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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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This mythological beer emerges from the depths of our brewery every winter. Made with Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe 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. 7.3% ABV, 17 deg. Plato, 70 IBU.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhoppy (1287) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (5258) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2012
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3256) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2012
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cirrhosis (1231) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 27, 2012
Crystal clear copper body with a one inch rocky cap, roapy lacing, long lasting. Peachy hops, bubble gum, lemon, watermelon candy,extremely mild leather.......aromas is good. This aint the malty winter ale I was hoping for but this is still good. Flavour has more maltyness to it but mostly a hop bomb! Fuzzy peach candy, leather, some toasted bread, sweet caramel with a surprising long lasting bitter finish. No spice at all. IS this really a winter ale?????? Good tasting brew with nothing memorable about it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burg326 (3982) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2012
22 ounce bomber that pours a dark opague copper color with aromas of pine, grass, malt, caramel, dough, and dried fruit. Flavor is much the same with a nice balance of hops and malt.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2012
There’s nice cookie-dough-like malt sweetness beneath strong orange and grapefruit citrus hops in the aroma. Clear brown body is topped by a decent, off-white head that recedes to a lasting cover with some lacing. Strong malt flavours offset by strong bitterness with plenty of citrus hop flavours and some resiny notes. Sweetness comes out in the finish but the slightly harsh bitterness really lingers. Medium body with soft-bubbled carbonation makes for a very nice mouthfeel. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle from the BCLS at Hellsgate in January 2012.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4745) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2012
22oz bottle from Elise, split with Anndiesel. Deep amber-brown color, looks unfiltered. Respectable beige head, doesn’t fade. Piny sweet aroma, some woody amber malt maybe. Has a rye-like feel, with a big, steady hop backbone. Well balanced, a very nice and unique Winter Ale for sure. Some tropical hoppiness, a decent amount of depth, but comes together really well. Good stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle, out of my Maudite glass. Pours clear burnished copper, thin off-white head is short lived, and lacing was spotty to poor. Nose is grassy, with some citrus punch, but not as much as I was expecting, perhaps. Grassy grapefruit, and sweet malt, little else. Flavours of spicy grapefruit and navel oranges make for a nicely ’juicy’ mouthfeel, with the appropriate tingle from the hops. Not boozy nor hot, just rather smooth. Hoppy, yet unfortunately tremendously forgettable. Okay.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2012
22 oz. bottle purchased at QFC in Harbour Pointe/Mukilteo, WA. Pours a dark copper color with a cream colored head. Aroma: Hops and dried fruit. Flavor: Same as the aroma, with a hint of raisins.


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