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Abominable Winter Ale - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

241 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 32
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of South2NW
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber to tulip glass

A: clear amber color with about a 2 finger off white head with fair retention. Leaves sheet lacing.

S: Big citrus aromas, grapefruit and orange mostly. Hints of caramel and spice, too.

T: begins with big citrus flavors upfront with a medium amount of bitterness, finish is mostly caramel/malt. Quite pleasing.

M: very smooth. Medium carbonation, with a slightly dry finish.

O: HUB with another quality beer. $4-$5/bomber is a great deal. Will seek out again.

South2NW, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -2%

duceswild, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

oriolesfan4, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of DRBiser
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

DRBiser, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of casapy
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

casapy, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint can received as an extra in a trade from bfg75, thanks!

Pours a dark red color with a nice inch thick white head. The smell is mildly hoppy...but also a tad malty. not too big though. Taste is a good balance between hops and malts of a typical amber, but way more hoppy than normal. Its very good and i definitely get cascade hops mainly. Good drinkability...medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall just a real enjoyable hoppy red ale right here. Recommended!

Axnjxn, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which seems to have a little bit of retention. The head is an off-white/very light beige while the body is a dark amber which appears as a medium amber when held up to the light. The body is translucent. A good amount of lacing (mostly sheeting) has already been left behind.

Nose- It's no surprise that the aroma is warm and inviting with the big C's in use. Very heavy citrus- lots of orange and grapefruit (lesser notes of lemon). A bit of inviting mustiness mixed with nectar, floral scents, light honey and caramel. Tiny bits of matchstick. The first time I had this beer, I thought it was an IPA in the mold of Lagunitas Sucks. Swirling shows a lot of grapefruit and matchstick.

Taste- Shows a lot more pine and resin that I remember but it is well rounded. There is matchstick and grapefruit (and more pine and resin) on the finish as well. I remembered it to be juicier but that may have been because of the association I had made with it and Lagunitas Sucks. It is slightly juicy and the citrus (orange and lemon) aspects of the nose do make themselves known after a while. While it might not be that complex, the balance and integration are incredible. It doesn't hurt that the freshness lends everything a well rounded quality. Enough malt bill (mostly caramel) to counteract the (sometimes) rowdy hops. A good beer that I, unfortunately, remember as being better. Pretty much a red IPA when it's fresh but I can see it holding up even after the hops begin to degrade (at least, that's how I remember last year's). Some spiciness from the hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel- A little less than medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Normally, I would consider it too much but it works well with the vibrant hops and slight spice.

Drinkability- Very accessible for 70 IBUs. No heat. Reasonable price of 9-10 bucks for 4 pack of tall cans. I'm sure I'll get it again.

Overall- More than above average to good beer. My review might have been more glowing but I seem to have built this beer up in my mind. Definitely worth a try. Tastes great straight from the can as well.

artoolemomo, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of BigJYoungblood
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

BigJYoungblood, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev -2%

Birdlegs, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

johnnyboy76, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Deep, clear mahogany red with a fluffy off-white head and good lacing.

A: Big grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, and spicey hop notes as well as a caramel/bisciut malt backbone and some roasted notes. Very clean yeast profile.

T: Surprisingly smooth bitterness up front, followed by grapefruit rind, pine, and slightly resiny hop notes with a biscuit and caramel malt balance. Moderate carbonation and a smooth body lead into a clean finish.

Overall, a very tasty brew, but not what one would usually expect out of a winter ale. Much closer to a heavily hopped Northwest Red Ale, or a heavily hopped imperial german alt. With that in mind, this brew is definitely worth a try, especially for you hopheads.

Siriusfisherman, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of Beerme5
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Beerme5, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Anidrew
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Anidrew, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of dvsbizzyb
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

dvsbizzyb, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of souvenirs
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, $5.99 + deposit at BC Liquor Store at 8th and Cambie, Vancouver.

A: warm golden brown with about a finger of head and good retention.
S: grapefruit and other citrus, plus a more general fruitiness. Some sweetness.
T: grapefruit, malt, moderate but not overwhelming bitterness.

Based on the name, I was expecting a winter warmer. I see the it's listed on here as an American amber / red ale, which is definitely more accurate. I think I need a beeradvocate.com app so I can check out beer info from the liquor store before I make my purchases! This wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't what I wanted.

Would I get it again? I wouldn't seek it out, but I definitely wouldn't turn it down either.

souvenirs, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of PZBREW
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

PZBREW, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of DarrenStory
4/5  rDev -2%

DarrenStory, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of HarmonMW
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

HarmonMW, May 13, 2013
Photo of SMITHAND
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

SMITHAND, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of zduerr
4/5  rDev -2%

zduerr, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Poserdisposer
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Poserdisposer, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of bluckbeyes
4/5  rDev -2%

bluckbeyes, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of leedorham
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

leedorham, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of WillCarrera
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, has a confusing date on the bottom along with "Happy 2013!" which is nice, so presumably this was canned sometime in 2013. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy amber copper color, topped with an inch of creamy off-white head, leaves nice lacing.

S- Lots of citrusy, piney, floral hops, some fruit, caramel malt.

T- Nice amount of citrus, mostly orange but also some grapefruit, some pine. Towards the finish a lot of caramel and bready malt takes over, with a mildly bitter, grassy finish.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, good carbonation.

O- A solid hoppy red ale, worth checking out.

WillCarrera, Mar 24, 2013
Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.