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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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81
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460 Reviews
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Reviews: 460
Hads: 888
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 22
Gots: 56 | 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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - The body is a very dark brown but clear. The head was just gorgeous. It lept up instantly, held on for a while, pitted beautifully, and left tons of shaving cream lacing on the glass.

Smell - The sweet malt aroma is faint, yet very winteresque. There seems to be a mild hop balance as well.

Taste - The flavor is thinner than I had anticipated from the nose, but the malt sweetness is good. It's very one-dimensional though and pales in comparison to the taste that I had on-tap at the brewery. I didn't write a review for that one because I didn't take any notes, but I remember it being much fulller and substantial.

Mouthfeel - Very little carbonation to this light to medium-bodied ale. It's very light and smooth; thin in the mouth yet non-intrusive.

Drinkability - This has the ease and drinkability of a summar ale yet the yearning flavors of the strong, old style. I think it's lost in a time warp. It's too light for the acclaimed style yet too dark and malty for a summer refresher. The worse of both worlds? It's really not that bad, but I must consider it a miss on most counts.

Update - The 2004 bottle is better than the one I sampled in '03. It seems a bit bigger and the hops are definitely bigger, at least I'm picking them out that way. I still thought the Mouthfeel should be bigger for the flavors but am otherwise moving all the other ratings to 4.0.

Update - The 2005 vintage is right on par with the '05. The Mouthfeel is still lacking but overall it's a good brew.

Update - The 2009 vintage has now extended the pattern. This beer has nice flavors and actually looks pretty cool but lacks a strong body. (1,647 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle pours a clear mahogany liquid, with a thick creamy off-white head. Good head retention, and lace. Citrusy hops present in the nose, along with some toasted malt. Carmel flavored slight toasted malt, followed by a pretty good amount of hop bitterness. Citrusy, and slightly floral hop flavors. Medium body, with moderate carbonation. I do not remember this being so hoppy. This really is a pretty decent beer. One of the few from Redhook that is still worth searching out. Pretty drinkable, good beer for this time of year. (536 characters)

Photo of filabrazilia
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This deep amber beer had a large beige head that took a while to settle in the glass. Excellent lacing that left a spotted pattern on the glass.

This beer greeted me with a delightful hoppy aroma that reminded me of an IPA. The hops gave way to a faint sweetness.

The carmel, malt and hops create a nice balance of flavors in the mouth. The malt seemed roasted and rich, but not overwhelming. The hops were fruity and subtle.

There was a slight carbonation burn. This was not as creamy as some holiday beers but it still had nice character.

This is a drinkable winter beer that is very good. I had pretty low expectations going into this tasing and was pleasantly suprised with the result. This would not be my first choice, but it is certainly worth the effort. (774 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer was a deep amber hue that had dark crimson highlights. A one-finger, fizzy head rose up on the pour, but it became fluffy and dense as it settled back into the beer. A light coating of bubbles remained on the surface of the liquid and a sizeable quantitiy of lace was left clinging to the side of the glass.

Smell: There was a definite fruity component to this brew. It was a combination of cherries and other berries. However, there was a good malt presence in the background that gave the aroma some depth. It had a roasted, bready smell to it and came across as slightly spicy at times. Towards the end of the drink, with almost an hour of warming-up time, the smell of smoke dominated this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth upfront. On the tip of the tongue, it seemed almost silky, but it picked up some roughness as it hit the back of the mouth.

Taste: Every drink was a battle between the malt and the hops. There seemed to be a constant struggle as to which one would be the dominant flavor. Upfront, there were some roasted and light caramel malt flavors that had a grainy quality to them. There might be some black patent in there as well, but I'm not good at picking things apart that well. There was a cherry tartness that complimented the sharp, somewhat spicy hops flavor that arose quickly. It all lingered into the aftertaste where the flavors continued to battle for dominance.

