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Abominable Winter Ale - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

233 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 31
Gots: 8 | 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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SuperCutePanda

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-05-2013 02:10:50 | More by SuperCutePanda
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Prost76

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-01-2013 21:41:14 | More by Prost76
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Lethargy99

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-11-2012 01:23:58 | More by Lethargy99
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-11-2012 03:03:52 | More by ithinkimasofa
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NickThePyro

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-30-2014 04:48:09 | More by NickThePyro
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yeaprolly

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-14-2014 21:30:00 | More by yeaprolly
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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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brewtalthrone

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-08-2014 22:02:25 | More by brewtalthrone
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mrchrisray

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-22-2014 04:21:03 | More by mrchrisray
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Sbragg85


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-14-2013 20:54:10 | More by Sbragg85
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Beerme5

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

10-21-2013 15:37:23 | More by Beerme5
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adkieffer

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-17-2012 23:07:58 | More by adkieffer
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SJbigtuna

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-13-2014 01:11:56 | More by SJbigtuna
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Magpie14

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

A: soft red with golden edges. Good sizable amount of lace and thin white concentrated sudsy head

S: huge hops: lemons, grassy, and floral. Malts subdued and yet noticeable paired with burnt sugars...it all seems to smell right

T: illustrious, bursting with hops (grapefruit, lemons, and pine). Leans toward the more tart, kind of spicy hops and yet it retains a good sweetness of caramel and light brown sugar. Pale malts are hidden but have the last bat and rounds the bases to keep things from being hop city...although it is close

M: well rounded, soft and slight dryness in the finish. Smooth and a great oily lingering finish on the tongue

D: great, just great! Solid beer and hop heads have to give this a try...ding ding ding!

01-15-2009 04:19:53 | More by Magpie14
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BuckeyeOne

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 22 oz. into a standard pint glass a amber, almost copper color with an off-white head that left a ton of sticky lace down the glass.

The aroma was a floral and citrus blast with a bit of biscuity malt sweetness.

The taste followed the aroma but with the biscuit and bready malt followed quickly by floral, spicy, and citrus hop bitterness. The malt is just the right amount of malt to hold up the hop bitterness. This is a good tasting brew --- just right for a PNW winter.

This is a bit oily in the mouth and quite dry on the finish. It has a medium body that seems just right for the sweet and bitter brew.

11-11-2010 04:33:10 | More by BuckeyeOne
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djbreezy

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

on-tap at the brewery

appearance - pours with a generous head, good retention, some sticky lacing on the glass, amber/red

smell - hop nose with sweet malts

taste - very hoppy up front, resinous and nw tasty, followed by a big malt body and sweetness

mouthfeel - medium/heavy bodied, well carbonated off the taplines like most hopworks beers

drinkability - a heavy beer for 7.3%...the malt backbone punches and the hops are pungent and flavorful

10-22-2010 02:31:19 | More by djbreezy
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PHBoiler

Illinois

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.

12-09-2013 14:57:17 | More by PHBoiler
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Bookseeb

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

Appearance has a slightly hazy copper amber color with a fair head that dissipates leaving spotty lace. Smell of rich malts that balances well with the citrusy aroma of the hops and having a slight bakery yeasty smell to it. Taste again of the rich malt balancing well with the grapefruit citrusy hops, bready with very little alchohol flavor. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A very well build, enjoyable winter ale.

01-20-2012 02:23:26 | More by Bookseeb
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South2NW

Oregon

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.

12-07-2013 04:31:14 | More by South2NW
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

from notes
A - Very light hazy brown, tall head retained at a solid finger, random lacing

S - Big juicy and piney presence with some pepper

T - Sweet toffee malt with pine resin hops, toasty and peppery notes

M - Big body with lowish carbonation, mild bitter finish 4

O - Reminds of a solid esb, full flavour and easy drinker, this is a must try

08-24-2012 20:29:33 | More by joemcgrath27
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

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
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

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
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Decent sized froth turns to a thick sticky lacing down the glass, clear copper color. Sticky pungent hop nose of hemp seeds, grapefruit peel and black tea ... clean whiff of alcohol and the toasted malt rounds the aroma out. Hefty toasted malt character on a semi-lush smooth full-ish body. Hops ring in with a citric bite with a slight bitter back-end, more of a blond tobacco and rind flavor later on. Alcohol drops some light fruitiness of ripe pears and mango. Hoppy finish with some linger of malt as well as the warmth of alcohol.

A stellar winter seasonal here ... malt, hops and alcohol are all elevated equally for the most part in the PNW manner. Delicious.

02-19-2011 04:28:13 | More by Jason
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

The latest corny fill I picked up from Hopworks, after sampling the available wares in the pub last week. Pours a pretty reddish amber hue, crowned by a sizeable, creamy off-white head. Nice, thick, creamy lacing lingers on the glass the whole way down. Aroma is primarily spicy, floral hops, with a mildly sweet caramel malt base.
Palate is well-balanced up front, with pale and caramel malt blending with a spicy hop profile. The hops assert themselves a bit more after the swallow, leading to a mildly bitter finish. Notes of sweet biscuit, pine, and citrus pop up throughout.
Body is full and not too thick, and fits well as a winter seasonal. This gives Celebration and Wreck the Halls a run for their money as the top hoppy beer of the winter season. I may have to pick up a second corny, as this is just a fantastic, easy-drinking beer that has been keeping me warm during the Arctic Blast of 2008. Careful, though, it's quite strong and will catch up with you quickly.

12-24-2008 06:27:15 | More by ElGordo
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Spikester

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Clear dark amber with two fingers of plush off white head. Moderate streamers of lacing. Aroma is piney hop oils with a touch of citrus. Taste is resinous earthy hops with a mild but supportive malt backing. Three kinds of hops give a rich spicy bitterness. Almost like a bold IPA that was poured through a strainer of fresh citrus fruit. Good mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Medium dry bitter finish. Very nice Winter beer.

12-25-2010 06:35:30 | More by Spikester
Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.