Abominable Winter Ale | Hopworks Urban Brewery

BA SCORE
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:
44
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 353 |  Reviews: 127
Photo of twelveinches
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of shelby415
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of andrenaline
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ccrida
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On draught at Bailey's, Abominable is clear dark bronze with an of-white head that leaves foamy lace.

Smell is a blast of hop resins, some cat piss and soapy notes, with toffee coming out as it warms.

Taste is great, a hop explosion for sure. The centennial notes from the nose, with some spiciness, somewhat balanced by the caramel sweetness and amber malt backbone, a very yummy, NW style winter warmer.

Mouthfeel is dry and spicy, resinous, with a medium body.

Drinkability is very good, a great winter IPA. Beers like this is why Portland is Beervana!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, split while drunk-decorating the tree

appearance: served in a stone shaker pint, bright clear orange-amber body, filmy beige head.

smell: "winter ale" is a tricky vague category as every once in a while, someone sneaks in a bright hoppy concoction. grapefruit, tons of pine, bright orange citrus

taste: an amber perhaps, but very hop forward - clean, moderately bitter, and full of flavor - tangerine, grapefruit zest, pine. A really nice brew - and its no wonder, with the combination of cascades, centennials and simcoes

mouthfeel: clean oily body, moderate bitterness

overall: had no idea this was going to be a hopbomb, nice surprise

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Photo of Lucnifter
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bobv
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, it was free!!! Looks good, smells okay, tastes sort of okay, feels okay, and overall, I really wish I could try a fresher can or bottle of this.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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 Brenden
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a fairly thick-looking dark orange color, almost but not quite opaque. The head consists of big, loose bubbles that pop and settle to a somewhat denser foam. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.
It's hop-forward in the aroma, with lots of leaf and herb but with a sweetness of orange flesh and something like caramel. It's got a bit of spiciness behind it, too.
The flavor follows suit, and this is a nicely hoppy beer balanced by sweetness in the middle and finishing with more dry bitterness. Herb, spice, earth, and leaf make for a fairly complex bittering, while the citrus and caramel-like notes come through as in the nose. There's almost a candied orange note right in the middle, and the hops take a pithy edge as they finish.
Crispness bites moderately beginning to end while remaining smooth, and a solid medium body doesn't wane. It runs semi-dry with a brief moment of semi-sweetness toward the front before the dry finish.

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Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12/9/14 canning date.

A: Beautiful clear red pour. Tall, frothy off-white head. Amazing lacing, heavy, thick and continuous. Great head retention too.

S: Hoppy. Citrus and some dankness. Light hint of caramel maybe?

T: Yup. Hop-forward with a nice grapefruit and orange peel. Mildly herbal and spicy too. Kinda reminds me of a hoppy red. Maybe it's just the color that's fooling me. Nice mild breadiness peeks through and then it's more grapefruit and citrus in general into the finish. Mild wave of bitterness into the lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, just sweet enough for a nice IPA.

O: I was expecting a winter warmer or something spiced due to the "winter ale" in the name but this is a straight-up IPA. Nice big bold hop flavors but not super bitter. In fact it's very lightly sweet in the finish. Just enough to balance it nicely. Great drinkability. This one hit the spot.

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Photo of anteater
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of cjgiant
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of buschbeer
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT 6 FLUID OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours tea colored with reddish orange highlights. It is topped with over an inch of tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

As soon as I cracked the bottle I smelled juniper. After decanting I got a balance of caramel malt and pine with hints of grapefruit.

The taste begins with a solid malt backbone which quickly gives way to resinous hop flavor. There is some sweetness through the middle with a bitter finish.

Medium to full mouthfeel

I didn't realize that this was a hoppy beer when I received it in late October, so it is probably past its optimal tasting age. I do like it though. It has some balance, but plenty of hops to satisfy a hophead. It comes across as a hoppy amber ale.

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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 DrMindbender
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Toasty, Citrus, Tea, Dank

Sticky pungent hop nose of hemp, grapefruit rind and black tea ... clean whiff of alcohol and toasted malt rounds the aroma out. Hefty toasted malt character on a semi-lush smooth full-ish body. Hops ring in with a citrus bite with a slight bitter back-end, more of a blond tobacco and rind flavor later on. Alcohol drops some light fruitiness of ripe pears and mango. Hoppy finish with some linger of malt as well as the warmth of alcohol. A stellar American winter seasonal here ... malt, hops and alcohol are all elevated equally for the most part in the PNW manner. Delicious.

STYLE: Winter IPA | ABV: 7.3% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #96 (JAN 2015)

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a finger of foamy off white head and settles to a skiff of foam. A very bright/clear amber color.. Quite a bit of carbonation rising to the surface. Some sticky lacing remains.

Aroma is very nice. Very fruity with some citrus & floral notes. A nice balance here with some toasted malt and a slight sweetness to the aroma.

Very fruity and juicy. Love it. Perfect balance and balance for me tilts hoppy. There is a wonderful toasted/bready malt profile just below the surface. I need to use the word juicy again. A slight spice to it that's wonderful. A touch of sweetness that works... a hint of alcohol that is more warming vs. hot. You can tell it's there, but it's not an issue. Really nice beer. Wish I had more.

Medium body with a eye towards being sticky. Very slight carbonation.

Just a great beer. Wish HUB was in Boston... I'd mainline the stuff..

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Photo of Reidrover
3.57/5  rDev -11%
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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Photo of yeaprolly
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of RichH55
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of elNopalero
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours a malty caramel color with creamy foam. There's a somewhat spicy, slightly earthy aroma to this, with pine and citrus notes. The beer itself tastes slightly sticky, with a pleasing hop combination of citrus and pine, backed by a malt body that compliments without dominating --or being ignored. A well balanced brew. I liked it.

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Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Moose90
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can "CANNED ON 03NOV2015 553-582" Poured into 20oz Willibecher

A — Pours a coppery deep orange hue into the glass. There is a tall bubbly cream colored head that forms, and settles into a thin layer of foam on-top of the beer, leaving behind nicely consistent rings of lace with each sip.

S — Smell is assertive, hoppy, resinous, bitter, piney, fresh, and awesome. Little bit of sweet crystal malt base underneath. Overall a hop assault though.

T — Taste is like the nose though there is a bit more perceived sweetness here. Notes of pine, lemon, earth, caramel, light peppery note as well.

M — Medium bodied, sticky lingering finish.

O — Very good overall, a nice big piney & resinous IPA.

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