Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery
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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
2.08/5 rDev -41.9%
"Winter Hook #29." 12 fl oz snub-top brown glass bottle with branded pry-off pressure cap and uninteresting label art acquired at a local H-E-B grocery some months ago and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery. 6% ABV per the label. 2013 vintage. Bottled: Sep 27 13.
Served at fridge temp and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a one finger wide head of pale khaki colour. Decent thickness. Okay creaminess. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.
Body colour is a dark murky amber with brownish hues. It's a bit stale looking. No yeast particles or hop sediment is visible.
Overall, it's a generic looking winter ale with nothing to interest the discerning drinker.
Sm: Evident spices: nutmeg, allspice, and...ginger? Has some generic amber malts, caramalt, and a candi sugar sweetness. Caramel, faint molasses, licorice, fennel. Light vinous touches. Generic floral hopping.
No alcohol or yeast character is detectable.\
There just isn't much here of interest. It comes off very tired and generic, with no signs of boldness or inspiration. An inoffensive aroma of average strength. I can't say I'm real excited to try it.
T/Mf: Generic unevocative spices, generic amber malts, generic floral hops, and caramel. A hint of cherry cough syrup. Slight breadiness. That's about it.
It's cloyingly sweet and feels way too syrupy, thick, and sticky. Poor balance, no cohesion, no complexity, no subtlety, no intricacy, no nuance. Not a gestalt beer. Flavour duration, intensity, and depth are all subpar.
This is an unpleasant beer with few redeeming characteristics. Luckily, it's not boozy or hot.
No yeast character comes through.
Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated, but not biting. Okay thickness. Medium body. Poor overall presence on the palate.
Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.
Dr: Difficult to quaff on account of its low quality and cough syrup notes. I'll have trouble finishing just one bottle. It's a terrible beer and isn't worth trying. I'd caution friends from purchasing it. More garbage from Redhook. But hey, there's always next year's recipe change to look forward to...
04-21-2014 03:35:47 | More by kojevergas
4/5 rDev +11.7%
12/08/04- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA
Presentation- Poured into my Englander pint glass. 12 oz bottle with born on date of 11/02/04.
Appearance- Pours a dark amber color, 1/4-1/2 inch brownish head and above average lacing.
Smell- Mostly sweet hops and a tad of spices. Maybe a little medicinal or bubble gum scent.
Taste- Hmmm, don't taste a whole bunch of spices. Pretty much tastes like a decent IPA. Maybe a little clove or spices mixed in, but for the most part some pine and fruity hops. Towards the end I may have picked up some kind of roasted malt flavor also.
Mouthfeel- Decent carbonation, not thick at all. Goes down nicely.
Drinkability- Wouldn't choose this as a winter warmer, as it really didn't warm me up, but as an IPA with a tad bit of spices makes it interesting. Definite decent beer worth a try.
12-09-2004 04:13:26 | More by GClarkage
3.79/5 rDev +5.9%
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!
11-25-2008 23:23:30 | More by oriolesfan4
3.45/5 rDev -3.6%
On-tap at Houlihan's restaurant in Maple Grove, MN. They were out of the Sam seasonal so this would have to do. Like most of the Redhook brews, this beer is unoffensive and taste watered down, even at 6.1%. There's some lightly roasted caramel and not much else. I don't know what's "winter warmer" about this, reminds me of a basic amber.
UPDATE: Bottle from Liberty St. Tavern.
The current bottled version has a nice, seemingly dry-hopped bite to it, but on the other hand there's also an unpleasant metallic taste. I'd still call this an improvement.
01-02-2007 06:11:51 | More by tempest
3.23/5 rDev -9.8%
Poured out a dark tea/coffee color with just a hint of off-white suds and lots of lacing.
Nose is caramel, a slight spice and hops and that is about it. Some alcohol comes through. Taste is bland but the hops do bitter the mouth up in the end. Mouthfeel is a little oily and ok overall
03-10-2009 03:01:01 | More by barleywinefiend
4.08/5 rDev +14%
Light brown and foamy, left alot of foamy lace. Crisp and refreshing, nice qualities for this syle beer. Very smooth and long malty center, Mild/mellow hop finish. nice balance and drinkability. Good session brew. A pleasant quaffer. Tried this one on tap. Didnt have the time to let it warm up abit in the glass.
02-07-2004 02:17:32 | More by Billolick
3.48/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours with a five finger off-white head leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. The nose is hoppy with some spices. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is a mellow blend of spices with a nice hop backbone. Decent winter ale. $1.50 for 12oz from Capitol Convenience, Concord, NH.
11-11-2007 23:40:07 | More by jdhilt
3.03/5 rDev -15.4%
A clear red colored beer with an OK short tan head.
The smell is sweet and malty with a woody tea like aroma and faint hints of spice. Spice is mainly vanilla and spruce with maybe a hint of citrus.
The taste begins malty and a little woody in the finish. Vanilla and a bitter hop finish are the first things to emerge here with a spruce or pine flavor.
The mouthfeel is OK.
An OK winter warmer and nothing more. If I want a good version of the style I would get 2 below or an Alaskan Winter Ale.
10-04-2007 04:44:50 | More by Zorro
3.85/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
12-01-2008 03:17:38 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.83/5 rDev +7%
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.
12-12-2008 02:11:56 | More by mothman
3.53/5 rDev -1.4%
Pours a nice reddish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hops, with some spices. The taste is malty, slight hop, spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice brew.
10-28-2008 01:27:36 | More by Wasatch
3.83/5 rDev +7%
Redhook Ale Brewery
LOOK: Dark amber colored brew bordering on brown. Off white head forms and leaves a considerable amount of lace.
SMELL: Herbal, tea like aromas with a sweet toffee like maltyness.
TASTE: Toffee/caramel flavors from the malts and a strong hop bitterness. Hop character here is very coarse, leafy, resinous and full of pine. Caramel malt sweetness paired with a herbal bitterness that makes for a well balanced brew.
FEEL: On the light side of medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth. Drinks effortlessly.
OVERALL: Though the vintage changes every year , this winter warmer drinks almost like a dark pale ale. Surprising amount of hop character for a winter warmer, and is a refreshing option in the holiday rotation.
11-22-2012 19:32:29 | More by Stinkypuss
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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