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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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877 Ratings
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Ratings: 877
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 20
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 877 | Reviews: 464
Photo of phisig137
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear deep amber, light brown color, with a 1.5 finger head. More than decent retention, and abundant lacing... off to a good start.

S- Fairly muted, but with a nice hop presence. Resinous aroma of pine and perhaps citrus hops, with just a hint of honey and caramel malt. It is a very mild aroma, but smells nice overall.

T- A surprising amount of hop flavors coat your tongue from front to back...Again, quite piney, but also a bit more floral in the mouth than on the nose. Slight malt sweetness on the finish, without being cloying at all. Again, the flavor is fairly muted, but generally enjoyable.

M- Medium bodied, adequate carbonation. Nothing stoands out on either side here.

D- Easily quaffable, although you aren't left aching for another sip.

Overall, not bad at all. It is very mild, and could potentially be a great transitional beer. Definitely one of the better beers that I've had from Redhook. I'd buy it again, but I won't be rushing back. There are betters out there for ~$8.50 a sixer.

Photo of woodchipper
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of GreenWBush
2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep brown-twinged ruby. Not much of a head to speak of, but decent specks of lace.

The label says "toasty" and that's about the best way to describe many aspects of this beer. The nose is almost akin to soured milk in its malt consistency. Funkily abrasive metallic nuttiness. Mildest citric twinges above the burnt toast trainwreck.

The intense toasted nuttiness of this beer continues on the palate, but isn't as off-putting as in the nose. Reminds me a little of rye-malt too. Off-kilter hop-profile seems to clash with the bone-dry chalky soured milk malt tones. Fruity candied cherry hop flavor kicks in just at the last moment almost salvages everything, but the rough lack of sweetness and almost putrid bitterness make for a not particularly enjoyable beverage.

Very bland and thin on the palate. Leaves a funky dried walnut afterimage. I really had to work to get through this six-pack.

Photo of Hopswagger
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P: Clear ruby red body with a small layer of micro bubble head that exits fast. A thin layer of bubble remain on top but most flock to the edges.

S: Earthy hops, dirt, pine resin, faint cocoa dust, roasted caramel, molasses and candy malt. Butterscotch and peppery spice.

T/M: Follows the nose with a healthy dose of earthy hops , cocoa powder and nice warming sensation. Bittersweet dark chocolate, orange oil and roasted caramel apple peels on the super dry finish. Light-medium prickly mouthfeel.

O: Gotta love a hoppy warmer. Intense earthy flavors bordering dirt in the mouth. Pine and hints of fruit compliment the roasty sweet malts. A great treat for winter that I'm eager to try the slightly altered version next year. Cheers!

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Boulder Never Summer Ale.

A: Clear copper color with one-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Toasted malt. Hops. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Floral and lightly toasted malt. Solid hop bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation. Warm.

O: I generally prefer less hopped winter warmers, but this wasn't bad. I feel like it was very comparable to the Never Summer Ale and would call it a tie.

Photo of bboven
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight-up amber body, clear with a thin bubbly head that leaves tiny bits of lacing

Thick malty aroma with lots of caramel but definitely some buttery diacetyl (sp) as well.

All the malty flavors are there, but there is also a surprisingly pleasant streak of English hops happening as well. Very interesting and very nice to cut the thick malt.

Forced C02 is not the best way to go with these beers, but it is what it is. This would be really nice from a cask. The carbonation in this one is a little too sharp and biting.

Pretty good pick, the flavor is very unique with that subtle streak of hoppy bitterness. I've heard they change the recipe with this one every year, so we'll see how it is compared to future offerings, I suppose.

Photo of TonyY
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Satan70
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of TrojanWheels
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of NiceTaps
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a room-temp pint glass.

A- Dark amber-red color, clean and clear. A few bubbles rising. Barely a one-finger head, tan, that fades quickly to a thin film leaving vey little lace.

S- Last of the bunch, so I let it warm a little to bring out a holiday bready smell. Cinnamon raisin toast, or babka, fresh, yeasty, spicy and fruity. Some faint hops.

T- Caramel malts dominate, some sugar and spice. Hops are well hidden.

M- A little thin and fizzy. Lingering hop bitterness to finish.

O- Winterhook comes in a cool bottle, it's a cool warmer, so to speak. The 45 ibus don't come on too strong, making it easy drinking. Nice.

