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 oldirtycaffrey
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, dark amber with 1/2 inch foamy head that stays throughout. A LOT of lacing left along the glass as you finish. Sweet, malty, robust aroma -- the taste follows suit. Good amount of carbonation. For a 6.0% ABV, very easy to drink. Perfect winter warmer.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- hazy copper amber with a decent off white head and a good amount of lace.

S- mild aroma of sweet caramel malts and earthy English hops. Raisin, date, prune, toffee, and sherry.

T- well balanced flavor, toasty, woodsy and sweet with understated bitterness. Fruity tartness comes in with red grape, plum, raisin, and berries. Finishes with an earthy bitterness and a bit chocolatey.

MF- nicely full feel with proper carbonation. Lots of grain went into this one. Creamy and rich.

D- surprisingly good from an underestimated brewery. Anheuser Busch has the rights to this one around here, and thanks to my sales rep Ty for the sample.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Caramel-brown / apple-red transparent color with a decent off-white head

S- Spicy smell on top of caramel malt flavor

T- Taste is like the smell but hops become noticeable and really enhance the brew

M- Feel is good. Medium bodied and well-carbonated

D- Drinks fine for the style

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Photo of thespaceman
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice deep copper color, minimal clarity, with a generous sized head and beautiful lacing, very sticky.

Smell: Nice earthy, grassy hops combined with sweet fruit florals, grapefruit twang is present, a decent smelling winter brew.

Taste: Great spices combined with those fruity hops make this a treat. Nutmeg, caramel, pumpkin spice, all pop out big here, as well as the grapefruit and citrus feel in the nose. This one would taste great with thanksgiving dinner!

Mouthfeel: Slight creaminess although a bit thin for a winter beer, yet it's carbonation and good hop balance make up for it. Just right on the palette.

Drinkability: For my first winter brew of 2008, I was pretty impressed. This is one is tasty and rather easy to gulp down, definetley a sessionable beer for those holiday parties.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purschased on a weekend trip to Charleston, SC.
Pours a clear dark brown with superior side lacing and a copious tan head with very good retention. Appearance is exceptional.

Aroma provides malts up front with some caramel and molasses mix most notible. Hops, a little grassy, are present.
Taste is malty and the sweet caramel is most prominent. Has a little spicy bite in the dry finish that leaves a warmed palete.
This was a pleasent suprise and a very good winter ale.

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Photo of Goregazm
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Appearance: Pours a nice, reddish-copper color. Clean, but not transparent. Has a decent, light tan head which goes down somewhat rapidly and leaves a good amount of foamy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very strong on the nose, you can smell it as soon as you pop off the cap. Has a floral, hoppy smell, with some caramel and malt. Grains are in there as well. Wasn't bad, but not as good as the...

Taste: Nummy!!! This beer has a warm, toasty taste that you can literally feel going down. Tastes like buttered bread with a nice malt and some bitter hops. More sweet then bitter, with a slight detection of fruit. Very, very good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly thick, with a litte carbonation that tingles on the tongue. Doesn't lose its creamy feel on the palate after being in your mouth for a few seconds. The aftertaste is not a far cry from the taste itself, just a bit more suttle.

Drinkability: This is a great beer, and one of the best that Redhook has to offer. This is ideal to sip on a cold, winter night. Whether sitting in front of the fireplace or under a blanket watching a movie, this is a brew that matches up perfectly. If you're not a big
fan of the winter season, this is a damn good reason to look forward to it.

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Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brown and foamy, left alot of foamy lace. Crisp and refreshing, nice qualities for this syle beer. Very smooth and long malty center, Mild/mellow hop finish. nice balance and drinkability. Good session brew. A pleasant quaffer. Tried this one on tap. Didnt have the time to let it warm up abit in the glass.

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Photo of Butch
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled 22 December 2006

Beautiful color. Deep cherry-wood, just a bit of red. Head was nice and tight, if short. Faded to a respectable lid that graced me with a perfect lace over the entire inner wall of the glass. Bless him for that. It stuck around for the whole beer and I was taking my time drinking it; writing this, watching TV, and answering emails in the process.

Smelled like an IPA. The deeper I drew, the more hops I got: score. At the end there was a hint of something spicy. A real winter ale.

The taste was, in my opinion, a nice example of the style. Not over top in any direction, no serious flaws, just a nice solid example of a style I love. All hops on the backend, but again, I got that subtle hint of something spicy . . . especially the last two swallows.

My goodness I love Christmas brews. I’ll be sure to get it next year, and probably again this year if it’s still available the next time I restock The Cache.


