Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery
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3.43/5 rDev -4.2%
2005 version (bottled on 100305), my bottle is a little different than the one pictured, stated ABV on bottle is 6.0%.
Appearance: When poured into my pint glass this beer is a clear, dark amber. My pour produces an off white head that rises to a good half inch before settling down to a solid cover and ring around the glass. Good lacing, while not sheeting down the glass there are clinging patches that stick to the glass to the end.
Smell: A bit weak here. While I am used to robust malt and/or hops, this beer has a hint of sweet caramel malt, perhaps a touch of roasted malts (or is that what I want to smell?). Hop aromas are very weak as well, a little piney. I detect no spices. Even as it warms the aromas are weak.
Taste: Not quite as weak as the smell, but very much subdued when compared to other winter seasonals that I have had thus far. Flavor starts malty (a little toasted, yet sweet). Finish is a little bitter. I do get a few hop burps from this, so I think they are there.
Mouthfeel: A little light in body, good carbonation somewhat dry. This is almost like an amber ale to me.
Drinkability: Sure, it's highly drinkable, but not very memorable. A decent enough beer, and if I see this on sale for cheap (less than $12 for a twelve pack) I may purchase more just to have on hand a let others try.
12-22-2005 04:43:01 | More by BigRedN
3.95/5 rDev +10.3%
Appearance: This beer was a deep amber hue that had dark crimson highlights. A one-finger, fizzy head rose up on the pour, but it became fluffy and dense as it settled back into the beer. A light coating of bubbles remained on the surface of the liquid and a sizeable quantitiy of lace was left clinging to the side of the glass.
Smell: There was a definite fruity component to this brew. It was a combination of cherries and other berries. However, there was a good malt presence in the background that gave the aroma some depth. It had a roasted, bready smell to it and came across as slightly spicy at times. Towards the end of the drink, with almost an hour of warming-up time, the smell of smoke dominated this beer.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth upfront. On the tip of the tongue, it seemed almost silky, but it picked up some roughness as it hit the back of the mouth.
Taste: Every drink was a battle between the malt and the hops. There seemed to be a constant struggle as to which one would be the dominant flavor. Upfront, there were some roasted and light caramel malt flavors that had a grainy quality to them. There might be some black patent in there as well, but I'm not good at picking things apart that well. There was a cherry tartness that complimented the sharp, somewhat spicy hops flavor that arose quickly. It all lingered into the aftertaste where the flavors continued to battle for dominance.
It had been years since I had a Winterhook and I don't recall at all what it tasted like and if I liked it or not. I enjoyed this one, though. A very solid beer that I will be picking up again this season.
11-21-2003 01:46:57 | More by Quaffer
3.1/5 rDev -13.4%
Pretty standard winter warmer. Pours a dark brown with red streaks. The smell is heavy on caramel malts and apple, hints of spice streak through. The taste is of a toffee malt and apple crust. Bread like taste with spices creep into the end, a full bodied beer than is great for those chilly nights.
10-13-2004 10:51:16 | More by beertaster13
3.13/5 rDev -12.6%
Front label perforated stamp of '100306'.
Pours a clear copper color with a loose 1/2" light beige head and somewhat scarce carbonation bubbles moving upwards. Very nice sheets of lace.
Fresh juicy hops aroma with a fruity undertone. I briskly swirl my glass a few times and bury my nose to uncover a faint carmel note as well.
The flavors are a tad metallic with the hops predominantly shining through, although much more attenuated from what I anticipated from the nose. An unsweetened Lipton tea flavor finishes up the round.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a wonderful airiness compliments of ultra fine carbonation at a moderate level.
Drinkability is good. Very unintrusive ('safe') flavors with not much else peeking out. Mouthfeel was the finest aspect IMHO. I'm sad this ale has digressed.
Overall a faint shell of what this ale used to be from 6-8 years ago. Not malty at all, just a nice dose of hops for it's saving grace.
01-15-2007 00:38:02 | More by malty
3.11/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
04-26-2012 22:51:34 | More by Cavanaghty
3.93/5 rDev +9.8%
A - 1/2" off-white head. Retains for about one minute. Light brown / amber color. Very nice lace.
S - Tangy hops. Citrus peel quality. Not quite grapefruit, maybe tangerine. Some malty chocolate as the beer warms.
T - Malty with a nice hop twang thrown in the mix. Caramel. Butter. Earthy. Tangy hop finish. Nice balance.
M - Thin to medium in mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.
D - Good drinkability. I like it. My only complaint is a little too much sweetness that builds up in the back of the mouth. Good beer by Redhook.
01-02-2006 03:03:49 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.58/5 rDev 0%
6 pack picked up at the local beer place. Pours a lovely tan color into the pint glass. Capped by a small off white head with good retention. Clear with good bubbling carbonation. Nose is sweet with malt, caramel, orange zest. Taste adds grassy and floral notes, toffee. Light tannin. Leans to the sweet side this one does, but not cloying. Medium bodied, alcohol is slightly warming. Enjoyable.
12-10-2011 23:36:25 | More by UDbeernut
2.95/5 rDev -17.6%
This beer pours into a typical pint glass from the 12oz bottle. The beer is golden-amber with a small off white head that leaves a small ring and laces only a bit. The smell is slightly hoppy displaying citrus notes and has a bit of a biscuity and breadyness to it. The taste is almost all pale malts with the same malt profile as the smell adn a touch of hops on teh finish. THe mouthfeel is full bodied with some lingering syrupyness. Overall seems more like an blonde or an APA, and not my favorite as it seams a bit amatuerish with the way it is all put together.
12-13-2007 22:05:53 | More by MSchae1017
2.75/5 rDev -23.2%
This beer is dark brown in color with a tan head.
The aroma is of malt and spice. There is also a funky smell that I would have to describe as overheated metal. Quite odd for a beer.
The flavor has a sweet toasty malt base and a mild blend of spice followed by a mild dose of hops. The metallic smell comes to life a little in the flavor as well, but is not as strong.
Mouth feel is light in body and generously carbonated.
Overall this one gets a meh.
12-02-2005 02:50:09 | More by Naes
3.55/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A- golden amber color, lots of carbonation, decent head that settles to a ring after a few minutes.
S- Very peculiar. It smells like a regular light bodied ale except for a strange underlaying smell. It's a musty, malty, almost earthy smell.
T- A little bit thin but a lot going on. Starts out with an earthy, tone with a little bit of spice. Maybe pumpkin spice, cloves, cinnamon. Then comes in the little bit of piny hops that finish dry and completely different than the start. Not bad, but again: a little thin.
M- Great mouthfeel. Starts out creamy and smooth than thins down to a dry hoppy feel. Interesting.
D- Not too strong. Good for whenever I'd say. It isn't wonderful but I'd say it is one of the best winter beers I've had this season. Much, much better than that samual adams winter lager crap I had last week.
11-08-2006 00:16:29 | More by Rudgers73
4.22/5 rDev +17.9%
Deep amber color and a thick sticky off-white head. Head retention is very good. The aroma is very hoppy. Floral hops and roasted malts hit the nose. The taste is rich, medium to full bodied. Floral hoppiness hit the tounge at first. The hops are mellowed out with a toastel malt. Finishes hoppy and semi-dry. A hearty brew perfect for the colder weather. One of RedHook's best beers.
11-23-2005 08:00:47 | More by Luigi
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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