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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook WinterhookRedhook Winterhook

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788 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 453
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%


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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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purschased on a weekend trip to Charleston, SC.
Pours a clear dark brown with superior side lacing and a copious tan head with very good retention. Appearance is exceptional.

Aroma provides malts up front with some caramel and molasses mix most notible. Hops, a little grassy, are present.
Taste is malty and the sweet caramel is most prominent. Has a little spicy bite in the dry finish that leaves a warmed palete.
This was a pleasent suprise and a very good winter ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 22:32:24 | More by jadpsu
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sgoodship

Illinois

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

My wife picked this up at the store. Sounded interesting. This is my first Redhook.

The beer is a dark red brown. There is a decent finger, late' colored head. There is some lacing but nothing to write home about.

The smell makes you think that there is some alcohol there. It's malty with bread, caramel, coffee and molasses.

The taste is quite like the smell. It's like a cross between a red and a porter. I don't like that too much because the bitter porter gets in the way of the sweeter, breadier malt and it's too weak to feel too much like a porter. The finish is a nice bite of hop and bitterness from coffee and molasses.

It's a pleasant enough brew but it's a little to o thin and watery at times.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 06:51:41 | More by sgoodship
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Brenden

Ohio

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

More thanks to JJFoodie for throwing this one in with a trade.

The color is a bright, clear orange-amber. An off-white head is somewhat thick and tight and remains steadily firm for some time. Some patchy lacing is left behind initially.
There's a firm malt aroma with a somewhat less but still substantial hops presence. There's a caramel from the malt as well as a leafy, flowery aroma from the hops and rather than the array of spices sometimes found in a brew such as this, just a gentle peppery spice and maybe a hint of something warmer.
The taste follows suit, with the malt and hops in harmony, hops gently giving way for the maltier base to come up a bit stronger. An herbal, flowery flavor from the hops compliments the sturdy caramel of the malt and the pepper lingers along with a warmer spice. It's a fairly simple, straightforward flavor, though well balanced and just complex enough to make it interesting.
The body is medium, a good balance of smooth and crisp. It's clean and just thick enough to have a little character.
This is a good one for winter if you're not into overly spiced brews, and a good median between that type and the Christmas ales that are, in fact, IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 20:28:38 | More by Brenden
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hoegaardenhero

California

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: a very small amount of white-colored foam around the edges and some wisps on top; definitely a weak head showing but a beautiful maroon/purple body

s: light grape bubblegum; toasted biscuit and grain; light apples; some light coffee/toffee

t: warm toasted malts; some grape; light abv; coffee; dust; biscuit;

m: smooth; light carb; med/light body

d: a very smooth and drinkable ale; a little strong on the grape notes;

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 04:43:29 | More by hoegaardenhero
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velosuds

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on Oct 08 09. Single purchased for $1.35.

A-Pours a medium amber hue with a two finger, light tan foamy head. Modest retention and lacing.

S-Somewhat subdued malt aroma that is biscuit like with caramel. There is also a faint floral hop presence in the nose.

T-Toasted caramel malts with some grapefruit like hop presence. Not bad. But, not as full flavored as other winter warmers.

M-Very smooth and balanced. Nice carbonation level.

D-This is a very drinkable winter warmer since it is not as heavy and filling as some others, and the ABV is only 5.9%. One of Redhook Ale's better offerings of late.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 00:02:53 | More by velosuds
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Japerrault

Idaho

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep clear amber with a thick off-white head.

S: Spicey, piney hops, as well as some sweet caramel.

T: Sweet caramel noticed first, then toasted grains. Hops flavor with slight bitternes in the finish. Nice balance.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation.

D: Smooth, well balanced beer. No harshness present. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 03:30:00 | More by Japerrault
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stawn

California

4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled date of 10-20-08. Consumed 11/14/08

A - Pours a deep amber with a finger's worth of off white head. Disapates leaving some lacing.

S -Smells very piney on the nose. Great hop aroma

T - Oh my! Super smooth. Definite hop flavor but no bite. The malts blend nicely.

M - Dry bitter aftertaste, but its a good thing. Lacing is sticking like webs down the glass.

