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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
91
outstanding

234 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
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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4/5  rDev -2%

KStark, Jan 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

switzer, Jan 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

bernat1971, Jan 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

jason_nwx, Jan 13, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

mactrail, Jan 10, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

woodychandler, Jan 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Kylemif, Jan 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

DarthKostrizer, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

cjgiant, Dec 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

PlinyThePiney, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

fivetime, Dec 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

mendvicdog, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

davegray, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

BillRoth, Dec 16, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev +3.2%

Got this can as an extra in a trade. Deep amber colored body with a nice one finger off white head. Attractive beer that is made moreso by a solid piney nose. Strong hop punch on the front end with enough malt balance to be very drinkable. The abv doesn't appear until once you're finished and it "hits" you. Very well balanced and easily drinkable beer with plenty of hops to satisfy but enough balance to be a "winter" beer.

PHBoiler, Dec 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Docrock, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Greels, Dec 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

mjw1200, Dec 07, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +1.5%

Bomber to tulip glass

A: clear amber color with about a 2 finger off white head with fair retention. Leaves sheet lacing.

S: Big citrus aromas, grapefruit and orange mostly. Hints of caramel and spice, too.

T: begins with big citrus flavors upfront with a medium amount of bitterness, finish is mostly caramel/malt. Quite pleasing.

M: very smooth. Medium carbonation, with a slightly dry finish.

O: HUB with another quality beer. $4-$5/bomber is a great deal. Will seek out again.

South2NW, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

duceswild, Dec 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

oriolesfan4, Dec 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

DRBiser, Dec 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

casapy, Nov 26, 2013
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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!

Axnjxn, Nov 20, 2013
Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.