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Photo of albern
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a bit of a surprise. The beer is about the hoppiest winter ale I've had in a long while. The beer pours a mahogany amber color with a tannish head, with some retention, and lots of lacing. This is a creamy headed beer, medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. The nose on this beer is just sweet piney hops. I'm getting a huge whiff of oily, estery ripe hops, something more akin to an IPA nose than a winter warmer. There is a touch of breadiness in the background, but the pine aroma is front and center.

The taste is not nearly as hopped up as the nose would indicate. There is a nice hop presence, but it is well balanced with the bready and biscuity grains. There maybe some winter type spices in the beer, such as nutmeg, almond extract, allspice, and the like. There is a slight hop drying feel in the mouth towards the finish. The beer is quite creamy with a pleasant hop bitterness in the finish. This is a reasonably complex beer with a good interplay between the hops, spices, grains, and malts. The mouthfeel is a tad watery, the hop bite does extend a bit into the aftertaste. This is a nice beer and glad I pulled it off the shelf. L'Chaim.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz, longneck, brown bottle, twist-off cap. Best by date on label. Based on the date, I guess this bottle was about one year old.

This ale poured a cloudy/hazy brown color with sudsy, tan foam that settled but clung somewhat. The smell was caramel and cocoa with hints of dried fruit and hops. There was a trace of sweetness in the aroma. Overall a nice, mellow smell. The taste was richly malty with a touch of sweetness and hints of spices and with a good hoppy finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Not as full-bodied as I had hoped. This was a very respectable winter warmer, with the aroma probably its strongest aspect.

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Photo of dickroop
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This offering poured a dark coppery color, very attractive. Not much head, but the smell was very inviting, fresh citrus hops, yummy.

The taste was good, nicely balanced. The hop flovor was citrusy and a little floral, the malt flavor was caramel with some good toasted notes. A fine smooth overall flavor with notes of grape juice. The mouthfeel was a little watery, carbonation was generous and good.

Overall, I wouldn't have minded having another, drinkability was good. Pleasant and recommended.

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Photo of ski271
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark, reddish brown with a very small, off-white head that slowly diminishes to a tenacious film. Good lacing. The smell is strong of piney hops with some light citrus and smoke. The taste is more hops but with more of a malt presence giving it some balance. It finishes clean, has a medium body, watery texture, and very low carbonation. I think the mouthfeel is the biggest downfall of this beer, but I still found it rather enjoyable… which was a pleasant surprise coming from a brewery I haven’t been too impressed with in the recent past. This would be a good beer to take on a long ski lift.

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Photo of RedLion
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really think this is a way above average beer. There's nothing on the market quite like it. This brew has a wonderful winter spicyness that I havn't found in any other beer. Truely a perfect compliment for a cold winter night. Like all Redhooks, this beer pours almost too clean, with a good head. But, who really cares how about a beer looks? The important thing is how this tastes. Flavors present are nutmeg and cinammon. It's too bad I can only find it during the winter.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Brixx Pizza,first time on tap.Poured a lighter brown almost amber color with athis head that left a thin sheet of lace,picked up a bigger than expected hop presence in the aroma some pine along with some roasted malt.Big and hoppy up front on the palate very piney and resiny with a enough of a roasted malt backbone to hold up to the hop attack making for a big,bold,well rounded brew.Very pleasntly suprised with the character of this brew,have had it before and dont remember such a hop profile.

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Photo of Spikester
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 version. Dark amber with a half inch of light tan head. Plentiful lacings. Aroma is floral hops and some caramel.
Taste is bitter hops, sweet caramel malts, leather, some grapefruit, hint of lemon and a medium-dry bitter finish. Moderate carbonation. Easy drinker for a winter warmer. Abv of 5.9%.
Update: Bottled on Oct 17 2013. abv listed as 6.0%
Number 29- 2013 version. Not too different than original review but this is a classic winter warmer and a smooth drinking slightly hop forward beer with plenty of malts to give it an almost Imperial Amber Ale character. One of the better beers of this style.
This update was on Jan. 29, 2014.

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Photo of pezoids
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent looking and an eye pleasing beer with a clear and bright light garnet color with tinges of orange. Small fruitiness in the aroma with more of it coming out as the beer warmed up, along with sweet and grassy hops. Aromas included sweet cherries, apricots and birch. The beer is a dry one, light in malt body with a biting and bitter tang and a dry, fruity finish. Light, tasty and flavorful. The dryness is an asset to this beer. Very good.

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Photo of NardiByNature
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed 11/13 at the brewery in New Hampshire.

