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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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871 Ratings
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Ratings: 871
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 20
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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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 superdedooperboy
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a snifter. ABV noted on the label is 5.9%, as opposed to the stated 6.11% here.

Pours a clear ruby-chestnut hue with a rich, creamy off-white cap that leaves behind thick patches of stick on the walls of the glass.

Aroma is, surprisingly, mostly of bright, citrussy, floral and resinous hops.

Flavors are of slight caramel malts up front and, surprisingly again, piney hop notes. As it warms, a bit of toasted biscuit begins to appear around the edges, and oddly a bit of a watered-down nature falls in near the finish, which is characterized by a lingering light hop bitterness.

Body and mouthfeel are medium and lighter than expected, and the watered-down flavor that appears with warming detracts from the mouthfeel as well, lending itself in feel as well as flavor.

Overall a very drinkable winter brew, perhaps taking its cues more from Sierra Nevada's Celebration than the prototypical Winter Warmer, and should perhaps therefore be labeled accordingly. Not as outstanding as Sierra Nevada's example, but a solid offering nevertheless.

Photo of climax
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The nice foamy head crept up on me. The clarity was admirable through the deep amber color. The head retention rocked, and so did the lacy notches as I proceeded. Good start.

The nose had excellent balance. The hop bitterness was up front while the malt rushed in with toasty sweet tones. Toffee, caramel, cinnamon and spice added a festive nature to the pine hop aromas.

I'm starting to think that I have found Redhook's best brew by far. The flavor doesn't knock me out, but it does not disappoint. As for winter warmers go, this one isn't bursting with cozy warmth of alcohol, but it does offer good balance and ample intensity.

The body is medium at most, and has plenty of smooth feel and carbonation to keep it alive. It is by no means a sipper by the fire, but the lingering bitter finish offers excellent drinkability, and enough flavor to satisfy.

Photo of Winter
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep copper with a khaki colored head. Thick lacing. Aroma consists of fruity hops, grapefruit, malt and a hint of chocolate. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with a mildly creamy texture. Malt meets hops in this winter offering. Citrusy grapefruit upfront with some buried caramel flavor. Nuttiness emerges toward the back. Thick piney hoppy finish. It's a decent offering and an enjoyable brew. Not sure I'd necessarily seek it out on a regular basis to purchase, but I'd consider ordering it if it were on tap at the place I was at.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer... a lot. I was pleasantly surprised, as I've had 4 or 5 styles of Redhook before and while they were good, none really wowed me. This one certainly did though. This was just a delicious hoppy amber/red ale. Great look in the glass, awesome smell and taste, a nice creamy mouthfeel and finish. Man it went down way too quickly for dinner and I'm pissed I only got a single. I'll be getting a 6'er for thanksgiving!

Photo of Beer__ME
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dogfishandi
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from my fridge poured into a standard pint. 10 12 10 notched on the label.

pours out a slightly cloudy orange amber color. small white head that faded to a super thin creamy layer with tiny spotty lace.

not a huge aroma, but it displays a nice balance. theres some citrus hops balanced by a nice toasty biscuity malt.

crisp and refreshing, nicely balanced between citrus, spicy hops and biscuity, caramely, toasted malt. decent amount of hop bitterness. simple, but still quite a tasty offering.

bright assertive carbonation, perhaps a bit too much. light to medium in body.

definatly one of the more drinkable winter warmers. its cheap, widely available, offers a sessionable ABV, decent hops, i definatly would recommend this.

Photo of jmz62565
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A real dark reddish color with a smallish head with good lacing.The smell is earthy,floral,and hoppy.The taste is a spice,malt and hop filled pleasure.The m/f is well balanced between malt and hops.This is a ggod seasonal beer and I was pleasently surprised.

Photo of zp6167a
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of FreshHawk
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice toasted caramel color. Average sized, fluffy, rocky, fairly thick, off-white head. Pretty good retention fading into a nice delicate lace.

S - Lots of toasted, nutty aroma. Hints of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and touches of clove and coriander). Some toffee and caramel sweetness. Good example of the style without being overspiced.

T - Starts with a strong toasted, nutty flavor. Plenty of caramel and toffee. Hints of spice, but nothing that strong. Towards the finish there is a slightly bitter, earthy hop kick but this gives way to a lingering semi-sweet nuttiness.

M - Medium body with above average carbonation. Crisp and zesty finish and just a bit drying.

D - The fact that this isn't overspiced or too sweet helps this be a fairly easy drinking Winter Warmer. Not something I would necessarily want a couple of in a night, but I could but a couple down.

