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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

807 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 807
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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PintOHops

California

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears clear dark brown with a touch of ruby as you look through it. Medium-high carbonation with a very thin head that reduces to a ring quickly & leaves little lacing. Smells of floral hops with hints of pine, citrus, and raisins. Sweet maltyness with warm pepper like spices and a hint of alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of sweet malt with notes of citrus and alcohol. Finishes with lots of warm spices and lingering hop bitterness. Alcohol becomes more pronounced as it warms. Mouthfeel is smooth, chewy, a little creamy, and has a medium body. Lively carbonation as it goes down as well.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - I could definitely enjoy about 2 of these. I think this is a good example of a winter warmer. Loaded with flavor, loaded with warm spices, yep, I really enjoyed this beer. I recommend you give it a try.

Cheers, and Hoppy Holidays!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 23:58:45 | More by PintOHops
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rogerthegill

Oregon

4/5  rDev +11.7%

04-19-2012 20:59:54 | More by rogerthegill
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MightiestBeard

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

11-01-2012 00:31:03 | More by MightiestBeard
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Satan70

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-28-2013 22:14:43 | More by Satan70
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Starts out quite promising, pouring a dark copper, with a substantial foamy head. Smells pretty nice, also. Unfortunately, rather thin and mild (particularly for the style). Some hop bitterness, and nothing negative about the flavor. Just too "small" for a seasonal. Would be a decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 04:06:51 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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cjac

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

12-08-2012 00:59:59 | More by cjac
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g_jenkins

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

11-21-2012 21:43:22 | More by g_jenkins
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 00:39:37 | More by NiceTaps
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BRD14

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

12-16-2012 18:38:03 | More by BRD14
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KI9A

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured beautiful deep amber, tan puffy head.

S: Floral hops, sweet roasty malt

T: Bitter hops up front, in the middle, and at the end. Surrounded by toffee, caramel sweetness.

M: Bitter aftertaste.

D: Doesn't do it for me. Too hoppy ( yeah, thats right, I said TOO hoppy!) I'm not into high IBU beers, at all, more of a malt head. Nice beer, not offensive at all, but, not my cup of hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 02:05:26 | More by KI9A
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6thstreetbrewpub

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

12-25-2012 17:41:51 | More by 6thstreetbrewpub
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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

2.1/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle...poured into a chalice at 50 degrees. This is my first pretty bad beer in awhile..

A - Hmm...poured like a flat soda - fizzed a little, no head, clear brown in color. Sounded like there would be some carbonation, but nothing appeared.

S - A few faint scents of malt, but that's about it...something just doesn't seem right.

T - OK, now I'm just plain confused. No discernable flavors, but there's a burnt malt aftertaste, and after a tasteless brew, the aftertaste isn't welcoming at all.

M - No carbonation and a very watered down body.

D - I don't really know what else to say. I had the ESB and IPA and while not spectacular, they weren't downright bad like the Winter Warmer. At first I thought it was a bad bottle, but even after letting it sit for awhile, my opinion changed not. It's one of those that was so bad, I want to try it again just to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 01:40:14 | More by JohnnyM2002
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz bottle to tulip. Comes out a ruby syrup color with a finger of tan head and discreet bubbles within the glass. The beer's slightly cloudy and the head has good retention, eventually subsiding to excellent lacings.

Nose: Apples and caramel jump out of the bottle before it's even been poured into the glass. Lots of sweet malt characters but the alcohol is a little too present and the over all aroma, after the pour, while inviting, is a bit too weak.

Mouth: First thing that's noticeable is the creamy yet tingling mouthfeel. The malts are gentle up front, but the finish has a strange bitterness in the back that's a lot like the flavor of apple skins mixed with carrots. An odd combination between the fore flavors and the back that don't quite work together.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 20:35:20 | More by clickpush
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pathead

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

11-12-2013 00:31:35 | More by pathead
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pweis909

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a shade or two darker than orange, w/ white foam that recedes fast. Light caramel in the aroma. It's sweetish in a cramelly way, some malt. The barest suggestion of chocolate. Touch of chalk to the finish. Rather light-bodied for a winter warmer. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 02:44:16 | More by pweis909
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DaveRinn

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

01-11-2014 05:19:09 | More by DaveRinn
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Jackal

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-26-2013 06:15:57 | More by Jackal
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Bromine

Florida

3/5  rDev -16.2%

04-11-2013 10:24:54 | More by Bromine
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Shawnspl

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-10-2013 20:46:04 | More by Shawnspl
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NCbeerpirate

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-15-2011 16:41:16 | More by NCbeerpirate
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Dapper_Dan_Man

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-06-2013 20:39:48 | More by Dapper_Dan_Man
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a transparent reddish auburn brown, very minimal head.

Aroma is malty, spicey, a hint of citrus hops.

Flat tasting with a mild bitter hop taste, metallic aftertaste.

Light bodied with average drinkability. Not bad, but probably nothing I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 17:50:09 | More by jasonpeckins32
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying something new for the winter season. Keep me warm on, well, warm winter evenings.

Appearance- A deep amber, almost ruby color. Quarter inch of creamy slightly tan head. Beautifully clear.

Smell- Not getting much, some rich maltiness maybe. A little spice. Definitely some rich caramel. A little nuttiness as well.

Taste- Rich caramel balanced by a nice fruitiness. Finishes a little sweet. Definitely nutty as well. There is a slight tropical fruit taste, almost mango? that is quite unexpected. The finish has a little burnt sugar bitterness that I don't love.

Mouthfeel- Nice and creamy. Good carbonation so it isn't too heavy.

Drinkability- Goes down well.

This is a pretty good winter beer. Not exactly my favorite, it's a little sweet, but finishes bitter. Still, a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 06:46:28 | More by callmescraps
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TEAMHOLT

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

11-14-2011 17:42:42 | More by TEAMHOLT
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Huffaroma

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-16-2012 05:38:44 | More by Huffaroma
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 807 ratings.