Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery
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4.03/5 rDev +12.6%
This Bier has a clear, dark copper/chestnut color. Head is tan and creamy, lasts well, and leaves excellent lacing. Body bordered on medium, and it felt fairly smooth on the tongue. Plenty of hops in the nose, with a touch of sweetness as well. Flavor starts a bit malty, with a hint of sweetness, caramel and spiciness. It is soon followed by plenty of hops, west-coast style, which stick nicely on the palate. Nice Bier!
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4
11-02-2003 21:08:14 | More by Bierman9
4.05/5 rDev +13.1%
12 oz, longneck, brown bottle, twist-off cap. Best by date on label. Based on the date, I guess this bottle was about one year old.
This ale poured a cloudy/hazy brown color with sudsy, tan foam that settled but clung somewhat. The smell was caramel and cocoa with hints of dried fruit and hops. There was a trace of sweetness in the aroma. Overall a nice, mellow smell. The taste was richly malty with a touch of sweetness and hints of spices and with a good hoppy finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Not as full-bodied as I had hoped. This was a very respectable winter warmer, with the aroma probably its strongest aspect.
02-24-2005 06:01:15 | More by UncleJimbo
3.5/5 rDev -2.2%
Has a pretty medium copper color after poured into a pint glass. Little head retention, but nice lacing that hangs around. Pleasant nose is a bit complex, but dominated by malt sweetness, hops, and a hint of woodsy spices. Medium bodied in the mouth, definitely crisp with hops. I swear that there are some kind of spices trying to reach out and bite your tongue. Dry aftertaste and definitely a belly warmer. Above average for a seasonal ale.
11-12-2003 22:51:47 | More by merlin48
2.73/5 rDev -23.7%
Welp, this one doesnt warm the cockles of my tummy. Oh yeah, good start with nice looking DATED label (bottled 11/27/05, 6% abv). Sharp dark mahogany pour, topped by a frothy tan head, which unfortunately died rather quickly.
Pronounced leather and spices in the aroma, this should be good . but wait! Darn! A moderately harsh leather and floral bite on the quaff. Just not enough malt to balance it out properly.
Crisp and tart, the 6% fries the little hairs off your tongue. If offered freebies, this is drinkable if I have to buy, Id go with several others before this one.
01-09-2006 16:31:56 | More by Vancer
3.3/5 rDev -7.8%
poured a medium copper color with sparse head. Smell is mainly of malt with some dark fruitiness mixed in. Taste is of caramel, malt, and dark fruit with little hops present.. Finish if fruity with some alcohol notes. An OK beer, reminds me winter will be coming soon.
08-12-2005 00:59:22 | More by tgbljb
3.6/5 rDev +0.6%
Pours a clear copper color with a 1/2 inch head that settles quickly. Some lacing left on the glass during consumption.
Smell is mostly malt with caramel hints. A bit of the hops is also detected in the nose.
The flavor is more on the hoppy side than what is expected in a winter warmer. Not that I mind. Malt is very mild and bland. I would like some more complexity in this style. Carbonation is a little harsh. The body is also on the lighter side.
It is a nice tasting beer and the ABV isn't very high. I think is slightly lower than 6% according to Redhook's website. I would drink this again.
03-22-2008 19:48:47 | More by morimech
4/5 rDev +11.7%
Ok wife took me out to "The Outback" Steakhouse tonight for me birthday..they had not much of intrest on tap ( Newcastle Brown and Black Butte being the best)..so I tried this new keg of Winterhook..what the heck..might as well. Came in the 22 oz mug.
Served slightly too cold , despite me asking for a "slightly" chilled glass..so let it stand a while.
Actually afer the chill haze was gone, its quite a good looking beer ,light chocolaty brown with garnet accents..lovelly coffeen'creme coloured head.
Good malty aroma with wine like smell of alcohol.
Pretty nice taste , malty smooth, chocolate , liquorice then it gets bitter with noticable alcohol warming in the throat.
Nice and smooth on the palate.
A quite enjoyable brew with my Prime Rib..and New York Cheescake to finish!
Tastes though it was stronger than 5.58..but the waitress had no idea!
10-10-2003 04:22:06 | More by Reidrover
3.25/5 rDev -9.2%
Bottled on Sep 03 13.
Red-mahogany with light passing through. Head is a sliver of an inch.
Roasted chocolate malt with a bright earthy hop aroma. Malts seem almost biscuity. A charm of sweetness. Hints of pine and spice.
Fairly bitter with hints of earthy hops, cocoa, and bitter herb. Nuances of clove-y spice. Hardly warming. Hop presence doesn't come off very fresh. Has an astringency in the way that it's bitter. Sweetness barely surfaces with toasted sugar notes.
Drinks light-medium with a burly carbonation that doesn't want to quit. A little harsh, which follows the flavor.
So many other better warmers out there to even consider wasting your time with this one. Will not seek out again.
01-01-2014 15:49:28 | More by thecheapies
3.68/5 rDev +2.8%
Appearance - reddish brown amber, light tan head, thin cover with no breaks. Thin stringy lacing.
