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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

801 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
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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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a dark copper, semi cloudy with good carbonation. The head is 1 finger, tan and left little lace.

The smell is a spicy malt.

The taste follow, Malty goodness with a bit too much spice. Spice should be just that, an accent not the meal.

The mouth feel is good, a nice medium body, with good carbonation.

The drinkability is not so great, as the spicy after taste lingers too long

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 03:12:16 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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JasonA

Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark lager with little carbonated fizzy head which is a pure white. Not exactly what I would have expected for the style.

Smells a little bitter and biting. I dont sense any depth, little hops.

Not much spice, not much flavor for the style. No depth, not much of much.

Feels ok, maybe a little over carbonated.

Rather move forward from the beer than back to it. So many other options out there, I dont see myself wanting another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 02:24:59 | More by JasonA
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.55/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright brown body with a moderate, off-white head.

Smell: The unfortunate aroma is formed by an offensive mixture of berries, soured citrus fruits, and dirty metal.

Taste: Bland, plain-tasting malt flavor with a slight nuttiness to it. The small amount of hops present provide a bit of grassiness. Finishes sour and with the taste of stewed greens.

Mouthfeel: Lackluster medium-thin body, with moderate carbonation and an exceedingly watery palate.

Drinkability: Something to keep in mind: there are many, far better winter beers. This one's a total washout.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 05:15:15 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Dizzy

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours transparent brown with a white head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus, lots of cascades. Citrusy hops dominate the flavor, malts are there but this seems way out of balance. The mouthfeel seems quite thin. This is ok, but it just seems to be hop water.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 04:53:50 | More by Dizzy
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OStrungT

California

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden brown color, with a very light tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a spicy aroma. It smells very festive. Some nutmeg, some ginger. It also has a nice caramel sweet aroma. Not much hop aroma, but some citrus hops are present if you look.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. Spicy up front, with a sweet caramel malt flavor. It also has a slight citrus hop flavor.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a spicy aftertaste. It is carbonated just right.

This beer would probably make a decent session beer. It tastes good, and it is not too high in alcohol.

Overall: I am not usually a fan of Redhook stuff. That being said, this beer is good. I was surprized when I had it for the first time. I might even buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 04:23:45 | More by OStrungT
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cjgator3

Florida

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 11.15.06

Pours a dark brownish copper color with an off-white ring of lace that sticks to the side of the glass. Aroma is dominated by fresh hops with a faint sweet malt background and maybe even some winter spices. After the really nice aroma, I was a little let down by the lack of flavor. The taste, much like the aroma is dominated by the hops upfront with a sweet and toasted malt presence as well. Pretty good tasting brew, but it is just a little too watered down. Overall, this is an interesting enough seasonal to have again but really nothing to get exited over.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 03:53:11 | More by cjgator3
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aforbes10

Iowa

3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours red brown with a puffy tope head. Smells of cloves, hops and some dry citrus rind odors. Quite a spicy nose and reasonably intriguing. Taste is sweet and effervescent. Tastes like cloves and sweet malt. Hops are cloying and floral. Somewhat unbalanced between malt and hops. Some menthol-like flavor in there too. Mouthfeel is quite thin for it being a winter warmer. Drinks OK, but really not anything special for the style...

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 13:38:53 | More by aforbes10
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle to a bright amber color, with some carbonation, medium off-white head that lingered a while and left okay lacing. I detected the aroma of floral and citrus hops, though not real strongly, similar to an IPA. However, the taste had more of the spicy wheat flavor of a Hefe-Weizen. Thle palate was somewhat spicy, and the finish a mix between dry-bitter, and stale. It was alomost like Redhook mixed two different styles. This was a very strange beer, although not too bad overall. Hardly your typical seasonal Winter Brew though.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 02:30:49 | More by kimcgolf
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zeff80

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours out a dark amber color with small white head.

S - Smelled very sweet. Also notes of citrus and hops.

T - Tasted some clove, grains, hops and malt. It also had a very, very slight bitterness.

M - It was crisp and light-bodied.

D - I enjoyed this beer. It was great on a cold snowy night.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 15:42:17 | More by zeff80
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BlackAngus

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, brown color with a fluffy head that fades to about half a finger thick.

S - Malt aroma, very prominent hops aroma, but it's not overpowering.

T - Hint of what may be "winter" spices, hop flavor, some maltiness.

M - A tad thin, but clean. Light carbonation.

D - Not too bad. I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 00:56:38 | More by BlackAngus
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taez555

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a tan/amber body with a decent sized off-white head.

