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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
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 xoqx
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium amber with ruby hue and a rather yellow head on this Winter warmer from the Woodinville, WA brewery. There is medium-significant lacing, less than in previous years (this is the 2006 Winterhook). Any smell that comes across seemed predominantly yeast-oriented. The taste has a lot of anise and licorice notes, yet is not spicy in the way one would expect a winter warmer to be (spiced or true additive free warmer). It does have a warming feel, but not significantly – not a lot of alcohol coming through in this. Moderately drinkable, but not a very compelling beer – weak for the style.

The beer is listed on BA as 6.11% at the time of reviewing this beer, but it is listed at the forecasters pub as 5.52% abv as of October of 2006. This might account for the many reviews that indicate it's not getting better with each annual brewing.

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Photo of blackie
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: A somewhat reserved pour creates a thin, off white head. The beer is copper in color.

smell: Smells pretty nutty. A considerable aroma of grassy hops is present. Dark fruits, maybe some light raisins and dates. Smells average, nothing special, but unoffensive. Definate sharp alcohol aroma, which should have been easily covered up given the fact that this beer is only 6.1%. Tastes worse the more I drink, which is confusing.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is a low medium and the body is medium.

taste: The same nuttiness from the aroma is present here. Hops are moderate, and provide only bitterness. Not much else to it, really. Kinda boring. Finish is slightly astringent with some roasted flavors lingering.

drinkability: easy to drink, but not very good

Bottled 10/18/05

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Ruby tinted with a nice sized tan head, leaving lacing around my glass fine but hey it's there. Aromatics: The cascades weigh in nicely here upfront floral and piney not bad not a lot of malt sweetness but definitely not bad the hops are nice. Flavor: Is definitely tame, low pur of caramel malt tones slightly spiced not bad at all, with what I was expecting to be a roaring hop profile was nothing at all just a mild finish of hops, disappointing but I was expecting much. Mouthfeel: Thin not much texture lacks body, smooth carbonation for a winter seasonal this is a light beer. Drinkability: Is mediocre cant' picture myself buying this ever again.

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Photo of Brian700
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown with a little red tint. The head is tan and stands about 1/4" and fizzles out fairly fast. There is a mild smell of hops and malt. Maybe a little spice. The taste isn't very impressive. Pretty weak at first taste and then as it hits the back of the palate you pick up on some hop bitterness and a little sweetness. This isn't a very complex beer. The mouthfeel is poor. I don't think this beer has the right amount of carbonation for its classification. It seems to lack enough carbonation. I think this beer would be a little better if they made it a little heavier with a little more alcohol. I really wouldn't recommend it. I would rather poor myself a bells best brown anyday.

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Photo of Chrisco88
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured deep amber/brown with a small, bubbly beige head that faded quite quickly.

Aroma: Not very aromatic at all, nothing jumps out. With a bit of swirling I picked up some caramel or roasted smells as well as a bit of spiciness of some sort.

Taste: Quite balanced but a little sweet in the end. Caramel flavor dominate with some roasted malts in there as well. Towards the end there's a tinge of bitterness but there's also a nice earthy spice to ponder.

Palate: For the most part it was smooth but below average carbonation left me with a watery consistency.

Overall: Easy to drink and perfect for cold temperatures so can't ask for much more, but it seems all the flavors and aromas are so bland and subtle there's no reason to choose this over another winter ale.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

But can I use of these during the summer fishing outings? Regardless, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber-topaz topped by a finger of sandy cream foam. The nose comprises mixed greens, very light menthol, and sweet, nutty toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some mild pine needles and something that sort of approaches a shadow of ginger. Gotta say, this sits very poorly on my tongue. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a muddled, unpleasant winter warmer. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of arguemaniac
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep copper color with a short-lived head and thin, sporadic lace. A piney hop aroma with some roasted notes. Tastes of grain, caramel, hops, and mellow toasted flavors. Unfortunately, there is also this slightly fishy, metallic taste (and aroma) and it doesn’t lend itself to the beer’s drinkability. The mouthfeel is kinda creamy, though a bit thin, with sub-par, “fizzy” carbonation.

A bit of disappointment; normally, I can always depend on Redhook to produce a beer that is, if nothing else, easygoing and drinkable. But this one, while not awful, doesn’t really make you want another. Not recommended.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a transparent reddish auburn brown, very minimal head.

Aroma is malty, sugar-spicey and sweet.

