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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook WinterhookRedhook Winterhook

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BA SCORE
81
good

788 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 453
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%


Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Regardless of whether you spend your winter months on the slopes, shoveling your driveway or just hiding out, Redhook Winterhook is a great way to chase off the winter chill. This year will be our 27th consecutive release of Winterhook. The recipe changes slightly every winter because nobody likes getting the exact same Holiday present year after year. Redhook’s 27th brew of Winterhook has roasted chocolate notes that smooth out the quick, spicy hop finish. The rich body and nutty, malty backbone make this winter ale slighty naughty and very nice.

38 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2003)
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madtappers

Washington

4.8/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has got to be one of the best winter seasonals on the market, that no one cares about.

This beer pours an amber color not to light and not to dark.

Great taste not to hoppy not to malty, which adds to the drinkablity of this beer.

Unlike many other winter beers this does not have that heavy alchol after taste.

This ale is great for the novice or the snob, and makes a great beer to take to grandma's house for Christmas dinner for all to enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2008 17:13:52 | More by madtappers
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from the local Shaw's. Pours a translucent dark copper color with a good half inch of off-white head. Smells fruity, spicy, hoppy, malty, caramel/toffee... Tastes fruity, with cinnamon, nutmeg, orange zest, nut, toffee, caramel, just a tinge of butter... A wide plethora of flavors with the malt and hops both playing huge roles. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation combines with the pleasant flavors to make this one super-drinkable. A new favorite winter beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 03:20:07 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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OStrungT

California

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden brown color, with a very light tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a spicy aroma. It smells very festive. Some nutmeg, some ginger. It also has a nice caramel sweet aroma. Not much hop aroma, but some citrus hops are present if you look.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. Spicy up front, with a sweet caramel malt flavor. It also has a slight citrus hop flavor.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a spicy aftertaste. It is carbonated just right.

This beer would probably make a decent session beer. It tastes good, and it is not too high in alcohol.

Overall: I am not usually a fan of Redhook stuff. That being said, this beer is good. I was surprized when I had it for the first time. I might even buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 04:23:45 | More by OStrungT
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winterhook pours a clear, light-chestnut/copper body with glowing auburn highlights beneath a massive, frothy head of tan foam. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves solid walls of lace behind.

Toasty, nutty, and caramelish malts greet you in the nose. With each swirl of the glass it seems to get richer. There's an almost buttery-cocoa, or nut-laden cookie side to it, and some light spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove) as well as a touch of piney hops (or spruce extract). Very welcoming!

In the mouth it's medium-bodied and creamy smooth with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.

The flavor is rich without being full, and it never becomes cloying. Initially, the toasty malts appear quite strong, even bordering on heading into roastiness as the caramel flavor is dark like burnt brown sugar. Then the spiciness and spruce-like flavors set in, helping to lead it to a dry, lingering finish. I'm not sure what spices are there, or are not there, but I picked up notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. The bitterness is solid, but restrained, appearing at first only in the finish, and then more so across the middle as you progress through the glass and the spiciness builds a little on the palate. There are some beautiful subtleties going on here that would certainly be missed at draft temperature.

A really nice winter ale! Perfect with a holiday dinner or a cold night beside the fire. Enjoy it at cellar temperature to get the most out of its varied flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 22:53:40 | More by NeroFiddled
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chocolaty opaque brown; tan head has fine bubbles and persists some. Aroma is rich and creamy and fairly malty with strong hints of spice and coffee. Flavor is mainly malty and has a roast coffee overtone and hints of spice and hops. Very smooth, perfect for the winter holidays.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2007 23:38:56 | More by Cyberkedi
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ckollias

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear amber hue with a thick, 2-finger, white head that slowly dissipates, leaving a nice trail down the glass, and finally ending in a solid persistent lace.

S: Malty aroma with a solid hop background.

T: Sweet toasted malt up front, followed by caramel, and finishes with a hoppy background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. The hops add an awesome finish to this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 02:11:21 | More by ckollias
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mempath

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of the better Hooks...

deep copper appearance with decent lacing that settles

a smell of malts smothering some hops that can't wait to get to the tongue...would be a 4.0 if
it came on stronger. maybe the lager glass didn't help (try the next one in a belgian tulip?)

everything is righted once it hits what counts: taste. a really nice, almost mellow, yet certainly bold (balance) blast of rich malt guising with hop-masks...though i don't get the spice i expected, there is something really warming and calming about this. the finish is a bit short, so i have to keep taking little gulps/big sips....mouthfeel is far from thin, just right, not thick or chewy. again pretty darn good.