Nose is a nice mix of clean biscuit and caramel malts with hints of alcohol and fruity and slighty piney hops. Very mild hints of winter spices.

Taste is clean and simple with a medium body. Caramel, biscuit and even some faint german vienna or munich malt touches. Fruity citrus hops are mellow yet give just enough bite to balance against the malt. Bitterness is also present and well balanced just peaking over the top of the malt base without overshadowing.

A very clean and simple beer. A perfect session winter ale. No fancy spices, no super hops, just well balanced and drinkable. I could drink this all night long.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 00:09:08 | More by taez555
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TheLiterati

California

2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Love the ESB and IPA from this brewery, and expected a full-bodied winter warmer from them as well.

Poured nicely enough, copper-amber in color, with a decent off white head. Smells of winter spice, malt, not much more.

Mouthfeel was thinner than what I’d expected or hoped for. And though the malt and spice was evident in the taste, it seemed like this recipe needed more time to blend and mature. There were a lot of flavors, but not really one predominant taste.

A little disappointing, but not entirely bad. Just not what I'd expect from Redhook or from a winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 05:55:45 | More by TheLiterati
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Westsidethreat

California

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Mahogoney brown with cherry highlights. Mildly creamy light beige head fell quick but a good froth remains.

S: Piney hops, malty redwood bark and some seasonal spices.

T: Begins malty with red fruit kicks; cherry, raspberry and blackberry. Odd counterbalance between chocolate and caramel malts. Straight forward pine hops cut thru the malt then drop a hefty amount of bitterness. Finishes with a load of dirty, earthy hops.

M: Medium body with a prickly mouthfeel

D: Not one of my favorite seasonal beers. Flavors are sort of herky jerky and don't meld well.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 05:30:29 | More by Westsidethreat
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Byeast

Florida

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown with some reddish hues , the head was large when first poured , dissipated to a quarter inch of offwhite foam. A moderate lace left.

Smell: a fair amount of hops ( kinda evergreen) in the nose , a little bit of maltiness , hint of spice and alcohol.

Taste: medium maltiness , lots of greener hop flavor and bitterness , the flavor profile does have a bit of holiday feel ... somehow. Almost reminds me of a christmas tree?

Mouthfeel: slightly slick and medium bodied.

Drinkability: This winter warmer is quite drinkable and appropriate for the holidays , and has a pleasant flavor , its just not quite up there with others that iv'e tried. I am glad i tried it though.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 05:45:25 | More by Byeast
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Chaz

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brilliant, golden amber in color into a Libby pint. Billowy off white head subsides after a minute or so, leaving a touch of lace. A consistency of aromatic usage seems to be key here, as the same elements interact through both the aroma and taste profile: roasted malt, biscuity malt, lime-citrusy hops, and yeast. Hop use is very well-done, dynamic even, and I could smell this from a couple of yards off! I half expected a hop-harvest/fresh hop ale (Hoptoberfest with the wrong tap handle?) but sure enough it has the right name afffixed to the keg and tap handle. To be honest I wasn't expecting a yeast character from this after years of go-rounds with the brand, but sure enough there's an ale-yeast character at play here and it seems fitting. Carbonation is spot-on in a bar that must've just had its lines cleaned as well (the rest of the place -which shall remain nameless- needs a lick of paint : ) Body seems thin for the style but mouthfeel is good overall, and allows the hops to all-but dominate this brew. A little bit of tanginess here and a little bit nutty, but this is not as 'warming' as some winter warmers, which makes it quite drinkable.

Before I typed this I found several listings for a Redhook brew by this name, and sure enough there have been changes: the darker and more robust offering I remember enjoying for a handful of years (more akin to their Blackhook porter in heft and mouthfeel) seems to have been retired along with the old stubby bottles, but I enjoy this new recipe just the same. For my money Winterhook is still the best offering from Redhook: too bad it isn't a year round offering!

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2006 01:09:36 | More by Chaz
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Rudgers73

New York

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- golden amber color, lots of carbonation, decent head that settles to a ring after a few minutes.

S- Very peculiar. It smells like a regular light bodied ale except for a strange underlaying smell. It's a musty, malty, almost earthy smell.

T- A little bit thin but a lot going on. Starts out with an earthy, tone with a little bit of spice. Maybe pumpkin spice, cloves, cinnamon. Then comes in the little bit of piny hops that finish dry and completely different than the start. Not bad, but again: a little thin.

M- Great mouthfeel. Starts out creamy and smooth than thins down to a dry hoppy feel. Interesting.

