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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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4/5  rDev -2%

mikediesel124, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of Braz
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a dark reddish color with really bubbly white head that sustains for at least a minute or so. Smells of caramel and burnt sugar, also citrus notes and pine resin. Great balance of bitter and sweet. Good dose of hops for an amber. Definate citrus flavors going on here too. Body is very good and is lightly carbonated. I'm not sure what is wintery about this, and think it could be offered year 'round.

Braz, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.08/5  rDev 0%

A: A hazy rudy brown with a finger of creamy head, just a raft of mirco-bubble retention.

S: Sweet candy grapefruit and malts mingled with citrus and a pine resin. No hint of yeast or breadiness, alcohol absent. Smell reminds me of a caramelized grapefruit candied peels.

T: Up front with grapefruit and pine resins hop profile, but closely followed by well balanced sweet malts. I'm not getting the traditional spices that are present in other winter beers, however the skilled balance of malts and hops is the defining taste profile.

M: Carbonation presents some pin pricks but the creamy mouth feel is noticeable smooth and thick. I wasn't expecting this level of creaminess considering the hop notes on the scent, a nice surprise.

O: This is enjoyable and very drinkable, it could be labeled as a Imperial IPA or an ESB on account of the hops and malt mix. I don't necessarily think of a winter ale given that I'm not picking up an winter spices on the nose or palate. The skilled mix of malts and hops that produce a creamy taste and feel with tangy grapefruit and pine notes are especially enjoyable.

FondueVoodoo, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

2xHops, Dec 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

elcrawl, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of demuzik
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

demuzik, Dec 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

SnatchyMcPants, Dec 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

JonPablo, Dec 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Kopfschuss, Dec 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

mdavidson, Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

BeerNW, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

oregone, Dec 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

zachhg, Dec 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

adkieffer, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

wembly13, Dec 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

InfernoBoss, Dec 15, 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%

Lethargy99, Dec 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

axman, Dec 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

4ster, Dec 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

jnoelani, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

thebigredone, Nov 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

cbnz, Nov 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Bonis, Nov 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

cburns48, Nov 26, 2012
Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.