Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery
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2.55/5 rDev -28.8%
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.
12-11-2006 05:15:15 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.38/5 rDev -5.6%
This beer poured out with a reddish brown color. The head was alright, kinda thin not much lacing here. The smell of the beer was a little spicy and a little roasted. The taste has a slight sweetness to it, mostly some dark mark in the flavor. There seems to be just a hint of pine or spruce in within deep the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is definitely drinkable but I just didn't feel that this Winter Warmer was really up to par.
04-25-2011 02:21:12 | More by Knapp85
4.13/5 rDev +15.4%
Had this on tap at Brixx Pizza,first time on tap.Poured a lighter brown almost amber color with athis head that left a thin sheet of lace,picked up a bigger than expected hop presence in the aroma some pine along with some roasted malt.Big and hoppy up front on the palate very piney and resiny with a enough of a roasted malt backbone to hold up to the hop attack making for a big,bold,well rounded brew.Very pleasntly suprised with the character of this brew,have had it before and dont remember such a hop profile.
12-10-2004 03:54:24 | More by oberon
2.88/5 rDev -19.6%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
But can I use of these during the summer fishing outings? Regardless, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber-topaz topped by a finger of sandy cream foam. The nose comprises mixed greens, very light menthol, and sweet, nutty toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some mild pine needles and something that sort of approaches a shadow of ginger. Gotta say, this sits very poorly on my tongue. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a muddled, unpleasant winter warmer. 'Nuff said.
11-24-2012 05:12:28 | More by TMoney2591
2.98/5 rDev -16.8%
Free bottle at a holiday party, the best kind of beer...
Odd bottle shape, like a mini-growler cylinder with a cap that had an oval country code sticker printed on it. Reddish darker amber color with a lightly off white skim of foam on top. Random spotty lacing, the skim parts on the surface after a couple of sips.
Lagery yeast aroma, some malty breadiness, and nondescript unidentifiable spice.
Flavors are similarly ill defined, some bread malt and vague dry spiciness, but utterly indistinct and nebulous. Tea and herbal notes, kind of like an old pale ale with faded hops. Sharp and highly carbonated, seems like a lager with odd adjuncts in it. Not a seasonal beer to seek out really, glad it was free.
12-15-2012 04:46:27 | More by emerge077
3.43/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
12-03-2006 15:42:17 | More by zeff80
4.5/5 rDev +25.7%
Winterhook pours a clear, light-chestnut/copper body with glowing auburn highlights beneath a massive, frothy head of tan foam. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves solid walls of lace behind.
Toasty, nutty, and caramelish malts greet you in the nose. With each swirl of the glass it seems to get richer. There's an almost buttery-cocoa, or nut-laden cookie side to it, and some light spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove) as well as a touch of piney hops (or spruce extract). Very welcoming!
In the mouth it's medium-bodied and creamy smooth with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.
The flavor is rich without being full, and it never becomes cloying. Initially, the toasty malts appear quite strong, even bordering on heading into roastiness as the caramel flavor is dark like burnt brown sugar. Then the spiciness and spruce-like flavors set in, helping to lead it to a dry, lingering finish. I'm not sure what spices are there, or are not there, but I picked up notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. The bitterness is solid, but restrained, appearing at first only in the finish, and then more so across the middle as you progress through the glass and the spiciness builds a little on the palate. There are some beautiful subtleties going on here that would certainly be missed at draft temperature.
A really nice winter ale! Perfect with a holiday dinner or a cold night beside the fire. Enjoy it at cellar temperature to get the most out of its varied flavors.
01-06-2007 22:53:40 | More by NeroFiddled
3.03/5 rDev -15.4%
On-tap 2/12/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, hops and some spice.
T: The taste is malty and a little smoky up front with flavors of caramel and spices. The hops presence is pretty strong for the style and there isn't as much sweetness as most Winter Warmers. The after-taste is slightly bitter.
M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.
D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, it's not too bad but there are definitely a lot of other beers in the style that I would pick first.
02-13-2009 16:06:35 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.2/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
12-18-2007 04:13:24 | More by Jason
2.83/5 rDev -20.9%
Appearance: Ruby tinted with a nice sized tan head, leaving lacing around my glass fine but hey it's there. Aromatics: The cascades weigh in nicely here upfront floral and piney not bad not a lot of malt sweetness but definitely not bad the hops are nice. Flavor: Is definitely tame, low pur of caramel malt tones slightly spiced not bad at all, with what I was expecting to be a roaring hop profile was nothing at all just a mild finish of hops, disappointing but I was expecting much. Mouthfeel: Thin not much texture lacks body, smooth carbonation for a winter seasonal this is a light beer. Drinkability: Is mediocre cant' picture myself buying this ever again.
