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Abominable Winter Ale - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Abominable Winter AleAbominable Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

248 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 33
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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Photo of rudzud
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split with JLindros. Forgotten about in the cellar

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear amber hue with a thin one finger head that faded to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of next to nothing, caramel, old hops, ugh.

T - Taste is well, awful. So so sad...hops are gone, light bitterness, caramel. Just old hops...A shame that this was forgotten about.

M - Mouthfeel is alright, lightly carbonated.

O - Overall this beer is a shame, had this for probably eight months...should never have waited this long for the beer. A shame.

rudzud, May 30, 2014
Photo of tastymug
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

tastymug, May 24, 2014
Photo of DOCRW
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

DOCRW, May 07, 2014
Photo of jellikit
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: red. Slightly hazy. Medium, foamy head. Thick, persistent lacing.
S: slight malt. Low hop aroma (my can is 6 months old though). Sweet.
T: well balanced between sweet and dry. Bready. Malty. Alcohol (not too much). Medium bitterness at the end
M: medium carbonation. Medium body. Smooth.
O: this is a good imperial red ale. Will buy again.

jellikit, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of yeaprolly
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

yeaprolly, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of brewtalthrone
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

brewtalthrone, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy, medium brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, spices, some sweetness. Taste is good, malty, spicey, a touch of hops, balanced and flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer.

tone77, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of mrchrisray
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

mrchrisray, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of rlee1390
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear ruby orange, some carbonation, two finger head with some lacing.

S-Caramel, nice malt, earthy hops, pine, grass.

T-Similar to the nose, caramel and earthy. Nice hop presence and some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O-Not a traditional winter ale, more hoppy than spicy, but well balanced. Just a solid Red Ale.

rlee1390, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle like the one pictured here into an American pub glass. A "winter ale" according to the label but no other style info is given. This brew is a dark orange amber to light brown color, with a pretty pungent grapefruit/orange rind aroma from C-hops ... Cool, was not expecting that degree of citrus and pine on the nose. There is a dark malt undercurrent as well, with butterscotch, faint molasses, and dark fruit. Nice aroma that recalls a red IPA albeit rather less aggressive than some of these beers. Taste closely mirrors the nose, featuring a decent blast of orange oil, grapefruit flesh and rind, hemp resin, and spicy menthol coupled with brown sugar, dried apricots, and raisins. Not particularly toasty or roasted. Somewhat thicker than many red ales I've had, coats the mouth, leaving an oily residue that causes the IBUs to accumulate a bit as you go ... Again, very nice. The alcohol is almost completely hidden. Low to moderate carbonation and does finish more crisp and clean than expected. I've had a few scrumptious red ales lately and this one holds its own.

CalgaryFMC, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of chossboss
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

chossboss, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of Fuzzycuffs
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Fuzzycuffs, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

NickThePyro, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Bricelyn
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Bricelyn, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev -1.7%

KStark, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of switzer
3.5/5  rDev -14%

switzer, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of bernat1971
3.5/5  rDev -14%

bernat1971, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of jason_nwx
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

jason_nwx, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seriously sparkly in the mouth. Yipes! Try a big gulp of this. Attractive dark coppery amber color in the Ciney snifter. Lovely warm malty taste to start, with the carbonation giving it a sharp edge right off. Something like roasted parsnips and winter squash with that slightly sweet vegetable flavor.

The hops are fairly subdued. Just a touch of hop flavors, though this finishes with a fair amount of bitterness. More woody and yam tasting roasted malt flavors. This is definitely on the sharp side, but if you like a fizzier beer it's quite pleasing. Well balanced, and a different sort of winter seasonal. From the 16 oz can purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

mactrail, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks, big ups and major props to msubulldog25 for having sent this to me in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "Hopworks Urban Brewery [-] Abominable Winter Ale [-] Arr-R-Ganic"; "Illustration of Mr. Yeti by Martin Ontiveras (www.martinhead.com)"; "Certified Organic by Oregon TILTN"; "Certified Carbon Neutral"; "Drink Responsibly"; "Think-Drink-Smile-Recycle."; "World Class Beer, Sustainably"; "Aaarganic!".

Aaarrgh! The Crack! unleashed Mr. Yeti and I was not entirely ready for him to make his presence known. Drastic action was needed and so I employed an inverted Glug which resulted in a pseudo-cascade and him becoming even angrier. It was like the old adage of not being able to put the Genie back in the bottle, but here, I could not get Mr. Yeti back in the CAN! Ooh, I'm so frightened. The graphics on the CAN are MUCH better than what is pictured on the bottle and I am keeping this one for my own small CAN collection. Being a glutton for punishment, I CANtinued to empty the CAN, causing both a roaring noise and the formation of a finger of rocky, tawny head with undying retention. What have I done?!? Color was a slightly-hazy copper (SRM = > 17, < 22) and I could see Mr. Yeti peering out at me from within its depths. The nose was redolent with minty, evergreen hops, indicative of his living environment and I have to admit, my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium, but cool and dry, endorsed by Marshall McLuhan, who believed that beer and television are a cool medium. Actually, my beer seemed colder than usual and my throat began to CANstrict from its icy temperatures. Mr. Yeti was doing me no favors. Seriously, though, it had a really cool, minty flavor and I was really digging this one. Finish was like good rye whiskey, smooth, cool and dry. Inhalation was like smoking a menthol cigarette. Phew. The extreme finish even produced a caramel sweetness and I was left with a lot of nice lacing in my glass.

woodychandler, Jan 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Kylemif, Jan 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

DarthKostrizer, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

cjgiant, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of PlinyThePiney
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

PlinyThePiney, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of fivetime
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

fivetime, Dec 22, 2013
Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.