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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

460 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 460
Hads: 889
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
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 RootedFool
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Smell:

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.

Taste:

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. (1,027 characters)

Photo of daythree16
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of devinoconnor
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of Bagman007
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
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... (427 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I'd previously described the color of this ale as like "moonrise over Venus" owing to its radiant scarlet glow. That original bottled beer review dates to 2003, back in my "Jimi Hendrix" phase of beer reviewing. Far out.

Returning to this ale at the source where it's brewed reveals a beer of far more hops than I remember. Both the aroma and taste impart a bright hoppy immediacy like a handful of Cascade pellets. Hop flavor posits an herb and spice flare against an alt-like nuttiness that delivers more character than I was expecting. And the freshness of the draught is notable. If I had to venture a deconstructionist guess I'd say Winterhook is IPA hops on ESB malts with an alt-like yeast.

Very effective as a winter warmer. Almost compelling. (764 characters)

Photo of NHGrafx
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle

Pours a dark reddish amber color with a 2 finger head that dies pretty quickly. Nice lacing.

Aroma starts off pretty hoppy which yields to a malty sweetness. There is also a weird fruity smell, but I can't think of anything to describe it.

Taste is malty with a clear hop flavor present. There is some nice toasted/roasted malt flavors as well. There is light to moderate bitterness on the finish. Has a slight sweetness that comes out as it warms. The weird fruit flavor is in the taste as well, but still can't think of how to describe it. Mouthfeel is very good and very good drinkability too.

Overall a very good winter ale. Will definitely have this again. (697 characters)

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this one straight out of the bottle. Sue me.

S: Vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar, black fruits and clean rain all came through on the nose.

T: Dark, sugary fruit with hardly any sweetness, molasses, light yeasty grains and a refreshing, watery finish.

D: Not sure what makes this "wintery" but it sure tastes good to me.

Value: I paid $3.99 for a sixer on sale. KILLER! (376 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A wonderful winter warmer.

Deep dark reddish brown color with a head that holds a lot of foam. Chocolate malty smell with a slightly bitter hop that holds up well in the mouth. Some tang at the finish.

Not too heavy - I could drink a few of these, but definitely in the season. With snow on the ground, this beer feels like the right way to enjoy the evening. (362 characters)

Photo of DukeofAle
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'll skip the usual, boring and repetative "review" ("xxx pours a deep mahogany brown with red highlights blah, blah, blah") and say simply that this is one of the better brews I've sampled in some time - if you like your ale on the hoppy side. Not a "big" beer, just a nice, fairly low gravity ale with a bite. And and $6.99/6 pack, it's ranking increases in light of the exceptional value. It' getting tough to find a real soild brew under $10.00 - this was a very pleasant discovery and I will be buying more! (512 characters)

Photo of almychristopher
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice copper color with a foamy tan head that fades to thick lacing. the aroma carries a lot of malt character, with just a bit of some noble hops at the back. the taste is good well balanced with the sweet malt up front and the citrus and spice of the hop arrangement follow through nicely. a well balance beer, although I would have expected a bit more in the way of alcohol from a warmer. (408 characters)

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had this beer in probably 4 years or so and I am looking forward to it. Reddish brown in color with a small creamy white head. The smell is wonderful. Hops, berries and malt, I love it. I must say the flavor is well balanced. Hops and berries go back and forth. Carbonation is low, just how I like this style. Aftertaste is a bit dry with more hops coming through.

Very different from what I remember but very good. (429 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised this beer hasn't been reviewed. Redhook East is a good brewery, and the pub serves great food. Anyway, this winter seasonal is a nice dark amber color with a fairly thick creamy head. Good lacing. It has a sweet molasses smell to it, and a fruity, cinnamon taste. Good mouthfeel, not too carbonated. A very drinkable beer. (336 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One winter seasonal that I have probably seen the most improvement over the years is Winterhook. Its been around since 1985 in one form or another but seems to be on the stable path for several years now. Bright clarity off of the deep copper color brew, awesome looking lacing as it leaves a web like trail down the glass. Malty aroma of toasted grain and caramel, hint of floral and grassy hops as well. The smoothness is certainly there with a small crispness that drops off quick in the medium body. Spicy, herbal and bit time floral hop flavor don a balanced bitterness that lingers far into the drying finish.

High in drinkability, flavorful and a bit complex yet approachable enough to bring to a holiday party. By far its one of my favorites each year. (761 characters)

Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice orange-amber color with a nice medium off-white head that laces the glass all the way down. The aroma is of sweet malts layered with winter spice smell and finally a small amount of hoppy bitterness at the end. The taste is really good while following up the aroma. It has a very nice sweet roasted malt base with a nice amount of winter spices - cinnamon, some orange, and a hint of chocoalte from the roasted alts. The mouthfeel is good - very crisp and refreshing. The beer is quite drinkable and I could have a few of these. (551 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucid, erythematous bronze with orange accents. The ecru colored head is dense and sits atop the beer with a resolute purposefulness. A slow descent brings about tattered rings and sheets of lace that cover the majority of the inside surface of the glass.

Wow, the nose is a surprise in the best way possible with loads of tropical fruity, sweet citrus zest dipped in melted caramel. I sure didn't expect a winter warmer to be this fantastically hoppy. It smells more like Amarillo than Cascade, but I'll take the brewer's word for it.

