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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook WinterhookRedhook Winterhook

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BA SCORE
81
good

789 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%


Brewed by:
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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kojevergas

Texas

2.08/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"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...

D

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 03:35:47 | More by kojevergas
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 17:08:58 | More by Rifugium
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Billolick

New York

4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2004 02:17:32 | More by Billolick
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 23:40:07 | More by jdhilt
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 04:13:24 | More by Jason
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Zorro

California

3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 04:44:50 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 01:27:36 | More by Wasatch
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DoubleJ

California

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 03:17:38 | More by DoubleJ
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2008 18:02:26 | More by Kegatron
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Winterhook doesn't seem as consistent as it used to in earlier years. A little thin appearance and malt wise. Reminiscient of some hybrid red and porter, but neither one comes across like it should. Hopping very good, tastes like Cascades?

Would be a much better beer if it were thicker, like a true winter beer should. Maybe I'm slamming it a bit much, but I think this is just fine for a summer beer, I want some heft in my winters. . .

A little bit of chocolate and roasted nuts underlie the surface. Good hopping. Serviceable.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 22:38:15 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep clear crimson in color. Medium sized creamy and dense boned white head. Retention is good and lacing is nice. This beer has got a bit of that dry hopped West Coast hop aroma that I love. Piney, citrusy and grapefruity. There is also some slight maltiness noted on the nose. While there is a caramel malt presence noted, this year's edition has more of a West Coast hop presence....the flavor and bitterness. Grapefruity and piney. Not too bad. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated. Body about medium full. Yeah, this is an improvement over the last few years, but it's still not one I'm gonna run out and buy a 12 pack of every year.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 03:21:55 | More by Bighuge
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Redhook Ale Brewery
Winterhook

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 19:32:29 | More by Stinkypuss
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Gusler

Arizona

3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a limpid deep garnet color, the head impressive in size, the color a light tan, frothy in texture, as it self-destructs a sealing sheet of lace is formed. Nose is malt loaded and sweet, hints of caramel, crisp and fresh, the start is lightly sweet, the top skeletal in feel. Finish is striking in its acidity, the hops indifferent in their spiciness, very dry and lingering aftertaste. Drinkable beer, but is a bit thin-waisted for me to give it much credit.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2003 23:16:56 | More by Gusler
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Brad007

Vermont

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a amber color with creamy one-finger head. Aroma is nice and spiced. Taste is malty upfront with the spices disappearing in the back of the throat. Not as overpowering as other examples I've had. Very smooth like a pale ale. I supposed it still qualifies as a winter warmer but the spices are not overpowering like other examples I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 23:06:24 | More by Brad007
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 02:11:56 | More by mothman
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ccrida

Oregon

2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker, bronze with a tight, creamy off-white head that leaves light lace

Smell is almost non-existant, faint caramel. Served to cold, but I nursed it for a while with out much change...

Taste is malty, sweet caramel and a touch fruity, with a hint of tinniness on the aftertaste thats the main ditraction in this otherwise thicker, sweet amber.

MF is average, creamy in the mouth and not to heavy in the belly.

Drinkability is average. This is fine, and a bit distinct, but not in a great way.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 06:37:27 | More by ccrida
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beertunes

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a pretty typical medium brown with a slight reddish tint. The brew only had a thin cap of khaki-colored head that dissipated quickly and left bare traces of lacing.

The aroma was the typical malty/sweet/spicy that is expected from the style. The flavor was good, but not outstanding. The taste featured a nice malt foundation with a pleasant slight spice finish.

The body was good, but on the thin side for this style. It didn't really coat the tongue the way I expect. Drinkability was very good, this is one winter warmer one could drink several of without feeling heavy or suffering from palate fatigue.

Overall, a decent brew. As with a lot of Redhooks brews, it makes for a nice introduction to the style, or to help bring someone over from the light side.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 21:44:34 | More by beertunes
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Tone