It had been years since I had a Winterhook and I don't recall at all what it tasted like and if I liked it or not. I enjoyed this one, though. A very solid beer that I will be picking up again this season. (1,642 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the new winterhook pours out a deep and dark ruby and amber colour. a thin fine head reduces to wisps of lace. gotta love the souped up hop aroma! very pine and resin like...very appealing. the taste of this new worked over winterhook is hop heavy, with a syrupy caramel malt base. this is such a huge improvement over the previous "robust" version that it's hard not to get a little excited. i really disliked old winterhook, but i really like this stuff. the hop taste comes off as piney, maybe dry hopped. more evergreen than citrus. more flavourful than bitter. the malt base is a bit sweet and syrupy, such as years past, but with addition of the new hop profile it's not so offending and the mouthfeel doesn't seem so slick. there seems to be a hint of spiciness, too. i applaud the major tweaks to the winterhook profile. not too bad! (841 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First thing, the smell. Caramel and hops, malty goodness, I thought this smelled pretty appetizing. Also, it was darker. A dark brown with minimal carbonation and a minimal pour made this pretty decent. Mouth was also very good , typical ale bitterness but not too profound, with a little creamy feel, but a watery finish.

Taste? Well, being winter warmers are not my favorite, this was a little less of a winter warmer and that's prehaps why I liked this more than some of the better winter warmers. It was thin, a tad on the watery side, but having just finished 4 Rolling Rocks, this is like beer from heaven. It was mildly spiced, not so malty, just a touch of bitterness that was more in mouthfeel than in taste.

I actually appreciated the lighter flavor as opposed to how heavy on the malt that winter warmers can be, and this was $6 for a six, so I can see buying this again as a change up six. (909 characters)

Photo of pgroove
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps the best mass-market winter brew out there (better than the sierra celebration, IMHO). Some tasty stuff although I know some peeps who weren't wowed with the flavors. It's a nice chestnutty brown and has an intense taste bordering on a mild porter. Def worth a pickup (the dude at Von's only charged me 2.50 for a sixer today--maybe its on sale). (354 characters)

Photo of isualum12
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Today I grabbed Redhook's Winterhook. This beer is available October through December. There is a clear red clean crisp looking beer. There is a small lacy head that flows across the top of the beer like a small sheet of ice.

The first taste I could pull out a strong flavor of pilsner along with some low flavor of toffee, caramel and spice. The spice at first came across as coffee flavor but I didn't get it in any taste again after the first. Refreshing is what came to my mind during the aftertaste.

Drinkabliy is great.

give it a chance...

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Photo of everythingiszen
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Version #30. Tried on 12/17/14, bottled on 9/30/14. 6.0% ABV. Pours a deep dark cranberry. Lightly and finely carbonated. Heavier body, slippery mouthfeel. Smells of malt and smoke. Light subtle smokiness on the ffront of the palate, lingering smokiness. All malt, no hops, mildly bitter though. Mild winter spicing. Nice. One and done. (336 characters)

Photo of Rumrunner
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle. Bottled on date: 10/15/2003.

I think this is my favorite ale from this particular brewery.

It pours a deep transparent ruby color. A good frothy tan head and some solid lacing down the glass. The scents are cold and crisp on the nose. Heavy hop and some deep fruit for a full bodied scent. There is a sweetness peeking about that is nice.

The tastes are very well put together. This is a pretty hoppy ale. A real nice bitterness. There is some dark fruits blending. Plumbs, figs and dark black cherries. A sweet candied bread follows up and there is a dark wood flavor for the finish. The flavors are very dense. I enjoyed the way the flavors are put together.

This ale is a bit beyond medium but not quite full bodied. There is also a certain density to the mouthfeel that is nice. A pretty easy drinker but not what I would call a session beer. It is more of a slow end of the evening ale. (919 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More thanks to JJFoodie for throwing this one in with a trade.

The color is a bright, clear orange-amber. An off-white head is somewhat thick and tight and remains steadily firm for some time. Some patchy lacing is left behind initially.
There's a firm malt aroma with a somewhat less but still substantial hops presence. There's a caramel from the malt as well as a leafy, flowery aroma from the hops and rather than the array of spices sometimes found in a brew such as this, just a gentle peppery spice and maybe a hint of something warmer.
The taste follows suit, with the malt and hops in harmony, hops gently giving way for the maltier base to come up a bit stronger. An herbal, flowery flavor from the hops compliments the sturdy caramel of the malt and the pepper lingers along with a warmer spice. It's a fairly simple, straightforward flavor, though well balanced and just complex enough to make it interesting.
The body is medium, a good balance of smooth and crisp. It's clean and just thick enough to have a little character.
This is a good one for winter if you're not into overly spiced brews, and a good median between that type and the Christmas ales that are, in fact, IPAs. (1,193 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gold-amber with a mountain of small-bubbled foam into my ale glass.
Nose is caramel-biscuity, with hints of spice (clove?).
Taste is strong, very bread-like with a little hint of fruit and a slightly bitter, alcohol finish.
Definitely a solid beer.
Not terribly unique or memorable, but certainly drinkable, and well-worthy of the bargain price (got it for $4.69/6-pack at a local liquor shop). (404 characters)

Photo of echoes
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass.