Notes: Solid Winter Warmer. It did have a bit of an English feel to it as well. Not heavy on the spices, but a strong roasted nut and caramel/toffee winter beer. I wasn't amazed by it but would drink it again if I were in the mood for the style.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served from the tap at The Ginger Man in Greenwich, CT. It arrived in a flared pint glass, showing a golden amber coloring, with a one finger head of creamy eggshell bubbles. This retained decently, leaving sheets of lacing down the glass. A chill haze was noticed, with no sediment, and active-appearing carbonation. The aroma was fusel with booze and phenolic plastics off the bat, with nutmeg and cooked ginger spice to cut, along with dried grassy hops, biting metallic yeast zing, pale and caramel malts, lemon peel bitterness, and more of a soapy hop with warmth. Our first impression was that the hop character was surprising, with the spice coming robustly at the end. The flavoring opened with caramel and pale malts, toffee sweetness, fresh hop grassiness, and aromatic cherry fruitiness. Bittering phenolic plastics sitting against a sweeter caramel malt backbone peaked through the center of the swallow, with big lemon flesh bitterness, piney hops, breakfast tea tannins, and a wash of pale muddy malts coming through the finish. The aftertaste breathed of raw grassy and piney hops, roasted caramel malts, dryer pale malty toast, mineral, black pepper, and light fusel booze. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium to high. The slurp was initially cooling, but the finish was eventually very, very dry, with the tongue sticking to the back of the teeth with astringency. Otherwise, the sip was cooling, with refreshing cream and frothiness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, our favorite thing about this beer was its complexity for the style. Here, they seemed less focused on the malt profile, allowing for a generous aromatic hop bite to permeated the sip. The aroma showed more of this as well, with bright green freshness of hops, and paler grain. This paleness does give a cheapness to the end of the swallow, and while this one isn’t as “warming” as others for the style, it will certainly keep you away on a cold winter’s afternoon.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Redhook Ale Brewery
Winterhook

LOOK: Dark amber colored brew bordering on brown. Off white head forms and leaves a considerable amount of lace.

SMELL: Herbal, tea like aromas with a sweet toffee like maltyness.

TASTE: Toffee/caramel flavors from the malts and a strong hop bitterness. Hop character here is very coarse, leafy, resinous and full of pine. Caramel malt sweetness paired with a herbal bitterness that makes for a well balanced brew.

FEEL: On the light side of medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth. Drinks effortlessly.

OVERALL: Though the vintage changes every year , this winter warmer drinks almost like a dark pale ale. Surprising amount of hop character for a winter warmer, and is a refreshing option in the holiday rotation.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: a very small amount of white-colored foam around the edges and some wisps on top; definitely a weak head showing but a beautiful maroon/purple body

s: light grape bubblegum; toasted biscuit and grain; light apples; some light coffee/toffee

t: warm toasted malts; some grape; light abv; coffee; dust; biscuit;

m: smooth; light carb; med/light body

d: a very smooth and drinkable ale; a little strong on the grape notes;

Photo of TheMistler
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured more towards opaque than clear, though I could just make out my fingers on the other side of the brown, red-hued concoction. Slight chill haze, maybe. Off white head, not much of it. Decent lacing.

Smells much different after pouring than it does in the bottle. Mostly hops in the bottle, they instead compliment (citrus and flowers) a sweet malt base when its in the glass.

Taste of caramel malt, and I think caught some raisins. Finishes with floral hops, only slight bittering, though there is only-slightly-malty IPA sensation that lingers on the palate.

Lots of carbonation to go with a somewhat doughy mouthfeel and light-medium body. Nice balanced taste. Quite drinkable.

Photo of armock
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice amber color with an off white head

S - Is of sweet malt with a hint of caramel and spice

T - Is of sweet malt upfront followed by a touch of spice and hops

M - Feels a little thin compared to other winter ales

D - Overall I enjoyed this brew it is a little lighter than other winter ales but that doesn't really hurt this beer its worth a try

Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Sensory Glass. 2008 Style.

Color is a light carmel brown. Pours a decent head that leaves a medium level of lace.

Aroma is of piney hopes. Some spices are also noted. Taste is of similiar piney hops. A slight hint of carmel is also tasted.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but bitter (due to the hops). Leaves a dry taste in mouth.

Overall, a solid beer. I would recommend this winter style ot anybody.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass.

A: Awesome dark red brown color with a good aount of head upon the pour and a good amount of lacing around the glass.

S: Nose is a touch of sweetness with a mixture of fruity undertones and alcholol.

T: Very similar to the nose, as it starts off with just a faint mild caramel sweetness and then transitions to the fruity boquet of hops and finishes with a nice twang of warming alcholol.

M: This would be my only knock on this brew for the style. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin in my opinion, and it doesn't compliment the taste enough for the winter warmer feel.

D: A very good overall drinkable winter brew. Not my favorite, but certainly good.

