Review: Abominable Winter Ale, Hopworks

Abominable Winter Ale
Hopworks Urban Brewery — Portland, OR

  • Style:  IPA
  • Bitterness: 70 IBUs
  • ABV: 7.3%
  • Malts:  Unspecified organic malts.
  • Hops:  Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook
  • Sampled: 16 oz. can

Description: "This mythological beer emerges from the depths of our brewery every winter. Made with Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops and six organic malts. 'A-Bomb' has a complex floral, spicy and citrus hoppiness backed up by just the right amount of malt sweetness. Don’t turn your back on the BEAST!" — Hopworks Urban Brewery

Random thoughts:  Hopworks started canning beer earlier this year. This holiday season marks the first time Abominable is available in a 16 oz. can. Prior to this year, A-Bomb was only available on draft and in 22 oz. bombers. BTW, I absolutely love the label art! This can is a keeper! I'm drinking Abominable as part of my winter seasonal beer series.

The tasting: Deep Amber in color, slightly hazy, with a white head that dissipates fairly slowly. Aroma of caramel, grapefruit, pine. Flavor is similar to aroma, but the bright grapefruit citrus flavor dominates, along with a solid dose of hop bitterness that hits you square in the middle. Beneath it all is a solid malt backbone of caramel and light biscuit.The 7.3% alcohol is noticeable in aroma and flavor, but is not overwhelming. Abominable is medium bodied, softly carbonated, and finishes quite dry with the same grapefruit bitterness.
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again!  If you're looking for fruit or spice, look elsewhere because Abominable doesn’t have the trappings of a typical winter seasonal.  That’s OK though.  This is one solid IPA that I’ll be sure to revisit every holiday season!
Have you tasted Abominable? What's your favorite winter seasonal beer?

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