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Abominable Winter Ale - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

229 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 103
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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demuzik

Oregon

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
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SnatchyMcPants

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

12-29-2012 19:51:13 | More by SnatchyMcPants
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JonPablo

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

12-28-2012 18:06:30 | More by JonPablo
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-23-2012 13:49:39 | More by Kopfschuss
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mdavidson

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

12-23-2012 04:06:13 | More by mdavidson
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BeerNW

Washington

4/5  rDev -2%

12-20-2012 14:53:10 | More by BeerNW
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oregone

Oregon

4/5  rDev -2%

12-20-2012 07:28:08 | More by oregone
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zachhg


5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-20-2012 06:27:26 | More by zachhg
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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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wembly13

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -2%

12-16-2012 15:16:47 | More by wembly13
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InfernoBoss

California

4/5  rDev -2%

12-15-2012 08:52:17 | More by InfernoBoss
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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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Lethargy99

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-10-2012 06:47:01 | More by axman
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4ster

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

12-09-2012 03:15:53 | More by 4ster
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jnoelani

Washington

4/5  rDev -2%

12-05-2012 03:42:07 | More by jnoelani
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2%

11-30-2012 00:37:38 | More by thebigredone
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

11-27-2012 20:55:10 | More by cbnz
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Bonis

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

11-27-2012 07:44:32 | More by Bonis
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cburns48

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-26-2012 15:15:19 | More by cburns48
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

11-23-2012 22:55:11 | More by schnarr84
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

11-20-2012 03:22:17 | More by chickenm
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Holy_Hop_Head

Oregon

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
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draheim

Washington

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
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sergeantstogie

Washington

4/5  rDev -2%

11-11-2012 16:52:44 | More by sergeantstogie
Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.