Abominable Winter Ale - Hopworks Urban Brewery
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4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
10-25-2013 00:21:31 | More by Siriusfisherman
British Columbia (Canada)
3.73/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
06-21-2013 00:21:09 | More by souvenirs
4.01/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
03-24-2013 21:39:08 | More by WillCarrera
3.33/5 rDev -18.4%
Thanks to bfg75 for this bottle as an extra, which has since been resting in the fridge to slow it down. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife while watching my first Twins spring training game of the year. Yippee!
Pour is clear copperish red, & clean & clear as a whistle. Nose is nice floral, grapefruit, dash of sweetness, but one has to get out the shovel to dig much up.
Abominable Winter Ale could be renamed Abominable Biscuit Beer. Huge malty biscuitness jumps out of the woods & ambushes the palate; there's certainly plenty of hops, but the breadiness is ascendant. Hops kick in underneath the falling biscuit as bitter, mild grapefruit, but much more in the mouthfeel, which is very slick & neat. High point of the beer, though it's certainly easy to drink.
Eh. Just to the right of the middle of the road, this is a nice, inoffensive beer that's easy on the palate but without much in the way of character. Pretty good beer.
03-16-2013 01:54:18 | More by maximum12
3.55/5 rDev -13%
Thanks to VoodooImpStout for sharing this one at jmgrub's birthday tasting.
Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a herbal hop flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but smells better than it tastes in my opinion.
02-26-2013 03:06:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.39/5 rDev +7.6%
Tall boy can served cold into an imperial pint glass. 70 IBU, 17 Plato.
Abominable Winter Ale is a slightly hazy amber red color with thick off-white head. It has good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind.
Aroma is nice and hoppy with a sweet fruity character. Fresh citrus and candied ginger come through.
Flavor is plenty hoppy but, at the same time, more malty than expected. It has a fair dose of bitterness from the hops but the big malt bill goes a long way towards balancing it. Bready with a hint of rye malt and a big citrusy, resiney hop profile.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.
Overall a very good hoppy amber rye winter (and whatever else you want it to be) ale.
02-24-2013 00:45:58 | More by GilGarp
Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.