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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

835 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 16
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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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Photo of MattBrooks
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

MattBrooks, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of maccroz
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
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

maccroz, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

NuclearDolphin, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of asuburbanman
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

asuburbanman, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

LXIXME, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of cosmonick
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

cosmonick, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

LooseMoose1978, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of seanbren
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

seanbren, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of brownechris
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

brownechris, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Rand_ale_Thor, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of MightiestBeard
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

MightiestBeard, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of wshell1
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

wshell1, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Ladyfortuna
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Ladyfortuna, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of ruckus232
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

ruckus232, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of cnoechel
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

cnoechel, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of GoalieRon33
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

GoalieRon33, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of BryanK
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

BryanK, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of gonzo46and2
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

gonzo46and2, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of hockeyfighter19
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

hockeyfighter19, Nov 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

prock180, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Thunderballroom, Dec 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

BRD14, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

lordofthewiens, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of erosier
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

erosier, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of Luigi
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Luigi, Nov 23, 2005
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.