Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Reviews: 460
Hads: 890
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 22
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
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New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2003

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
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Photo of GreenWBush
2.84/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep brown-twinged ruby. Not much of a head to speak of, but decent specks of lace.

The label says "toasty" and that's about the best way to describe many aspects of this beer. The nose is almost akin to soured milk in its malt consistency. Funkily abrasive metallic nuttiness. Mildest citric twinges above the burnt toast trainwreck.

The intense toasted nuttiness of this beer continues on the palate, but isn't as off-putting as in the nose. Reminds me a little of rye-malt too. Off-kilter hop-profile seems to clash with the bone-dry chalky soured milk malt tones. Fruity candied cherry hop flavor kicks in just at the last moment almost salvages everything, but the rough lack of sweetness and almost putrid bitterness make for a not particularly enjoyable beverage.

Very bland and thin on the palate. Leaves a funky dried walnut afterimage. I really had to work to get through this six-pack.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean copper/ orange-ish color, with a white head. In the aroma, a sweet, sugary fruitiness. In the taste, malty, and a very sugary corriander taste. A big body, with a small bite in the mouthfeel, and a dry sugary, orange-ish aftertaste. Kind of candy like, and a nice body.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty auburn with a cream colored small head, strong lacing. Aroma is a large lump of leafy late hops, big caramel malt and cherries. Taste is a little pine-solish with some metallic notes that I get from many mass-produced beers(saaz?tettnang?) Rather dry. Boring yeast. Fine carbonation level, but what is there seems kinda harsh. Finish isn't very good, just graininess, pinesol, and cheezy hops. I am guessing that there was dry-hopping that didn't mesh well.

Starts off great. Change the yeast and get rid of the harsh finish and it would be a really good beer. As it is, it is unpolished. My guess is that they were going after a more marketable SNCA and just missed the mark by a bit.

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Photo of ccrida
2.82/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker, bronze with a tight, creamy off-white head that leaves light lace

Smell is almost non-existant, faint caramel. Served to cold, but I nursed it for a while with out much change...

Taste is malty, sweet caramel and a touch fruity, with a hint of tinniness on the aftertaste thats the main ditraction in this otherwise thicker, sweet amber.

MF is average, creamy in the mouth and not to heavy in the belly.

Drinkability is average. This is fine, and a bit distinct, but not in a great way.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a deep copper, much like a red ale. The off-white head dissipates to a film, an airy film. Random spots of lacing. Smells slightly like toffee with hints of caramel malts. The beer tastes bitter. Like bitter caramel and toffee, with burnt malts and sour hops. A sticky finish.

Overall, I really don't know what this beer is trying to be. It's all over the place, and I don't like the bitterness in it. Needs more malts and caramel.

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Photo of peabody
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a dark Ice tea/coffee color with just a hint of off-white suds and lots of lacing.
Smell is caramel and hops and that is about it. Some alcohol comes through.
Taste is bland but the hops do bitter the mouth up in the end.
Mouthfeel is a little oily but after a bit it cleans itself up.
This is one of the better Redhooks. Sad.

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Photo of Vancer
2.76/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Welp, this one doesn’t warm the cockles of my tummy. Oh yeah, good start with nice looking DATED label (bottled 11/27/05, 6% abv). Sharp dark mahogany pour, topped by a frothy tan head, which unfortunately died rather quickly.

Pronounced leather and spices in the aroma, this should be good…. but wait! Darn! A moderately harsh leather and floral bite on the quaff. Just not enough malt to balance it out properly.

Crisp and tart, the 6% fries the little hairs off your tongue. If offered freebies, this is drinkable – if I have to buy, I’d go with several others before this one.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.74/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

served into tall pilsner glass,from a 12oz.brown long neck bottle crimped-on cap.

Medium copper,reddish hue,off white head dissapated quickly to layer of foam.

Nice pleasing aroma,very spicey,citrusy,yeasty aromas Belgium-like spiceyness to the nose.

Spicey taste not as spicey as the aromas would suggest. A kind of bland taste midway through. A dry,tart finish a bit citrusy. Kind of a let down after the nice aromas.

Medium mouthfeel,slightly chewey,a bit harsh going down. Average beer not exciting,couldn't drink too many of these.

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Photo of JasonA
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark lager with little carbonated fizzy head which is a pure white. Not exactly what I would have expected for the style.

Smells a little bitter and biting. I dont sense any depth, little hops.

Not much spice, not much flavor for the style. No depth, not much of much.

