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Downward Spiral - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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very good

64 Ratings

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Downward Spiral is an imperial version of our Hopside Down India style pale lager that was aged on new oak spirals. This bold wood-aged beer is an aggressively hopped, cold-fermented brew that brings together the clean, crisp finish of a lager with the hop character of Anipa, balanced by distinct oak flavors and aromas.
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3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Polygamy Porter pint glass
From: 55 Degree Wine in Glendale, Calif.
Price: $5.99
Purchased: March 28, 2014
Consumed: March 29, 2014
Misc.: Born on date of Sept. 23, 2013

Poured a caramel, orange, murky color with two fingers of frothy white head. Some bubbles coming up from the bottom. Minimal lacing along the sides of the glass. Below average retention from the bottom.

Smelled a pleasant mix on the nose. Got citrus hops first, followed by pine, soap, lime and some floral hops, immediately followed by oak, vanilla and Jack Daniels. Very boozy, but probably matches nine percent ABV.

Tasted similar to the nose, which was all over the place. Got citrus hops, soapy pine, then dominated by boozy oak. Also bourbon, vanilla and bitter nickel.

Light body. Oily texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Long, boozy finish.

A really good attempt but I thought it could have been better overall.

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4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

nice bright yellow-orange color with little to no effervescent bubbles and a lighter, creamy-looking head.
candy-sweet aroma, biscuit-y malt and fruit (orange?).
taste is sweet up front, with little bitterness on the side of the tongue. candy-orange flavor but without the novelty. taste of vanilla, for sure, and... is that the oak it's referring to? a very decent IPL, and although i'm not a fan of the IPL, I can appreciate this quite a bit. nice abv too!
overall, a decent brew. the bitterness at the finish is interesting.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful amber-tinged golden color in the Affligem chalice with an ample foam. Crisp with a substantial mouthfeel as the malt flows over the tongue. Aroma of toast and vanilla.

Sweet and tangy. I don't really taste too much besides the oak and the bitterness, but what a great flavor. Flowery and pleasantly sweet with a big sudsy mouthfeel. Tastes strong but not overly alcoholic. More aromatic than hot in the mouth. Huge fruity, zingy taste of ripe pears and pineapple.

If you're going to oak up a beer, this is the way to do it. Another nice surprise from Widmer. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego.

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Downward Spiral from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.