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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

811 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 811
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

A dark, caramel color beer. Not as heavy as imagined. Small, thin head, but it did stay a bit in spots.
Smelled like caramel, roasted malt and almonds. Not very powerful.
Taste had about the same. Nut, roasted malt, caramel. Thinner than a winter ale ought to be, lower alcohol content. Can drink it fairly well.

02-11-2006 16:39:12 | More by Mebuzzard
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -16.2%

12-02-2011 05:58:02 | More by rab53
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-24-2014 21:08:14 | More by Latarnik
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

02-20-2014 19:35:42 | More by LXIXME
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev 0%

Pours a dark caramel amber with a mountain of brownish, off white head that is dense and foamy and has great retention. The nose has a rather big hop aroma that is piny, earthy, and spicy. The flavor has a caramel sweetness to it as well as a slight spice character with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The finish is pretty hoppy with some citrusy, piny, earthy notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

I like that there is a winter warmer that is a little hoppier and not so over spiced, this is though a little simple and I'm indifferent about it overall. Nothing really stands out for me.

01-28-2012 22:41:23 | More by tdm168
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mdaschaf

Washington

3/5  rDev -16.2%

11-07-2013 00:57:54 | More by mdaschaf
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +2%

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.

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

Nevada

3.13/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

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

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-27-2013 09:40:10 | More by Kelp
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +11.7%

01-03-2013 21:57:59 | More by dmorgan310
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Tone

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +22.9%

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.

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

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

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

Arizona

3.23/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

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

Vermont

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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

Delaware

3/5  rDev -16.2%

09-03-2013 20:53:26 | More by THECPJ
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harpus

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

03-20-2014 18:38:59 | More by harpus
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ccrida

Oregon

2.85/5  rDev -20.4%

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.

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

California

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

08-29-2013 17:53:12 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-15-2013 03:44:51 | More by Rhettroactive
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

A - poured a very deep amber colour with a small amount of foamy white head on top that disappeared almost instantly. No visible carbonation.

S - Smells like sweet malts with hints of spice. The nose didn't impress me at all (for what I was expecting).

T - A very typical ale flavour. Nice malt profile with some caramel. Nothing really jumps out at me for a winter beer (expected more spiced).

M - Medium body. Lightly carbonated. A nice mouthfeel for an ale.

D - A very drinkable ale, but also not memorable enough to seek out again.

02-04-2010 03:41:57 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

12-15-2011 01:29:01 | More by DrDemento456
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep copper color with amber highlights and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and spices. Taste is malty, bready, some nutmeg and cinnamon, good flavor but not great for this style. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

05-02-2012 20:50:36 | More by tone77
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -21.8%

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.

12-11-2007 16:47:31 | More by OWSLEY069
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -12%

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.

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

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

11-02-2003 17:49:05 | More by tavernjef
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 811 ratings.