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:
#4,061
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
375
pDev:
10.42%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
50
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Photo of Tunic
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lpothier
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZekeMillz
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DerwinWentworth
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 thezach
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Bright clear orange-copper hue. Medium sized off-white head fades quickly to light wisps across the beer with speckled lacing down the sides.
S: Rich toasty caramel malts with floral hops, bright zesty Meyer Lemons (a mix of mandarin orange and lemon), slight pine characteristic and some black tea.
T: I can't get earl grey tea out of my head, could be the BROS or the fact that I happened to have a cup a couple hours ago, but there's a fine, smooth tea characteristic with juicy hops, slightly balanced towards bitterness to make it snappier and more drinkable. Slight resin/pine in the hops,
F: smooth, not a hint of astringency, juicy, mouth-watering, medium-light bodied and awesome to drink. This is really pretty.

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Photo of headlessparrot
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zanico
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Asics
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerserk
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shippy
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber. Pours a clear reddish brown with a thin white head. Hoppy aroma with pine, citrus, and maybe some woodiness. Flavor starts with citrus notes, followed by pine, some light malt, and spices before a fairly bitter finish. Medium bodied with a little carbonation. Overall an intriguing mix of flavors that starts like a summery IPA and finishes more like a winter ale. I'd prefer more of a wintery taste throughout, but a very tasty beer.

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Photo of chebode2
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tylerstravis
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kenmac19
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moose90
3.91/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of arini10
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MjBrewhouse
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my cup of tea at all. This is not a winter ale nor an ipa. Lacks body,hops and carbonation. Can't believe that Fremont brewing had to stop using the Words Abominable Ale for this.

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Photo of Exeter
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 Mehinaman
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though I did not realize this was actually an IPA when I bought it I'm not disappointed as its a very tasty IPA! Shares a few similarities with Pliny the Elder in fact. I wish it was just slightly more carbonated, but overall it's hoppy, citrusy and goes down incredibly easy. Will definitely buy again

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Photo of GTJayG
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance : Dirty water/iced tea colored, 80% opaque, with a fluffy egg crate foam yellow head. Head is 3 fingers and stays that way for awhile.

Smell : Onion, grapefruit, pine, spice, maple sap, tree bark...

Taste : Actually better than I was expecting. It calms itself with malted barley to tame the citrus notes that otherwise (by the nose) would simply destroy everything else. From the can it's straight pine, but letting it sit in a glass tames it a bit.

Feel : I don't know what it is about these Northwest beers, but I FEEL a headache coming on. That's an awful feeling. Anyways for the mouth it's pretty rich and decadent, but has some stabbing carbonation that's nettlesome. A parched finish completes the profile.

Overall : Well obviously I wasn't expecting an IPA, I bought it for the can art. In most parts of the country a winter warmer is a darker ale, with notes of plums and figs, but apparently in this northwest pocket of the US it means a highly hopped pale ale. Either way it wasn't bad, but not something I'll be going back for.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 375 ratings