1. Hopworks Abominable Winter Ale
American strong ale
We'll make this deal with Portland, Ore.-based Hopworks: We'll keep enjoying this big, malty winter IPA in all its 7.3% ABV glory if you will please stop calling it "A-Bomb."
This beer is packed with Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe hops and six organic malts. It has a lovely floral aroma, some citrus and spice in its hop bitterness and just enough malt sweetness to remind drinkers it's a seasonal beer. But there's no need to give it a bro-tastic nickname just because it comes in a can. Unless you plan on crushing that can on your forehead in front of a table full of holiday company, just enjoy some holiday hops and fight your way through the word "abominable." It's worth the effort.
-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.
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