Abominable Winter Ale - Hopworks Urban Brewery
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3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
An enjoyable winter ale on the hoppy, fruity side - just what you need if you've OD'd on too many spiced/flavored warmers.
The mouthfeel is almost surprisingly thick for an under 8% beer... but the flavor is very well done. Balance of a hoppy fruit basket with plenty of malt undertones; totally piny yet fruity, spicy, and bready.
The color is brown and clarity is a little below average.
Worth at least a try during the colder months.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2012 00:40:45 | More by demuzik
4.55/5 rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
What can I say which hasn't already been said?
Appearance is a nice clear amber with about a finger's head and low head-retention.
The nose hits you with a slight floral and heavy citrus, particularly a fresh, aromatic grapefruit.
If you swish a little around in your mouth, you become overwhelmed by the hops - clean, bright, bitter, citrus...heavy grapefruit. Then the winter spice hits you, subtly...a peppery clove is what I taste. The hops stay with you through the whole ride. Then it finishes with a caramel malt, not too sweet, and it seems to blend well with the other flavors. I agree that the yeast doesn't seem to add a lot to the flavor as far as I can tell. As the beer warms up a little, the malt comes out more which lends to slightly more balance. Very good!
Medium body. Definitely a hop-centric beer for a winter ale...so much you can feel the oily resin on your tongue. But it's nice...
I often don't like winter beers that much because they seem unbalanced - too sweet. This one is different - it's balanced to the side of hops, which is something that I can get behind. I would be curious what would happen if there was just a bit more spice to add to the complexity and bring out the "winter beer" more. Overall, very good...to be expected from such a great brewery!
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2012 22:23:31 | More by Holy_Hop_Head
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can into a tulip. Pours a clear amber w/ a frothy off-white head, good sticky clumps of lace.
Aroma is a great blend of bright citrusy hops and caramel malt. Smells delicious.
Taste is a perfect balance between dark, fruity caramel malt and clean, resinous hops.
Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, and utterly drinkable. Medium body.
Overall a really great, understated beer. Reminiscent of Nugget Nectar or Red Chair.
Serving type: can
11-17-2012 06:24:14 | More by draheim
Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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