11-14-2003 23:10:48 | More by WVbeergeek
3.78/5 rDev +5.6%
Let's see what 07's offering yields:
Pours coppery/orange with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Above average head retention
S: Breadyness & slight citric hops
T: Breadyness with orangey hops up front. Some piney hops as this warms along with a bit of brown sugar, dryness & grapefruitty hops. Finishes dry & crisp
MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & pretty good balance
Drinks good, makes me think APA vice winter warmer, but is still pretty tasty. I'd take this over their IPA or ESB any day!
11-18-2007 23:04:52 | More by russpowell
3.9/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
11-12-2008 18:02:26 | More by Kegatron
3.33/5 rDev -7%
I used to enjoy this now and then, once a year...it was good, ..once...years ago...
Appearance: a clear, light crimson color, with a small, flimsy head.
Aroma: Hmmm,...nutty, creamy, soft, but rather shy, hints of spice...
Taste: huh...HUH..HUUUH!...didn't used to be so, shall we say, SHALLOW. Very thinly bodied, and I can't shake it, can't get around it, over it, or through it. It's just flimsy. There's some fruity, nutty flavor, but very small, and there is tremendously little texture...I'll go so far as to say "none." Forgettable. Boring. A bit too sweet. The soul has been sucked out of it. Damn, I thought this was supposed to be an ALE, maybe even a hearty, WINTER ale...goodness me, what was I thinking...
I remember a day...sigh...
11-13-2003 04:29:27 | More by feloniousmonk
3.75/5 rDev +4.7%
The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of crystal and some light chocolate malts. It's breadlike with a mild hop aroma as well. The taste is decent. It has a smooth malty flavor that is a bit grainy and breadlike in the finish. It is slightly bitter and dry; not much of a warmer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good seasonal. It has good flavor and aroma; a fine sessions ale.
12-13-2005 02:16:37 | More by WesWes
3.08/5 rDev -14%
First had: on tap at Redhook, Woodinville, WA
Board info called this a English-style strong ale.
Poured a clear chestnut color with a frothy beige head that retains well. Toasty malts in the aroma, nutty with a bit of sweetness. Nutty taste, malty, toasty, a bit bland. Some light hops come through near the end for a slightly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel and somewhat drinkable, but not that great. Reminded me more of an amber ale than a winter warmer or strong ale.
06-01-2011 17:08:58 | More by Rifugium
3.05/5 rDev -14.8%
Lovely cherry-toned coppery amber in color. Nice foam in the Brewery Vivant tulip with some champagne bubbles and a pleasant spritz on the tongue. Flattens out after a while to a dull fruity ache.
Moderate body makes for a rich but thirst-quenching gulp. Slight fragrance of caramel with a little mustiness. Timid sweetness subsides into dark graininess. A touch of wintergreen and kale. Settles into a long, long hoppy taste that is rather bitter and radiates that herbal note. Just a little dry woodiness as if there was a splash of Belgian yeast and a glug out of the barrel.
This used to be one of the several winter beers I'd look forward to, and it does have some fruity charms. Increasing bitterness in the aftertaste wins back no old friends, however. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego.
01-06-2013 04:49:48 | More by mactrail
3.4/5 rDev -5%
This beer is a deep, deep ruby color, it is very clear and pours with a tan head. At first the aroma is of dark fruit, then the hops kick in a bit. The hops come to dominate the aroma, but they are not super strong either. The first taste is lightly fruity (hints of cherry). The finish is off dry, and is accompanied by a hoppiness that is complimentary to the fruit flavors. No real strong flavors that jump out at me. The hops are the dominant flavor here, but for some reason this beer tastes a tad on the weak side.
11-06-2003 18:33:22 | More by Gueuzedude
2.48/5 rDev -30.7%
Dark, dark amber; clear. Very nice lace, although the head died quickly.
The aroma features an overheated electrical engine smell--not appealing. Plasticky. Sorry, this one is a miss.
Good mouthfeel, high carbonation, rich. Flavorwise, I really can't get over the smell that seems to be present in the taste. This is a malty beer, even though it is masked. I can give this one some points for decent balance.
Overall, I would describe this as a miss. Certainly, this is a beer I won't be seeking out again.
11-19-2005 03:16:56 | More by smcolw
4.08/5 rDev +14%
22 oz. bomber, $1.99, I've got to take advantage of it,
A: Pours a deep clear amber to red with a frothy medium white head, great lace.
S: Has a solid hoppiness, grapefruit, citrus, crystal malt.
T: Heavy crystal/red malt flavour. Has a substantial bitterness. Good flavour, like an Old Jubilation meets Full Sail Wassail.
M: Medium-bodied, resiny, thick feeling, robust, good overall body.
O: Why can't Longhammer have this kind of hop character?. This is real good beer and at sub-$2 a bomber it's a steal. One of Redhook's best without a doubt.
01-12-2012 06:09:12 | More by Halcyondays
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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