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

Winterhook--1997 12 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV? (4.0 / 5.0) ESB Flavor.
1998 12 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) ESB? Deep Amber color. Rich flavorful malt body is spicy but not spiced. Tasty classic defining the Winter Ale Style. Sampled 11/4/1998.
1999 12 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter ESB. Clear dark cherry red color. Smoky toasted hop front. Rustic malt body with light sweetness and strong roasted flavor. Lightly spiced. Rich and balanced. Sampled 11/13/1999.

2000 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV. (3.25 / 5.0) ESB Winter Ale. Clear pretty deep amber red color. Spicy mild malt hop front. Medium body with sweet roasted flavor and cherry fruit notes. Generic flavor. Ends with a bit of malt spiciness. Overly sweet-underly flavorful. Sampled 11/9/2000.

2000 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter ESB. What a difference a year of aging makes! Slightly hazy rich copper amber color. Lacy head. Mild malty hop front. Creamy incredibly smooth malty roasted mild spice body. Ends with smooth hot hop mild spice. Sampled 11/2/2001.

2000 22 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) ESB? Clear rich red amber color. Mild floral malt hop front. Malty sweet doughy body with slightly spicy ESB notes. Balanced hop spice finish. Nice spiced medium bodied ESB. Tasty Brew but weak as a Winter Ale. Sampled 12/23/2000.

2001 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear rich copper bronze color. Light head. Medium lace. Mild hop malty roasted slightly spicy front. Rich sweet roasted body. Caramel cherry biscuit notes. Mild clean smooth hop nutmeg end. Winter ESB. Sampled 10/30/2001.

2002 12 oz. Bottle. 6.11% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Mild head. Thin lace. Clear thin copper red amber color. Toasted light cinnamon floral hop front. Sweet smooth toasted cherry caramel fruit mild spice nut body. Clean balanced mild earthy hop end. ESBish. Sampled 12/2/2002.

2003 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Light lacy head. Clear bright ruby red color. Toasted mild spice mild hop front. Creamy sweet thick light toasted caramel earthy fruit mild Winter spice body. Smooth light tangy mild hop end. Bland. ESB? Sampled 1/6/2004.

2004 12 oz. Bottle. 6.11% ABV--29.2 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. Clear thin bright dark bronze red color. Mild lacy head. Mild roasted malt spice hop front. Thin dry sweet mild roasted caramel body with light nutmeg citrus notes. Clean mild malt spice hop end. Bland. 10/23/2004.

2005--12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--29.2 IBU's (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Dark. Tight lacy head. Clear thin bright copper amber color. Mild roasted floral malt hop front. Earthy crusty rich crisp mildly smoky rich caramel ESB body. Tangy malt spice mild bitter hop end. Wintery ESB. Nice. Sampled 10/15/2005.

2006 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--29.2 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale--ESB. Creamy lacy head. Thin amber bronze color. Mild hop mellow malt spice front. Clean dry sweet mild toasted caramel biscuit toffee body. Clean mild hop end. Smooth clean but bland. Bad Buds? Better Last Year. Sampled 9/30/2006.

2007 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--29.2 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale--ESB. 6-Pack $6.99. Mild head. Clear thin bright amber color. Mild hop malt spice front. Mild sweet creamy caramel malt spice body. Mild tangy cinnamon mild hop end. Clean easy malt spice mild Winter Ale. Mild Amber malt flavor. Sampled 1/20/2008.
2008 12 oz. Bottle. 5.90% ABV--29.2 IBU's. (3.85 / 5.0) Winter Ale--ESB. Rocky lacy rich big off white head. Clear thin bright dark amber bronze color. Mild toasted mild hop front. Dry sweet thin easy toasted mild earthy burnt malt spice hint body. Crisp hop nutmeg hint dry refreshing mild end. Easy bland somewhat tasty weak Winter. Sampled 3/2/2009. 6-Pack $6.49.

2009--12 oz. Bottle. 5.90% ABV--29.2 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--ESB. Thin lace hint tan head. Clear pretty rich bronze red color. Toasted mild hop delicate Winter spice front. Crisp mild creamy sweet toasted toffee candy mildly earthy roasted doughy Winter spice body. Clean smooth mild hop vanilla cinnamon hint end. Well made. Sampled 10/13/2009. 6-Pack $6.99.

