HUB Abominable Winter Ale

I’ve never been a fan of winter/seasonal beers per se. Meaning that I never really kept an eye out for them just until recently but if they were around I’d try ’em. Honestly I’ve taken more of an interest in them since joining The Keg Tap team. So tonight I tasted a winter ale from a good organic brewery in Portland, HUB or Hopworks Urban Brewery which I blogged about here a few months ago. The Abominable Winter Ale (7.3 ABV, 70 IBU) aka A-Bomb. It had a dark auburn color and robust head. The ubiquitous fruity smell of hoppy beer was distinct. The taste was not what I was expecting and for some reason the word diluted kept popping up. This isn’t terrible beer but like my buddy always says “its nothing to write home to mom about.” I like the artsy label, though.


About Juan J

Greetings from Portland, Oregon. My name is J. and I love to drink beer (I have the belly to prove it too!). I am the only West Coast blogger on this wonderful site. I am also by no means a pundit in the art of tasting and writing about good beer but just a regular dude who has grown to love craft and micro beer especially Oregon and West Coast beers and now I have the opportunity to blog about my likes and dislikes to anyone who wants to read my rants and raves. Portland is filled with good breweries and so is the rest of Oregon and the left coast. As I’ve grown older my taste preferences have also grown from boring and inexpensive domestics to tasty, calorie filled and 'spendy' micro adult beverages. I prefer India Pale Ales (IPAs) along with Amber Ales but any beer that makes my palate happy I'll bottoms up the son of a gun. Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” Cheers! 04/19/12

At the moment my favorite brews are/come from:

Hood River, Oregon's Full Sail Brewery (IPA)
Escondido, California's Stone Brewery (IPA)
Eugene, Oregon's Ninkasi Brewery (TG IPA)
Honorable mention:
Lahaina, Maui’s Maui Brewing Co. (Hi.P.Hay IPA)


  1. I tried this today. Your right, not my favorite winter ale and was not what I expected from the HUB or from a winter ale. It was ok but nothing special.

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