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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
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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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NCbeerpirate

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +39.7%

11-15-2011 01:51:07 | More by sinstaineddemon
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Moose34

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-14-2011 19:47:40 | More by Moose34
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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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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-14-2011 15:09:20 | More by Lawnboy33
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured into a glass stein. Copper, transparent with a finger of head.
Roasted malt smell, almost smoky.
Good malt all the way through, big bitter at the end. Balanced.
Bubbly (not too much), medium body.
Perfect winter drinker and quite easy to throw back a few with no problems.

11-12-2011 21:30:18 | More by Fatehunter
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industrialswill

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a dark brown shade of dark brown.
This beer has almost NO smell, odor, aroma, I practically dunked my nose into it and tried to snort some of it...[just kidding]
I love the flavor. I would call this one a bitter if asked to classify it. It has an underlying bitterness that borders on being dank and musty, with just enough malt sweeetness to make this a very enjoyable beer.
There is very little carbonation or head, but there is enough to make this brew feel that it's alive.
This is a style that I can appreciate...even though it falls short in my book of even the most basic of IPAs.
At any rate, this stuff is good beer and it deserves a good review.

11-11-2011 23:24:55 | More by industrialswill
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notsoprobeer

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%

Amber in color with an off-wide head—very nice looking. It has a malty aroma that reminds me of a pilsner lager. Flavor of sweet and caramel malts with a very subtle hop presence. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a dry finish. Very drinkable.

Winterhook is a nice beer that I think most would enjoy. However, it's not memorable. Given the light hop flavor, I never would have guessed that Redhook used 4 hop varieties. Lastly, I don't understand what makes it a winter seasonal. It's a very middle-of-the-road beer that doesn't offer anything unique or different.

08-10-2011 06:14:39 | More by notsoprobeer
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rlshep

Ohio

3/5  rDev -16.2%

Date on bottle: 10/19/2010

Aroma: Malty. Caramel, pear

Appearance: Pours finger and half off-white head. Nice lacing. Dissipates slowly. Amber golden color. A few floaties.

Flavor: Yeasty. Caramel, Apple, Pear and a touch of Vanilla. Medium high bitterness. Light harshness possibly from bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. High carbonation. Alcohol present.

Overall: At almost 6% this did not age well. Would like to try a fresher version.

07-25-2011 02:17:24 | More by rlshep
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -14%

First had: on tap at Redhook, Woodinville, WA

Board info called this a English-style strong ale.

Poured a clear chestnut color with a frothy beige head that retains well. Toasty malts in the aroma, nutty with a bit of sweetness. Nutty taste, malty, toasty, a bit bland. Some light hops come through near the end for a slightly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel and somewhat drinkable, but not that great. Reminded me more of an amber ale than a winter warmer or strong ale.

06-01-2011 17:08:58 | More by Rifugium
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%

This beer poured out with a reddish brown color. The head was alright, kinda thin not much lacing here. The smell of the beer was a little spicy and a little roasted. The taste has a slight sweetness to it, mostly some dark mark in the flavor. There seems to be just a hint of pine or spruce in within deep the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is definitely drinkable but I just didn't feel that this Winter Warmer was really up to par.

04-25-2011 02:21:12 | More by Knapp85
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cbarrett4

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%

Okay, this is one of the better winter ales available in 6 packs in grocery - and often on sale (6.99 in Portland). Despite the low price, it packs a hefty punch, as most redhook brews do.

This is a lovely cold weather beer that is medium to light bodied so it won't beat your palate like a stout. Very well done.

04-15-2011 00:30:39 | More by cbarrett4
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured into a pint glass. Bottled 11/17/10

A: Pours a medium copper color, no cloudiness, minimal carbonation. Less than one finger head with little retention. Not much lace.

S: Sweet malt aromas, a bit of pear. The pear disappears about half way through the glass.

T: Dry biscuit, a little hop bite on the finish. Not bad, but somewhat one-dimensional.

M: Medium body, pleasant, but unremarkable. Develops some creaminess as the beer warms and the carbonation fades.

O: Good beer, above average, but not by a lot.

