy. Love it. Perfect balance and balance for me tilts hoppy. There is a wonderful toasted/bready malt profile just below the surface. I need to use the word juicy again. A slight spice to it that's wonderful. A touch of sweetness that works... a hint of alcohol that is more warming vs. hot. You can tell it's there, but it's not an issue. Really nice beer. Wish I had more.
Medium body with a eye towards being sticky. Very slight carbonation.
Just a great beer. Wish HUB was in Boston... I'd mainline the stuff..
11-24-2010 00:23:55 | More by Reagan1984
3.55/5 rDev -13%
22 oz bottle from Roth’s Vista Market, Salem. $3.50 Clear amber coloured ale with a nice frothy,thick,cream coloured head. Very nice hoppy aromas..slightly resinous and spruce like. The 6 malts certainlly appear in the taste..chocolaty,roasty and are matched by the resinous hopping..giving a very nice balanced yet complex flavour. Under carbonated and actually quite thin for such a subtantial ale..but OK An OK beer but i get the feeling it lacks something.
10-22-2011 18:26:38 | More by Reidrover
4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
Halfway through October...time for a Winter Ale! A 22 oz'er from the just-released first bottling, poured to pint glass.
Silk-screened label that tweaks the HUB 'bulls-eye' logo by superimposing across an icy blue version on the side label, a snowflake on the front above a growling 9-foot 'Abominable'. Note to designer, Martin Ontiveras: snowflakes are SIX-sided (hexagonal crystals)! Yours are pretty, but wrong [pushes glasses up nose...]. But your 'Mr. Yeti' rules!
"A-R-RR-GAN-IC!" bellows the Beast...
A: Clear copper/amber, a loosely-knit cavalcade of carbonation wriggles upward. A gorgeous color that screams 'AUTUMN!'. Sturdily-built cream topping, bone-white and pushing 2-fingers at its apex. Holds a pose then drops back to a thinner veil, leaving dropping webs of gooey lace. A very, very pretty beer.
S: Heady aroma of spice pine and flowers, mint and citrus. Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe hops all do their part to build a sweetly roasted and pungent scent that carries well beyond the glass.
T: Spiced fruit, oranges and apples, than a heap of hops; very green, sappy yet flowery. Plenty of malt, a biscuity and toasty mix of grains and complement a potent hop bill well. Orange and pine, meet spiced bread and cereal grain. very tasty.
M: Crisp upfront, with a spicy sparkle that mellows and warms soothingly. Medium body (a slight bit of thinning as the pour progresses) with some notable cheek-drawing. Dull roast bitterness, sticking malt and hop oiliness hang around - a long, l-o-o-o-ong finish.
D: Despite the surly character on the bottle, this is as welcoming as can be. Just a little brash with the bitter finish and, at 7.3%, a more burly 'winter warmer'-type monster. Don't be scared off by this creature, but be cautioned that he does have teeth. Where's Hermie the "I-wanna-be-a-dentist" elf when you need him? Fortunately, nowhere to be found...
I'll roar about this one: Strong recommendation.
10-19-2010 23:53:39 | More by msubulldog25
3.33/5 rDev -18.4%
A: Amber with under a finger of off-white foam which is centralized with a cap. Excellent clarity. Spotty lace.
S: Semi-sweet caramel and toffee malts with an English tone and some citric and herbal hops. Nice nose
T: Sweet, malty, hoppy and woody. The oxidation on the beer is a bit off putting, but oddly seems to match the beer. A little too bitter.
m: Medium bodied with moderate mouthfeel. Semi slick finish.
O: Not bad for a winter beer. Appreciate the reservation to use a bunch of herbs or spices. Nice beer.
11-26-2011 11:17:26 | More by harrymel
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
A - Pours a hazy amber-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pine, and citrus hops with with some sweet caramel malts.
T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine hops and a touch of spicy hops with more bitterness come through alongside some more caramel and lightly bready malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops, bitterness, and sweet caramel malts.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really nice hoppy strong ale. Great malt and hop balance with a good hop profile.
09-19-2012 04:08:26 | More by ngeunit1
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
From a 650 ml brown bottle, love the enameled label design for this one. Pours out a brilliant clear coppery amber, tall loose-bubbled frothy head that slowly settles to a thick cap, decent retention.
Clean aroma with fruity, citrusy notes, perfumey hops, all rather well balanced out.
Dry toasty grainy malt up front in the flavour, sweet orange esters, citrus and floral hops round out the back end. All very refined and clean, no runaway hoppiness here.
Medium-bodied on the lighter side, creamy smooth texture at first that then turns silky slick, moderate carbonation.
Gets extra kudos for the smoothness and refinement of the hop content, this denotes skill and craftsmanship , as well for the balance with the malt. The charm here lies in the nuance and not any serious intensity. Definitely worth checking out, would make an excellent session beer if not for the advanced abv%.
01-01-2012 22:31:37 | More by IronDjinn
British Columbia (Canada)
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
Appearance. Pours a deep, clear copper with a nice and thick, pale yellow head.
Smell. Citrus fruits, a little caramel and some spicy hops.
Taste. Big citrus hops, some caramel, orange and grapefruit rinds, bitter finish. Just slightly sweet.
Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium carbonation.
Overall. Nice beer here. I would describe it as an amber ipa ...and a pretty good one at that!
12-21-2011 01:33:50 | More by Rutager
4.08/5 rDev 0%
Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous gift from ramnuts. Thanks, Frank!
A: Pours a clear, reddish amber topped by 1" of off-white head. It retains well, collapsing into a thin collar and leaving a few spots of lace in its wake.
S: Pine, mint, spice, caramel, a touch of cocoa powder (it smells almost grainy). It's lightly floral.
T: I'm a little let down on the hoppiness. I like hoppy imperial reds; the contrast of caramel and citrus usually works well for me. Here, there's some pine flavor, but more straight bittering hops than anything else. Caramel and chocolate, or possibly brown sugar, combat the bitterness slightly, but it pulls into the finish and aftertaste for a sticky close.
M: Medium-bodied. Carbonation is fine for the style, with some lingering bitterness.
D: I think it's a good imperial red; it nails the style, even if it doesn't satisfy my particular cravings. Thanks, Frank!
10-27-2010 02:01:14 | More by Arbitrator
4.01/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
02-13-2014 00:44:45 | More by rlee1390
Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.