D - This really reminds me of SNPA but with a smooth start and thicker body. Great winter beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 22:01:53 | More by stawn
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

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

Presentation: 12oz brown pry off, date stamped 12/02/08

Appearance: Beautiful dark copper-colored brew with lazy carbonation and a thick sticky dark ivory head with good retention and some nice patchy lacing

Smell: Very nice balance between earthy, pungent hops and sweet toasted biscuit and caramel notes. Simple, upfront, and well-defined aromas are quite pleasing.

Taste: Very much in keeping with the aromas. The first thing that really hits you is the hops (even after at least four months in the bottle this is still quite fresh)...there are nice strong hop flavors and a light/medium bitterness, offset by significant sweet caramel. I first had this a few winters ago (and this is only my second sampling); it reminded me then of my time in Yorkshire, it does the same thing now.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and quite smooth

Drinkability: High, easy to knock back several of these comfortably on a winter night

Conclusion: Good, solid winter warmer, brewed in the English tradition; nice balance of malt and hops; this is unique enough to stand on its own, yet approachable for those just getting into craft beer. I'm going to make it a point to get this into my winter rotation much more regularly!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 05:46:27 | More by BedetheVenerable
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nms1987

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good looking dark brown/bronze beer. Good head and lacing.

Nice smell. Rich malts.

Smooth taste. Fairly heavy body, but not overly so. Malty but not too malty. Enough hops to keep the taste interesting. Its an oldish bottle so a sliiight hint of oxidation is starting to sneak in, but that isn't the beers fault.

Good mouthfeel. Rich and filling.

Very pleasurable to drink, esp for a beer with the body it has.

A lovely winter beer. Smooth and rich yet semi-sessionable.
It isn't a great beer but it is a good one. Similar to a less hoppy Pyramid SnowCap.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 00:23:49 | More by nms1987
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VtBrew

Vermont

3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color-Dark Red almost garnet like. Head is frothy long lasting and nice lacing.

Aroma-Deep Malty warm aroma caramel notes light hop aroma.

Taste- Strong alcohol taste. Not sure what hop was used but it smells good taste not so much.

Drinkbability- Would be a great winter beer without the scary spice/hop

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 19:58:16 | More by VtBrew
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I'd previously described the color of this ale as like "moonrise over Venus" owing to its radiant scarlet glow. That original bottled beer review dates to 2003, back in my "Jimi Hendrix" phase of beer reviewing. Far out.

Returning to this ale at the source where it's brewed reveals a beer of far more hops than I remember. Both the aroma and taste impart a bright hoppy immediacy like a handful of Cascade pellets. Hop flavor posits an herb and spice flare against an alt-like nuttiness that delivers more character than I was expecting. And the freshness of the draught is notable. If I had to venture a deconstructionist guess I'd say Winterhook is IPA hops on ESB malts with an alt-like yeast.

Very effective as a winter warmer. Almost compelling.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2009 04:27:46 | More by RedDiamond
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out a dark tea/coffee color with just a hint of off-white suds and lots of lacing.
Nose is caramel, a slight spice and hops and that is about it. Some alcohol comes through. Taste is bland but the hops do bitter the mouth up in the end. Mouthfeel is a little oily and ok overall

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2009 03:01:01 | More by barleywinefiend
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iceball585

New York

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown color, semi-transparent, thin white head that faded quickly, some bubbles rising throughout

S- Citrus hops, caramel malts, toasted grains, slight herbal auroma

T- Brown sugar, molasses, malty, earthy, nutty, light hop bite

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp, flavorful

D- Worth buying again

This beer smells very hoppy but tastes more malty. Complex flavor and still very drinkable for your average beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 22:52:36 | More by iceball585
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose is brightly hoppy with some spice and malt. Smells good.

Pours a deep nut brown, mild clarity, pretty good head. Looks good.

Creamy and smooth, refreshing and deep. Good bit of malt, some citric zest, grassy freshness, some coffee/toffee thick sweetness. Slight nuttiness. Finishes slightly sour/bittersweet. Tastes pretty good.

