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Downward Spiral - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

60 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%
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:
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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shand

Florida

4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 23:49:17 | More by shand
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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05-03-2014 09:58:27 | More by crytion
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-10-2014 02:01:26 | More by kmos27
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California

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 04:31:22 | More by BucannonXC5
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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-05-2014 04:35:40 | More by SkinniePost
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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New York

3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 20:10:32 | More by pkalix
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4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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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 60 ratings.