Abominable Winter Ale | Hopworks Urban Brewery

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89
very good
353 Ratings
Abominable Winter AleAbominable Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Oregon, United States
hopworksbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made with Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook hops and six organic malts.

70 IBU

This is a Winter IPA.

Added by ElGordo on 12-24-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
353
Reviews:
127
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.72%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
45
For Trade:
0
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Photo of dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of velosuds
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. Brought home from the brewpub earlier this week.

A-Pours a gorgeous copper-amber with a full two finger, off-white head with long lasting retention and copious lacing. Very nice appearance.

S-Assertive blend of Cascade, Centennial, and Simcoe provide a pleasant bouquet of floral, spicy and citrus hops with malty sweetness. Quite nice.

T-Hops are aggressive at 70 IBUS without being overpowering due to the nice malt backbone. Fruity, spicy accompanied by toffee like sweetness. Taste improves as it warms.

M-Very smooth and extremely well balanced.

D-Very nice for an amber ale. I think it also serves nicely as a winter seasonal. So smooth. 7.3% ABV is nicely masked.

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Photo of Docer
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally grabbed up a bottle to try...

- Nice fizzy fluffy finger of head... leaves a bit of lace and a thin layer on top of a slightly cloudy caramel colored brew... rather murky and dark... certainly amber in color..

- Fruity citrus hops.. smooth grain bed of mixed oats, caramel, roasty almond, biscuit and a grassy earthy touch. Very grainy and husky.

- Mega hops... citrus, grassy, pine, and more fruity citrus... taking a ride down the throat balanced and smooth like with a great blend of grains... husky, caramel, oats... biscuit... and more grain... very well brewed beverage.

- Medium bodied, slightly drying because of the true 70 ibu bitterness.... bit sticky and chewy....

- Overall a great winter brew, and I am glad it is not too dark and spicy... the over spicing in brews during this season gets old... and this wouldn't. Very well done, and unique.

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Photo of Exeter
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of arini10
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper/brown color with a small tan head, about one finger in height. Not much retention that reduces to a very thin cap on top. Streaky lacing down the glass.

S: Nice aroma, a combination of light grapefruit and orange with some floral notes. Lots of sweet caramel and bready malt on the backend.

T: Nice amber ale, with a nice combination of light tropical fruits, grass, and floral hops. More caramel and light toffee.

M: Medium to full bodied for an amber/red. Moderate carbonation.

O: A solid beer, like that it comes out in the winter, sorta like Celebration, but just a shade below.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cd34
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of Libby pours a supa-clear copper color with a tight, frothy tan head. Nice retention and lacing...looks tasty!

Nose is resinously citric and floral hops with a toasty and slightly sweet caramel malt background. It actually smells a little like SN Celebration.

Taste throws down more sweetness than I was expecting, but that is preceded and followed by a rich hop flavor and pretty substantial bitterness. Pretty clean, the yeast does not contribute much in the flavor. The malt is rich and gives the body a nice, silky feel with plenty of heft. Hops are well done both on the flavoring and bittering side. This is a mighty tasty ale here, and my first Hopworks beer!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zanico
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of suncrust
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap poured to a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, coppery hue reminiscent of a dirty penny. This color really reminded me of the amber hue from the cane handle in Jurassic Park that held the epic mosquito. You know what I mean- that dark honey, amber color. Some sticky lacing as I drank.

Aroma: Very spicy, herbal hops. Lots of pine. Almost a dank marijuana with a citrus backbone of clementines and orange rinds. Mild spicy teas and fruit blossoms. Crazy hop spice for a winter beer.

Taste: Initially hits with a clean malt flavor, dominated by an herbal tea spice and a bold hop bitterness that numbs the tongue. The herbal hops smoothly balance a light bisquit sweetness combined with a very citrusy blossom character. A bit fruit-chewy like. The fruit blossoms and herbal tea flavors really stand out though. A little alcohol lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and drinkable, and nothing really overwhelms the palate. A bit different compared to a lot of winter beers. Lots of herbal and hops spice mixed with a juicy texture and a slightly dryer finish.

Overal: An earthy, slightly syrupy beer with an excellent herbal spiced hop character. Drinkable, clean, and nice. A very Pacific Northwest take on the winter warmer.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can, canned about three months ago

A very calm pour gives about a half finger of head into my pint glass. Color is amber, with hints of brown and orange. Visibility is very low.

Aroma is interesting. Slightly bitter, maybe even a hint of sourness or acidity. A light, unoffensive malt character, reminiscent of an amber malt profile, but more subdued. Hints of sweetness, and a small dark fruit presence are hidden. Some sniffs are more acidic with the hops/bitterness/and a touch of booze. Other are smoother, sweeter, with mild fruit. It’s a very complex smell, and for a winter warmer, a nice change on the norm. Very nice, could be 4, but we'll go 4.25.