One of the better Redhooks I've had. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 04:34:08 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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Tone

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 04:59:03 | More by Tone
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium to dark brown appearance, minimal lacing, light brown head disappeared quickly. Malty smell, not much else coming through. Taste is okay, malt, caramel with some burnt toast finish that lingers. Slightly chewy mouthfeel. Average carbonation. About average drinkability.

Got a 12 pack for 7.99, so thought I'd give it a try. Good beer at that price. Overall, not much going on for this beer. I was expecting much better based on past reviews.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 02:26:32 | More by jera1350
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 2/12/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, hops and some spice.

T: The taste is malty and a little smoky up front with flavors of caramel and spices. The hops presence is pretty strong for the style and there isn't as much sweetness as most Winter Warmers. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, it's not too bad but there are definitely a lot of other beers in the style that I would pick first.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2009 16:06:35 | More by TheManiacalOne
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htomsirveaux

Texas

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

12 oz. bottle tried 25 Nov 2008. Bottled 2008.

Poured in a shaker pint glass. Small creamy head, well carbonated. Deep reddish brown color. Aroma is light, malt, vanilla and hay. Roasty malt progresses to slight resiny hoppiness that endures to the finish. Slightly astringent aftertaste. Medium body.

Decent but not really a standout in the 'winter' category.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 04:11:29 | More by htomsirveaux
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed 1/29/2009 (bottled 12/02/08):

Pours a very clear brown colored body, with a small head, off-white in color. Has a hoppy malty sweet aroma. A dusty, light sweet taste. Very light tasting. Not much flavor. Has some hoppiness and bitterness, but not much flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 03:55:30 | More by jujubeast6000
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gonzo46and2

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep mahogany reddish brown with a fluffy tan head. Retension is impressive with very closely knit lacing on the glass.

Aroma of spices, fruity malts, caramel and hops. Grapefruit, citrus peel, pine sap, cinnamon, sweet pastries or baked goodies, great smell.

Taste is very well balanced with sweet and hoppy characteristic that reflect the aromas I mentioned.

This tasted very good with a chocolate chip cookie.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 05:29:43 | More by gonzo46and2
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cschepers

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - pours a nice clear red. Bit of cream head. Nice lacing.

S - Not a whole lot going on. Little bit of sweetness & malt. Little bits of spice.

T - A bit of the same. Some spice and caramel sweetness, some nice evergreen hops. Hopped a bit more heavily than I'd expect... it isn't really all that much, just a little bit more than I'd expect in balance to the malt. Finishes with a bit more spice and the hops.

M - Fairly thin, nice carbonation.

D - Pretty good. Wouldn't be hard to finish several of these.

Ok winter warmer, nothing terribly exciting. There are better ones out there, but this is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 03:08:17 | More by cschepers
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pandashaver

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark brown body, translucent. White very foamy head that left excellent lacing down the glass and kept some head throughout.

S - Very citrusy/lime smell initially, with also some grassy notes. Can smell the malt sweetness but also the hops. Spices were hard to decipher and not overwhelming at all.

T - The hop presence was a nice surprise. Some spices, though subdued. Sweetness to balance, and a good bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, though a bit watered down as expected from this brewing company. Sticky from the sweet malts.

D - A liked it, but did not love it. Usually would have only one, unless I stayed at the same bar and didn't have any other options. I don't drink winter brews regularly this time of year, so I'm not the best judge of this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2009 13:44:50 | More by pandashaver
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almychristopher

New York

4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice copper color with a foamy tan head that fades to thick lacing. the aroma carries a lot of malt character, with just a bit of some noble hops at the back. the taste is good well balanced with the sweet malt up front and the citrus and spice of the hop arrangement follow through nicely. a well balance beer, although I would have expected a bit more in the way of alcohol from a warmer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 03:57:43 | More by almychristopher
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A wonderful winter warmer.

Deep dark reddish brown color with a head that holds a lot of foam. Chocolate malty smell with a slightly bitter hop that holds up well in the mouth. Some tang at the finish.

Not too heavy - I could drink a few of these, but definitely in the season. With snow on the ground, this beer feels like the right way to enjoy the evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 02:31:28 | More by KTCamm
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