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Abominable Winter Ale - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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248 Ratings

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 32
Gots: 14 | 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:
Made with Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook hops and six organic malts.

70 IBU

This is a Winter IPA.

(Beer added by: ElGordo on 12-24-2008)
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

hoppymcgee, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy rusty brown with a small white head with just a touch of retention and lacing.

Smells like candied citrus with a good dose of pine as well.

Lots of that candied grapefruit up front in the flavor. A little bit of a bready sweetness in the middle. Finishes balanced with some pine resin to go along with the continued citrus presence.

Medium bodied and a bit sticky. Solid carbonation levels.

I would call this more of a DIPA or hoppy amber rather than a winter as I don't pick up many spices, but it's still a solid beer.

jmarsh123, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

mikediesel124, Jan 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

DarrenStory, Jun 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Birdlegs, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

jnoelani, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

bluckbeyes, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

bigeyedfish89, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

BeerNW, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

drewone, Feb 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

jaidenjb, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

SocalKicks, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

jbakajust1, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber with an off-white head, some retention & lace.

S: Huge american hop aroma, very leafy/grassy, pine and citrus rind, hints of toffee & fruit.

T: Hops are upfront and all the way through. The Simcoe really shines (very grassy & leafy), some citrus rind, nectarine and pine, hints of toffee, solid bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body... actually seems a little thin for the style & season.

D: Like hops?

Derek, Dec 26, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

thebigredone, Nov 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

seanwhite, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

oregone, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light amber color with a thumb of thick white head with good retention.

S: Very malty, a little bitterness from the hops, and a slight spice note.

T: Sweet caramel malt and a nice bitterness from the hops, this is more a red ale than a winter, it has no spice notes at all. The hops do give a nice range of citrus flavors.

M: Medium body low carbonation and a very sharp warm feel.

D: Good drink, will buy again.

Kakaraht, Feb 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

davegray, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a nice 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange rind, orange zest, pineapple, pine, caramel, floral, grass, bread, honey, and hop earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes; with a great hop/malt balance. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, pine, orange rind, caramel, floral, grass, honey, bread, and light earthy pine spiciness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, pine, caramel, honey, bread, floral, grass, and light earthy pine spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop flavor; with a great hop/malt balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice red ale. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavor with great malt balance; and dangerously easy to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Feb 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

wembly13, Dec 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

flagmantho, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

2xHops, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Greels, Dec 08, 2013
Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.