A: Pours a very thick head with lots of carbonation. Head dissipates very slowly and leaves some lacing. Color of beer is dark amber with little carbonation.

S: Malt/hops, citrus, caramel smell. Smell is noticeable, not great, but not bad.

T: Hops, citrus, caramel, and slight chocolate flavor. Flavors blend well, well enough that the chocolate is barely detectable (to me). A little bitter (but not bad) for a supposed ale.

M: Slightly thick but smooth as well as slightly syrupy.

D: Nothing about it would put me off from another, but then again the flavor and everything else isn't necessarily enough to make want another, if that isn't contradictory.

Fits the winter warmer style nicely. It is certainly distinct though. I like it, but compared to the other winter warmer I've had (Alaskan Winter Ale/Warmer) I prefer the latter.
Overall decent for a winter warmer. Would drink it again but wouldn't necessarily buy it again. (955 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Nice brown color. Not overly spiced for a winter. Solid beer. One inch head lasts though out the beer. Would compare this to a straight brown beer. (151 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep bronze color with good clarity and a big, creamy white head with good retention. Lacing is impressive.

S: A big whiff of piney/floral hops, plus some subdued caramel and perhaps a bit of honey and spice.

T: Again, piney and floral hops dominate the palate with a nice flavor and a touch of bitterness. Some caramel malt to provide balance, along with a vague, sweet spiced nature. There's an almost dusty, yeasty or bready nature to it as well.

M: Fairly creamy and medium bodied, with a somewhat dry finish. There is a somewhat resiny feel on the tongue after each sip.

D: This is a very nice winter offering. An assertive hop profile balanced fairly well with some malts and spices. I'd drink this again, and it's a good option for the price ($6.99/six). (780 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok wife took me out to "The Outback" Steakhouse tonight for me birthday..they had not much of intrest on tap ( Newcastle Brown and Black Butte being the best)..so I tried this new keg of Winterhook..what the heck..might as well. Came in the 22 oz mug.
Served slightly too cold , despite me asking for a "slightly" chilled glass..so let it stand a while.
Actually afer the chill haze was gone, its quite a good looking beer ,light chocolaty brown with garnet accents..lovelly coffeen'creme coloured head.
Good malty aroma with wine like smell of alcohol.
Pretty nice taste , malty smooth, chocolate , liquorice then it gets bitter with noticable alcohol warming in the throat.
Nice and smooth on the palate.
A quite enjoyable brew with my Prime Rib..and New York Cheescake to finish!
Tastes though it was stronger than 5.58..but the waitress had no idea! (860 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/08/04- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- Poured into my Englander pint glass. 12 oz bottle with born on date of 11/02/04.

Appearance- Pours a dark amber color, 1/4-1/2 inch brownish head and above average lacing.

Smell- Mostly sweet hops and a tad of spices. Maybe a little medicinal or bubble gum scent.

Taste- Hmmm, don't taste a whole bunch of spices. Pretty much tastes like a decent IPA. Maybe a little clove or spices mixed in, but for the most part some pine and fruity hops. Towards the end I may have picked up some kind of roasted malt flavor also.

Mouthfeel- Decent carbonation, not thick at all. Goes down nicely.

Drinkability- Wouldn't choose this as a winter warmer, as it really didn't warm me up, but as an IPA with a tad bit of spices makes it interesting. Definite decent beer worth a try. (854 characters)

Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice pour and cascading head that settles after a while. Great lace and retention. Body is a clear amber/red topped with a tan head.
Grass and hops up front in the nose with undertones of slightly spiced molasses, well balanced. Warming malt sensation.
Burnt hay and bitter citrus on the palate. Malts do not really come forth until the aftertaste hits, which is a pleasant lingering burnt hoppiness mellowing out to molasses and spiced slight brown sugar.
Good mouthfeel and coating. Pretty good drinkability, ABV will get to you which is proper for a winter warmer.