Red Hook's 2013-14 seasonal is pretty much spot on. and after a winter break of nothing but stellar belgian and american belgian-style winter warmers, etc, this is a nice way to save some dollars and get back to reality. recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 23:34:18 | More by mempath
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Tone

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of strongly of hops, slight spice aroma, and some sweet malt. Fits the style of a Winter Warmer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Hops bitterness is present up front, slight spice comes through second (all spice), then there's a sweet malt background, with a very smooth finish of hops and a slight alcohol flavor. Wow, this is a well blended beer, heavy on the hops (my favorite). Easy to drink, and low enough in abv to allow me to drink a few. I wish I had more of this, great beer - worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 04:59:03 | More by Tone
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stawn

California

4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled date of 10-20-08. Consumed 11/14/08

A - Pours a deep amber with a finger's worth of off white head. Disapates leaving some lacing.

S -Smells very piney on the nose. Great hop aroma

T - Oh my! Super smooth. Definite hop flavor but no bite. The malts blend nicely.

M - Dry bitter aftertaste, but its a good thing. Lacing is sticking like webs down the glass.

D - This really reminds me of SNPA but with a smooth start and thicker body. Great winter beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 22:01:53 | More by stawn
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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle - dated 10 19 10

Poured into beer glass - Red chestnut in color, one finger head that quickly dissipated into a clinging lace that left it's mark all the way down the glass, great carbonation.

Smell -light hint's of toasty malts slight spices ,mild coco.

Taste - Toasted malts with light spicing,light chocolates.

Drinkabilty - Winter HOOK Ale is a rich, full bodied beer. caramels, chocolate and toasty malts, w/a plethora of hops.

Beautifully balanced, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 17:26:46 | More by InebriatedJoker
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Japerrault

Idaho

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep clear amber with a thick off-white head.

S: Spicey, piney hops, as well as some sweet caramel.

T: Sweet caramel noticed first, then toasted grains. Hops flavor with slight bitternes in the finish. Nice balance.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation.

D: Smooth, well balanced beer. No harshness present. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 03:30:00 | More by Japerrault
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MattBrooks

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2005/06 release. This has long been one of my favorites from Red Hook, and this years' is probably their best ever. Pours dark brown with a lighter brown cascade flowing nicely. Smells of roated coffee and burnt toast (two things I love). The taste really put it over the top for me, though. The heavy, malty taste combined with the rich, but not too strong mouthfeel, makes this seasonal brew a winner, and certainly one to buy by the case, as putting down more than a few is really easy.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 20:06:35 | More by MattBrooks
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iceball585

New York

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown color, semi-transparent, thin white head that faded quickly, some bubbles rising throughout

S- Citrus hops, caramel malts, toasted grains, slight herbal auroma

T- Brown sugar, molasses, malty, earthy, nutty, light hop bite

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp, flavorful

D- Worth buying again

This beer smells very hoppy but tastes more malty. Complex flavor and still very drinkable for your average beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 22:52:36 | More by iceball585
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mattsdenney

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass.

A: Pours clear, a dark copper/amber color with a two finger head. Leaves a sticky, bubbly film as it settles. Looking very good so far.

S: Malt and toasted grain, light hop scent. Caramel sweetness.

T: Sweet malt, herbal grain, and toasted caramel up front with a nice hoppy backbone. Flavorful, and very well balanced. Some spiciness but not as much as other Winter Warmers.

M: Light and bubbly with a dry finish.

O: Overall I really enjoy this beer. The Winter Warmer designation always throws me b/c you never know what you'll get. This beer is warming, well balanced and perfect for a cold night. Very drinkable, will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 04:37:39 | More by mattsdenney
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maccroz

Cambodia

4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark, rich amber brew. Not syrupy thick, but very complex. This is a great winter beverage. A lot of winter seasonal brews go crazy either trying to craft a drink that is as thick as porriage or as spiced as nutmeg. This is a happy medium: a darker than normal beer which is slightly more complex than you'd expect in a lager.

Very unique piney-new-englandish taste (which is probably hard to picture not being from new england, but it's the best way to describe it)

Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2004 03:28:23 | More by maccroz
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark Red with a moderate haze and a 1 finger width head. Few carbonated bubbles floating up the the surface.

Smell - Caramel, Malts, Butterscotch, Hops, and Toffee. Quite a malty character and potent enough to where I can have the glass sitting 2 feet away from me and yet I get a whiff of the aroma.

Taste - Toffee, Caramel, Grapefruit Hops, Yeasts, and Malts. Quite sweet tasting and a pretty good flavors which all blend together really nicely.

Mouthfeel - Heavy bodied and moderately carbonated. It's got a crispness to it, but not quite refreshing. Though I do get a warming sensation from drinking this; Strange because there is no spice or booziness to the flavor.

Overall - Excellent tasting beer that makes one forget about winter, or at least momentarily forget about winter. Check it out if you get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 06:31:11 | More by NuclearDolphin
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gonzo46and2

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep mahogany reddish brown with a fluffy tan head. Retension is impressive with very closely knit lacing on the glass.