Photo of champ103
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A deep copper/red color. It has a great head with lots of sticky lace.
S: Sweet malt with some dark fruit flavors (raisins and plumbs) and nice floral hops.
T: Similar to the nose with dark fruits and some peach, but much more hop bitterness than I was expecting. Very good overall.
M/D: I found this very watery and thin in the mouth. There is no coating of the mouth that is present in many other winter warmers. Though, it is very drinkable. The low ABV for the style helps in this department.

A nice winter warmer. Not as "big" as some other beers of this style. That is not a bad thing at all, actually that is what I like most about it. The people at Redhook did not try to over do this beer, and what you get is a very drinkable and tasty brew.

Photo of supercolter
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad beer, i think that Redhook has kind of gotten into a rut however, and that is that alot of their beers have very similar characteristics.
This beer had a very similar smell of banana and sweet malt that their Blonde has, and furthermore the mouthfeel is very similar. Obviously they are different colors with the winter warmer being much darker, but kinda wierd.

Photo of JK4Stout
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip...because I'm fancy.
Also I let Red Hook brew breath for about ten minutes. Just tend to enjoy it more that way.

A: Very nice crystal clear mahoghany. tiny amounts of head, but not anytihng alarming. Bubbling very jovially through the glass.

S: This is new! I get kind of a minty note here. Like when my bro makes Mint tea or something. I know that isn't in it, but that is the cool smell I'm getting...at least tonight.

T: The aftertaste is very refreshing. I know that isn't the prefered phrase you want to here, but it is. I suppose it is that light mint note. Anyway very well balanced malt flavor, and that trademark Red Hook bitterness.

M: Nothing wrong with it, nothing spectacular. I just don't get excited when a beer is appropriate...sorry

D: I am all for getting another 6er of this. That really is the best way to tell if you enjoy a beer. Will I be buying this again? You betcha!

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint.

Pours a dark rust, clear and with an average head.

Smell is of roasted grain, caramel and bready goodness.

Flavor is roasted grain, caramel and light chocolate malts. Hops are very well represented here. Bright and and bitter there is a nice earthy flavor between the hops and dusty grain, nice.

Very well done ale, I would look for it again.

Photo of bashiba
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a crystal clear clean amber color with a light sticky tan head, light lacing and nice retention.

The smell is lightly spicy, a bit of nutmeg, cinnamon, and sweet malts are all apparent.

The flavor is mellow, lightly malty with a touch of bready sweetness and a hint of earthy hops make it fairly balanced. There is just a hint of wintery spices.

The mouthfeel has a nice creamy texture along with a nice dry finish.

A pretty decent winter warmer.

Photo of nms1987
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good looking dark brown/bronze beer. Good head and lacing.

Nice smell. Rich malts.

Smooth taste. Fairly heavy body, but not overly so. Malty but not too malty. Enough hops to keep the taste interesting. Its an oldish bottle so a sliiight hint of oxidation is starting to sneak in, but that isn't the beers fault.

Good mouthfeel. Rich and filling.

Very pleasurable to drink, esp for a beer with the body it has.

A lovely winter beer. Smooth and rich yet semi-sessionable.
It isn't a great beer but it is a good one. Similar to a less hoppy Pyramid SnowCap.

Photo of dsa7783
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First brew from the Redhook Brewery, and I am not dissapointed... their winter warmer is a decent stab at the style... appearance was a nice caramel color with a minimal head... taste was about average for a winter warmer... a little caramel sweetness on the palate with some spices present, maybe cinnamon, but a little more bland compared to some other winter warmers I've sampled... I was pretty satisfied though, having copped a single 12oz bottle from Wine and More in West Orange for about $1.79... at 6%, there was a nice alcohol glow pervading from the drink, and the sweetness lingered on the mouth for a bit... great drinkability and the alcohol is hardly noticeable behind a sweet finish... Recommended...

Photo of Jayli
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, dark copper/chestnut color. The head is tan and creamy, nice head retention, and leaves excellent lacing throughout the beer. Initial scent is of some roasted malts, piney hops with a hint of sweetness...perhaps spices? Flavor starts a bit malty, with a hint of sweetness, caramel and spiciness. Body bordered on medium, and it felt fairly smooth on the tongue. This is the first beer that I have tried from Red Hook - I found it to be a nice winter beer!

Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had already reviewed this beer and thought it was bland, but I accidently put this in my shopping basket, but now I'm glad I did. Retry! On to the beer:

This beer is copper in color, hues of orange with a solid head on top and trickles of lacing. The aroma is hoppy....a clean and crisp fruity aroma. Bit of caramel too. The taste is a winner. Pleasantly hoppy and malty. Good mix of caramel and sweet dough to go with the grapefruit and piney hop flavors. There's also a hint of orange flavor. Finishes clean. A good drinkable beer overall, and one that paired well with my spicy pork tenderloin topped with BBQ sauce.

Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 871 ratings.