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Abominable Winter Ale - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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234 Ratings

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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

SuperCutePanda, Mar 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Prost76, Feb 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Lethargy99, Dec 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

ithinkimasofa, Dec 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

NickThePyro, Jan 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

yeaprolly, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

leedorham, Mar 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

brewtalthrone, Mar 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

mrchrisray, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Sbragg85, Jan 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Beerme5, Oct 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

adkieffer, Dec 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

SJbigtuna, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Magpie14
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!

Magpie14, Jan 15, 2009
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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.

BuckeyeOne, Nov 11, 2010
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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

djbreezy, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of PHBoiler
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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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

JaredGolia, Sep 02, 2014
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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.

Bookseeb, Jan 20, 2012
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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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4.13/5  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

joemcgrath27, Aug 24, 2012
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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%.

IronDjinn, Jan 01, 2012
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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
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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.

Jason, Feb 19, 2011
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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.

ElGordo, Dec 24, 2008
Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.