Aroma of spices, fruity malts, caramel and hops. Grapefruit, citrus peel, pine sap, cinnamon, sweet pastries or baked goodies, great smell.

Taste is very well balanced with sweet and hoppy characteristic that reflect the aromas I mentioned.

This tasted very good with a chocolate chip cookie.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 05:29:43 | More by gonzo46and2
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GoalieRon33

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Overall, a nice beer to have throught the winter months (as the name would suggest) Bready, spicy aroma with somewhat of a fruited undertone. Appears a ruddy brown color, seems to glow under bar room lighting. Hints of spices are laced throughout the breadiness of this beer. Overall, for a winter "heavier" beer, its incredibly easy to drink. Could session it. Great beer to try, would be a hit even with not craft brew afficianados.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 19:08:12 | More by GoalieRon33
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Luigi

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color and a thick sticky off-white head. Head retention is very good. The aroma is very hoppy. Floral hops and roasted malts hit the nose. The taste is rich, medium to full bodied. Floral hoppiness hit the tounge at first. The hops are mellowed out with a toastel malt. Finishes hoppy and semi-dry. A hearty brew perfect for the colder weather. One of RedHook's best beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 08:00:47 | More by Luigi
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised this beer hasn't been reviewed. Redhook East is a good brewery, and the pub serves great food. Anyway, this winter seasonal is a nice dark amber color with a fairly thick creamy head. Good lacing. It has a sweet molasses smell to it, and a fruity, cinnamon taste. Good mouthfeel, not too carbonated. A very drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2006 12:52:21 | More by lordofthewiens
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erosier

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice orange-amber color with a nice medium off-white head that laces the glass all the way down. The aroma is of sweet malts layered with winter spice smell and finally a small amount of hoppy bitterness at the end. The taste is really good while following up the aroma. It has a very nice sweet roasted malt base with a nice amount of winter spices - cinnamon, some orange, and a hint of chocoalte from the roasted alts. The mouthfeel is good - very crisp and refreshing. The beer is quite drinkable and I could have a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 03:13:29 | More by erosier
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucid, erythematous bronze with orange accents. The ecru colored head is dense and sits atop the beer with a resolute purposefulness. A slow descent brings about tattered rings and sheets of lace that cover the majority of the inside surface of the glass.

Wow, the nose is a surprise in the best way possible with loads of tropical fruity, sweet citrus zest dipped in melted caramel. I sure didn't expect a winter warmer to be this fantastically hoppy. It smells more like Amarillo than Cascade, but I'll take the brewer's word for it.

The flavor isn't quite the equal of the nose, but it's a near thing. Plenty o' hops, with bitter grapefruit peel and pine sap in the forefront, anchored by a toasted caramel malt base that binds it all together in convincing fashion. I really don't appreciate much in the way of spices, just the four basic ingredients that combine to produce very good beer.

The body/mouthfeel is strictly medium and, as a consequence, the finish isn't as long and as lingering as it might be. When judged as a winter warmer, which I feel should be more full, it probably deserves the next lowest score.

Winterhook Winter Ale is a different sort of winter warmer, but a good one. It drinks like a relatively well-balanced IPA that's slanted toward 'made in the U.S.A.' tropical hoppiness. In other words, there's a lot to like in this 12 oz. bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 21:32:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One winter seasonal that I have probably seen the most improvement over the years is Winterhook. Its been around since 1985 in one form or another but seems to be on the stable path for several years now. Bright clarity off of the deep copper color brew, awesome looking lacing as it leaves a web like trail down the glass. Malty aroma of toasted grain and caramel, hint of floral and grassy hops as well. The smoothness is certainly there with a small crispness that drops off quick in the medium body. Spicy, herbal and bit time floral hop flavor don a balanced bitterness that lingers far into the drying finish.

High in drinkability, flavorful and a bit complex yet approachable enough to bring to a holiday party. By far its one of my favorites each year.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 04:13:24 | More by Jason
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had this beer in probably 4 years or so and I am looking forward to it. Reddish brown in color with a small creamy white head. The smell is wonderful. Hops, berries and malt, I love it. I must say the flavor is well balanced. Hops and berries go back and forth. Carbonation is low, just how I like this style. Aftertaste is a bit dry with more hops coming through.

Very different from what I remember but very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2003 02:14:47 | More by CharlesRiver
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DukeofAle

Iowa

4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'll skip the usual, boring and repetative "review" ("xxx pours a deep mahogany brown with red highlights blah, blah, blah") and say simply that this is one of the better brews I've sampled in some time - if you like your ale on the hoppy side. Not a "big" beer, just a nice, fairly low gravity ale with a bite. And and $6.99/6 pack, it's ranking increases in light of the exceptional value. It' getting tough to find a real soild brew under $10.00 - this was a very pleasant discovery and I will be buying more!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 21:12:16 | More by DukeofAle
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Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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