The flavor isn't quite the equal of the nose, but it's a near thing. Plenty o' hops, with bitter grapefruit peel and pine sap in the forefront, anchored by a toasted caramel malt base that binds it all together in convincing fashion. I really don't appreciate much in the way of spices, just the four basic ingredients that combine to produce very good beer.

The body/mouthfeel is strictly medium and, as a consequence, the finish isn't as long and as lingering as it might be. When judged as a winter warmer, which I feel should be more full, it probably deserves the next lowest score.

Winterhook Winter Ale is a different sort of winter warmer, but a good one. It drinks like a relatively well-balanced IPA that's slanted toward 'made in the U.S.A.' tropical hoppiness. In other words, there's a lot to like in this 12 oz. bottle. (1,382 characters)

Photo of GoalieRon33
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Overall, a nice beer to have throught the winter months (as the name would suggest) Bready, spicy aroma with somewhat of a fruited undertone. Appears a ruddy brown color, seems to glow under bar room lighting. Hints of spices are laced throughout the breadiness of this beer. Overall, for a winter "heavier" beer, its incredibly easy to drink. Could session it. Great beer to try, would be a hit even with not craft brew afficianados. (434 characters)

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep mahogany reddish brown with a fluffy tan head. Retension is impressive with very closely knit lacing on the glass.

Aroma of spices, fruity malts, caramel and hops. Grapefruit, citrus peel, pine sap, cinnamon, sweet pastries or baked goodies, great smell.

Taste is very well balanced with sweet and hoppy characteristic that reflect the aromas I mentioned.

This tasted very good with a chocolate chip cookie. (425 characters)

Photo of Luigi
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color and a thick sticky off-white head. Head retention is very good. The aroma is very hoppy. Floral hops and roasted malts hit the nose. The taste is rich, medium to full bodied. Floral hoppiness hit the tounge at first. The hops are mellowed out with a toastel malt. Finishes hoppy and semi-dry. A hearty brew perfect for the colder weather. One of RedHook's best beers. (384 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark Red with a moderate haze and a 1 finger width head. Few carbonated bubbles floating up the the surface.

Smell - Caramel, Malts, Butterscotch, Hops, and Toffee. Quite a malty character and potent enough to where I can have the glass sitting 2 feet away from me and yet I get a whiff of the aroma.

Taste - Toffee, Caramel, Grapefruit Hops, Yeasts, and Malts. Quite sweet tasting and a pretty good flavors which all blend together really nicely.

Mouthfeel - Heavy bodied and moderately carbonated. It's got a crispness to it, but not quite refreshing. Though I do get a warming sensation from drinking this; Strange because there is no spice or booziness to the flavor.

Overall - Excellent tasting beer that makes one forget about winter, or at least momentarily forget about winter. Check it out if you get a chance. (863 characters)

Photo of maccroz
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark, rich amber brew. Not syrupy thick, but very complex. This is a great winter beverage. A lot of winter seasonal brews go crazy either trying to craft a drink that is as thick as porriage or as spiced as nutmeg. This is a happy medium: a darker than normal beer which is slightly more complex than you'd expect in a lager.

Very unique piney-new-englandish taste (which is probably hard to picture not being from new england, but it's the best way to describe it)

Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed (516 characters)

Photo of iceball585
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown color, semi-transparent, thin white head that faded quickly, some bubbles rising throughout

S- Citrus hops, caramel malts, toasted grains, slight herbal auroma

T- Brown sugar, molasses, malty, earthy, nutty, light hop bite

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp, flavorful

D- Worth buying again

This beer smells very hoppy but tastes more malty. Complex flavor and still very drinkable for your average beer drinker. (446 characters)

Photo of mattsdenney
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass.

A: Pours clear, a dark copper/amber color with a two finger head. Leaves a sticky, bubbly film as it settles. Looking very good so far.

S: Malt and toasted grain, light hop scent. Caramel sweetness.

T: Sweet malt, herbal grain, and toasted caramel up front with a nice hoppy backbone. Flavorful, and very well balanced. Some spiciness but not as much as other Winter Warmers.

M: Light and bubbly with a dry finish.

O: Overall I really enjoy this beer. The Winter Warmer designation always throws me b/c you never know what you'll get. This beer is warming, well balanced and perfect for a cold night. Very drinkable, will buy again. (690 characters)

Photo of MattBrooks
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2005/06 release. This has long been one of my favorites from Red Hook, and this years' is probably their best ever. Pours dark brown with a lighter brown cascade flowing nicely. Smells of roated coffee and burnt toast (two things I love). The taste really put it over the top for me, though. The heavy, malty taste combined with the rich, but not too strong mouthfeel, makes this seasonal brew a winner, and certainly one to buy by the case, as putting down more than a few is really easy. (496 characters)

Photo of Japerrault
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep clear amber with a thick off-white head.

S: Spicey, piney hops, as well as some sweet caramel.

T: Sweet caramel noticed first, then toasted grains. Hops flavor with slight bitternes in the finish. Nice balance.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation.

D: Smooth, well balanced beer. No harshness present. Easy to drink. (331 characters)

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