Downward Spiral | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by Celtics17:
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4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This was better then expected. I really didn't get the lager feel of this, but the oak I did get, with vanilla smack in the middle of this IPA. The bitter/sweet taste played well. This beer had a strong vanilla taste. I enjoyed. I didn't pick up much fruit in this IPA, but the sweet vanilla went well with the bitter pine taste.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Hell yeah! Love the IPL style, very well hopped without being overwhelming and the wood character really sets this beer away from the rest. Keep on brewing beers like this Bros!!

LOOK: Dull pale amber hue, tiny bubbled lacing leaves a trail all the way down the glass.

SMELL: Fresh orange zest, faint oak, pineapple skin, pine sap, green tea, esters, bready, floral

TASTE: Slightly chewy body, big crispness, mild wood tannin, dried hay, exotic fruit, pungent hop bitterness, mint, mildly dank, rose water, stone fruit, linger hop, pulling woody dryness

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Photo of Tim_Pierce
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a half finger of head on a clear medium straw colored body.
The aroma has some mango, orange, lemon and a little wood.
The taste has a lot going on at once: mild honey sweet to moderate grapefruit bitterness, then mild oak and earth, finishes with moderate lemon bitterness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It borders on doing too many things at once, but it pulls through with an enjoyable and unique drink.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 an IPA, balanced by distinct oak flavors and aromas. Wood is good. Prost!

Malts: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Caramel 80L, Dextrapils
Hops: Alchemy Hop Blend, Cascade, Dry-Hopped with Cascade
Original Gravity: 17.65 P
ABV: 9.4%
IBU: 84

Foamy 2 finger off white head... decent lacing... the brew is polished dark golden.

Citrusy/light pine on the nose... hints of oak.... smells pretty clean.

Bigger bitterness on the palate and the oak really shines midpalate to the finish.. the oak also accentuates the bigger malt presence.

Medium body and carbonation... the oak makes this seem IMO a bit aggressive... not sure if it translates well in a big hoppy lager.


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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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2/5  rDev -47.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of shand
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Everyone knows Widmer and Cigar City got together for Gentleman's Club, right? Well, Cigar City obviously dropped off some of their trademark white oak spirals used to make White Oak Jai Alai and Widmer applied them in a similar manner to this Imperial Pale Lager, because this tastes remarkably like White Oak Jai Alai. I drink a lot of White Oak Jai Alai, and these are damn close. The difference in scores so far can almost be completely accounted for the fact that Cigar City has tons of hype and Widmer doesn't. The aroma and mouthfeel on the Widmer aren't quite as good as White Oak's, and the finish is a tad astringent, but a surprising amount of the flavor is there.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Reidrover
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from S.Salem Fred Meyer $4.17 Pours a nice deep golden colour with a nice sized bubbly off white head. Slightly boozy,caramel,toffee, aroma,slight floral perfume . Surprisingly balanced taste..getting some spicy hop and a touch of what i take to be oak wood.There is some alcohol in the after taste but its pleasant and almost wine like. Nice really Mouth feel is fine..dry finish . Unusual beer here from Widmer..quite nice on a cold evening.

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Photo of vkv822
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Pours a clear, bright copper with a thin, fizzy off white head that dissipates to leave a thin foam across the surface.

Citric hops upfront, with a definite oak presence, both in the nose and taste. In the flavor the oak adds a vanilla character in the finish as well.

Medium body, slightly oily, mild carbonation.

A very well done beer. The oak spiral aging compliments the base beer nicely.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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Downward Spiral from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 70 ratings