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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

823 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 823
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of xoqx
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium amber with ruby hue and a rather yellow head on this Winter warmer from the Woodinville, WA brewery. There is medium-significant lacing, less than in previous years (this is the 2006 Winterhook). Any smell that comes across seemed predominantly yeast-oriented. The taste has a lot of anise and licorice notes, yet is not spicy in the way one would expect a winter warmer to be (spiced or true additive free warmer). It does have a warming feel, but not significantly – not a lot of alcohol coming through in this. Moderately drinkable, but not a very compelling beer – weak for the style.

The beer is listed on BA as 6.11% at the time of reviewing this beer, but it is listed at the forecasters pub as 5.52% abv as of October of 2006. This might account for the many reviews that indicate it's not getting better with each annual brewing.

xoqx, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

wander4, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of Hopscat
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Hopscat, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of jski
3/5  rDev -16.2%

jski, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of SlickestWilly
4/5  rDev +11.7%

SlickestWilly, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of NClifestyle
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours up a dull brown/amber color, large creamy head of off-white foam, tons of thick lace on the glass, head leaves rather quickly but a thin layer remains atop the beer.
Not much in the smell category. A hint of coffee/caramel malt aroma is about it.
Taste of grainy malt, almost nutty flavor. Seems similar to a brown ale so far. Minimal hop flavor shows up mid sip. Not bad, not outstanding.
Medium mouthfeel, slightly creamy, pretty good.
Could be a session beer, easy enough to drink, and has some flavor, but I probably wouldn't seek it out compared to rogue or anchor winter beers.

cheers...

NClifestyle, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of TastyAdventure
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell - when first poured all I got was earthy, floral hops. With a touch of citrus somewhere. As I kept sniffing I got some classic sweet malt toffee notes.

A- dark brown, burgundy up against the light. 1 finger head that gradually fades.

Taste- smooth malt, slight roastyness followed by a more robust coffee roast flavor. Some balance of earthy herbal hops.

Mouthfeel is great. Smooth, not much carb, which is good, lots of carb wouldn't be very "warming"

Good for a winter warmer. I could get next to the fire with this one

TastyAdventure, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of rhinonau
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

rhinonau, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of mattsdenney
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass.

A: Pours clear, a dark copper/amber color with a two finger head. Leaves a sticky, bubbly film as it settles. Looking very good so far.

S: Malt and toasted grain, light hop scent. Caramel sweetness.

T: Sweet malt, herbal grain, and toasted caramel up front with a nice hoppy backbone. Flavorful, and very well balanced. Some spiciness but not as much as other Winter Warmers.

M: Light and bubbly with a dry finish.

O: Overall I really enjoy this beer. The Winter Warmer designation always throws me b/c you never know what you'll get. This beer is warming, well balanced and perfect for a cold night. Very drinkable, will buy again.

mattsdenney, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of jmvecchio1
3/5  rDev -16.2%

jmvecchio1, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of VALIS666
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

VALIS666, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Dizzy
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours transparent brown with a white head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus, lots of cascades. Citrusy hops dominate the flavor, malts are there but this seems way out of balance. The mouthfeel seems quite thin. This is ok, but it just seems to be hop water.

Dizzy, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of drt72
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

drt72, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Llamameister
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Llamameister, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of saison90
4/5  rDev +11.7%

saison90, Tuesday at 03:11 PM
Photo of ajmoody76
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a six pack of this at the grocery store. bottle indicates this was made at their east coast facility. pours brown with a reddish hue. clear with a one finger tan head. some lace.

bread on the nose. get some hoppy spiciness in there also. no off odors. smells malty.

has that warm taste i cannot describe. it is a good thing. a little fruity but based in sweet malts. caramel.

mid body. adequate carbonation. i could drink another sixer this season.

ajmoody76, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of tweeder263
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out a red brew with a one finger off white head. Smells pretty malty with a tiny bit of hop presence.Taste is just mediocre,,pretty dry with no hardly any sweetness.Slight hop bitterness shows through lack of malt.Mouthfeel basically average. A good session drinker, nothing over the top but nothing bad either.

tweeder263, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of dickroop
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This offering poured a dark coppery color, very attractive. Not much head, but the smell was very inviting, fresh citrus hops, yummy.

The taste was good, nicely balanced. The hop flovor was citrusy and a little floral, the malt flavor was caramel with some good toasted notes. A fine smooth overall flavor with notes of grape juice. The mouthfeel was a little watery, carbonation was generous and good.

Overall, I wouldn't have minded having another, drinkability was good. Pleasant and recommended.

dickroop, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown bomber into standard pint.

A: average sidepour got an inch of foamy delicious looking kahki head that is leaving thick lacing. Clear copper colored brew.

S: a bit of hops and the malt comes through on the back of the nose. A little astringent but not bad at all.

T: a bit hoppy in a good way. The malt backbone is quite good. has that dopplebock/red flavor that is pretty freakin' delicious. A bit of alcohol flavor creeps in the back after the hop bitter makes its appearence.

M: medium bodied and smooth. Very drinkable.

O: good beer, has all the deliciousness of a good winter warmer and only costs $1.90 for a 22oz bottle.

N3rdM3t4l, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of throwerbri
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

throwerbri, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of KroMagnon
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The bottle is a little disappointing - there aren't any comments about how this is a special beer made with select hops for the holidays, etc, but thats no biggie. The color is nice, caramel reddish brown like a coke, and crystal clear, but the head disspates very rapidly. The aroma is very nice, with a full dose of a spicy, piney hop and a slight maltiness. The flavor is good but a bit thin - nice hop notes and a touch of malt in the middle, but the maltiness lacks depth and overtones (I hate to say it that way but that's the best I can do - it doesn't generate much feel for caramel, toffee, toastiness, etc. it just kind of sits there). Overall this is a good drinkable beer, probably a good choice on tap when nothing else "special" is available but not in the league with famous Christmas beers.

KroMagnon, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of lawlerj
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a translucent ruby amber with a three finger off white head that dissipates to a thi layer of foam. Minimal lacing.

S - A decenly strong malt body highlighted with a fair portion of bittering hops. Some juicy/fruity notes as well, blending with sweeter caramel.

T - A strong caramel malt backbone balanced with a fair does of bitter hops, rounded out with some floral notes and a bit of roasty/toasty notes.

M - Medium bodied, smooth. Finish is a bit dry with the hop character. Light carbonation.

O - Overall, a decent winter warmer. Nothing super fancy, but the hop character was a nice deviation from the norm for the style.

lawlerj, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of mellowmark
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. brown bottle to Imperial Pint glass. Bottled on 11-17-10. $7.99 a 6-pack.

Appearance: Huge foamy beige head. Great retention. Patchy clumpy lacing. Color is burnt orange almost copper and completely transparent. Head sticks around all the way to the end.

Smell: Citrus and earthy hops. Lemon rind. Very malty.

Taste: Sweet upfront with semi bitter hops in the finish. Roasted malt aftertaste. Cinnamon and ginger. Lingering citrus.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium to full and smooth due to a low carbonation.

Drinkability: High

Why does nobody seem to talk about this beer? $7.99 a 6-pack, are you kidding me? I will definitely get this again. A highly drinkable and tasty winter ale.

mellowmark, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of BTHU
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

BTHU, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Thunderballroom
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Thunderballroom, Dec 26, 2012
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 823 ratings.