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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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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3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

This is my first beer review after visiting this site regularly for over a year..!!

Part of a 6 pack purchased at Beverages & More in Orinda for $5.99 on special. Bottled on 10/11/05. Gently decanted into my red hook pint glass. Color is a nice roasted brown. Very thin head due to the type of pour. Slow-moving, even carbonation throughout. Immediate aromas when pouring were of toffee and and subtle malts. This beer has a very minimal and unique smell to me. It reminds me of samuel smith's nut brown ale, except less hop presence.

After letting the beer warm for 5-7 minutes I took the first sip. The beer has a very calm mouth feel and a pretty clean aftertaste which doesn't seem linger for very long. I noticed some small flavors of bitter chocolate, toffee and subtle hops.

This is one of the easier drinking winter ales I've had, and it's taste somewhat surprised me for a winter ale. A 6.11% ABV is somewhat low for this style, in my opinion. Overall, It has a very unique, easy to enjoy flavor. I'd buy this again in the future.

11-11-2005 02:41:32 | More by clipdat
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3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

Medium to dark brown appearance, minimal lacing, light brown head disappeared quickly. Malty smell, not much else coming through. Taste is okay, malt, caramel with some burnt toast finish that lingers. Slightly chewy mouthfeel. Average carbonation. About average drinkability.

Got a 12 pack for 7.99, so thought I'd give it a try. Good beer at that price. Overall, not much going on for this beer. I was expecting much better based on past reviews.

02-19-2009 02:26:32 | More by jera1350
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3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

Appearance: 2" cream colored head recedes rather slowly leaving significant lacing. Color is a deep copper and mostly clear with moderate carbonation bubbles visible.
Aroma: earthy, floral, and pine hops blended with a rich bread dough and caramel aroma Mouthfeel: between light and medium bodied, just slightly sticky with a mostly dry finish.
Flavor: nice variety of flavors. There is a peppery spice combined with the sweet caramel and toasted bread flavor. The finish has the bitterness of the hops with just a tiny bit of alcohol warming with the swallow.
Overall: another solid and very drinkable brew from Redhook

04-27-2014 16:07:37 | More by Foyle
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3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

A - Pours a clear chestnut body with red highlights. 2 fingers of off-white head.

S - Yeasty, candied grain, caramel malt, brown sugar, candied orange.

T - Toasty grain, brown sugar, spicy pale malt, brown bread crust, a light dusting of cocoa powder, caramel malts, nutty yeast, cascade-like hop creating a citrus edge against the malt. Finishes crisp and semi-dry.

M - Light side of medium, medium carbonation, slick but drys out on the finish.

Light and mellow winter warmer. This is a good all around holiday beer. The hops and cocoa seem to give it a holiday spice without being forced. Good stuff for $7.99.

11-26-2011 03:53:05 | More by StaveHooks
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

11-15-2011 17:59:47 | More by bpfrush
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

03-03-2013 17:59:30 | More by ufmj
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

12-28-2013 01:39:12 | More by RDW
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a dark copper, semi cloudy with good carbonation. The head is 1 finger, tan and left little lace.

The smell is a spicy malt.

The taste follow, Malty goodness with a bit too much spice. Spice should be just that, an accent not the meal.

The mouth feel is good, a nice medium body, with good carbonation.

The drinkability is not so great, as the spicy after taste lingers too long

12-21-2006 03:12:16 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

08-19-2014 07:12:25 | More by Beardo
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

12-29-2013 21:46:27 | More by TonyY
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

12-16-2013 05:56:07 | More by Modernrickk
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

12-06-2013 20:09:20 | More by RichIron883
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

This 12 oz bottle of Redhook Winterhook poured clear, deep amber with a fluffy off –white head that collapsed slowly and laced itself nicely on the glass.

The aroma was primarily fruity with a significant element of floral hops.

The flavor was dominated by the hop character. Crisp, minty, herbal, tea-like and floral hop flavors were accented by moderate, lingering hop bitterness. Deep in the background, a slight undertone of caramel malt sweetness was detectable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

01-30-2007 01:37:08 | More by biergeniesser
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

11-30-2013 05:58:28 | More by MistahBeah
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

01-13-2013 05:38:46 | More by outoffocus
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

06-08-2014 07:11:54 | More by KevMo84
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

A: Pours a copper color with little head to it.

S: A bit of caramel malt and some piney hops, but not much to the nose with this one.

T: The taste is similar to the nose. A nice balance to the malt and hops, but neither really come to the forefront. Blends nicely, but I would like a bit more of both in this.

M: A little thinner than I would have liked. It was okay, but could be better.

D: This is a decent winter ale. There are much better ones out there though. I had it on cask at the brewery, so that was cool, but I wouldn't otherwise go out of my way for it.

11-26-2007 13:59:34 | More by YonderWanderer
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

06-25-2013 23:27:54 | More by jaxon53
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

12-06-2013 17:03:27 | More by sgregory
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

01-06-2013 23:41:13 | More by Pinnerjo
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

07-03-2014 17:19:31 | More by Dougish
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Fairly strong piney hop aroma with a pinch of alcohol. Small khaki colored head that fades quickly to a foam coating. Pretty nice lace forms as the beer is drank. Transparent caramel brown colored beer with clouds of fine bubbles rising briskly to the surface. Hop tea flavor with a mild malt base. Maybe a pinch of biscuit malt in there. Mild bitterness picks up midway through. Light body, kind of soft and watery. Not a bad beer, goes down easy, won't be going out of my way for any.

11-22-2004 01:16:13 | More by HappyHourHero
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

The pour was a mild amber with a festive white head. The smell had a distictive pine scent which foreshadowed the hops to come. I'd concur with the previous reviewer who suggested this was one of the hopiest seasonal ales. Indeed, they made this beer as crisp as the season it celebrates. Happy Holidays!

12-15-2008 21:36:32 | More by Hawthorne
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

03-20-2014 18:38:59 | More by harpus
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

A: Poured beautiful deep amber, tan puffy head.

S: Floral hops, sweet roasty malt

T: Bitter hops up front, in the middle, and at the end. Surrounded by toffee, caramel sweetness.

M: Bitter aftertaste.

D: Doesn't do it for me. Too hoppy ( yeah, thats right, I said TOO hoppy!) I'm not into high IBU beers, at all, more of a malt head. Nice beer, not offensive at all, but, not my cup of hops.

11-14-2008 02:05:26 | More by KI9A
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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