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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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863 Ratings
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Ratings: 863
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 18
Gots: 44 | 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 TLove
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Great copper/amber color, though a bit light for a winter warmer. The beer has a very nice, ESB-esque bitterness and sourness and has a similar taste to the ESB. The bitterness rolls off the tongue to back of the throat quite nicely, where the fruits mellow out the taste a bit. But the mouthfeel is ultimately watery for a winter warmer, rather unfortunately so. The finish is similar and has a negative effect on the drinkability of the beer.

This isnt a great winter warmer, but swings the better-balanced RedHook ESB in a darker, hoppier direction.

Photo of Bagman007
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of Hawthorne
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was a mild amber with a festive white head. The smell had a distictive pine scent which foreshadowed the hops to come. I'd concur with the previous reviewer who suggested this was one of the hopiest seasonal ales. Indeed, they made this beer as crisp as the season it celebrates. Happy Holidays!

Photo of madtappers
4.76/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has got to be one of the best winter seasonals on the market, that no one cares about.

This beer pours an amber color not to light and not to dark.

Great taste not to hoppy not to malty, which adds to the drinkablity of this beer.

Unlike many other winter beers this does not have that heavy alchol after taste.

This ale is great for the novice or the snob, and makes a great beer to take to grandma's house for Christmas dinner for all to enjoy.

Photo of albern
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured a clear amber with a medium white head. Nutty aroma with some herbs and tea. Flavor is smoother than one would expect, malty and earthy. The taste is almost like a low-alcohol barleywine. Its okay, but not really what I was expecting from a winter brew.

Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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 SerieDNo3
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2008 version, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber; light can travel through, but it definitely is not clear. Thin head that quickly became a film and left minimal lacing down the glass.

S: Mild alcohol on the nose, as well as some fruit and a slight metallic twinge.

T: Some spices and toasted malt, but it has a metallic presence that lasts throughout the beer. Not necessarily unpleasant, but also not something I would seek out.

M: For a beer with so little carbonation, it feels surprisingly thin.

D: It goes down pretty easily, given the generally thin mouthfeel. If I enjoyed the flavor more, I could put down a few of these with no trouble.

Photo of Spikester
4.08/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of Contagion
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When poured into the glass, it has a nice chestnut brown with garnet highlights. There is no cloudiness to it that can be detected. Light passes through the beer, but it is dark enough that you can't make out what is seen on the other side. When poured a thin tan head formed that turned into a film that lasted until I was finished with the beer. There was some lacing on the side of the glass.

The scent is mainly of dried dark fruits like prunes and raisins. A touch of citrus and the spicy bitterness of hops rounds off the smell. The first sip mainly consists of the taste combination of caramel malts and hops. There is a citrus hint and a touch of cloves to the finish. The flavor is kind of thin and watery.

This is a medium bodied beer that has a nice carbonation level to it.

It's pretty easy to drink. I wouldn't recommend it as a compliment to a meal. This is definitely a beer that one drinks by itself, preferably while sitting next to a warm fire in the accompaniment of friends. It's definitely one I would drink again, most likely on a special occasion.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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 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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  rDev +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.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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

Photo of sprucetip
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle into Midnight Sun goblet

Deep amber/copper, clear, good head with retention and lacing.

Some dark fruit and a surprising citrusy hop aroma on a malty base. Smell is not strong or prominent, unfortunately. Had trouble getting a good whiff after the initial pour.

A mild sweetness up front with hop bitterness following closely. A little bit of dark grainy flavor, but overall not very complex.

Some tingling from the carbonation, a bit on the thin side of medium bodied. Dryish finish.

The dry, bitter finish nay slow some down, but this will be consumed as a session beer by many. For me, what detracts most from the drinkability is an overall, relative, lack of complexity.

This is a decent beer, but considering the many options, I won't be reaching for it often.

Photo of NHGrafx
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Clydesdale
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep bronze color with good clarity and a big, creamy white head with good retention. Lacing is impressive.

S: A big whiff of piney/floral hops, plus some subdued caramel and perhaps a bit of honey and spice.

T: Again, piney and floral hops dominate the palate with a nice flavor and a touch of bitterness. Some caramel malt to provide balance, along with a vague, sweet spiced nature. There's an almost dusty, yeasty or bready nature to it as well.

M: Fairly creamy and medium bodied, with a somewhat dry finish. There is a somewhat resiny feel on the tongue after each sip.

D: This is a very nice winter offering. An assertive hop profile balanced fairly well with some malts and spices. I'd drink this again, and it's a good option for the price ($6.99/six).

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of ectomorph
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a 'Bottled' date of 10-13-08.

A - Pours a crystal clear dark copper/ruby with a small head that faded fast. Minimal lace.

S - Floral hops up front caught me by surprise. A mild sweetness is noticed at the end.

T - Wow, this is unlike any other winter warmer I've had. Very hoppy for the style, closer to a Pale Ale here. Floral/citrus hop bite is somewhat balanced by the bread backbone.

M - Medium body and carbonation, not as rich as other WW's either...

D - High. Nice session brew while making out that list for Santa.

Photo of BeerSox
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic

Dark copper hue with a two finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a wall of webby lacing.

Lots of citrusy hops that makes up most of the aroma. A little bit of caramel is in the background.

Once again, plenty of hops in the flavor with a little bit of green tea along with the standard grapefruit. The malts add only a slight caramel toastines to the flavor. Full bodied. The hops linger on for a while after each sip.

Pretty hoppy for a Winter Warmer, more of a dark Amber Ale in my opinion. Still, pretty tasty.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I talked to a representative from the brewery and they told me that Winterhook was Red Hook's "experimental" beer, and that they do something different every year. She told me that this year's concoction was a hoppier version of years past with some different flavors thrown in. So I did what any defenseless man conversing with an attractive young woman would do, I took her advice and bought a six-pack. After I tried one she was right about the hops....they were everywhere, smell and taste. Now I'm not complaining but the supposed "other flavors" I couldn't find. I seemed to me this beer was nothing more than a fine crafted micro-brew pale ale with some roasted malt thrown in for a nice dark color. Not a bad choice but there are better Red Hook beers out there.

Photo of KI9A
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured beautiful deep amber, tan puffy head.

S: Floral hops, sweet roasty malt

T: Bitter hops up front, in the middle, and at the end. Surrounded by toffee, caramel sweetness.

M: Bitter aftertaste.

D: Doesn't do it for me. Too hoppy ( yeah, thats right, I said TOO hoppy!) I'm not into high IBU beers, at all, more of a malt head. Nice beer, not offensive at all, but, not my cup of hops.

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Portsmouth Brewery Chataqua Public House on 11/1/08.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a 1/2 finger of creamy off-white head. Solid covering of retention leaves a soft cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is fresh, floral hops with a bit of spice to it and some underlying malt sweetness.

The taste is a slightly tangy mix of citrus and caramel malts with a nice floral tasting hop bitterness that wraps everything up nicely. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a crisp carbonation up front that spreads out into a more creamier feel.

This is probably one of my favorites from Redhook with some nice chewy sweetness but it's the freshness of the hops here that really did it for me with this pint. Tasty and pretty easy drinking for the size.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.64/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from the local Shaw's. Pours a translucent dark copper color with a good half inch of off-white head. Smells fruity, spicy, hoppy, malty, caramel/toffee... Tastes fruity, with cinnamon, nutmeg, orange zest, nut, toffee, caramel, just a tinge of butter... A wide plethora of flavors with the malt and hops both playing huge roles. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation combines with the pleasant flavors to make this one super-drinkable. A new favorite winter beer!

Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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