Feels ok, maybe a little over carbonated.

Rather move forward from the beer than back to it. So many other options out there, I dont see myself wanting another one of these.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Headless dark tea like colored pint pour with a thin ring lace with no carbonation notes showing.

At best, cola notes.

Woody bland dry straw flavors. Standard beer like malts are present.

Last swigs: On tap at the Drafting Room so I decided to celebrate the start of July with a Winter. This is a confused beer looking to distinguish what it is. Mostly it is a watered down porter. Less than average. Pass.

Beer is good. Happy weak beering.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of Naes
2.69/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is dark brown in color with a tan head.
The aroma is of malt and spice. There is also a funky smell that I would have to describe as overheated metal. Quite odd for a beer.
The flavor has a sweet toasty malt base and a mild blend of spice followed by a mild dose of hops. The metallic smell comes to life a little in the flavor as well, but is not as strong.
Mouth feel is light in body and generously carbonated.

Overall this one gets a meh.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into dimpled mug. Appearance: Pours a clear, bright brown body with a moderate, off-white head. Smell: The unfortunate aroma is formed by an offensive mixture of berries, soured citrus fruits, and dirty metal. Taste: Bland, plain-tasting malt flavor with a slight nuttiness to it. The small amount of hops present provide a bit of grassiness. Finishes sour and with the taste of stewed greens. Mouthfeel: Lackluster medium-thin body, with moderate carbonation and an exceedingly watery palate. Drinkability: Something to keep in mind: there are many far better winter beers. This one's a total washout.

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Photo of nathanho
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Amber towards dark towards red; half a finger of head. Malt and earth smell. Taste of earth, spice, some metal - tang aftertaste with some straw and hops. Stale mouthfeel...sodapop. I don't feel inclined to have another. I think this is maybe better than this year's Wassail, which isn't saying much.

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Photo of trancefishy
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

dark ruby beer with only a few little bubbles on the edges, wanting to be at least a small head. aroma is of sharp malts. taste is flat, a rush of bitterness with a similar finish, and a mildly sweet aftertaste. rather one dimensional. mouthfeel is a bit flat and thin. there is just a bit of that "english ale" taste wanting to get out, but it's far in the background, along with a smidge of dark cherry.
i'd recommend grabbing something better.

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Photo of lukeoberm963
2.55/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This Beer did not impress me (much like other of the Redhook beers I've tried). I thought that the beer was going to change my mind about Redhook, but instead it isn't showing much in the way of flavor. It is winter in a place notoriously bombarded with snow so I was feeling chipper to drink a WinterAle. I was persuaded by a beer salesman to give it a shot. It poured a dark copper color with a two finger head. The smell was a caramel and toasted malts with whiffs of chocolatiness as well. First, taste. Hmmm... Where'd it all go? I didn't taste much more than what I could just smell. The mouthfeel is nothing short of lame. No chewiness to it at all. The drinkibility may be there where you can keep drinking it without savoring it, but that also means I do not care for savoring, much less drinking too much more of this beer. There are better winter ales that are cheaper than this too! Oh well.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.54/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright brown body with a moderate, off-white head.

Smell: The unfortunate aroma is formed by an offensive mixture of berries, soured citrus fruits, and dirty metal.

Taste: Bland, plain-tasting malt flavor with a slight nuttiness to it. The small amount of hops present provide a bit of grassiness. Finishes sour and with the taste of stewed greens.

Mouthfeel: Lackluster medium-thin body, with moderate carbonation and an exceedingly watery palate.

Drinkability: Something to keep in mind: there are many, far better winter beers. This one's a total washout.

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Photo of TheLiterati
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Love the ESB and IPA from this brewery, and expected a full-bodied winter warmer from them as well.

Poured nicely enough, copper-amber in color, with a decent off white head. Smells of winter spice, malt, not much more.

Mouthfeel was thinner than what I’d expected or hoped for. And though the malt and spice was evident in the taste, it seemed like this recipe needed more time to blend and mature. There were a lot of flavors, but not really one predominant taste.

A little disappointing, but not entirely bad. Just not what I'd expect from Redhook or from a winter warmer.