The taste is good, slightly different than the smell. Malt hits first, then bitterness, malt, and fruit combine all at once. Slight sweetness hits for a nano second at the end, but not a sweet winter warmer overall. Bitterness lingers, very subtly. The flavors combine very nicely, but it's kinda unfortunate they hit you all at once, because you can't taste them individually. I’m not blown away by the flavor, but it is a nice beer, and different.

Carbonation is medium, airing on low. Body has a little umph to it, but is a little thin. Overall it fits the beer pretty well.

The drinkability is higher than it could be for 7.3 % and 70 IBU'S, but not a suuuper easy drinking beer. Bitterness does hit, and is lingering a little more these past sips.

Overall this is a good brew, kinda all over the place sometimes (which I haven’t said in a while). Parts of the beer make me not like it as much. But I've had it before, and I'm drinking it now, and I can say that this is a good beer. Not perfect, but good. I should add that for being three months old, I wouldn't expect it to be super obviously stale tasting, and it's not, but it's flirting with it. I think it's right on the cusp of being a reviewable beer, but it makes the cut.

Appearance turned out ok. Most of the glass had patchy lacing, then once I poured the rest of the can in, it got some decent head, and better lacing (it's my fault though for not giving a more aggressive pour initially). It's a 3.75 or 4 for appearance, basically a coin flip. I'll go 4 because it would have been better, with a better pour.

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Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Intrinsic
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer reminds me more of an IPA considering how hopped up it is. It's about the same colour as an Imperial (dark amber), with a nice brownish head. Normal retention, slight lacing. It smells great - lots of hops, slightly piney, a little citrus. Flavour falls along the same lines. The finish is slightly oily but not bad. Overall I like this beer. Why isn't stuff like this available in Quebec?!

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Photo of irishevans
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ZekeMillz
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to Mike.

Pours a hazy amber with a huge frothy white head that shows excellent retention and sticks begrudgingly to the sides on the way down.

Aroma is hoppy up front with the C hops leading the way with some pithy citrus and spicy herbal notes. The malta are sweet with caramel and balance the hops well.

The taste is a bit sweeter and maltier than the aroma with the caramel malts and juicy citrus more prevalent than the bitter hops. The finish is lightly bitter and definitely more earthy.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and creamy with strong carbonation.

A top notch hopped-up amber from the Pac NW. Liked this one quite a bit.

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Photo of Beervana
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of grittybrews
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a transparent copper amber color with a relaxed 2 cm white head that retains for a while before yielding to a ring of foam and some light lace. A relaxed look gives me an idea of what I am in for.

Smell: Amber malt, caramel, spices, some citrus and a ton of pine hops.

Taste: It starts out with a nice caramel amber malt backbone, getting spicier as the sip continues. It warms the stomach with a bit of alcohol as some cloves and general spiciness step in. A bit of citrus and a blast of sticky, spicy pine finishes up. Some bitterness lingers along with some malt sweetness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth, starting dry and becoming juicier as the hops smack the tongue, with a bitterness that puckers a little bit. Lightly sticky, with a little more than medium carbonation and a medium body. My tongue tingles from a the pine hops.

Drinkability: A nice balance between the spice, grains, and hops. Somewhere in the range of beers that are nice to sip and savor without worrying about the alcohol. This was the first I had from Hopworks, and I would be happy to have this again.

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Photo of jdense
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of spicelab
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased from Fred [email protected], OR. Reviewed from notes.

Ruby amber with a thick-set cream head, about 1.5 fingers. Falls quietly, leaving respectable lacing and a raised ring.

Refined tea-like and piney hop aromas contrast with fruity aromas of mango tango, passionfruit, lemon and strawberry. Pleasant baked caramel and doughy malt character works in nicely with the hops.

Candied tangerine, bitter herbs, hints of dark fruit and an earthy pine bitterness. Plenty of intrigue.

Medium, sticky but lively mouthfeel thanks to zesty carbonation. Mild lingering bitterness. Pretty spot on.

Finely crafted. Draws together both subtle and blunt characteristics very adeptly.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear ruby orange, some carbonation, two finger head with some lacing.

S-Caramel, nice malt, earthy hops, pine, grass.

T-Similar to the nose, caramel and earthy. Nice hop presence and some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O-Not a traditional winter ale, more hoppy than spicy, but well balanced. Just a solid Red Ale.

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Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
4.01 out of 5 based on 353 ratings.
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