04-07-2011 23:45:39 | More by AmericanGothic
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

#106. And the 400th review of this beer, good timing. This is very likely the last "winter beer" I have left in my chiller, although I go out of my way to get the things that are going out for the season before the freshest things arrive. This will be my first review of a Redhook beer, and since I have tried a few Winter Warmers in the past, I have some general expectations and criterion when reviewing this one.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Hmm, perhaps this may have been better consumed at an earlier date. Quarter finger depth head is the most I can get from this pour. What little left there is to retain holds back for the most part, but this has a very weak premiere. The color is a copper deep gold, a pretty light shade for a winter warmer but not very original by coloration standards. Despite dismal head size, there's an enormous amount of very small, busy carbonation bubbles littering this beer. I'm determined to investigate this at an earlier date next season to affirm the head quality, but regardless, the appearance is pretty bland. 2

(Smell) Malts out on top, some caramel and dark fruit tones are easiest to pick out of this brew. It has a airy sweet aroma with a bit of (presumably holiday) spice that tingles the nose hairs. Earthy hops are hidden to nonexistent in the aroma, which I'm indifferent to in regards to the style which could go either way. The aroma sends a wariness that this beer may be too sweet; even if my fears are incorrect, the aroma needs slightly better balance or some more complimentary flavors to round it out more. Burnt sugars, toasty caramel, heavier spice emphasis would all do well here. Potency is also lacking, needs more volume. There's improvements to be made, but if the flaws have anything to do with the aging of this 4 month old brew, then my suggestions are to consume it as soon as possible. 2.5

(Taste) More robust malty flavor with a bit of a grains and some definite nutty tones. Alcohol ties with some caramel flavors and hides well for a warmer. It's almost the dominant flavor in the beer and some people aren't going to like it, but as a Winter Warmer, it belongs. Spice isn't quite as easy to find as it may have been in the nose, but a very slight alcoholic peppermint finish is just barely there- like a nod farewell to the passing season. There's some decent character to this brew, fortunately the quality of the taste has survived the new year better than the rest of the qualities. A fairly easy Winter Warmer to drink in moderate amounts and there's a better balance in here than in the nose. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The alcohol hints tingle the mouth some, and paired with a heavily carbonated airy first wash creates some boldness in the brew. I think it's well done; it matches what the taste was going for and compliments the peak moments from the alcohol and spices (or peppermint tingle, which I may be hallucinating up for the most part). Fortunately not a prickly drag through and through; there's some middle ground for settling the smooth characteristics, which match the medium maltiness that the beer has to offer. There's a medium body here and alcohol is tucked away well (for a Winter Warmer). Does it's job here exceptionally well. 4.5

(Drinkability) This is where I'm going to have to admit my flaw in getting this beer as late as I had. I think that obtaining a six pack early in the season is a much better choice. It isn't super filling but is very enjoyable and can manage alcohol tastes and amount well. In addition, there were no astringent or out-of-character tastes, but there was a great deal of flavor variety. It has me warm, like it intended. This is a three-bottle-a-day beer for me if I act wisely next year. In case you were wondering, that's a real good thing. 4

Verdict: I came down hard on this beer's appearance and aroma but I would like to think that the excessive aging may have had some sort of a negative impact on that. However, the taste and mouthfeel didn't fade nearly as much; in fact they may have flourished. This was a good introductory beer into Redhook's lineup for me. I will recommend, but also insist that the drinker gets the beer as soon as it comes out, so keep your eyes peeled and don't expect to be disappointed. B- (3.43)

03-15-2011 04:08:38 | More by Jadjunk
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -14.8%

Served on-tap in a pint glass. Clear amber body with a nice one finger white head. Decent lacing along the glass. Looks good.

Unfortunately, looks are the best feature of this beer. Faint lager-type aroma of malt. The flavor is also lacking. Bready malt taste with maybe a hint of the expected winter spices in the background.

Perhaps freshness of the keg is in play here. But, it was recommended by the bartender as a "hoppy" beer. Wrong. Average offering at best.

02-23-2011 00:04:41 | More by FanofHefe
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maleman

Mississippi

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle had a born-on date. Poured dark amber with one finger head that had a short retention before receding into a tight cap. Clingy lacing.

S - hops and pine evident on first note.

T - a smooth nutty flavor with a bit of hops and some pepper. Some bread in the aftertaste.

M - maybe a little less than what I'd call medium-bodied. tasted in the back of the mouth. average carbonation.

D - not a bad quaff. i'd hit up a six to share with friends with no reservation at all.

02-19-2011 22:49:09 | More by maleman
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a 2 1/2+ finger head. Slightly bready on top of a network of loosely formed bubbles. Beautiful amber in color. Tinges of copper & orange. Lacing is great.