Flat tasting with a mild bitter hop taste, metallic aftertaste.

Light bodied with average drinkability. Decent beer, however nothing too exciting to me.

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Photo of redwolf1
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-12oz. long neck bottle with a bottled date of 10/04/05. Also, the label on the bottle has changed in comparison to the one shown. Poured a nice dark auburn with about 1/4 inch head. In fact, a very nice head is still present halfway through drinking and about 10 minutes later. Good retention.
S-The smell is a little hard to pinpoint because I can't quite figure out if there is a smell at all. Not much there to speak of.
T&M-The sweetness that most winter seasonals have is not present, although it does go down smooth, probably because of the malt. Very subtle alcohol bite at the back of the throat reminiscent of good English ales (but like I said, reminiscent, not equal to).
D-Is the beer drinkable? Of course it is. Like many of us have stated before, we'd probably drink several if given the choice, but it's also not an awe-inspiring beer for the style, rather average in my opinion.

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Photo of rlshep
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Date on bottle: 10/19/2010

Aroma: Malty. Caramel, pear

Appearance: Pours finger and half off-white head. Nice lacing. Dissipates slowly. Amber golden color. A few floaties.

Flavor: Yeasty. Caramel, Apple, Pear and a touch of Vanilla. Medium high bitterness. Light harshness possibly from bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. High carbonation. Alcohol present.

Overall: At almost 6% this did not age well. Would like to try a fresher version.

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Photo of MSchae1017
2.97/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours into a typical pint glass from the 12oz bottle. The beer is golden-amber with a small off white head that leaves a small ring and laces only a bit. The smell is slightly hoppy displaying citrus notes and has a bit of a biscuity and breadyness to it. The taste is almost all pale malts with the same malt profile as the smell adn a touch of hops on teh finish. THe mouthfeel is full bodied with some lingering syrupyness. Overall seems more like an blonde or an APA, and not my favorite as it seams a bit amatuerish with the way it is all put together.

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Photo of emerge077
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Free bottle at a holiday party, the best kind of beer...
Odd bottle shape, like a mini-growler cylinder with a cap that had an oval country code sticker printed on it. Reddish darker amber color with a lightly off white skim of foam on top. Random spotty lacing, the skim parts on the surface after a couple of sips.

Lagery yeast aroma, some malty breadiness, and nondescript unidentifiable spice.

Flavors are similarly ill defined, some bread malt and vague dry spiciness, but utterly indistinct and nebulous. Tea and herbal notes, kind of like an old pale ale with faded hops. Sharp and highly carbonated, seems like a lager with odd adjuncts in it. Not a seasonal beer to seek out really, glad it was free.

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Photo of NEhophead
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy off white head that fades to a few pools of bubbles after a moment. Ringed and condensed lacing with surprisingly good/almost exceptional strength. Clear, light mahogany in color.

Moderate caramel sweetness with some darker fruit tones: cherry, plum, raisin. Also some darker floral hops in there with a touch of clove. Mild aromas but not unpleasant.

The sweet aromas soon turn to a burnt clove flavor upon impact on the tastebuds. A slightly bread-like malt character combatted by an unbalanced and unpleasant hop bitterness. Watery and lacking in true flavor. A highly astringent and almost pine cone flavored aftertaste.

Medium bodied yet thin and watery on the palate besides the clove-like graininess.

Bottom line...this is not a pleasant tasting beer. I'm still belching that pine cone flavor almost an hour after finishing the pint. My advice if you really want to try this one is not to make the mistake at buying a whole 6pk. My quest continues in finding a decent Redhook product.

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Photo of dteal1
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I'm having this one at room temperature. It pours amber with not much of a head. I can smell the spice in it, but just barely. Tastes bitter and dry, slightly spicy. Mouthfeel was smooth and aptly warming. Drinkable? Not very. Too dry. Too boring. Not as good as the Anchor Christmas for sure.

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Photo of PhageLab
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Amber brown, yet transparent brew with a decent head. Very minimal amounts of lacing left behind.

S - Caramel malt aroma, bit of toastiness, pleasant, yet weak.

T - Almost like a nut brown light. Very faint flavor profile of malt, sweet caramel notes, and some mild spice. Pretty one sided.

M - Thin bodied. Mild carbonation. No aftertastes or residues.

D - Average across the board. Pretty forgettable overall. Not bad by any means, just not anything to seek out. Redhook can do better.

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Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.