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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of thekevlarkid


3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 2011/2012 version was sampled on tap (this is important because I’ve heard they change the recipe from year-to-year). The color was clear copper with a big khaki head that retained decently and left sliding spots of lacing. The aroma was not as spicy as it had been in the past, showcasing caramel malt and piney hops instead with only hints of clove. The flavors were a bit heavy on the herbal/piney hops at first with a caramel malt backbone and hints of toasted nuts and toffee behind that. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation mid-level. Not as spiced as many winter warmers which I found welcome though nothing amazing as a stand-alone brew either.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 17:42:02 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of melodicnoise


4/5  rDev +11.7%

01-08-2012 04:09:04 | More by melodicnoise
Photo of Stoffel


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-06-2012 20:19:29 | More by Stoffel
Photo of lwillitz


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

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 3+ fingers of light tan head fill the glass above a crystal-clear copper/brown body with a few carbonation bubbles rising; light for a winter warmer, but beautiful nonetheless; nice lace

S - caramel sweetness with a grassy hop bite

T - grains and caramel up front with a hint of smoke, sharp hop bite kicks in, some smoke in the dry finish

M - medium body, well-carbonated, smooth, slick and oily

O - This is the best Redhook I have tried. It's not quite what I would expect from a winter warmer, but what it is is good. Very approachable.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 03:39:01 | More by lwillitz
Photo of NardiByNature


4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed 11/13 at the brewery in New Hampshire.

Poured into a pint glass and watched a good finger-and-a-half of textured khaki head mount itself on top of a clear and copper body. It's cool to see pretty lacing and nice head retention on this style of beer.

Smells like clove, wood, warming alcohol. Nice bitterness in the taste that doesn't come through so much on the smell. I like how this beer isn't too spiced up - it's a warmer for sure, but it finishes clean (maybe even dry) and it's not overly sweet. Leaves a nice taste.

This is the best beer I've tried from Redhook and a great one in the style. I liked it more than Great Lakes Christmas Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 00:56:58 | More by NardiByNature
Photo of BigCheese


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-05-2012 03:08:28 | More by BigCheese
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-02-2012 05:00:02 | More by hannaho
Photo of steve8robin


3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Christmas gift from friends. 12oz bottle, 10/05/11 date...

A: A super clear, filtered, deep dark red with a small 1/2" white head that fades to a few bubbles atop the brew. Good.

S: I get a citrus / pineapple hop upfront with a mild lemon / rye scent quickly following. A mild boozy scent makes an appearance on the back. Decent.

T: Very interesting for the style. It opens with a smoky rye flavor blended with a subtle earthy hop bite. This gives way to a mild watery mild metallic taste followed by a slight bite on the back driven by the hop and the booze. Good.

M: Medium body with a good carbonation. A dry finish. Decent.

O: All in all, this is a decent brew. Glad I got to try it as it gives an interesting take on the style. It definitely has it's flaws, but a good brew to try if you like the winter warmer style.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 02:49:53 | More by steve8robin
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New York

4/5  rDev +11.7%

01-01-2012 21:48:55 | More by casualfan
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 18:58:35 | More by twiggamortis420
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-31-2011 16:23:01 | More by onethirtyeight
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-29-2011 21:15:03 | More by cdwil
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-29-2011 03:57:15 | More by tpauer
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-25-2011 04:42:53 | More by jALEson
Photo of GNWBC


3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Since i live about 3 mins away from the Red Hook brewery i have come to expect all of their beers to be tasty. However i found this to be on the average side.

Pours a semi dark carmel color with a very thin head that leaves a small amount of lacing.

Smell: strong hop note right out of the gate followed by a milder spicy background.

Taste: again lots of hops upfront, being that is a native washington brew this is no surprising. some toasty malt cuts the bitterness very well and ends hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: goes down pretty easy, the carbonation is noticeable but isn't over powering.

Defiantly not the best winter warmer out there but i would gladly session with this after a day of shreding the gnar at Crystal Mtn.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 22:52:49 | More by GNWBC
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-24-2011 18:16:42 | More by beerguy36
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-24-2011 01:21:35 | More by timtaber
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

12-23-2011 02:30:24 | More by weaselchew
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-21-2011 02:21:18 | More by dowen44
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-20-2011 20:54:59 | More by campofapproval
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

12-19-2011 17:43:51 | More by Dunkelhund
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

12-18-2011 17:05:43 | More by jmvecchio1
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 02:32:33 | More by lawlerj
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-17-2011 02:09:05 | More by tmcelman
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-16-2011 02:40:34 | More by AJD1201
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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