Theydon_Bois (5318) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Hopworks Bike Bar, Portland - 07/11/12.
Clear mid amber with a thin off white head that clears to the edges.
Pale malt nose, light pine, some hops.
Tastes of caramel malt, pine, hops, light grapefruit tones.
Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bitter finish.
Above average, drinkable but nothing special.
ACHops (475) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours dark orangish amber with creamy off-white head that laces well. Aroma of citrus hops and semi-sweet toffee malts. Taste is rich caramel malts with bold floral hop notes of pine and grapefruit. Finish is bitter but doesn’t linger. This could easily pass for a strong fresh hop IPA or a malty red ale. Winter ales run a pretty wide gamut - this is among the lighter bodied and hoppier ones out there. I probably prefer mine with a darker malt profile, but this is still delicious. One of the best from Hopworks.
robforbes (2002) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a semi-clear light brown with a very small tan head.
smell is of some spice, caramel, a roastiness, malt, and pepper.
taste is of spice, a bit organic funk, peanuts, brown sugar, pepper, and malt in the back. ends spicy and a little bitter.
pdx77 (785) - Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a can (with the best design ever). Was the first Hopworks beer I had (2 years ago) and always a favorite.
vidacafe (10) - Seaside, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great seasonal ale, very pretty burnt orange/amber colored with frothy white head. Hints of nutmeg and cinnamon and alcohol. Wonderful seasonal beer but 7.3% should definitely be in larger font on the can! Great great ale though. Warming and nostalgic flavor.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a hazy amber-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pine, and citrus hops with with some sweet caramel malts.
T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine hops and a touch of spicy hops with more bitterness come through alongside some more caramel and lightly bready malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops, bitterness, and sweet caramel malts.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really nice hoppy strong ale. Great malt and hop balance with a good hop profile.
mrhoppy (1181) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Loved it! Delicious hearty red overtones. Grainy flavor. A cloudy version of this would be awesome. Not much to look at, too clear for me. Hoppy red.
Ferris (1267) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Heavy malty notes with an unbalanced addition of hops. The bitterness and strong hops masks and spices that may have been added. I think HUB Rise Up Red is a much better ale along the same lines.
BelgianBeerGal (2870) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Traded bottle, over a year old. Actually amazed how much of the NW hop character was still there. The sweeter malt now dominates the flavor but the hop bitterness was still there. Tasty.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. First reviewed 12/26/2010. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Abominable Winter Ale pours a transparent copper amber color with a relaxed 2 cm white head that retains for a while before yielding to a ring of foam and some light lace. A relaxed look gives me an idea of what I am in for.
Amber malt, caramel, spices, some citrus and a ton of pine hops come into my nose with each sniff.
The taste starts out with a nice caramel amber malt backbone, getting spicier as the sip continues. It warms the stomach with a bit of alcohol as some cloves and general spiciness step in. A bit of citrus and a blast of sticky, spicy pine finishes up. Some bitterness lingers along with some malt sweetness in the aftertaste.
This has a fairly smooth mouthfeel, starting dry and becoming juicier as the hops smack the tongue, with a bitterness that puckers a little bit. Lightly sticky, with a little more than medium carbonation and a medium body. My tongue tingles from a the pine hops.
There is a nice balance between the spice, grains, and hops. Somewhere in the range of beers that are nice to sip and savor without worrying about the alcohol. This was the first I had from Hopworks, and I would be happy to have this again.