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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2003)
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Photo of PhageLab
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

PhageLab, Jan 08, 2008
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

jmvecchio1, Dec 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Kahlerbock, Feb 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

jski, Jan 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

ejimhof, Sep 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Kopfschuss, Sep 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

ncstateplaya, Sep 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Dunkelhund, Dec 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Didier, Dec 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

TubbyDullard, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of tbern007
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3.0 across the board.
Copper clear. Thin to no head. Undercarbonated.
Light hop/earthy smell, maybe some grass.
Taste is mild all around. Every Redhook beer I've had tastes like a good beer that has been watered down. This one is no exception. Light hop, mal. If this is a winter beer, where are the spices? I detect NONE. Mild sweet aftertaste. This beer is decent and drinkable but I sure had higher expectations. Average all around.

tbern007, Dec 27, 2010
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3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a murky mahogany color with some reddish tinge to it. Slightly vigorous pour leaves a thin finger of fizzy off-white head that quickly fades away to a light ring of white lacing. Aroma is hoppy and of sweet caramel malts, very light on the nose, slightly grainy as well. Taste starts out hoppy and slightly bitter, similar to an IPA, then transforms into a sweet and malty finish with a light bittering dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation levels, goes down smooth. Easy to drink, decent brew although a far cry from the style's normal characteristics. The hoppiness is far from overbearing or anything, the bottle reads "assertively hopped", and it is, although this brew doesn't taste much like a winter warmer. Not enough carmel sweetness and maltiness to warm with. All around a solid beer with an overall bland character but worth a shot, but not if you're in the mood for a winter warmer.

danielocean03, Nov 01, 2006
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Stinkepete2021, Jan 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

rob99er, Dec 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

C_S, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of cbl2
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Crystal clear brown with quarter inch white head.


Predominantly hoppy with a hint of pine keeping with the season.


Not sure what distinguishes this beverage from Red Hook's IPA. Overly hoppy thogh some malts appear midbrew to be quickly quashed by the strong hop presence. Not my cup of tea.

cbl2, Jun 21, 2004
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Shango42, Dec 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

edwardkersh, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too bad. Aroma's a bit hoppy but none in the flavor. Flavor, however, is decent with a ttinge of dry-roastyness. Nice rich dark amber, reddish color. Light head that lasts somewhat. Almost no lace. Fairly balanced. ok mouthfeel. Decent finish. Could be a session beer.

drpimento, Dec 02, 2008
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Irrationalist, Apr 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

deonreds, Mar 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Rekrule, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of rlshep
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

rlshep, Jul 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

scootercrabb, Nov 26, 2011
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.