Abominable Winter Ale - Hopworks Urban Brewery
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4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
A - Very light hazy brown, tall head retained at a solid finger, random lacing
S - Big juicy and piney presence with some pepper
T - Sweet toffee malt with pine resin hops, toasty and peppery notes
M - Big body with lowish carbonation, mild bitter finish 4
O - Reminds of a solid esb, full flavour and easy drinker, this is a must try
08-24-2012 20:29:33 | More by joemcgrath27
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
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
22oz silkscreened bomber given to me for Xmas by my brother, and pretty much forgotten about until now. Hope I haven't waited too long, but then again the weather hasn't changed much since it became spring, so lets just call it a really long winter and this beer is still in season. No freshness date on the bottle, but it does state it is made with "Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe hops and six organic malts." I like it when brewers tell you more or less what they use, instead of being all top secret about it.
Pours a dark color not unlike the color of an unpeeled potato, and about as clear. Things get a bit more rubyish when held up to light. Big off-white head that takes its time dropping, leaving lots of lace.
Spicy and floral in the nose. Lots of hops were used in this beer, I'm thinking. The aroma kinda reminds me of rye malt, but I'm not a supersniffer by any means, so take that with a grain of salt. In any event, lots of hops and malts were used here, and it smells like it was all to the good.
Big flavor to this! Spicy hops riding a big malt carpet kick in at first. Then there's some tropicla fruit, a little bit of pine, some tea and even some pipe tobacco in the background. Moderate dry note at the swallow. Tasty and complex, with a noticeable booze bite that seems stronger than it's advertised abv.
Medium bodied, with a fairly creamy mouthfeel.
Finally, a HUB beer I can get behind. I've heard others rave about their beers but I just didn't get it. This one I get, big time, but I'm glad I've onl got one for now, as it drinks like a fairly big beer. Tommorow will be another story, however, so I guess I'll have to keep my eyes open for this one in the future. The bro did good.
04-02-2011 03:38:17 | More by woemad
4/5 rDev -2%
Pours hazy rusty brown with a small white head with just a touch of retention and lacing.
Smells like candied citrus with a good dose of pine as well.
Lots of that candied grapefruit up front in the flavor. A little bit of a bready sweetness in the middle. Finishes balanced with some pine resin to go along with the continued citrus presence.
Medium bodied and a bit sticky. Solid carbonation levels.
I would call this more of a DIPA or hoppy amber rather than a winter as I don't pick up many spices, but it's still a solid beer.
01-14-2013 15:29:33 | More by jmarsh123
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
The latest corny fill I picked up from Hopworks, after sampling the available wares in the pub last week. Pours a pretty reddish amber hue, crowned by a sizeable, creamy off-white head. Nice, thick, creamy lacing lingers on the glass the whole way down. Aroma is primarily spicy, floral hops, with a mildly sweet caramel malt base.
Palate is well-balanced up front, with pale and caramel malt blending with a spicy hop profile. The hops assert themselves a bit more after the swallow, leading to a mildly bitter finish. Notes of sweet biscuit, pine, and citrus pop up throughout.
Body is full and not too thick, and fits well as a winter seasonal. This gives Celebration and Wreck the Halls a run for their money as the top hoppy beer of the winter season. I may have to pick up a second corny, as this is just a fantastic, easy-drinking beer that has been keeping me warm during the Arctic Blast of 2008. Careful, though, it's quite strong and will catch up with you quickly.
12-24-2008 06:27:15 | More by ElGordo
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
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
Cask Conditioned on-tap at HUB 10/25 poured into HUB mug.
One finger creamy white head, ultra-slow dissipation with quite nice lacing. Deep clear amber body, no visible carbonation re cask. Nose is pretty malty, sweet, complex hop aroma, some citrus, flloral. Taste is more hoppy than the nose, crystal and caramel malts up front, citrusy hops in the middle, resiny hops on the backend. Medium mouthfeel, a bit sticky. Nice drinkability. A really nice winter warmer.
11-06-2010 17:46:34 | More by jdense
4.08/5 rDev 0%
Poured a rich orange-amber into a pint glass with a finger of dishwater white head. Slightly sweet aroma of caramel and a little hoppy spice.
Moderate carbonation and a full, sticky mouthfeel. Sweet up front with caramel, honey, and biscuity malt followed by a spicy hop finish with a hint of boozy warmth.
Easy-drinking with some nice flavors going on.
10-31-2010 05:49:59 | More by grittybrews
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
11-17-2012 06:24:14 | More by draheim
3.48/5 rDev -14.7%
Another abominable ale sent from ArchEnemyBrew, much thanks! Cool label on this one.
Pours an amber/orange with a bit of haze, off-white head retains nicely as a thick cap and leaves some lacing behind.
Faint smell, mostly malt and some hops. Toasty, some biscuit, spicy, earthy, piny hops. Really intense earthiness as it warms, kinda off-putting.
Taste is more enjoyable, there is some bigger hop flavor, but it's more about the malts, light bitterness. Hops are mostly spicy, herbal and piny with maybe some grapefruit. Malts match the nose, toasty and biscuity.
Fine mouthfeel, carbonation is medium-low, a bit of an oily feel, ABV sneaks up on you.
A good red ale, not a hop bomb as expected, a little forgettable.
12-15-2011 19:58:13 | More by Chico1985
3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
22oz bottle into tulip pint.
Pours an amber-hued orange, with fair off white lacing. There is a light amount of carbonation slowly rising up.
The aroma and flavors are of strong and slightly juicy citric and spicy hops, with a pleasant caramel malt backing.
The mouthfeel is a fairly average medium body with decent carbonation.
I would really like to try more by this brewery as what I have had so far has been quite well done.
11-27-2010 07:03:25 | More by vkv822
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
11-14-2013 03:31:30 | More by artoolemomo
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
22oz bottle split into two pint glasses
Pours cloudy light brown with a medium head. Smell is surprisingly hoppy, some spice.
Taste is nice and hoppy, surprisingly so. Nice thick malty beer, too. This is actually pretty darn good. Now I'm glad I accidentally doubled up on the bottle.
Mouthfeel is chewy but not heavy. Overall, I'm very pleased with this beer.
12-09-2011 01:22:51 | More by snaotheus
Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
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