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of strongly of hops, slight spice aroma, and some sweet malt. Fits the style of a Winter Warmer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Hops bitterness is present up front, slight spice comes through second (all spice), then there's a sweet malt background, with a very smooth finish of hops and a slight alcohol flavor. Wow, this is a well blended beer, heavy on the hops (my favorite). Easy to drink, and low enough in abv to allow me to drink a few. I wish I had more of this, great beer - worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 04:59:03 | More by Tone
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean copper/ orange-ish color, with a white head. In the aroma, a sweet, sugary fruitiness. In the taste, malty, and a very sugary corriander taste. A big body, with a small bite in the mouthfeel, and a dry sugary, orange-ish aftertaste. Kind of candy like, and a nice body.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2007 16:47:31 | More by OWSLEY069
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a clearish coppery brown, medium sized head of light tan hue, fades slow to a thin puff and lace sticks in moth holed-sheets. Smell is roasted malts, somewhat hefty and heavy, sweet with solid caramel and toffee thats reminiscent of burnt cookies. Hop notes of deep pine. Mostly coming through as it warms. Taste has a good portion of sweet malts, caramel, lightly burnt, lightly earthy, hops come across late with a fairly nice bite and bitterness that lends some dried pineyness. Some spiced grab shows through in the finish along with a smidgon of alcohol thats a bit warming. Feel is medium bodied and has a light grainy texture with a hop kick in alot of the finish with a spicy note. Not bad for Redhook, I was expecting something lack luster, but the late kick this has kept me intrigued.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 17:49:05 | More by tavernjef
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chocolaty opaque brown; tan head has fine bubbles and persists some. Aroma is rich and creamy and fairly malty with strong hints of spice and coffee. Flavor is mainly malty and has a roast coffee overtone and hints of spice and hops. Very smooth, perfect for the winter holidays.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2007 23:38:56 | More by Cyberkedi
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of Oct. 31 2011. Pours a crystal clear caramel color with a nice, dense cap of tan head. Retention is good and lacing strong.

Nose is toasted malts with some spruce hop/spice aroma. Some sweetness comes through and also shows a light nutty yeast.

Winter Hook does a good job showcasing some toasted maltiness and a light roasty/hoppy bitterness on the finish. Hops have a moderate presence all the way through and the yeast is pretty clean for the most part. Pretty straightforward beer that is more akin to a hop-leaning amber ale than a winter warmer, but decently tasty brew. There are too many great winter seasonals to buy this one very often though.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 18:58:35 | More by twiggamortis420
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - The body is a very dark brown but clear. The head was just gorgeous. It lept up instantly, held on for a while, pitted beautifully, and left tons of shaving cream lacing on the glass.

Smell - The sweet malt aroma is faint, yet very winteresque. There seems to be a mild hop balance as well.

Taste - The flavor is thinner than I had anticipated from the nose, but the malt sweetness is good. It's very one-dimensional though and pales in comparison to the taste that I had on-tap at the brewery. I didn't write a review for that one because I didn't take any notes, but I remember it being much fulller and substantial.

Mouthfeel - Very little carbonation to this light to medium-bodied ale. It's very light and smooth; thin in the mouth yet non-intrusive.

Drinkability - This has the ease and drinkability of a summar ale yet the yearning flavors of the strong, old style. I think it's lost in a time warp. It's too light for the acclaimed style yet too dark and malty for a summer refresher. The worse of both worlds? It's really not that bad, but I must consider it a miss on most counts.

Update - The 2004 bottle is better than the one I sampled in '03. It seems a bit bigger and the hops are definitely bigger, at least I'm picking them out that way. I still thought the Mouthfeel should be bigger for the flavors but am otherwise moving all the other ratings to 4.0.

Update - The 2005 vintage is right on par with the '05. The Mouthfeel is still lacking but overall it's a good brew.

Update - The 2009 vintage has now extended the pattern. This beer has nice flavors and actually looks pretty cool but lacks a strong body.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 04:27:46 | More by RoyalT
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Good enough with a dark brown color and a full inch of slightly opaque head. A bit of stickiness to the head as well.

S - Smells has only a slight bit of wood but mostly sweet malts of caramel or toffee.

T - A bit of herbal taste that is somewhere between medicine and tea with bittering hops and a sweet finish. I want to say it's balanced but that herbal tea flavor is giving me a dry taste in my mouth.

M - Light to medium but very dry and herbal.

Overall not something I would reach for again and pretty light for a winter warmer. Drink is balanced for what it is but it just taste like their ESB only double which means too much herbal tea flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 01:29:01 | More by DrDemento456
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing I notice with this is the hops....a nice change up for a winter warner,,,pours a deep mahogany color...nose is pineyh ops and comse caramel...Body is medium...a little chewy actually...a good malt flavor accented nicely by a piney hoppiness...

This is an enjoyable brew...not a true sipper but a nice winter changeup...didn't check the ABV but this would seem to be in the 6.0 range..great hops burps off this...

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2005 23:31:16 | More by ZAP
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