Abominable Winter Ale | Hopworks Urban Brewery

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4.03/5
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372 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
Ranking:
#3,752
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
372
pDev:
10.42%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
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Ratings: 372 |  Reviews: 131
Photo of ninaturner
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ajlvt
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chico1985
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BMESSER88
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of switzer
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at HUB, Portland, OR

Poured a clear copper with a nice white head that receded to a patchy layer. I expected some sugar and spice in the aroma for a beer labeled as a winter ale, but instead got a blast of unexpected hops, more reminiscent of an APA or hoppy amber ale (which of course it is, I now know). Sweet pale malts were tasteable in the background, with citrus and pine hops taking the forefront, grassy with some light fruit tones. Medium mouthfeel, somewhat bitter in the aftertaste, a good-drinking beer overall, but I don't really get what exactly makes it a winter ale.

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Photo of kamikazeokami
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of spamages
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of davidthebruce
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of casapy
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of PacNWDad
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of MikeAllen
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of egrace84
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brandonwnw
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NWHopinator
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Damngoodrx
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to VoodooImpStout for sharing this one at jmgrub's birthday tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a herbal hop flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from Roth’s Vista Market, Salem. $3.50 Clear amber coloured ale with a nice frothy,thick,cream coloured head. Very nice hoppy aromas..slightly resinous and spruce like. The 6 malts certainlly appear in the taste..chocolaty,roasty and are matched by the resinous hopping..giving a very nice balanced yet complex flavour. Under carbonated and actually quite thin for such a subtantial ale..but OK An OK beer but i get the feeling it lacks something.

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Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 372 ratings