D- Not too strong. Good for whenever I'd say. It isn't wonderful but I'd say it is one of the best winter beers I've had this season. Much, much better than that samual adams winter lager crap I had last week.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 00:16:29 | More by Rudgers73
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claytri

Maryland

2.13/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer poured copper with an off white head. The aroma was sweet malt hops and a bit of spice. The taste was a lightly spiced malt with a hint of hops in the finish. The feel was basically dry. This was a pretty average beer, and not at all up to the basic expectations of a winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 05:20:11 | More by claytri
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danielocean03

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 00:46:48 | More by danielocean03
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AP: Clear and Deep rusty amber color, little activity, thin but sticky white head. Leaves some nice lacing all around the edge of the glass.

Nose: Roasted barle malt>spicey> nutty> wheaty.

Taste: A hearty , roasty malt, rye and wheat, mildly sweet flavor with a leafy hop fin.

MF: Crispy with a decent bite, feels lively and yet rather substantial. Medium body overall.

DA: Really not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 23:35:22 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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GardnerAleBrewer

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has been going downhill every year I've tasted it. Three years ago it was wonderful: a nice, rich, dark IPA is the only way I could describe it. It had a very cascady nose, and a nice, rich, malty body. Every year since then, it has gotten thinner, less hoppy, and less complex. It is still a good beer, but what are they doing to the recipe? Or is it something else? Redhook produces some great beer for the mass market. This is one that they shouldn't be "watering down".

Serving type: growler

10-17-2006 23:07:06 | More by GardnerAleBrewer
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IntriqKen

California

2.15/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm not really sure where this beer is coming from calling itself a winter warmer.
Pours a medium copper with a moderate white head that melts to slightly sticky lacing.
Aroma is slightly stale toasted malt.
Taste is toasted malt with a grapefruit hop back, but little else.
Aftertaste is clean but, like, who cares...there was little to start with.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 20:16:32 | More by IntriqKen
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xoqx

Washington

2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium amber with ruby hue and a rather yellow head on this Winter warmer from the Woodinville, WA brewery. There is medium-significant lacing, less than in previous years (this is the 2006 Winterhook). Any smell that comes across seemed predominantly yeast-oriented. The taste has a lot of anise and licorice notes, yet is not spicy in the way one would expect a winter warmer to be (spiced or true additive free warmer). It does have a warming feel, but not significantly – not a lot of alcohol coming through in this. Moderately drinkable, but not a very compelling beer – weak for the style.

The beer is listed on BA as 6.11% at the time of reviewing this beer, but it is listed at the forecasters pub as 5.52% abv as of October of 2006. This might account for the many reviews that indicate it's not getting better with each annual brewing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2006 22:05:25 | More by xoqx
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz bottle to tulip. Comes out a ruby syrup color with a finger of tan head and discreet bubbles within the glass. The beer's slightly cloudy and the head has good retention, eventually subsiding to excellent lacings.

Nose: Apples and caramel jump out of the bottle before it's even been poured into the glass. Lots of sweet malt characters but the alcohol is a little too present and the over all aroma, after the pour, while inviting, is a bit too weak.

Mouth: First thing that's noticeable is the creamy yet tingling mouthfeel. The malts are gentle up front, but the finish has a strange bitterness in the back that's a lot like the flavor of apple skins mixed with carrots. An odd combination between the fore flavors and the back that don't quite work together.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 20:35:20 | More by clickpush
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bigman147

New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a slight reddish hue. Good carbonation with a solid head and slight lacing.

Aroma: Slight caramel, slight malt. Almost picked up a slight oxidized note. I assume that it is due to the age of this beer so I will not take this into account in rating. Not much aroma, however.

Taste: Tastes of slight malt with good green hop notes. Sharp bitterness notes with a little linger.

Mouthfeel: Very light crisp without much body. Carbonation is clean and crisp. I excepted alot more body in a winter warmer. I also expected alot more winter spice (cinnamon, allspice, etc)

Drinkablity: Not very close to the style guidlines but it is good and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 22:51:28 | More by bigman147
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had always heard good things about Red Hook but after A-B moved in I had less interest in hunting down their stuff, which used to be ubiquitous around these parts but is now harder to find. Found this on the bargain rack at a local distributor.
Dark amber body with light on the edges but a dense center. Head is minimal. Nose is somewhat faint but layered with tasty hops and sweet crystal malts. They could ratchet it up a notch, but it's good to the olifactory sensors.
Interestingly, the flavors in the taste and aftertaste are more malt affiliated than in the nose. There is some decent bitterness but the malts balance it out well. Not an awesome flavor, but drinkable. Mouthfeel could stand to be a little thicker.
Overall, this is a decent drinking beer. I would try this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 23:12:14 | More by daliandragon
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