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Photo of aaronh
2.49/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear deep red-copper with a cream colored head that quickly fades to a thin film of foam. Aroma exhibits a touch of caramel and little else. Just a bit on the boring side of good beer. Taste has a decent amount of roastiness and a touch of coffee, both pretty unexpected. Funky lingering spicy bitterness on the finish pervades the aftertaste. Strong earthiness comes out after a few sips. Mouthfeel is a bit thin as well. Drinkability is OK, but one is more than enough for me. I don't much care for this beer. I think the blackhook may have been a better choice, as I was debating between the two. I believe I chose poorly in this instance. Damn impulse purchases! Well, at least I only bought one.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.48/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed 1/29/2009 (bottled 12/02/08):

Pours a very clear brown colored body, with a small head, off-white in color. Has a hoppy malty sweet aroma. A dusty, light sweet taste. Very light tasting. Not much flavor. Has some hoppiness and bitterness, but not much flavor.

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Photo of smcolw
2.45/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark, dark amber; clear. Very nice lace, although the head died quickly.

The aroma features an overheated electrical engine smell--not appealing. Plasticky. Sorry, this one is a miss.

Good mouthfeel, high carbonation, rich. Flavorwise, I really can't get over the smell that seems to be present in the taste. This is a malty beer, even though it is masked. I can give this one some points for decent balance.

Overall, I would describe this as a miss. Certainly, this is a beer I won't be seeking out again.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.4/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear pale amber color. The head is small, and recedes very quickly into almost no lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt, but is very faint. The taste is like the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with annoyingly high carbonation. Overall, this is an extremely pour example of a winter warmer, and a bad beer all around. It isn't bad enough that I can't finish one bottle, but I won't drink this again.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.16/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm not really sure where this beer is coming from calling itself a winter warmer.
Pours a medium copper with a moderate white head that melts to slightly sticky lacing.
Aroma is slightly stale toasted malt.
Taste is toasted malt with a grapefruit hop back, but little else.
Aftertaste is clean but, like, who cares...there was little to start with.

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Photo of claytri
2.14/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer poured copper with an off white head. The aroma was sweet malt hops and a bit of spice. The taste was a lightly spiced malt with a hint of hops in the finish. The feel was basically dry. This was a pretty average beer, and not at all up to the basic expectations of a winter warmer.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
2.12/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle...poured into a chalice at 50 degrees. This is my first pretty bad beer in awhile..

A - Hmm...poured like a flat soda - fizzed a little, no head, clear brown in color. Sounded like there would be some carbonation, but nothing appeared.

S - A few faint scents of malt, but that's about it...something just doesn't seem right.

T - OK, now I'm just plain confused. No discernable flavors, but there's a burnt malt aftertaste, and after a tasteless brew, the aftertaste isn't welcoming at all.

M - No carbonation and a very watered down body.

D - I don't really know what else to say. I had the ESB and IPA and while not spectacular, they weren't downright bad like the Winter Warmer. At first I thought it was a bad bottle, but even after letting it sit for awhile, my opinion changed not. It's one of those that was so bad, I want to try it again just to be sure.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.09/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"Winter Hook #29." 12 fl oz snub-top brown glass bottle with branded pry-off pressure cap and uninteresting label art acquired at a local H-E-B grocery some months ago and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery. 6% ABV per the label. 2013 vintage. Bottled: Sep 27 13.

Served at fridge temp and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of pale khaki colour. Decent thickness. Okay creaminess. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is a dark murky amber with brownish hues. It's a bit stale looking. No yeast particles or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a generic looking winter ale with nothing to interest the discerning drinker.

Sm: Evident spices: nutmeg, allspice, and...ginger? Has some generic amber malts, caramalt, and a candi sugar sweetness. Caramel, faint molasses, licorice, fennel. Light vinous touches. Generic floral hopping.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable.\

There just isn't much here of interest. It comes off very tired and generic, with no signs of boldness or inspiration. An inoffensive aroma of average strength. I can't say I'm real excited to try it.

T/Mf: Generic unevocative spices, generic amber malts, generic floral hops, and caramel. A hint of cherry cough syrup. Slight breadiness. That's about it.

It's cloyingly sweet and feels way too syrupy, thick, and sticky. Poor balance, no cohesion, no complexity, no subtlety, no intricacy, no nuance. Not a gestalt beer. Flavour duration, intensity, and depth are all subpar.

This is an unpleasant beer with few redeeming characteristics. Luckily, it's not boozy or hot.

No yeast character comes through.

Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated, but not biting. Okay thickness. Medium body. Poor overall presence on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: Difficult to quaff on account of its low quality and cough syrup notes. I'll have trouble finishing just one bottle. It's a terrible beer and isn't worth trying. I'd caution friends from purchasing it. More garbage from Redhook. But hey, there's always next year's recipe change to look forward to...


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