Abominable Winter Ale | Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.03/5
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375 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:
#3,960
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
375
pDev:
10.42%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
50
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Ratings: 375 |  Reviews: 131
Photo of TrueOregonian
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DallasK
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a dark amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy and resinous hops notes is very enticing. Taste is a complex mix of citrusy and resinous hops notes with some light sweetness from the malt base. Very limited amount of bitterness with good floral notes. Body is fuller then average with good carbonation. Very nice mix between a solid malt backbone and some fresh hops notes.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
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 rarigney
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrenaline
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kofukasho
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hagenmccombs
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had from the cask at the brewpub. Was honestly fairly disappointed. It was too sweet and earthy for my tastes. I would have preferred the body to be much lighter with less of a syrupy brown sugar flavor. The hops were there, but not very clean or bright. This is a classic winter ale in the PNW so perhaps I'm just crazy. Not my thing.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bruno74200
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a pint can, so that's a good point here.

L - Hazy dark amber with a lacing head

S - Loads of citrus and pine, tobacco, a bit herbal and spicy

T - Follow the smell, it's sweet and a bit sour, with a rye spiceness following the grapefruit

F - Good mouthfeel, fine carbonation

O - A great IPA, maybe good on a winter day but defenitely great on a spring day as today

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Photo of cd34
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
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 elNopalero
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
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 wyliewalker
4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Misterefe
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MilkLeg
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged this on sale for from a local store. Canned in October 2015, so not the freshest for what would prove to be a hoppy brew. 16 oz pour, darker orange with a bit of sediment clinging around the side of my IPA style glass. Smelled sort of medicinal and floral. Not a typical winter ale, unless you're a west coast brewery with the word hop in your name. It immediately reminded me of a sweeter malty IPA, similar to a brown and suggary west coast counterpart. Stuff's not bad for its age, would love to try it fresher someday though.

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Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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 RichH55
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of L_A_C_903
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color with white head. Aroma has some citrusy hops, orange mostly, and some sweet malts. Taste is quite hoppy, the earthy, piney type, very west coast. Body is medium to full with a good amount of carbonation. Really good IPA overall, but nothing really special.

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Photo of JohnnyYuma
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A little restrained on the nose, but there is no getting around that this is a beautiful beer when poured into a pint glass. I'm a sucker for that deep rich amber hue, and the fact that the taste is of a restrained but truly well-defined Northwest IPA makes it even better. I'm super stoked I brought two 16oz cans down from Seattle with me. I'm a big fan of this beer.

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Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 375 ratings