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Downward Spiral - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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64 Ratings

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 0
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:
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.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-10-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

LXIXME, Jun 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Hell yeah! Love the IPL style, very well hopped without being overwhelming and the wood character really sets this beer away from the rest. Keep on brewing beers like this Bros!!

LOOK: Dull pale amber hue, tiny bubbled lacing leaves a trail all the way down the glass.

SMELL: Fresh orange zest, faint oak, pineapple skin, pine sap, green tea, esters, bready, floral

TASTE: Slightly chewy body, big crispness, mild wood tannin, dried hay, exotic fruit, pungent hop bitterness, mint, mildly dank, rose water, stone fruit, linger hop, pulling woody dryness

Jason, Nov 16, 2013
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cjgator3, Jan 02, 2014
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3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a half finger of head on a clear medium straw colored body.
The aroma has some mango, orange, lemon and a little wood.
The taste has a lot going on at once: mild honey sweet to moderate grapefruit bitterness, then mild oak and earth, finishes with moderate lemon bitterness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It borders on doing too many things at once, but it pulls through with an enjoyable and unique drink.

Fatehunter, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

freewill35, Dec 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

trentbent, Apr 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 an IPA, balanced by distinct oak flavors and aromas. Wood is good. Prost!

Malts: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Caramel 80L, Dextrapils
Hops: Alchemy Hop Blend, Cascade, Dry-Hopped with Cascade
Original Gravity: 17.65 P
ABV: 9.4%
IBU: 84

Foamy 2 finger off white head... decent lacing... the brew is polished dark golden.

Citrusy/light pine on the nose... hints of oak.... smells pretty clean.

Bigger bitterness on the palate and the oak really shines midpalate to the finish.. the oak also accentuates the bigger malt presence.

Medium body and carbonation... the oak makes this seem IMO a bit aggressive... not sure if it translates well in a big hoppy lager.


JohnGalt1, Oct 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Everyone knows Widmer and Cigar City got together for Gentleman's Club, right? Well, Cigar City obviously dropped off some of their trademark white oak spirals used to make White Oak Jai Alai and Widmer applied them in a similar manner to this Imperial Pale Lager, because this tastes remarkably like White Oak Jai Alai. I drink a lot of White Oak Jai Alai, and these are damn close. The difference in scores so far can almost be completely accounted for the fact that Cigar City has tons of hype and Widmer doesn't. The aroma and mouthfeel on the Widmer aren't quite as good as White Oak's, and the finish is a tad astringent, but a surprising amount of the flavor is there.

shand, Oct 18, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from S.Salem Fred Meyer $4.17 Pours a nice deep golden colour with a nice sized bubbly off white head. Slightly boozy,caramel,toffee, aroma,slight floral perfume . Surprisingly balanced taste..getting some spicy hop and a touch of what i take to be oak wood.There is some alcohol in the after taste but its pleasant and almost wine like. Nice really Mouth feel is fine..dry finish . Unusual beer here from Widmer..quite nice on a cold evening.

Reidrover, Oct 27, 2013
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12oz : tulip

Pours a clear, bright copper with a thin, fizzy off white head that dissipates to leave a thin foam across the surface.

Citric hops upfront, with a definite oak presence, both in the nose and taste. In the flavor the oak adds a vanilla character in the finish as well.

Medium body, slightly oily, mild carbonation.

A very well done beer. The oak spiral aging compliments the base beer nicely.

vkv822, Nov 09, 2013
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Downward Spiral from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.