-Oelergud (588 characters)

Photo of demuzik
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep, rich amber - poured from a 12oz bottle with a half inch head, lacing was solid throughout the sipping process.

Hop-heavy on the aroma; piney, slightly spicy hop aroma. Toasty, roasty aromas from the malt.

The taste is quite enjoyable; a bit stark, hops taste like Chinook and other things piney - this one reminds me like a tamed down "Big Foot" from Sierra Nevada. Nice caramel undertones to carry the heavy hopping on this one.

Mouthfeel is done well; a lot of malt and hop punch without weighing the tongue down too much in syrupy weightiness - the weight is just about right.

Overall - worth a try - at least worth getting a 6er - if you like hoppy, big flavored beers. (699 characters)

Photo of CBFanWish
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber, almost copper in color with a frothy head and a nice lace effect. The smell is frity, kind of citrusy, Very aromatic hops were used in the making of this beer. I also get a fruity taste. Very hoppy and malted nicely. I really enjoyed this one. (255 characters)

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been trying the winterhook for the last couple of years and I have always been pretty impressed besides the fact that Redhook is often knocked for being a shitty craft brewery. This year (2004) is very similar to SN Celebration. They went a little more hoppy this year and steered away from the heavy malt and spices. It is a red copper color wiht a very nice head and lacing. The aroma had a small amount of vanilla and nutmeg, but was mostly full of hops. There was a nice fresh hopness to this beer and it was very satisfying. This may be one of the best overlooked and unappreciated winter brews out this year. (621 characters)

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice red copper color. The head was only a finger width and the head loves to cling to the side of the glass in chunky white foam.

S- This smells sweet, and a bit more on the hoppy side of a winter warmer. Must be a West Coast classic for sure. Sweet caramel and honey with some great spice mixed in. Great smelling Winter Warmer.

T- There is a nice hop taste for sure, and it is always there to play nice. But there is a real nice caramel malt profile that is the star. This is a nice well rounded and balanced American West Coast take on a winter warmer. Nice well rounded beer.

M- This feels good in the mouth, very nice feel.

D- Yes this is very drinkable, I'm glad I got this fresh as well. Its a nice beer. (722 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pry off, date stamped 12/02/08

Appearance: Beautiful dark copper-colored brew with lazy carbonation and a thick sticky dark ivory head with good retention and some nice patchy lacing

Smell: Very nice balance between earthy, pungent hops and sweet toasted biscuit and caramel notes. Simple, upfront, and well-defined aromas are quite pleasing.

Taste: Very much in keeping with the aromas. The first thing that really hits you is the hops (even after at least four months in the bottle this is still quite fresh)...there are nice strong hop flavors and a light/medium bitterness, offset by significant sweet caramel. I first had this a few winters ago (and this is only my second sampling); it reminded me then of my time in Yorkshire, it does the same thing now.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and quite smooth

Drinkability: High, easy to knock back several of these comfortably on a winter night

Conclusion: Good, solid winter warmer, brewed in the English tradition; nice balance of malt and hops; this is unique enough to stand on its own, yet approachable for those just getting into craft beer. I'm going to make it a point to get this into my winter rotation much more regularly! (1,210 characters)

Photo of Fatduck
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep copper, mahogany color with a small but fluffy white head. It smells and tastes like a extra strength English bitter. A good thing on a cold day I guess. Creamy smooth mouth, a little carbonation, but light, very drinkable, dangerously so.

From the "extra" seasonal offering from the Redhook sampler pack I am very pleased. Its a great beer. (356 characters)

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of light for the style, a wonderful shimmering red with a retentive white head and bubbles sparkling clear like champagne.

Smells of surprising hops against traditional chocolately warmer malt, no hint of alcohol. West coast hops, cascade, I think. Lightly floral and above average bitterness.

Starts out with the same mild hop kick of an average APA, but that moves quickly into the rounded, sweet malt of a warmer and ends on a sweet, bready note. No real sign of yeast or alcohol.

Definetely a warmer, but probably the hoppiest warmer I've ever had. This isn't to say that it's hoppy on a grand scale, just that warmers usually don't have any hop presence at all. This is nice change of pace, and that fact that it's free of the usually burny warmer aftertaste (which often contrasts poorly against sweet malts), is a good thing. (848 characters)

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