Aroma - an initial burst of citrus gives way to a slightly metallic nose. That settles down and lets a slightly sweet and toasty malt aroma through. That fades too, but is still slightly noticeable.
Taste - hops hit first, well to the bitter side with a shallow sweetness to them. There is a malt taste in there as well, once you get accustomed to the hops. Lightly toasted in nature, while they don't completely stand up to the hoppage, they do okay. The finish is mostly a solo reprise of the hop flavor profile, just to a diminished degree.
Mouthfeel - good body, smooth, solid and filling as a winter warmer should be. Average carbonation.
Drinkability - this could be a great session beer for hopheads in winter. I'd have it again.
05-12-2005 15:57:22 | More by brewdlyhooked13
1.75/5 rDev -51.1%
Bottled 20SEP11 (because winter starts in September now?)
A: Copper with a finger of off-white foam which falls quickly to a sheet of the same. near cobweb lace. Excellent clarity.
S: Caramel malts with hints of metal.
T: Herbal, with a near lavender flavor. Nasty.
M: Thin with moderate carb.
O: Been drinking some shit beer tonight, getting tired of it.
11-30-2011 09:13:55 | More by harrymel
3.59/5 rDev +0.3%
Raw umber body with lumpy linen head that turns to film.
Red currant cake, a whiff of paint fusels, earth and brownie mix on the nose.
Chocolate cherry fruitcake, some soil and a big bite of spicy, woodsy, piney hops.
Ginger cake finish and long stinging, oily linger.
Medium, chewy and a bit hot, oddly.
Lots of rough edges to this one which I suspect are down to cinnamon oil. The barky spice accentuates all this beer's faults, making it play like it's got too many IBUs for the style, and too many stray boozy notes. A bit more body and malt (but not sweetness; verging on syrupy as it is) would be the way to go here.
Not an easy sipper.
04-13-2013 20:50:39 | More by StJamesGate
3.65/5 rDev +2%
12oz. Medium amber/orange pour. Just a very thin layer of white.
Aroma, big citrus, milder toffee. A little piney.
Taste, Again, citrus and herbal notes up front. Some muddling fruitcake that doesn't really integrate very well. Some roasted malt, hazelnut saves it a bit. A very lift chocolate is in there as well before the herbal finish.
Light mid and drinks well. Alcohol is non existent. The flavors were just a bit of a miss for me, did improve a bit as it warmed.
10-27-2012 02:33:52 | More by Bung
3.28/5 rDev -8.4%
Medium to dark brown appearance, minimal lacing, light brown head disappeared quickly. Malty smell, not much else coming through. Taste is okay, malt, caramel with some burnt toast finish that lingers. Slightly chewy mouthfeel. Average carbonation. About average drinkability.
Got a 12 pack for 7.99, so thought I'd give it a try. Good beer at that price. Overall, not much going on for this beer. I was expecting much better based on past reviews.
02-19-2009 02:26:32 | More by jera1350
3.38/5 rDev -5.6%
12 ounce bottle that was purchased as a part of a six pack at Ralphs for around seven dollars
Poured into my Ommegang glass with a reddish brown color and a slighly off white head that was about a half inch, not much retention and very little lacing
Smell was bready malt aromas, some mild hoppiness, caramel, some fig, other dark fruits, and some scents
Taste was chewy from the beginning with some nice hoppy accents to balance it out, some berry flavors throughout, the finish was pretty dry and only got a little sweeter once the beer warmed, caramel flavor that was identified in the aroma was a nice part of its taste, definitely had an amber-like malt character, subtle and a taste that kept me coming back for more
Body was really thin for a winter warmer, I prefer them much thicker personally, good level of carbonation, but the taste did not last long
Could drink three or four of these before I got really full from its heaviness, alcohol percentage is not very high but this beer would get old after a while
One of the better beers I have had from Red Hook, certainly not the best winter beer I tasted this year but not too bad, recommended mainly because it is so inexpensive
01-17-2008 16:47:11 | More by Floydster
3.58/5 rDev 0%
RedHook WinterHook Ale- Mugsys bar Rte 70 ( Toms River/ Bricktown)
Appearance- A nice dark red with a thick white head
Smell- bitter hops with a citrus and floral
Taste- bitter. Citrus and floral hops. good!
Mouthfeel- sharp bitterness. Nice little aftertaste. No bubbly carbonation.
Overall, a good Ale that I enjoyed but Sierra Nevada would be a sufficiant replacement and slighty more enjoyable!
01-04-2004 21:46:04 | More by NJpadreFan
4.13/5 rDev +15.4%
This beer poured a deep red to slightly brown color with a finger of head that fell to coat the beer. The nose was sweet, very sweet caramel with a light touch of hop. Not too bad. The flavor was well balanced between the sweet caramel and sweet grapefruit and piney hops. Where the beer lacked was in the mouthfeel. It was just too thin. Overall a nice easy sipping beer that was good to start a night. I'd have it again.
12-23-2004 19:50:39 | More by kmpitz2
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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