Downward Spiral | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

very good
70 Ratings
Downward SpiralDownward Spiral

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Downward Spiral is an imperial version of our Hopside Down India style pale lager that was aged on new oak spirals. This bold wood-aged beer is an aggressively hopped, cold-fermented brew that brings together the clean, crisp finish of a lager with the hop character of Anipa, balanced by distinct oak flavors and aromas.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from tasting notes. L: Pours brilliant gold with a 1” off-white foam cap that is very lacy. S: malt, some hints of hop, but not big. T: The beer is rich and malty with some spice flavors. F: Clean and smooth with medium body and carbonation. O: a very interesting and flavorful lager.

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scotorum
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Found a fourpack on a trip to New Hampshire. Only later discovered it was brewed in November 2013!

12oz. bottle emptied into a stemmed tulip.

a: Translucent deep orange with an inch plus thick offwhite head which receded to thick surface foam and patchy lacing

s: Tangerine and smoky wood.

t: Sweet citrus over a heavy bready malt base, medium hop bite, slight lingering bitterness, wood notes in the aftertaste.

m: Medium, fine body and good carbonation tingle.

o: A tasty IIPA, lower in hop bitterness perhaps because of the age on it. The sweet citrus, bready malt and wood notes make for a rewarding sipper.

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of humlet_oel_elsker
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why did I wait so long to open this? (Sep 23, 2013 on label) It's been in my beer fridge since purchasing, whenever that was.
I guess this rainy Sunday in California was a special enough occasion to pop the top, and I'm so glad I did!
Look: Lovely cloudy amber. Lacing's hang on the tulip.
Smell: I really don't sniff my beer much, I mean, ITS NOT WINE....smells like...bananas?
Taste: OH YUM, hops are present but subdued and there is just the loveliest hint of oak that rests on my palate long after the sip (or gulp) has gone done.
Feel: just right.
So, wish I'd have opened this sooner, I'd have gotten more while it was available!

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -43.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Polygamy Porter pint glass
From: 55 Degree Wine in Glendale, Calif.
Price: $5.99
Purchased: March 28, 2014
Consumed: March 29, 2014
Misc.: Born on date of Sept. 23, 2013

Poured a caramel, orange, murky color with two fingers of frothy white head. Some bubbles coming up from the bottom. Minimal lacing along the sides of the glass. Below average retention from the bottom.

Smelled a pleasant mix on the nose. Got citrus hops first, followed by pine, soap, lime and some floral hops, immediately followed by oak, vanilla and Jack Daniels. Very boozy, but probably matches nine percent ABV.

Tasted similar to the nose, which was all over the place. Got citrus hops, soapy pine, then dominated by boozy oak. Also bourbon, vanilla and bitter nickel.

Light body. Oily texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Long, boozy finish.

A really good attempt but I thought it could have been better overall.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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Downward Spiral from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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