S: A little metallic note in the aroma. Malty. Floral. A little reminiscent of an evening by the lake.

T: Bright hop flavor into great deep unsweetened chocolate flavors. Malty & nice. Grainy.

M: Good amount of carbonation for the style. A little chewiness and oiliness.

D: Not "sessionable" IMO, but very nice for one or two. Good winter seasonal beer.

02-03-2011 18:00:15 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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GoalieRon33

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Overall, a nice beer to have throught the winter months (as the name would suggest) Bready, spicy aroma with somewhat of a fruited undertone. Appears a ruddy brown color, seems to glow under bar room lighting. Hints of spices are laced throughout the breadiness of this beer. Overall, for a winter "heavier" beer, its incredibly easy to drink. Could session it. Great beer to try, would be a hit even with not craft brew afficianados.

01-29-2011 19:08:12 | More by GoalieRon33
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

2.63/5  rDev -26.5%

Poured from 12oz bottle into dimpled mug. Appearance: Pours a clear, bright brown body with a moderate, off-white head. Smell: The unfortunate aroma is formed by an offensive mixture of berries, soured citrus fruits, and dirty metal. Taste: Bland, plain-tasting malt flavor with a slight nuttiness to it. The small amount of hops present provide a bit of grassiness. Finishes sour and with the taste of stewed greens. Mouthfeel: Lackluster medium-thin body, with moderate carbonation and an exceedingly watery palate. Drinkability: Something to keep in mind: there are many far better winter beers. This one's a total washout.

01-27-2011 22:52:45 | More by CuriousMonk
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secondtooth

Indiana

4/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured a gold-amber with a mountain of small-bubbled foam into my ale glass.
Nose is caramel-biscuity, with hints of spice (clove?).
Taste is strong, very bread-like with a little hint of fruit and a slightly bitter, alcohol finish.
Definitely a solid beer.
Not terribly unique or memorable, but certainly drinkable, and well-worthy of the bargain price (got it for $4.69/6-pack at a local liquor shop).

01-22-2011 02:21:42 | More by secondtooth
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CooperEllis

New York

3.65/5  rDev +2%

12oz bottle into .3l tulip bottled on 11-22-10

Excellent overall aroma, appearance combination. It has a dark amber body, perhaps a bit of ruby coloring in the right light, nice head that leaves solid lacing across the glass and through the entire pour.

Malty, grainy flavor. It is gentle and robust, full of a subtle sweetness that plays on the palate.

Mild mouthfeel, middling body. Seems a touch undercarbonated, but really it's certainly fine just not exceptional.

Very enjoyable overall, I think this will ultimately be viewed as a less than the sum of it's parts, but an easy to enjoy winter warmer.

(90th)

01-21-2011 03:02:07 | More by CooperEllis
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mellowmark

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

01-19-2011 00:45:53 | More by mellowmark
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

A: Nice clear copper color just looking at all the carb bubbling up inside...Good frothy tan cap that thins out but stays for the ride just dragging down the sides of giass.

S: Instantly the lemony zest of citrus hits the nose, very nice hop aroma and a touch of malty sweetness.

T: Poured into a pint glass and sadly the taste did not match the power of the aroma of hops, was a bit thin in the flavor dept.Not a bad thing but not as much hops as hoped from smell. Good balance of malts and hops.

M: Medium to light body slight metallic taste, Still loving the laceing on the glass, good retention indeed.

D: Very drinkable and the folks at Redhook dont often dissapoint with any beers I have tried, Great way to relax after work on a snowy winters day.

01-12-2011 05:43:05 | More by nukem5
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Brent

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Like the sign on a junkyard I sometimes pass: "striving to be above average." Nice brown-copper color. Lots of nutty roasted malt notes, leaning a bit toward the sweet side. Winter warmer? More of a robust brown ale. Pleasant but not memorable.

01-11-2011 00:33:24 | More by Brent
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.08/5  rDev -14%

Pours a clear mahogany color with a solid, white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts.

Tastes of the toasted malts mostly. Malts are characterized by toasted notes with caramel. Slight amount of hops make their way through and add a grassy, leafy taste, but it still is relatively sweet. Overall, the flavors are a little weak and I just want more.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

01-09-2011 03:47:38 | More by ocelot2500
Redhook Winterhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
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