2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.90% ABV. 29.2 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--ESB. Light tan dense medium mild lace head. Clear bright rich copper color. Toasted mild caramel mild hop malt spice front. Rich medium sweet toasted caramel biscuit slightly crusty rich malt body. Clean satisfying smooth mild hop spice end. Well made Winter Amber. Sampled 10/16/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $6.99 at Seattle Fred Meyer--Ballard on 10/16/2010.

Photo of Truh
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dreamt of cherubim and seraphim with this one on 11/20/2004. 16-oz. pour at Margarita’s in downtown Concord, NH.

Was a bit leery of what the tap lines might be like, but what the hell, when in Rome. Nice ½ inch fluff of plumed head immediately, which actually remained attenuated throughout most of the emptying, and pretty good lacing as well. Dark copper to brown hue with a dulling sheen to the whole affair. Copious malt front to nose with some spices kicking about – cinnamon, maybe some nutmeg, spruce essence perhaps. To taste, welcoming deep malt with a robust, almost scotch ale like overall profile; a touch of chestnuts roasted on an open fire toastiness too. On the whole, a pretty good offering from Redhook when I am used to uninspiring stuff from them, for the most part.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Deep, dark amber beer, very clear, topped with a dark tan head. Head reduced quickly to a sparse bubble layer.

S-Spicy hop aromas with a nutty, somewhat caramelly maltiness.

T-Spicy and earthy hops coupled with a prominent bitterness. A nutty, dry maltiness remains in the picture up to the finish, which is dry with nut and bitterness.

M-Medium-high carbonation compliments a pleasant medium bodied beer.

D-It's pretty decent. Not a spectacular brew, and I probably won't chase after this one in the future. Overall, though, still a nice beer, and with a wider availability on-tap at restaurants, a good choice when dining out.

Photo of danielharper
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

A: Dark brown body, thin "soapscum" head. Good, but nothing special.

S: Very malty aroma, hints of nutmeg? Strangely sweet, almost like chocolate-covered cherries.

T: Heavily malted, sweet, slight nuttiness, with a touch of astringency to the finish. Finishes dry.

M: Moderate, slightly chewy.

D: Overall, a good beer, but not an everyday one for me.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint.

Pours a dark rust, clear and with an average head.

Smell is of roasted grain, caramel and bready goodness.

Flavor is roasted grain, caramel and light chocolate malts. Hops are very well represented here. Bright and and bitter there is a nice earthy flavor between the hops and dusty grain, nice.

Very well done ale, I would look for it again.

Photo of stevehagy
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Stockfan42
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of shockrocker65
1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish amber with a white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts, maybe some spices and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of spicy roasted malts, some grassy notes as well.

Overall: Not a bad winter brew, I have had this one quite a bit over the years, can't really go wrong with it.

Photo of booga73
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Sir_Goatman
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of EStreet20
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, part of a Winter mix 6 pack from Marketplace. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Hard pour yields a very dark brown, beer with a very large white head. A nice lattice work of lacing. A nice look overall.

S - A grasssy aroma with a little bit of malt. Nothing else really to speak of.

T - Some sweetness on top of a grassy hop profile. A tiny bit of spice in the finish.

M - A little bit off. Some more carbonation would do thbis well since it's not as spicy as many winter warmerns out there. Still pretty good.

D - Pretty good but nothing to chase after with all the other great winter warmers out there.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Winter of '05 realse. Pours a clear, dark amber. Off-white creamy head one finger tall, with excellent retention. Beautiful patterns of lace cling stubbornly to the glass. The nose is not strong, but shows some dark malt and holdiay spice aromas. An odd, but not foul smell hides behind the malt, could be from wood chips or stale hops used in dry hopping...I don't know. Toasted barley and cinnamon flavor, followed by a well balanced dose of english hop bitterness. Aftertaste is hebal and tea-like, but fades gracefully. Medium body and nearly flat carbonation with scarce and tiny bubbles slowly rising north. Extra-smooth mouthfeel, easy on the eyes, and a pleasent hoppy finish; a nice winter seasonal.

Photo of Shawnspl
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been trying the winterhook for the last couple of years and I have always been pretty impressed besides the fact that Redhook is often knocked for being a shitty craft brewery. This year (2004) is very similar to SN Celebration. They went a little more hoppy this year and steered away from the heavy malt and spices. It is a red copper color wiht a very nice head and lacing. The aroma had a small amount of vanilla and nutmeg, but was mostly full of hops. There was a nice fresh hopness to this beer and it was very satisfying. This may be one of the best overlooked and unappreciated winter brews out this year.

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