Poured into a pint glass and watched a good finger-and-a-half of textured khaki head mount itself on top of a clear and copper body. It's cool to see pretty lacing and nice head retention on this style of beer.

Smells like clove, wood, warming alcohol. Nice bitterness in the taste that doesn't come through so much on the smell. I like how this beer isn't too spiced up - it's a warmer for sure, but it finishes clean (maybe even dry) and it's not overly sweet. Leaves a nice taste.

This is the best beer I've tried from Redhook and a great one in the style. I liked it more than Great Lakes Christmas Ale.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, $1.99, I've got to take advantage of it,

A: Pours a deep clear amber to red with a frothy medium white head, great lace.

S: Has a solid hoppiness, grapefruit, citrus, crystal malt.

T: Heavy crystal/red malt flavour. Has a substantial bitterness. Good flavour, like an Old Jubilation meets Full Sail Wassail.

M: Medium-bodied, resiny, thick feeling, robust, good overall body.

O: Why can't Longhammer have this kind of hop character?. This is real good beer and at sub-$2 a bomber it's a steal. One of Redhook's best without a doubt.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color with a decent head and lace.
The aroma started with some hops,malts and some honey.
The taste of malts,caramel and sweetness.The hops surprised me,but were a welcomed surprise.
The feel was smooth,medium body,medium carbonation and an overall good balance.

Notes: What a fine brew of a surprise. Six pack next time as it was so easy to have.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep red to slightly brown color with a finger of head that fell to coat the beer. The nose was sweet, very sweet caramel with a light touch of hop. Not too bad. The flavor was well balanced between the sweet caramel and sweet grapefruit and piney hops. Where the beer lacked was in the mouthfeel. It was just too thin. Overall a nice easy sipping beer that was good to start a night. I'd have it again.

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Photo of RootedFool
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 12 pack on sale at the local Safeway.

Pours deep amber with copper highlights around the edges. A very light brown head spews toward the lip of the glass, dense and pillowy and takes its time descending. Dollups of lace hold to the glass like cool whip around a fat child's lips during Thanksgiving dinner.


A thin waft of raisins cooked down in caramel, with a middle and finish of straight-up brown sugar and a hint of lemon zest.


A dry bitterness along the center of my palate, overflowing into an even drier bitterness -- blackened toast comes to mind, but pleasantly -- and succulent candied fruits peak through the middle, closing on a slight twist of alcohol in my throat and gut, and a raspy twang of bitterness over a bed of fading malt sweetness that reminds me of flat Pepsi.

Mouthfeel is somewhere between creamy and "whipped," a nice palate-coating density. Doesn't quite stick to the ribs, but this is a good thing.

Not bad for my first winter seasonal of the year.

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Photo of daythree16
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a burnt amber color with a thick off-white head that leaves tons of lace on the glass.

Smell is mostly citrus. Lots of west coast hops. Taste is citrus with a dry, nutty, and sweet malty finish. Pretty enjoyable beer.

Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is off the charts. I could definitely put several of these away on a cold night, or any night for that matter.

Someone else mentioned the price in his review, and I have to agree. For 6.99 a sixer, this is a steal.

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Photo of devinoconnor
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Such a surprising brew for me. Not a huge fan of winter warmers as I find they're generally much too spicey and lack body.

Redhook's Winter Ale is fantastic. Pours a dark brown with two fingers of foamy head. Spices are perfectly balanced with an unexpected amount of hops. Chocolate mixes with grapefruit to create a truly original winter ale. Nuts and malts create a nice backbone and a delicious finish.

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Photo of Bagman007
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very nice copper coloring with a decent, not very long lasting, head.

S- Very hoppy scent when you first smell it. Can't really smell any malts at all. Can also smell some spices as well.

T- The spices really stick out in the taste, perhaps more than in any other Winter Warmer I've had. Surprisingly does not taste as hoppy as it smells.

M- Since it was not as hoppy or bitter as I expected, it went down surprisingly smoothly.

D- Extremely drinkable session beer. Definitely something you have have a lot of.

Overall I was extremely impressed with this beer. Very smooth compared to most Winter Warmer's. I would recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing I notice with this is the hops....a nice change up for a winter warner,,,pours a deep mahogany color...nose is pineyh ops and comse caramel...Body is medium...a little chewy actually...a good malt flavor accented nicely by a piney hoppiness...

This is an enjoyable brew...not a true sipper but a nice winter changeup...didn't check the ABV but this would seem to be in the 6.0 range..great hops burps off this...

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